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10 Things About Mate

January 8, 2011

(because I’m too incoherent to string together sentences)

1. Pronounced as mah-tey

2. It’s an Argentine tradition. A daily ritual. Every home has mate.

3. It is usually taken hot, but it’s okay to drink if it has cooled off

4. The ritual consists of  Yerba (the tea itself), Mate (the gourd/ cup, usually wooden), Bombilla (the metal straw with filter at the bottom), Thermos of hot water,  and an optional Azucar (sugar).

5. You will always see someone walking around, sitting on the sidewalk or chilling at the park with their mate paraphernalia.

6. It’s meant to be shared. Yes, everyone drinks from the same straw. Porteños are always willing to offer a sip, even to strangers.

7. You should NEVER  stir the drink with the bombilla. Locals take it as an insult. I learned this the hard way.

8. This herbal drink has a litany of benefits.

9. It’s an acquired taste.

10. No se…no se…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ross permalink
    January 10, 2011 2:33 am

    Hi Pia, looks like your having a lot of fun. I’m jealous as I’ve had to come back to work now. Great photos, even if its not a Nikon DSLR.

    Hope you had a great New Year

    Ross, Ha, Lynda and Vanessa

    • January 10, 2011 9:33 am

      Wow, thanks Ross!

      I dread the day this trip will end, but Argentina is making me fat, dark and poor anyway.

      Bueno, see you in the office soon 🙂

  2. January 10, 2011 8:03 am

    Is Mate of BA like the vegemite of Oz? You need a discerning and adult tongue to appreciate it.

    • January 10, 2011 9:34 am

      Yes, sakto! I’ll bring some to the office for all of you to try.

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