Indian Foods in Villamonte

Upon recommendations from a friend, we recently went to Villamonte in Bacolod to eat Indian Food for supper. Everyone in our family enjoys good Indian Food and we were not disappointed.

We kicked things off with a large order of Samosas and they were spicy, with just the right kick and not over powering. Make sure you order more than a few! These are great.

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If you are going to dine with an Indian Meal, you gotta have Biryani Rice. At least, we think so.

Our main fare was Tandoori Chicken, my all time favorites among Indian Cuisine.

The prices at Indian Foods in Villamonte are very reasonable and the Indian Food is authentically great. Our tab for the four of us was around P1,000, including drinks.

If you are wanting to eat authentic Indian Food, you know where…Indian Foods in Villamonte.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Eye Graduated

Praise the Lord! I went early Wednesday afternoon to see Dr Rhea Anne Ordoyo, at Medical Plaza, for my 3 week follow up appointment concerning my Cataract Surgery. All was well and Doctora told me…You Graduated! No more Eye follow up appointments for 3 months.

Concerning the Macular Degeneration in my left eye, I am on an enhanced National Eye Institute recommended diet, to help combat the disorder. There is nothing in the diet that I do not enjoy eating, among Fish, Lean Meats, Veggies, Fruits and Nuts. It is always best to intake your Vitamins, Nutrients and Minerals via Food than by taking Supplements, which can be a risk to some people with a history of allergic reactions to oral Medications and/or Supplements.

How do these sound to ya? Fresh Fruits…Avocado, Red Grapes, Mangoes, Kiwi, Oranges, Pomelo, Cantaloupe, Watermelon and Dried Fruits. For Snacks…Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds. Fresh Veggies…Spinach, Broccoli, Chinese Cabbage, Mustard Greens, Zucchini, Carrots, Squash, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Bell Peppers (especially Orange ones), Black Eye Peas, Red Beans, and local Vegetables found in the Philippines. Some of these local Green Leafy Vegetables do not have an English name, that I know of! Malunggay and Kang Kong come to mind.

The Main Course

I did not have to cut back since I always eat lean cuts of Pork and Beef. I trim the fat when necessary. I already eat more Chicken than I eat Pork and Beef.

Fish and Shellfish. I Sea Food and eat them all! There is a Treasure Trove of Fresh Seafood all around Bacolod, especially in the South of the city, where we like to buy from local Fisher Folk. Their Seafood is always Sea Fresh! Fish, Shrimp and Prawns, Crabs, Green Shell Mussels, Oysters, Clams and seasonal Scallops.

The Fish I most often ate in the past was Cream Dory Fillets, which is actually Shark Catfish that originates from Vietnam. It is readily available in Bacolod City Supermarkets. For my Eye Health, I am now eating more Fatty Fish for their Omega 3 benefit. Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel, Tuna and Anchovies.

I will have to cut back on the Fried Shellfish but not completely. Fried Oysters rock! Hey, have you ever tried Deep Fried Mussels? They are good, too!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Faith In Times of Crisis

Due to my extreme loss of vision, I had not been able to comment about the Pandemic. Last year, during the initial lock down in Bacolod, March 2020, due to the China Virus, we retreated to our farmhouse, located about 35km south of Bacolod. We stayed at our farmhouse for several months, as it was a great place to be. There was then and still today, very few cases of the China Virus in our country home, in our Barangay and in our Municipality. Praise the Lord!

I prayed from day one for God to build a Hedge all the way around us all, that reaches way up to the Sky. The Lord answered my prayer, for which I am forever thankful. My prayer also goes out for everyone and I have prayed that the China Virus will soon be eradicated from Earth.

I have been a Born Again Christian since I was 17 years old and my Faith in the Lord and the Blessed Assurance of Jesus have kept me going for most of my lifetime. God has not always moved when I wanted Him to but God has always, always, always arrived on time! He has never been late.

My words cannot ever express how thankful I am for God leading me through several challenges the past year, which were especially trying of my Faith. However, I know the trial of my Faith is more precious than Gold and Silver, for when I am weak, Jesus makes me strong! Thanks to Him, I am still standing.

I give a special and a big thank you to Dr Rhea Anne Ordoyo at Doctors Hospital in Bacolod for skillfully removing the extremely large cataract on my right eye, with her knowledge of Phacoemulsification. I had consulted 3 other Eye Surgeons in Bacolod, all well known, but God led me to Dr Ordoyo. The procedure, performed by Dr Ordoyo, to remove the large and hardened cataract went perfectly, without complication. Praise the Lord!

During better times ahead, I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~Gary ~

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Blessed Easter

After more than one year, I have my vision restored in one of my eyes and I am praising the Lord!

I am wishing everyone a very Happy Easter and I hope y’all had a very blessed Holy Week.

In the days ahead, I will be posting again, as I had cataract eye surgery last week and I am taking it EZ. I have Macular Degeneration in my left eye, which I am working on treating.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Revelation 1:18 King James Version

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad


Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Matthew 1:22-23 | KJV |’


For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 | KJV |

Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes Are a Snap!


