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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:

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:

Credit: Jauja Cocina Mexicana / YouTube

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:

Credit: Cocina Facil 101 / YouTube

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? 

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

@nappancakes

casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

READ: Spicy Food Lovers Have Reason To Celebrate As New Study Says Eating Chilies Could Be Secret To Longevity

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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