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June 11, 2004, Volume 4 Number 24

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

Someone once told me that to succeed in life, you should focus on one thing and do it better than anyone else. This applies to almost everything we do and everything we make, and has been certainly proved true in the world of food. I'm always asked who has the best food or what my favorite dish is, and there are times when I share my personal preferences. This is one of those times.

I'm delighted to introduce the ultimate Waffle experience, which takes place daily in the comfortable lobby area at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Starting at 11am you can order a special, made-from-scratch waffle and add an array of toppings that'll make you dizzy! You take your piping hot waffle and lather it with a choice of regular butter, vanilla butter, lemon butter or strawberry butter (or all of them), then dress it up with fresh strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. You then select from an assortment of condiments including almonds, macadamia nuts, red beans, pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon, Grand Marnier chocolate sauce, brandied raisins, chocolate chips, butterscotch, strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, and a dollop of fresh whipped cream!

Along with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee, you savor your personal waffle sitting in spacious luxury, listening to the happy chirping of the birds and watching the activities of visitors and residents alike. It is a defining waffle moment. Go to the Hyatt for this interactive waffle-building odyssey, and pay tribute (as we did) to Steven Chang, our server, whom we dubbed the "Waffle King"! I can assure you that you will enjoy a waffle you won't soon forget!

Ken, the "Guam Food Guy"

In Today's Issue:

  • Celebrate Philippine Independence Day at the Holiday Inn and Hilton
  • Great SPAM™ Cook-Off Island Style IV - Round II Winners
  • Around the Island - Father's Day Specials, "Sweet Connection", Yakitori Grill
  • "Biba Chamoru" - Learn Chamoru with a New Coloring & Activity Book
  • Niji Sunday Brunch - A Celebration of Popular Japanese Cuisine

Celebrate Philippine Independence Day at the Holiday Inn and Hilton

Mabuhay! You can celebrate Philippine Independence way this week at the Holiday Inn Resort during their Mabuhay Fiesta's Daily Lunch Buffet, where you can feast on pancit palabok, adobo, kare-kare and other authentic foods including Filipino desserts like halo-halo for only $9.95* per person. This promotion runs from June 7 - 12 at La Brasserie Restaurant. On June 13, they will offer a Filipino Seafood Sunday Brunch for $21.99*. Call 646-7272 for reservations.

On Saturday June 12, the Hilton's Islander Terrace will have an International lunch buffet featuring Filipino food stations, for $15.50* per person, including live entertainment. For reservations and information on Hilton's usual fabulous spread, call 646-DINE(3463).

*A 10% service charge will be added.

Great SPAM Cook-Off Island Style IV - Round II Winners

This past Saturday's Great SPAM™ Cook-Off at the Micronesia Mall's Center Court yielded 3 winners from a field of seven contestants. The First Place Winning Dish was "SPAM™icotti Croquettes" from Noni Davis, Second Place was"Spicy SPAM™ Balls" from Ben Torres, and the Third Place winner was "Filipino-Style Stuffed Milkfish with SPAM™", prepared by Teresita Jimenez. All three will be competing in the Final Round to be held this coming Saturday June 12. The SKIP Entertainment group dazzled the crowds with eye-popping performances. Congratulations to the winners of Round II and good luck in the Finals! See SPAM™ recipes here.

Around the Island - Father's Day Specials, "Sweet Connection", Yakitori Grill

Father's Day is fast approaching (Sunday, June 20) and Planet Hollywood and May's Restaurant are out in front offering a super line-up of specials. Planet Hollywood's Special 3-Course Menu is available from June 11 through the 20th so you can treat Dad anytime. This great deal gives Dad a choice of entrees and a Yard of Miller! Call 647-7827 for reservations. May's is offering both Special Set Menus (from 4 persons to 10) and Special Father's Day Dishes including her famous Bento Box sampler (Roast Duck, Walnut Shrimp, Salt & Pepper Lapu Fish Fillet and Orange Chicken) for $13.50, Steamed Half-dozen Oysters in Black Bean Sauce $14 and Salt & Pepper Squid $10, as well as a dozen other entrees. Make reservations by calling 647-3188.

You can enjoy the results of a splendid collaboration between a talented pastry maker and one of Guam's best coffee shops. Savor each bite of delicious confections created by Roxanne Lee while sipping your favorite mocha or espresso at Hava Java Cafe in Hagatna. Two awesome biscottis (a chocolate and an almond) made by Roxanne are available for purchase (individually or in a pack) - both of them are fabulous. You can also purchase cakes and other pastries at Hava Java or, if you are in the GPO Food Court, you can buy Roxanne's creations at her pastry counter adjacent to her family's popular fast food eatery, China Wok. Try the Hot Mexican Chocolate cake - it's a dream!

