Passion Works Wonders at Viva Las Arepes Restaurant's Success
By Pete Allman
Felix Arellano and Alix Molina his wife are two individuals who are from Venezuela who believe in the principles of hard work and dedication. Both are proud to be citizens of the United States. At a young age Felix started cooking for his parents in Venezuela, where he learned to think creatively in preparing cuisine.
Since that time, he has worked for some of the top restaurants throughout the country as well as Las Vegas. Las Vegas is where he decided to open a small Taco stand, later working his way to creating a comfortable, colorful restaurant, specializing in Venezuelan cuisine. Viva Las Arepes is such a place, displaying pictures of colorful food dishes with colorful walls in a contemporary atmosphere.
It somewhat reminds one of the famous Cuban restaurants in Miami. "I believe in giving the patron a tasty dish that's healthy, yet at a reasonable price. That's what keeps our customers coming back again and again," he states.
The preparation of the meat is slow cooked, using Mesquite wood. Mesquite wood fire prepared meats have an excellent taste and in this case are very tasty. The cooks, supervised by Mr. Arellano only use fresh ingredients with all orders prepared on the grill on the spot.
Arepa Sandwiches: One of the most popular sandwiches in Venezuela is the Reina Pepeiada. First the cooks make a pupasa, which is gluten, wheat free, made with 100% ground corn meal into a pita pocket. Then the cook puts chopped chicken, creamed avocado, cheese and their famous Venezuelan sauce. This is a meal in itself and you'll want to order another one to go. There's about 17 different Arepas served at Viva Las Arepes. They even prepare Arepas for breakfast, which consist of scrambled eggs, tomatoes, onions and a hot dog sausage. For the vegetarians there's black beans, melted cheese complimented with their own mild or hot sauce.
Main entrees: Wood fire chicken with any two sides, which includes your choice of black beans, Yucca root fries, rice and vegetables, home cut French fries, salad and fried plantains. Other items include Pork spare ribs and sausage, Pebellion Shredded beef with rice and black beans, with fried Plantains. Roasted pork butt with ground beef and cheese is another delight on the menu.
Homemade Drinks:Guanabana sour roup is a drink that is reported to kill cancer cells. It has a taste of banana and fruit. It is quite delicious. Parchita is made with Passion fruit. Aqua Panela which consist of AguaPanda, cane juice with a little lemon. Sometimes it is prepared with milk and cheese.
Deserts: Felix Arellano and Desyree Alberqanti own Art of Flavors next to his restaurant. Desyree is a top pastry chef who was formerly with Valentino's. The deserts served, range from all kinds of homemade cookies to homemade cakes and fresh made Gelato, all prepared on their premises. Coconut Fior di Latte, Pistachio Hazelnut and acahoco apaeppercino are some outstanding flavors I indulged in. It's the best way to complete your evening.
Viva Las Arepes Restaurant is located just north of The Stratosphere at 1516 South Las Vegas Blouevard. For more information on catering call  366-9696. Celebrity Scene News recommends Viva Las Arepes for anyone who wants to celebrate life with tasty dishes which are very healthy and reasonably priced.
Pete Allman is a Las Vegas-based commentator, broadcast personality, celebrity interviewer and restaurant critic. Pete also produces inspirational messages for television and other media. Contact him at email@example.com or (702)265-9099. Visit www.CelebrityScene.com Read more stories by Pete Allman.
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