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Guam Diner Newsletter, October 5, 2001, Volume 1, Number 15

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

Last Saturday I had the privilege to emcee the "BEACON" event held at the Micronesia Mall's Center Court. The Beacon program is a youth-focused project organized by the Pacific Daily News, and sponsored by Mobil, Atkins Kroll, and the Guam Girl Scouts. Beacon's 3-word theme speaks volumes: "Listen, Love, Live." Its purposes are to assist teens with problems by making them aware of available community resources; to raise awareness about the importance of strengthening spiritual and family relationships; and to emphasize the value of peer associations in deterring teen suicide. The theme of this particular Beacon activity was Teen Spirit Challenge, which pitted 5 local high school teams against one another in a "Cheering Competition". It was this Cheering Competition that impressed me most, although there were wonderful musical, vocal, and hula performances as part of the afternoon's agenda.

Since most of you reading this newsletter were not present to witness the high-energy exhortations presented by these young folks, I know all of you would have been touched by the creativity, enthusiasm, and "esprit de corps" of these "cheerleaders," especially in view of all the bad news affecting our economy and the looming prospect of military action in Afghanistan. These young people saw beyond the problems of the day and passionately shouted out their cheers and chants. It was inspiring to watch. Smiles, laughter, and applause abounded throughout the audience. People were connected by these messages and were given hope by these eventual guardians of our island's future. Observing these young people performing, and especially a 4-year old hula dancer, I was comforted by their heroic display, for they had to be brave to stand up on stage. Just as we must be brave to stand up on life's stage and perform, whatever work we do, we must do our best, with passion, enthusiasm, and devotion. Let's learn from these young people. Beacon's message is not just for's for all of us! LISTEN * LOVE * LIVE

In Today's Issue
  • Specials - The Movement to Offer Consumers Value Continues!
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Early Detection Can Save
  • New Selection of Local Recipes at
  • Stanlee's Expands Produce with Air Flown Fruits & Vegetables
  • New Healthy Choices from Pepe at
  • Need Help with Real Property? Call "Jay" for Experienced Solutions
  • Siam Cuisine - Anigua's Thai Food Haven

Specials - The Movement to Offer Consumers Value Continues!

Kudos to those hospitality businesses who are taking a proactive approach to encourage local residents to visit them by offering special incentives and values! At King's Restaurant the other day I was astonished by the volume of customers who packed the Tamuning eatery to order the Two for $9.95 Lunch Special! I'd suggest getting there early...even calling ahead to order high demand items like the Beef Shank Soup and Ham Hocks & Mongo Beans! In addition to those mentioned in last week's newsletter, some other great values launched recently are:

- The Holiday Inn Double Deal - 2 Nights for only $99.00, with discounts on restaurants and bars, with 50% off the American Breakfast Buffet. You will also be entitled to a 10% discount at Guam's premiere steak house, Hy's Steak House.

- Guam Marriott Resort's $69.00 Room Special, with a free upgrade to a deluxe ocean view room.

- Mandara Spa's "2 for 1" Special! For the ultimate pampering experience, get 2 specially selected Spa Combination packages or 80-minute Massage Therapies for the price of one! This offer is good through October 31st!

- Marriott Cafe - $10 Italian Lunch Buffet, Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Now's the time for all members of the hospitality industry to start doing a little something extra special for the local and military customers. Feel free to e-mail me for inclusion in my newsletter at You can also check out more daily lunch and dinner specials at the web site.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Early Detection Can Save

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many activities planned, including a "Strides for the Cure 5K Run/Walk" on the 20th. National Mammography Day is on the 19th. Early detection through regular screenings has saved lives. Awareness of breast cancer and its prevention are yearlong, lifelong activities...something all of us need to remember. For more information, visit the American Cancer Society's website at

New Selection of Local Recipes at

Thanks to the ladies of Y Inetnon Famalaoan (translates as "the Women's Gathering" and was the executive wives association of Guam) and their Leblon Finatinas Para Guam (Guam Cookbook), we now have some new additions to our Local Recipes section! We've added some of our favorites from the cookbook which are now available for viewing and in a printable version you can take grocery shopping with you! Special thanks to Lt. Governor Madeleine Z. Bordallo for allowing us to feature these at the site. Click here to see all the recipes in our Local section.

If you have a favorite recipe, you can submit it for posting at too! Click here for the submission form.

Stanlee's Expands Produce with Air Flown Fruits & Vegetables

Be sure to stop by Stanlee's in Tumon to see a cornucopia of newly-arrived fresh produce that's USDA-approved. These beautiful fruits and vegetables are a relief for sore eyes, with red regular and cherry tomatoes that taste like tomatoes. You can select from radishes, cucumbers, purple eggplant, green squash, garlic bulbs, green & red bell peppers, melons, huge gold peaches, green pears, and grapes.

While you are there, be sure to fill in the entry form for the special Stanlee's Drawing later this month, which will give gift certificates to five lucky winners! You can also enter on line, with one entry per day! Click here to enter now!

New Healthy Choices from Pepe at

A lot of you may know Pepe Laflamme, that energetic personal trainer and recreation director at the Guam Hilton's Tennis and Fitness Club. But, you may not know that Pepe also cooks some great, healthy dishes. He's been kind enough to share some of those recipes with visitors to We've posted the first few in the Healthy Choices directory of our recipe section.

Pepe's recipes join the list of Healthy Choices that include Tofu dishes from Renee Lee of SunSoy®, Vegetarian alternatives from Cathleen Panuel of the SDA Wellness Center and another tofu dish from Maricel Dietrichs of the Guam Hilton Resort & Spa kitchens. Click here to see all the Healthy Choices, including Pepe's.

Need Help with Real Property? Call "Jay" for Experienced Solutions

No doubt you've seen Jay Sullivan's confident face on banners along Marine Drive in Upper Tumon near the traffic signal going down to San Vitores, as well as in other places around the island. There's a reason for his confidence in handling real estate transactions, commercial or residential, large or small, and that is his 24 years of time-tested experience. Right now's a good time to give Jay a call at Today's Realty 649-4361, ext 116. Or you can e-mail him at

Siam Cuisine - Anigua's Thai Food Haven

There are already a lot of loyal customers who know just how good the food is at Siam Cuisine in Anigua, just try going there at 12:30 pm to get a table ... you'll be standing for a while. Siam's menu boasts 74 different appetizers and entrees, with soups, salads, curries, noodle dishes, a sizeable vegetarian selection, and other Thai specialties using shrimp, chicken, beef and pork, meeting just about everyone's culinary preference.

Carol & I decided to explore lunch at Siam and thought we'd beat the crowd by coming at 11:30 am - I was surprised how full Siam already was, with several tables pulled together to accommodate large parties. (If you want to be sure of getting a seat, they are open at 11:00 am!). Our smiling waitress Leng, who's name means "braid" in Thai (she shyly showed us the braid in her hair) brought us two Thai Iced Teas, which are always a nice refreshing treat, especially on hot days. I'm impressed by how these are made using a special tea blend that's combined with condensed milk. They tend to be a little on the sweet side.

The Vegetarian Spring Roll appetizer ($5.50) was the first item we ordered, to be followed by the Yam Nua (Spicy Beef Salad - $9.00), a bowl of Tom Yam Kung (Sour Spicy Shrimp Soup - $9.00), and a Combination Pad Thai ($9.00). Pad Thai is one of those benchmark dishes one orders when comparing Thai restaurants ... usually a favorite for Westerners. Carol specified "hot" since she likes spicy.

The Spring Rolls came served on fish-shaped ceramic platter, and had been cut into easy to handle portions ...

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