The onions and garlic are cooked first. When the onions are caramelized, (they reduce and look glassy), then you add the tomato sauce. When all that is well mixed and hot, you add it to the boiling water and the chicken. Add bijol and salt to taste and boil all that for about 5 minutes.

After about 5 minutes, take the chicken out and pour the water/sofrito mix into the pan and stir a little bit . Then place the chicken on top.

Cover with foil and transfer into the oven right away, you can't let the water get cold.

In 40-45 minutes you will have a yummy dish!

The rice in Arroz con Pollo should be what's called humedo, or damp. Never dry.

So when you are trying to gauge if it is ready you want the rice to be moist but not soggy (If you are using Valencia Rice). The rice should absorb all the water.

When it is done you garnish with the roasted red peppers and baby peas.

Some people chop the roasted red peppers but I have most often seen it placed on top in strips.

Rene explains that the peppers and peas are really for decoration or garnish more than for flavor.




3 p.m.

Ocala, FL

We take what will be our final major break at a rest stop in Ocala! As we get back on the road we see the first sign for Miami! Almost there!

Christine Armario is an Associated Press reporter and President of the South Florida Chapter for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) .

Networking guru Ken Olivas, Parity Project Director for NAHJ, connected Christine and I through Facebook. She was kind enough to invite me to an event tonight commemorating the one year anniversary of the Florida Center of Investigative Reporting.

We?ll be getting into Miami pretty late but it would be nice to meet other reporters on our first night! Mark says if they have food he?s in! Vamos a ver.

Thank you for reading our travel blog! It has been a fun adventure and I hope you learned something along the way -- I know we did!

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8:30 p.m.


Tallahassee, Fla.

Four time zones, four days, 1,890 miles and roughly 50 diapers later we arrive in Tallahassee, Florida. Woo-hoo! Almost there!