The Evolution of Sisig and Mayonnaise


For years in the Philippines, Sisig has been associated with drinking sessions, as Pulutan. Also, lesser known, nutrition for pregnant women in the Philippines. However, these days, Sisig is a staple at Filipino Restaurants, most often served on a sizzling plate.

On the home turf, Sisig was made with pig cheeks, pig snouts, smothered with onions and laced with red hot peppers.

Maybe foreigners would not like pig ears and pig tails any better than pig cheeks but it is a step up.

Sisig has now evolved. Ground Pork, Ground Beef, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Tuna, Squid, Shellfish are all being utilized to create Special Sisig. Other ingredients include Calamansi, Pineapple Juice, Black Peppercorns, Salt, White Onion and Chili Peppers. The new chefs on the block recommend garnishing Sisig with Mayonnaise and an Over EZ Egg.

Mayonnaise

Kewpie is probably not the go to Mayonnaise to put on your Cold Cut Sandwiches but it is good with Asian dishes. Like Sisig! In China, where I was an English teacher for 9 years, that was the only brand of Mayonnaise available where we lived, unless you took the A-Train to Hong Kong for shopping.

For years in Bacolod, I bought Home Brand Mayonnaise, Product of Freedonia, NY, but this year, I am buying Kraft Mayonnaise since it appeared on the scene. Surprisingly, I never see Hellmanns Mayonnaise in Bacolod City.

I have never tried Best Foods Mayonnaise, which I see everywhere. I have tried Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise in a pinch and that was it! It is not bad but it is not my choice.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Pork Chops at Olimba


Yesterday, I dropped by Olimba Resto Grill on Lopez Jaena Street, Barangay 31, in Bacolod City. If you are looking for good Native Food, a place to spend the night in a Pension House, a place to receive a Wellness Therapeutic Massage and a place to sing Karaoke, I can tell you the place to go. Olimba! It is also a Coffee Shop and they are open 24/7.

Cold Beer


For sure, you can order San Miguel Light or Red Horse Beer at Olimba.

Great People and Great Service

I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Olimba, Cherry, and several of her family members. They are all very friendly and they will treat you nicely. The price is the same, for one and all, as no higher price for foreigners.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod. Maybe it will be at Olimba?

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Cure All Chicken Soup


Tried and true for many decades, the Cure All Chicken Soup has been used by Hilots and Quack Doctors in the Philippines with much success. Especially from the onset of Colds and Flu.

The Chicken must be 100% Organic, aka Free Range, aka Yard Chicken. Place the whole chicken in a pot, cover with water and boil it. Do not remove the neck or the skin. After an hour or so, remove the meat but do not remove the carcass, the neck and skin from the broth.

Next, add one whole Medium to Large Onion, shredded fresh Ginger, freshly shredded organic Carrots, Malunggay and at least one clove of minced Garlic. Keep a soft boil for another hour. You can add Salt and Pepper to taste.

Enjoy the soup.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Their Way or the Highway


Personally, I get tired of the rhetoric. Their way or the highway. It seems this is a Western World Invention. It really cuts against the grain and against the very fabric of a Democratic Society. A Civilized Society. A Society in which people are free to choose what they like without being bashed by others. Not so much of a problem in the Philippines. Sex, Politics or Religion, your choice. It is your life, it is up to you.

Some people do not like Facebook, they do not like Twitter, they do not like the latest Phone Technology, they do not like certain Regions of a country, they do not like the Fashion, they do not like Catholics, they do not like the Music, they do not like people engaging in activities that they personally enjoy, they do not like the food, nothing much ever measures up to their expectations. I ask myself, what the hell do these people like? I already concluded that they do not like much of anything! Not even themselves.

My Work In the Mental Health Field

I worked with people with Anger Management problems for over 20 years. Without failure, they must be in control. They like to dish it out but they cannot tolerate the blow back when others speak out and speak up against them. There are always excuses and sometimes, but not many times, they try to walk back their words. I can read and what I read is what I get. Words are like arrows, once released they will hit a mark and those cannot be pulled back.

