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  • In the same topic, don’t say the hallacas are also from Colombia (hallacas being known as one of our oldest foods and part of our traditions). --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Don’t say in Maracaibo that the food in Caracas it’s better, they will actually hold a grudge against you for it (even the people of Caracas recognize Maracaibo superiority). In case you want to eat bananas, just call them “cambures” not many people calls them bananas, trust me, it's fine. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Whenever you’re visiting, take notice of the season, in some cases, there might be one when specifics fruits are cheaper than ever (on mango season, people almost use them as a gift and you’ll find a lot of trees and people knocking them down, feel free to join, but ask first). --Jonás Cabrera
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  • When visiting a town, let’s say… “la colonia Tovar” (a little german town in Aragua) be careful to buy everything you’re going to eat early. Towns in Venezuela generally close their stores early, and you’ll see no night life since 7 p.m (or 8 p.m in some cases). --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Don’t say the arepa it’s from Colombia (it’s a cultural thing and we get serious about it). --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Only exception to use a knife and fork when eating an arepa it’s with the arepa cabimera, with every other one… use your hands (unless there’s a teeth problem and even with that people will ask you why, don’t worry about it). --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Beef it’s more expensive on the cities, if you’re in “Los llanos” (the plains) try to buy and eat as much as you can there, passing a few days there and not buying or eating will let people know that you went with zero to none knowledge about that place. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Depending of the state, loud talking when you’re eating it’s accepted. Example: Maracaibo it’s louder than Caracas, so using a louder tone of voice it’s better there. The other thing Venezuelans are proud of it’s: chocolate, don’t say no if they offer one. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • If you are buying cheese, it’s normal that you get a little piece to taste it. It’s free, don’t worry, that way you can confirm if you want to buy it or not. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Be extremely clear when you’re buying a hot dog, we tend to use too much sauce and it’s almost art to eat one without getting a drop on your clothes, so, tell them if you want a lot or not. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • In some cases, families serve caraotas (black beans) with sugar, it’s a personal choice to accept or not. Maracaibo is the state to go if you want to eat good and big. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • In Venezuela, the beer preference varies from the place you are, but no one will bother you for type of rum you want, Venezuelans are very proud of it. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • In Maracaibo the hot dog doesn’t use onion and tomato but they use a mix of grated cabbage and grated carrot, they (people of Maracaibo) are different from the rest in almost everything, so street food it’s no difference. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Chinese rice it’s different in Venezuela; even for the rest of Latin-America, ours it’s different one because it’s Cantonese, but made in order to please us, so if you visit, try it at least once. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • In that way, they are many Chinese restaurants, they’re mostly frequented to have a beer (because of the cheap prices), in that way “lumpias” are used as a snack there (here, lumpias are associated with Chinese restaurants). --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Try to eat every type of arepa (be careful and don't try it if you're allergic to some ingredients). Ask for a malta on breakfast. If you are here in December: Try some hallacas, they are different depending on the side or house you stay in, so you're in for surprises. --Jonás Cabrera
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  • In that way, they are many Chinese restaurants, they’re mostly frequented to have a beer (because of the cheap prices), in that way “lumpias” are used as a snack there (here, lumpias are associated with Chinese restaurants). --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Ask for malta on breakfast. Malta it’s the name of our most popular non-alcoholic malt beverage, ironically named “maltin polar” everyone drinks it, from youngers to elders at any time of day (but especially with the breakfast). --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Try to visit at least five panaderias. Panaderias in Venezuela are the ones which sells the bread they made and other stuff (sweets with bread as their base) --Jonás Cabrera
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  • Try to eat every type of “arepa” (I believe everyone knows what an arepa it is right now). In Venezuela, the names vary from “viuda” (widow, it is just an arepa with butter, nothing else) to domino (black beans and grated white cheese) try the ones you can. --Jonás Cabrera
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