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Eating Arepas: The Venezuelan Way of Life

Updated: Jan 10, 2023

Arepas can be eaten with almost any filling of you choice, at Peter's Panas, we make deep fried and you can filled them up with beef, chicken, avocado, plantains, and much more. In Venezuela, you can eat them at almost every corner. Arepas can be eaten as breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner



What is an arepa?


An arepa is a type of cuisine that originated in Venezuela, and has since spread through other countries in the Americas. It's made from cornmeal dough that is cooked on a griddle to make a round, flat cake.

The dough is made with masa harina, salt, and water. After kneading the dough until it's fully mixed, a small amount of vegetable oil is added to the dough before it's shaped into one or more rounds. The size of each arepa depends on how much filling you want to add to it.

Arepas can be eaten with almost any filling of your choice—at Peter's Panas, we make deep-fried and you can fill them up with beef, chicken, avocado, plantains, and much more! In Venezuela, you can eat them at almost every corner. Arepas can be eaten as breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.


Traditional Venezuelan food


What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Venezuela? Maybe it's the country's beautiful natural scenery or its bustling city life. But for many people, the first thing that comes to mind is Cachapas.


Cachapas come from a long lineage of bread-like products and their recipe goes back as far as pre-Columbian times. They're made from ground maize and water and they can be eaten with almost any filling of your choice. At Peter's Panas, we make deep fried and you can fill them up with beef, chicken, avocado, plantains, and much more. In Venezuela, you can eat them at almost every corner. Arepas can be eaten as breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner—and they're eaten by all socioeconomic classes in the country!

The origins of this dish are debated: some say it has indigenous origins while others claim it was brought over by European settlers (though there is no concrete evidence). Regardless of where they came from originally, it's safe to say that Venezuelans have perfected the art of making these delicious snacks!



Eating arepas in Venezuela


Arepas are a popular Venezuelan food. They are made with corn flour, salt, water, and cooking oil. The dough is kneaded until it becomes elastic and soft. It's then left to sit for an hour before being shaped into balls.

One of the most distinctive features of the arepa is that it's a flatbread which can be eaten in a variety of ways. You can eat them on their own with butter or cheese or you can fill them up with any filling you choose! One common filling is beef, chicken, avocados, plantains, and much more.

In Venezuela, you can find arepas at almost every corner store! In the morning they're commonly eaten as breakfast—with cheese or butter or sometimes both! Lunchtime often includes an arepa filled up with beef stew and dinner often includes an arepa filled up with meatballs.

Arepas can also be eaten as a snack or a dessert--most commonly when they're deep fried and covered in sugar sprinkles! Here at Peter's Panas we make all sorts of deep fried goodies including deep fried arepas-you can have them stuffed with your choice of meat from our menu! We also have other flavors available


Eating arepas around the world


Arepas are eaten as a street food in Venezuela and Colombia. They're also popular as a breakfast food, as well as a side dish to accompany other dishes.

In Venezuela, you can find arepas on almost every corner on the street. They're often filled with beef, chicken, avocado, plantains, and much more. You can eat them for breakfast or dinner or any time of day!

In Colombia, you'll find these tasty treats at the marketplaces and made on the streets by vendors with carts that sell only arepitas! Arepas are also found in many Colombian restaurants and they're usually served with fried eggs or scrambled eggs inside them.

In Costa Rica, you'll find arepas sold from carts in most markets. In Panama City you can find great arepa stands all over town!


The arepa, a staple in the Venezuelan diet, is one of the most common foods in the country. The arepa is a maize dough patty that is cooked on a griddle and served in a corn husk. This food can be eaten with many different toppings such as cheese, onion, or meat. These patties are often eaten for breakfast or as a side dish to accompany a main meal.

It is a common misconception that the arepa originated in Venezuela, when in actuality this type of food has been found in many other Latin American countries. In fact, many people will compare this dish to a corn-based version of a Mexican tortilla.

Many people who move to Venezuela will find it hard to integrate into the culture without learning the proper way to eat an arepa. In Venezuela, an arepa can be served with any meal and is often eaten with cheese, avocado, and a side of beans.

In Venezuela, eating an arepa is often considered an art form. It is common to see people using their fingers to peel back a husk and then using the same hand to scoop up some of the ingredients and place them on top of the arepa while holding it between their fingers


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