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March 25, 2005, Volume 5 Number 12


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

The Agana Shopping Center's main court was the scene of a local culinary competition held March 19 that had all the elements and excitement of the Food Network's "Iron Chef" competitions, with one major difference being that the contestants were all high school students from Guam. I had the distinction of being a judge for this first-ever Pro-Start State Culinary Competition and was totally impressed with the overall performances of the four teams involved, which included Simon Sanchez, George Washington, Southern, and J.F.K.

All team members were dressed in chef's uniforms and worked proficiently to pass the scrutiny of scrupulous judging standards, and prepared three courses completely from scratch within an hour's time. The winning team was John F. Kennedy High School, who created a spectacular menu starting with a Tartar of Avocado and Smoked Chicken Breast Flavored with Fresh Tarragon and Garnished with an Evantail of Fresh Green Asparagus and Sour Cream, followed with a savory Steamed Lapu Lapu a L'Oriental, scented with Coriander, Ginger, Spring Onion, and served with Sauteed Korean Mushrooms, Spinach and Saffron Potatoes, and finishing with a mesmerizing presentation of Fresh Fruit Gratin in a Passion Fruit Sabayon. (Photo: JFK HS Winning Entry)

Executive Chef Christophe Durliat (Hilton Guam Resort and Spa), Team JFK's Mentor Chef and teacher Susan Seay are planning to accompany the team to compete in the National competition to be held in Orlando, Florida, on April 25. All of these young people from all four teams should be proud of their exemplary culinary achievements. They did everything by the book and were just marvelous in their team's creating fabulous foods. Congrats to JFK and to all the competitors, who I believe will become accomplished chefs in their own right one day!

Ken, the "Guam Food Guy"

In Today's Newsletter:

  • "Somebunny Cares About You" - Guam Girl Scout Service Project March 26 @ GPO
  • "Let's Get Grillin' Guam" Grilling Competition Deadline To Enter April 1
  • GFG Guest Hosts "Tourism & You" Sat. March 26, Featuring Three Top Chefs
  • This Time Last Year - Highlights from GuamDiner Newsletter
  • Positive Choices Part II - "Guard Your Heart" S.D.A. Clinic Program
  • "Let's Eat! A Guide to Dining in Guam" Now Taking Space Reservations
  • Around the Island - Chef Durliat's Monthly Culinary Venture, New Eateries Open
  • Pacific Chinese Restaurant - Tumon's Newest Serving Delicious Chinese

"Somebunny Cares About You" - Guam Girl Scout Service Project March 26 @ GPO

True to their credo of being "considerate and caring," the Guam Girl Scouts have planned a special activity to brighten the day of children hospitalized at GMH and Naval Hospital during this Easter weekend. From 12 noon - 3:00 p.m, members of the GGS will be hosting activity tables at Guam Premier Outlets, where they will assist children of all ages to attach big ears, tails, and the message, "Somebunny Cares About You!" to rabbit 'bodies." The finished rabbits, which look like huge oversize greeting cards, will be delivered to the pediatric wards of both hospitals so that all kids will have one a heartwarming message on their door or wall.

This is just one of the positive activities that the Guam Girl Scouts do each year to encourage the girls to become more compassionate and community-minded. It's one thing to help other kids build these rabbits, which is going to be a real fun sharing interaction. However, can you imagine the expression on the faces of those young hospitalized kids when they see those happy giant paper Easter Bunnies showing up in their rooms? It's gotta touch your heart! Help support Guam Girl Scouts , where girls grow strong! Bring your youngsters to GPO and get them involved in one of these fun service activities. There will be a magic show at 1:30pm.

"Let's Get Grillin' Guam" Grilling Competition Deadline To Enter April 1

The island's favorite past-time, grilling, is going to be the happening event on Saturday, April 9. Winners earn a chance to attend the genuine World Championship Barbecue Contest in the states. The Let's Get Grillin' Guam is the island's biggest cooking contest and will be held at Ypao Beach Park . There will be winners in 4 categories, which are Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Anything Goes. All 1st Place finishers will win $1,000 plus a trophy, 2nd Place finishers will get $500 plus trophy, and 3rd Place will get $250 and a trophy. The Grand Champion will get $1,500 in cash, the coveted Grand Championship Team Belt, plus two round-trip tickets to attend the Memphis in May 2005 World Championship Barbecue contest. If you want to register, call Reuel Drilon at 632-8003, ext. 135 or Nicole Cruz at ext. 102. Deadline to enter is Friday, April 1, 2005.

GFG Guest Hosts "Tourism & You" Sat. March 26, Featuring Three Top Chefs

This Saturday morning the Guam Food Guy will once again be guest-hosting the popular K57 "Tourism & You" Talk Radio Show, from 10am-Noon. The first hour of the show will feature in-studio guests to discuss the upcoming Coral Reef Workshop scheduled for March 28 and March 29, both of which are free to anyone who works near or enjoys Guam's coral reefs. For registration information, call 472-9556 or 472-4201-3. The second hour of the program will be on food, and three Executive Chefs (all board members of the Micronesian Chefs Association) will be participating in a special discussion on food events and the culinary arts on Guam. The chefs are: Robert "Bob" Branconnier , MCA president, Executive Chef, SandCastle; Hermann Grossbichler, MCA VP, Executive Chef, Hyatt Regency Guam; and Christophe Durliat, MCA past president & current board member, Executive Chef, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.

