Several years back, I recall a foreigner's plan for his restaurant in the Philippines. He was going to cater only to the foreign crowd and he just knew they would pack out his restaurant morning, noon and night. It didn't happen and not even close. He lost many Filipino customers, who would come in, sit down, read the menu and then leave without ordering. The restaurant was … [Read more...]
I’m An SM Mall Rat!
Well, usually only one day per week! Like the malls in every city, the malls of Bacolod are also crowded on the weekends, so I usually go to SM Mall in the daytime one day during the first days of the week. Our son is in school, my wife is a PTA officer and she also volunteers at our son's school, so I go out one day alone. Not for hanky panky! Rather, to engage in one of my … [Read more...]
Where’s The Beef?
One of the burning questions among foreigners who are visiting the Philippines for the first time and among those who are actually retiring to the Philippines is about food. Food is indeed an international language, as everyone has to eat to remain healthy! Most people I know, Filipinos and foreigners alike, enjoy eating delicious food. I am not an exception! Even though I … [Read more...]
Philippine Foodie Scene Looks Good
The foodie scene in the Philippines is not bleak, as the Philippines is much more than only fish and rice these days. More and more Filipinos are enjoying food that was previously looked upon as foreign food. The vast majority of the new restaurants that have opened over the past 12 months in Bacolod City, where I live, are not serving Filipino Cuisine exclusively. An expat … [Read more...]