Archive for July, 2013

Filipino Chicken Adobo

Adobo is considered by many to be the national dish of the Philippines. Generally there’s chicken or chunks of pork. When I lived in Stockton I would go to Gil’s Cafe, a one-man shop on East Washington Street bordering the Crosstown Freeway in the then-deserted downtown Stockton. He served a lot of the old timers of the area. Many customers were from the Franco Center low-income housing building the cafe was in. He also got business from the gambling cardrooms next door. Like many downtown businesses, he was only open during the day. I always got the chicken and pork combo, which was way more than one person could eat. Sometimes he would even have a special pig’s feet version. Even though I was with a girl who made adobo at home, I would still go there, and she understood. The only other thing I would get there was the oxtails, which he often ran out of, and complained were expensive.

Gil closed somewhere in the mid-2000s. His daughter had a kid and he was always saying business was slow. So I guess I’m not spoiling anything when I learned one of the key ingredients was Chinese fermented bean sauce, which is made of soybeans. It adds that edge of concentrated saltiness. Everyone has their own adobo recipe, some even using Coca-Cola. But when I make mine I usually try and make it like Gil’s.


*Five pounds of chicken (about one whole one or pieces)

* Two bulbs of garlic

* Handful of bay leaves

* Splash of peppercorns

* Tablespoon of fermented (soy)bean sauce

*Rice for five


Chop your garlic, turn on the pot and put it in. Add the chicken, bay leaves and peppercorn. Add the soy sauce and bean sauce. Cook at least 45 minutes. Turn on your rice. Rice will take about 20 minutes, and another 10 to sit. Spoon chicken over rice and serve.

This video was also an audition for the ABC reality TV show “Taste.” To skip all the boring stuff about me, go to 1:09 to start the recipe.


Demonstrations have continued across the country one week after George Zimmerman was acquitted of criminal charges for killing Trayvon Martin.

Protests on Oakland, Calif. have included smashed windows and other damage. On Saturday, July 20, 2013 a rally was held at the downtown federal building to call for federal charges in the case. Non-violence was stressed. Mayor Jean Quan attended. She has been criticized including how police responded to Occupy Oakland demonstrations last year, with others bringing up Alan Blueford, who was killed by Oakland police in 2012. Here’s a video I made of the event.

It wasn’t exactly how I thought I’d spend my Saturday night, but here’s video of downtown Oakland hours after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and other charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The Rockonigles-June 29, 2013-Day On the Dirt

Here’s another video I made of my buddy Alexis’ band The Rockonigles on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Revolution Cafe in Oakland. The first one is here. This was their record release show for “Out of Pocket.”