All about Arepas
19th May – 11th June – get this jotted down in your food diaries folks!
Just in case anyone thought Madrid did not have enough “routes” (where different restaurants offer the same overall dish, prepared their own way) to add to the Octopus Route (actually called Octopus Passion, so beautiful right), the Oxtail Stew Route, the *insert traditional food* Route, now Madrid has a brand new, funky, cool, even snazzier and more modern one – the first ever Arepas Route here in Madrid. I attended the kick off launch event along with many other of my blogger friends at Mercado de la Paz a few weeks back, where we enjoyed some catering from one of the places taking part – La Despensa.
Thanks to the lovely people at P.A.N. España – a very well-known and popular brand of corn flour founded in 1960 that a lot of people use to prepare yummy arepas. Basically a household name. Now they are the ones treating us to this wonderful gastro-route celebrating these delicious golden and healthy (gluten-free) arepas, typical in different South American countries but especially closely associated with Venezuela and Colombia.
All over Madrid
24 restaurants (some with more than 1 “local” or branch) will be taking part, some very well-known, others newcomers to Madrid. The best thing about this kind of gastro-route is that each place puts its own mark or twist on the food in question. This means that even though you might have an idea of what an arepa should be like, you will be pleasantly surprised. As alongside the more traditional creations, there will be more modern, creative, innovative takes on this food. Just to show how versatile it is.
Below you have the full list of restaurantes taking part
1. Abrásame – C/ Andrés Borrego, 16
2. Antojos Aragüaney Las Tablas – C/Campo de la Estrella, 7 (Las Tablas)
3. Antojos Aragüaney Majadahonda – C/Granja del Conde, 2 (Majadahonda)
4. Arepa Olé (4 brances) – C/ Pelayo, 2 — C/ Postas, 26 — C/Boadilla del Camino, 1 (Las Tablas) — C/Mondragón, s/n (CC Sambil Outlet)
5. Bico – C/ San Joaquin, 5
6. Bululú Bar & Coffee – C/ Santa Cruz de Marcenado 13
7. Cacao Restobar – C/ Moratín, 19
8. El Bombón – C/ Mancebos, 2
9. Gaia – C/ Carranza, 10
10. Gramabar Lounge – C/ Fuencarral, 95
11. Gramabar Roots – C/ Preciados, 40
12. La Candelita – C/ Barquillo, 30
13. La China Mandarina – Plaza de
14. La Cuchara – C/ Conde de Peñalver, 82. Además, 15. La Arepera from the same group – Mercado de San Ildefonso – C/Fuencarral, 57
16. La despensa – Mercado de la Paz, C/Ayala, 28
17. La despensa – Mercado. San Antón, C/Augusto Figueroa, 24B
18. La Lonchera – C/ Cardenal Cisneros, 19
19. Leka Leka – C/ San Bruno, 3
20. MamaJuana – C/ de Oriente, 4
21. Matute Urban Food – C/ Noviciado, 6
22. Mucho Gusto – C/ Buen Suceso, 24
23. Papagayo Fresh – Paseo Valdelasfuentes, 10 (Alcobendas)
24. Zaperoco Gastrobar – C/ Luchana,
Some ones to highlight:
- Abrásame (n.1) is famous for their roast chicken but on this occasion they have prepared an arepa called Bárbara
- La China Mandarina (n.13) in La Latina isn’t a Chinese place but rather a cool hangout. Yet they have decided to play along and so there you can order the Asian Arepa Pekín – with duck, Peking sauce, leek, red onion and of course a bit of coriander.
- La Cuchara (n.14) – A very popular Venezuelan restaurant as it is.
- Gaia (n.9) – New opening and already taking part in this troute!
- Zaperoco Gastrobar (n.23)- another fairly new cute and cosy opening in Chamberi. Their proposed arepa Mou Thai is very detailed, with 10 different details / touches. Wow!
All about photos
An arepa could even win you a prize. Upload a pic and if your photo has the most likes, you will be the winner of a wonderful and yet-to-be-revealed prize. Woohoo.
- Follow @pan_espana on Instagram
- Share your arepa on Instagram – get snapping
- Comment using the special route hashtag #rutadelaarepaPAN, tagging both @pan_espana and the restaurant in question
Easy peasy arepa squeasy. HAVE FUN!
All about this route on social media
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