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May 2012

Filipino Bbq, Island style

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So check it.  Memorial day is creepin. Which means that Bbq season is here.  My husband gets all wiggedy wack on me and his addiction to Filipino banana ketchup comes full throttle. Yes, I said banana ketchup.  Made from bananas, sugar, vinegar and spices.  It has a thai sweet chili flavor to it.  With tangy notes you can detect from the tongue to the palatte.  It gives off a totally different flavor when you bbq meat with it (pork and chicken).  My husband has mastered the art of basting and caramelizing his BBQ with this stuff. I usually pull it out of the cupboards and christen the summer off with with a memorial weekend  BBQ with it and he takes it from the there the rest of the summer.  I find it quite comical when I am away from home and he bbq’s with banana ketchup!  That’s my boo!  Bat shit crazy when it comes to cooking with Jufran in the summer!  Pinoy through and through!  Represent!  I have the best memories of Filipino gatherings with this dish! Pool parties, boating, bonfires and pork shish kabobs! Brings back nostalgic tears of joy.  Sniff!    P.S.  This is one of those dishes where you have to fend off your husband and kids.  It’s like they become blood sucking vampires when they smell it on the grill and you have to ward them off!  Trust.  They ate 6 skewers before I was finished bbq’ing it this week. Sheesh..Where is the garlic necklace when you need it ?! 😉 If you can’t find this stuff, no worries.  Use regular bbq sauce.  Or nothing at all.  Your meat should be plenty flavored after marinating it!  For those of you who are local to the Wayne county area here in MI , I get mine at the Jeramm west side oriental store in Garden city.  There are two kinds.  Hot and regular and the hot is really hot!  I hope you all like it!

Ancient Filipino secret. That or use regular BBQ sauce or even nothing at all because the marinade has great flavor anyways

Ingredients

3 pound pork butt or country style pork ribs

1 cup soy sauce

1 cup vinegar

1 cup sugar

4 cloves minced garlic

1/2 tsp black pepper

bamboo skewers

1 bottle Filipino style banana ketchup (Jufran) optional

or you can use regular bbq sauce if you can’t find it at your nearest Filipino/asian store

As always thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions, pleasefeel free to ask, vote 5 stars ;) or even follow me. I have a ton of recipes  on this site you maybe interested in.  I would love that!  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can with your questions and comments. Promise.  Happy eating and have a beautiful day!

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San Francisco long layover Chinatown-financial district

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Nee-hao!  I’m so sad to say, but my epic journey with the canon SX-130 has come to an abrupt end.  It took a crap on me in San Francisco.  I was quite upset about it at first.  Luckily, I had Teddy (like the bear), who is one of the coolest crew members ever to console me while it all happened!  He tried performing surgery on it, but couldn’t resuscitate. Oh well. Shite happens. It was fatally flawed straight from the rip anyways.  The thing sucked up batteries like there was no tomorrow.  Shame, because it takes wonderful pictures.  So I am in search of a new one.  If anybody knows of a good blogging camera, please leave me a comment.  I would L,O,V,E love any suggestions.   Other than that little bump, my layover was awesome as always since San Francisco is one of my fave urban cities in the U.S! On a side note, besides the kick ass food, I would have to say one of the highlights of this layover is observing all the Chinese centenarians living life as healthy as a horse.  No pun intended.   I have never seen so many in my life congregated in one area, kicking it. Amazing!  Any-hoot, enjoy my pics.  There are lots of cheap eats I found. There was much-ado. The marathon, Giants game and Asian festival.  Lots of hustle and bustle this past weekend.  Perused and enjoyed it all!  Good stuff!

P.S. I am playing around with the slide show and gallery features in this post.  Dunno what I am really doing. I do know that if you click and  hover over the thumbnails,  it takes you to the enlarged photos.  Figuring it out as  I go.    “Zai-Jian.!”  That’s mandarin for goodbye or English version, “Ah see you rater,arrigator”

As always thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions, pleasefeel free to ask, vote 5 stars ;) or even follow me. I have a ton of recipes  on this site you maybe interested in.  I would love that!  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can with your questions and comments. Promise.  Happy eating and have a beautiful day!

Ontario, California-yay or eh?

I’m laying over in Ontario. Never been.  I was a virgin to this destination til today and virgin destinations don’t happen to me very often anymore.  So I was semi-excited.  The other Flight attendant I was working with thought we were going to Canada. Now, I knew we weren’t going to Canada.  But I wasn’t any better myself  because even though I knew we were headed to Cali, I had no idea where at in Cali.  So I google mapped it.  Closest city that I recognized was Rancho Cucamonga.  Only because of the movie, “Next Friday”  with Ice cube.  Lol  Anyvay, here are my pics of the day.

