The Roundness

Posted on 10 Aug, 2017

Roundness: the form that takes us to the origins, the simplest usually ends up being the very best. From the beginning of humanity, it has influenced us and it has been linked with our inner being, with what the human being feels, and with his connection with his environment and the whole universe.

The maternal womb is perhaps the first association of roundness associated with our being. It protects us. It gives us the sensation of tranquility.

It is natural to see our connection with the circular form, because there are two obvious elements that have been present each day of our lives and have influenced our passing through the Earth: the Moon and the Sun. Both are vital references not only for our daily life and coexistence on this planet, but they also carry mythologies and taboos that control and disturb our history.

Likewise, we can mention The Flower of Life which, with at least 7 or 8 circles intertwined with each other, shows the origins of the universe. This has been referenced by most of the religions of humanity claiming to be the plane of the Universe, containing in turn the basis for the design of the atom, molecular structure, way of life and everything in existence. With this also comes the symbol of the Tree of Life, which has in its cup a circular and protective shape.

Farther into the mundane and the social, the human being has always used this shape. We can see it in our Churuatas or Shabonos, made by our native peoples who always seek to demarcate that union-connection between the Earth and the universe with himself.

Most of the fruits, the eggs of the animals, the clouds and even our eyes - which claim to be the windows of the soul - have this form. These are some of the examples that make very clear the mythical and constant connection that we, as tiny beings inhabiting this universe, have with a symbol, a form, a way.

It is obvious that the oldest inhabitants of what we now know as Venezuela, created their most important food with a circular shape and that, by the way, was as yellow as the Sun. The historian Pedro M. Berenciartu defines our arepas as the indigenous brand of our natives, that was bequeathed to the tradition of the Venezuelan family and that for this reason it is very difficult to compare it with any other food.

In its origins, it was disliked by foreigners and even considered contemptuously, but with the passage of time, it has been able to enter the palates of northern South America and expand to almost the entire globe. It no longer interests that derogatory appeal of the tyrant Aguirre, from the beginning of the sixteenth century, that of "Comedores de Arepas". It is said that his soul is still wandering in pain on the sides of the Tocuyo zone thanks to the curses sent against Venezuelas who lived at that time.

As we said, the Arepa has managed to penetrate all corners of our country and much of the continent, which with seduces with its humility and simplicity. Starting from its ancestral rusticity, it gains more and more ground in cities and sophisticated areas. It has gone far beyond its Cumanagoto origins and has become our daily bread. But, for us, it is more than that.

With this in mind and knowing that the simple Arepa is a carrier of our culture and idiosyncrasy, we decided to make it The Venezuelan PrimmaDonna, which was our ticket to help clean our damaged image. It occurred to us to associate it with white envelopes of letters that travel and protect important things inside. This is how we see that the Arepa has been with our culture that has cuddled inside her for more than 2000 years, that represent us as Venezuelans.

After entering and falling in love with Venezuelan cuisine for the past 20 years, I felt the need to return to simplicity and make it something better, more fun and to serve as a valuable exponent of us as a people and culture. But I did not want it to be too obvious. Thanks to a great group of people who helped me conceptualize this dream, White Envelope Arepa Bar was born, which is something more than a fun and happy arepera. It is a place where we make honest and healthy food that will be sheltered and cuddled by delicate doughs in a round shape that in turn will show the pride and affection that we put in each day.

And, as the Zen sect says about the circle, which represents enlightenment and symbolizes human perfection, for us that perfection is also circular and we call it Arepa!