It isn't often that I stumble on a new food that I've never tried or heard of, particularly one that is absolutely delicious. When in Orlando visiting our daughter who works for Disney, we always love to find things to do that don't have anything to do with the theme parks. One of our favorite places in Orlando is Lake Eola Park downtown. On a recent visit we went to the park for their Fall Festival. They have wonderful artisan booths as well as a wide variety of food. We could smell the Arepa booth before we got there. I'm not usually all that comfortable buying food at a booth from people I don't know, but I did not hesitate this time at all.
The arepa is a flat, unleavened patty made of cornmeal which can be grilled, baked, or fried. The characteristics of the arepa vary from region to region: It may vary by color, flavor, size, thickness, garniture, and also the food it may be stuffed with. Arepa is a native bread made of ground corn, water, and salt which is fried into a pancake-like bread. It is either topped or filled with meat, eggs, tomatoes, salad, cheese, shrimp, or fish. Wikipedia
I found a recipe for Arepas here.
I thought I'd share a few more pictures of Lake Eola Park.
It is so interesting to see this gorgeous park
surrounded by the tall buildings of the city.
The pigeons found a place they liked.
You can get up close and personal with
the swans or ride in a swan boat if you so choose.
They often have live music at the bandstand.
It is a beautful spot to escape the tourists and the traffic
that suuround the them park areas.
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