It is amazing what people try to sell! A Book for $20 about…How to Prepare Meals at Home Under 30 Minutes?

Most all of my Home Cooked Meals are prepared in less than 30 Minutes! Same with my wife’s cooking. I could Post hundreds such Meals that are a Snap to Prepare in Short Order. It will not cost you one Centavo! Free to you, right here on All Around Bacolod.


However, I will share a few, just to make some folks hungry. I will even give them Fancy Names…


Visayan Buffalo Wings
Mac & Cheese Spaghetti
Lemon Butter Fried Chicken
Mexican Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Dressing
Pan Pasta with Smoked Sausage
Pizza Skillet Casserole
Beef Pasta Salad
Pineapple Bacon Cheeseburger
Mexican Chicken with Jalapeno Cucumber Tomalita Salad
Tortellini with Broccolini
Garlic Butter Rib Eye Steaks
Deviled Eggo Salad
Italian Sausage and 2 Bean Skillet
Beef Meatball Noodle Bowl
Bacon Cheddar Pepper Chicken Sandwich
Fried Pork Chops with Apple Butter
Roasted Pepper Shrimp
Mediterranean Flat Iron Steaks
Ginger Pork Chops
Negrense Rib Eye Steaks


I think I just helped a few struggling Restaurants with Kicked Up Menus! My contributions to Impossible Restaurants to keep them open.

Happy Cooking! I am Grillin’ and Chillin” in the City of Smiles, the City we love so well, Bacolod City.,

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Pizza Drive on Alijis Road


Randy, my best Filipino Friend and Driver of my Isuzu MU-X,  was tied up Saturday with my son’s School Christmas Party. I was home alone and without wheels.

I had watched Food Network on Friday evening with Bobby Flay and his daughter Sophie making Pizza. That started the Pizza Craving. A little after 1130am today, I could no longer take it. I wanted Pizza and I was going to get it.


Catching a taxi from our Subdivision in Bacolod is a 90-10 proposition that you ain’t getting a taxi! I took a trike to Pizza Drive, which is not that far away.


I would take a wild guess and say…Pizza Drive either has a new Owner or they are under New Management. Whichever, they have fabulous Pizza! The price is unreal as well.

I ordered Pizza Drive 8 slice Pepperoni, Mushroom and Bell Pepper Pizza and the price is only P230! Is this a Retro Pizzeria with 2014 Prices or what? Pizza Drive Pizza has thin, flaky Crust, the kind I like. Sorta like Shakey’s only with better taste.

San Miguel Pale Pilsen is P50 each at Pizza Drive and served ice cold.

I have written many times about Pizza on Living in the Philippines3 Yahoo Group, where I am the Administrator, and on All Around Bacolod. On Saturday, the Best Pizza in Bacolod was at Pizza Drive!

Pizza Drive is located on Alijis Road in Bacolod, almost next door to Robinsons Supermarket but one block away, pn the same side of Alijis.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…All Around Bacolod. It could be at…Pizza Drive!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Low Country Boil


When I lived in Charleston, South Carolina, I learned about the Low Country Cuisine. It is not as heralded in much of America, however, it is known for its Fabulous Food, throughout much of the Southern USA.

There are a number of Essentials in Low Country Cuisine and I will name the ones I am most familiar with. Shrimp, Crabs, Oysters, Grits, Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak, Fried Green Tomatoes, Okra, Collard Greens, Pulled Pork, Chicken Bog and Boiled Peanuts.


The above photo is Low Country Fried Steak with Gravy and the good news is, you do not have to be in the Low Country to make it…You can make it right here in Bacolod!


The above photo is Fried Green Tomatoes. There are certainly many Green Tomatoes in Bacolod. After you eat just one, next time, you will slap yo granny down, getting to that batch of Fried Green Tomatoes. Hot, right out of the skillet.


One of my All Time Favorites is the Low Country Boil. You may ask yourself…Self, where is the Low Country. The Low Country is the Coastal Regions of South Carolina and Georgia.

This is what you need to do and then…you really have something good to eat!

Season the Seafood, Season the Veggies and Season the Water in the Stock Pot. Bring the Water to a boil and add…Corn on the Cob and Potatoes. After 10 minutes, add Whole Onions. After 5 minutes, lower heat and add Smoked Sausage, Shrimp, and Crabs. Continue to simmer until done.

Old Newspapers are perfect to use as a Table Cloth when eating the Low Country Boil. Ice Cold Beer is the Beverage of Choice.


Chicken Bog. What the heck is this? Chicken Bog is almost always found in Low Country Homes or in the Homes of those originally from the Low Country but have relocated.

Chicken Bog is a Rich Porridge, consisting of Chicken, Rice, Onions and Smoked Sausage. Fancy restaurants refer to Chicken Bog as…are you ready? Chicken Pilau! However, it is all the same.

