Best Sandwiches


My Cover Photo is a Cuban Sandwich and they are awesome. All Ingredients are in Bacolod to make a Cuban Sandwich.

I have always been a fan of Sandwiches and I eat many different Sandwiches in Bacolod every week.

The first Sandwich I remember eating is a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, which I still eat from time to time now. I spent my first 4 years in school in Rhode Island, when my dad was still in the World’s Greatest Navy.

In Rhode Island, I developed a love for Sandwiches. Grinders, which is a New England Sub, Cod Fish Sandwiches, Linguica Portuguese Sausage Sandwiches, Lobster Salad Sandwiches and the Western Sandwich, which is an Omelet Sandwich with Ham/Onions/Bell Peppers and of course, the Egg.


In Alabama, one of my favorite Sandwiches was the Stromboli Sandwich, which is an Italian Sandwich. There is a large Italian-American Community to this day in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Stromboli Sandwich is made with Italian Cold Cuts…Salami, Pepperoni, Capocollo and Mozzarella Cheese, often topped with Pizza Sauce but not always.


Birmingham also has a large Greek-American Community. More Sandwiches! I was introduced to the Greek Gyro. A Wrap Sandwich, filled with Lamb, Chicken or Pork, sometimes all 3! Greeks had a monopoly on the Hot Dog Stands and Sandwich Shops in Birmingham.


In South Florida, I ate many Cuban Sandwiches, made on Cuban Bread with Roast Pork, Ham, Swiss or Cheddar Cheese and lots of Mustard. Do not forget the Pickles.

In Bacolod, a favorite is the Flying Saucer Sandwich, with the filling unlimited. The best Flying Saucer Sandwich has Ham and Cheez Whiz on it.


My Favorite Sandwiches

The key to a good Sandwich is…the Bread. There are many options in Bacolod concerning Breads.

Not in any order, these are the Sandwiches that I make and eat in Bacolod…

Louisiana Po Boy, Cuban Sandwich, Strombolli Sandwich, Smoked Sausage Sandwich, Pork Sausage Patty Biscuit. Crab Salad Sandwich, Sloppy Joe, Reuben Sandwich, Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Tuna Salad Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Bacon, Cheese & Egg Sandwich, Tomato Sandwich, BBQ Pork Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich, the Monte Cristo, Waldorf Sandwich, French Dip, Meatball Grinder/Sub/Hoagie, Fried Baloney Sandwich, Club Sandwich, Philly Cheese Steak, Vienna Sausage Sandwich, Salmon Patty Sandwich, other Fish Sandwiches, UK Ploughman’s Sandwich, Chip Butty and Bahn Mi Vietnamese Sandwich.

There is not any Souse Meat in our area that I have found. In America, I enjoyed a Souse Meat Sandwich from time to time.

The above Crab Salad Sandwich looks great, doesn’t it?

Enjoy a Sandwich today! A great day for 2.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

 

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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 ~

National Food Days


Somewhere out there, it seems that at least one day each week is a National Food Day. I think it is great!

Tuesday was National Hamburger Day in America. Many Burger Joints had Promos, Giveaways and Discounts.

It has not been that long ago when it was National Pizza Day in America. Same things…Promos, Giveaways and Discounts.


In Bacolod, there was a recent Chicken Inasal Day and 3,000 BBQ Skewers were given to Senior Citizens for Free.


Manokan Country in Bacolod has an Annual Festival. The BBQ Chicken Complex is located near SM Mall on Father M Ferrero Street. There are many BBQ Chicken Restaurants at Manokan Country. Nenas Rose is the most famous but I like Rositas best.


Most of the Restaurants at Manokan Country also have Talaba on their Menus. It is Grilled Oysters, still in the Shell.

One of my favorites is Lechon Baka Day. Slicing Medium Rare Beef from the Lechon Prime Rib Roast or from Leg of Beef brings pure happiness!


I often have the same American National Food Day at our home in Bacolod. I remember National Hot Dog Day and I went to work! I made Slaw Dogs, Kraut Dogs, Chili Dogs and Chicago Hot Dogs. I enjoyed making the Dogs about as much as eating them!

In 7 States in the USA, there was recently, May 13-26, Filipino Restaurant Week.

When I lived in Orange Park, Florida, there were 2 nice Filipino Restaurants. Pearl of the Orient and Little Cavite.


Today in Greater Jacksonville, Florida, there are many more Filipino Restaurants. Most notably are…The Jeepney Stop, Nino’s Pinoy Express, Lola’s Filipino Cuisine, L&L Filipino-Hawaiian Grill and Maharlika Grill.


In Ft Walton Beach, Florida, one of interest is a Lumpia Wagon. Nellie’s Lumpia on Wheels.

