Ways to Enjoy Yerba Mate: Gourd & Bombilla

By far the most common way to drink yerba mate is using a gourd and bombilla.  Mate is placed in the gourd which is then filled with water.  The tea becomes infused and is drunk using a metal bombilla which acts as a straw and strainer.  The gourd can be refilled ten or more times before the yerba mate loses its flavor and potency (it is said to be “lavado”).  Warm water is usually poured from any kind of thermos which keeps the water at an optimal temperature.  If you want to drink mate this way, you really only need a bombilla, as a gourd can be improvised and water can be poured from a kettle, pot or dispenser.

Gourd, Bombilla & Thermos

Our Favorite Gourd, Bombilla & Thermos

In our opinion, the gourd and bombilla method yields the best tasting yerba mate.  In South America, yerba mate in a gourd is often shared and is consumed in social settings.  However, if you are in North America sometimes this is not the most convenient way of consuming yerba mate.  Carrying a gourd and bombilla can prompt the occasional curious glance in North America, and it’s not too easy to use this method if you’re on the go.

For these reasons, in upcoming posts, we’ll share with you some other great ways you can enjoy yerba mate.  Stay tuned!

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Havanna Alfajores: An Argentine Classic

Havanna Alfajores

Havanna Alfajores

I’m a huge fan of Havanna alfajores, but you may be wondering, what’s so special about these?

Havanna is a company that was founded in Mar del Plata, south of Buenos Aires, in the 1940s.  Since then, the company has been using the same recipe to make its world-famous alfajores.  Simply put, there’s just something magical about them.

I fell in love with Havanna alfajores about 10 years ago, and I’ve searched high and low for them in the US.  They’re not always easy to find and when you do come across them, they often come at an unreasonably high price.  But now, lucky for me and other Havanna fans, Buena Onda Foods is now proudly offering two varieties of Havanna alfajores.

Check them out and try them for yourself!

Chimichurri in a flash!

There are many chimichurri recipes out there, but they require a lot of spices you may not have on hand.  Are you looking for an easier way to make chimichurri sauce?  We’ve got a perfect suggestion — Alicante Dry Chimichurri mix.  Below is our recipe as well as some photos of the steps involved.

Alicante Chimichurri

Alicante Chimichurri Dry Mix 50 grams

The official recipe says to add water and vinegar in a 1:1 fashion, but our recipe is a little different.  Here’s our recipe for chimichurri sauce:

In a bowl, mix the following:

Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.  Then add:

  • 6-  tablespoons of olive oil
  • a pinch of salt

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Dulce de Leche Dessert Ideas

How about some dulce de leche cheesecake bars for your March Madness party this weekend?  Here’s another great dessert idea using your favorite dulce de leche.

Photo & Recipe courtesy of epicurious.com

Photo & Recipe courtesy of epicurious.com

A graham cracker crust, delicious Philadelphia cheese filling, and a whipped dulce de leche glaze.  What an easy, tasty treat for your party!

Full recipe available at epicurious.com.

Dulce de Leche Dessert Ideas

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Are you looking for a quick, simple, and delicious dessert this weekend?  Why not try something new with Nestle La Lechera dulce de leche?

Ingredients:

  • Dulce de leche
  • Your favorite Betty Crocker chocolate brownie mix
  • Vanilla ice cream

Simply mix and bake the brownies as you normally would.  Once they have cooled, cut them into small pieces and lay them on some vanilla ice cream.  Slightly heat some dulce de leche in the microwave or on the stove and drizzle it over the brownies and ice cream.

PERFECTION!

Photo courtesy of bettycrocker.com

Photo courtesy of bettycrocker.com