June 18, 2016

Playing Tourist and Pork Belly Adobo with Filipino Garlic Rice

Pork Belly Adobo with Filipino Garlic Rice. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Pork Belly Adobo with Filipino Garlic Rice takes hours to cook and the smell of it stays in the house for days, it is a very fatty, high-calorie dish and certainly not something you eat every day, but it is TOTALLY worth the indulgence!!!

Working in the hospitality industry is sometimes like traveling the world, it seems to attract adventurers who have stepped out of the ordinary and dared to dream of a better life in far off lands doing what they do so well. Serving others. Yeah, I hear you say… “but serving is a low paid job for people with no qualifications”. But I say you are wrong, you are really wrong.

I’m a die-hard hospitality lover, and of course you all know some of the shenannagans I get up to with amazing events, in plush halls and venues with sumptuous food and front of house glamour. But the real heart of this industry is the people we work with from across the globe as we go about creating our magic. I’ve learned about far off lands, awesome food, new taste sensations, new recipes and made many new friends along the way too. But until recently I’ve not hosted one of my international friends, so much to my delight, in between preparing a fusion of delicious eats (Pork Belly Adobo with Filipino Garlic Rice for days……), my Filo buddy Franz and I decided to play tourist right here in my backyard, Canberra.

Foodie Friends and Filipino Garlic Rice with Vinegar Dressing. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

BAZINGA indeed! Maybe it is just me, but I reckon Scrivener Dam flowing with all its might is totally impressive.

The SIEV X Memorial. Foodie Friends and Filipino Garlic Rice with Vinegar Dressing. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

300 schools and community groups across the country worked to create the SIEV X Memorial at Weston Park, it includes some of Australia’s most beautiful student artworks, each naming and remembering one of the people who died. 

Carillion. Foodie Friends and Filipino Garlic Rice with Vinegar Dressing. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

The National Carillon is a 50 metre tall musical instrument with 55 bronze bells, each weighing between seven kilograms and six tonnes. 

Parliament House. Foodie Friends and Filipino Garlic Rice with Vinegar Dressing. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Parliament House (my work place) is designed to last 200 years, contains 4,700 rooms, 2,700 clocks, the Foyer has 48 Italian and Portuguese marble-clad pillars and receives an average of one million visitors each year. 

Foodie Friends and Filipino Garlic Rice with Vinegar Dressing. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

The Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier at the Australian War Memorial is a focus for contemplation and for remembering the 100,000 Australians who died in war, and whose names appear on the nearby Roll of Honour. 

Pork Belly Adobo with Filipino Garlic Rice. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Pork Belly Adobo with Filipino Garlic Rice

Adobo is traditionally served with hot, fluffy white rice. Did you know in the Philippines, rice is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks and desserts are sometimes rice based, too. So be sure to have rice a plenty if you are hosting a Filipino friend. 

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time:  15 minutes

12 cup white vinegar
14 tsp. crushed red chille flakes
10 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
13 cup canola oil
4 cups cold cooked white rice

Step 1: Stir vinegar, chilli flakes, 1 tbsp. garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl; set aside.

Step 2: Heat oil in a pan over medium-high. Cook remaining garlic until just golden, 1-2 minutes. Transfer 2 tbsp. garlic to a plate; set aside.

Step 3: Add rice to the pan and cook, stirring and breaking up any large clumps, until rice is heated through and slightly crisp in places, around 5-7 minutes.

Step 4: Season with salt and transfer to a serving platter. 

Foodie Friends and Filipino Garlic Rice with Vinegar Dressing. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com
Franz explains that even though he is living abroad, adobo is a go-to dish for him. It takes hours to cook and the smell of it stays in the house for days, but for my foodie friend, it brings him a taste of home and for me, an adventure to far away lands via my tastebuds. 

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 2 hr

2/3 cup soy sauce
5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
1.5 kg boneless pork belly, skinned and meat cut into 2-inch pieces (16 to 20 pieces)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large brown onion, finely diced
4 bay leaves
1/4 cup white vinegar

Step 1: Combine the soy sauce, garlic, sugar and peppercorns in a large bowl. Add the pork and marinate covered in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, overnight to get real bang for your buck. Mix a couple of times to evenly marinate.

