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Chili at VFW Post 9892, Bauang, La Union Philippines

2009-08-20 15:40:06

Chili at VFW Post 9892, Bauang, La Union Philippines
The VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post here in Bauang, Philippines has great Chili con Carne. I have relocated my Chile desires from the 50’s Diner in Baguio, my new Chili seat is now located at the Colonel B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 restaurant.
VFW Post 9892

By the way, I think the only good reason to come to Bauang is the VFW Post 9892, maybe there is a nice beach somewhere I have yet to find it. I think this VFW Post serves all the Vets from Baguio and the Lorma Tri-Care Hospital system in San Fernando, La Union is better than Baguio.

Maybe I am supposed to call it Post 9892, a person should be careful when talking about men who used to carry guns, I am not sure political correctness is correct, but proper respect needs to be given.

By the way Veterans,
“Thanks for getting shot at in my stead.”

Anybody for any reason who gets shot at for me deserves my respect, appreciation and salute.

Thank You,
You are appreciated by Andy Graham

Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Friday, August 21, 2009


As best I can understand, the have a Chili Cook Off, a contest held yearly to prove who can make the best Chili con Carne. I think this year, 2009 it will be the 18 annual event, here is a PDF file to download link from the 2008 invitation.
Bauang, Philippines Chile Cook off

This is the large portion of chili, this is really a large bowl, the cost is 140 for the large and 115 Pesos for the small. I recommend you get the small, the I think the bowl is larger, I am not sure the portion is larger.

The million-dollar question is this, is this the winning recipe?

Is this the 17th annual hellfire Chile Cook Off recipe?

The girls behind the counter are not too talkative, this is club, anyway you do it, and the VFW Post here in Bauang is a club. I need to do the right things, behave the right way, and eventually I become a fixture on the barstool. The bar stools are American grade, I mean they are comfortable, nice and enjoyable, they will accommodate extra large size Americans. The place is open from 7:00 am until 6:00 and to answer my friends Chet’s question.

Beer is 30 Pesos at Happy Hour, and I do not know the other prices, I think this is about 65 cents US for a beer.

This is the Colonel B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 building.

I think it is in Paringao, Philippines.

It is half the distance between the city of Bauang and the city of San Fernando, La Union province. You can say the bus you want get off at the Ariana Hotel and look for a squatty building, the sign is confusing. I think VETS get a discount at the Bali Hai East and pay 750 Pesos, which for the Philippines is reasonable, the normal price of 1150 is a little too much, I am not paying that, I got a discount.

Bali Hai East in my opinion is twice as good of hotel from the Bali Hai Main, that Hotel is too crowded and smells of the ocean, there is not a pretty beach over there. I think for you truly want to get-it-types, they can stay at the Ocean Breeze and hang at the Butterfly bar, this is for the true aficionados. I think Footlights is the place for your seat at the bar.

JD from Baguio kept talking about the Cinnamon Roll women, some old lady who is nice and the VFW men support by buying them. This thing cost me 35 Pesos, about 50 cents USA and was delicious; you can buy a softer version in many bread shops. This is welcome after Thailand which does not have bread, I think Bread is s French or Brit thing, too bad for Thailand it was not colonized. Pay attention to your Colonization and you will know your foods.

I do not come to the Philippines to visit the Philippines; I come to the Philippines to visit Americana away from America. There are four VFW Post, Angeles City, Subic, Bauang and in a way the Red Lion in Baguio to visit.

I do not need to pay taxes in the USA providing I am not in the country for more than 30 days. I can earn up to 88,000 or something like that and not pay taxes. Therefore, as a perpetual traveler of planet earth I need to wander over to the Philippines to get remember I am American, “American culture” … without the girls…
(The Philippines is maybe Hell on earth for an American girl and Heaven on Earth for the American bad boys.)

Contrary to any noise or crap, you want to put forth, Expats, European, Australians, Brits, Germans and Americans living overseas do not want to live in another country. They want to live in their own country, an island of their own country within another country. They are not here to immerse themselves in local culture and for the most part they divorce themselves from locals. They just want the best slice of pie from the Philippines. I am the same, I just want the best piece, I do not want to be Filipino.

Actually, I think when Pool Players die, they come to the Philippines, and this has to be Pool Player Heaven.

Chili at VFW Post 9892, Bauang, La Union Philippines