Old Gringo Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


I am digging into my Recipe Box to come up with my Meals. I have blown off the dust and found a few Tried & True Gems! I sometimes get bored with the usual things I enjoy eating, in rotation, so I want something to eat for a change of pace.

Other Dishes I have tried or will try this weekend include…Chinese Orange Chicken, Chili Dogs, Slaw Dogs, Baked Pork Steaks, Southern Style Baked Chicken, Eggplant Lasagna and Thai Shredded Chicken with Fresh Egg Noodles.

Old Gringo Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. The Old Gringo Rides Again!

Cabbage is one of the lower priced Vegetables in Bacolod, as less than P50 will buy that nice, large, fresh Head of Cabbage.

Ingredients…

A nice, large. fresh Head of Cabbage.
Finely Chopped Onion
1 Can of Crushed Tomatoes
Tomato Sauce
Brown Sugar
Salt & Pepper
Lean Ground Beef
A Little Uncooked Rice
Butter
Paraley and other Herbs and Spices to Taste
1 Egg

Directions…

Boil the Cabbage about 4-5 minutes
Simmer the Sauce for 12-15 minutes…Onion, Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Brown Sugat and Salt & Pepper
Beat the Egg and mix with Lean Ground Beef
Lay each Cabbage Leaf on a flat surface
Shape the Meat Mixture
Place the Meat Mixture in the center of each Cabbage Leaf and roll it
Pre-heat the Oven at 350 F
Place the Stuffed Cabbage Rolls on a Butter Greased Baking Pan. I Grease Aluminum Foil with Butter, which I place on the Baking Pan.
Bake for 60-90 minutes

Heineken Beer is my Beverage of Choice. It’s a Great Day for Two!


Enjoy!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Clam Chowder


The Cover Photo of my article is…New England Clam Chowder

When my dad was Stationed in Rhode Island, with the World’s Greatest Navy, for 4 years, we ate New England Claim Chowder several items every month. I think I enjoyed it most of all. I ate it with Deep Fried Clam Fritters. Similar to Hush Puppies, only filled with Clams, as well as Onions.

Campbell’s introduced me to Manhattan Clam Chowder and while I eat it, I enjoy New England Clam Chowder much better.


While San Francisco has gone to hell in a handbag, their International Airport has great Restaurants and great Locally Brewed Beer…Anchor Beer.

I decided that I like Bay Area Clam Chowder than any other style of Clam Chowder. Bay Area Clam Chowder’s base is Clam Juice, created when boiling the Clams. It is loaded with Clams, fresh Celery, small Potatoes and chopped Onion.


In San Francisco, if Sour Dough Bread is not served, order some! It is great for sopping up the Clam Chowder Broth.


There is one Chowder in San Francisco that is better, much better!

Cioppino. It is loaded with Dungeness Cfab, Clams, Shrimp, Scallops, Squid and Mussels. A Filipino Chef, who had worked in San Francisco, introduced Cioppino to Bacolod, when he was the Chef at Terrassee Bistro at Ayala North Point Mall in Talisay. He had to substitute local Blue Crab for the Dungeness Crab. Still, it was Awesome!


Have a Bowl of Chowder today!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Best Chili Con Carne


n Bacolod, several Restaurant have Chili Cheese Fries on their Menu. The only ones I tried were at Buffalo’s Wings n’ Things but they are out of business. Their Chili Cheese Fries were good.

Chili is much more than a Bowl of Chili. There are Chili Dogs, Chili Burgers, Chili Hash Browns, Chili Mac, which is mixed with Macaroni and Sonic has their famous Frito Chili Pie. I think most Americans have tried all those dishes at one time or another during their lifetimes.


I sometimes serve Chili over Spaghetti and add a Boiled Egg on top. This will get your Motor Running! Adding the Boiled Egg is something I do but not the common Recipe. Chili over Spaghetti is…Skyline Chili and popular in Cincinnati.