Happy National Food Days and Happy Food Festivals.

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 ~

Best Hot Dog Stand


We took our cousin, who was visiting from Illinois, to the airport several days ago, to catch her flight to Manila and then on to Chicago.

In the area between Fior Coffee Shop and the public rest rooms is a Pure Foods Hot Dog Stand. However, they do not use the common Pure Foods Hot Dogs. No, they use the German Frankfurters, Schublig Sausage, Angus Beef Frankfurters, Hungarian Sausage and Hungarian Cheese Sausage to make their Hot Dogs.

The Classic Hot Dog is a German Frankfurter with Chopped Onions, Mustard and Pickle Relish and it was fabulous. Article Headliner Photo is the Classic Hot Dog.. Price is P75. Our son ordered the Bacon and Cheese Hot Dog, with the Hungarian Cheese Sausage used as the Dog. It was also P75. A nice treat today.


There are about 10 different Hot Dogs and Sausage Dogs on their menu, including 2 types of Chili Dogs.


The Airport Hot Dog Stand has cold Beer to enjoy with your Dog. Pilsen, San Mig Light and Red Horse in cans. P60 each.


I doubt anyone will be going to the Bacolod-Silay Airport to get an excellent Hot Dog/Sausage Dog, but if you have to go there, check them out.

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 ~

Samurai Xpress


A friend gave me a good tip about a new Japanese Restaurant that is still on Soft Opening. While we were out and in the area, we dropped by Samurai Xpress this evening, for the 2nd time within the past week.

Chef Keigo, a Japanese guy, is the owner and the Chef. He prepares all the dishes upon order and he does not allow Filipinos to prepare his Japanese dishes. He wants to keep his Japanese Food 100% authentic.

There were four in our group. I ordered the 10 piece Pork Takoyaki Balls, which are only P98. I also ordered Japanese Potato Salad for P98, served with Cole Slaw and 4 slices of Pork. My wife ordered Pork Katsudon and our son ordered Shrimp Tempura. Our Filipino friend ordered Chicken Teriyaki. We shared the dished, as my friend and I enjoyed a San Miguel Apple Beer.


Our total bill was P630, including the Beer and 2 other drinks. A great deal for great Food!

All four of us raved about our Japanese Food. Awesome! We look forward to our next visit to Samurai Xpress. Next time, I will order Crab Takoyaki Balls.

Chef Keigo comes around to tables to greet all his customers.

Samurai Xpress is located on 27th Street, off Lacson, in the new Food Park, Mercato Viente Siete. Check it out~

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Cajun and New Orleans Cuisine


I enjoy Cajun and New Orleans Cuisine as much as I enjoy Mexican Cuisine. Probably more so.

The only ingredient I have not found in Bacolod to make Cajun and New Orleans dishes is File Powder. Never saw it here, no, not once.

We had not been to Lopues Mandalagan Supermarket in awhile, so we dropped by there yesterday. They still have a variety of Imported Food Products.

Campbell’s Grilled Chicken and Sausage Gumbo for P200 per 18 oz can was the find of the day. I prefer making my own dishes from scratch but having a can of something good always comes in handy.


Bob’s Deli sells Creole Seasoning for P150 per large container. Cajun Marinade, McCormick brand, is readily available in the major supermarkets in Bacolod, less than P50 per package. Cajun BBQ is a type of Southern BBQ and is always good to me.

Andouille Sausage can be bought at Bob’s Deli and at Robinsons Supermarket in Robinsons Place Mall but not year round.


Many Cajuns eat Rice during their main meals, so Cajun Cuisine fits right in the Philippines! However, most always with Gravy on Cajun Rice and not a side dish of plain white Rice. Rice is incorporated in a number of Cajun dishes.

I make Dirty Rice, using Chicken Livers and Chicken Gizzards. A one pot Rice dish.


Jambalaya! It is a Rice dish but the sky is the limit as to what you put in this wonderful dish. EZ to make. The feature photo of this article is Jambalaya.

A Po Boy is a great Sandwich anytime for me. I especially like making a Fish Po Boy, garnished with Cole Slaw. Oyster Po Boy is great, too.


Cornbread is a staple in Cajun and New Orleans Cuisine. We make Cornbread often. Fried Corn Bread and Cornbread Muffins.

One Restaurant I would like to see in our area is Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Love that Chicken from Popeyes. Best restaurant Chicken in my book, among chain restaurants. Olde Dixie Fried Chicken in Orlando.Florida is also tops but they are not a chain store.


Now, if only Dixie Beer from New Orleans would turn up in Bacolod!

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Cajun for…Let the Good Time Roll!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~