The First of Many Travels: Venezuela and Food

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Living years of my life in service to my country through joining the military did not make me lose my desire to travel and create adventures. My body desires for movement and adventures, thus, made up my mind that I shall travel the different parts of the world in order to satisfy my need for something new.

I started off my travelling adventures with Venezuela. After years in the Atlantic, my body wants to find peace and celebrate the good life in the good old sizzling country of Venezuela.

And by sizzling, I do not just mean the weather, but of course, the food as well.

In any other part of the World, even in Venezuela, there are food favorites that no matter how loaded with calories, people just cannot get enough. For Venezuelans, there is a lot of ancestral influence in almost all things, including food choices. For they are mainly influenced by Europeans – Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese to be exact, famous food in this country are also as calorie-loaded as that of other European countries. Staple foods include corn and rice while potatoes and yams are among the favorite veggies, as well as beans.

Some of the famous dishes from Venezuela include, for one, Arepa, a flatbread made of dough that is eaten almost daily, and is accompanied by a wide array of choices such as cheese, avocado, or jam, depending on what one feels like eating it with. Another Venezuelan delicacy is the Pasticho, their version of the European Lasagna. As for snacks, one of the most famous Venezuelan snack, and a wedding favorite, is the Tequeño. It is an elongated bread filled with white cheese and deep friend to perfection. They really like food stuffed with delicacies in the middle. Another example of which is the famous empanada. Venezuelans also love their selection of breads. Their breads are not your typical bread full of yeast and dough. They have fillings that differ from bread to bread. They have pan de jamon, which they stuff with ham, olives, and raisins. This is a most delighted sight especially during Christmas. Other breads are pan de Dulce, pan de Sicilliano and pan de Dulce.

To love food is never a wrong thing. After all, a happy stomach equals a happy person, and a happy person equals a happy life. Also, it is a necessity.

Experiencing the culture of a country through their food is a wonderful thing. I will be sure to come back to this amazing place, if life permits me.

Hope you had fun reading my blog and I will be telling you another story in for another adventure in another country, really soon!