whey is "soro de leite" or just soro. i will put a link in the bottom of this msg with a list of ingredients to look out for. ingredient lists are pretty sketchy compared to EU ones. anything imported is likely to have a mistranslated product label [we buy a lot of japanese stuff and it's like they don't even try when we compare the original and the translation].
this is what my web group came up with (sorry about format, it came from FB)
I was in Rio recently. My tip: be careful with ATM's. Two guys tried to do a card cloning number on me at a Santander in Copa (had to cancel the card). Another buddy from the US had his card blocked after someone (not him) tried to charge $2,000 on it.
Jardim Botanico is well worth a 1/2 day trip....
There are loads of guides online about what to do in Rio, but the first thing I would say is that if she wants to do all the traditional tourist things... the PDA, Cristo, etc, then allow an enormous amount of time. Anyone who assumes you can do several of these sights in a day has not tried doing them when thousands of other tourists are trying to do the same
Head to Paraty for a few days
Galitos Grill in Ipanema ...
The best stores for arts arts and crafts from throughout Brazil are in Santa Teresa. They should go for lunch and stay to shop and visit the local museums. Then walk down the stairs to Lapa for a drink. etc., etc.
If she likes museums, I recommend Palacio do Catete and Museu Historico Nacional. Museu das Belas Artes is an excellent art gallery with traditional works. For more modern exhibits there is Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) and the new Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) which includes a rooftop viewing platform.
For a day at the beach, whilst Copacobana, Ipanema & Leblon are justifiably famous, that's where most of the tourists go and prices are higher as a result. Try Praia do Flamengo which has a good view of Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf).
I also agree with the earlier recommendation for Jardim Botanico. Also Quinta da Boa Vista which also has the Jardim Zoologico in it's grounds.
Oh, and if you are in Santa Teresa, don't miss Parque das Ruinas.
For free live Samba music, try Praça São Salvador in Larnejeiras from 6 -10pm on a Saturday.
There is so much to see and do in Rio that 2 weeks won't be enough....
First Saturday of each month Feira Lavradio in Lapa, if in Santa Teresa go the Ruinas for a great view of the city, take the elevator to Pavao-Pavaozinho in Ipanema above the General Osorio train station, Friday night at the back alley ways of Praca 15 where you can hear some great music and see the old architecture of the city, Rent an bike through the ITAU racks through the city and go along the Orla of Ipa and Copa. if you are fit, you can go all the way up to Santos Dumont airport. Tons of other stuff. Depends on what they like....
There are a bunch of results when you google "restaurantes veganos rio de janeiro" https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q ... 9645402230
i will warn you- the veg restaurants i've been to have been cheese and milk fests. these ones[some, anyway] have vegan in the name, so i guess there's hope. Rio is the only place with some raw food places too, so maybe the mentality is a little different. but in brazil more or less vegetarian=organic or green or something so there's a lot of confusion.
some other helpful things:http://style.greenvana.com/2011/conheca ... es-do-rio/http://www.vegetarianismo.com.br/sitio/ ... &Itemid=92
list of some products http://gato-negro.org/produtos-alimentos
[this is all "organic natural" stuff tho]
list of nonveg ingredients http://gato-negro.org/ingredientes
that site, gato negro, is worth reading, not just for your practice but also to see if there is still a forum- there used to be, but it looks like they've changed format since then.
there seems to be a forum here http://www.guiavegano.com.br/vegan/inde ... mid=100300
and i've linked you to a question for someone going to rio.
frankly when i go out i usually just go to a "per-kilo" place [buffet]. rice will be vegan but the beans may or may not be. i usually go to the cheapie ones where they simply can't afford to throw meat in the beans. but in most you will never know. you can ask and they will say yes because they think you want to hear yes. if you tell them you're veg they'll tell you no because they'll think you want to hear no. neither one may have anything to do with the truth. the only way to know you're eating veg is make your own lunch or check out the vegan places [and hope they're actually vegan].
i probably have more to add but not at 730AM!