Living in the Philippines3

I cannot tell you how many times, I have written a post for LinP3, Living in the Philippines 3 Yahoo Group, and after reading it about 3 times, I edited my own post. I think about how others may feel when reading my words. Would it be taken wrongly? If in doubt, I tone it down. However, sometimes, people need to read the blunt word, for after all, they started the brujaja. Often times, they shut down because they know they cannot control themselves or others on the other end of a keyboard. Those who are willing to respond.

This is not a rant but it is reality. We see it everyday! People from the Western World. I have not seen many Filipinos exhibiting such behavior.

Should I Stay or Should I Go

Yesterday, I had two choices. Should I attend the Birthday party of an expat acquaintance or should I attend the Birthday party of a nephew, which would have many close Filipino family and friends in attendance. I know my wife is friends with several wives of expats, who would be in that party. I asked her. She told me to choose which event I wanted to attend, as we could not attend both at the same time, I decided to attend the Filipino Beach Party and I do not regret it. We all had a blast! Nothing can beat that.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Grinders, Hoagies and Po Boys


I usually eat a Sub type Sandwich several times every week at home, ones I make.

There is not a Subway Sandwich Shop in Bacolod City. There are a few restaurants in Bacolod, which attract foreigners, that have Sub type Sandwiches on their menu.The best attempt is found at Delicioso Deli and Bistro. Cafe Bob’s Deli makes sandwiches to order and eat in but they do not have Hoagie Rolls or Baguettes as their choice of breads.

There is a Vietnamese Chain in Bacolod, Xin Chao, which has the Banh Mi/Vietnamese Sandwich on their menu. I recommend eating at their main restaurant branch at Hi Strip 4 Bldg on Circumferential Road. Their franchise kiosks in malls and shopping centers leave a lot to be desired because… what started out as a good Sandwich has gone to hell in a handbag! These days, there is very little Vietnamese Ham on their Sandwich, a little more Liver Pate and mostly sliced Carrots and Cucumbers. More like a Vietnamese Veggie Sandwich.

Soon, I plan writing about Coyo’s Cafe in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental. They have a fabulous Pulled Pork Sandwich and other great dishes on their menu that foreigners will enjoy eating.

American Hoagies

In America, Hoagies were originally associated with Italian-Americans but soon were popularized and most everyone enjoyed eating them. In the NE part of America, many call these a Hero Sandwich. I have also heard the term…Zeppelin in that area, in reference to a Sub.

In New England, Grinder is the term. I have read, more times than once, that a Grinder is a hot Sub, however, in Rhode Island, I most always ate a cold Gringer, with Cold Cuts. I sometimes ate a hot Grinder, a Meatball Sandwich, which is good as well.

I make the New Orleans style Po Boy but I am limited to a Fish Po Boy, a Crab Po Boy and a Smoked Sausage Po Boy. I like an Oyster Po Boy but have yet to really find the larger Oysters, making the best Po Boy when Deep Fried. The large Oysters in our area are really Medium, compared to the Oysters in the South, Florida and Louisiana. I developed an allergy to Shrimp, so a Shrimp Po Boy is out!


Enjoy Life and eat a Hoagie, a Grinder or a Po Boy today!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

How to Make Homemade Bacon in the Philippines


The Bacon Purists may give me the ho, ho, ho, but I make Bacon by what I refer to as…Organic Method. It really makes nice Bacon, tried and true since we lived in China, where I began making my own Bacon.

I do not use Prague Powder, Curing Salt, Salt Peter or whatever else many others use to make Bacon. I do not like playing with Nitrates!

The ingredients I use for Homemade Bacon are as follow. Of course, Pork Belly with rind or skin intact. Do not slice the Pork Belly at this point, as you want to season the entire slab, regardless of size. Sea Salt or the local Coarse Salt, Black Pepper, Fennel Seed, 1 Garlic Clove, Bay Leaves and Honey. You may add things like Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme if you like but I do not. I want to make Bacon and not recreate Simon and Garfunkel.

