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Jul 16, 2011 09:45 PM

The Sainted Arepa Lady to make a San Francisco appearance?

I follw the Sainted Arepa Lady on Twitter (yes, she's on it) and this is her tweet from earlier this evening:!/Arepalady/statu...

I'm guessing it may be in conjunction with the Street Food Festival and Conference in August, but i haven't heard it from that end yet.

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        1. re: Dave Feldman

          Thanks for that. It's also been confirmed to me By Caleb Zigas of La Cocina. I'm under the impression that she'll be at the Street Food Festival (a separate event from the conference) though it'll be nice if she makes an appearance at the Conference as well.

        2. Fill me in. What's so special? Her's in particular, or Arepas in general?

          Wondering because I see that my home town back east now has an Arepa bar on the boardwalk:

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          1. re: jman1

            Let me share with you some of the early posts on this site about her, the ones where I first read about her saintliness.


            And this one, "SF Treats Its Tamale Lady Better than We Treat Our Arepa Lady ",

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I didn't realize that she was from NY. I guess that makes sense; I was thinking that she was local.

              I only skimmed, but didn't see very much talk about the food itself. But, I see that there is a mystery and fascination.

              1. re: jman1

                The mystery and fascination were largely created by none other than Chowhound's founder, Jim Leff:


                She makes Colombian arepas, hard to find around here, and does them very well. Her arepa de chocolo, which uses fresh corn as well as masa in the batter, is particularly notable.

            2. re: jman1

              I guess arepas are "hot," now, but that isn't why you should try her arepas. You should try them because they are exemplars of the dish -- no gimmicks, just great execution. I love the cachapas, too. Maybe even more than the arepas.