Did I mention Chili Dogs? The Chili Dog is my favorite Hot Dog, beyond compare. The Frankfurter, add Chili, top with Shredded Cheddar Cheese if you like but for sure…top with lots of Raw Onions!

Best Chili Recipe

I know this is what you have been waiting for! Gringo Gary’s Best Chili Colorado…

  • 1 pound Italian sausage links
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (1 pound)
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained


Chili Colorado has nothing to do with the State of Colorado. Nada! Chili Colorado is Mexican Style Chili and Colorado means..Red Color.

Enjoy my Chili Colorado! It is Chili today and Hot Tamale!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Chicken Sandwiches


If I want a Chicken Sandwich, I most often make one at home.

Concerning Restaurant Chicken Sandwiches in Bacolod, McDonald’s and Max Restaurant-The House that Fried Chicken Built have the best Chicken Sandwiches.

I recently ordered a Chicken Sandwich at Jian’s Restaurant and it turned out to be a…Chicken Salad Sandwich. It was not bad but it was not what I expected or wanted!

Thrillist recently held an American Nationwide Survey concerning the Best Chicken Sandwich in the USA. Popeyes Chicken Sandwich was # 1, with Chick-Fil- A Original Chicken Sandwich #2. Next were…McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich, KFC Crispy Colonel Chicken Sandwich, Arby’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Wendy’s Homestyle Chicken Sandwich and Burger King Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

Home Style Chicken Sandwiches

I enjoy a Pulled Chicken Sandwich and I prepare the Chicken in our slow cooker. I never eat cubed Chicken at all! I shred the Chicken by hand, add BBQ Sauce and eat it on Bread. I keep Mesquite, Memphis and Bullseye BBQ Sauce on hand, bought at SM and Metro.


I make a Mean Chicken Salad Sandwich, made with Horseradish, Mayonnaise, Chopped Onion and Pickle Relish. I sometimes add a ring or 2 of Sweet and Hot Jalapeno. Pepper, which is not too hot for me. Trappey’s Brand. Once again, I shred the Chicken by hand.


Sometimes, I buy Bristol Chopped Canned Chicken to have on hand when going to the Farm. It is not cubed Chicken. I just need to add Horseradish, Mayonnaise, Pickle Relish and Onion. Both SM and Metro sell Bristol Chopped Canned Chicken for around P60 per can, which is the standard size can of Tuna.

Enjoy a Chicken Sandwich today!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Chicken


The Headline Photo in my article today is the traditional Southern American Dish…Chicken & Dumplings.

I have not become another Wade Boggs, the great baseball player who ate Chicken every single day. However, I am eating more Chicken each week.

I keep 3 whole Chickens in our freezer, as well as cut Chicken Thighs, Wings and Leg Quarters. There are so many different dishes you can create with Chicken.

Teriyaki Chicken is on tap tonight for supper.

A few nights ago, we used the Indian Tandoori Chicken Spice Rub and made Tandoori Chicken. Always good! Served with Yellow Rice and Yogurt Dipping Sauce.


Baked Chicken is one of my favorite dishes. As well as American Style BBQ Chicken and of course, Southern Fried Chicken.

The Chinese can keep their Steamed Chicken. Yuk!

I am totally burned out with the Bacolod Chicken Inasal but I am not burned out with Lechon Chicken/Manok.

Chicken Breasts pounded out, battered and deep fried is our recipe for Chicken Fried Steak.

From time to time, I make Chicken Salad, which is great on Toast.

Whatta bout Chicken Al A King?

I prefer Shredded Chicken instead of Shrimp in our Pad Thai Noodles, made with flat Rice Noodles.


Forget cubed Chicken, as I never cube Chicken. Chicken Tacos in Bacolod have cube Chicken in them at Restaurants. Imake Chicken Tacos and Chicken Enchiladas at home with Shredded Chicken.

Chicken Divan is on our menu this week. I wish we could make Chicken Pot Pies but we cannot.


