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 ~

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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 ~

Modern Filipino Cuisine


The Traditional Filipino Cuisine and the Food that Filipinos actually eat have undergone Fusion, the integration of Diverse Cuisines. Over the past 3 decades is pronounced. Younger Filipinos, especially, are no longer holding onto Traditional Filipino Cuisine, as they embrace more International Cuisine. Often which is infused into Filipino Cuisine.


Chinese immigrant Ma Mon Luk, from Guangzhou China, introduced Sio Pao and Chicken Mami to Filipinos over one century ago, in Binondo, Manila. Today, Ma Mon Luk Restaurant is still open on Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. Same location since the 1950s.


In 1945, Maximo Gimenez, a Stanford University trained Teacher, revolutionized Chicken in the Philippines. He introduced American Southern Fried Chicken to the public, after initially serving it to US GIs at the end of WWII. Maxi’s Restaurant-The House That Fried Chicken Built was started in Quezon City. Today, there are many branches and franchises all around the Philippines. Max’s Restaurant-The House That Fried Chicken Built!


Shakey’s Pizza! Founded in 1954 in Sacramento, California, Shakey’s had a vision to expand. In 1975, San Miguel opened their first owned Shakey’s Pizza in Makati. Draft San Miguel Pilsen was promoted in Shakey’s Pizza. Pizza and Beer! They certainly go hand in hand. Over 30 years ago, I frequented Shakey’s Pizza on Roxas Blvd in Manila to not only enjoy Pizza and Draft San Miguel but to also enjoy the live Rock n’ Roll Bands. Enjoying Filipino Bands versions of…Bon Jovi, Steve Winwood, Eddie Money, Bob Seger, Van Helen, Genesis, Steve Miller Band and those rocking Rolling Stones!


Over the years, more and more American owned Restaurants have opened all around the Philippines. McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken-KFC, Pizza Hut are most well known. However, you can add now to the mix…Papa John’s Pizza, Chili’s Bar & Grill, International House of Pancakes-IHOP, Taco Bell, Wendy’s Hamburgers, Burger King, Catfish King and other American Restaurants.

With the K-Pop invasion in the Philippines of Korean students and Korean business owners, Korean Cuisine is a main player among the Food Industry in the Philippines.British, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai Japanese, Swiss, German, Italian, British, Mexican, Spanish Cuisine, are all available, around the Philippines in mid-size and large cities. Bacolod City is no exception.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Jian’s Restaurant


We had passed by an interesting looking Restaurant a number of times in the past but we had never stopped there. Well, tonight we did. Wow!

JIan’s looks like a small restaurant but once you go inside, you will see that is actually large. It is a Garden Courtyard style Restaurant with an air con dining area indoors.

We ordered several dishes to share and I ordered their BLT, which was served as a Submarine Sandwich. It was great, with Cucumbers added if I wanted them on my Sub.


Pancit Bihon with Shrimp, Pork Sisig and Fried Mushrooms with Garlic Butter Sauce. All the food was fabulous and everyone in our group enjoyed it.


A few prices for ya. The BLT is P140. The Fried Mushrooms are P75. The Sisig is P149 and the Pancit is P165. Most all dishes on the Menu at Jian’s are under P200.

Ice Cold San Miguel Pilsen is P50 per bottle.


Jian’s has about a half dozen different Sandwiches on their menu.

I do not normally order Spaghetti in a restaurant but next time, I plan trying their Spaghetti Anchovy with Garlic Bread and Salad.

Foreigners and Filipinos alike should enjoy Jian’s Restaurant. Fabulous atmosphere and nice decor as well. Service was very good and much better than average, as witnessed in some other restaurants.

Jian’s is located in Puntebella Subdivision, 2nd Road Venus Street, beside Santo Nino Orphanage, Barangay Taculing.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Platos Restaurant


Platos Restaurant, based out of Manila, opened in Bacolod. It is located on Mansalingan Road, in the same shopping center as Robinsons Supermarket.

Platos is a Filipino Restaurant but I can honestly say it is the Real Deal and the best we tried in Bacolod City. The Chef and the other Kitchen Staff have been professionally trained in the preparation of Filipino Cuisine.

Filipino Classics

We ordered several dishes to share among 4 of us. Crispy Pata, Kare Kare, Sisig, Pork BBQ, Pancit Bihon and Filipino Chef Salad. All the dishes were excellent and authentic. Believe it..or not…all Filipino Cuisine is not authentic Some Filipino Restaurants plate Filipino Food that leaves a lot to be desired and that should not be.

The Filipino Chef Salad had generous slices of Mango, together with Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber. House Dressing. It was excellent.

We ordered Shakes, which were large, and I ordered a San Miguel Pilsen. Our bill was P1,500 on the nose and we had leftover food for take out. The Kare Kare and the Pancit Bihon were certainly for several people.

