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Guam Diner Newsletter, October 19, 2001, Volume 1, Number 17

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

The recent 7.0 temblor that rattled our island early Saturday morning was actually a "good news" story when you consider that we experienced no fatalities nor serious injuries. Even the structural damage to Guam's water lines and to school classrooms can be viewed in a positive light, since their repairs should make these facilities sound enough to withstand future earthquakes. The successes gained in Japan by the Team Guam delegation's whirlwind promotional tour were not diminished by the earthquake though one could have initially believed otherwise. The Japanese are used to earthquakes, and Guam's track record as a safe "earthquake" destination is uncontested. I watched the jets arrive shortly after the earthquake, and realized that despite some minor inconveniences experienced while safety inspections were made at the hotels, most visitors had a wonderful time enjoying Guam's attractions.

That same Saturday morning I was guest host for the "Tourism & You" program on K-57. As I gazed out at the beautiful expanse of blue ocean from the 8th floor vantage point, I saw a para-sailing boat effortlessly pull its floating passengers (who obviously enjoyed themselves, undeterred by the earthquake and Osama Bin Laden's retaliatory threats) ... it was another picture-perfect sunny Guam day. So what if the power was out - the Mall's were jam-packed, all the fast food restaurants did gang-buster business, and hotel occupancies sky-rocketed. While "Tourism & You"'s co-hosts, Norm Aguilar and Chris Bejado, were in Saipan holding a "Hafa Adai Experience" workshop to promote cultural awareness to the hospitality industry, my guest was Kerri Trahin-Perez, HR Director for the Westin Resort Guam. Our topic was on training our workforce to interact more effectively (and positively) with our visitors. One caller, Toshie Ito of Ko' Ko' Master Planning, later e-mailed me comments received from friends who'd been listening to the show, relaying the message "that this is indeed the time to do training - whether it is mind-preparation training, ethics, language, management, customer service, voice training (to fine tune tone of voice for service purposes), facial expression and cultural differences in service." This is certainly worth considering, especially in view of the dramatic increase in the FIT (Free Independent Travelers) visitors coming to Guam since the September 11 attack. Group and Package Tour bookings are significantly reduced. Finally, service should be improved for ALL visitors to Guam's hospitality establishments, both local and those from off-island. Let's make it happen! - GFG


In Today's Issue
  • Pastries In Paradise DFS Galleria (TCAT) - Saturday, October 20, 6-10 pm
  • Strides for the Cure Race/Walk Special Promotional Offer
  • Deadline Approaching for Stanlee's Giveaway!
  • Old Hagatna Grill Monthly Wine Dinner - Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 pm
  • Uniforms 'N Stuff - "Outfit the Guam Food Guy" Special Value Promotion
  • Special Hotel Packages - Hilton & Outrigger
  • Prego - Offering a Fresh Twist on Italian Classics

Pastries In Paradise DFS Galleria (TCAT) - Saturday, October 20, 6-10 pm

Show your support for a worthy cause and get treated to a delightful evening of unbelievably delicious confections at the 4th Annual Pastries in Paradise this Saturday night. This all-you-can eat and drink affair will also have entertainment by Renaissance. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the event. Proceeds for this event will be donated to the Lend A Hand Charity.


Strides for the Cure Race/Walk Special Promotional Offer

Outrigger Guam Resort is getting into the spirit of the "Strides for the Cure 5k Run & Walk at Pleasure Island".

The Outrigger Guam Resort is offering a very special Promotional rate! Stay at the Outrigger Guam Resort the night before the race on October 19th for the very SPECIAL price of $70 (+room tax). Just think of it, you won't have to wake up so early to drive to the race start, and after the race you can play at the pool until check out time at noon! Have a meal in one of the fantastic Pleasure Island restaurants that is supporting the event. Come on down and make a special night of it.

Check in begins at 3:00 pm Friday October 19th and Checkout will be October 20th at 12:00 pm. You must present your race number at check in to receive this special rate.

For Reservations and questions, please call the Outrigger Guam Resort at 649-9000.

Sign up for the Race at Hornet Sporting Goods in Tamuning, Paradise Fitness Centers in Hagatna and Dededo, and Velocity Sports.

100% of race proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Guam Chapter. Thank you for your support in the battle against Breast Cancer, together we can make a difference.

- Jude Baker, Event Organizer


Deadline Approaching for Stanlee's Giveaway!

Just a reminder to all our readers, the deadline to enter the Stanlee's "Enter and Wine" Giveaway is Monday the 22nd! Enter at Stanlee's in Tumon or on-line at guamdiner.com.

Click here to enter now!


