Deep Fried Green Beans

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Yum! I got deep-fried green beans from the Rockin’ R Restaurant.

I recently went to Rockin’ R Restaurant here on Antelope Boulevard and I got to try deep-fried green beans. It was my first time trying deep-fried green beans.

Deep-fried green beans on the menu.

Deep-fried green beans are very easy to make. Here is a short video I found on Youtube.

Here’s a baked green beans recipe I found on Youtube.

I really love green beans. They are the best. I love green beans sauteed with soy sauce, onions, and garlic also. It is what I used to eat lots in the Philippines.

Here is a Filipino green bean recipe. This is my fave.

For another yummy green bean recipe. Check out my old post. This recipe is an Indian food recipe.

English Class: Indian Spice Box Part 3 Green Beans and Mango Lassi

Mango Chile Relleno Al Carbon Recipe

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Check out this awesome recipe. Here it is below.

Hello everyone! I am reading a recipe book called Flavors of My Kitchen. It is a really good recipe book for Mexican food. There is a really cool recipe on there I have copied and reworded slightly. Check it out.

Mango Chile Relleno Al Carbon

Servings: 4
Prep time: 15 minute
Cook time:10 minute

Ingredients:

4 poblano peppers

2 large mangoes (peeled, pitted, sliced, and divided)

4 tablespoons of Monterey Jack Cheese or Oaxaca Cheese

¼ cup of finely chopped red onion

¼ cup of chopped green bell pepper

1 tablespoon of lime juice

1 tablespoon of finely chopped cilantro

½ tablespoon of finely chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Directions:

      1. Put poblano peppers into the oven. Broil the poblano peppers until the sides are well toasted. Then place the peppers into a small paper bag. Let the peppers cool for about five minutes.
      2. Rub off the skin of the peppers. Cut a slit open on the side of the peppers to remove the seeds.
      3. Stuff the peppers with mango slices and put in a tablespoon of cheese.
      4. Chop up the remaining mangoes and place them into a small medium sized bowl.
      5. Place the stuffed peppers on a baking sheet. Make sure to line the baking sheet with foil first. Bake the peppers for about five minutes. Make sure the cheese has melted.
      6. Remove the peppers from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.
      7. In another bowl combine the chopped red onions, lime juice, cilantro, and chipotle peppers. Mix the ingredients together. Afterward, mix in the remaining mango slices. Serve the mango chile relleno al carbon and enjoy.

✌ I hope this was a fun tutorial. Stay tuned for more awesome recipes.

Growing Your Own Cilantro

Also you can grow your own cilantro indoors. Check out this video. The Cici Li – Asian Home Cooking Channel shows you how to grow your own cilantro indoors.

Here are some Cilantro seeds I found at FoodMaxx. These ones are organic seeds.

There are cheaper seeds. These ones are not organic.

Preserving Cilantro

Check out this awesome video on how to preserve your cilantro so it stays fresh for a long time after you have harvested it.

✤ ✤ ✤ I will be writing a short guide about Mexican cheeses on my other blog KanelasCafeMainStreet.wordpress.com.

Poblano peppers for sale at Home Depot.

P.S.

Al Carbon means cooked over coal.

More Recipes:

Here are more recipes from the Flavors of My Kitchen book:

Here are the recipes for the Pico de Gallo Fruit Salad and Mango and Black Bean Salad:

My Reflections on My Volunteer Experience in San Jose Costa Rica

What have I gained from my experience volunteer teaching in Costa Rica?

The thing that will stay with me the most about my volunteer experience is my memories of having lived in Costa Rica and the friends I made. I am still in touch with my students and I teach them English online. I am happy I got to teach them English and I am glad to have been able to have improve their fluency. The skills and experiences I gained while teaching are also very valuable.

What were the differences between Costa Rica and the United States?

The language was a little bit different and by that, I mean that Costa Rica has certain words that are different from the words I learned during Spanish class. I had gotten a book from the library about the different Spanish words use in different Spanish speaking countries and that helped me out lots. I definitely noticed the new Spanish words that were specifically Costa Rican words when I was speaking to my Uber drivers and to the retail staff in the stores.