For those living in the Bacolod Area and for those visiting Bacolod City, if you want authentic Filipino Cuisine, you can check out Platos Restaurant. Service was also great yesterday.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

BBQ/Barbecue/Barbeque


Since Anak Baka Steakhouse went out of business in Bacolod, not a single restaurant measures up concerning their BBQ. At least none that I have tried and I have tried many. Anak Baka had New Orleans Style BBQ Ribs and they were normally excellent, if the Grill Master was working that day.

Best BBQ

BBQ is very popular in Bacolod and all around Negros Occidental. You will find BBQ most everywhere, even on streets. However, it is Filipino style BBQ, for the most part. Local BBQ is often referred to as Sugba, which is used in both Ilonggo and in Cebuano Languages. Some Filipinos try to copy American BBQ but wherever I tried it, it was a complete failure. The Sauce does not make BBQ good! For me, I do not need BBQ Sauce on Ribs if they have been smoked and grilled properly.


Like in America, there are different styles of BBQ all around the Philippines. I sometimes buy frozen Pampanga’s Best Baby Back Ribs at SM Supermarket and they are better than most of the other ribs sold there. This is for a quicker meal. When I want to get serious with BBQ Ribs on our Grill, I buy fresh Pork Ribs at Bahamas Meat Shop.

I do not like Beef Ribs and I never buy them. Tried them a time or two and those were enough for me. Pork Ribs or Goat Ribs for me, please. Keep the Beef.

Someone once asked me in Florida, which Regional BBQ do I like best? Carolina BBQ, Texas BBQ, Memphis BBQ, Kansas City BBQ, New Orleans BBQ, St Louis BBQ? I like all of them!


North Alabama is famous for BBQ Chicken and White BBQ Sauce is homemade and used on the Chicken. I prepare Alabama BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters regularly in Bacolod. I certainly know how to make White BBQ Sauce. I have the Original Big Bob Gibson Recipe for White BBQ Sauce. It is in my head.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Love That Chicken Inasal From Manokan Country in Bacolod


A famous attraction in Bacolod for decades is…Manokan Country. It is a complex of more than a dozen restaurants, all specializing in Chicken Inasal. It is hot off the grill and brought right to your table. The Condiments are on the table to make your own Chicken Inasal Dipping Sauce. Spicy Vinegar and Soy Sauce. The wait staff bring you a generous amount of Hot Peppers and Calamansi to add to the Dipping Sauce. You will not have to ask for those, as they arrive even before your Chicken Inasal so you can make your Dipping Sauce in advance.


We had not been to Manokan Country in a while but we dined there at Aida’s this week. There are a number of items on their menu and I also ordered Grilled Chorizo, which is great. Grilled Oysters in the Shell is another popular item found at most restaurants in Manokan Country.

Aida’s is ranked #1 at Manokan Country as having the best Chicken Inasal in all of Bacolod. The marinade makes the difference! Not far behind Aida’s with excellent Chicken Inasal are Nena’s Beth, Nena’s, Nena’s Rose and Carmen’s. Rosing is an old favorite, as a nephew took me there several times over the years. Seems he is sweet on one of the waitresses.


Aida’s and all the other restaurants have ice cold Beer and a menu full of Pulutan, Grilled Chicken Parts. Isaw (Intestines), Atay (Liver), Puso (Heart), Isol (Butt) and I forget the local name but they also have Chicken Gizzards.


Manokan Country is located near SM Mall and everyone knows where it is. Trip Adviser, Lonely Planet and many other Travel Publications have published articles about Manokan Country.

If you visit Bacolod, Manokan Country is a must see, in my opinion.

Love that Chicken Inasal from Manokan Country in Bacolod!

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

 

Cinco de Mayo

 


I do not know about in other areas but In Manila, Bacolod and in Cebu, you will find a number of restaurants and bars with Cinco de Mayo, May 5, Drink and Food Specials.

Some places worth checking out, if you are into Cinco de Mayo & Mexican Food and Drinks, include The Ruins, Manila Hotel, Taco Vengo, Alegria Cozinha and Agave Mexican Cantina, all located in Metro Manila.

In Bacolod, the best place for Cinco de Mayo, in a resto bar, will be at Mexicali in SM Mall. However, the best place for Cinco de Mayo in Bacolod will be at Gary’s El Rayo X Cantina; in my home with familia, amigos and amigas. Ice Cold Dos Equis Amber Cerveza, Tecate Beer, Sangria Wine, Michelada Mexican Beer and Mexican Food.


Suggested Cinco de Mayo Food. Coconut & Lime Black Beans, Enchiladas, Tacos, Burritos, Refried Beans, Nachos, Tortillas, Mango Salsa, Mexican Red Rice, Beef Tostadas, Chimichangas, Fajitas, Veracruz Fish with Fruit Salsa, Mexican Fish with Green Chili Sauce, Taco Dogs and Paella.


Any other suggestions?

There will not be any Tequila. Cerveza, Sangria Wine and Communion Wine…only.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~