This Time Last Year - Highlights from GuamDiner Newsletter

March 26, 2004, Vol. 4 No. 13

Restaurant Reviewed: Fast Freddy's Sandwiches & Subs - Sandwiches with a Very Real Attitude

Highlights:
Visiting Chef Cheong Liew - Innovative Eurasian Cuisine at Roy's
More Kelaguen Contest Winners - Guam's Most Popular Competition Dish!
Around the Island - Brown Bag Cafe Opens, Le Tasi Bistro French Onion Soup

Positive Choices Part II - "Guard Your Heart" S.D.A. Clinic Program

In its continuing mission to educate island residents about healthier lifestyle choices, well-being, and nutrition, the Seventh Day Adventist Clinic is starting its second of a series of its Positive Choices seminars, this one called "Guard Your Heart", which is a practical way to prevent heart disease. The sessions start on April 3 and run through May 29, and are once a week, on Sundays from 5pm-7 pm, at the Guam SDA Clinic on Ypao Road. Registration is $45. The program will include personal testing (glucose, blood lipids, blood pressure, and percentage of body fat); lectures on identifying risk factors for both diabetes and heart disease; exercise and nutrition; and will also involve an integrated program based on Biblical principals. The SDA health team includes Drs. Randal Sloop, MD; Michael Robinson, MD; and Christine Sloop, MD, as well as Pastor Mateus Nambu, M. Divinity.This promises to be an enlightening and life-enhancing series of seminars. To register, call 647-7520.

"Let's Eat! A Guide to Dining in Guam" Now Taking Space Reservations

If you are interested in placing an ad in the upcoming publication, "Let's Eat! A Guide to Dining in Guam", you can access details on the ad placements, sizes available, and their prices from the rotating large banner at GuamDiner.com or from the permanent banner on the lower right. If you are in a hurry, just click here. This is really exciting stuff, since we've been in need of a comprehensive guide for a long time. So, if you have a business you'd like to prominently promote in this divinely delicious publication, please call 635-7501 for more information on this tasty opportunity.

Around the Island - Chef Durliat's Monthly Culinary Venture, New Eateries Open

It's already the last Saturday of the month, which means that food lovers will once again grab their culinary passports and travel to yet another foreign country far away from our tropical island as Hilton Ex. Chef Christophe takes diners to exotic South Africa! This is a place where "East Meets West...and South...and North!" South African cuisine is a veritable melting pot of cultures, blending East Asian spices and curries with Dutch and German sausage-making, as well as vegetable recipes from the indigenous Bantu tribe and even including cajun-like Portuguese cuisine, which lends itself well to this diverse mixture. It will certainly be another eye-opening and "belly-expanding" episode in this series of travelling food fests put on by Chef Christophe and his Hilton team. The vivid food images of Polish Night and Alsace Night remain logged in my memory. The buffet is from 6pm-9pm, and is priced at $36/adult, $18/child, with a 10% service charge added. For reservations, call 646-DINE.

The island's restaurants are in a perpetual state of flux, which I guess is a good thing, since most people agree that "change is good." I've not tried any of these places yet, but I've stopped in for a look-see and will make it a point in the future to return and dine:

Ben N' Yan's BBQ Place is a Filipino Fast Food restaurant located in Harmon on Army Drive (previously known as Route 16) next to Alindog Night Club, across from the Micronesia Mall. The food looks really good in this relatively new establishment.

Ma An Do Bento Japanese Restaurant has replaced the old Beef Bowl, which is in Harmon across Army Drive from Micronesia Mall. They still will sell the popular beef bowl.

Sundance Fast Food Restaurant is next to the Bank of Hawaii in Hagatna. They serve American, Filipino, and Chamorro food, do take-out and delivery, and have breakfast, lunch service, from 7am-4:30pm.

SonShine International Christian Bookstore and Coffee Shop is in Tamuning in the building behind Blockbuster. They have a nice selection of inspirational books, cards, and gifts, as well as home-made soups and sandwiches available during the weekdays.

Pacific Chinese Restaurant - Tumon's Newest Serving Delicious Chinese

Pacific Chinese Restaurant's name is not the literal translation of the Chinese characters on it's brilliant red sign that's easy to spot in its third floor location across from Pacific Islands Club. The owners were unable to find anyone to translate the symbols which when combined allude to good luck, good fortune and good life. After eating here, I think I'd just put up the words "GOOD CHINESE FOOD" and never worry about it again!

Pacific Chinese Restaurant is located in the same space previously occupied by Joyful Chinese Restaurant, which had a growing legion of followers before its untimely demise. Although our review of this restaurant was done during dinner time which features the same large a la carte dinner menu that used to be Joyful's, you will be pleased to know that they offer an extensive lunch special menu, with prices ranging from $5.95 to $8.50 (for Braised Tilapia with Chef's Soya Sauce or Half a Roast Duck). They are open 7 days a week, from 10:30am-2:30pm for lunch, and from 5:30-10:30pm for dinner. Their number is 649-9188, and yes, they do offer take-out. Don't be put off by their third floor location...there is ample parking in the back and they've cleaned up that entrance way a lot since the Joyful days.

I was joined on this dinner review by friend and colleague, Marie, who has an appreciation for gastronomic adventures similar to mine. It's a good thing she was up to the arduous task of tasting and eating the variety of foods we'd ordered...I don't know how they managed to make each dish consecutively more appealing and appetizing...just as soon as we'd try a little of one, another was delivered that superseded the first. We started out with soup...we only wanted a little, but they brought out a bowl that seemed just shy of a cauldron! It was Chicken with Crabmeat and Corn Soup ($6.95) and could have easily been our meal if that was all we had ordered. We had to urge our courteous server, Vivian, to remove it so we would not be tempted to eat more...we needed the room!

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