One of the best things about living in Leblon is having so many fantastic spots right outside your door. Cafes, ice cream shops, five star dining, grocery stores, botecos - it's great.
Unrelated-to-the-rest-of-the-post-sidenote: It's also probably part of why I am still carrying 15+ lbs of pregnancy weight. By the way, how long am I allowed to even call it that? Canadoca is 8 and a half months old - it's starting to sound ridiculous to me to even call it pregnancy weight. Next thing you know she'll be five and I'll still be "trying to lose the baby weight"... yeah, at that point I don't think it's fair to blame the baby anymore!
Okay- back on topic.
A couple of FANTASTIC new places have opened up in Leblon recently. The first, Venga, is a Tapas Bar on Dias da Ferreira, near Hortifruti. They serve fabulous sangria, and a misto quente with truffle oil! I also recommend the asparagus/egg dish, and the Octopus with Paprika and Potato. Delish!
Another new place on the block: Vezpa, which is a pizza-by-the-slice joint. I am going to say that the pizza is better than Braz. They deliver. Ataulfo de paiva 1063, 2540-0800
Next on the list to try: Prima, which is a bruschetteria in the location where Haagen Dazs used to be (beside Nam Thai).