Arepas must be the traditional favourite snack here.
It is a round bland tortilla-looking thing made from wheat and thick enough to be sliced or ripped open. In-between, the Venezuelans would put the yummy fillings that can be anything, from tuna to cheese to chicken to meat to eggs…
Pabellon criollo is a plate of rice, beef and black beans, usually with 'tajadas' (fried plantain slices) or a fried egg
The fried plantains are sticky, sweet and yummy. It is like having dessert on the same plate of main meal. This particular dish with the fried plantains apparently has a humourous name 'pabellon con barandas' (guard rail) because the long fried plantains 'guard' the plate and keep the rice and beans from falling off from the plate.
This is considered by many to be the Venezuelan national dish.
Some fruit names are different in Venezuela, compared to other Spanish-speaking countries.
'Lechosa' = papaya (normally, known as 'papaya')
'Patilla' = water melon (normally, known as 'sandia')
'Parchita' = passion fruit (normally, known as 'maracuja')
Heladeria Coromoto is world-famous and tour buses download scores and scores of tourists to visit it.
Well, it is apparently in the Guiness Book of Records. It has up to 750, or some say, 1000 ice-cream flavours… whatever!
OK, there were many many many and I mean many ice-cream flavour signs on the board, but the ice-cream flavours available at the counter for choosing were fewer, (about 100) but still, mind-boggling.
Imagine, ice-cream flavours for 'hamburger', 'smoked trout', 'beer', 'rice with chicken', 'garlic', 'spaghetti', etc… and there are others with perplexing names like Italy, Norway, Europe, Africa, Miss Venezuela, My Beautiful Mérida, For You My Love, Sun and Shadow, Viagra The Hope, etc…
I ordered ‘Cream of Crab’ and ‘Eternal Love’. The ‘Crab’ was so-so, but ‘Eternal Love’ tasted very nice. Ah, now I can say I know the taste of eternal love, hahaa…
'Chicha de arroz' is a refreshing drink made from boiled rice, milk, sugar and chopped ice, after it is way overcooked and blended. You can see 'chiceros' which are 'chicha' sellers along the streets or in the malls.
I tried one with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
The Maltin Polar Ice malta drink was also something that I had, so far, only seen in Venezuela. I later learnt that it came from Germany.
These were drinks bottled in a dark-coloured bottle. At first, I was shocked to see parents buying these drinks for their kids as it looked positively alcoholic. When I decided to try it, I realised it was advertised as beer without alcohol.
Coffee, taken here in Venezuela, is almost always black, and they often come in plastic cups just a little over an inch tall, much like a shot-glass. How very tiny.
They are frequently sold by walking street vendors who carry a flask of coffee and a wooden rectangular carrier holding the plastic cups.
I was momentarily stunned at the huge number of Chinese restaurants all over Caracas. Indeed, after coming from Brazil where there were only a very pathetic handful of Chinese restaurants, this was quite a nice welcome.
I strongly believe that amongst the majority of the Venezuelans, Chinese cuisine rank high amongst their favourite.
Coromoto is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's largest selection of ice cream flavors. Not all 800+ flavors are available at any one time, but you will have a mind boggling number of flavors however. Many of the flavors will blow your mind. Here are some of the flavors on hand: asparagus, onion, trout, beef, spaghetti, garlic, my first kiss, forgive me my love, and one for us guys.....viagara!!! They can give you an assortment of different flavors in the form of mini-scoops in a large dish. Try some of the more unusual stuff. Some of the most unpleasant sounding flavors are actually very good...you will be surprised! You can get chocolate, vanilla and strawberry here......but how lame that would be !!!
Favorite Dish: the rice and beans is very good!
If you are going to claim to have the most flavors of ice cream in the world you will have to come up with some truely exotic. Certainly some of the flavors were worth a laugh but of doubtful interest. For example, the flavor "spagetti and meatballs" seemed a bit extreme.
Favorite Dish: I love ice cream with a preference for tropic fruit flavors not available in the USA.
Don't miss the drinks at Aquarena in Grand Roque....Mohitos, cahipirinha and everything is great...the appetizers are a must try. The setting is perfect with big cushions were you can read a book looking at the sunset
Venezuelan food is not the most diverse of South American countries especially if you are a vegetarian. The cheese is good however it is much heavier than American or Mexican cheese. Three in our group are vegetarians and had a very challenging time to avoid eating the same food every day. Having been in several South American countries, I found the Venezuelan food quite bland and uninteresting for me with extremely limited selections especially if you are accustomed to Mexican food. Food was not the highlight of the trip.
Favorite Dish: The only good meal I had was the last night in Caracas when we ate at an expensive Italian restaurant.
In Venezuelan we have our own typical food that you will not find at any other countries...
You have to eat Arepas......do not miss it!!!
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Favorite Dish: Arepas (with many opcion of filing)
Hallacas (only in crismas)
The food was good. It was just traditional Venezuelan. Notice the dirt floor and mud brick wall at the kitchen area. One thing nice about restaurants in this area, they are open air and no insects bother you as you eat.
Favorite Dish: Chicken is common in Venezuela and it is good. Also I like cachapa and yucca frita.
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Favorite Dish: Red Snapper, fresh from the boat, accompanied by a pina colada
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