Bacolod .... I'm back!!! This was my 3rd visit in 6 months.
Why do I love Bacolod so much?
Maybe because Bacolod has terrific cuisine, inspiring heritage and cultural sights and a relaxed and happy vibe.
But since this was my third time around, I had to do something different and eat somewhere I missed the last time I was here.
Bambi, my good friend and Bacolod's best tour guide, said that Aida's was the place for the best chicken inasal. We got there just as dusk was settling -- the deluge of dinnertime patrons had not yet arrived.
Silly me, it's called Manokan Country after all.
But -- each and every restaurant had an oyster vendor sitting outside, with huge baskets of fresh oysters. Perhaps oysters and chicken are a perfect match?
I ordered a plate -- along with rice, this would be my dinner.
We also ordered isol or chicken ass which came in such huge meaty chunks, plus the ever popular chicken baticolon or gizzard and chicken atay.
Such an unpretentious, simple yet delicious dinner.
And so affordable!
Chicken for 8 people plus those chicken parts ala carte, plus my 2 plates (yes, I had 2) of fresh oysters, two liters of Coke and 9 plates of rice -- the whole meal came to just P740!
The best meals are certainly not the most expensive -- foodie finds are where the locals really eat!
Time to head to Calea, Bacolod's premier cake shop -- located just across the L Fisher Hotel. We had coffee with Calea's famous chocolate cake -- so rich and sinful plus a slice of Cathedral cake, creamy with mosaic pieces of multi colored gelatin jewels on top of a graham cracker crust.
And this is why I love Bacolod! I'll be back!