The Yakitori Grill, located in the Oka Point Plaza, is a place you need to go to get best yakitori - period. I was recently there for dinner and I indulged my birthday fantasy by eating a special chicken salad that was so good I couldn't put my chopsticks down until I was through! I also had edamame, a Negima Plate (3 skewers of chicken thigh & onion), miso soup, rice and salad, and two orders of Grilled Chicken Wings, which if you've not seen nor had these, you should...the wings are skewered on two sticks and stretched while they are grilled over the yakitori brazier. You can choose to have these with either teriyaki sauce or salt. Yakitori Grill is also open for lunch, though dinner allows you more time to enjoy your meal and have a Sapporo or Kirin Ichiban! Kampai!

Chef Jeff Hill at SandCastle takes a ride through the Middle East at Manhattan's Happy Hour this Thursday night. The title of the buffet is "Dubai Summer Surprise" and features all sorts of Middle Eastern favorites including Baba Ganoush, Lemon Chicken, Beef Tajine and Baklava.

Both Quizno's locations are closed. We are awaiting word regarding the future of the toasted sandwich on Guam. We will keep you posted.

"Biba Chamoru" - Learn Chamoru with a New Coloring & Activity Book

Coming soon to your favorite bookstore and gift shop is a brand new book called "Biba Chamoru", authored by Sam Ragan. This is a bilingual coloring and activity book suitable for all ages. You study the language in a fun and easy way using puzzles, word searches, mazes, games, and other activities. As of this newsletter "Biba Chamoru" is available at Faith Bookstore, Edu-Fun, Hava Java Cafe, Nuts & Grains, Jeff's Pirates Cove, Taro Hut and Jade Gift Shop. "Biba Chamoru" will also be available on the net at I am sure you'll be as delighted with this book as I am! Kudos to Sam Ragan for this outstanding contribution to learning about the island's culture.

Niji Sunday Brunch - A Celebration of Popular Japanese Cuisine

There are only two ways to get to Japan on Sundays. One is by going to the airport and buying a ticket for a seat to Japan, and the other is taking the drive down San Vitores to the Hyatt Regency. There you will take a leisurely stroll from the lobby down a long, scenic corridor that brings you to Niji, a splendid Japanese restaurant located on a promontory of peace. Not widely advertised (I can understand the pressure they must get from frequent patrons not to promote this place), the Niji's Sunday Brunch is a buffet experience different from most other Sunday brunch extravaganzas which offer endless Western and international cuisine selections from which to choose; so much so that one can't help but gorge oneself in a dining frenzy. Niji, on the other hand, offers discipline and equanimity, peace and balance, in their tribute to popular Japanese cuisine. You will find sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, yakitori, somen, tempura, shabu shabu and more.

Niji's main dining room has one of the most beautiful and peaceful views of Tumon Bay that I've seen, framed by verdant plants, trees, and flowers surrounding a rock garden with a pond and flowing fountain. It is a traditional Japanese garden laid in a tropical island setting. This room also houses what must be the longest sushi bar on Guam. For the Sunday buffet it is filled with California maki, tekka maki (tuna), unagi (eel), tako (octopus), ikura (salmon roe), kani (crab), ebi (shrimp), hot & spicy tuna and kappa maki (cucumber). Most impressive is an unusually large selection of tsukemono (Japanese pickles) to accompany and garnish your sushi platter. For a taste explosion, try the ume-zuke (pickled plum)! The line also has snow crab, fresh shrimp, marinated mussels, edamame, marinated seafood and cucumber salad, poki, tofu, enoki mushrooms and more. The polished wood floor enhances this room's authentic Japanese appeal. There are also private dining rooms separated by sliding Shoji screens.

Niji's Teppanyaki area is totally separated and located just down the hall near the restaurant's entrance. It is large room, with a hexagonal teppan counter filling the center. The front teppan griddles are used for grilling the various meat selections (beef, chicken, and lamb chops) and seafood (white fish, salmon, lobster, shrimp, and calamari) while the other areas are used to display other food offerings. This is where you can create your own shabu shabu bowl by cooking your fresh selection of vegetable ingredients and beef in the boiling cauldron of seasoned broth. There are soup stations where you make your own bowl of soba or miso soup. One dish you don't want to miss is the chawanmushi (egg custard). It is one of my favorites and is a brilliant rendition of a savory custard.

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