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Guam Diner Newsletter,
June 29, 2001, Volume 1, Number 1
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader!

Today marks the dawn of a new era of Guam's restaurant and dining information landscape, since it gives me great pleasure and pride to introduce to you the debut of a new Internet portal site, www.guamdiner.com, which has been in construction for the past few months. Since my very first "Food Guy" e-zine newsletter sent on January 19, 2000 (Boston Pizza), I have shared my dining adventures about new and established restaurants with readers on Guam and around the world each week, and have broadcast the "Guam Food Guy" report on Jon Anderson's morning talk radio show every Friday morning since October 2000. My e-zine readership has swelled to thousands and I constantly receive requests for restaurant information from local residents and from those who plan to visit Guam as well as many military families who want to know about Guam's many restaurants. What kind of restaurants are on Guam? What are their hours? Do they have vegetarian foods? Where do we go for a sunset BBQ? Are any Thai restaurants open on Sunday? Which Tumon restaurants are open 24 hours? Who has the best....? And so on! So many questions...and now, finally, a solution!

Guamdiner.com lists every restaurant on Guam, and these can be easily searched by cuisine style (Asian, Mexican, Pacific Rim, etc.), village location, category (buffet, noodle house, steakhouse, etc.), and alphabetically. Guamdiner.com also has archives of all of my past Guam Food Guy restaurant reviews, and features locally contributed articles and information on wines; other beverages; recipes (local and international, and we welcome your submissions!); health & nutrition and food links to major food-related web-sites. As I am collaborating with the creative wizards who bring you "guamonsale.com", guamdiner.com offers lunch and dinner specials provided by guamonsale.com's restaurant merchant members. This virtual value service delivers tangible results and updates every 15 minutes!

Since we started pre-marketing to customers and content providers in early June, you will see that guamdiner.com is an evolving site and will be continuously providing fresh, updated information on restaurants, lounges, recipes, wine and beverage products (including local availability) and health & nutrition topics of direct concern to our local community.

So go ahead and take a spin around our site! We believe you'll find it useful, informative, interesting and that you'll become a regular visitor. Let us know your thoughts and give us suggestions for any topics you'd like to know more about. We welcome your feedback!

In Today's Issue:
  • Cooking Class & "Pastry For Rainbows Contest" at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa (June 30 and July 1)
  • Second Annual Tumon Bay Jazz Festival - Sunday, July 1, Hyatt Regency Guam
  • Masumi Sake Debuts at Hyatt's Niji's SAKE BAMBOO DINNER
  • La Mesa's Mexican Cuisine Celebrates 1st Anniversary on June 30
  • This Week's Review! Dine Extravagantly at Hilton's Islander Terrace Theme Nights
Cooking Class & "Pastry For Rainbows Contest" at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa (June 30 and July 1)

Hilton Guam Resort & Spa is sponsoring two events: Cooking Class: Marianas Ballroom, Saturday, June 30, 2001, Afternoon Tea, $19.00/person and a "PASTRY FOR RAINBOW'S CONTEST" on Sunday, July 1, 2001. Part of the proceeds will benefit Rainbows for All Children-Guam Program. Public viewing of this contest will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the winner announcement at 1:30 p.m.

The Pastry Cooking Class will be held in the Gallery, from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m., and will be conducted by Chef Minoru Takizawa, proprietor of the acclaimed "Patisserie Frais d'or" in Tokyo. Chef Takizawa will be highlighting the use of traditional techniques and simple ingredients to create masterpieces that are both visually exciting and perfectly delicious. In addition, Chef Takizawa uses no artificial flavors, preservatives, nor chemicals in his healthy presentations. You can sample these extraordinary and delicious pastry creations at Caffe Cino in the Main Lobby of the Hilton up until June 30. I have personally tried 8 different pastries made by Chef Takizawa and can only describe the experience as "divine"!

Second Annual Tumon Bay Jazz Festival - Sunday, July 1, Hyatt Regency Guam

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear the fabulous trumpet performance of Jazz Great Tom Harrell, who will be playing along with up to 20 local musicians at the Second Annual Tumon Bay Jazz Festival at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with the performance starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 (includes one drink) and are available at Fuji Mart in Dededo, Primo Surf, Agana & Mic Mall, and Surf Break, GPO, Tamuning. Other artists include: Larry Franquez Trio with Patrick Palomo & Carlos Laguana, Young Rhythm Band with Joey F.Ventura, Jennifer Advincula, and Emil Alicadan, Blues Scholars and Monte with John Hoffman, Danny Perez, Bob Owen and Monte Paldevega, Shirley & Dante, Rick Ash and including other notable jazz musicians from Guam and off-island.

Masumi Sake Debuts at Hyatt Regency Guam's Niji's SAKE BAMBOO DINNER

On June 22, an elaborate and special introduction was made at the Niji Japanese Restaurant during a SAKE BAMBOO DINNER for C.A.T.H. (Club at the Hyatt) members. Masumi Sake, "famous since 1662 and the winner of many national competitions, is a traditional sakÚ made by the people who first developed the kobo (yeast) now used in almost all sakÚ in Japan. Produced at the food of Mt. Kirigamine in the Japan Alps region of Nagano, renowned for its pure, delicious waters and high quality rice, Masumi has a smooth, mild taste carefully developed through generations of service to our customers."

