Another New Expat Hang Out?

First of all, a big thank you to Martin and the Bacolod Food Hunters, who  have a blog right here on Word Press, for telling me about Kristin’s Steak House on Lacson Street. They did a full review about Kristin’s Steak House a short time ago. Kristin’s Steak House is located in the area of Bar 21 and Mushu Asian Fusion Restaurant.

Animal Heads

Animal Trophy Heads

My kind of place! There are several deer, a wild boar and a mountain goat trophy heads hanging on the wall inside the restaurant. I didn’t see a Jackalope, though. A jackalope is an antlered rabbit with spike horns and ears a foot tall! Made famous in a Jerry Jeff Walker song back in the 70s, “Taken Again.” To the left of the animal trophy heads is a painting of John Wayne, the famous American actor, in full cowboy outfit. 

We dropped by Kristin’s at 330pm and it was way too early for me to have supper, so I had a late Merienda (snack).

Bacon Cheese Burger

Bacon Cheeseburger

A bacon cheeseburger is a snack, right? Wow! This cheeseburger had an excellent char on it from the grill. I really enjoyed it. The price was P75, including the small side of “tropical potato salad.” The potato salad had papaya in it.

Others had a bigger idea of what their snack would be!

Spare Rib

Spare Rib

A Philippine version of grilled spare rib with mushroom and veggies.

Grilled Chicken Steak

Grilled Chicken Steak

Mushrooms and gravy were added to this grilled chicken steak. Mashed potatoes came with the grilled chicken steak but our son does not like those, so I was given the task of eating them. I poured a little gravy over the mashed potatoes and I completed the task without a problem!

Due to the odd hour, we were the only diners in Kristin’s Steak House but two other tables were soon taken before we finished our meal.

We were well pleased with the service and the menu prices. The prices for imported steaks were P300-P320. These included New York Cut, Rib Eye, Porterhouse and T-Bone. Great prices! Especially compared to other steak houses in the city where an imported steak will set you back P800-P1,000! Steaks from local beef are also on the menu for less than P200. 



For the adventurous, crocodile is on the menu at P400 per serving. Not bad. Our friend, who dined with us today wants to try crocodile. His Birthday is later this month, so we told him we will treat him to a crocodile Birthday meal! He can’t hardly wait! Ostrich is also on the menu for P450 per serving.

Our next trip to Kristin’s, I will try one of their imported steaks. I normally prepare my steaks at home on my home grill but I will give Kristin’s a shot and eat one of their steaks soon.

Kristin’s opened in their Lacson location on December 15 and I think it will become another popular expat hang out due to their excellent food and great prices. Yes, they do have cold beer. Maybe I will see you there one day in the future.








A Weekend in Bacolod City

Looking Out My Front Door

As the weekend was approaching, it looked like more rain from Tropical Storm Marce all day Saturday. I took this photo from our house when the rain was driving and the palm trees were swaying.

Our son had a late afternoon Birthday Party to attend, of one of his classmates, at Pizza Hut on Sunday, so we planned to hit the road on Saturday. We were blessed in that Saturday morning was clear, sunny and no rain.

Spice’s Bite

The first stop was at Spice’s Bite, a new Indian Restaurant, located across the street from Robinson’s Supermarket at the Triangle in Bacolod. Thanks to Pepe, a reader and poster on the Bacolod Food Hunters right here on Word Press, for telling everyone about the new Indian Restaurant!

Inside Spice’s Bite

Spice’s Bite is the second Indian Restaurant to open in Bacolod in the last several months, so of course, we were making comparisons. There is a great atmosphere inside Spice’s Bite. Indian pop music is piped in their sound system but it is not too loud. It is tolerable and one can talk comfortably at their tables.

Lamb Curry

I highly recommend Lamb Curry at Spice’s Bite. You get a very generous portion for P54. I ordered the mild spicy lamb curry. It was great!


Chapati is the Indian bread on the menu at Spice’s Bite. An order of six pieces is P60. Chapati is great for eating with curry dishes. Chapati allows one to eat by hand without getting messy. Just dip the chapati in the curry and enjoy!

The next stop was at Aribu in the Mandalagan Art District, located off Lacson Street and past Robinsons Place Mall. Aribu is a deli specializing in cold cuts, sausages and cheeses.

Outside Aribu

There are tables outside Aribu where on can sit, relax and enjoy an ice cold beverage. That is exactly what we did before actually shopping.

I was focused on one thing at Aribu and that was Sausage! There are many sausages to choose from but I decided on their best seller, as the friendly staff informed me.


The best seller at Aribu is also one of my all time favorite sausages. Kielbasa. P378 for this package of Kielbasa, which is one kilo. I see 12 sandwiches on a baguette for me in this one kilo! Nope, I am not greedy but my wife and our son do not share my love for Kielbasa! It is all for me.

Kielbasa on a baguette

You got it right! I could not hardly wait to get home and try a Kielbasa Sandwich! The Kielbasa is fried with yellow onions, the baguette is toasted and I added French’s Horseradish Mustard and topped with Libby’s Crispy Sauerkraut. Wow! It was great.

Just One More Time!

Time to dig in and enjoy!

Every Sunday is groovy. Sunday is always the best day of the week for me. One can go to church and still have more fun afterward. Last Sunday afternoon was Birthday Party time at Pizza Hut in Gaisano Mall.

Game Time!

Pizza Hut Mascot with the Children

With a large extended Filipino family and with many Filipino friends in the Bacolod Area, there seems to be a Birthday, a Wedding, an Anniversary or some special activity or event in different people’s lives every month. And that is the truth!

A birthday is not complete in the Philippines without spaghetti.

GG Spaghetti Special

Please don’t get excited and run down to your nearest Pizza Hut expecting to find this pasta on their menu because it isn’t there! This GG Spaghetti Special is prepared at home by Grace and Gary. Ground round beef, mushrooms, eggplant, Italian style spaghetti sauce and Parmesan Cheese. I eat pasta at home several times a week and I never tire of it. I think the Kielbasa from Aribu will also work nicely in the next spaghetti we prepare at home.

It was another great weekend for us in Bacolod City. I hope to see you one day, all around Bacolod because we will be here.