It is the national drink in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, etc. Mate is served with a metal straw, is called a bombilla. Mate is an infusion, prepared with yerba mate and hot water.
Mate is traditionally drunk in a particular social setting, with friends. One person "the cebador" assumes the task of the server. "The cebador" fills the mate and drinks the mate firs to ensure that it is good quality.
The drink taste like a cross between green tea and coffee, with hints of other herbs, like mint, etc. Some drinkers takes it bitter "mate amargo", others add sugar, creating "mate dulce". Other very common variations are adding cold orange juice, lemonade, etc, called "tereré".
Lajau means "ombu" (a massive evergreen herb native to the Pampas of South America) in the Charrua language (used by de native indians of Uruguay). This is the name of a cosy restaurant in La Pedrera. We had great lunch here and the owner was super nice, he served us himself, the food was excellent. The dishes were also made by the owner, he is quite a craftsman.
Calle del tanque de agua, 100 mts off the main Ave.
Phone: 099 92 20 91
La Pedrera, Rocha
La Pedrera is a small, eco-friendly town, located in the Rocha State, 260 km from Montevideo. It has 2 main beaches: "El Desplayado" and "Playa del Barco". It is a great place to relax, eat, surf, fish, wale watching, etc. It is also famous for its fun "Carnaval". Great atmosphere!