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Guam Diner Newsletter, October 26, 2001, Volume 1, Number 18

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

"Go Local!" That seems to be the order of the day along Tumon Bay's hotel row, with special offers being created and promoted every week. You should expect even more of the same with the latest GVB release forecasting a 60% drop in Japanese visitor arrivals. We have been advocating "going local" at from our inception as an information service catering to the local market, far in advance of the September 11 terrorist attack. We will continue in our mission to keep you informed of current hospitality offerings and other related news about interesting dining experiences, local happenings, great recipes, and special value promotions.

Speaking of a special value promotion, check out the Uniform's 'n Stuff banner on I have received a lot of feedback from readers who got a kick out of dressing and undressing the Guam Food Guy with the various chef's apparel designed to bring style to the cook of the house! I was so taken by my designer beret and chef's apron that I wore it to the recent Pastries In Paradise Event! Needless to say, I was a hit modeling that colorful apparel, but not as big a hit as all those fabulous dessert creations! I've hit my sweet quota for the next 6 months! The Furi Knives available at Uniforms 'n Stuff will impress you with their unique one-piece design, made of a high-carbon forged stainless steel with an easy grip safety handle. These knives maintain their edge, are highly durable, and will make cutting meats and vegetables a breeze. Be sure to print the page (please don't take my picture to the Post Office - it looks like a "most wanted" poster). Just bring the coupon with me on it to Ron's store in Tamuning's Center Pointe Building and he'll be delighted to add it to his collection and give you 10 to 15% off your purchases!

Lastly, parting is "such sweet sorrow," and we will be bidding farewell to good friend Chef Tadayoshi Sakata, Chef De Cuisine of Roy's Restaurant, who will be leaving Guam to pursue other culinary adventures. You can attend one of three farewell dinners to be held next week (see details below), which will also serve as a rite of passage for Chef Eddie Chien, who will be taking Sakata's place at the helm of Roy's. Sayonara, Sakata-san!

In Today's Issue
  • Stanlee's Giveaway - We Have Winners!
  • Culinary Nirvana ... at Roy's! (October 29 - 31)
  • More Savings & Special Offers: Palace Chinese Restaurant & Tony Roma's
  • "The Fantasticks" - Theatre Guam Production Benefits Sanctuary
  • Two New Openings Anticipated - Shirley's and VIP Seafood Restaurant
  • Nikko Magic Show to Benefit American Red Cross
  • Micronesian Chef's Association Gala Awards Dinner - October 28 at the Marriott
  • My History is Guam's History: From Which We Came - a Humanities Expo
  • Kinh Do Restaurant & Lounge - Proverbial "Hole in the Wall" Cooks Up Tasty Vietnamese Favorites

Stanlee's Giveaway - We Have Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered Stanlee's "Enter to Wine" Giveaway. Here are the lucky winners:

Grand Prize ($50 Gift Certificate)

  • Esther Glenn
Second Prizes ($25 Gift Certificates)
  • Brad Dunagan
  • Roy Emesiochel
  • Rosanne Limuaco
  • Daniel Techaira
Stanley had such a great response to this promotion that he's decided to do another giveaway in conjunction with before the end of the year!

Culinary Nirvana ... at Roy's! (October 29 - 31)

"Nirvana" is that mystical state of attaining bliss and transcending to Heaven in Eastern theology...well, apparently it's also transcended its celestial plane to that other legendary pinnacle of gastronomic attainment - Roy's! The oracle at the Hilton just announced the following message for all to hear:

"Chef de Cuisine Eddie Chien celebrates the flavor of life by creating exquisite Euro-Asian cuisine at your Hilton's world famous Roy's Restaurant.

The dawn of a new culinary era is upon us as Chef Eddie takes the reins from Tadayoshi Sakata, a sure Hall of Fame Master Chef who prepares food as if it were art.

For three days, you can enjoy the miracle creations of both Chefs as they showcase four-course meals, each individually crafted to perfection, which will leave your palate craving for more. With Chefs Eddie and Sakata-san, you're one step closer to culinary Nirvana.

Come see and taste what everyone's talking about, and enjoy the company and artistry of two of Guam's finest Chefs & only at Roy's! Don't miss the opportunity to say "Adios" and "Sayonara" to our very own Chef Sakata.

Culinary Nirvana at Roy's, from Monday, October 29 to Wednesday, October 31 daily from 6 to 10 pm. The Roy's lounge is open daily as of 5:30 pm. Special 4-course Set Dinner including 2 glasses of wines for only $40.00 (not including service charge) per person. For reservations or inquiries please call 646-DINE (646-3463), or call Roy's Restaurant after 5:30 pm at 646-1835 ext 5356."

More Savings & Special Offers: Palace Chinese Restaurant & Tony Roma's

The race to save is on, and two new offers are being advertised to bring you savings. The Palace Chinese Restaurant, has an Early Bird Special, offering discounts for 40% off A La Carte Menu Items from 6:00 to 6:30 pm, and 30% off between 6:30 and 7:00 pm, every day! So a stir-fried Beef with Broccoli that regularly sells for $13.50, is available for $8.10 if you arrive before 6:30! This offer expires October 31st and some conditions apply.

Tony Roma's offers a coupon for a "Two for $25.00 BBQ & Sparerib Dinner" (a $10.00 savings). This offer is available until November 15th, 2001. The coupon includes a free half loaf onion rings appetizer. Not a bad value if you and your companion both like to eat the same dinner. Knowing Tony Roma's portions, you're guaranteed leftovers!

