are·​pa | \ ə-ˈrā-pə How to pronounce arepa (audio) \

Definition of arepa

: a usually grilled cornmeal cake served in Latin American cuisine

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One estimate had Venezuelans averaging two arepas per day, every day. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Restaurant Review: Los Parceros, the tiny East Colfax Colombian restaurant with a big arepa menu," 5 Sep. 2019 And of course, there will be arepas, which are gluten free. Grace Wong,, "Quirky rooftop bar Utopian Tailgate opens above The Second City, plus more Chicago restaurant openings and closings," 4 Sep. 2019 Customers waited half an hour or more as Ms. Rengifo made each arepa from scratch. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Cooking, Dancing, Hoping: A Day in the Life of a Smorgasburg Food Stall," 8 July 2019 Guests are most likely to order the arepa llanera and chicha drink, although de Grazia’s favorite is the plantains with lomo saltado. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "The odds are stacked against success stories like these," 10 June 2018 Cubans on the Run: As the name suggests, this to-go restaurant serves a variety of Cuban sandwiches along with other Latin handhelds, such as empanadas, papa rellenas and arepas. Michael Candelaria,, "Casselberry Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Nothing Costa Rican, but Salvadorean or Honduran is very similar with tamales and arepas. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Meet South Florida's World Cup fans: Group E," 31 May 2018 The black bean arepa can be made vegan by substituting avocado puree. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pop-up Arepera MKE to sell arepas for lunch at Amilinda," 7 May 2018 The latter is a traditional burger with red onion, a cilantro jalepeno lime aioli and chicarrones inside a cheese arepa. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "If you plan to see the Marlins’ on Opening Day, here’s what you need to know | Miami Herald," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of arepa

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arepa

American Spanish, probably from Cumaná (Cariban language of the Venezuela coast) erepa corn, cornmeal cake, or from a cognate Cariban form

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