Step 2: Drain the pork in a colander over a bowl, be sure to keep the marinade and garlic. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Brown the pork in batches, making sure not to crowd the meat. Turn often until all sides are brown, 6 to 8 minutes per batch (the peppercorns may stick to the pork, which is fine). Keep an eye on things, the sugar in the marinade will cause the meat to darken quickly. If the pot is too hot, lower the heat to avoid burning. Remove the pork with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Step 3: Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the garlic from the marinade and the onions, and cook, stirring, until the onions are translucent, 10 to 12 minutes.
Add the sealed pork, the strained marinade, 1 cup of water and the bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium, cover and cook at a medium boil, stirring from time to time, until the pork is tender (Franz says not falling apart, but I like it falling apart) about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The cooking liquid will be reduced by at least 2/3. 

Step 4: Add the vinegar, but do not stir. Cook, uncovered for 20 minutes or so, until the sauce is reduced. Remove from the heat, and skim and discard fat (pork belly will render a good amount). Allow the pork and sauce to sit for 15 minutes before serving; the sauce will continue to thicken. Serve over Filipino garlic rice.

Playing Tourist and Pork Adobo with Filipino Garlic Rice. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I’d love to know dear reader, where in the world do you live? And are you a fan of playing tourist in your home town? 

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Smith - October 18, 2016 Reply

Oh yes, there really is a lot to be said for regular exercise and a happy healthy , crazy how just a little goes such a long way to making us feel great too.

Elaine J Masters - July 14, 2016 Reply

One thing I didn’t get enough of on my brief stay in the Philippines was Adobo! We ate just about everything else and with the heat favored cool drinks and some of the best tropical fruit salads imaginable. Will have to find some good Adobo spots in San Diego. I know they’re here.

    Anna - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Sounds like a good reason to visit the Philippines again soon, right?
    Hanging with my friend sure made me want to visit, I hear amazing things about all the food and drink and the beauty of the country. Kinda jelly of your experiences, but good to know where to look for hints and tips too.
    Good luck finding a place for adobo in San Diego. 🙂

Sophie - July 1, 2016 Reply

Who doesn’t love a good pork belly in a tasty Rice recipe? I do.
Lovely post, cool photos & a fab tasty recipe too.

    Anna - July 3, 2016 Reply

    Haha… All the yes for this recipe! It is so dang tasty, rich and comforting. A winner in my household for sure.
    Thanks for visiting Sophie, it is nice to see you here. Hope you are well my friend. 🙂

Nathan - June 30, 2016 Reply

This sounds amazing! This was one of my favorite dishes in the Philippines but it wasn’t made with pork belly. I love anything with pork belly! I would love to give this a try.

    Anna - July 3, 2016 Reply

    I had no idea there were so many different types of adobo, I’d be keen to learn which type you ate when you were in the Philippines. Pork belly is a winner huh? Let me know what you think if you try the recipe. 🙂

Denise Browning - June 30, 2016 Reply

The memorial is architecturally gorgeous! And pork adobo happens to be my favorite filipino dish — so I will have to try this recipe of yours. Looking at it, made me want to have it for lunch. Take care, Anna… and continue to shine your light! xx

    Anna - July 3, 2016 Reply

    Yes, the War Memorial has won a lot of awards for being one of Australias most beautiful tourist destinations. I do hope you get down under for a visit one of these days. 🙂 YEAH… awesome, please let me know what you think of the recipe. And right back at you lovely lady, keep on a shining that bright light of yours. Mwah! xo

kris johnston - June 27, 2016 Reply

There is nothing better then exploring our own backyard. Especially in Canberra. I think there is so much to do here.
The porky pig looks so good. I have a nice pork loin in the freezer at the moment. Might do something like this tonight for dinner. Yum

Thanks for sharing another adventure.

