New England Clam Chowder

Here is all we need to know, if it’s red it is not really clam chowder it is Manhattan tomato and clam soup. That’s it, the subject is dropped. If you like Tomato and clam soup, you also might like Clamato juice, as there is not much difference. New England clam chowder is cream colored…

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Five fabulous Filipino foods foreigners find foul flavored

The fabulous five Filipino foods I am writing about are fish heads, spiky fruits, house plant vegetable soup, bitter melon and pork blood stew. When writing an interesting blog article, I find it necessary to sometimes overgeneralize. Some foreigners may agree with me that some or most or all of these foods are delicious. We…

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Coffee in the Philippines

First I’ll be honest; coffee wasn’t exactly my number one priority in the 70’s and 80’s as my ships came in and out of the Philippines. As I remember Navy Issue coffee was once the finest coffee you could get. I retired in 1986 so I can’t speak to the quality of the coffee after…

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Jackfruit, Nature’s Laffy Taffy

Jackfruit in the tree

I love eating ripe jackfruit! Ripe jackfruit is one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. Recently we had a potluck dinner at our home and we invited two couples both of which included an American husband and a Filipino wife. After dinner, the wives tried to give their husbands ripe jackfruit for dessert.…

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Filipinos like rice with everything

“Wait, where are our fries?” I questioned the sweet honey behind the counter at Jolibee’s in the Island City Mall in Bohol. “Sorry, out of stock.” the cute cashier answered. “There are no fries in Bohol.” I stated with disbelief. “The ship that was bringing fries was delayed, because of the recent typhoon. We substituted…

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