10 comments on “The South: Cowboys, Germans and an unexpected surprise

  1. Warm water for chimarrao? I’m no expert (being from Sao Paulo and all) but the few times I’ve had it they always used boiling water making it quite similar to drinking green tea. Is that not the experience you had?

    • In Rio Grande do Sul, we drink it with hot water. Cold chimarrão is from Argentina

    • Hot, not boiling though. I was taught you take the kettle off the stove when you first see bubbles. If it is too hot or boiling I was told it would ruin the mate leaves. Also you first put a small glass of warm water in the cuia before adding the hot water, which I was told is also to keep the leaves tasting their best.

      • Fantastic, my blog has thrown up a debate on the procedure for making chimarrão. Love it!

        From what I was told, and from what I’ve subsequently read, boiled water shouldn’t be used because, as Michael says, it can ruin the mate leaves. Apparently it also make the taste become more bitter.

      • Yep. Boiling water burns the mate and it became bitter. Cold water for chimarrão is called Tereré, and it’s more popular on north.

  2. Florianópolis is a pain on the summer. The city struggles with the usual 500,000 inhabitant, imagine that on the summer the number doubles. So, yeah, not a great time to come. I recommend coming here after the Carnaval, when the year officialy starts and all the argentinian already are back to their country.

    I recommend going to beaches like Jurerê and Praia do Forte, where you have civilization, warm and calm water.

    On Pomedore I recommend to visit the Schorstein factory, one of the local brewers that most don’t know but should.

    • Hey Claus, thanks for the recommendations although I’m not sure how soon I’ll be going back. There’s just so much of Brazil left to explore!

      We tried to go to the Schorstein factory but we went on a Monday so it was closed unfortunately. I was gutted because that was one of the main things I wanted to visit!

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