I use our slow cooker often and it turns out great Pulled Chicken for BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Peri Peri Chicken is a wonderful Portuguese Chicken Dish. The Marinade is what makes fabulous Peri Peri Chicken. The Marinade is…

BBQ Sauce
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire
Minced Garlic
Minced Onion
Squeezed Lemon or Lime Juice and Calamansi works
Yellow Mustard
Coarse Salt
Cracked Black Pepper
Sriracha Sauce or other Hot Sauce is optional if you like the heat


Concerning BBQ Sauce, I use Memphis Style and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce.

All Ingredients are available in Bacolod.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Goat 101 Restaurant


They have been open for 2 years now and Goat 101 Restaurant is the go to place if you like Goat Dishes. They also have Grilled Catfish, Pork and Chicken. Located on Yakal Street in Bacolod Chinatown, AKA Shopping, Goat 101 is owned by a Police Officer.

We dined at Goat 101 Restaurant for our 2nd visit there, on Friday, and we all enjoyed our Food.

Goat dishes include…Kaldereta, Adobo, Paklay and Kandefrita.


If you are not familiar with Filipino Goat Dishes, I will break them down. First, Goat Adobo is prepared just like Pork and Chicken Adobo in the Philippines, only it is made with Goat. Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic and Bay Leaves. Those who like it Hot, add a few Chili Peppers but I am at the point where my stomach cannot take much Heat, like during my Glory Days.


Goat Kaldereta is Goat Stew, with Potatoes, Carrots and whole Onions. It has a Tomato Sauce Base.


Goat Paklay is another type of Goat Stew. It is made with Vegetables, Goat Meat and Goat Innards, all cooked together. The idea of Goat Innards may turn you off but this is probably the best Dish at Goat 101, concerning Flavor. It is indeed delicious.


Goat Kandefrita is actually like Beef Karne Frita, only with a different spelling and is made with Goat. This is a pure Ilonggo Dish and may not be found commonly outside of the Western Visayas. The Goat is cut up and marinated in Calamansi Juice, Soy Sauce, Garlic and Peppercorns. Marinate for 30 minutes.

First, fry the Goat, browning on both sides. Next, set aside and bring the Marinade to a boil. Add the Goat, turn down the heat and let simmer for around 5 minutes.

There you have it. However, sadly, Goat 101 does not have my favorite…BBQ Goat leg. However, I am sourcing a Goat Leg to BBQ at home, as I can DIM, Do It Myself! I have the Right Stuff for the Rub.


Goat 101 has the favorite San Miguel Beer Products, Heineken from Holland, Tiger Beer from Singapore; with Tiger Crystal Light and their best Beer seller is the 500 ml bottles of Tiger Black. Beware, as Tiger Black is 6.9% Alcohol.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Watermelon Margarita


Straight from the Heart of Dixie, the land I love so well, no body but no body makes a better Watermelon Margarita than those wild eyed southern boys from Sweet Home Alabama.

To make the Watermelon Margarita authentically, it takes one extra step and that is…making Watermelon Syrup but it is EZ. Simply combine Watermelon Cubes with Sugar in a sauce pan. Mash the Watermelon Cubes and mix with the Sugar. With medium heat, simmer for 5 minutes. Last step for the Syrup is to strain it.

Next on tap, blend Watermelon with Water to make Watermelon Juice.

Add Watermelon Syrup, Watermelon Juice, Tequila and Lime Juice to a shaker. Now, do the hippy, hippy shake, spin around and shake it up one more time. Strain it, pour it up into a glass that is rimmed with Lime and Coarse Salt. Garnish with a Lime Wedge.


There you have it. The Alabama Slamma Watermelon Margarita.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Power Breakfasts


My first meal of the day is sometimes a challenge, but only sometimes. I have been known to eat non-traditional Morning Meals, such as Fried Chicken, Tuna Salad on Toast or a Bowl of Chili. Pizza as well.

