Ceará is a state in Northeast Brazil. Traditionally one of the poorest in the country, certain regions have developed almost beyond recognition over the last 20 years, mostly from tourism and light manufacturing. The population is closing in on 9 million, of which almost a third lives in the capital, Fortaleza.
Travel by beach buggy along the coast from Fortaleza to Natal, stopping in Canoa Quebrada and a couple of other spots. Typically 4 days, can be arranged with many travel agencies in both ends.
West from Fortaleza there are many nice beaches before hitting the most famed, Jericoacoara. Or you could stop by Sobral to get a feel of the inland. Camocim is the Brazilian fishing village, almost on the border of Piauí.
Due to its constant breezes and otherwise stable climate, Ceará has slowly conquered the fame of Kite Surfing Paradise. Most of the coast is suitable, but the prime destinations are Cumbuco, followed by Flecheiras.
While the standard Brazilian lunch is always accompanied by rice and beans, the latter in a gravy of sorts, the cearenses prefer Baião de Dois. This is also made from rice and beans, only cut the gravy and add melted cheese in stead.
Go away from the coast, and the panelada will appear on the menu. This is a sort of stew mostly made of tripes.
Crab is at its most popular in this state, particularly on the beaches around Fortaleza. Most commonly served by itself, with a tray and a wooden hammer to get access to the goodies. Some would consider this more of a pastime than a meal.
Feijao Verde is white(!) beans in a sauce of cheese and cream, and whatever else the cook chose to throw in.
Peixe a Delicia is fish, fried bananas and cheese in a creamy souce.