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 ~

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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 ~

 

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 ~

Rally Round the Flags


During their History, the Philippines had Flags which caused uproar. The first had the Red Cross of Burgundy.

During the Philippines Revolution against Spain, they had a unique Flag. It features a 8 rayed white sun with a Mythical Face on a field of red.


The Flag of Free Territory has a blue background and has a white dove within a red square.


There are many unique Philippines Municipal and City Flags. Also other Historical Flags.


Actor Chris Pratt wearing of Gadsden’s Don’t Tread on Me Flag on his T-Shirt sparked outrage from the American Radical Leftist Mob and by the Liberal Drive By Media. They all say it is…Racist!

Well, everything to that Mob is Racist! A MAGA Hat is Racist, Enforcing Immigration Laws is Racist, the President, his family and his supporters are Racist! Whatta bunch of losers, which is what they will be in 2020.

What is Gadsen’s Don’t Tread on Me Flag?

The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words “Dont Tread On Me.”[note 1] The flag is named after American general and politician Christopher Gadsden(1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag.

They Hate America!

In Reality, the Don’t Tread on Me Flag represents American Liberty and Freedom. Both are American Values which the Radical Leftist Mob hates, because they are Anti-American! The Don’t Tread on Me Flag was the first American Flag before Betsy Ross made Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes. Oh yeah, Nike says Betsy Ross American Flag is Racist!

Many Democrats are indeed part of the Radical Leftist Mob but they are not the Party Majority. They have the largest Microphone and the Liberal Drive By Media gives them most of their Coverage. Most Americans see them as the Real Face of the Democrat Party because they are not confronted by Party Leaders!

This all shows the current Agenda of the 2020 Democrat Candidates as well.. Who, by, the way, are all running out of Campaign Money, with the exception of 5 Candidates.

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 ~

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 ~

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 ~

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 ~

Looking For Love in All The Wrong Places


I talked to an American friend the other day and the conversation turned to relationships. He has lived full time in the Philippines for more than a decade. He had several sad stories to share, as well as a number of good stories.

My friend is still single but he has not given up, however, he is smarter now then he was even 5 years ago. Marriage is no longer a priority in his life. He said he is not a playboy but he decided he liked the freedom to just date different women.

Internet chat sites, single bars, street girls and girlie bars but no overall longer term positive results. He finally realized that a key to success in any of those venues is very slim.

Grifters and Con Artists

An American Expat posted 3 or 4 times about meeting local women on the internet in Cebu, inviting them over to his house and then having money and possessions stolen not long afterward. It is risky behavior. There is no honor among grifters, con artists or scammers and they are found in every country around the round world! A new victim is only the click of the computer keyboard away!

I was asked one time…which city is the best to meet a good wife? I did not have an answer of an actual city. I know guys who are happily married to Filipinas from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. I also know guys who were taken to the cleaners by women from the same Regions. I added that a younger lady from a Provincial Area, if they are hell bent on a 20 something year old in a relationship, may raise the odds of a successful relationship but even that is not a guarantee. Personally, I think a 30 or more age gap in a relationship is bad news for both parties, more times than not!

There is no way a man or a woman can really get to know their soon to be spouse during a short term whirlwind relationship of a few weeks. Both sides make the mistake of jumping into the ring of fire too soon. They seem to think if they do not jump in now, there may not be another chance for them. Once the knot is tied in the Philippines, it is not EZ to untie that knot!

True Romance

I have been asked about my relationship with my wife of 14 years. I am a man, she is a women. We met in Hong Kong, we dated, we maintained a non-live in relationship in two different locations in Hong Kong/China for 20 months before we married. We knew each other very well. We were both working as professionals in our career.

People can front for a few weeks and for a few months, but their true self comes out after a year, most often before 6 months! Many times within a few months.

Why the Philippines?

Many foreigners have heard that many of the fine women in the Philippines are Christian, they are Conservative, they are family oriented, they are very friendly & outgoing, they are fun loving, they like to sing, many like to dance, many know how to have wholesome fun and most all speak English. It is no secret that women in the Philippines have won more Beauty Competitions than any other country! They possess Beauty, both outward and inward. This characteristic is not EZ finding in 2017 within just any location in the world today.

Sadly, there are foreigners who are also Grifters and they come to the Philippines with one purpose. To exploit the Beauty of the Country. All foreigners are not good people and some are actually heinous and pure evil in their intentions and in their behavior. That is the reality.

Friendly Advice

To all the single guys, I can only say…take time to know her. She is not the only woman in the Philippines and she will not be the last woman in the Philippines, so no need to rush into something you have no realistic idea what you are getting into.

Men and Women alike, who use the internet for date chatting usually have more than one person lined up. Whoever arrives first with the most usually gets the prize…forever how long that may last. On both sides of the aisle!

Last but not least. I have posted about it and I have personally told foreigners about it many times. The most overlooked age group among women in the Philippines is 32-45. Many have realistic expectations about a potential relationship with a foreigner. They possess a level sense of maturity and they are not teenyboppers in their 20s. All women in this age group of 32-45 are not married and all do not have children. A number of them have long careers, own their own house or are buying their own house and they have a vehicle. Yes, they drive. They are not looking for a foreigner to feed their poor family. I know a number of Filipinas in their mid 30s to mid 40s who are down right beautiful. Even some in their 50s and on into their 60s! You can believe that!

I wish all the single folks the very best.

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

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~