First things first.  The working trip here.  I got on the plane and I always get wierded out when I have to fly first in flights or dang near it.  The whole working out the quirks on anything new gets my jitters going.  I think they call this the dream liner or something? On second thought, maybe that’s the 787. Well, at least the parts look dreamliner-ish.   Oh who knows. All I know is I couldn’t work the lighting on this piece! And those overheads were a bee-yah to close.  But  the aqua blue lighting was very feng shui! So this aircraft was alright with me.

 Arrived and waited for the van 25 minutes to come get us.  Ugh!  101 ways to drive a crew crazy?! Make them wait for the van after a long duty day.  But the driver made up for it with cookies. They got me with 2 extra.  Gluttony.

So my excursion started and kept continuing with flowers. I snapped this shot because my cool cousin Tony would love the  Brilliant yellow.

We came across artwork from the Local artists…Shame, because other than this, it was a pretty area.


I’ve already eaten three square meals at this point of the day. I’ve been up since 4 a.m. eastern time. So technically it was dinner, but it was only lunch on the west coast so hey, why not fit more meals here in Ontario, eh?  It was either Yoshinoya beef bowl or In-n-Out burger.  Well that was a no brainer.

The best part.  The menu and walk up window.  Simplicity at its best! There will be no A.D.D.  No choices for you!!! LOL The workers weren’t playing either.  You better know what you want when you get up to the window or face the wrath.

  The grassy knoll underneath the palms trees was our dining table.  Perfect.

Took our time eating, talking the biz. About turbulence, and severe bodly injuries from turbulence.  Yikes! A Flight Attendant’s worst nightmare.

We walked off the calories. These pink flowers were growing like weeds near the highway. Purty!


Pretty in pink blossoms

The reddest roses ever.  But I couldn’t capture how brilliant the red was.

And then there were the puppies.  Oh the puppies!

Puppy one and puppy two.  Brothers!  They tackled us with their puppy breath.  The smell of puppy breath drives me to the brink of adoption.

Only in California  can you find signs for Menudo at the motel 6

Johnny Depp was hiding behind those bushes making artwork. 

So my choices for dinner were Indian, Japanese Yoshinoya beef bowl or Marie Calenders.  I chose Marie Calenders under my O. G. Jodies advice since she mentioned it is quite the popular choice amongst the frozen food population of American homes.  She gives a compelling argument. So off I went  like a prom dress.

P.S. I awt to have re-named this post “the california flower” right?   I appreciate the flowers!

Got to Marie Calenders and it felt like I was in the movie “Waiting”.  The restaurant had an uncanny resemblance to Shenanigans, which I thought was shenanigans.

Ordered, got some cornbread, the rose mary chicken with field greeens candied pecans and mandarin oranges and the double cream blueberry pie to go.  Whoa, it was alot!

Trotted my happy ass back to the hotel and took  a few last pictures of the scenery and falling sun!

The sunset.

Weeping trees of some sort…

No wonder the flowers and trees are so happy here in Ontario.  All that recycled water!

 Now time for my night cap from Marie Calenders.  Double cream blueberry cheesecake! It was off the heezy! I was in a coma after this. Trust! 


Worked the flight to Denver the next day.  The view from my office.  The rocky mountains. Buh-bye to everyone of ya’s! Til next time!

As always thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions, pleasefeel free to ask, vote 5 stars ;) or even follow me. I have a ton of recipes  on this site you maybe interested in.  I would love that!  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can with your questions and comments. Promise.  Happy eating and have a beautiful day!

Green Street Fair 2012! Plymouth Love

Plymouth Love and the Green St.  Fair

It’s that time of year again!  The green street fair came to Plymouth and it reminds me of why I love this city.  Now even though I’ve been all over the world, I tend to look at Plymouth as the end all and be all city at times.  I get all plymouth’ed out when these type of festivals come to town.  I got my camera out and took my son and daughter on special one on one  dates to the festival and snapped away.  The only thing I was bummed about was not taking pictures of the farm animals.  My Canon ran out of batteries when I got to that part of our excursion.  The animals weren’t there anyways.  I assume they were on a coffee break.  That or on strike.  I would hope the latter…Anyhoot, enjoy my pics!  Go green ya’ll…

When I smell a fair coming. The parking regulators come a’ regulatin.

We got there early  Friday to see what all the hoopla was all about this year.  Fox 2 got in on the action.  We inadvertently ended up being on the News that day. My daughter said “mommy look, we are on the news” when we got home.

