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 ~

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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?

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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 ~

The News: Fair, Balanced, Unbiased and Fearless


The Philippine Daily Inquirer, online and the hard copy, are not affiliated at all with American Tabloids, like the National Enquirer. The Philippine Daily Inquirer has over 50% in the market share of the Philippines, concerning media. They are like Fox News, reporting fair, unbiased, balanced and fearless news.

In America, and I am sure this could create backlash, Fox is the only Fair and Balanced News reporting in America. Other stations only report from a political slant. For example, the gunman in Fresno, California, just in the last few days, who shot and killed 3 men. Mainstream News reported the killer yelled “God is Great! That is not true, he yelled out “Alluha Akbar,!” Big difference. Political Correctness in full mode! It was an act of terrorism! Clear cut but only covered up. A hate crime? Yeah, right. The guy was a radicalized Muslim Terrorist. His internet history proves it!


Fox News has been around since 1919. Reporting world and local news in theaters during movies, in the beginning. I never watch the other news stations for real news but I see their reports from time to time. More intellectual idiots.

In 1986-1987, I read the Manila Bulletin Newspaper but times have changed. Philippine Daily Inquirer and Fox News are my real news sources.

A number of the long time, once reputable news reporters have fallen by the wayside, including Ted Koppel! They have apparently allowed Partisan Politics to deteriorate their brains. Just watch the interview Koppel did with Fox News reporter, Sean Hannity. If you can find it! Sean Hannity is Bad for America? Fake News and Liberal News with a 100% political slant is bad for America!!

Even if the news about people I like and support is bad news, I want to read it/hear it and I want it reported accurately and unbiased, in all fairness. To hell with Political Correctness, Cover Ups and supporting a White House Narrative, no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office! Yes, even if about Donald Trump, who I voted for! Give us the Real News, not Fake News.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Dogs In The Philippines


You will find many pure bred dogs in the Philippines, which you will find in your home country. Including the Siberian Husky, Rottweiler, Doberman, Pomeranian, Chow and so many more.

The native dog to the Philippines is the Askal. Some foreigners and Filipinos refer to the Askal as a street dog or a mongrel, however, some Askals are loved as pets in homes. They come in all sizes and colors. Some Askals are part pure bred and others are a mixed up breed of dog.

Meet My Dog: Tasha

Without a doubt, the best dog I ever owned is our Belgian Malinois, Tasha. She was EZ to train and we got her when she was a puppy. She is 6 years old now. She sleeps a lot in the day time and is fully alert a night time. The entire night!

We never have a problem handling and controlling Tasha. She responds positively to our verbal commands and she is highly intelligent. In our subdivision compound, Tasha has a lot of running around room. She will just take off and start running within our gated family compound. From one end to the other. Plenty of energy. Other than a skin disorder, Tasha has been in perfect health.

Tasha is a very affectionate, playful and sensitive dog but not to strangers, however, she has never bitten anyone. She is very kid friendly and tolerates hot weather just fine. We keep plenty of water available for her. Quick on her feet, Tasha had captured and killed a couple of rats, which were outside but within our compound.

House Dog vs Outside Dog

The Beligian Malinois is not a giant dog but a little large to be a house dog. We allow Tasha inside our house but she does not linger long. She prefers the outdoors. We do not keep Tasha caged but her dog house does have a door which we can latch from the outside. We put her up when strange people, to her but not to us, come to our house. Her dog house is not enclosed to make her too hot.

This morning when I woke up, Tasha was sleeping in the open, right under the sun! She can come and go concerning her dog house but she only goes in when we need to put her up or when it is raining. She hates fireworks and wants to come into our house when she hears them.

Overall, I think Dog is people’s best friend. Will Rogers, an American Cowboy, Philosopher, Humorist, Performer and Writer once said, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went!”

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

National Pizza Day

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National Pizza Day is still on in the USA, Feb 9. In the Philippines, as well yesterday, as a number of pizzerias had all day promos.

According to the statistics, 1 in 8 Americans will eat pizza on any given day and 3 Billion Pizzas are sold each year. The statistics indicate that the number of American pizza eaters do not vary among race or gender. According to Pizza Hut, 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once per month.

One Pizzeria I will mention is Rio Bella, aka “Rio” Greenoz, located on Lacson Extension in Bacolod City. Their Pizza Chefs have changed over the years but they are still better than a number of other so called pizzerias. I still enjoy singing there in their Karaoke Bar. That is exactly what we did last Sunday afternoon with our Chinese friends from Shanghai.

I am not a big fan of Pizza Hut or Shakey’s in the Philippines. I did enjoy the 1954 Vintage Classic Pizza at Shakey’s in 2014 but it is no longer available. I remember the days back in the 1980s and in the 1990s when Shakey’s Pizza was great. The Shakey’s on Roxas Blvd in Manila had Draft San Miguel by the pitcher and a kick butt Rock n’ Roll Band at night. Ever hear the cover of “Mexican Black Bird” by ZZ Top?

