Amara Cafe: Hot Chocolate for the Soul.

Amara Cafe is what we call a place to give warmth to the soul.

There is a place we go when we want to treat ourselves, those treats that warm your heart like hot chocolate on a cold day.

Churros with pumpkin and mascarpone cream, for this “pumpkin spice season”.

It is Amara Café in Pasadena, here in California, a place created by Amara Barroeta and her husband when they came to live in the United States from their native Venezuela, after studying at UCLA.

Its concept is simple and wonderful, honoring the food and customs of Venezuela, from the already famous arepa to my favorites, the cachapas (a kind of corn pancake, sweet and with salty fillings that range from shredded beef to delicious Venezuelan white cheeses…or all that together, as I’ve enjoyed many times).

From left to right: reina pepiada arepa; scrambled eggs, avocado and mano cheese; shredded beef with black beans and mano cheese arepa.

Their menu represents the variety of flavors of Venezuelan cuisine, where you can walk through the plains, the center and the west with a Pabellon Criollo (your choice of: Shredded Beef, stewed chicken, spicy shredded pork or vegetarian style with Avocado instead of meat, with platanos fritos topped with queso fresco, black beans, Basmati rice with corn & nata criolla on the side), try any variety of fillings for the arepa or cachapa, and even snack on churros with chocolate.

If there is a place that we go to as a family repeatedly, it is precisely Amara, for the food and for the careful attention of the team of these two entrepreneurs that we appreciate so much. They can also recommend what to try or what to take home from their selection of flavors to take away, (we suggest and almost forgot the famous tequeños, a kind of Venezuelan white cheese dumpling wrapped in flour dough that is baked or deep fried and is never absent from Venezuelan parties).

Where: Amara Cafe is located at 55 S Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105, USA.

When: They are open Tuesday to Friday from 7:30am to 3pm, Weekends from 7:30am to 4pm and closed on Monday.

Order Online: You may preorder to pickup (and to deliver to nearby areas) with Toast App here.

Guillermo Amador

Guillermo is an Architect, Marketer, Podcaster, and his family calls him Master Chef at Home. His mother taught him how to cook and where to find delicious recipes: from books and magazines to the TV chefs he grow with, this site and the recipe book that goes with it is his way to say "thank you" to her, to them and "let's try it!" to you.

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