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If it's crazy, as some foodies say, to adore arepas, then the insane will feel right at home at Arepa Madness (16644 Saddle Club Rd., Weston, 954-385-8085). A Venezuelan arepa shop, this bare-bones joint offers dozens of varieties of the corn cakes, which are toasted, spread with margarine, and stuffed with your choice of ingredients. Shredded beef or black beans are two hearty options, the latter of which is nicely improved by a homemade chili pepper sauce. Of course if you don't speak Spanish, you might have a little problem interpreting the menu items. If that's the case, don't bother with verbal communication. Since the ingredients are laid out deli-style, all you really have to do is point, pay, and eat.

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Jen Karetnick is an award-winning dining critic, food-travel writer, and author of the books Ice Cube Tray Recipes, Mango, and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami.
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