Concerning the Salt, since it is Pork, I do not use Kosher Salt on Pork but to give you an idea, that is the texture of Salt you need to use when making Homemade Bacon. The Salt ratio I use is one Tablespoon per each 1 lb of Pork Belly. It is better than Chemicals, in my opinion.


Rub all the seasoning on the Pork Belly, place it in a Zip Lock and put it in the ref. Turn the Zip Lock on the other side once per day. Seven days later, you have Bacon.

It is best to remove the Pork Belly on the 8th day and roast it in an oven at 200F degrees for at least one hour. Two hours if you like but not longer than 2 hours. If you have a meat thermometer, the Pork Belly should reach 150F degrees when roasting and then you are finished.

Once cooled down, the Pork Belly is ready to slice and Fry Up as Bacon. If you are not ready yet, put it back in the ref in a fresh, clean Zip Lock or Tupperware container until you are ready for Bacon.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Wild Night is Calling, Alright


I knew yesterday that Sunday would be a Wild Night. That is exactly what happened. All the girls walked by, dressed up for each other and the boys did the boogie woogie on the corner of the street, as described by Van Morrison.

The first Annual Negros Grill Fest ended Sunday night, early Monday morning, staged at Ayala District Mall in Talisay, right outside north Bacolod.

I met up with The Brothers from North Carolina, Scott and Gene, aka Gunny. Let me tell ya, when you get 3 Redneck Southern Boys together in the Philippines, we know how to have ourselves a time! That is exactly what we did. Scott and Gene are retired US Marines with more than 20 years in and that pretty much says it all, di ba?

BBQ

It was really a great night of fun. I also met up with Dave Gee, of Miami. I had wondered what happened to Dave, as I had not seen him in a couple of years. Dave Gee has 7,000 pigs, imagine that! North of Bacolod is the farm but for security reasons, I will not name the place to prevent Pig Rustlers, lol. Dave supplies the Pork for two Meat Shops in Bacolod. Both well known with a large customer base. You can believe that!

Dave had a 4 hour smoked Rack of Ribs on the grill and several dozen Chicken Wings as well. Everyone had good food, who were with me. Cerveza Negra was the Beer of the Night. Dave Gee set us up just right but That’s What Friends Are For!

I was not driving and made it home alright. No headache and no hangover, although I may have pushed it a little bit, to say the least.

Sorry to see the Negros Grill Fest come to an end. My buddy, Martin, of the Bacolod Food Hunters, was a little late in telling me about the Grill Fest but I made it, with time to spare before it shut down. Martin took me around and gave me a tour of the Grill Fest, introducing me to Restaurant Owners.

The Few, the Proud

Two Marines and one Correctional Officer had fun sharing War Stories. Middle East Wars and Prison Wars are not fun but we still talk about what we did, with Pride. However, the hairs on our arms stood up.

We also celebrated the 30th Annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, May 28. America will never be destroyed from the outside but within, IF We Allow It! All you have to do today is read the news and see that it is already being attempted by the Far Left, sadly, by elected officials!!! You know who they are.

God bless the Marines and Corrections Officers. Different fields but we pretty much do the same. Protecting Freedom, the Constitution and the Public. There is not any guarantee that when we go to work, we will come home at night. That’s the Reality. Death never takes a holiday and Death Rides a Pale Horse.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Never Forget


Some friends are taking vacations this weekend, even in the Philippines, and there is nothing wrong with that. I wanted to go to Iloilo to check out the new S&R but the weather is too bad to get on a RoRo. There is always next weekend. There is heavy rain and it is not good for even a cookout at home today. Maybe tomorrow…I hope.

The Alert Colors of the Day for me are Red, White and Blue!

Let us please not forget those who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice for America. Nothing wrong with Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken, Pork Chops, Beer and Baseball. However, a Moment of Silence is in order for the Fallen Heroes, the real American Idols in my book.

Filipinos have served and fought with Americans in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Some have paid the Ultimate Sacrifice as well. Let us please not forget them, either.

The American Military Cemetery in Manila has more than 17,000 graves, including those of US Allies.