Out first tent.  Recycled wine bottles! 

If these work, I’ll take a hundred of them..

Soy candles for the greener glow in you!!!  And I will never go back to burning wax  again!

Just Say no to GMO’s.  No genetically modified organisms in this seed!

The fountain of youth gone green. Or more like the toddlers of Plymouth’s watering hole!

Detroit rock city!

Locked and loaded

   It ain’t a fair without the fair foodI should’ve fired myself for not getting my son butterfly chips.

Greek food vendors.  That’s hardcore 313 right there baby!

 The best food fair in the bizDeep fried elephant ear frenzy.

There is something about BBQ that gets me stoked.  I hate to admit it, but I guess it’s the inner Texan coming out in me.  Since I lived in 3 cities in Texas, I claim Texan once in a while depending on my mood.

I might’ve stumbled upon the holy grail of BBQ pitts.

Door to door organics tent from Livonia.  Thinkin to my self, “self, I might just try it out this year.”

I’m all about the fuel efficiency, but are they safe?

Fun facts of a greener car. Ironically, it require so many of those greenbacks!

I’m thinking  the Romans came up with this one or maybe even the Chinese? Like the cistern thing? Dunno really.  Great concept though.

Dearborn animal shelter green tent got in on the recycling concept.  Hoping this little guy got adopted.  He was the sweetest.

This was a black lab mix

Recycled books for the sustainable reader in you!

Fudge buckets!  Mackinac Island made a cameo!

The boxed village construction site for the kids. It was game over after she saw this. My daughter didn’t wanna have anything else to do with the rest of the fair!  Proof that all they need are boxes to occupy their time.  Self entertainment at its best.

Cheers to another year of going green in my city!  Plymouth Love! That’s what its all about! Til next time everyone!

As always thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, vote 5 stars ;) or even follow me. I have a ton of recipes  on this site you maybe interested in.  I would love that!  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can with your questions and comments. Promise.  Happy eating and have a beautiful day!

Mexican Rice para cinco de Mayo!

Mexican rice para cinco de Mayo.

My sister once asked me, “When is Cino de Mayo?”  Funny some of the things I recall.  Now my Spanglish is pretty bad, but I knew the answer.  Had I not known any better, I would’ve thought that she was yanking my chain.  But it was my sister and she’s not always the sharpest tool in the shed, God love her.  So I knew she was dead serious when she asked.  My response,” Uh, May 5th” with an, are you serious?, face. She chuckled and went on her merry way, continuing our conversation.  Luckily, she loves to laugh at herself when she is having one of her moments and realizes it.  Which I love because she has  a lot of ’em.  That’s one great thing about her.  She can laugh at herself and her funny energy carries over the entire room.  And it always makes me smile.  Funny thing is, she once owned a Mexican restaurant and I remember working there with her on Cinco de Mayo when it was slammed.   I specifically remember the rice and chilaquiles.  I haven’t been able to find rice or chilaquiles like that ever since.  And that was a long time ago.

Recently, I stopped by the local Mexican grocery I frequent in Westland off Ford Rd, Dos Hermanos, and asked the cashier how he makes Mexican rice.  He ended up getting his mom in the back where the restaurant is and she started rambling on in a thick Spanish accent about browning your rice, adding onions smashed tomatoes, tomato bouillon, etc, etc.  I could barely understand her, but I was picking up what she was putting down.  I re-iterated what she said and for the most part,  I got the gist of it.  I made it once I got home and I let my husband be the judge because he swears he’s Mexican by geographic orientation.  Well he loved it and now he makes it that way too.  Two toots for the Hispanic lady who helped me make this bangin rice!  Toot, Toot!

Ingredients:

1 to 2 tablespoon canola oil

2 1/2 cups of long grain rice

3 cups water

1 large tomato chopped fine

1 chopped onion

1 knorr tomato bouillion cube

dash of salt to taste

Procedure:

1.) Heat pan with canola oil and brown rice to light golden just to toast and give a nutty depth of flavor.

2.) Add chopped onion and tomatoes to pan.  This is where the lady told me I could mash the tomatoes with a mortal and pestle, but that would involve a bit too much work for me so I chopped the tomatoes.

3.)  Add three cups of water to pan.  Add tomato bouillion cube, dash of salt and bring to boil. Stir.  Turn down to a simmer and cover tightly.  Do not disturb.  Let rice cook until fluffy.  Roughly 15-20 minutes.  Fluff with fork.

As always thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, vote 5 stars ;) or even follow me. I have a ton of recipes  on this site you maybe interested in.  I would love that!  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can with your questions and comments. Promise.  Happy eating and have a beautiful day!

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