Eating out vegan and gluten free is one of my favorite posts to write about. I love when I find a great spot that meets both needs, has great ambiance, and of course is delicious. Next time you are going out suggest arepas.
This Friday I am featuring arepas at Caracas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
If you are familiar with arepas, you know the amazing goodness that these savory, flavorful little packages stuffed with varied vegetables just keep on giving with every bite. Coming from the word erepa, literally meaning corn bread, arepas come from Venezuela and Columbia. They are made of corn flour, hence the gluten free component and can be stuffed with anything you like. I like going for Leek Jardinera, leeks, sun dried tomatoes, onions, hold the cheese, and add grilled tofu. The side sauce is the most delicious accompaniment made of mustard, a little spice and a lot of secret ingredients. When put together the bite is first crunchy, followed by savory cooked goodness and finished with the sweetness of the sauce. It is like no other sandwich type meal I have had. You hold it in your hands as you treasure each bite. Whatever your next restaurant visit is, it needs to be Caracas. Don’t live in Brooklyn?, don’t worry, they have sister places in Manhattan and Queens. And for those not in NYC… click here, based on some major cities in the country and around the world, I did some quick searches to find arepa near you: (If you don’t see what you are looking for, a quick Google search will help)
PS Always start with the guac;)