Yesterday, I had Enchiladas for Brunch, as appears in the feature photo in this article about Power Breakfasts.

I am not the Original Bacolod Food Hunter but I am a Food Hunter. I am always looking for something new, something different to eat but nothing really exotic. No Hummingbird Wings for me!

A new list, I now have for the First Meal of the Day. With a Little Help from my Friends!

Check These Out…

Cheesey Eggwich. Very simple. Split an English Muffin, pop it in the toaster. Top with a sliced Hard or Soft Boiled Egg and your favorite Cheese. I prefer Soft Boiled Eggs.

Eggsadilla. A Scrambled or Poached Egg, garnished with Salsa, topped with Monterey Jack Cheese, on a Corn or a Flour Tortilla.

Cinnamon French Toast. You know it already.


Loaded Omelet. Add your favorites. I enjoy an Omelet with Onions, Tomato, Mushrooms, Bell Pepper and Cheddar Cheese. No Meat required but I also like adding Ham from time to time.


Mediterranean Scramble. Scrambled Eggs, Olives and Ricotta Cheese. Add sliced Tomato and/or Fresh Cut Fruit.

Rolled Oats or Steel Cut Oats with Fresh Cut Fruit or Raisins.

Some Recipe Suggestions here are by Amiga Chef Alexandria 33 Nguyen. 33 is really her middle name. She is only the 2nd person I ever saw with a number for a middle name. Chinese-American Writer and Journalist Jennifer 8 Lee is the first.

Other Recipe Suggestions by Gary Amigo, yours truly! Start your Day with a Power Breakfast, to get your motor running.

Good Morning Philippines!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Victorias City: Sugarlandia of Negros


Victorias City is actually my favorite city outside of Bacolod in Negros Occidental. It does not receive publicity as being… the next highly urbanized city in Negros Occidental, as Kabankalan has that label.

Located 46 km north of Bacolod, on the coast, Victorias City is already highly developed in many ways.

Have Fun!

Various PBA Teams play games throughout the seasons at the City Sports and Amusement Complex, complete with a professional basketball court.

VMC Golf and Country Club is located in Victorias City. Korean tourists play Golf at VMC, as well as other foreign tourists and residents of Bacolod City and surrounding areas.


Victorias Milling Company, named the World’s Largest Integrated Sugar Mill, sits on 7,000 hectares. Victorias Milling Company provides very nice subsidized housing for its employees, including a number of our relatives. Very affordable living.

On site of Victorias Milling Company is St Joseph the Worker Chapel. It is home to the Internationally Acclaimed Mural, The Angry Christ, painted by artist Alfonso Ossorio.


Penalosa Farms is the most famous Organic Farm in Negros Occidental, located in Victorias City. Their Products include…100% Certified Organic Meat, Poultry, Vegetables and Fruits. They also make and bottle their own line of Salad Dressing, Spiced Vinegar and Chili Sauce.

I had Victorias Bacon for breakfast this morning, which is produced by Victorias Foods in Victorias City. They also have fabulous Cooked Ham. Victorias Bacon is the best Bacon, in my opinion, among all Philippines Produced Bacon, available in our area. Maybe even better than Hormel!

Victorias Foods is probably more famous for their Spanish Style Bangus and Spanish Style Sardines, canned at their Victorias City Cannery.


Victorias City has a Winery. Federico’s Winery produces great Tropical Wine, Bignay, Duhat and Mangga.

One of the better Pizzerias, Pizzaro Pizza, chose Victorias City as their first branch outside Bacolod City, 4 years ago or so.


Victorias City attracts tourists during their 3 annual Festivals, including the largest, The Sugar Festival.

There are nearby Beach Resorts, outside Victorias City. We attended a Family Reunion several years back at a Beach Resort in that area.