    Anna - June 27, 2016 Reply

    There is SO MUCH to do in the Berra, I guess I just take for granted all the hot spots because I can do them any ol time.
    Teehee, the pork adobo is flaming delicious, a good hearty feed indeed.
    Let me know how your dinner turns out. 🙂

Eileen | The Food Avenue - June 27, 2016 Reply

You do know this means you have to make this for our asian food night, right? 😀

    Anna - June 27, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha…. I was considering doing a chicken adobo because we have a blood orange pork and 5 spice pork dish already on the menu. But excellent idea my friend. 🙂

Gourmet Getaways - June 26, 2016 Reply

This is such a delicious dish! … Also what do you mean that it’s not a dish you could eat everyday?? I think I could!!
Thanks for sharing
Gourmet Getaways

    Anna - June 26, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha… You are a champ Julie, I love that you would be up for the challenge to eat all the adobo. 🙂

Nadia - June 26, 2016 Reply

What a lovely post! Adobo is one of my favourites. So tasty!

Since having children we are much better at being tourists in our own city. They’re really good at getting you to notice things you’d otherwise walk past.

    Anna - June 26, 2016 Reply

    Sooooo tasty! 🙂 That is wonderful you and the kiddies get out and do all the touristy things in your home town, Canberra really does seem to have an endless amount of things to do and see too.

Rosemary - June 25, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the tour of your backyard. Good to see your fav spots of Canberra. Just wish I could have joined you for the meal:) Looks like it is totally worth the calories 🙂

    Anna - June 26, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for joining me on a mini tour of my home town Rosemary, and YES, I would so love to share a meal with you guys, one day soon we will!

Norma Chang - June 25, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the tour of your hometown. I too love to play tourist in my hometown. Love your pork dish, yes it is not the most healthy of dishes but once in a while, I agree, it is TOTALLY worth the indulgence

    Anna - June 25, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for hanging out in my world for a wee bit Norma. 🙂
    And yes, it is totally worth the indulgence. So yummy!

Tim UrbanDuniya - June 24, 2016 Reply

Wow this looks like one impressive dish! I think it’s great that despite the effort it takes, it’s his go-to dish. Awesome!

    Anna - June 25, 2016 Reply

    Oh yeah, its a beauty, you could substitute the pork for chicken or even vegetarian very easily. Totes worth a bite or 3. YUM!

Hotly Spiced - June 24, 2016 Reply

Beautiful, Anna; what a fantastic dish. I will have to try this. I’ve heard of adobo before but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it. I don’t mind that it’s full of calories because I know the flavour would be worth it. And whenever I’m in Canberra, I do try to get to the War Memorial – such an important museum and I always find it very moving xx

    Anna - June 25, 2016 Reply

    It is one of those dishes I feel everyone must try in one form or another, waaaaaay tasty and warming and comforting too. Turns out there are so many different types, even a dried version which I am keen to try. That is awesome that you make time to visit the War Memorial when you are in town, you’ll have to let me know next time you are around, I can give you a tour of Parli House. 🙂

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - June 24, 2016 Reply

This is such a great recipe that I imagine has to smell amazing! Also finally something to use up my jar of peppercorns that never seem to get used! Thanks! 🙂

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    The smell was really delicious, although probably not one I would want to experience too regularly. It was lovely to come home and feast on this hearty and warming dish after a day of site seeing tho. 🙂 Yay to finding a recipe to use up your peppercorns.

Liz - June 23, 2016 Reply

Love the idea of being a tourist in your own city! We did a walking tour of our downtown last summer—I learned so much about the place I’ve lived the past 25 years! Your pork belly adobe looks fabulous—especially paired with that marvelous garlic rice 🙂

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    Isn’t it crazy the way we take for granted all the fun stuff we can be doing, and so close to home too.
    Love that you got your tourist on and learned so much too. 🙂
    Garlic rice is the business!!!

Sarah - June 23, 2016 Reply

Uhm that’s such an awesome feeling to play tourist in your own town. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and take your hometown for granted. Totally jealous of that architecture where you work! just Wow! And of course the recipe looks great too 😉

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    So easy to take for granted, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed getting my tourist on and exploring places I know so well (in theory). Even my work place was fascinating to walk around and learn about. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the recipe, it was a winner thats for sure. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - June 23, 2016 Reply

I love playing tourist in my hometown! There’s really a lot to do and see in St. Louis, so it’s always fun. Anyway, garlic? Say no more! This looks great — thanks.

