Heat wave electric radiator
by Joris Laarman
DescriptionThis design approaches the radiator with a new mindset. Its original shape discards the old radiator design and makes it into a decorative piece that you no longer want to hide. The decoration is also functional as the increased surface area provides more radiation of heat. And if you look at the pattern very closely you may discover hidden details.
Ok, now that I got your attention!!!!
U$12,000.00 freaking THOUSAND DOLLARS and get this, OUT OF STOCK!!!
Ha! I am glad those Bush tax cuts to the rich are being well used! :)
Now, if you think this is expensive, the same little electric radiator in Brazil can be purchased by R$70,000.00, and it's obviously available, no wonder it's OUT OF STOCK OVER HERE!!!!!
Now, if you can gather R$70,000,00 from the change you find in the bottom of your purse or wallet, you can go to DECAMERON DESIGN and get one of these to warm up your Brazilian winter, because they are NOT AVAILABLE in the US at the moment.
Now, all joking aside, Brazilian winters have traditionally been under rated and have caught many unadvised expats by surprise over the years.
I will never forget the startled looks, palid faces and the goose bumps ( from cold ) on the legs on my Danish friends when they arrived in Sao Paulo in the Fall of 1988. They were coming to live in Sao Paulo for a year on a Rotary Program Exchange Student.
The Danish students were wearing Bermuda shorts and short sleeves shirts. Sao Paulo's Airport temperature at that evening was hovering between 4 C and 6 C ( 39F and 43F ), now, I don't care if you are from Florida or from Denmark, that is cold, and those poor students were shivering. We rushed them to the car and turned on the heaters trying to bring their blue lips to a regular shade of red.
Needless to say, the conversation topic was how cold it was, and how unadvised they had been about the Brazilian/Sao Paulo weather.
This was the first time in my life I understood how poorly informed most foreigners are about Sao Paulo's winter temperatures.
We were off to the Mall to purchase some heavy sweaters and proper winter gear, these poor students were told they were coming to a tropical country, and they pictured palm trees, and drinking coconut water on the beach.
Oh, boy, were they in for a big surprise, and I am just describing to you the experience of the Exchange Students that came to Sao Paulo. I can't even begin to imagine the weather shock for those going to parts of South of Brazil where snow is not unheard of, places like Curitiba, Florianopolis and other parts of the south.
Now, if you are an expat and you are living in Brazil, you already know it is not 27C ( 80F ) year round, at least not in the southern states of the country, certainly not in Sao Paulo.
Many homes in my parent's Sao Paulo neighborhood have fireplaces and most people have small space heaters but more and more homes in Sao Paulo and parts of southern Brazil are beginning to build homes with insulation and heating systems. New apartament buildings with built in fireplaces are no longer rare.
The most common heating system in Brazil still are the Air Conditioners with the HEAT function added to it, either the simple window units, or the split units ( which are more common lately ).
Other options are available if you are willing to break ground, no, literally, break your floors and install radiant floor heaters, either heated by gas or electricity, the most efficient form of heat available today, we installed it in our bathroom in Rhode Island and highly recommend it.
This is how it looks:
|Radiant floor heaters can be installed under your Brazilian tile floors|
HERE is a link to an UOL post today on all forms of heaters available in Brazil today, with prices and links to where to find them. Even if you are not fluent in Portuguese, you can browse thru the pictures and choose your favorite type of heating which will show a website in Brazil or a store where that specific type of heating system or heater is available for you.
|Electric radiant heater being installed at Brazilian home, under floor|
If you don't want to spend the price of a new "expensive" Brazilian car to purchase a space heater, you might want to take a look at Lojas Americanas, they have small space heaters at LojasAmericanas.com for only R$59,90 and free delivery.
You can also find a great selection of space heaters at MagazineLuiza.com
So, if you are new in Brazil and are not yet familiar with your options, here are other great stores such as Buscape, the oh so popular CasasBahia, Extra, Submarino, Fast Shop and last but not least PontoFrio.
Now, if you want to install an American style home heating system in your new Brazilian home, you know, the type you install during construction or a major renovation, you can check out ASTRO SOL for boilers, solar powered heating systems, outdoors heaters and many other options.
|Arno space heater- R$161,00 MADE IN BRAZIL|
|Britania Space Heater- R$89,91 - MADE IN BRAZIL|
OPTIONS FOR HEATING IN BRAZIL
You can always opt to go old school like my grandparents in true Brazilian style and forget about heaters all together.
My grandma usually just put some socks on and watch the soccer game ( Corinthians ) drinking some hot cocoa and call it a day.
My grandmas and my mother love to bake and cook a lot in the winter, principally in the mornings, for breakfasts, to warm up a cold day.
|Donut shaped "Bolinhos de Chuva" dough!|
"Bolinho de Chuva" is a popular Brazilian recipe and SUPER simple( great for cold mornings in my opinion )
Translates to "Small rain cakes", don't ask me how they got this name, but if I had to guess, I would say people stayed home when it rained and made "Bolinhos de Chuva", "Small rain cakes". :)
Gil tells me it's because people use a spoon to drop the dough in the frying pan and when it falls in the pan it's in the shape of a rain drop.
|Frying "Bolinhos de Chuva"|
But the shape varies, so that might be debatable, there are donut shaped, perfectly round shape as in donut holes and there are the typical rain drop shaped. ;)
|Donut hole shaped "Bolinhos de Chuva"|
-1 Cup of Flour
-1 Cup of Corn Starch ( Maizena )
-1/2 Cup of Milk
-4 Table Spoons of Sugar
-1 Table Spoon of Baking Powder ( Fermento in Portuguese )
|Tradional Brazilian Bolinhos de Chuva, in the shape of a rain drop :)|
Beat the Sugar and the Eggs first and when they are well mixed add all the other ingredients slowly until you have a smooth dough.
Heat up a pan with your favorite oil for frying. Add the "Bolinhos de Chuva" to fry them over low heat.
You can make them into Donut Shape or Donut Holes, your pick.
When they are fried, roll them in Sugar and Cinnamon. Enjoy! :)
Or, my favorite, for cold days, my grandma prepares a "Gemada com leite e vinho do Porto" or "Gemada with warm milk and Port wine".
|Gemada with warm milk and a little Port Wine-Great for cold mornings|
One Egg Yolk ( uncooked )
One Table Spoon of Sugar
Beat the sugar and the egg yolk with a fork until is well mixed and smooth ( Gil's family add cinnamon )
When your "gemada" is nice and smooth, you can add some steamy milk and a little bit of port wine, or just milk ( if you are an expat who thinks your babies will explode and evaporate in thin air if you add coffee or wine to their baby bottles).
Ha! They will survive, thrive and won't become alcoholics, I promise. I am living proof. :)
Enjoy your Brazilian winter and stay warm.
|Gemada with warm milk and Cinnamon-Gil's mama's version|