July 11, 2003, Volume 3 Number 28
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
An important anniversary came and went during my recent reunion visit to Ohio. June 29, 2001 was the launch of our first Guam Diner Newsletter, with my regular opening paragraph heralding the simultaneous debut of GuamDiner.com. Other milestones mentioned were the first "Food Guy" e-zine newsletter on January 19, 2000 and the October 2000 Friday Morning K-57 Food Guy Weekly Radio Report, which has run consistently despite disruptive typhoons, earthquakes and the wars on terrorism. The amazing power of the internet has delivered both the newsletter and radio address to computers around the world, with readers and listeners enjoying news about Guam's dining scene and other notable events that make-up our island style of living. Even more amazing is the fact that every newsletter and review is archived on the site and is key-word searchable. Through the phenomenal inter-connectivity of the Net, global search engines return topics, reviews, names, and events mentioned in the newsletters, as well as related sites that are linked, such as mymicronesia.com, guam-online.com, and guam.net.
GuamDiner.com has expanded its restaurant directory to include a full listing of Saipan's restaurants - the first and only one of its type, including some reviews of our northern neighbor's eateries. Food and dining information is an important consideration for visitors and prospective residents. Many of our hotel chefs and F&B Managers discovered the "Guam Food Guy" and the GuamDiner.com website while still living in Europe, Asia and Australia. Many military families check out the site before arriving to their new duty station. And, former residents and those living abroad use it as a lifestyle resource for recipes, entertaining ideas, etc.
We are pleased by the many compliments we receive about the quality and the value of the information we provide, with the site considered by all accounts to be world-class. This really means a lot when you remember that it all started with a simple 3-1/2 paragraph review of Tumon's Boston Pizza done 3-1/2 years ago! A big "Thank You" goes out to all of our readers and visitors - old and new!
Ken, The "Guam Food Guy"
In Today's Issue:
Around the Island - Sakura's Kitchen, Shimbashi $9.95 Lunch, Manhattan SH
Sakura's Kitchen, Guam's best little Japanese place has reopened after an extended holiday. Don't miss out on their new Daily Lunch Specials though you can't go wrong with anything on this menu. Call 647-1623 for take-out.
Staying with the Japanese theme, Shimbashi in the Guam Dai-Ichi Hotel has reopened due to popular demand. Though we haven't been in since the reopening, we can certainly recommend the $9.95 Lunch Special which is served only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30am-1:45pm. Call 646-5881 for reservations and information.
A recent dinner at the Marriott's Manhattan Steak House reinforced my opinion that they serve some of the finest steaks. The Certified Angus Beef makes for a quality endorsement of the highest order. I re-discovered my Asian side when I jokingly asked for rice as a condiment (Manhattan made the concession for Guam's tastes by allowing rice when locals weren't satisfied by their elaborately served sauteed mushrooms, mashed potatoes, string onion rings, and creamed spinach condiment platter.) I really did like my steak better with my steamed rice! Service was "on" that night, too, so I'll continue to recommend this place.
The Veggie & Curry stall in the Micronesia Mall Food Court is one of my preferred choices for a quick bite when going to the movies. The Penang Curry is full of spicy flavors and morsels of tender chicken. The Bok Choy and other vegetarian items offer good nutrition and food value. The other choices range from Tofu, Steamed Shrimp with Bitter Melon, and Baked Chicken marinated in Soy. They keep an eye on their food quality...that's certain.
Micronesia Chefs Association - General Meeting Monday July 14 at Sam Choy's
The MCA will hold their monthly general meeting this coming Monday, July 14 at Sam Choy's. Doors open at 7:30pm with the meeting starting at 8:30pm. All members are urged to attend. Suppliers and vendors interested in showing their wares at the meeting should contact Executive Chef, Peter Duenas to make arrangments. He can be contacted at 649-6637. A new non-member policy will be in effect starting with this meeting. There will be a $5 charge for all non-members to help defray expenses.
Hilton Wine Experience At Roy's - Enjoy the Wines of Robert Modavi & Friends
Attention all wine aficionados, enthusiasts, connoisseurs and lovers of the grape! In what can only be seen as an unprecedented commitment to excellence in wine-tasting, the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa has just launched the Hilton Wine Experience at Roy's. You can now experience the wines of Robert Mondavi & Friends. These don't just happen to be any old "friends" - they are Mondavi's distinguished Italian partner, the Marchesi de'Frescobaldi and Chilean partner, Eduardo Chadwick, who have created a family of varietals that have taken the wine world by storm! For $12, you can choose any three varietals from Danzante (Italy), which include the Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, and Merlot; Caliterra (Chile), which include the Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon; and Mondavi's Calfornia Varietal, Woodbridge, which includes a Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel, and Syrah. A smartly-prepared table tent offers wine notes describing the wines, with an example being the Pinot Grigio: "Its silky, well-balanced body is enhanced by hints of pineapple, grapefruit and spices that carry through to a crisp, dry finish."
You'll be even more delighted to know that three Ultra Premium Wines by Mondavi & Friends are being offered by the glass! For $20, you can sample Mondavi's 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve; the 1997 Luce, which is an Italian masterpiece; and the Chilean tour de force, a 1999 Sena. All of these are normally only sold by the bottle and this 2 month long promotion will allow you an opportunity to taste what, for many until now, has been "forbidden (by price) fruit"! All three deliver excellent taste and flavor sensations, completely justifying their Ultra Premium Wine stature.
Coral Palace Offers Affordable Class - New Lunch Menu Elevates Noon Dining
The Coral Palace, The Palace Hotel Guam's fine dining continental restaurant, has just opened for lunch and is offering first class fare for the price of economy! You can now enjoy a sumptuous meal at this elegantly appointed (certainly one of the island's most ornately decorated) restaurant on weekdays for $13.50 + 10% gratuity. The meal includes visits to an Appetizer Station, Salad Bar Station, Soup Station, your choice of one of three Entrees, and a Dessert Station.
A beautiful place by night, the Coral Palace by day offers a stylish class to lunchtime dining that's a refreshing change. Red and white tablecloths, contemporary classical music, and quiet, unobtrusive service can be just the right prescription to alleviate the stress-filled challenges of the office. Once you've regained your composure and nourished your appetite, you can return to the work jungle with a fresh perspective that "life is good!"
Although menu and food offerings will change, some of the items you can expect to have at the Appetizer Station are Smoked Salmon with Capers, Bruschetta, American Style Cold Platter (Turkey, Salami, Bologna) and assorted cheeses with crackers. The food is accented and arranged in a gallery-like fashion with floral arrangements, tablecloths, statues, and paintings - kind of like blending food and art. A rich, creamy New England Clam Chowder is featured at the Soup Station, and the Salad Bar has the typical Romaine, Cucumber, Tomato, Asparagus, and Black Olive combination, with Potato Salad and Baby Corn. Standard dressings (Thousand, Ranch, and Italian) are offered.
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