Papa John’s Pizza is in Manila.

National Pizza Day Survey

In today’s National Pizza Day Survey, Lombardi’s in NYC, Capo’s in Chicago, Bollo Woodfired Pizza in Houston, Ken’s Artisan Pizza in Portland, Pizza Domenica in New Orleans, Pizzeria Beddia in Philadelphia, Proof Pizza in Miami (Neapolitan Pizza), Sotto Pizza in LA, Cart Driver Pizza in Denver and Tavola in NYC are the top Pizzerias in America. Never tried any of them but it may be true, although I do not put much stock into American surveys or polls. Otherwise, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House!

I really cannot tell you why but we have never tried Pizza Republic in Bacolod or in Cebu City. We need to check it out since it seems that more Indie Pizza Restaurants are losing their touch.

I would enjoy it very much if Hungry Howies Pizza came to Bacolod, as they have great pizza in Florida.

I remember very well my first pizza and that was way back in 1960 in Middletown, Rhode Island. At a Mom & Pop Pizzeria, owned by a Portuguese couple. They also had fabulous Spaghetti & Meatballs, Grinders (submarine sandwiches) and Antipasto Salad. Wow! Would love to eat there again right now.

Filipinos Love Pizza

Filipinos in Bacolod and in Cebu City also eat a lot of Pizza. It is a mixed bag when you read online pizza reviews and listen to recommendations from others. It does not matter how good the pizza toppings are, if the pizza crust is not good, it is not good pizza…to me. If the crust is excellent, I can enjoy a plain Cheese Pizza. Others have different standards for pizza. Mama Maria Pizza in Kabankalan had very good pizza but we have not been there to eat in several years. Not sure if they are still on the planet or have the same ownership if still open. Mama Maria Pizza in Bacolod folded several years ago.

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In the Bacolod and Cebu City malls, there are a number of kiosks making and selling pizza but I never try those. I can see them on display and I know, it is a poor attempt at making good pizza. They can keep their Eden Kraft Cheese!

Sbarro Pizza is or was in SM Mall Bacolod but I am not a big fan of them. Seems they were much better in Florida, best I recall.

I find Pizzaro Pizza to be very good. There are several branches in Bacolod City but we prefer their Gold Field Branch. Pizzaro also has branches in La Carlota and in Victorias City. Pizzaro has Korean fast food on their menu. However, Hanok in Golden Field is the place to go for authentic, full service Korean Cuisine, as I wrote in a recent article right here on All Around Bacolod.

I could write more about pizza in Bacolod but this article is long enough. I will recommend Italia Restaurant on Lacson Street, as they have excellent pizza. They are the A-Lister these days, as other once excellent Bacolod pizzerias are falling by the wayside.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Coal Is Not Dead!

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Despite an outcry from environmentalists, the Philippines is moving forward in building 25 new coal powered plants across the country and all are under construction. Al Gore is not happy. Regardless, the Philippines consumption of coal is up nearly 30% since 2014.

In America, President Trump campaigned on the promise to put coal miners back to work. With his Executive Order, with a majority in the House and in the Senate, he will make it happen.

Coal Company stock is taking off! Last year, you could buy stock in one coal company, Cloud Peak Energy, on the NYSE for $1.60 but today, it is $5 per share. Last year, Westmoreland Coal was $6.40 per share but today on NASDAQ, it is up to $18 per share. No, I do not own stock in their companies. Just passing on information.

On Mom’s side of the family, coal mining paid the bills, fed the family, built houses, bought cars, paid college tuition and gave a good quality of life to hard working country folk in rural Alabama in Walker County…for 2 generations. Cousin Walt was elected UMW, United Mine Workers, President and had to move to West Virginia to carry out his responsibilities.

Loretta Lynn is a Coal Miner’s Daughter from Butcher Hollow, Kentucky and she is still performing today at age 84. She now lives in Hurricane Mills,Tennessee. I met Loretta Lynn and her hubby Mooney/Doolittle at the Holiday Inn El Camarote Bar on Roxas Blvd way back in 1987 in Manila. She had performed for US Servicemen at Subic and Clark. Loretta is a sweetheart and we hit it off since I am from Alabama and she knows a Southern Gentleman when she talks to one. Loretta Lynn asked me not to tell anyone who is was but someone recognized her. She was brought up on stage to sing and dance with the house band. The Tennessee Two Step and the Rocky Mountain jig. Can’t remember about her but Doolittle was drinking San Miguel.

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Loretta Lynn, the Coal Miner’s Daughter, is one of my favorite people! In 2004, she crossed over from Country and made an Alternative Rock album, “Van Lear Rose”, with Jack White of White Stripes from Detroit. Fabulous Album from start to finish. Loretta can Rock n’ Roll and I like it! When her album won the Best Album of the Year Award, she said, “I am a Rock Star Now!” A long way from the coal mines of Kentucky.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~