Five different Masumi sakÚs were paired with specially-prepared menu items, from a savory hot coal chicken yakitori to a lightly broiled delicate cod fish to assorted sushi preparations. One of the highlights was a Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushrooms and Maitke Mushrooms, Citrus Sauce with chips of Naga-imo Potato. This Angus steak was superb and I've requested the Hyatt's management to consider featuring it at Niji--terrific!

Masumi SakÚs are of the highest quality and will soon be available at Guam's fine dining and Japanese restaurants. Most Westerners don't realize how sakÚs differ by brand and quality, and usually order a "sakÚ" the same way one would go into a bar and order a "beer". You can look forward to receiving more information on Masumi SakÚ future articles and on our website, www.guamdiner.com.

La Mesa's Mexican Cuisine Celebrates 1st Anniversary on June 30

Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday, Marie! Join in the celebration at one of Guam's favorite Mexican restaurants as it commemorates its first year in business! It also happens to be Marie Mesa-Kerlin's birthday! La Mesa's owner turns 29 this coming Saturday!

La Mesa's Mexican Cuisine is located in Hagatna on Frontage Road along Marine Drive and next to House of Fabrics. Their phone # is 477-6372, with lunch service from 11:30 - 2pm, M-F,12 - 3 p.m. (Sat).

Dine Extravagantly at Hilton's Islander Terrace Theme Nights

Although Guam's buffets are renown for their variety of International and local food offerings, the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa's Islander Terrace's Theme Nights provides diners what I consider to be an intriguingly diverse lineup of culinary specialties that will both inspire customer's palates and satisfy their appetites.

Every evening, seven days a week, the Islander Terrace is physically transformed to create a different theme night, with some nights having elaborate displays and decorations that set the stage for your journey to sample the cuisine of both near and faraway lands. What amazes me most about the theme nights is how Hilton serves a marvelous array of "special" and "ethnic" dishes in addition to their already impressive appetizer buffet, which at times boasts over 20 separate items, including what could be the largest selection of cold salad preparations. Although diners are usually able to be seated on arrival, it is recommended that you call for reservations at 646-3463, especially during week-ends, to assure prompt seating. Theme night buffet service is from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

A preview of each theme night below will give you a quick taste of the more detailed review that you can find at the site:

Mondays - Sizzling Night ($28.00 + 10% S.C.)

Chose a Rib Eye Steak, Chicken Breast , or Seafood Combo, then avail yourself of the numerous appetizer selections while awaiting the delivery of your main course. The eye-bulging, mouth-watering experience of the large sizzling platter is one thrill you're certain to remember from this evening's feast.

Tuesdays - A Taste of Asia & Middle East ($25.50 + 10% S.C.)

Ornate canopied stands showcase hanging golden roasted ducks and char siu pork that are warmed over charcoal grills, and house ramen and tempura stations where fresh-cooked, savory Japanese favorites are served. Asian dishes are highlighted here with an abundance of salads and desserts.

Wednesdays - Epicurean Night ($25.50 + 10% S.C.)

Elaborately-prepared healthy fare awaits the diner with interesting seafood, light meat and vegetable creations culled from the tables of Europe, Asia and Australia. Meticulous, eye-catching artistic detail can be observed in the presentation of cold salad dishes that rotate on lazy susans. .

Thursdays - Chef Durliat's French Night ($25.50 + 10% S.C.)

A favorite among gourmets who delight in everything French, this night's feast pays tribute to the homeland of Hilton's Executive Chef Christophe Durliat. Diners can select from classical French creations such as Pacific Seafood Bouillabaisse, Escargots de Bourguogne, terrines, patÚs, Steak au Poivre, and delicious Grenouilles (frog legs) that are lightly floured, seasoned and sautÚed to a tender golden perfection. Don't forget the desserts--ooo la la!

Fridays - Fishmarket Night ($28.00 + 10% S.C.)

The abundance of the surrounding ocean is evidenced at this grand buffet where a variety of local reef fish, pelagic, and shellfish are prepared in regional Pacific styles. Seafood is served raw, broiled, steamed, baked, sautÚed, fried, sweet and soured, and simmered in soups.

Saturdays - Prime Rib Country Night ($28.00 + 10% S.C.)

Beef lovers the world over share a common fantasy and that would be to own their own carving station. Although tonight's buffet won't fulfill that fantasy completely, it will certainly allow diners to fill themselves with delicious, succulent roast prime rib, cut to suit everyone's preference.

Sundays - Island Fiesta Night ($25.50 + 10% S.C.)

Guam's fiesta tables reflect the foods and tastes our island's culture as well as foods from the surrounding islands in Micronesia and the Philippines. Local favorites range from Arroz Caldo, Baked Mahi, Kadon Pika, Pork Adobo, Beef Kelaguen, Pancit, and Roast Pig. To the newcomer, this is a great introduction to island cuisine; to the locals, a great taste of home.

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