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March 5, 2004, Volume 4 Number 10

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

This past Wednesday night the Hilton's Islander Terrace launched a new buffet Theme Night concept called Tsukiji Market. Although I knew I couldn't eat dinner there since I had to work on this week's newsletter and review, I wanted to at least go and get an eyeful of the array of Japanese foods the Hilton's prepared for the Tsukiji Market's debut.

It was an astonishing sight! The Islander Terrace took on the look, feel, and aromas of the outdoor market restaurants and sushi bars you'd find in Tsujiki, Japan's premiere food market. Although other foods such as beef, pork, and poultry as well as all types of produce are handled in the Tsukiji Market, seafood is what Tsukiji is best known for, with over 2500 tons of fish (a third of all the fish eaten in Japan) passing through Tsukiji Market every day. Similarly, you can get fresh Sirloin teppan with lots of garlic at one of several hot stations. However, the main emphasis at this buffet is seafood, and there is plenty of it, with sushi rolls made fresh to order and sashimi galore. Of course, true to Hilton-style, there's far more food than one can possibly eat, which means there's enough variety to suit nearly everyone's preference. An open bar of sake, shochu, and plum wine are just icing on the cake, giving this theme night a lot more beverage selection than just wine or beer as served on other buffet theme nights.

Tsukiji Market's a bold and creative approach to filling a void left by Genji's absence. While there are other Japanese restaurants on Guam, none are able to match the breadth and depth of the Islander's spread, since most are limited to a la carte selections. Moreover, if you love sushi like I love sushi, you'll more than eat your money's worth at this buffet. Try Tsukiji Market for a Japanese cuisine experience you won't forget!

Ken, the "Guam Food Guy"

In Today's Issue:

  • This Weekend - One of the Busiest on Guam. Here's What's Happening!
  • Around the Island - Manhattan Happy Hour, MCA Meeting, Planet Hollywood
  • China Wok Cakes - Unusual Turn Brings Delectable Cakes to GPO Eatery
  • Downsizing - McDonald's First Step In Right-Sizing the World
  • Rambie's Kamayan Lunch Buffet - A Good Value with Great Taste

This Weekend - One of the Busiest on Guam. Here's What's Happening!

It's a power-packed weekend (typical Guam) with lots happening. Saturday is especially packed with activities. Here's a quick run down of the various events.

Rainbows For All Children/Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League 16th Annual 3.5 Miles Run/Race Walk for Youth starting at 6:30am on Saturday. Show time and registration for participants is from 5:45am-6:15am. Aside from getting your exercise and helping a worthy cause, you will be able to get a first-hand look at the major road construction project in this part of Dededo, which now actually has sidewalks along Marine Drive.

For the food lovers there is the Maila ya tan fan Boka (Come & Let's Eat) Chamorro Food Competition at the Agana Shopping Center, which is a collaborative effort between the Guam Visitor's Bureau and the Micronesian Chefs Association. This event starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. In addition to the professional chef competition there will be a Chicken Kelaguen contest. It should be a pika event!

Seeking information and guidance in developing a more healthy lifestyle? Then you don't want to miss the Women's Health Experience at the Outrigger Guam Resort on Saturday. This event will provide education, support and inspiration for Guam's women and their families. There will be a special Spa Cuisine lunch buffet. Registration for the event is at 8:30am with opening remarks at 9am. This event is being held by Nu Form Innovative Fitness. Call 646-3676 for more info.

And last, but certainly not least in importance, is the presentation of The Vagina Monologues in conjunction with VDay, an anti-violence movement founded by the author of the play. The University of Guam and the Guahan Project have joined forces to bring this compelling work to the stage here on Guam. Performances are nightly at 7:30pm March 5-7 at the College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Hall UOG. At this writing tickets are sold out for Friday and Saturday but there may be some left for Sunday. Check Bestseller Bookstores and Primo Surf for availability. Proceeds will benefit a variety of organizations including Erica's House and VARO.

