viva las arepas + the $20 trick in las vegas


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

6 Responses

  1. So the $20 trick is basically a bribe? Heh heh.

    At least it worked! Those Venezuelan fried goods look so good!!!!

    • mary says:

      HAHA… yes, the “trick” is a “bribe”… or if you wanna be PC let’s call it a “tip”. A tip to get them to do stuff for you. hahaha.

      The Venezuelan food was SO GOOD. We need a place like that in San Diego! I bet there’s something in LA that’s similar that’s closer, I’ll have to do some research.

  2. Wait I’m so glad that this post taught me about cachapas, I had them once and always thought they were arepas and have never had an ‘arepa’ like that after. Clearly I was ordering the wrong thing the whole time haha

    • mary says:

      Yay for learning things! I also thought it was an arepa but I was looking at the photos like “there’s no way this is the same thing”. Thanks to Wikipedia for teaching us the difference! I’d also be sad expecting one thing but getting something else and thinking everyone else was crazy. Have you gotten a cachapas anywhere in SD before?

  3. Faye says:

    Oh my goodness those arepas looked awesome – the wood fired beef looks crazy stuffed. I can see myself dousing everything with that cilantro garlic sauce (please find a way to make it Mary). Did it kinda taste like the green creamy salsa from Lucha Libre?

    I’ve heard about the $20 trick but would be too scared to even try it. I told sis and friend about it and they were amazed. Maybe these logistics behind it too : the time, the day, the gender of front desk person, the way the $20 was folded. That’s what we were thinking too.

    I LOVE hotel bathroom products too. Nice point about the ‘none of that “2-in-1” shampoo crap.’ Hate that 😉

    • mary says:

      Oh man, I totallllly want to try making the cilantro sauce! It was so good! I honestly hardly remember the salsa from Lucha Libre anymore… I think it was similar-ish.

      I almost didn’t do the $20 trick but I felt like I better just go for it! What could it hurt? Only $20 and if it works then it’s worth it! I was glad I tried it – our dude was so excited to see that 20 dollar bill, haha.

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