Cafeteria Food

We lived in Caracas when I was a child. A different Caracas from what it is today. My childhood memories in this city are very different from the reality people live nowadays. One of the things I remember able to do and enjoy was to walk freely and stress free around...

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Crema de mi Abuela

My Abuela makes this delicious desert that I remember my dad especially used to love. Natilla or Crema is just that, a cream. It’s the Venezuelan cream brulee. It’s made with eggs, sugar, milk, butter, lemon peel and cornstarch. My Abuela would put lots of Maria...

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Corn: Cachapas con Queso de mano, Empanadas y hallaquitas

Corn is widely used in Venezuela: drinks, main dishes, snacks, deserts. There’s a lot of corn going on in a Venezuelan diet. One of my favourite is Cachapas. Cachapas are fresh sweet corn pancakes. You usually find them at roadside stands or in small eateries. It’s...

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Tizana and other highway foods

Every weekend during most of my childhood, we traveled to see Lela and Lelo, my grandparents on my mom’s side. The highway from Caracas to Villa de Cura wasn’t fun. Often my sister and I would get motion sick. It is only a 130km stretch but for my sister and I, it was...

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Plantain

In my family, if you didn’t eat plantain for lunch you hadn’t eaten completely. Plantain is a very important staple in family and I would say for most Venezuelan families. You eat it with rice and beans, or with rice and meat, even with pasta. Anything that is savoury...

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Tia Maritza, ice cream, churros and the Lebanese

I was around 7 when one of my aunts decided to open up an ice cream place. My uncle was always a politician and my aunt was a stay at home mom, like most of my mom’s sisters. But my aunt Maritza couldn’t stay still and needed to do something with her life. I was so...

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Parrillada

In the month of February Venezuela and many Latin American countries celebrate Carnival. For what I can remember, carnival was the time to have fun and go crazy because a few days carnival starts 40 days of lent when you’re supposed to focus on simple living, prayer,...

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Bollo de Pan

This is not a recipe per say but it is such a fond food-related memory from my childhood. My grandma, Lela, lived in what was then a tiny town. To me it was tiny because I lived in Caracas where you needed a car to get around. In Villa de Cura – La Villa for short...

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Gabriela Flores is a culinary nutritional expert, health coach and a wellness enthusiast. She’s the co-founder and kitchen goddess at Bliss B4 Laundry: Inspirational Events for Mind, Body and Soul. She’s made it a mission to find ways to transform the human body from deprivation to abundance. Her passion is food: to get in the kitchen and experiment with new ingredients to make them delicious, nourishing and extract their power to heal.