Around the Island - Manhattan Happy Hour, MCA Meeting, Planet Hollywood

Chef Jeff prepares a tour of the Rio Grande this Thursday, March 4 for the incomparable Manhattan Happy Hour. With a definite Brazilian flair to the menu you will enjoy all manner of culinary delights.

The Micronesian Chefs Association will hold their monthly membership meeting on Monday, March 8 at Planet Hollywood. Doors open at 7pm and the meeting will commence at 8:30pm. There are several important matters to be discussed including the upcoming UOG chef competition. Please remember dues as well.

Planet Hollywood celebrates Chamorro Month with some fabulous menu additions which you don't want to miss. We particularly want to try the Guam Dessert Sampler which features Bonelos Aga (sweet banana doughnut), Apigigi (young coconut wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled) and Latiya (sponge cake topped with custard and dusted with cinnamon) for $6.25. You can order the Kelaguen appetizer, one of the Chamorro entrees and get the Dessert Sampler as a special set for only $20.50 - check it out! Call them at 647-STAR (7827) for reservations and information.

China Wok Cakes - Unusual Turn Brings Delectable Cakes to GPO Eatery

If you are going to "have your cake and eat it, too", you might as well make it a great one! Delicious cakes are now available at China Wok in the GPO, which has expanded to offer an impressive line of cakes, including Chiffon Cake in luscious flavors of Citrus, Coffee, Chocolate and Coconut; and Butter Cakes in White, Chocolate, Coconut and Red Velvet. All kinds of frostings are available as well including a wonderful Chocolate Ganache. There are also Cheese Cakes, Mousse Cakes, and a diabetic friendly cake too! Thanks to the amazing talents of Roxanne Lee, these splendid creations are a feast for the eyes and you can even get a sample to get you started in the right direction. You can order cakes in advance or purchase finished products in the large refrigerated display case. Call 647-9000 for more information. staff note: We have had the privilege of eating Roxanne's cakes before and they are absolutely delicious. The people of Guam are most fortunate that she has taken her baking public!

Downsizing - McDonald's First Step In Right-Sizing the World

Kudos to McDonald's for making a major change in its portion offerings by eliminating "Super Size" French Fries and sodas, a goal that should be completed by the end of 2004. According to a press release, this is "part of an effort to simplify its menu and give customers choices that support 'a balanced lifestyle.'" We applaud McDonald's for making this move as we all look for guidance and support in the food service industry to counter obesity.

Rambie's Kamayan Lunch Buffet - A Good Value with Great Taste

"Build it and they will come," or so goes the saying to which people refer when building something beyond the ordinary and/or boldly ambitious. That could be said about our fledgling tourism industry in the early 1960's, or about the Leo Palace baseball fields and Olympic-sized swimming pool. I believe it also applies to Rambie's Kamayan Restaurant, which has to be Guam's largest restaurant with seating for 400. It also has to be one of the island's most elaborate, with fountains, statues, paintings, and art displays that give one the impression of being in a palace, albeit with a lower ceiling. In the food industry, another saying applies: "Serve it and they will eat", and eat they do at Rambie's Kamayan Restaurant, as I recently discovered at their $9.95 All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet.

Although you may think that Rambie's Kamayan only serves Filipino food, you'll be pleasantly surprised to know that the lunch buffet includes International selections, such as Sweet & Sour Pork, Stir-Fried Vegetables & Seafood, and a delicious Shrimp Fruit Cocktail creation (a variation of Walnut Shrimp with no walnuts but loaded with chunks of fruit). However, the Filipino food selection is definitely the main attraction, as I witnessed the multitude of customers from various professions and fields, from medical to government to tie-sporting car salesmen and priests - all going to Rambie's for what everyone agreed was "good food."

The lunch buffet includes a large, 12-ingredient salad bar, an International hot food line, a Filipino hot food line (both lines feature a daily soup special), a dessert station where you can build your own halo-halo, and a sauce station, where you season and spice up your favorite foods with a choice of four dipping sauces, finadene being one, a red chili sauce another.

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