If the word “arepas” is new to you, let me say that arepas are similar to the familiar “gorditas” traditionally found in Mexico made of ground maize dough or cooked flour prominent in the cuisine of Colombia and Venezuela. Arepa is a native sort of bread made of ground maize (or flour), water, and salt which is fried or grilled into a thick bread.
It is eaten daily in those countries and can be served with various accompaniments such as cheese (cuajada), avocado, jelly or jam, or (especially in Venezuela) split and used to make sandwiches.
Various sizes, maize types, and added ingredients are used to vary its preparation. It is similar in shape to the Mexican gordita and the Salvadoran pupusa. Arepas can also be found in Panama, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the Canary Islands.
BTW, in Panama ninety-nine percent of homes cook with butane instead of electricity which is very expensive. In our home we usually have two 100-lbs tanks or cylinders of butane or LPG for our cooking needs. A 100-lbs butane cylinder can be had for about $53.30 each. The price varies according to the price of oil on the spot market. Good Day.