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Are you watching the Summer Olympics this week? If so, you may be reluctant to be in the kitchen and miss any of the games. But settling for takeout food would certainly be frowned on by all those hard-training athletes. Why not get into the spirit of Rio – the first city in South America to host the Olympic games — and serve some classic foods of Brazil? It’s not too much of a stretch, since both Hawaii and Brazil have cuisines based on tropical fruits, rice, local seafood and barbecued meats. The key is to make as much as you can in advance, so you can be in front of the screen instead of the stove. Rio, after all, is known as a laid-back city, so here’s a menu to keep it easy and help you score a gold medal in the cooking Olympics.