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Ideal

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Living just a few minutes from Silay City, it’s a quick drive to one of the most iconic restaurants and bakeshops in Negros Occidental, El Ideal. Since Bacolod City Airport relocated and became known as the Bacolod-Silay International Airport, it’s just down the road from El Ideal and the restaurant has become a stopover for travelers both leaving and arriving to the area. It’s been around for many years, still housed in an old Spanish-style building, and was even featured in the Peque Gallaga film, “Namets,” which focused on the diversity of Negrense cuisine.

El Ideal offers a full menu, shelves full of packaged merchandise, and fresh-baked goods.

On visits to the place, guapple and buko pie are available regularly. Buko, or young coconut, is a traditional pie that can be found at many establishments around the country. At El Ideal, the pie is served warm in a deliciously firm pie crust. Coated with sugar on top, it’s a scrumptiously sweet treat for either traveler or just going out for a midday snack.

The mango shake is cool and refreshing and goes well with the pie and coupled together, somehow, not an overload of sweetness.

The mango shake is cool and refreshing and goes well with the pie and coupled together, somehow, not an overload of sweetness.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

September 11, 2015 at 1:09 AM

Cansi

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Shops throughout the province of Negros Occidental serve a rich soup dish called Cansi. Cansi consists of tender beef shank, with a soft marrow hidden within the bone, served alongside vegetables in a flavorful broth. Cansi may appear similar to other beef soups in the Philippines, but what sets it apart is batuan. Batuan is a local fruit, native to the region, which is super sour and adds an extra element to what is served as bulalo in other regions, but also, adding a sour element is what makes it fundamentally Filipino.

Local chef JP Anglo offers his spin on the dish by serving it sizzling. Essentially, it’s cansi without the soup. The tender beef shank is served piping hot on a cast-iron plate with the marrow serving as the dish’d centerpiece. The dish is also served with a sauce consisting of batuan.

Cansi is relatively inexpensive, this version was found at Careyn's Cansi House in Silay City.

Cansi is relatively inexpensive, this version was found at Careyn’s Cansi House in Silay City.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 26, 2015 at 5:49 AM

St. Roch Catholic Parish

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Driving into the city of Manapla, in the province of Negros Occidental, the main road leads to a street that provides an impromptu mini-tour of the city’s main downtown area. Along that drive, an eye-catching structure appears on the right hand-side.

The St. Roch Catholic Parish, gleaming white under the sun, has architecture that resembles Australia’s Sydney Opera House. The church sits directly across the street from the main town square, which makes it easily accessible for local residents.

Manapla is classified as a 3rd Class Municipality and is well-known for locally produced puto, a local rice treat.

Manapla is classified as a 3rd Class Municipality and is well-known for locally produced puto, a local rice treat.

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 1, 2014 at 3:27 AM

Das Bürgery

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The star of the monthly Weekend Souk, Das Bürgery offers up a variety of hamburgers that are arguably the best in the Bacolod City area. Unlike many food places that don’t always offer 100% beef hamburgers, Das Bürgery is unlike the rest, in that, they put some thought when it comes to something like a hamburger.

Found in the courtyard area of The District at Ayala North Point in Talisay, every month the shopping center opens up as a marketplace of local food and goods, with merchants offering everything from cultural treats, locally-produced apparel, fresh sugar cane juice, and, of course, Das Bürgery sets up a table there.

As mentioned before, what really sets them apart is the use of actual beef in their hamburger patties – in this instance, a good idea to avoid cutting corners. Yes, compared to contemporaries, they are pricier, but that comes with the territory. Alongside a quality bun and a variety of toppings, it’s a monthly treat enjoyed by many.

Unfortunately, (asked the proprietor on several occasions) they do not have a free-standing store.

Das Bürgery only serves burgers. The fries can be purchased from the local Tater’s franchise just around the corner – makes for a very satisfying lunch.

Das Bürgery only serves burgers. The fries can be purchased from the local Tater’s franchise just around the corner – makes for a very satisfying lunch.

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Chicken Ati-Atihan

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On another drive around Negros Occidental, it is always finding a gem on a random roadtrip.

Named for the famous Ati-Atihan festival of Aklan and boasting locations all across the Western Visayas, Chicken Ati-Atihan offers another variety of grilled chicken already so famous on the island of Negros. Throughout the island, various establishments off dishes like Chicken Tayasan, Chicken Inato, and the king of all recipes, Chicken Inasal.

Chicken Ati-Atihan is offered in two varieties, with or without rice, and ordering with rice will definitely save some cash. While other local chicken dishes are grilled or fried, this version is grilled but coated with a delicious sweet sauce and compliments the dish.

The restaurant offers a lot more than Chicken Ati-Atihan, but considering that is the namesake of the establishment, it’s almost necessary, especially if it’s a first visit.

This specific location is located in Kabankalan City, but the restaurant has branches in Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Negros Oriental.

This specific location is in Kabankalan City, but the restaurant has branches nationwide.

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 28, 2014 at 7:17 AM