Old Hagatna Grill Monthly Wine Dinner - Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 pm

"A Tribute to the United States" is the theme of this Saturday night's special wine dinner service at Old Hagatna Grill. The menu is chock full of American cuisine favorites, including New England Clam Chowder, Maryland Blue Crab Cakes, New York Sirloin with Gulf Coast Prawns, and Texas Cornbread topped with Kansas City Brown Sauce. Kendall Jackson and Clos de Bois wines will be sampled with the courses, and dessert will be Hot Apple Pie Ala Mode - can't get any more American than that! $20.00 of the $65.00 dinner charge will be donated to the New York Relief Fund. For reservations, call 472-5885. Better hurry, 'cause seats are going fast!


Uniforms 'N Stuff - "Outfit the Guam Food Guy" Special Value Promotion

You won't believe what's happened to me, or what you can actually do to me yourself! How about changing my pants on line, or swapping hats on my head, or even placing huge sharp knives in my hands - these are just some of the things you can do to the Guam Food Guy, right on your own computer! Just click on the Uniforms 'N Stuff banner on the front page of guamdiner.com and you will see yours truly waiting for you to have a go at playing chef du jour with me, with you being my fashion designer! The page is actually a coupon generator that will entitle you to discounts on your purchases of professional quality cutlery, chef's apparel, and Birkenstock shoes at Uniforms 'N Stuff, located in the Centerpoint Plaza on Chalan San Antonio, in Tamuning ... I guarantee you that the laughs you'll receive from dressing and undressing me will be worth your while. Moreover, I firmly believe that you'll be permanently impressed once you own a Furi knife! Print a coupon and go shopping at Uniforms 'N Stuff ... you'll be glad you did!

Click here to "Outfit the Guam Food Guy" and save at Uniforms 'n Stuff!


Special Hotel Packages - Hilton & Outrigger

Continuing in our tradition of recognizing great values for local residents, the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa and the Outrigger Guam Resort are offering the following specials:

Hilton Guam Resort & Spa's All American Style Patriotic Pride Overnight Stay, for only $99.00, and includes Room & Tax, and American Flag, Breakfast Buffet for two (2) at the Islander Terrace, 25% Discount Coupon for Islander Terrace's Dinner Buffet including the All-American Affair every Saturday evening. This offer is good from now until October 31, 2001.

Outrigger's Maolek Vacations Package - For only $145, the Maolek package includes an Oceanview Room Breakfast for 2 served in Tinige Ansia'nu Cafe, welcome cocktails for two, and 1000 Continental Airlines OnePass Miles credited to an individual OnePass account.

The Ohana (part of the Outrigger Family of hotels) Oceanview Guam is introducing affordable rates ($49.00) to Tumon. This is for a standard Guest room and includes breakfast for two. Ohana Oceanview Guam's two-bedroom condominium price is $95.00 a night, and includes breakfast for two as well. You will also receive 1,000 Continental OnePass miles.


Prego - Offering a Fresh Twist on Italian Classics

Have you ever eaten a meal when everything you ate was "excellent?" When your attempts to be objective and critical fail miserably as you succumb to the enchanting spell of gastronomic perfection? Well, that's what seemed to occur at the Westin's Prego Italian Restaurant last Saturday night, which coincidentally was "quake day."

Prego's ambiance is one of casual elegance, with the plush carpet supporting the heavy wooden tables, whose surfaces are intentionally absent of the white tablecloths usually found in fine dining restaurants. One side of the dining room opens up to Tumon Bay, and the back wall displays a fresco depicting the medieval Tuscany Palio horse race. Soft, diffused ceiling lights were met by small table candles to set a romantic mood, only this time food would be passion's focus!

My dining companion and I decided on an aggressive ordering course to gain a wider sampling of Prego's menu selections. One of our servers, Edward, brought Prego's wine list, which is encased in a richly padded binder with the title "Westin Sommelier." Flipping through its pages are labels of the various wines available, with wine notes and suggested pairings. It's truly well-done, and I especially identified with the sentiments expressed in the closing quote, which says, "A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine!" Matt, our waiter, was an affable fellow who answered our questions about today's specials, as well as gave us knowledgeable feedback on our final selections. We started out with a Brindisi Salad ($8.95), which had Romaine Lettuce, Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives, and Red & Green Bell Peppers, dressed with a Red Wine Vinaigrette. Prego's salads are large enough for two people to share.

We also ordered a Minestrone Soup ($8.95), the traditional Bean & Vegetable Soup with Pesto, and a bowl of Gazpacho ($6.95), that wondrous Spicy Cold Soup made with tomato, vegetables, and toasted Cumin. Prego's version added some fresh crab...

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  • Featured Recipe - Zesty Tomato Bruschetta from Chef John Morrison of Prego
  • Wine Feature - Varietal Blends: Vanilla and Chocolate?
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Nutrition for Older Adults
  • Other Beverages Feature - Italian Soda - A Refreshing Change of Pace
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