August 6, 2011

Memorable Food: Caracas Arepa Bar

Every once in a while I eat something that really stays with me.  This is not a common experience but when it happens I can remember the flavors, the textures and how I felt when I ate that food. 

I still remember the flavors of the stuffed tomatoes I had at a taverna near the church of Paraportiani in Mykonos in 2006.  The most delicious part of that dish were the chopped potatoes that were baked with the tomatoes, the potatoes soaked the olive oil and the juices of the tomatoes and simple potatoes were transformed into heavenly potatoes. 

I started this blog because the food at Ilili gave me the same sensation.  The food I ate was so memorable, I'll be thinking about it for years to come.

This week I had another one of those memorable dishes.  I went to Caracas Arepa Bar and I had La Sureña arepa. 

Venezuelan arepas are corn meal cakes that are fried and then baked.  They are stuffed with all kinds of fillings.  La Sureña at Caracas Arepa Bar is stuffed with chicken, chorizo, avocado and chimichurri sauce (which includes garlic, oregano, cilantro, olive oil).  The arepa was toasty on the outside, but soft on the inside.  The texture of the chicken and chorizo with slightly crisp edges and the creaminess of the avocado was a great balance.  The chimichurri sauce flavored every aspect of this arepa, it soaked into the arepa and infused the avocado with garlicky taste.  This is a MESSY food adventure, but definitely a memorable food adventure.

I cannot wait to go back to Caracas Arepa Bar and try some of their other arepas.  In the mean time I'll be thinking about La Sureña.  I hope you get to enjoy memorable food this week.  Until next time, Buen Provecho!

Caracas Arepa Bar
93 1/2 7th Street (Between 1st Avenue & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009
Phone: 212.529.2314
Closest Subway Stop: 1st Avenue at 14th Street (L)