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Foodie Faves: Caracas Arepa Bar in NYC

Our trip to New York City during the holidays was primarily a foodie exploration. The mobile app Yelp was terrific with helping us find restaurants. We love Venezuelan food, and while searching for Venezuelan places, we found Caracas Arepa Bar. They have a couple of locations in New York City but we went to the Manhattan venue (91 E. 7th St.). It’s small, but if you’re Hispanic, it definitely feels like home.

To start off our meal we ordered Tequeños. Think mozzarella sticks, but instead of breading on the outside, it’s flour. In most places, they use frying cheese, but the best tequeños are the ones that use Venezuelan cheese (Queso Guayanés). I hadn’t eaten tequeños in a really long time, so it was an amazing indulgence for me to eat them. They’re perfect for an appetizer.

Now, it was time to choose the arepa. Personally, I love arepas that have a bunch of cheese but not a lot of meat, so that’s why I ended up choosing La Pelúa. It contains shredded beef and cheddar cheese (a lot of it). The meat flavor mixed with the cheese was to die for, very tasty.

Our visit to Caracas Arepa Bar was enjoyable, filled with delicious food, a familiar and cozy atmosphere and decent prices. If we ever go back to New York City, I would love to go back and try another of their arepas.

Question Time:

Have you tried Venezuelan food? What’s your favorite dish?

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Foodie Faves: Maison Kayser in NYC

New York City is one of my favorite cities. My first visit was during my honeymoon in 2014. It was a culinary experience like no other, that’s why my husband and I decided to go back this past December. We visited for two weeks, and had the best time trying out new restaurants and places we weren’t able to last time.

There was one place we visited last time that we had to check out again: Maison Kayser. Authentic French ‘Boulangerie’ with several locations around the world. New York has a few of them. Our favorite has to be one of the Upper East Side locations: 685 3rd Avenue (at 44th St). When you go in, you’ll see the decadent pastries tempting you to try a bite.

We’ve tried the Pistachio Eclair and the Chocolate Tart. Both were incredibly delicious.

The pastries are wonderful, but the main player at Maison Kayser is the breakfast. You know when you eat something so good that you want to keep eating the same thing over and over? That’s how I feel when I eat at this glorious place. My favorite breakfast dish is Jambon Fumé & Deux Oeufs Au Choix (Smoked ham & two organic eggs scrambled, sunny side-up or soft boiled, toast). The french-style scrambled eggs are very creamy and delicious. You don’t need to add salt and pepper, it’s that good.

It’s a perfect breakfast: whole wheat toast, scrambled eggs and high quality ham. I’ve been looking at recipes online so I can recreate the french-style scrambled eggs at home. I’ve never had eggs like that over here, so I’m definitely craving it.

Question time:

What’s your favorite breakfast dish? Do you have a favorite place to go to for breakfast?