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Guam Diner Newsletter, November 2, 2001, Volume 1, Number 19

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

"Excited!" That's how I feel about the recent improvements on the website! Not only has there been a complete makeover that has changed the look and feel of the site, but there are entirely new sections added which are designed to help consumers locate banquets and catering services as well get the scoop on party ideas and menus. New search capabilities make finding information on restaurants, reviews, recipes, etc. a breeze. One new section that is geared toward the trade, the Food Service Industry Directory, is a comprehensive listing of the many types of businesses supporting the food and hospitality industry. For inclusion in this list, or to change information about your listing, you can easily submit your data online. The Cooking in Paradise local TV show's schedule and recipes are accessible from the front page. This week's segment features talented Chef Peter Duenas, of Sam Choy's, who creatively prepares a mouth-watering, pika seafood recipe and one of his specialty desserts. There's more, much more, in this virtual treasure trove of food-related local information. Please feel free to share this site with your friends and family, especially those who are in the mainland. I've heard that many college students from Guam attending mainland schools are finding recipes on for some of their favorite local dishes now that they're away from home and have to cook for themselves.

I want to take this opportunity to say "adios" and "farewell" to a close friend who's eminent departure from Guam is going to leave a big hole in Guam's entertainment scene, as well as on the airwaves. Myk Powell, that audacious, bodacious K57 radio personality, is leaving Guam to join his patiently awaiting bride, Roberta, in California. I wish them both the best (they're getting it...they have each other!). I'll never forget our adventure-filled 1998 journey to New Caledonia, when Myk dismounted from his horse after a grueling ride in the wild countryside, and told me, limping and wincing with pain, that he had "calisterias." I didn't quite know what particular disease that was, but as he repeated it to me, laughing in his inimitable Powell chuckle, it dawned on me that he was referring to his "calloused areas," a condition Westerners get after riding on those funny French saddles! You can see Myk perform in "The Fantasticks" this weekend. Gonna miss ya, Myk! Au revoir, mon frere!

In Today's Issue
  • November 1 - See Kirra's Debut at SandCastle - White Bengal Tiger Cub
  • "The Fantasticks" Special Encore Matinee Performance - Saturday, November 4
  • GMH Blood Bank Needs Your Blood - Give the Gift of Life!
  • Guam Food Guy's Stage Debut - "Titanic" - November 9, 10, 11, St. John's
  • Beaujolais Nouveau 2001 at the Hilton! - November 15 through 18
  • Best of the Guam Food Guy: Japanese Restaurants

November 1 - See Kirra's Debut at SandCastle - White Bengal Tiger Cub

This time-sensitive event (Nov 1) is a special offer being made by the SandCastle's Manhattan Bar during it's weekly Thursday Happy Hour gathering. If you read this review today and are free to visit Manhattan tonight, as a Happy Hour Guest you can attend Kirra's Debut at the Cocktail Show for only $10.00, provided you have Manhattan Bar receipts totaling $15/per person. If you miss this offer tonight, you'll enjoy Manhattan's creative appetizer presentations on Thursdays, and you'll have future opportunities to see Kirra at both the Dinner and Cocktail Shows. Call 649-7263.

"The Fantasticks" Special Encore Matinee Performance - Saturday, November 4

The Friday & Saturday night performances for "the Fantasticks" are SOLD OUT, so we are pleased to announce that an encore performance has been scheduled for 2:00 pm at the Hilton's Micronesian Ballroom. Tickets are available at the door, and you can call to reserve a space at 735-1400. Show up early! The reviews are in and they are HOT!!

GMH Blood Bank Needs Your Blood - Give the Gift of Life!

When Glenda called me recently from the Blood Bank to ask for blood, I was frustrated and disappointed that I couldn't personally do something. Unfortunately, I've been on antibiotics for my flu. But, I promised I would encourage others to donate blood at this time of need. I'm asking all of you to make time to visit the GMH Blood Bank.

Call Glenda and her team of professionals at 646-7733 or 647-2376 to make an appointment. The available hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and even weekends. They make giving blood such a pleasant experience you'll look forward to seeing them every eight weeks!

If you have questions about blood donations, you can visit for a complete list of requirements, procedures and FAQs, including things that will make you ineligible to give blood at a particular time.

Guam Food Guy's Stage Debut - "Titanic" - November 9, 10, 11, St. John's

Winner of the 1997 Tony Awards BEST MUSICAL SCORE and considered by critics to be "the greatest American musical to have been written in 15 years," TITANIC will make its Guam premiere from November 9 through 11. This Broadway play is locally produced by the St. John's School Glee Club and will be held at the Dale Jenkins Gymnasium. General Admission is $10.00. This very large cast is comprised of students and special guest adults, one of whom is yours truly. I will be playing the role of John Jacob Astor! This is a show you don't want to miss...simply a triumphant masterpiece with superb musical composition and amazing theatrical effects. Tickets are available at St. John's School. Call 646-8080, or check out Titanic online. Sorry, the link does not work in Netscape.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2001 at the Hilton! - November 15 through 18

Each year in November, hotels and restaurants around the world eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau. The young, red French wine becomes available in November, a few weeks after the harvest. Light and fruity, it's enjoyed for its fresh delicate bouquet. This year, Beaujolais Nouveau makes its appearance in the Islander Terrace from November 15 through 18. The Hilton's own Chef Christophe Durliat will be preparing the "Alsace Cuisine Festival," an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet of French favorites that complement the Beaujolais. Call 646-DINE (3463) or email for reservations or more information.

Best of the Guam Food Guy: Japanese Restaurants

The Guam Food Guy was laid low by a severe bout of flu and wasn't able to get out to any of the myriad of tasty eating establishments on Guam for his weekly review. What were we (the great staff at to do? The solution presented itself when one of the Guam Food Guy fans rang up for a recommendation on a Japanese restaurant. Herewith, we proudly present the first in a series titled "Best of the Guam Food Guy." This week, the cuisine is Japanese.

Guam is the destination of choice for thousands of Japanese tourists. Guam is also home to many Japanese who either work in tourism or have made Guam their home. Every hotel offers some type of Japanese cuisine and there are numerous Japanese noodle shops, teppanyaki restaurants and other incarnations of Japanese food all over the island. The Guam Food Guy has not neglected this delicious segment of our dining choices from expensive to budget minded.

Fast Food/Noodle Houses

  • Aji Ichi (Guam Premium Outlets location) - Guam's oldest noodle shop in its newest location.
  • Beef Bowl House Ushi-Ya - If you love donburi, this is the place.
  • Fuji Ichiban - A famous Japanese chain makes good on Guam!
  • Ramen Shisen - More than just noodles.
  • Tentekomai - A nice atmosphere in the middle of Pleasure Island.
Family Style Dining
  • Aji Ichi (Upper Tumon location) - Weekly lunch specials and the best bento boxes.
  • Bistro Tei Yokozuna - An extensive menu of Japanese favorites.
  • Izakaya Katsu - Perhaps the most authentic and traditional of Japanese restaurants on Guam.
  • Sakura's Kitchen - A labor of love for its owners and it shows in the food.
Upscale Dining
  • Genji - The grand-daddy of Japanese hotel dining on Guam, still going strong.
  • Hanaya - With a view of the water park, this restaurant offers a Sunday brunch.
  • Sango - A "best kept secret" at the Guam Reef Hotel.
  • Utage - Probably the most aesthetically pleasing Japanese dining experience available on Guam.
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