I’m a big fan of pretty much anything food and drink. So we’re going to take a step back to a bush that’s been around since the indigenous Tupí people lived in southern Brazil and Paraguay. Say hola to YERBA MATE!!!
Yerba mate, ilex paraguariensis, is one hell of a plant. Years ago,
before your great, great grandfather was drinking coffee, the natives,
Guaraní & Tupí people of South America were cultivating and drinking
the leaves from this plant and reaping the benefits while staying wide
Think of yerba mate as half cup of coffee, but when brewed with hot
water, the taste is strongly vegetal,herbal, and grassy, similar to
In modern consumption mate is blended with other herbs such as mint or
sweetened with honey.
Unlike most overly sweetened, modern pick-me-ups, yerba mate is imbued
with an impressive amount of antioxidants, vitamins, phytonutrients,
and minerals, including B vitamins and vitamin C. Minerals include
manganese, potassium, and zinc, and the antioxidants include
quercetin, theobromine, and theophylline.
Drinking mate from a shared hollow gourd (also called a guampa, porongo
or mate in Spanish, cabaça or cuia in Portuguese, or zucca in Italian)
with a metal straw (a bombilla in Spanish, bomba in Portuguese) is a
common social practice in Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil among
people of all ages; the beverage is most popular in Uruguay, where
people are seen walking on the street carrying the “mate” and “termo”
in their arms and where you can find hot water stations to refill the
“termo” while on the road.
In Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, a toasted version of mate,
known as mate cocido (Paraguay), chá mate (Brazil) or just mate,
is sold in teabag and loose form, and served, sweetened, in
specialized shops or on the street, either hot or iced with fruit
juice or milk. The same is sold in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay
in tea bags to be drunk as a tea.
In Argentina and southern Brazil, this is commonly drunk for breakfast or
in the café for afternoon tea, often with a selection of sweet pastries. Preparation:
It is made by heating mate in water and straining it as it cools.
HOT SUMMER Recipe:
♧♧♧ Minty MATE Ice Tea ♧♧♧
Yerba Mate tea - loose or in a bag -
***(Variety of brands. Keep an eye on the source of the mate. Look for the pure stuff.)***
Fresh Mint or lemon slices (optional)
1. Fill a tea ball used for steeping loose tea with yerba, or use a tea bag.
2. Add boiling water in a tea cup and steep 4-5 minutes, until desired strength.
3. Fill a glass with ice and pour the cup of tea over ice.
4. Add mint as desired or throw in some lemon, honey, or organic agave.
This post would not have happened if my iPhone hadn’t run out of juice about 2 miles from my apartment. So on this hot Wednesday night, I resorted to the suggestions of my dearly friend Cincosiethe Olivares from Masare Records, and sometimes a friend suggestion actually surprises you.
You know those times when you start the music... and at that exact second, it immediately becomes one of your favorite songs? This happened to be one of those times. And it just so happened that the song I decided to play wasCHARLES ANS'2012 hit, Corazón Bohemio...
So lets step back and look at this. It’s 1993, in my opinion, the golden age of hip hop. A time where hip hop slowly took the main stream spotlight. Some could say it was the birth of radio rap. A time where the Notorious BIG & A Tribe Called Quest where ruling the urban airwaves... And then in 2013, 20 years later,you’ve got the New School, artists hailing worldwide ... like CHARLES ANS, he’s doing his own thing in so many ways.
Charles is a young promising rapper from Sonora with a sound like AlvaroDiaz,Fuete Billete and an absolutely suitable complement to the sound of Tributo.If you want to listen his fulldiscography, click after the jump for downloads.
In the beginning of 2012, Charles partnered with Gordo Ans and together they
created a 5 track album recorded only in 1 day. This album is full of exquisite
lyrics with a remittance vibe of bars and the boho lifestyle.
Currently, Charles is working on his latest project named “S.K.I.N.N.Y”, which propose the release of a new song each month, followed by a video. This project is a collaboration of ROLLTHATSHIT.COM,BULL FILMS & Jesus Meneses.