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EV flor's kitchen - questions

apple | Mar 4, 2004 05:30 PM

i went for the first time a few nights ago. ordered the chicken and avocado arepa (pretty good), cauliflower and mango salad (skip this, it's boring), the fish empanada, and the cachapa with cheese. now i have two questions. 1) are their empanadas typical of venezuelan empanadas? whenever i've had empanadas before, they've had a much thinner, crunchier pastry shell. this one was a completely different animal, with a thick corn-y shell that was more like bread and nearly 1cm thick. i thought that maybe these were just an anomalous version, and then i remembered the time when a venezuelan friend came to a dinner party once with a tray of empanadas very similar to these. any thoughts? 2) also - what are cachapas supposed to taste like? their menu description ("pure corn pancake") and some of the reviews i read made this sound amazing. i love corn. when our cachapa arrived, though, i was kind of disappointed. it was basically a bunch of corn kernels sweetened and mashed into a round, topped with thin slices of cool queso blanco. i'd be willing to bet a big sum of money that this was canned corn. it was also way too sweet for me. and the cheese wasn't melting on top as i had hoped. perhaps this is the way it's supposed to be served? or does it taste better in the summer when corn is in season?

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