For even more savings and offers, check out the Lunch & Dinner Specials at

"The Fantasticks" - Theatre Guam Production Benefits Sanctuary

Theatre Guam and Sanctuary, Inc., present the classic musical, "The Fantasticks," directed by Jefferson Cronin. This phenomenal production has been months in the planning and rehearsing, and rumor has it that folks will need surgery to sew their bellies back up from laughing so hard! (Bring needles and thread!)

An all-star local cast of real-life characters, featuring Diane Isis Thurber, Karen Rocco Flores, Myk Powell, Cliff Guzman, Ernest Ochoco, Myra Tishkoff, Chris Butler, Melissa Chamberlain, Linda Frank and Ann Legaspi, will surely entertain and uplift your spirits, especially at this time when laughter is our best defense against "the blues."

Joe 'Uncle Tote' Cunningham provides the musical production for this play and does amazing things with his Macintosh music factory!

Performance dates are October 26th and 27th, and November 2nd and 3rd, with the venue being the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa's Micronesian Room. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased in advance by calling 689-6899 or 745-1406.

Two New Openings Anticipated - Shirley's and VIP Seafood Restaurant

By this time next week, there should be new locations for two popular local restaurants. Shirley's Coffee Shop will be opening at the former Sizzler's location in the Agana Shopping Center. Although Shirley's existing location in the Hamilton Hotel has been busily serving meals, this new location is much larger and is expected to draw on the island's southern village populations, as well as appeal to the Hagatna office worker's lunch crowd.

The VIP Seafood Restaurant will open its second location in the Tumon Holiday Plaza, just above Mac 'n Marti. VIP's present location is across the street from Pacific Islands Club. It is a local favorite for excellent, value-priced Chinese entrees. The new restaurant, I've been told, will specialize more in fresh seafood preparations. Can't wait to try this place! Stay tuned for a review in future newsletters!

Nikko Magic Show to Benefit American Red Cross

Magician Hank Rice and illusionist J. Storm are doing a special dinner show to benefit the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund.

The Benefit Magic Show will take place on Tuesday, October 30 at the Hotel Nikko Guam and will include a Steak and Seafood Dinner. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:00! Raffle tickets will be sold during the show with the Grand Prize being a stay at the Hotel in one of their Parlor Suites, a retail value of $800.00!

Cost for the show is $52.00 for Adults and $32.00 for Children and profits will go to the American Red Cross.

Space is limited so make your reservations early! Call 649-8815 ext 7504 or 7505 for more information and to make your reservations.

Micronesian Chef's Association Gala Awards Dinner - October 28 at the Marriott

Come and join Guam's Chefs for their 2nd Annual Gala Awards Dinner celebration. This will definitely be one of the more entertaining eating experiences, after all, there'll be more cooks in the dining room than in the kitchen! Speaking of which, Chef Michael Devlin of the Guam Marriott Resort has devised an extra special menu for the night's festivities. There will be raffle prizes...this could be your lucky night!! This Sunday's event starts at 6:00 pm. MCA members pay $40.00 and non-members are $50.00. The public is invited, so if you'd like to get more familiar with those maestros who perform their magic in Guam's restaurant kitchens, you'll have all the time you'll need to befriend a chef, or two, or three!!!

Tickets are available for purchase at Uniforms 'n Stuff in Tamuning. Call 649-9171.

My History is Guam's History: From Which We Came - a Humanities Expo

The people of Guam are from diverse backgrounds. This Expo celebrates that diversity with Photo Exhibits, Storytelling and other displays and presentations. This weekend: October 26th and 27th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day at the Expo Hall, Micronesian Mall.

Catch the Guam Food Guy on Saturday the 27th as he Emcees part of the center stage activities.

Kinh Do Restaurant & Lounge - Proverbial "Hole in the Wall" Cooks Up Tasty Vietnamese Favorites

I've often wondered about this tiny restaurant located on the ground floor of the newly-refurbished Corn Building in Anigua, across Marine Drive from China Arts and Opus One (IAM's) Pet Store. I don't know why I never stopped - maybe because the neighborhood seemed a bit sordid before, with the denizens of massage parlors and bars mulling around, especially at night (they're open really LATE - 11:00 am to 5:00 am Monday through Saturday, and 5:00 pm - 4:00 am Sunday. Though I'm known to be adventurous, it was more my curiosity and lunchtime availability which created the perfect opportunity to give Kinh Do a shot. After parking and walking up to the red canopy hanging over Kinh Do's front, I saw the American flag proudly displayed in the window - and it struck me then that it took the September 11 terrorist attack to give America a patriotic boost, when all this time the people who opened this restaurant proudly made America their home. The "A" rating and the American flag were sufficient endorsements.

Most Vietnamese restaurant menus can almost be photocopied, since every entree seems to be standard fare universally, with few exceptions and maybe some slight variance in price. I'd asked a companion who'd had prior Kinh Do experience to join me for lunch, and asked that she select some of the items for us to share. We decided on a half order of Fried Lumpia (3 pcs for $5.00/ full order is 5 pcs for $7.00); Won Ton Soup ($6.00); Beef Salad ($10.00), and the Fried Pork Chop Plate ($7.00). I didn't realize until later that this would prove far too much food for two eaters to handle, but I certainly got my taste!

The Won Ton Soup was superior, and came in a bowl filled with green onions, freshly fried garlic chips, lettuce, shreds of chicken breast and won tons. Their won tons are made with minced shrimp and pork, mixed with vegetables. The flavorful broth is irresistible, and though I'm not licensed to hand out prescriptions, I'm willing to bet this delicious soup would be a great cure for many ailments! Won Ton Soup For the Soul!! They do good work at Kinh Do!

The Beef Salad made an exciting entrance to the table...

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