My Tribute to Arepas










I made this portrait with the packaging of Harina Pan, the corn flower used to cook Arepas in Venezuela. It’s my own little tribute to such a meaningful part of my roots and culture. For any Venezuelan living outside of their country this image will bring back so many yummy memories. Arepas are our bread; we eat them every day for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On all occasions, Arepas are to us like fish and chips to Aussies, pasta to Italians or French Fries to French…well maybe that last example isn’t quite accurate.


Our hot Latin blood, makes us a bit of a party animals. We always have the perfect excuse to have a long weekend, hit the beach and drink Polarcitas (National beer). I think it is because we are blessed with the most amazing climate. Imagine the same lovely summer all year around! It’s very common for Venezuelans to go to Areperas after a night out. Just like in many places, the perfect place to finish the night and grab something to eat before going back home. Like the shawarmas joints, we have 24 hours Areperas. These restaurants mainly serve Arepas. When you walk in you have this very long counter with so many different types of fillings to choose from. Its a wonderful culinary experience! You can combine the fillings and we have come up with  some very funny names for these combinations. If you ask the waiter to bring you  “A Harry One” you will get an Arepa with shredded meat and shredded cheese!




Here in Perth we have actually found a Chinese supermarket in Freemantle that sells our beloved Harina Pan (corn flour) and even though the cost is 600% more that what you pay in Venezuela is completely worth it!!!! So we have our beloved Arepas, filled with butter, cheese and ham on the weekends. It really helps with the homesickness to have Arepas. It’s like having a piece of my family, my home, my city and my people with me.

Here I am just before sinking my Teeth into my yummy Arepa.








In many cosmopolitan cities around the world you will find Areperas (restaurants dedicated to serving this venezuelan specialty), and if you are not adventurous enough to try to make them on your own, I recommend that at least you try them if you come across one of these restaurants. A Venezuelan friend owns Caracas Arepa Bar in New York.  Please check out their amazing site full of incredible images that will make your mouth watery.  Their business is doing so well that they now have two restaurants, one in Manhattan and another one in Brooklyn. Here in Australia another Venezuelan owns Cruzao Arepas Bar in Melbourne. There you can hear Latin American music. I haven’t gone yet but I certainly will like to go on my next visit to this exiting city. I did a quick search on Arepas around the world and found this very interesting blog, you can find some crazy stories about Arepas  there.

I think these portraits would look great as a decoration for any Arepera around the world. So if you own one or you are  just a Venezuelan homesick of arepas, please get in touch with me I would love to make one for you!

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11 Responses to My Tribute to Arepas

  1. Frank says:

    Absolutamente espectacular! Todos los venezolanos compartimos una conexion con las arepas. Recuerdo mis primeros intentos, mis arepas eran tan tiesas que una vez le dije a mi pareja de aquel entonces “You don’t love me enough”…y la respuesta fue inmediata …”How dare you say such a thing? I even eat those rocks you make for dinner!”

    • BagsRevolt says:

      Thanks Franky for that very entertaining comment! I had a big laugh!!! What counts is that you tried even if they came out like rocks!!! love u and Andy!

  2. Xi says:

    Catiri, que bello trabajo y que cantidad de emociones las que despierta. Me encanta saberte feliz y haciendo lo que te gusta. Muchos besitos de tu ahijado y nosotros. Por cierto las arepas con un poquito de ajoporro quedn deliciosas y con mezcla de 4 quesos too :)

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  4. Dmirna says:

    Hola Patri, me puedes dar más detalles del “Chinese supermarket in Freemant” y cuánto cuesta actualmente un paquete de harina pan????, te lo voy a AGRADECER enormemente ;-). Nosotros vivimos en Jakarta-Indonesia y aquí no hay manera de comprarla, y como mi esposito va a Perth por una semana quisieramos aprovechar el viaje para comprar unos paqueticos de nuestra amada y venerada harina, tú sabes como se extrañan las arepas cuando uno esta fuera de nuestra patria querida jajaja. Ah y demás esta decirte que me ha encantado tu blog, cheverísimo!!!

  5. Camilla Elliot says:


    Can you tell me the name of the Chinese supermarket in Fremantle please?

    • BagsRevolt says:

      Hi Camilla unfortunately i moved away from Perth more than two years ago and i don’t recall the name of the supermarket, but maybe asking around someone will know.Sorry I could not help you out with that.

    • howard says:

      Hi Al,l there is a fantastic food stall called “arepa world” at the Freo Markets. Open Fri Sat and Sunday. they have great fillings yummy arepas, hallacas and more. apparently you can find them on Facebook.

      • BagsRevolt says:

        Hi Howard! Thanks for leaving this fantastic tip! I always get asked about buying Arepas in Perth and i moved away more than 4 years and ago and don’t remember anymore the street or the name of the market where i use to buy the Harina Pan. Hope to return to Freo one day and try those arepas. Cheers! Patricia

  6. Rodrigo says:

    Hola el de Fremantle market se llama Arepa Wa, la pagina de Facebook es arepawa venden tambien harina pan. El asiatico se llama Fremantle Mini-mart

    • BagsRevolt says:

      Hola Rodrigo!
      Thanks for leaving the info here since i wrote this post more than 4 years ago I always get asked about where to get harina Pan in Perth!

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