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The Sainted Arepa Lady to make a San Francisco appearance?

soupçon Jul 16, 2011 09:45 PM

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


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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    Dave Feldman RE: soupçon Jul 31, 2011 11:28 PM

    Right you are: http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/07...

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    1. re: Dave Feldman
      soupçon RE: Dave Feldman Aug 2, 2011 07:33 PM

      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.

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      jman1 RE: soupçon Aug 2, 2011 09:24 PM

      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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        Melanie Wong RE: jman1 Aug 2, 2011 11:59 PM

        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
          jman1 RE: Melanie Wong Aug 3, 2011 12:07 AM

          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.

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            soupçon RE: jman1 Aug 3, 2011 09:02 AM

            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
          Dave Feldman RE: jman1 Aug 3, 2011 02:20 PM

          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.

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