Posted in Arts & Culture, The Region, tagged arepa, Boston, caracas, culture, entertainment, food, latin america, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Travel, venezuela, Venezuelan cuisine, Venezuelan culture, Venezuelan food, venezuelan traditions on February 26, 2009 |
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The arepa is truly a food without borders. Though it is emblematic of Venezuela, the savory cornmeal snack has a presence abroad, too! Here are some suggestions for where to find arepas in the U.S.:
In New York, the Caracas Arepa Bar (pictured above) is located on 7th St. the East Village. Here, rumor has it you are nearly required to to try Venezuelan-style guacamole, called guasacaca. Rivals El Cocotero are over on West 18th St.
Lucky for folks in Boston, the up-and-coming Orinoco has two locations, one in the South End and another in Brookline. They have a nice date-worthy ambiance and also sell t-shirts with funny slogans like “arepa boy” and “no se aceptan sifrinos!” (no snobs allowed!).
This may not be the policy at Coupa Cafe in Beverley Hills and Palo Alto, which claims to sell “the finest mountain grown single estate coffees from Venezuela.” It has an entire section of its menu dedicated to gourmet arepas.
Surely Miami is home to the highest density of Venezuelan eateries, but we recommend you try this one first: Caballo Viejo (named for a famous folkloric song by Simon Diaz ) has been described as a “hole-in-the-wall” and a “mom and pop” restaurant that is clean and simple.
Where else do you like to eat arepas? Let us know in the comments section.
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Posted in Society & Politics, tagged Boston, chari, citgo, Citizens Energy, discounted heating oil, Energy, home heating oil, Hugo Chavez, Joe Kennedy, Native Americans, news, oil, politics, venezuela, venezuela charity, William Delahunt on January 8, 2009 |
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For the past four years, 23 states and 65 Native American tribes have been keeping warm thanks to the generosity of the Venezuelan people. Citgo, the U.S. subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, is continuing it’s home heating oil program in 2009.
Together with Boston-based Citizens Energy, headed by Joe Kennedy II (above at left), Citgo is providing cut-rate heating oil to those who can’t afford it.
Kennedy thanked President Chavez for Venezuela’s continued support and said:
This decision is a clear, direct message from President Chavez of his desire to strengthen relations between his country and the United States, particularly at this time, when a new US administration is scheduled to be sworn in within the next few weeks.
The low-cost heat is a vital contribution, as the temperature continues to drop and many U.S. citizens have found themselves out of work and overwhelmed. Venezuela has helped to ease the burden many people in freezing climates must bear.
Representative William Delahunt of Massachusetts is also grateful:
It’s really important to continue the program. In New England, it has been extraordinarily helpful to get low-income people through the tough winters we have had.
Delahunt said he thought it could also pave the way for better relations between the U.S. and Venezuela.
Citizens Energy is now taking applications, and fuel deliveries will begin in 2-3 days. Those in need of assistance can call 1-877-JOE-4-OIL.
Click here for more from the Boston Globe and the Associated Press.
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