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Let’s Settle This: What’s The Difference Between Gorditas And Arepas?

So we recently featured a (pretty sexy) video about Venezuelan arepas. The two big takeaways from the video are that arepas are 1) good and 2) seriously good. But we noticed something ~interesting~ when checking the comments for it:

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You guys.

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There is room in this world for more than one type of thing-stuffed-with-other-things.

I mean, hell, you don’t see pierogi and ravioli fighting with each other, do you? So let’s take a closer look at both gorditas and arepas.

Gorditas:

These consist of a small cake made with corn, and originated in Mexico. They’re sometimes fried, sometimes baked, and always stuffed with all kinds of good things, like shredded beef or carnitas or nopal or beans. There are varieties of gorditas, including “gorditas de migas,” which have pork in the masa.

They’re delicious.

Here’s what they look like:

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And here’s a recipe to make them with chicharrón, because most things are better with chicharrón.

Arepas:

These are small cakes made with corn and are popular throughout Venezuela and Colombia, although they’re also enjoyed in Puerto Rico, the DR and Panama. They can be baked, fried, grilled or even steamed, and are stuffed with all kinds of things, like chicken and maduros and frijoles negros, oh my. Oh, and there are sweet versions, too. Because life is good.

They are delicious.

Here’s what they look like:

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And here’s a recipe to make ’em. (Remember to stuff them so full of avocado and/or cheese that tears of joy spring to your eyes.)

So, what’s the difference?

It really depends on region. Even within Mexico, gorditas can be prepared with different ingredients and cooked different ways. Likewise, arepas can vary slightly depending on where they’re made (as anyone who has had a soft, sweet mozzarepa at a street fair can tell you).

Yes, they’re similar. Very similar. They’re basically the same main ingredients, and they’re both the creations of indigenous people creating good food with what was available.

More often that not, the difference comes down to the precise preparation of the dough. (In Venezuela, it all starts with masarepa) and especially the ingredients inside. There’s no doubt that a corn cake stuffed with pabellón and maduros is quintessentially Venezuelan, just like it’s obvious that a corn cake brimming with carnitas is Mexican.

This blog post breaks down just how similar these foods really are.

And don’t even get us started on pupusas.

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God bless El Salvador for also giving us their delicious, stuffed corn cakes, topped with curtido (which is kind of like a more refreshing coleslaw, with no mayo and much better).

In conclusion: The big difference between gorditas and arepas…

…is whoever makes them. If a Mexican makes one and tells you it’s a gordita, then that’s what it is. If a Venezuelan makes one and calls it an arepa, then it’s an arepa. So the food in that video we shared? Arepas. Fully, totally and completely.

So eat them all. And enjoy.

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Because Latin American food is delicious, creative and worth sharing, no matter where it’s from. And if you just stick to what you know, you’re definitely missing out.

READ: LA’s Best Latino Foods, and They’re Not Mexican

Are you Team Gordita, Team Arepa, or Team ALL THE FOOD? 

Prisoner Starts His Own Cooking Show On TikTok And, Like, How

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Prisoner Starts His Own Cooking Show On TikTok And, Like, How

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Another day, another prisoner blowing up on TikTok. Jeron Combs, 31, is the latest TikTok prisoner sensation with his cooking show. You read that right. The man is creating foods in his prison cell and broadcasting it to the rest of the world via TikTok.

Jeron Combs, aka @blockboyjmomey on TikTok, is a cooking sensations.

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One of his most popular videos is the burrito that he was able to put together in his prison cell. The 31-year-old, who is in prison for first-degree murder and attempted murder, took his 1.3 million TikTok followers through a step-by-step guide to create the burritos.

We can’t be sure but it does seems like he cooks for all of those around him.

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We don’t know how many burritos he made but it is clear he is cooking for more than just he and his cellmate. Unless he and his cellmate are hungry enough to eat all of those burritos.

He has managed to use his metal bed frame to double as a griddle to cook the food.

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His bed frame is literally used to heat up his food and to make those burritos hot and fresh. Not going to lie, they look pretty delicious.

He even shows how he is able to heat up his bed frame to create the griddle: a hot plate.

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Genius, tbh. However, how was he able to get everything that he needed in order to create his griddle bed? Also, how did he set up a TikTok account and manage to post regularly? His burrito video has more than 4 million views alone.

For some, this is what the Internet is for.

Social media has a way of always outdoing itself with wild content. Like, this is not the first nor will it be the last prisoner to use TikTok or any other social media platform to flex. Who can forget the prisoner who posted to Instagram about the Popeye’s chicken sandwich?

For others, this is some wholesome content.

Sure, the video itself is pretty fine. However, do not forget that the man is in prison for murder. So, while the prison burrito might be a fun gimmick, it is still odd to celebrate.

A whole other group of people is just made their boy got exposed.

What do you think about the prison burrito video?

READ: The Internet Wants To Know How A Prisoner Got A Popeyes Sandwich And Posted It To His IG Story

Chuck E Cheese Is Advertising As Pasqually’s Pizza And Thank You

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Chuck E Cheese Is Advertising As Pasqually’s Pizza And Thank You

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The pandemic is forcing everyone to find new ways to survive financially, especially with businesses that have a lot of unexpected contacts. Chuck E Cheese is one of those businesses and their way of staying afloat right now has people lol’ing with respect.

Chuck E Cheese is thriving in this new economy.

That’s right. Chuck E Cheese is still selling its pizza but under a different name. You won’t find Chuck E Cheese in your Grubhub but you might find Pasqually’s Pizza. Some think it was so people wouldn’t know that it was Chuck E Cheese while some think the idea is clever and loveable.

You see, Pasqually is the chef who plays in Chuck E Cheese’s band.

That’s right. You might have thought that Chuck E Cheese was trying to hide that they were selling their pizza on the sly but that ain’t it. Chuck E Cheese is just giving the man behind the pizza his chance to shine. Chuck E isn’t about taking the credit away from the true pizza talent.

The revelation did bring up Chuck E Cheese’s past, that people didn’t know.

There’s a lot it seems we didn’t know about Chuck E Cheese. First, he was an orphan who never knew his birthday. Who knew that? Since he never knew his birthday, he has decided to celebrate the birthdays of the children. Also, street walker? What could that possibly mean?

It’s a pretty smart move for the chain that is a logistical nightmare when it comes to reopening.

It’s literally a place for children to run around sweating and touching everything. Imagine having to come up with the protocol to properly sanitize a Chuck E Cheese to keep the virus under control. Selling Pasqually’s pizzas seems like a solid plan for now.

Some people are not at all upset about this.

Legit, it isn’t that bad. Any kid’s party at Chuck E Cheese is always made right when you dig into that pizza. This is really a win for all of us adults who just want to taste our childhood once more.

So, who is ordering some Pasqually’s Pizza?

Go ahead and treat yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

READ: Latino Food Trucks Are Serving Up Some Of The Most Delicious Foods From Coast To Coast