The food was also different. I have eaten lots of Mexican food, mostly tacos from taco trucks and I did not really eat the same kind of tacos in Costa Rica. I had all sorts of other kinds of food. I got to try lots of Costa Rican food from Kracovia. I tried passion fruit drink and passion fruit pie. I had never really had passion fruit before and I got to try the drink and I absolutely loved it. When I was little one of my grandmother’s friends had passion fruits at his house. I think we got some fruits and tried to make a juice out of it, but we didn’t really know how and it ended up being sour so I did not really drink the juice. So yes, technically it was my first time drinking an actual passion fruit juice and what an awesome thing to think of making them into pies. We did not have lots of passion fruit in the Philippines and since I have been living in America I have never really seen passion fruit pies at the grocery store or in the restaurants so it was a treat to get to enjoy the passion fruit drink and the passion fruit pie. I also got to try passion fruit macaroons at the airport. Those were so yummy. You get a sweet and tangy delight in the little bite sized macaroons.

The other thing I really liked were the crepes in Costa Rica. I have always loved the dessert crepes with the Nutella and the strawberries, but Costa Rica has taken crepes to another level for me and the crepes have savory food inside that I got to eat for lunch.

My other favorite go to for food were the panaderias or bakeries. I got all sorts of goodies from the bakeries. I especially loved all the different types of empanadas you could get. I also loved the hot dogs in a flaky type of bread that was similar to a croissant.

What are some similarities between Costa Rica and the United States?

Costa Rica is very well developed and the roads and infrastructure are amazing. When I first arrived in San Jose, it seemed to look a little bit like Davao City in the airport areas, but as you go to San Jose and Escazu, it definitely looked more like the United States, which is a good thing. Also, the malls had lots of the same brand name stores. When you went into the grocery stores, you could find lots of the same United States brands like the shampoo and other toiletries.

What lessons did I learn?

I learned that even though I have been learning Spanish in school and online I still need to learn more. Yes, I was able to get by and have basic level conversations, but I really could not fluently express myself in Spanish. I really needed to watch more Spanish movies and listen to more Spanish music. I also need to make friends with someone who speaks Spanish so I can improve my fluency.

What was the most important part of my Costa Rican experience?

I would say making new friends was the most important part. I did not expect to make so many new friends and I was delighted to have made so many. I will cherish my travel memories more because I got to experience my tour of Costa Rica with friends. I think you can enjoy yourself so much more when you are touring with your new found friends.

What turned out differently during my trip than I had planned?

I decided to stay longer that I had expected. I just wanted to go for two weeks and then come right back home. I was expecting to really miss my friends from home and yes, I was a little sad my first night, but after my third day of being there, I really got over being away from home.

I also didn’t expect to be going to Nicaragua. That was not planned at all, but I am glad I went to Rivas and I got to see Nicaragua. I also did not expect to be staying for two months in Nicaragua. I thought I was just going to stay there for two weeks at most, but I really loved it there and I did not want to leave.

What were the most difficult parts of my travel?

I would have to say that the most difficult part of my travel has been the actual getting around Costa Rica. I am glad that I had Uber to take otherwise I would not have found half the places I was looking for. Taking the bus was also challenging at first, but after a few months of being there I felt more comfortable and once I got to know the bus routes I was golden and taking the bus became easy.

How is my volunteer experience shaping my future?

Because I loved volunteering so much and living in San Jose, I got a TEFL certificate in Manuel Antonio, which then led to a job at Academia Europea. I think my Costa Rican experience is going to stay with me forever and in the future I will be going to teach English in Latin America again because I have already experienced it and it was fun and easy. I had the best time ever in San Jose and Manuel Antonio and I hope to be going to Costa Rica specifically; however, I would also like to teach in Managua, Nicaragua.

