Nelly Fujiko Obara is an administrative assistant at the Barueri branch office of Mitsubishi Electric do Brasil Comércio e Serviços Ltda. Her main job is to help its expatriates settle into their new corporate culture and feel comfortable working there.
Nelly prefers leaving the office for lunch rather than using a food delivery service or packing her lunchbox every day. Because, she says, it gives her an opportunity to enjoy chatting with her colleagues over lunch outside the office.
"There aren't so many lunch spots around the office," says Nelly. "So we usually drive to the nearby shopping mall or fast-food restaurants." But today, Nelly and her HR and Compliance colleagues chose to go on foot instead. After a short, 10-minute walk, they arrived at their destination—a restaurant where you put your food choices on your plate, as much as you want, and then pay for it based on its total weight.
This buffet style lunchtime service called “self sevice” or “por kilo” is very common in Brazil. "I love it," explains Nelly, "because you can enjoy a wide variety of foods in a single meal." Her choices were: churrasco (Brazilian-style BBQ,) potato salad, quiche, salami, cheese, Brazilian pastel (the country's popular deep-fried snack) and French fries. "My lunch today wasn't very healthy, but it was really yummy!" she says.
The branch office of Mitsubishi Electric do Brasil is located in the city of Barueri, at Sao Paulo state, about 2 kilometers away from which is Dom José Municipal Park. With an area of about 90 thousand square meters, the park provides visitors with a lot of leisure options, such as a lake with paddle boats on it, mini-town consisting of a sand pit and dollhouses, 20 grills, skatepark, event center, soccer field and multi-sports courts (basketball, tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball and futsal.) In the park, which attracts as many as 2,000 visitors during the day, people of all ages can also participate in various types of physical activity―tennis, karate, football and volleyball ("Sports Schools") for children and teenagers, and Tai Chi Chuan, Yoga and Gymnastics for adults.