Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Dual-function tooth pick discovered in São Paulo's best "pastel" café


“Pasteis” or “Wind pasties” as the bad ones are called are a sort of pastry envelope with some sort of filling (and air) inside.  Love them or hate them they are a local favourite and believe it or not there are serious  competitions as to who does them best. 

I had heard for a while now that Pastel da Maria on Fradique Coutinho has the best pasteis in town and in the official competitions Maria always seems to make the finals. Here’s her with her certificates in case you don’t believe me:



And here she is with one of her "pasteis":



Anyway, today seemed like a good day to try them…

..And they were good. But the real surprise was the tooth pick on the table. At first it seemed like a normal toothpick. Here it is:

Apparently normal tooth pick


But then! Then I discovered that it had special powers:

Special tooth pick

The green tip is a mint coated spike so that your mouth feels fresh (after picking out stubborn bits of “pasteis”) and as far as I’m concerned that’s the first ever high-tech dual-function tooth pick I’ve seen. For that alone Maria Pasteis is the one for me..


10 comments:

Jessica said...

In the States, you used to be able to buy flavored toothpicks at the grocery store. There were boxes of cinnamon-flavored or mint-flavored right next to the boxes of regular ones. They may still sell them, but I haven't looked in a while. Next time I'm home I'll try and do some reconnaissance. :o)

Pierre Larose said...

Wow! Cinnamon toothpicks! There's a whole world of tooth picks out there waiting to be discovered!

IsaacRiquelme said...

W-e-i-r-d

Lanie @ MomsOverboard said...

My dentist in Sevierville TN gave me one of these toothpicks. It's very refreshing.

Maia Dobson said...

This toothpick should be voted as one of the supreme brands or at least recommended by the Fishers dentists. It's so cool and dual function.

Brad G said...

This is great, I always use this especially the side with the mint. Thanks.
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roseibarry said...

Tooth pick really help for who have more spaces between teeth. I had that problem from last 3 years, and since I have stated taking care of my eating habits, reduce food intake after 9pm & started using dental floss , tooth pick etc.

Jeremy Depp said...

Great article. I had that problem from last 1 years, and since I have stated taking care of my brushing habits, reduce food intake after 8pm & started using dental floss , tooth pick etc.

Bilawal arain said...

I had no issues or concerns during this visit. I really appreciate the excellent customer service the office has.Wisdom tooth

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