My volunteer experience was such a positive experience for me that I would also like to try other volunteer programs through Maximo Nivel like the program where you work with hatching turtles in Manuel Antonio. I have also been looking on the IVHQ sites recently and there is an internships with footages of dolphins program that they are running in Greece. That also really interests me lots. Overall I had the best time and I would highly suggest the volunteer teach program that you can book through the IVHQ site.

About My Volunteer Questionnaire:

Check out the travel questionnaire I made. I think these are awesome questions you need to answer before you go to your travel destination. I got some of these questions off of the volunteer training site that I visited before I went to Costa Rica. I watched their videos and downloaded a worksheet that had some of these questions. I have added more items onto the worksheet and this is what I have created. I am hoping to create a better guide in the future. I think I am going to be making a TEFL version that anyone can download.

VolunteerWorkSheet

My Reflections on My Volunteer Experience Part 1

My Reflections on My Volunteer Experience Part 2

Fried Green Tomato BLT

I have been gardening lots lately and I bought a tomato plant from the grocery store. It finally bore fruit. I could not wait for it to ripen so I harvested the tomato while it was still green. I then fried the tomato slices and added it to a sandwich. I used the recipe above from the magazine, The Pioneer Woman.

The sandwich turned out great! I made slight changes to the recipe, but it turned out awesome. First, I fried some turkey bacon. After, I toasted bread in the toaster. Then I fried two eggs and added salt and pepper to the eggs to give it some flavor.

After frying the eggs, I decided to work on the fried green tomatoes. I mixed cornmeal, cornstarch, and eggs for the fried green tomatoes batter. I added a little bit of water to the batter to make the consistency not as thick. I then sliced the green tomatoes and dipped it in the cornmeal batter. Then I fried the green tomatoes.

Now that everything was ready, I put mayonnaise on the bread, the turkey bacon, fried eggs, and the fried green tomatoes. It turned out extremely yummy. I ate the sandwich with a side of anchovies dipped in vinegar. It was a very delicious dinner last night. Thank you garden for providing me with a very yummy green tomato 🙂

Gardening Tip: Label your cups when planting new seeds. I have labeled my cups GN for Genovese Basil. I could not remember, which ones were the Sweet Basils, but I would have labeled them SB to stand for Sweet Basil. Later on I tried to spell out the names, but you can labeled your plants however you would like to. I have used plant labelers or just carving inthe names onto the styrofoam cups 

English Lesson: In or On

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua class,

How is everyone today? Our lesson for today is the usage of the prepositions on or in. You can use on or in to tell someone what kind of vehicle you are riding in.

I am on a bus.

I am on a plane.

I am on a train.

I am on a ship.

I am on a tram.

I am on a bike.

 

I am in a car.

I am in a taxi.

I am in a limo.

I am in a truck.

The rule for using in or on a vehicle is that if you can walk onto the vehicle and stand up inside the vehicle you say on. If you cannot, then you say in.

Here are some more example sentences using on or in.

You are on a bus.

You are on a plane.

You are on a train.

You are on a ship.

You are on a tram.

You are on a bike.

 

You are in a car.

You are in a taxi.

You are in a limo.

You are in a truck.

Activity: 

Tell me what kind of vehicle you have ridden in recently. Give me at least two sentences.

You can email your answer at mtlawlordesign33@gmail.com.

 

 

Tourism in Costa Rica and How We Could Have More Tourism in Mindanao

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This is a pic of me in San Jose, Costa Rica. This was taken at the Mariposario in University of Costa Rica.

My trip to Costa Rica came about because I was just working at the back of the house of Poke Land. I was washing dishes and prepping food. After about a month of working there, I decided I wanted to pursue teaching English abroad. I did not know where to start so I thought I would try to volunteer teach. I went to IVHQ.com to look for a volunteer teaching job abroad.

I started out thinking perhaps China was going to be the best choice, but then I learned I had to get a visa to enter mainland China. The visa was something I had to get in San Francisco and it was going to cost me a few more hundred dollars and some time off so I decided to investigate trying to go to Costa Rica. I learned that Costa Rica was going to be way easier to enter. I did not need a visa and I just needed to present my passport. US nationals are not required to show a visa during entry to Costa Rica, but they must present a valid passport and an exit ticket out of Costa Rica within 90 days.