I think Victorias City is a cool place to visit. Play Golf, catch a PBA game, go to the Beach, buy Organic Food or Victorias Food Products to take home, have a Pizzaro Pizza, buy a bottle of Tropical Wine and check out the Angry Christ mural, together with other sightseeing spots.

A new City Mall just recently opened in Victorias City, which really upgrades shopping and dining options.

Gawahon Eco Park has beautiful scenery at a higher elevation. Kayaking, Paddle Boating. Swimming and Hiking are some of the activities. None I am really interested in but I enjoy the scenery. For those who want to overnight, there are rooms, villas and suites, P1,200-P2,000 per night.

Inside the Victorias Milling Company is the full size Locomotive on display. It was actually used in years past to haul Sugarcane. Interestingly, the Locomotive was made by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, PA.


There is a 43 year old Carabao Sundial on display in Victorias City, which is working. Time numbers are inscribed on the horns of the Carabao Sculptor.

Federico Tropical Wine is sold in Luzon at various stores. The Kultura Dept at SM Dept Store sells it in Bacolod and so does several Pasalubong Stores. The Bignay Wine is great, in my opinion. The taste is somewhere in between a Cherry and Currant. The Duhat Tropical Wine is also very good, with the taste similar to Plum Wine. Popular with Japanese tourists and residents in our area. And popular with Expat Winos. Joke only!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Rib Shack


Last evening, we shopped at Metro Supermarket at Ayala Mall in Talisay. After shopping, everyone in our group of 4 were ready to eat!

I was outnumbered, which was no problem to me concerning where to eat out. Rib Shack is what the other 3 with me wanted. More Power! Our son and our best Filipino friend wanted Bacon BBQ Pork, 2 Skewers for P99 with (what else?) RICE. My wife ordered BBQ Chicken Inasal with Rice for P99. I opted for Grilled Bangus Fish for P125. I am Porked out lately! I had Pork Spare Ribs at home, 2 nights ago. Everyone, everyone enjoyed their BBQ at the Rib Shack. They not only have good BBQ, their Food is not overpriced. It is very affordable. Check ’em out at the Rib Shack.

The Rib House has branches at Talisay Ayala Mall, SM Mall, 888 Chinatown Square Mall and in Kabankalan.


Boneless Bangus is a great local Fish to Grill. You gotta love it! I kick it up by making my own Tartar Sauce, using Mayonnaise, Horseradish and Pickle Relish. Depending on my taste, I use Sweet Pickle Relish or Dill Pickle Relish.

Last evening was not our First Rodeo at the Rib Shack. No, we have eaten there several times over the past couple of years. I like their Back Ribs.


When we are out shopping, we have a number of favorite restaurants where we enjoy dining in the Bacolod Area.

At home, my favorite Hobby includes BBQ, Barbecue, Barbeque! Making BBQ has long been one of my favorite methods of preparing Food, going back in the day when I lived in Alabama and in Florida, USA.


I have long been a Saucier during my Home Culinary Adventures. I really, really enjoy creating Sauces, especially BBQ Sauce. For more than 30 years, I have been making the Alabama Gibson White BBQ Sauce for Grilled Chicken. It consists of Mayonnaise, Horseradish, White Vinegar, Lime/Lemon/Calamansi Juice and Cracked Black Pepper. It is soooooo good!


Like Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay, I greatly enjoy…Grillin’ and Chillin’. Chicken, Ribs, Pork Chops, Pork Steaks, Beef Steaks, Sausages, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. I love them all…hot off the Grill.


Whatcha Gonna Grill?

It really depends on what I am in the mood to eat that day, as to what I BBQ. When there is a gathering of friends and family, I grill a large variety, wanting to plate something for everyone. I do not mind but it never fails, everybody, everybody has a request for me to BBQ on my Charcoal Grill.

I would never, never, never buy and use a Gas BBQ Grill. I like Authentic BBQ and only Charcoal or Wood Chips are all this BBQ Cowboy uses.

It is time to fire up the Grill!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~