no news here, just to say that i ate at caracas arepa bar last night, and really enjoyed myself, per usual.
had something new--a drink called "chicha," which tasted like a light liquid rice pudding. not at all thick, but extremely rich. heavenly. and a great accompaniment to the arepas.
The arepas are like smallish I usually buy two to fill me up, it can be a bit much at like 16 for two basic ones but its way cheaper to make! and if you live in Williamsburg all of the ingredients are at the supermarket on Havemeyer
I made the secret sauce at home its pretty close
cilantro, parsley, e.v olive oil, cup vinegar, yellow peppers, mango
I posted the full recipe with instructions on my blog, I also included a full recipe on how to make the pabellon Enjoy!
i ate dinner there tonight with a venezuelan friend. i let him do all the ordering, figuring he'd know what to get... and i must say i was disappointed, for the most part. i think the problem was with what *he* ordered, because i liked the flavoring, but he pretty much got all the deep fried cheese related stuff, and i know there's more to venezuelan cuisine than that...
the one exception was a soup we had called 'chupe.' the waitress explained that it's peruvian in origin, but that the venezuelans stole it and made it better. it was delicious... as was the juice i had, which the waitress invented -- papaya with passionfruit.
i'd go back sometime on my own (or with another dining companion) and try and order some other stuff. but i think the menu at flor's kitchen is a bit more well-rounded...