Jumbo was a favorite of Evancens, an American metal band touring Brazil. On social media, singer Amy Lee on Sunday (22) posted a photo of a bottle of Jumbo Cachaça, a drink from the Amazon region that is famous for causing a tingling sensation on the lips. “It’s something completely unique and I love it! The feel and the flavour, wow! Thank you, Amanda!”, declared the rocker. Many thanks to Amanda Haber from Pará, who brought the bottle from Belem and delivered it to her idol in São Paulo.
Considered a symbol of Pará gastronomy, this drink combines cachaça and jumbo, a plant of Amazonian origin that leaves a slightly narcotic effect in the mouth. Jumbo can be easily found in fairs and local markets in Belém, is sold in packages and is widely used in regional cuisine, becoming an essential ingredient in the preparation of typical dishes such as takaka and duck in Tucupi.
Amanda says she bought the bottle in Belém, when she visited her hometown during the Serio dei Nazaré, the first Sunday in October. “I bought several souvenirs from Barra to give to my friends. I came up with the idea of taking a bottle to Amy Lee,” he says.
The woman from Pará says she has had the opportunity to speak with her favorite star on several occasions, having had the happy coincidence of meeting the band on a plane during the tour. Moreover, Amanda had access to the sound check that took place before the official show in São Paulo, at Allianz Parque. Along with friends and other fans of the band, the woman from Para took a group photo with the North American singer. That’s when he managed to talk to Amy and handed over the bottle with a note telling him about the jumbo drink.
“In the note, I explained that it was a drink from my city in the Amazon, that it left your mouth tingling, and that even if they didn’t drink alcohol, they should try it because it was a unique experience.” He says.
After the show, this Sunday (22), she met the band on the plane to Rio de Janeiro.
“I met Amy on the plane and she said she loved the drink and made everyone try it.”
Amanda says that Evancens has been her favorite band since she was a teenager, and that she has traveled to Europe and the United States to see the group perform. Upon learning about the tour in Brazil, the die-hard fan invested more than R$20,000 in airline tickets and tickets to all six Evanescent shows in the country: São Paulo, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Recife. “Is this something out of reality? Yes…but I worked hard to be able to do this,” says the woman from Pará, who lives in Curitiba, where she works in the tourism sector. “It was a dream come true. We made history!” he celebrates.
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