My Inner Chick - June 23, 2016 Reply

—Such a delight clicking into your world, Anna.
Your work place is
Parliament House? WHAT?
What a joy to look at your lush photos and be a very small part of your universe! xx

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    Thanks friend! I love that you enjoy being a part of my world, it is nice having you ‘click’ by. 🙂
    I do indeed work at Parliament House, it’s very cool.

Elizabeth @ Compass & Fork - June 22, 2016 Reply

We went to Gallipoli last year it was also quite moving. An important part of Australia’s history.

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    Wow, how incredible to experience Gallipoli, I can only imagine how moving it was.

Hannah - June 22, 2016 Reply

I LOVE being a tourist in my own town!!!
Most tourist destinations are treasures locals forget to enjoy!
However i don’t think this is limited to the towns we live in.
Been over seas many time but yet to see most of Australia. Still yet to even place a foot in the NT.

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    It’s so fun huh? I definitely fall into the ‘forget to enjoy’ catagory, but now I have visited a couple of the hot spots, I feel like I want to know more. Will have to get on that. Wanna come? You gotta get your Canberra fix before you leave us.

      Hannah - July 4, 2016 Reply

      I do want to come!
      I touristed it up in Sydney the other day.
      Was fabulous!

        Anna - July 4, 2016 Reply

        AWESOME, lock it in girlfriend. First stop… a tour of Parliament House. 🙂 And yes, I saw your crazy snaps from Sydney, looked awesome.

Housh - June 22, 2016 Reply

Here is a quick fix version https://housh45.com/2011/07/06/chicken-adobo/

Jean | Holy Smithereens - June 22, 2016 Reply

Wow, Adobo! You’re quite right, it is unhealthy but quite hearty especially with garlic rice. Within the Philippines, regions have their own versions of Adobo (I like the dried one the most) but as I don’t eat mammals now I will have to content with the lingering smell haha. Now next mission for you, have a grand vacay in the Philippines!

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    Ooooh, the dried version sounds really interesting, will have to ask Franz about that. 🙂
    Haha… you are a treasure, come on over for a sniff of the kitchen any time you like!
    And YES, a Philippines adventure is absolutely on the cards.

Shobha - June 22, 2016 Reply

I’ve had adobo before but not with pork belly – and that garlic rice just tastes scrumptious I bet. I love anything with garlic.

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    Lots of folk actually prefer chicken in their adobo, but I was preparing as I was told too. The pork belly was delicious, but very rich and definitely a once in a while feed. All the garlic made me feel very healthy. 🙂

Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella - June 22, 2016 Reply

I’m such a fan of playing tourist in my own town because I know that i can’t really get that lost! 😛 What a delicious recipes-love garlic rice and adobo.

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    LOL! Yes, there is certainly that little time saving gem when touristing in your home town. 🙂

Ana O - June 22, 2016 Reply

This looks delicious and I can almost smell it through the screen. What’s not to like about pork belly and garlic?

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    It was rather strong smelling, and very comforting and warming too. The ideal winter feast!

Liz - June 21, 2016 Reply

What fun being a tourist in your home town…. and I love the sound of the pork dish.

    Anna - June 24, 2016 Reply

    It really is a blast enjoying the very many sites and delights of ones home town, especially when you get to come home and enjoy hearty and rich meals like this. 🙂

Danielle Des - June 21, 2016 Reply

The dome of The Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier is really moving. You guys had lots of new discoveries being local tourists.

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    It really is Danielle, and it still moves me when I visit each time too. We are lucky to have access to such an incredible tourist destination.

Krista - June 21, 2016 Reply

You guys look so cute all rugged up! 🙂 The rice sounds absolutely amazing!! And yes, I do like to play tourist where I live. We’re always finding new places to explore.

