14, 2004, Volume 4 Number 20
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
Jared Roberto made my day! It happened a couple of weeks
ago at church when a young boy came up to me after service
and asked if I was the "Food Guy." When I told him yes,
he said he recognized me from the caricature on my card
(which I'd given to him) and then told me that he had studied
my review on Joinus Restaurant for his Composition Class
at St. Paul's School. Although my head swelled up (a bit
more!) from being recognized for my celebrity, I was rewarded
and honored in much the same way that educators feel when
one of their students gets their message about the value
of education and the importance of reading.
I recall a teacher telling me that if only one student in an entire
class was inspired by her to become an avid reader, then she felt
she had succeeded. I realize that seems like a low criteria and
expectation for success; however, she was making a point underscoring
the declining academic performance and literacy of students. Young
Jared's comments reinforced my will to continue with my passion
to write and communicate my food experiences, and it was just
nice to know that someone in Jared's generation would find my
writing readable and interesting. Thank you, Jared, and thanks
to your teacher and your parents! Reading will always provide
"food for thought!"
Ken, the "Guam
Java Cafe Re-Opens in New Downtown Haganta Location
SandCastle Launches "Magic On Ice" Friday, May 14 - A Really
"A Night at The Oscars" - May 15 Fund Raiser for the Guam Symphony
Adventures in Bali Part III - Bali Hai Dinner Cruise & Show
Around the Island - Nayon
Turo Turo Cravings, Joyful
A Quick Look at New Japanese Favorites
Java Cafe Re-Opens in New Downtown Haganta Location
Great news!!! Hava
Java Cafe has re-opened after closing their temporary Agana
Shopping Center location last December 31. As you might recall,
Typhoon Pongsonga, destroyed their original ASC venue in December
2002. Hava Java's new digs are just across the street from BankPacific's
headquarters on Aspinall Avenue and just behind the Agana Post
This has been one of the most awaited re-openings in recent memory,
mainly because Hava Java's clientele have not been able to get
their "Java" fix at other coffee shops around the island. Let
me just say that will not be disappointed. All you have to do
to understand this is to go see the new place yourself. Once you
walk in, you will be embraced by the homey atmosphere that makes
coffee-drinking the indescribable pleasure it's meant to be, especially
when it's brewed to perfection.
Owner Carol Ragan has done a remarkable job, with the help of
sisters Gina and Sam, as well as her staff, in getting this popular
coffee house back on its feet. Hava Java's hours are from 6:30am-6:30pm
Monday - Saturday, and 8am-5pm on Sundays. Their phone number
remains the same, 477-0600.
Launches "Magic On Ice" Friday, May 14 - A Really "Cool" Show
There's a new show in town and its said to be really "cool!" "Cool
as Ice" is probably a better way to describe this, since SandCastle's
3000 square foot stages has been covered in ice. "Magic On Ice"
replaces the Sandcastle's original show, "Fantastique," which
was enormously popular reigning as Guam's #1 tourist attraction.
SandCastle has brought new talent to the island for the show,
including champion figure skaters and dancers for this new show,
which launches on Friday, May 14. Headlining the show will be
Steve Wheeler, a figure-skating Magician who's performed in Las
Vegas as well as on national TV. SandCastle will offer both a
Dinner Show at 6pm ($94 adults/$35 children) and a Cocktail Show
(9pm, $64 adult/ $25 children.) SandCastle's famous tigers will
still be in the show, although they probably won't be wearing
skates. The show promises to be phenomenal fun and entertainment
for the entire family! For reservations, call 649-7263.
Night at The Oscars" - May 15 Fund Raiser for the Guam Symphony
The Oscars are coming to Guam! Just as Diana Ross sang, "I Hear
A Symphony," so too will you when you attend the Guam Women's
Club fund raising event; "A Night at the Oscars." Saturday, May
14, at the Hyatt Regency's Main Ballroom, the Guam Symphony will
be performing Oscar award-winning music as well as music from
Oscar winning movies spanning several decades of Oscar history.
The event starts at 6pm with no-host cocktails, followed by dinner
at 7pm. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Faith Bookstore
and China Arts.
in Bali Part III - Bali Hai Dinner Cruise & Show
One of the memorable events on the recent Media Tour to Bali sponsored
by Continental Airlines was the Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Bali
Hai II. This 3-hour long harbor cruise is a relaxing way to spend
one of your evenings after a day of touring Bali's many land adventures.
Bali Hai Cruises is located in Benoa Harbor, and the offices as
well as the Harbor facilities are built on reclaimed land. In
fact, the bay was originally fringed by shallow mangrove trees
and was dredged to accommodate larger vessels.
are in for a special treat when you arrive on the dock for the
Bali Hai Cruise as you are greeted by beautiful Balinese ladies
who bedeck each guest with a floral wreath. The Bali Hai II has
several decks, two of them fully air-conditioned, as well as an
open-air top viewing deck. The main deck is where the International
Buffet Dinner is served, as well as the location for the live
Cabaret Show. Welcoming cocktails are served to guests upon arrival,
and you can either sit in one of the comfortable tables to enjoy
the view from the large windows or you can ascend (as we did)
to the upper deck to enjoy the freedom of the natural elements.