I decided to try out two weeks of volunteer teaching in San Jose, Costa Rica. I then was partnered up with Maximo Nivel and Maximo Nivel partnered me up with Fundacion Mujer. I taught at Fundacion Mujer and three days into my volunteer teaching experience I also decided to take a TEFL course with Maximo Nivel and this time it was Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio. I extended my original two-week volunteer teaching to three weeks in San Jose’s Maximo Nivel, then I did a month of TEFL at the Manuel Antonio Maximo Nivel. Then after I graduated I did a week of volunteer teaching in San Jose’s Maximo Nivel again. Then I got a job with Academia Europea in Escazu.

Aside from getting teaching experience abroad through volunteer teaching and getting an in class TEFL certificate, this trip allowed me to see how beautiful Costa Rica is. The trip also allowed me to take some of the best photos I have ever taken. My trip to Costa Rica was an amazing photo opportunity adventure. Check out some of my awesome pics of La Paz Waterfall below.

Click here to check out my Guide to Latin America site. I have posted photos and videos of La Paz Waterfalls.

Here are some awesome videos of La Paz Waterfalls.

I purchased a Combo Tour, which was a tour that allowed me to go to a few sites in San Jose Costa Rica. I went to Doka Coffee Plantation, La Paz Waterfall, and Poas Volcano during my first few weeks in San Jose, Costa Rica. I got lots of awesome photos there. I also got to go to the Mariposario at the University of Costa Rica here are some pics below. Manuel Antonio has awesome beaches. I got to take lots of cool pics by the beach. I also got to take awesome nature pics while I was in Manuel Antonio.

Check out the awesome pics I took at the Mariposario in San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

Here are some really awesome butterfly pics. I took this during the very end of my three-week volunteer experience.

Here are some of my photos during my travel. I have lots of them and you can also view all sorts of videos on this blog. I think Costa Rica is a great destination. It is very beautiful and they also have amazing food.

I also got to go white water rafting twice. The first time I went I had not really planned on going. My roommate at my homestay in Manuel Antonio was on an adventure trip. I decided to go to Maximo Nivel campus during the morning she was going. Once I got to the campus I decided maybe it would be a good idea to go with her. I talked to the white-water rafting company about the cost and if I could just come along. They said it was about a hundred dollars and I could just come along. I just needed to get water shoes from them. They also provided me with a life vest.

Here is a video of my first white water rafting adventure in Manuel Antonio.

The second time I went it was right before the end of my TEFL course. I decided to book a white water rafting trip on my own. I went with a group of New Yorkers who were there for a bachelor party. It was a fun adventure. I highly suggest trying white water rafting in Manuel Antonio.

Here is a video of my second white water rafting adventure.

The types of tours I experienced in Costa Rica like the white-water rafting tour is a tour that could be done in San Miguel Calinan Davao City, Philippines. When I was in Davao and staying at my grandmother’s house, I saw a few people white water rafting. I think this type of adventure tourism could bring in a lot of money for the Philippines.

I think if someone were to arrange white water rafting tours in San Miguel they could market this type of a tour in hotels. I got my Combo Tour from MJ Travel Service, which is located next to Maximo Nivel. Below is a video about tourism in Costa Rica and tourism in Davao City.

 

Here is a video I made of my Combo Tour which included the Doka Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano, and La Paz Waterfalls. The video contains lots of amazing photos during my trip and beautiful video clips. Some of the video clips are slow motion footage I took with my iPhone camera.

 

 

Check out these awesome collages I made of my trip to Costa Rica. I think these are some of the best tourism pics for Costa Rica that I have made so far.

I took these pics my first day in Manuel Antonio. I went on a trip to the beach with UB and Tevin. We had the best time ever!

