Hello viewers! So today I grabbed lunch with a friend between classes and was in the mood for some authentic Hispanic food. Instead of walking towards Broad Street for lunch, we went to one of my favorite places to eat in downtown, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market (also known as the Municipal Market) off Edgewood Avenue. The Sweet Auburn Market is pretty close to school and has a multitude of restaurants, bakeries, and small shops. I took my friend to a yummy arepa shop that I’ve gone to a few times called “Arepa Mia.”
Arepa Mia is a Venezuelan restaurant with a variety of tasty South American specialties such as arepas, empanadas, and cachapas. I’m sure you’re wondering, “What is an arepa? And WHAT is a cachapa?” Well an arepa consists of two flat cornmeal patties stuffed with grilled or shredded meats, crisp veggies, fresh cheese, or anything of your choosing. A cachapa is similar to an arepa. A cachapa is a fluffy corn cake with soft creamed corn bits inside of it and is topped with meats, veggies, and cheese. My friend and I ordered a couple of scrumptious arepas and cachapas with some fresh guava juice on the side, and were stuck in food coma for a good half hour.
Now lets talk prices. Arepa Mia is a casual dining place that can cost you from $4-15 to eat. The food is hand crafted and freshly prepared for you in a matter of minutes. Arepa Mia is also 100% gluten-free and has delicious meatless options for you vegetarians and health-nuts out there. My recommendation? GO THERE! Instead of settling for some of the overpriced, mediocre food around campus, walk to Arepa Mia and get yourself a flavorful cachapa NOW!
Pabellon Arepa with cilantro sauce on the side
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