Spanish phrase of the day: merienda
Translation: snack…however that doesn’t do it justice.
Merienda is without doubt one of the finest components of the day. Whereas it’s not an “official” meal, it’s common observe to have a snack and a drink round 4 or 5 within the afternoon. Sweets are undoubtedly the preferred throughout merienda. Croissants, pastries, possibly a savory empanada or two. However, the beverage that you’ll all the time see, undoubtedly, known as mate.
Mate (mat-eh) is a tea-like drink that’s principally the espresso of Argentina. It’s a caffeinated drink that takes somewhat extra effort than simply stopping at a café. So as to make mate, you want a particular type of cup (additionally known as a mate), a bombilla (mate straw), yerba (the tea leaves) and a thermos, since you’re going to need to drink it wherever you find yourself.
Mate originated right here in Argentina and is supposed to be shared. Folks usually make one cup of mate, drink the entire water out of the cup, fill it up once more, after which move it to the following individual. It’s a drink that you just share with pals, coworkers, or new faces. It’s a second of group. This, sadly, isn’t fairly as frequent for the reason that pandemic started. However folks will nonetheless sit in parks with family members, sharing mate, each single day.
It’s a convention that emphasizes the significance of connection on this tradition, in addition to stress-free and having fun with life’s little moments. It’s good to have a every day exercise that does so. It slows life down and permits everybody to soak up each second, which I believe we may all do extra of.