quick stop for arepas


I haven’t quite finished writing about my trip to Chicago, let alone my trip to New Orleans, but I feel compelled to write about something closer to home. Yesterday I was on the way to see a pretty cool movie called Three Kingdoms at the Tribeca Film Festival, and I needed something to eat in a hurry. I was pretty close to stopping in at Ruben’s, and then I spotted Caracas Arepa Bar around the corner. The decision about what to eat was made. If you know my vegetarian book, then you already know I’m a fan of Caracas. Almost all this place does are arepas. What are arepas? They’re a sort of Venezuelan cornmeal cake, which is split open and filled. The choice of fillings really varies. As for me, I prefer the meatless ones. La Jardinera is my favorite, made with a mixture of eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, and caramelized onions. It’s a must try, trust me. And for five or six bucks per arepa, the price is tough to beat. What impresses me the most is that even though this place has expanded to include a sit-down restaurant next door, the quality of the food is still amazing. In fact, I’d swear the food at Caracas gets better every time I visit.


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