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    A Taste of Brazil in South Florida

    NBC 6's Adam Kuperstein shows us where residents and tourists in South Florida can feel like they are at the Olympics without traveling to Rio. (Published Monday, Aug. 1, 2016)

    Even if you can't make it all the way to South America for the Olympics, you can still get a taste of Brazil in South Florida.

    Only New York and Boston have larger Brazilian populations in the United States. But as we learned from local Brazilians who frequent Boteco in Miami, no city can offer the feel of Brazil quite like South Florida.

    "The weather, the beaches," answers Andre Postale when I asked him why he moved to Miami from Brazil 2 years ago. Postale now works at Boteco, where customers feel at home with authentic food, music and dancing.

    The Brazilians we spoke to at Boteco admitted they are concerned about their home country hosting the Olympics. They are fearful of Brazil's problems being exposed on the world stage.

    "It's a bad time in Brazil," said a patron named Elizabeth. "But we are welcoming people and they will overcome. We love to be (hosts)."

    South Florida has seen a surge in the Brazilian population recently, especially among the wealthy, with the country's economy struggling. And with current political turmoil and increasing crime, you can expect more Brazilians to migrate to Miami in the near future.