There you have it Amigos and Amigas. From the Low Country to the City of Smiles and right to you in yo Kitchen!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Ho Hop, Wo Hop or Po Palace


Binondo, the Oldest Chinatown in the World, may well be your only bet to eat New York Style Chinese Food. Not only in Metro Manila but anywhere in the Philippines.


The above Photo is a painting by Arko, depicting Binondo in Metro Manila.

In Bacolod, it is a mixed bag about Chinese Restaurants. They have Chinese Food and that is the only positive. None really light a fire with even a spark. None have that notch kicker to make me enjoy Chinese Food. I lived in China for 9 years, where I worked as an English Teacher. I enjoyed American-Chinese Food in America for 3 decades and I enjoyed Chinese Food in Binondo, when I lived in Manila two times.


There is one main Chinatown in NYC but there are actually 8 different Chinatown Neighborhoods in the Big Apple. The Chinese of NY have developed their own Style of Chinese Food, known as NY Style. The owner of Joy Young Chinese Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama sent his Grandson Chef to NYC to actually study NY Style Chinese Food at Pearl Palace Academy.


Opened in 1919, Joy Young was the First and the Oldest Chinese Restaurant in the entire State of Alabama. Joy Young Property was reportedly sold to Developers in the 1980s and no more Joy Young! However, a Descendant of Joe Young, owner of Joy Young, had their famous recipes. He opened the Chop Suey Inn on Green Springs Hwy in Birmingham.


The Po Palace, with the appropriate name, in Alachua, Florida offers NY Style Chinese Food on a Budget. If you have $4 or $5, you are eating a good NY Style Chinese Lunch! Gainesville, near Alachua, has a a NY Style Chinese Restaurant near the University of Florida Campus. Many meals are served in the Iconic cardboard Chinese Takeout Box with Wire Handle, for authenticity.


Did you know that those cardboard Chinese Takeout Boxes can be folded out to make a plate?

Wo Hop is a famous Chinese Restaurant in NYC Chinatown. They keep alive NY Style Chinese Food and they are open 24/7.


Ho Hop is a NY Style Chinese Restaurant in Green Cove Springs, Florida. The Politically Correct Squad has not zeroed in on Ho Hop about their name. I doubt a Judge in Florida would make the owner change it, anyway.


American-Chinese Chefs not only created a New Style of Chinese Food, they also created New Names for Chinese Dishes. In China, you will never see or hear…Moo Goo Gai Pan, Egg Foo Young, Crab Rangoon, Chow Mein, Chop Suey, Won Tons, Egg Rolls, Egg Drop Soup, Pineapple Chicken, Fortune Cookies, Chinese Mustard or other American-Chinese specifics.


Cold Sesame Noodles, Chicken Almond Ding, Shrimp Chow Mein, Pineapple Chicken, Chow Mai Fon, Goon Bo Gai and Walnut Shrimp are a few examples of Original NY Style Chinese Food.


You gotta love NY Style Chinese Food. It is an American Icon. originated by Chinese-Americans. American Chinese Food will blow your socks off! It Rocks and will never die.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Vaya Con Dios!

Seafood…And Eat It!


There are a number of good Seafood Restaurants in Bacolod. However, even eating at the best, I have experiences Mild to Moderate GI Disturbances after eating there. Therefore, the best and safest Seafood is at Gary’s House!

My wife and I both know how to safely handle Fresh Seafood and we know how to prepare it.

The Seafood Dish I eat most often at home is the Fish Po Boy. I use Vietnamese Catfish Fillets, AKA Cream Dory, to make the Po Boy, Deep Frying the Fish.


The key to any Fried Fish is…the Batter. I like Beer Battered Fish. Other Ingredients include…Cornmeal, Flour, a variety of Spices of Choices but I use All in One Creole Seasoning that is all in. Everything is in it already.

I dip the Fish Fillets in Beer and then dredge it in the Seasoned Cornmeal-Flour Mix. If you do not like dipping Fish in Beer, dip it in a beaten Egg first.


On the Po Boy, I slather both the bread and the Fish with Mayonnaise and Horseradish, accented with Pickle Relish. I then top with Cole Slaw. The Fish Po Boy is down home New Orleans. Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez! Let the Good Times Roll!

I make a Shrimp Po Boy from time to time, using the same Technique as making the Fish Po Boy. If I see the large Oysters, an Oyster Po Boy is awesome!

When eating Boiled Shrimp, I make Shrimp Cocktail as the Sauce. I leave off the Pickle Relish and I use Ketchup instead of Mayonnaise, never forgetting the Horseradish. Required!

Scallops and Oysters are at the top of my favorite Seafood. I learned my lesson well and I will never, never, never again eat Raw Oysters in the Philippines.


I also like Clams, especially Razor Clams, Mussels, Crabs and Sea Snails.

The Fish I eat, I am very picky about. Head and Tail on does not bother me but them Bones do bother me!

Vietnamese Catfish, Lison, Lapu Lapu and Bangus are the Fish I enjoy. Forget Tilapia!


There is a Marine Bounty and a Treasure Trove of Seafood…all around Bacolod. I hope to see you here…one day!

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Vaya Con Dios!