22 de abril de 2009

Corner View - número dos

This week theme for “Corner View” is breakfast, one of my favorite meals of the day!
Normally we don´t have a lot of time to eat breakfast, but in the weekends we love to have it in one of the many cafés in the city, or in our own kitchen spending all the time we can.



I usually have some toast and a latte, but in the picture you can see a more typical selection: medialunas and café con leche…. Or croissants and a cafe au lait… with fresh orange juice made with the fruit we buy in a vegetable market nearby.

But I promised you something else… Mate!


Here it is! I usually have it every day after breakfast when I´m at work, but is a very common breakfast for most of the people in Argentina… actually, we drink mate at every hour of the day!


All you need is some yerba mate, a sort of tea that is cultivated in South America. You put the leaves in a cup (also) called mate, and you insert a straw called bombilla. Then you pour hot water in it… and you drink it… just like that…



Some people add sugar to mate, or herbs and fruits that change the flavor. It´s actually very bitter… so it takes a lot of time to truly love it (little children almost never drink mate… they just don´t like it… is something that you get accustomed whit time).
But at the end, the most important thing about mate is that is a social drink… something you share with others during a conversation. One person prepares mate for a group of people; everyone has his turn to drink it, sharing the same cup and straw. This helps a lot when you are talking to someone, when he or she is drinking… is your time to talk; when you are drinking… is your time to listen.

I hope you like it!

PS: I have also posted this in my photography blog “llorar en los colectivos”
And if you want to see more pics of Córdoba you should definitely see “Fotos de Córdoba” by RANN+.

Other corners to visit:
jane, ladybug-zen, ian, bonnie,esti, sophie, modsquad,caitlin, joyce, ani, couturecoucou, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t., jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca,state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, ruth, dianna, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison

30 comentarios:

Joyce dijo...

Very interesting. I have never heard of mate. I hope I get the opportunity to try it someday and use the bombilla straw!

Ian dijo...

Great photos with excellent use of shadow and light. Argentina is one of my favourite countries in the world.

C.T. dijo...

Love the first photo!! Mate?? Never heard of it. This is sooo great, I get to know so many things about different countries. Great!!
Thanks for sharing, Carmie.

isabelle dijo...

thanks for your mate initiation ...
and I love your cup !!

jane dijo...

Cele- This so cool. I just learned something new! Thanks for that. Un beso-Jane

Mon dijo...

Ah mate, It makes me think of my father (Uruguayo) on weekend mornings. He would fill up his thermos and drink mate throughout the day.

Francesca dijo...

I knew about mate, but I never realized it was a social drink and not just ... a cup of tea!

ladybug-zen dijo...

i am meeting so many interesting people through corner view. i love it. your blogs are wonderful. and by the way, komatsuna hasa very strong, earthy spinach taste. i and my youngestr son love it.

Ritva dijo...

cool!
great photos too!
thanks and have a nice day!

dongdong dijo...

I would so love that tea. That's what I use to drink in the morning with my grandma who have since passed, jasmine tea. It is also bitter as well and I really like it as is. :)

Esti dijo...

Yo nunca he entendido la afición argentina al mate y me alegro mucho de haber venido por aquí hoy para leer tu explicación. Me ha encantado aprender que tiene un componente social tan fuerte y arraigado. Saludos.

C.T. dijo...

Actually, we love to buy these pastries on Sundays as well (just like your grandmother.....oh how I love traditions). So please don't think this is a daily dish for us, although I would love to ;-p

kim / savannah gourmet dijo...

hi cele - ooh, i would love to try that! i bet it is loaded with antioxidants, too! thanks for sharing!
kim

caitlin dijo...

Yum! I also love the tradition of everyone using the cup and when you are drinking you are listening. People in Utah could use a tradition like that! Thanks for teaching us about your culture as well as sharing your breakfast!

Kaylovesvintage dijo...

ok...I wonder if I would like it..guess you need a mate cup

Dana dijo...

So incredibly cool. I am learning so much during my trek around the world today.

Schanett dijo...

I do like mate as well!
didn't have it for a while but still have a bombilla at home but no tea ...
didn't know which one in the shop I should buy.

Ani dijo...

i've heard lots about mate, but have never tried it. but croissants and cafe au lait? count me in!

thanks for 'visiting' me today.

Allison dijo...

Although I am a die-hard black tea drinker, I would enjoy trying this. I love the fact that there is such a social connection to the drink.

epe dijo...

yo no soy una gran amante del mate pero esa foto no podía dejar de estar! :). Saludos desde Bs.As!

La Môme dijo...

I love mate. You have to drink mate in Entre Rios, the land of it. Thank you for all Cele.. (?)
je!



(mi inglés quedó mucho tiempo atrás)

Kisses for you.

Cabrizette dijo...

very beautiful pictures ! Nice ti visit you.

jgy dijo...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful taste and experience of mate.
How lucky to be able to travel like this and savor all the wonderful mornings!
Cheers.

state of bliss dijo...

Thank you for sharing our breakfast with us. We also like yerba mate here but don't have it as often.

Wondefrul pictures; I like your blog a lot.

state of bliss dijo...

I mean: Your breakfast :)

The Girl in the Yellow Shoes dijo...

lovely photos!

MODsquad dijo...

Oh, mate! I haven't had this in a year or so. My brother and sister-in-law brought me a big bag from Central America. It took a little bit to acquire a taste for it but we soon grew to love it! Lovely post!

janis dijo...

Mate... today I have learned something! This is so interesting, especially the social ritual that goes with it. Thanks for sharing this...

Cele dijo...

Thanks everyone for your comments!
I had a lot of fun reading all your posts!!
:D
I hope you all get a chance to try mate!! even if is just to try something new!

מאי קסטלנובו - גלילי dijo...

great breakfast, looks good.