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All Star Island, Puerto Rico and Recipe for Arroz con Pollo

All Star Island, Puerto Rico and Recipe for Arroz con Pollo

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Read through to get a little taste of paradise and a recipe for Arroz Con Pollo– a classic Puerto Rican dish!

So those of you who read Serendipity and Spice regularly know that Hubs is from Puerto Rico.  Amazingly enough, I have never been….by the time we met and started dating his parents and siblings had already moved over here so we haven’t had the opportunity to visit.  BUT, that’s all changing this year!

Now that we have Little Man it is imperative that we visit and introduce him to all of Hubs’ extended family….and I’m SUPER excited to be going….and with the perfect tour guide!!

A few things on our MUST DO list (aside from meeting family):

1.  Visiting El Yunque-  The only rainforest in the US National Parks!

2. Checking out Old San Juan-  Hubs says it’s like stepping back in time with it’s cobblestone streets, hidden gems around every corner with Artisans selling their masterpieces, the aroma of bakeries and restaurants wafting through the air….it’s the melding of old world charm and modern convienences meeting together and mixing perfectly.

3. Swimming in the Bioluminescent Bays– yeah, a night time swim sounds like the perfect escape….and what’s cooler than glowing under water!

4. A trip to Flamenco Beach– rated in the Top 10 Beaches in the World by The Travel Channel– even if we don’t make it Flamenco there’s 270 miles of coastline that’s often touted as the most beautiful beaches in the world!

5. Explore the Camuy Caverns- running through the 3rd largest subterranean river in the world.

We have a great deal planned for our trip and Hubs is super excited!  He can’t wait to revisit all of his childhood haunts and share his experiences with Little Man and myself!

The great thing about visiting Puerto Rico is that we don’t have to do a lot of pre-planning….it’s a US territory so no passports are needed and no currency exchange is required.  We can literally pack a bag and jump on a plane!  Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.  You can check out some fantastic travel videos on Trip Advisor starring some of the islands most famous stars….see any you recognize?! 😉

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So, to hold you over until your big trip to the All Star Island, Puerto Rico, try this delicious classic dish that’s Hubs’ favorite meal from home!

Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Puerto Rican Chicken & Rice

Ingredients:

8 Cups of Water

1 Chicken Bullion Cube

2 Packets Sazon Seasoning

2 Lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

1 Cup Cubed Ham

3 Cups Rice

Directions:

Fill LARGE pot with 8 cups of water.

Add in bullion cube and sazon.

Bring chicken thighs to a boil.

Shred chicken thighs with 2 forks– pulling meat apart.

Add in rice and ham.

Boil until rice is done.

Serve with beans and plantains to complete this classic meal!

Arroz con Pollo
Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: Spanish
Author: Melissa Llado
Ingredients
  • 8 Cups of Water
  • 1 Chicken Bullion Cube
  • 2 Packets Sazon Seasoning
  • 2 Lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Cup Cubed Ham
  • 3 Cups Rice
Instructions
  1. Fill LARGE pot with 8 cups of water.
  2. Add in bullion cube and sazon.
  3. Bring chicken thighs to a boil.
  4. Shred chicken thighs with 2 forks– pulling meat apart.
  5. Add in rice and ham.
  6. Boil until rice is done.
  7. Serve with beans and plantains to complete this classic meal!

 

 

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Brenna @ Life After Laundry

Monday 28th of April 2014

I can't wait to go to PR one day! It looks amazing. Thanks for the recipe, I will be trying it soon.

Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Sunday 27th of April 2014

Puerto Rico is someplace I've wanted to go to for a long time. My question for you is, do you need a nanny while you're gone? I'd be happy to help you out. :) Your recipe looks amazing too. Have a wonderful trip!!

Melissa

Sunday 27th of April 2014

LOL....oh we have plenty of family volunteering to babysit! ;)

Glory

Friday 25th of April 2014

Hello!! As you know I am from PR too!! I am so glad you are visiting!! All the places you mentioned are awesome!! Also in San Juan, if some of the cruises are there, they can be seen soo close! Also, when in San Juan go to Bahia Urbana, is like a boardwalk, really nice, at the end, there is a carousel for the lil guy! If you go to Camuy Caverns, you can go to Cueva del Indio (Indio Cavern) and Cueva del Viento (Wind Cavern). Find them in the web! Specially, The Wind Cavern. Visit PiƱones... there are lil kiosks with all kind of different fritters! Our island is so beautiful, I am happy that you guys are going to teach his roots to the lil guy! Hugs! Oh! And I love ARROZ CON POLLO!

Melissa

Friday 25th of April 2014

Thanks so much...we're really looking forward to it! All the pictures and stories I hear are about how beautiful the island is!! :) We'll definitely have to check out all the places you mentioned. Hubs also wants to visit the pigeon park...he used to love going there as a kid and thinks Little Man will love it!

Hezzi-D

Thursday 24th of April 2014

I wanted to go to Puerto Rico so badly! Our cruise was scheduled to go but due to a hurricane we had to reroute.

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