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Teehee, and that was us rugged up in only a couple of layers. Lol! 🙂
    The rice is so yummy, I was thinking the garlic would be way too overpowering, but it’s tasty as!
    I love seeing all the wonderful places you and Bear visit, sure seems like you live in a beautiful part of the world.

anto - June 21, 2016 Reply

Ahhh bazinga 🙂 I’m not a big fan of rice but really should try it more often. Your suggestion looks lovely!

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    This rice is loaded with all the delicious garlic, definitely worth a taste. 🙂

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Mandy - June 20, 2016 Reply

Hold the phone… I am rethinking you visiting here – think I must rather come and visit you and go to all of these wonderful places you always adventure to. 😉
Have a beautiful day sweet Anna.
🙂 Mandy xoxo

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha…. Mandy, there is absolutely a place for you here in my home, just tell me the date and I will pick you up from the airport and feed you alllllllll the food and show you around my home town. 🙂 Hope you are well my beautiful friend. Big hugs and love. xox

Nathan - June 20, 2016 Reply

You had me at pork belly– I LOVE pork belly. And with garlic rice I bet it’s amazing. Great photos– this looks and sounds amazing.

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Lol! Yep, its pretty darn tasty huh?! With the garlic rice, you need some alone time. #gooooooood
    Glad you enjoyed, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

LeAnna - June 20, 2016 Reply

I’ve never heard of this dish but it looks and sounds DELICIOUS! I always love trying foods from other parts of the world!

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    I absolutely insist on you trying this dish at least once, its so dang delicious and filling and comforting. Even better if your Filo friend makes it specially for you. 🙂

Mar Pages - June 20, 2016 Reply

I haven’t tried adobo to be honest, but it sounds worth the calories! Great look on Canberra too, the SIEV X Memorial is so beautiful.

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Yup…. don’t even worry about the calories, the happy tummy and enjoyment will make it worth it, really, really worth it.
    Glad you enjoyed my mini tour of the Berra, and I agree, the memorial is beautiful.

Francesca @onegrloneworld - June 20, 2016 Reply

That looks sooo good, and not too difficult to make! I’ll give it a try! I also had no idea that people eat rice three meals a day in the Philippines. That’s a lot of carbs! lol

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    It is really simple to make, and totally delicious too. I do hope you give it a try.
    I was blown away too re the rice, but they LOVE it! 🙂

Kristy - June 20, 2016 Reply

This looks so good, I am definitely going to try this soon

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    I could have made this for Asia in July, are you sure you can’t make it?

Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren - June 20, 2016 Reply

Sounds delicious! I’ll definitely bookmark this. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Glad you enjoyed Lauren, please let me know what you think when you make it. 🙂

Krysten (@themomnoms) - June 20, 2016 Reply

You stole the pork belly idea from me! 😛 Just kidding!
I live in San Francisco and frequently play tourist, I feel like that no matter how hard that I try I will never know everything about this city.
I especially love taking people that come to visit me different places, especially since most of it involved food of some sort!
This looks like a great tour, I hope to take it soon! 😀

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Haha, you will have to take it up with Franz, Krysten. He insisted we use pork belly for the dish. Don’t blame you guys tho, how amazing is pork belly?! Seriously delicious!!! I cannot wait to visit San Fran, it has been on my list for years and years, and every time I visit the states, I run outta time. Now I have you there, I will make sure I visit. 🙂
    I HOPE you make it to Australia soon too. I would love to have you guys stay.
    Big hugs right back at chya. xo

noel - June 20, 2016 Reply

What a fantastic tour, I really enjoyed it and that adobo looks yummy – I want the crispy parts!

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Glad you enjoyed Noel! I do live in a pretty amazing city, and no worries re the crispy bits. Ill set them aside for you. 🙂

Carly - June 19, 2016 Reply

I am soooo picky when it comes to food, I probably wouldn’t make this just because the smell lingers. BUT. I’d still love to try it!

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    No worries at all Carly, I get that, the smell bit was a bit much, but I forgot about it once I was tucking into all that deliciousness. Hope you get to try it one of these days soon. So YARM!

