They did not follow the general air of development and, later, industrialisation. Rather, they focussed on farming and caring for the livestock, valuing their roots and the abundance of Brazil. Because they did not move in the same circles or at the same pace as the other colonialists over the centuries, the gauchos soon formed a culture of their own, remaining distinct to this day.
Due to the nature of their lives and work, the diet of the gauchos comprises plenty of meat, which is barbecued. Today, gaucho restaurants still offer a variety of delicious meat dishes in keeping with tradition. The barbecue style of meat is called churrasco. Common meats on the gaucho menu include poultry, mutton, beef and pork. Maté, a bitter tea, is another favourite that can be enjoyed at any time of day, regardless of how hot the summer sun is. It is made from the leaves of the Holly Tree, which are first powdered and then allowed to brew in hot water. Coffee and wine are also often enjoyed by gauchos.