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

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.

Kielbasa

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th of July in the Philippines and a Submarine

Although the 4th of July is no longer the official Independence Day of the Philippines, it was July 4, 1946 when the Republic of the Philippines was born after their independence from the USA. The 4th of July is still celebrated by many in the Philippines as Filipino-American Friendship Day. Every year, the 4th of July has a special meaning to me since I am an American living in the Philippines. The 4th of July is also my dad’s birthday and he would have been 91 today!

A barbecue and fireworks were always part of our 4th of July celebration when I still lived in America. Today for lunch in the Philippines, I had grilled Buffalo Wings and to celebrate Filipino-American Friendship Day, I used Mama Sita’s brand Buffalo Wings Sauce. Yep, it is a product of the Philippines and let me tell you, Mama Sita’s Buffalo Wing Sauce is hot as hell!

A friend in America once told me that he could not live in the Philippines because he could not eat fish and rice everyday. He was surprised when I told him all the different wonderful restaurants there are in many areas of the Philippines that are serving much more than fish and rice and Bacolod City is no exception. I can also honestly say that I can buy most any food products that I want in one of the three major supermarket chain stores in Bacolod City. My wife, son and I enjoy dining out several times a week on average but we enjoy preparing food at home. After all the 4th of July BBQ, here is a good alternative for a late supper. A shrimp submarine sandwich.

Cole Slaw

Being a Southerner from the USA, I think Cole slaw is a staple with any kind of seafood. It has that special crunch and when served chilled, it is great when eating hot and spicy food. It seems almost everyone has their own recipe for Cole slaw and I won’t bore you with mine but simple ingredients can turn out a nice Cole slaw. Shredded cabbage, non-sweet mayonnaise, vinegar and ground Spanish paprika are my ingredients. Some like sweet Cole slaw so it is not a sin to add a little sugar. The ground Spanish paprika on top gives the Cole slaw a little color.

If you want to order a good Cole slaw while dining out, try Max’s Restaurant. In Bacolod, it is located in SM Mall. I have a special place in my heart for Max’s Restaurant “the house that fried chicken built.” Max’s Restaurant was one of the first restaurants where I dined on my first trip to the Philippines, way back in 1986! Max’s has been around since 1945 when the original owner served fried chicken to American GIs, right after WWII.

Deep Fried Shrimp

The plating may not look all that but hey, I am at home! Anyway, my wife Grace helped me out on this and fried up seven battered shrimp.

Good Bread

If you are going to make a sandwich, good bread is just as important as what you plan to put inside the bread. This particular submarine roll is one I cut from a long loaf of French Bread, which I bought at Cafe Bob’s.

Shrimp Submarine Sandwich

I couldn’t get all seven friend shrimp on the submarine sandwich but five is still a food number. I made my own tarter sauce using mayonnaise, a bit of vinegar, a little kalamansi juice, or local lime juice, and sweet pickle relish. I slathered the inside of the submarine roll with the homemade tartar sauce before adding the shrimp. I sometimes make and use my own cocktail sauce for this type sandwich and when I do, I don’t apply the cocktail sauce to the bread but rather add it on top of the shrimp.

Add the Chilled Cole Slaw

Next comes the added crunch to the submarine sandwich. Cole slaw.

Let’s Eat!

“Let’s eat” is very common to be heard in the Philippines right before eating and this shrimp submarine sandwich is ready to be eaten. It is fine to toast the bread in a toaster oven before building your sandwich and I enjoy doing that at times but not this time. I was hungry and ready to eat. The Cole slaw added enough crunch for me.

Beverage of Choice

Either red wine or an ice cold beer is the beverage of choice with the shrimp submarine sandwich. Tavernello Sangiovese Rubicone may not really be the Number One wine in Italy but it really is a product of Italy and it is available in Bacolod City. San Miguel Pilsen is my favorite beer in the Philippines.

I am wishing everyone a very Happy 4th of July Independence Day and Filipino-American Friendship Day celebration! I hope your day was as fun as ours.