Darlene - June 19, 2016 Reply

Oh Wow Anna! Glad you have a Filipino friend to teach you how to cook Adobo and garlic rice the authentic way! 🙂 Although I love chicken better than pork for adobo, it’s still one of my most favorite Filipino dishes. Have you been to PH? 🙂

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    I did feel very special having my friend teach me to make his national dish, and my concerns about eating all that pork belly were well out the door when I tasted it. YARM! I would like to try chicken adobo too, sounds great. No, I haven’t been to the Philippines yet, but its on the list. Especially to visit Franz and his family.

Nisha - June 19, 2016 Reply

I was so nostalgic to see the parliament house and other pictures that I almost forgot what the post was about ! 🙂

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Did you work at Parliament House Nisha? Or are you from Canberra? Glad I was able to take you on a mini trip down memory lane. 🙂

hassan - June 19, 2016 Reply

Hiiiiii Anaaa.funny and great.

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Hey ya Hassan! Glad you enjoyed my friend. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - June 19, 2016 Reply

It’s amazing to play tourist in your home town. We love doing it when we have visitors who have never been here before. I’m amazed to read Parliament House has only been built to last 200 years. I could not eat rice three times a day, but the pork dish would not be a problem

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Yes, it doesn’t really seem like a very long time for a building to be constructed, but I would imagine the marble foyer would last forever. Guess we won’t be around to find out. Haha… you make me laugh, Id be more likely to eat rice all the time, pork is a treat meat for me.

Elissa - June 19, 2016 Reply

Sometimes you need an overseas visitor to remind you to be a tourist in your own town. This recipe sounds delicious too, love the idea of food that cooks ALL DAY. Yum.

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, it was really cool to visit some of the tourist hot spots in the Berra, I hadn’t been to many of them in a very long time. And yes, the slow cook feeds are always worth the wait. Yum!

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - June 19, 2016 Reply

It may be all of those bad things, but Adobo is also ridiculously delicious – we love it!
I think that sometimes it’s worth being a tourist in your own town – it helps to remind us of great things right on our doorstep.

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    Haha… yep, I agree wholeheartedly about the good outweighing the bad when it comes to this dish. So much yum!
    And yes to being a tourist in your home town, I really enjoyed experiencing it through the eyes of a tourist. Made me want to visit again, and soon.

Mabel Kwong - June 18, 2016 Reply

Looks like you had a good time playing tourist in your town of ‘berra, big sis. It is so cool to heat that you now work in the Parliament House. I have always wanted to visit, but have never gotten the chance. But perhaps at some point and if I do swing by, I will let you know! That is quite the man-made waterfall you and Franz saw there. Must have warmed your little hearts on that cold day 😀

Love how the garlic rice is a simple recipe and doesn’t take long to make. That is how your lil sis likes to cook her rice – fast, fast, fast so she can eat, eat, eat. Rice is a staple in my diet too and can be eaten at any meal 😀 As for the meat part of this post, it also sounds like a delicious recipe – but if I do give this recipe a wing, I will substitute it for chicken 😀

Hope you are wonderful Miss Anna. Lots of love and hugs for you, and stay warm xoxo

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    It was so much fun little Miss Mabel, even showing Franz around places I know really well was a treat, fun to see through his eyes I guess.
    You must visit, I insist, you can camp at my place. Parliament House is an incredible building to work in, I always feel a bit excited when I walk through the doors each day. 🙂 Yeah, scrivener dam is amazing when it is flowing like that. I love seeing it in action.
    Garlic rice is the business, and with chicken it would be just as delicious and yummy. I do hope you give it a go.
    Sending you all the love and hugs, mwah. mwah. mwah. xox

Sahar - June 18, 2016 Reply

I love hispitality too. I love pluch halls and awesome venues. Blogging has taken me to these and I am ever thankful. Your pictures are amazing. I never eat Pork do I really do not want to comment on something I don’t know about!

    Anna - June 21, 2016 Reply

    It is a wonderful industry to work in, and can’t imagine my life without it. So many wonderful experiences. 🙂 Cool to learn you are much the same.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I am glad you enjoyed. No worries re the pork, you could use chicken or even vegetables instead.

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