I don't know about you, but when I travel, finding good, local food is one of the most important things for me.
Since I like to travel cheap AND I have food allergies, I like to be able to make most of my food while I'm traveling. That's why I find some little apartment or an extra room in someone's house on HomeAway or Air BnB that also has a kitchen to stay in. When we travel, typically we cook breakfast and dinner every day, and eat out at a local restaurant for lunch.
Since we only eat out once a day, I like to research to make sure I will experience something local and something that I can actually eat and enjoy.
We found Guava Tree Cafe when researching places to eat in Albuquerque. Guava Tree Cafe is a Latin American cafe serving Latin-inspired sandwiches, breakfast, desserts, and drinks. Not to mention their tamales and, my favorite, their amazing stuffed arepas.
Arepas are basically cornmeal patties that can be stuffed with whatever you want. Guava Tree Cafe stuffs them with anything like shredded beef, avocado, roasted red peppers, plantains, beans, roasted veggies, and cheese. Basically, arepas are my favorite thing ever. (When we were in Puerto Rico, I made my family stop by a million arepa stands so they could try them. Needless to say, they also fell in love.)
And Guava Tree Cafe's arepas did not disappoint.
I'm drooling. Isn't it gorgeous?! Plus, they're cheap! I couldn't get enough, and I stuffed myself to the brim that day. :)
We also got a tamale, which was heaven as well. Even their side of beans and rice was to die for.
If you're ever in ABQ, I implore you - go to Guava Tree Cafe. You won't regret it!