Mate is a traditional South American infused drink, particularly in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern states of Brazil, south of Chile, and the Bolivian Chaco. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water.
Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a bombilla The gourd is known as a mate or a guampaEven if the water comes in a very modern thermos, the infusion is traditionally drunk from mates.
As with other brewed herbs, yerba mate leaves are dried, chopped, and ground into a powdery mixture called yerba. The bombilla acts as both a straw and a sieve.
Thanks to Eduardo and Ahmet for english and turkish translations =) Special thanks to Kate for preparation.
Forget about tango! In Argentina, the real national passion is beef: between grass-fed steaks and flame-grilled ribs, local devour more red meat per capita then anyone else in the world.
The heart of the countries' carnivore culture is Buenos Aires; this city is a mecca for meat lovers. Every night thousands of steakhouses across the city-from neighborhood joints to white-tablecloth restaurants- fire up their grills, perfuming the streets with the smell of roasting meat.
Here are some suggestions for a good asado: La Caballeriza (fuckn' expensive), La Dorita (normal), .... (the place don't have a name/ chacabuco str. 1060) (fuckn' cheap , dirty and delicious).
-Puerto Limon Hostel's patio barbecue with Ahmet; it is free !