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the Island - Nayon Turo Turo Cravings, Joyful Chinese Specials
Ever been overcome by a craving for a particular kind of food
that's so powerful you either remember pregnancy cravings or think
you can understand them?y Well, I'm not definitely not pregnant,
but my recent experience with craving Filipino food led me to
one place that certainly filled my cravings, Nayon
Turo Turo, in Tamuning's Hafa Adai Exchange. Although you
can select from an impressive range of popular Filipino fast food
items at Nayon Turo Turo, I yearned for Tinola - that soulful,
flavorful chicken with ginger soup that cures all pains. Nayon
Turo Turo's Tinola is made with malungay leaves, which also have
curative powers. My next desire was for Chicken Adobo...their
version has spices and seasonings that set it apart from others.
I also had a beef afritada, which was a stew-like meat and vegetable
blend that was yet another home-cooked treasure. As a special
soothing treat, I was given a cool container of fresh cantaloupe
juice (all of this was "to go") and I had enough food to share
a few bites with friend and fellow connoisseur, computer guru
Joe B, who relished the tasty vittles I shared. Check out Nayon
Turo Turo for awesome, home-style Filipino food.
Joyful Chinese Restaurant in Tumon has great specials that are
now featured at GuamDiner.com
by clicking on the Lunch
Specials and the Dinner
Specials links. Ranked as one of Guam's best Chinese restaurant,
Chinese offers a fresh quality and variety that appeals to
visitors and locals alike. You will not be disappointed by their
flavorful offerings. Call 649-8108 for reservations and further
Quick Look at New Japanese Favorites
This week I decided to take a look at some of my favorite Japanese
reviews over the past few months focusing on some newer or at
least newly reopened establishments. Many of you are well aware
of my fondness for Japanese cuisine from the very formal Kaiseki
dining experience to a simple Yakitori skewer. Without a doubt
one of my very favorite Japanese restaurants is Izakaya
Katsu which I have reviewed and mentioned numerous times.
Another long time favorite is Sakura's
Kitchen in Upper Tumon. But, the goal here today is to look
at newer places and thus we begin in no particular order!
Sango Japanese Restaurant
venerable Japanese restaurant in the Guam Reef Hotel was reborn
following typhoon devastation and it is better than ever. I always
recommend the weekly lunch specials but I was most impressed by
The Special Sango Bento Box. It has more ingredients than advertised
and the quality and tastiness of each element is surprising. It
changes constantly so you are always greeted with a fresh dining
The atmosphere is peaceful, serene and relaxing with gentle Japanese
music creating a soft mood. Lunch is served from 11:30am - 1:30pm.
Dinner is served nightly from 6pm - 9pm. Tables are convertible
for self-cook Shabu-Shabu and Sukiyaki, which are some of Sango's
specialties. There is a sushi bar as well. For reservations, you
can call 646-6881, ext. 3164. By the way, there is an amazing
view of Tumon Bay as well.
current craze in Japanese restaurants outside of Japan is the
Izakaya or pub-style restaurant which Aji-Hey exemplifies. There
is a bewildering array of foods served in small portions and designed
to compliment beer, sake or shochu. The chalk board which lists
the dishes is written in Japanese but you would not go wrong by
asking Chef Kanda to serve whatever he recommends - he is also
happy to translate for you. Chef Kanda has almost 30 years experience
and watching him perform his culinary art is magic in itself to
say nothing of the taste treats which appear before you.
Recommended dishes included Sake no Nanban-Zuke (Marinade of Salmon
$6) and Hiya-Yakko (Cold Tofu $3) which I earlier described as
"...a block of tofu in a pond of a flavorful sesame-seeded sauce..."
Many of the radishes, herbs, and plants are home-grown by Kanda-san
in order to ensure a quality up to his high standards.
Aji-Hey is located in the strangely shaped building across from
the Bank of Guam in Tumon and serves lunch specials Monday thru
Saturday, from 11:30am to 2pm, and dinner service from 6pm to
11pm daily. You can call for take-out at 646-5162.
self avowed passion for Japanese food began in my childhood when
we lived in Japan and I fell in love with the yakitori skewers
that were abundantly available at many street vendor food stalls.
So the arrival of Yakitori Grill on the Guam dining scene was
a truly happy day for me. Chef/owner Hiro Igarashi is a man of
infinite patience personally turning each skewer with one hand
and fanning the charcoals with the other to regulate the temperature.
This is small place located in the Oka Point Plaza and many people
order take-out (647-8674) rather than wait. I personally enjoy
the time-out afforded by sitting, having a drink and waiting for
my favorite Negima (chicken & onions) to arrive. You will not
be disappointed by the Yakitori nor by the other items available
which include salads, rice balls and complete yakitori dinners
with miso soup.
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