There is also the Clark Veterans Cemetery, north of Manila. I am too far away from both cemeteries to place flowers but I would, if I could. Even though I cannot be there in person, I will never forget the Fallen Heroes. Not just once per year but very often, this comes to mind. Memorial Day.

Take care and God bless everyone.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

The Palms Food Complex


Yesterday, we went to The Palms Food Complex in Bacolod, located behind Starbuck’s and the Shell station on 18th Street, off Lacson Street. We wanted to order Pizza at the new Neenan’s Shack…Pizza and Burgers. The principal proprietor is a foreigner.

The Pizza was great, prepared in a wood fired brick oven. I rank Neenan’s Pizza among the best in Bacolod and the 4 in our party all agree. Two thumbs up! Now, we come to the prices. Margherita Pizza is P145 and Pepperoni Pizza is P160. All pizzas are the same size but among us, we had two slices to bring home, leftover from those two Pizzas we ordered. Those were my breakfast today!


At The Palms, there are maybe 6 restaurants and most all the tables are outdoors but covered by an awning up high. No beating down hot sun or rain to be concerned about. I noticed on the end of the Food Complex, every outdoor table was taken, so I walked down there to see what is so popular. It is…

Beers and Wings! On Wednesdays and Saturdays, 3pm-8pm, there is Unlimited Buffalo Wings and Rice for P199 per head. Beer is extra, of course.

I would like to thank the Bacolod Food Hunters for telling all their followers about the newest and greatest restaurants in Greater Bacolod City. Thank you much!

Almost every week in Bacolod, new restaurants open their doors. Bacolod City has long been known as a Mecca for Fabulous Food. There is something here for just about everyone! Negrense and other Regional Filipino Cuisine, American, British, Indian, Latin American, Spanish, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Asian Fusion and other delicious Cuisine as well.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Politics: Everyone Does Not Play Fairly


It is the agenda of the Intellectual Idiots, in millions of dollars orchestrated effort, to shut up every Conservative in America. There are also Tools, a minority, in the Republican Party elite who are just as bad! However, the Red Line has been drawn and Conservatives will no longer tolerate Slander and Libel.

I vote in all the Florida State, County and American National Elections from the Philippines via Absentee Ballot. I take my voting right seriously.


Michelle Malkin, a Filipino-Amercian, whose parents legally immigrated to America, was born in Philadelphia, PA. Her dad is a MD and her mom is a Teacher, both proclaiming to be…Reagan Republicans. Michelle Malkin is one of my favorites on Conservative Talk Radio and on Fox News, as a regular contributor. She is great and a Rising Star! Even greater than ever. I watched Michelle Malkin on Hannity, Fox New last night, in Bacolod City and her comments about the Progressive Left in America were Riveting and right on Target!

In the Philippines, Freedom of Speech is well respected and is well protected because during Martial Law, it was taken away from Filipinos. Never again…will always be remembered in the Philippines. Opposing Views may not be liked but they are not silenced in the press and in other media. There are special interest people in the Shadows, who will try to destroy a candidate with black propaganda and the same happens in America. However both Libel and Slander are crimes in the Philippines. If convicted, the offender can go to prison! I support this kind of Law 100% and I hope to see it in America as well. It seems the current law, which is a Civil Offense, has no bite.


I do not recall anyone going off the deep end when Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968. He won and both parties went to work in the American Legislative Chambers for America’s best interests.

The rage began on election night in America, last November, when the Democratic Party realized they lost the Election. Hillary Clinton did not Shatter the Glass Ceiling, she was Shattered! In 30 of the 50 States. They rejected her TRAPO Platform. The platform of a Traditional Politician.

Progressive today?! I’m afraid I got some bad news. It is Regressive! Beyond any recognition and American voters rejected the Progressive Platform last November.


I have been a fan of Philippine Politics since I first lived here in Manila for one year, 1986-1987. However, as a foreigner, I never involve myself in Philippine Politics but I enjoy reading about it…every single day. I know what is happening in the Philippines, day to day.


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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~