Brazilian Ambassador dances the samba

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The Brazilian Ambassador, HE Paulo Cesar Meira de Vasconcellos, and retinue, paid a visit to Zico’s Brazilian Grill and Bar last weekend, with the small local, but vocal, Brazilian group very much appreciating his presence.

A cocktail reception was held on the top deck, with the guests enjoying a chilled Jacob’s Creek Australian sparkler and some Brazilian style canapés.

Brazilian Ambassador HE Paulo Cesar Meira de Vasconcellos poses with samba dancers at Zico’s Brazilian Grill and Bar. Brazilian Ambassador HE Paulo Cesar Meira de Vasconcellos poses with samba dancers at Zico’s Brazilian Grill and Bar.

With one of the Brazilian delegation attempting to restrict access to the ambassador, some of the media representatives were left wondering just why they had been asked to attend, but it was soon straightened out by the Centara Grand staff who had organized the event and the TV interviewers found HE Paulo extremely approachable.

A welcome speech by Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome had to be cancelled, owing to the mayor’s crowded schedule, but a representative from the City Hall tourism section did welcome the ambassador.

The ambassador in his address mentioned how pleased he was to see his country represented by Zico’s Brazilian Bar and Grill, and he also hoped that there could be a surge in interest in tourism from Brazil to Thailand.

The attendees then ventured down the stairs from the top deck for a Brazilian churrascaria BBQ dinner, with a timely interruption from the larger than life be-feathered samba dancers.  This was to be followed by a magic show, but it seemed that the magician had made himself disappear!

However, the second samba show more than made up for any disappointment with HE Paulo Cesar Meira de Vasconcellos showing that he at least knew the steps, which was more than could be said for the enthusiastic amateurs who joined them on the dance floor, all hoping for a feather to take away as a memento.

As ever, Zico’s Brazilian Grill and Bar was the venue for fun, food and fancy footsteps.