Mate Who?

You all know what a fan I am of the Perennial Plate’s videos.  Rarely they hit on a topic that I really don’t care so much about, and this recent one about Mate was one of them. My friend Patrick drinks Mate, he brings his apparatus out at parties (is Mate apparatus!)  he lived in Argentina and he’s an artist and well, you know how they can be 😉   Otherwise it just seemed so esoteric and obscure to me, not to mention the fact that it looks unappealing to drink (does the straw filter out all the Mate detritus?

Then low and behold there I was in the aisles of Whole Foods a few days later and saw this:IMG_2792A big shelf dedicated to Mate!  So I came back and watched the video again (which I should mentioned was made in partnership with Intrepid travel – who have amazing tours to ….everywhere.)

So it got me to thinking that maybe Mate was more of a craze then I understood.  Please chime in and let me know how many of you have tried it or drink it regularly?

Just another reason, in my increasingly long list, why I need to go to Argentina.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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1 Response to Mate Who?

  1. reelcharlie says:

    My niece Nikki’s husband Sergio introduced us to mate the first time we met him shortly after he moved to the States with her from Argentina. I have a very funny picture tucked away somewhere of my Mom sipping mate out of the gourd using the metal straw. It looks like she’s taking a hit off of a bong. And the expression on her face matches. Very funny.

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