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August 8 , 2003, Volume 3 Number 32

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

I am so excited about August and Hagatna that I can hardly contain myself! Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday August 16, because that's when the people of Guam will see a remarkable musical performance, one that will transform Skinner Plaza into a place called River City, Iowa. Cantate's performance of the Broadway production and popular movie, "The Music Man', will be one of the highlights of the events and activities planned by the Hagatna Foundation for that date. This free performance features local talent in a song and dance extravaganza rarely seen on Guam. The cast and crew have been rehearsing for months in preparation for this amazing event. Stay tuned for more information about the events planned for August 16. There are great things on the horizon for the village of Hagatna!

Ken - The "Guam Food Guy"

In Today's Issue:

Mini-Festival & Fishing Derby at Guam Fisherman's Co-op - August 8 & 9

The Guam Marianas International Fishing Derby is happening this weekend, August 8 and 9. On Saturday, a mini-festival will be held at the Guam Fisherman's Co-op from 11am - 3pm. Displays will be set up and manned by the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources. A children's activity center will be in the display area, so kids will have some fun learning experiences. There will be food tasting of seafood recipes cooked up by Paul Bartram and Manny Duenas. If you would like more information, call Carmen Cruz at 472-6323. Expect to have a good time!

For those of you who haven't been down to the the Fisherman's Co-op lately, they have available for purchase freshly-prepared seafood takeout dishes, such as Sashimi, Fish Kelaguen, Salmon Kelaguen, Octopus Kelaguen and Poki.

Take a Virtual Tour of Hagatna - Mitch Warner's New Site

Mitch Warner has done it again, this time with the support of a Guam Humanities Council grant. The Agana Virtual reality tour will transport you to Latte Stone Park, the Plaza De Espana, Fort Agueda, and the old Spanish Bridge. This is truly a technological marvel - especially for anyone who loves Guam and happens to be living off-island. The photographic quality is top rate and fabulous as per Mitch's high standards. A high speed connection helps but with a bit of patience you will be well rewarded. Share this web link with your friends and family.

Around the Island - Fast Food Salads, Outback Steakhouse, Isabel's Re-Opens

Time and budget considerations have many of us dining at Fast Food restaurants. The good news is that there are some great choices for salads available at Wendy's and McDonald's (the only places we've had an opportunity to sample the offerings thus far). Wendy's Mandarian Chicken Salad is very good and comes with mandarian orange segments, almonds, crunchy rice noodles and sesame dressing. For less than $5 and 590 calories this is a complete meal. Another cool thing we discovered was the Wendy's website with an area where you can get complete nutritional information on any combination of Wendy's items. From McDonald's try the excellent Grilled Chicken California Cobb Salad with grape tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, hickory bacon and chopped egg. Top it with Newman's Own Cobb Dressing. All of this for right around 400 calories and less than $5. A plus for McDonald's is that all of the dressings are from Newman's Own and delicious.

Outback Steakhouse's Kookaburra Wings are their version of Buffalo Wings and are served Mild, Medium, Hot or Nuclear - just tell your server. What is notable is the amount of real Blue Cheese that comes with your order...I mean big, chunky pieces of fromage bleu! The Queensland Chicken N' Shrimp features seasoned and grilled chicken breast and some juicy shrimp layered over a rich Fettuccine Alfredo. The Outback rarely, if ever, disappoints.

Isabel's Cafe Nouveau in Mangilao has re-opened with a revamped menu and interior. Stay tuned for more information and word about the upcoming cooking classes which will be taught by Isabel's talented chef, Analita Basto-Gurwell. Call them at 734-1919 for information.

In case you didn't know, there is a Winchell's in Agat. Located in the Agat Point Commercial Center (across from Inn on the Bay) you will find all of the good things Winchell's is known for. We especially like their #2 Combo consisting of sandwich, soup (their clam chowder is outstanding), drink and donut for only $5.99. A good deal on a hearty lunch.

There's something special about doing Happy Hour at Sam Choy's Tail of the Whale Bar & Grill. Aside from getting to watch an never-ending flow of island personalities and members of the "in crowd", you can hear the mellifluous melodies of the inimitably talented Jesse & Ruby, who can make any occasion memorable. Sampling awesome appetizers such as Sam's Ono-licious BBQ Ribs, Fresh Seared Poki, or the new flavorful Quesadilla make for a light repast while imbibing your favorite beverages. When you want to get down and serious, just order a platter of their crab legs and listen to the "oohs and ahhh's " of your neighbors! There's no doubt that Sam Choy's is one of the island's happening places.

Ihaw-Ihaw sa Nayon - New Filipino Eatery Features Fresh Grilled Seafood

Ihaw-Ihaw sa Nayon is a vision realized for Bernie Calalo and his family. We first heard about this vision when it was mentioned in our February 7, 2003 review of the Calalo family's main restaurant, Nayon Turo-Turo, which shares the same space in this super large (5 bays) diner located on the ground floor of the Hafa Adai Exchange. The rear entrance to both restaurants is easily accessed and visible from the parking lot of the Hafa Adai One theatre, behind the old Hakubotan Bldg, and PacifiCare. Ihaw-Ihaw translates roughly as "Grill/Barbecue", and the repetition of the word (similar to Turo-Turo) is used in Tagalog for emphasis.

The main attraction of Ihaw-Ihaw sa Nayon is the Seafood Platter which, during it's introduction at the restaurant's soft opening, has amazed and impressed customers. It's an stunning assortment of fresh seafood flown in from the Philippines then grilled without any oil. The platter includes Inihaw na Lapu-lapu, Inihaw na Tahong (mussels), Inihaw na Oysters, Inihaw na Crab, Inihaw na Shrimp and Inihaw na Squid - all for the price of $18.50! The appearance of this seafood combo is dazzling, and once you begin tasting these grilled delicacies, you will think you are in the Philippines, eating kamayan-style or "with the hands". Bernie told me that he really worked on keeping the price affordable to all and normally a platter of this quality and quantity would sell for $60 at most seafood restaurants. Bernie put himself in his customer's shoes and revised the price three times until he was satisfied that $18.50 was a price no one would complain about. If you were to buy the same items at a store to cook at home, it would cost you more than what you are paying at Ihaw-Ihaw, and the restaurant serves the food cooked!

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