Arepas con queso from street vendors are the best!

Arepas are a staple of the Colombian diet, and their ubiquity ensures most visitors to the country will try them either from street vendors, small shops, or as part of larger restaurant meals.

According to Wikipedia, “The arepa is a flat, unleavened patty made of cornmeal which can be grilled, baked, or fried. The characteristics of the arepa vary from region to region: It may vary by color, flavor, size, thickness, garniture, and also the food it may be stuffed with.”

Arepa con queso (with cheese, topped with sweetened condensed milk) in Medellin.

An arepa with cheese from a street vendor is the one Colombian comfort food I missed the most while living back in the USA. Usually priced at 1,500 Colombian Pesos, or about $0.80, they are heavy enough to fill me up for an entire lunch or dinner.

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