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ISO argentinian matte or mate

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cuisine_junkie Aug 3, 2010 12:24 PM

its an herb....drank in tea form....also seeking the utensils one uses to drink it (eg the traditional metal straw and wooden cup)

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  1. curnonsky Aug 3, 2010 12:42 PM

    Have you tried the Latin American food shops in Kensington?

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      Pantz Aug 3, 2010 03:01 PM

      There's also El Almacen Yerba Mate Cafe on Queen St. West

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/682503

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      El Almacen
      1078 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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        Doopsylalolic Aug 3, 2010 08:40 PM

        There is an Argentinean cafe/bar on the south side of Wilson, a little west of Jane. They have packets of it. It is next to the Burger King. I don't have a name or an address, but here it is in Google Maps:
        http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=43.71995...

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          Davwud Aug 4, 2010 04:21 AM

          In the building behind the one on Wilson. I know it as El Gaucho. If for no other reason, you should go for the empanadas.

          DT

      2. mariecollins Aug 4, 2010 07:06 AM

        I bought the 'El Mate' (cup), and Bombilla (straw) in Kensington market. The store was on the East side of a North/South Street.

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          graydyn Aug 4, 2010 07:40 AM

          I'm not sure about the utensils (I like mine in a mug), but you can get good mate at any Teaopia. It's a bit more money than usual, but the tea is always in fairly good condition.

          1. Lazar Aug 4, 2010 07:45 AM

            El Almacen is a great "go-to" spot, as they have great coffee and other argentinian treats (e.g. sandwiche de miga, empanadas, etc). But if you are looking to brew your own, any of the store that were already posted have it, but you may also want to try the grocery chains. Lately, they all seem to stock Mate (Cruz de Malta mainly but other brands too) in their "international foods" or the "coffee/tea" aisles.

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            El Almacen
            1078 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            1. pescatarian Aug 4, 2010 10:54 AM

              They sell prepared Yerba Mate at Red Rocket Cafe on Queen East at Greenwood.

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                jgloverwork Aug 5, 2010 09:33 AM

                Amazingly, my local Price Chopper (Leslie & Eastern in Leslieville) carries bags of Cruz De Malta Yerba Mate. This was the same stuff available in most supermarkets when I was in Argentina. http://www.gauchogourmet.com/cruz_de_...

                Maybe SObeys would also carry?

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