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Filipino Adobo is Not the Same as Spanish or Portuguese Adobo

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There are variations of adobo in Spanish-speaking countries, but they're not the same as Filipino adobo. Filipino adobo usually consists of some type of meat stewed in soy sauce, vinegar , garlic, bay leaves and black pepper. The favorite meat for most people is either chicken or pork. The only thing that's really in common is the vinegar. Filipino Chicken and Pork Adobo Most people like either chicken or pork adobo. I like both, but I prefer them without the bones. My wife, Josie, likes them with the bones left in. She likes the taste of the marrow. Adobo is meant to be served with rice. How much adobo and how much rice is up to you. Filipino adobo can be made without any meat at all, substituting kangkong (water spinach) for the meat, which is great news for vegetarians. I've never tried it, but I've eaten both kangkong and alugbati with rice. I can eat those cooked, but I prefer regular spinach raw, in my salads. The proportions of the ingredients are a mystery

Luzon Is the Isle of Gold in the Philippines

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Although gold deposits have been found in all parts of the Philippines, Chinese traders in the 3rd century referred to the island of Luzon as the "Isle of Gold". The cities of Manila and Olongapo are located on the island of Luzon. Gold mines in the Philippines yield more than 30 metric tons per year, nearly the same amount as before the industry collapsed due to the Pacific war (during World War II). I don't know what the gold value is these days, but it's a lot. Yamashita's Gold (or Yamashita's Treasure) As you can probably guess, the Philippines is rich in mineral resources. It makes me wonder why anyone would concoct a story like Yamashita's gold. Supposedly, the World War II Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita hid his treasures in caves, tunnels and underground complexes somewhere in the Philippines. There must have been some evidence to its existence, or so you would think, because a Philippine treasure hunter named Rogelio Roxas filed a lawsui

Cicadas Are Not Locusts

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While some people call them "locusts", cicadas are definitely not locusts. A locust is a kind of grasshopper. In fact, I often wonder when the confusion started and why some people are still confused about them. Well, there are cicadas in the Philippines just like almost every other place with a temperate or tropical climate. You won't find them in cold climates like Alaska or Norway (or at least I don't think so). Cicadas in the United States I grew up listening to the cicadas that inhabited the elm trees on my parents' property in Arizona. It was a yearly cycle, but I can't remember what month the noise started and what month the noise ended. The elm trees have long since been replaced by other trees, and the noise no longer comes from those yards. When I was young, we had cats in our backyard. I don't remember why, but we had a few that just seemed to live there. I think the "mother" of all of them was the only cat that started out as a pe

Chicken and Rice, a Popular Fast Food Combo in the Philippines

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In all the years I've lived in the Philippines, there's one specific thing I've noticed: Filipinos love chicken and rice, perhaps more than anything else they can possibly eat. How the chicken is prepared doesn't really seem to matter. The "rice" part isn't saying much. Filipinos eat rice with as many meals as they can, regardless of where they get it from. Their main course doesn't have to be chicken, but it seems they prefer it over every other kind of animal meat, except fish. The Jollibee Food Corporation took advantage of the Filipino love for fried chicken by introducing "Chickenjoy" in 1980. Other fast-food chains copied it to some degree over the years. Chicken and Rice in the Philippines I ate rice with fried chicken for the first time after getting married to my Filipino wife, Josie, in 1985. I lived in Hawaii from 1974 to 1977 as a civilian and from 1982 to 1984 as a military service member, so I wasn't a stranger to eatin

Raising Chickens in the Philippines

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I don't know much about city ordinances in the Philippines. They're obviously different in every city. I'm sure some places have restrictions on where chickens can be raised. Most Filipinos would simply ignore those restrictions or find a way around them. Having food on the table is far more important than following rules. Raising chickens can be an exercise in frustration if the chicken coops aren't built properly. Even when they are built properly, other things can happen to make raising them harder than it should be. Disappearing Chickens This is what happened to us in October 2015, the second time we raised chickens. Josie, my wife, bought 90 chicks ( sisiw in Tagalog). We were planning a big party for when our younger son, Jon, would arrive for vacation in December. Those chicks would grow into broiler chickens , ready to eat in 45 days. By the end of the month, we were down to a little over 70 chicks. Some neighborhood cat, a stray scavenger, found a way to

Mr. Coffee Was the First Automatic Drip Coffee Maker

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It may not be the best of the automatic drip coffee makers ever made available, but Mr. Coffee was the first of its kind to hit the home market in 1972. In business, you either have to be the first or the best if you want to have guaranteed success. Okay, so you can get away with being second best and still succeed, but it's not guaranteed. Mr. Coffee and Joe DiMaggio When the advertisements started appearing on television in 1973, Joe DiMaggio was the celebrity spokesman pitching it for the company. Joltin' Joe DiMaggio was a famous baseball player who played exclusively for the New York Yankees from 1936 to 1951. Mr. Coffee automatic drip coffee makers and coffee makers like them suddenly started appearing in kitchens across America after he started promoting them. If I remember correctly, General Electric produced the first competitor to the Mr. Coffee automatic drip coffee maker. I don't know if it was the product or Joe that convinced my mother to buy a Mr. Coffe

Pyrex Coffee Percolator, a Vintage Style of Coffee Maker

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The Pyrex coffee percolator is a vintage style of coffee maker. I thought this style of coffee maker wasn't being made anymore, but I could have been wrong. I found percolators at Amazon.com and eBay that looked a lot like it. The Pyrex coffee percolator isn't being made anymore. There may be other brands that look like it. The one shown in the picture is the exact style my mother used when I was growing up in the 1960s. You can still find these vintage coffee percolators (other than on Amazon.com and eBay), but they're so rare, it's easier to find pictures of them than it is to find them in person. The Pyrex Coffee Percolator "Pyrex" is a word invented by Corning Incorporated in 1915. Although they sold (or licensed) the consumer products division in 1998, "Corning Incorporated" still appears at the Pyrex web portal. They no longer sell coffee makers of any kind, from what I can see. Pyrex is a brand name that was synonymous with glass. It did