I n Argentina, Mate is far more than just a drink or tea with great health benefits. It is a symbol of unity and companionship. Families, friends, coworkers gather around the Mate at all times of the day. You find people walking the streets, in buses or trains with their thermo under their arm and mate in hand. Friends sit on the grass in the plazas during sunny, charming days, passing around this tradition. It is the drink that brings people together and unites them in conversation, laughter, and tears surrounding any and all subjects. It is the drink that keeps the worker, the student, the lonely company. Mate is more than just a drink for us; it is a part of our lives in so many different ways that without it, life is just not the same. Mate is part of us.

On this page, we intend to share those wonderful moments of life that surround our family. And as we consider you family as well, we invite you to share your mate moments by emailing us pictures, videos or narrations of such events to gaucho@gauchogourmet.com



Monday, August 15, 2011

A visit with Chef Scott Cohen and Family

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A couple months back, we decided to pack up the kids and take e a drive to Austin, TX to visit our friend Chef Scott Cohen and his family. After a nice little stroll with the kids and a stop at the ice cream parlor, Scotti fixed a delicious and filling Osso Buco and Mushroom Risotto dinner. And what better way to end a nice day than to sit on the sofa, chat and have a mate!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Mate with “Don Gerardo di Migeoni”

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Yes, we know… it’s been a while since we last posted anything on our “Mate Moments”! But that surely does not mean we abandoned our mate. We just forgot to take pictures. But anyways, here we are again on one of those nice and cool spring evenings we miss so much right now. Sitting outside in the yard with a little fire on, with our good friends Gerard and Anna, enjoying a mate. Gerard is our son Santino’s godfather and although he is French, we like to call him “Don Gerado di Migeoni”. After all, he is the “Godfather” of a child name Santino, the Italian version of his name fits him much better. He likes his wine, like any French man but we were able to convince him to try our national drink. We had a good time sharing the tradition of passing the mate around which was something new and interesting for them to try and with the help of a little honey, and an “offer they could not refuse”, the French and American palate rejoiced in our tradition. Thanks for all the great times when we get together Don Gerardo & Anna!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Never say Never

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Ever since we arrived in this country we had always had a hard time finding good neighbors. For some reason, almost everyone always seemed distant and reserved. But all of this changed when we moved to our current home. We were wishing for good neighbors and this time, our expectations were exceeded. We are not kidding when we tell you that they were so nice, they seemed out of a movie. Just to give you an example, a few days after we had settled in, LeAnn (the mom) and Emily (the daughter) showed up at our door with a welcome cake…..I mean come on. I remember watching movies back in Argentina with things like this happening and saying…. "only in America, only in Hollywood." Well? We were right about the America part. So how does this tie into Mate? Wait, read more.

One day, I am talking to Cameron (the dad) who is an ardent lover of good food and willing to try stuff so I brought up Mate. At first, we got the resistant look that I am sure anyone gets when they try to introduce Mate to someone. But one day, they came over for dinner and we pulled out the magic weapon….a hand carved carbo wood mate that just looks irresistibly cool! Even if you don't like to drink it, you just want to hold it, because it makes you look cool! But to our surprise, as we not only introduced the drink but also the ritual of passing the Mate around, it was welcomed and enjoyed by everyone present, including Connor (the son who's 11 years old and a great soccer player). Unfortunately all goods things come to an end and our dream neighbors have now moved. But nonetheless, we still hold on to a wonderful friendship and a few weeks ago we were invited over to their house for dinner and guess what we finished dinner with…..ha!! Good old Mate being passed around the table. Love it!!!

By the way, we love our new neighbors too, but let's see how long it takes us to get them into Mate.


Sunday, October 03, 2010

Mate with Mama Cuqui on Sundays

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Every Sunday, rain or shine, when 5 o'clock comes around, and Aniella and Santino are done with their nap, grandma comes home to visit the kiddos. Now it's time to sit around the living room, watch them play, catch up on the week and drink some good Mate. Now, it is tradition for us, no matter what when Mama is home, no one else can make the mate except her. So much so, she still heats up the water in a kettle and refuses to use a thermo. While we have tried to get her to use one, her response is always the same (as you would expect it from someone of that generation), Mate is not the same when you use the thermos. I grew up with a kettle and that's how I like it!!! (by now her voice is touching a high C). At which time we respond…Yes, Mom, a kettle will be just fine. We love our Sunday afternoon Mate!!!



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