 

Costa Rica also has the best food! These are pics I took during my visit to Manuel Antonio. I got to go to Victoria’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant.

 

More yummy food pics. Costa Rica has the best restaurants ever. The chicken, beans, rice, and veggies dish was my typical Costa Rican food. I did end up going to a Thai restaurant a few times and I also went and got an awesome sandwich at the mall in San Jose. Click here to visit my blog Smorgasbord World to see a video about Costa Rican Food Americans must try.

 

I got this awesome fish from Burro’s in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. The restaurant is located near the beach.

 

I love the outdoor seating at Burro’s in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica.

 

This is a typical Costa Rican breakfast. It is eggs, potatoes, and sausages. I got this from the buffet at Walmart in Escazu. Walmart Escazu is located in: Centro Comercial Trejos Montealegre, Frente al, San José, San Rafael, Costa Rica. I started going to this Walmart after I got a job at Academia Europea in the end of September in 2019.

 

I got this yummy fried chicken with a side of veggies from a soda near Maximo Nivel San Jose, Costa Rica. It was very delicious. It was also very cheap. This is another good example of a typical Costa Rican dish. This is how my lunches usually looked. This type of dish is considered very Tico, the shortened word for very Costa Rican as in very local.

 

Check out all of the awesome hibiscus in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica.

 

Here are more awesome flower pics. I took these near the Maximo Nivel campus in Manuel Antonio.

 

Costa Rica can be a little bit rainy so make sure to plan your trip accordingly.

About Food in Davao City

I think one of the biggest tourist attractions for Davao City is also food. When I went to Davao City in 2015 to 2016, I got to eat all sorts of awesome foods. Here are a few of my faves.

This is ngohiong from Hukad it is a medley of delicious ingredients wrapped in rice paper and then deep fried. Inside the crispy rice paper of ngohiong are the heart of the coconut palm, bamboo shoots, ground pork, shrimp, garlic, and onions. Click here to check out my Smorgasbord World blog to see an awesome Ngohiong recipe.

 

This is adobong kangkong. I grew up lots of kangkong when I was younger. Kangkong is also known as water monging glory. This specific kangkong is cooked in adobo type sauce. It was delicious. I got this when I went to Hukad, a restaurant in Davao. Click here to check out my Smorgasbord World blog to see an awesome Ngohiong recipe.

 

When I went to Davao City in 2015 I stayed at the Waterfront Insular hotel for a night. I got to try this delicious dish at their restaurant called Café Uno. When you go to the restaurant you can pick out whatever seafood you would like. I chose prawns and I had them deep fry my prawns in chili sauce. Click here to view my blog Smorgasbord Wolrd. I have posted a video on how to make prawns in chili sauce. It is not exactly like the one I had, but it is similar.

 

This is delicious lumpia. I got this lumpia which is shaped slightly differently from most lumpia at Rancheros in Abreeza. Click here to check out my Smorgasbord World blog to see an awesome Lumpia recipe.

 

Davao City also has delicious drinks. These are shakes. I got a mango shake, which is the yellow one and the white shake is a buko shake. Buko shake is made with young coconut milk and some syrup. Shakes are always very refreshing and perfect for hot weather. Buko shakes are typically deliciously creamy. Click here to check out my Smorgasbord World blog to see how to make a mango shake.

 

When I was in Davao City, I went to a Vietnamese restaurant in Abreeza. It is called Hanoi Vietnamese Cuisine. This is a very delicious starter platter that I ordered for appetizer. The appetizer on the lower-left corner is fresh rolls. Click here to view my blog Smorgasbord World. I have posted an awesome video on how to make fresh rolls.

 

This is a spicy shrimp dish I ordered for our dinner at Hanoi Vietnamese Cuisine.

 

This is biko I ordered from the Seda Hotel restaurant. Biko is a Filipino dessert that consists of glutinous rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar. It is very simple to make and is often served in local restaurants, parties, and gatherings. Click here to check out my Smorgasbord World blog. I have posted a video on how to make Bisaya style Biko.