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Guam Diner Newsletter, November 9, 2001, Volume 1, Number 20

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

One of the interesting facts about living on Guam is that there are always more events to attend than there is time to attend them all, creating a confusion of choices. For some people, decision-making is relatively easy, however, I find myself wishing I was cloned so that I could attend multiple events simultaneously! Take the recent Guam Diabetes Conference at the Marriott. Two important food-related sessions were "Dining Out on Guam" and "It's All About Food", and I missed them both since I was rehearsing for this weekend's performance of the hit Broadway play, "Titanic," at St. John's. Another event I'll miss is this weekend's progressive dinner, called "The Orient Express," which is organized by the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association. (see details below, as tickets are still available) This affair will be a blast, with nearly 60 people meeting at the Hilton to begin their 6-course/destination adventure that will include a trolley ride to 5 other participating restaurants. If I could run, I would definitely sign up for this Sunday's Tenth Annual PIC-Guam 5K and 10K running event, considered Guam's biggest race, with awesome prizes and famous guest runners participating. (For more info, click here for the PIC's website, or call Vicki at 646-9171, ext. 3404).

One of the special events that I did manage to make last week was the Grand Opening of the Guam Surgicenter, located in Tamuning's Guam Medical Plaza (near Oka Payless). In addition to having four operating rooms for surgical procedures, the Center includes an impressive, state-of-the art Renal Care Facility (for dialysis). The medical equipment and technology was so advanced and futuristic that I thought I was a guest on Star Trek's Next Generation! I did meet some of the professional staff at this meticulously clean center, which includes doctors, renal nurses, social workers, and a dietitian. This is just one example of some of the many new facilities opening up on our island. It's reassuring to know that in spite of the economic problems Guam is facing, there are more new and exciting establishments in the works, with some opening announcements about to be made. I can't wait to share some of these with you!

Finally, for those new subscribers, be sure to take a tour of Guam's most appetizing website,, which has recently added new sections on Banquets and Catering, Party Ideas and Menus, and a Food Service Industry Directory.

In Today's Issue
  • "The Orient Express: Experience the Treasures of Tumon" November 10
  • Holiday Festive Cooking Class at Guam Community College, November 15 - 17
  • Authentic Indian Meal - Downtown Deli - Every Friday at LuncHANbsp;
  • Jamaican Grill's Paradise Fitness Plate: High Marks for Taste & Quality
  • Hy's Steak House Resumes Regular Dining Schedule
  • Free Concert At GPO Features Pop Singers "Eden's Crush" November 16
  • Shirley's Coffee Shop - Satisfying Local Appetites One Bite at a Time

"The Orient Express: Experience the Treasures of Tumon" November 10

In what promises to be an unforgettable evening out on the town, there are still a few seats remaining on "The Oriental Express," an international culinary voyage to some of the finest establishments along Tumon Bay. Check-in time for this GHRA sponsored event is 5:30 pm, at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, with a departure time around 6:00. Estimated return time is 10:45 pm, and tickets are $100.00 per person. Cocktail attire is appropriate for this event. Tickets can be purchased at the GHRA office. For more information, call Mrs. Cecil Poblete at 649-1447, or you can e-mail her at

Holiday Festive Cooking Class at Guam Community College, November 15 - 17

If you want to impress your family and friends this holiday season, how about treating them to a delicious 5-course festive menu as prepared by professional chefs? All you have to do is sign up for this limited seating class (12 students) at GCC's Hospitality Institute by calling Kathy or Eric at 735-5629 (last day to sign up is 11/9). Participants will be able to apply culinary techniques in roasting turkey and beef. In addition, poe'leing (butter roasting) of chicken and game hen will be demonstrated. Special emphasis will be on using available seasoned products to enhance an exciting holiday menu. Participants will be able to practice different knife skills in preparing their menu.

The price for this 3 day class is $90.00, and you'll learn from Chef Robert Revita the secrets to making the following menu items: Smoked Island Fish Cakes, Root Vegetable Slaw, Warm Potatoes with Smoked Salmon, Guam Farm Raised Shrimp Soup, Sweet Corn Chowder, Red Curry Carrot and Crab Soup, Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, Poe'le Chicken and Game Hen, Pan Gravy, Island Nicoise Salad, Apple/Nut and Herb Stuffing, Roasted Garlic Smashed Yam and Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Fruit Cobbler and Poached Pears in Red Wine Sauce! Sounds Yummy!

Authentic Indian Meal - Downtown Deli - Every Friday at Lunch

Not a week goes by that someone doesn't ask me for a recommendation on where to get good Indian food. Well, for those of you who want to know, go to Downtown Deli in Hagatna on Fridays for Pramila's famous Indian Meal. For the incredibly low price of $6.00, you will enjoy the exotic, spicy tastes of India, all freshly made by Pramila Sullivan. I remember my review last April, when I enjoyed Tandoori Tuna (it was Good Friday, and she usually has chicken or meat), Palak Paneer - a tasty, cooked spinach dish with homemade cheese; garbanzo beans with curry sauce; roti (whole wheat flour baked flat bread); raita - a refreshing, creamy yogurt cucumber sauce with spices; fresh mango chutney, sautéed eggplant and potato; and a dessert, kachori, a crispy pastry shell stuffed with mongo beans, spices and caraway seeds, glazed with a tamarind sauce. Doesn't that sound exciting? Pramila will vary her menu to always include a diverse selection of rich foods. Call Downtown Deli at 477-6955 for more information!

Jamaican Grill's Paradise Fitness Plate: High Marks for Taste & Quality

What do Jamaican Grill and Paradise Fitness Center have in common? How about your "well-being?" That's the focus of the newly-created "Paradise Plate" now available for your dining pleasure at Jamaican Grill. Engineered to meet the rigid nutritional criteria for the healthy lifestyle goals promoted by Paradise Fitness Center, this plate delivers the palate-pleasing spiced tastes that have endeared Jamaican Grill to Guam's eating public.

The nutritional value of the plate is 41.3 grams of protein, 116.2 grams of carbohydrates, and 9.5 grams of fat, with a caloric total of 716 k-cal. A percentage breakdown has 65% carbs, 23% protein, and 12% fat.

More impressive (and interesting) is the real deal, in a language we can all understand, called "food talk!" The plate has two 4 oz pieces of moist, boneless, skinless jerk chicken breasts that are topped with Jamaican Grill's homemade jerk sauce and garnished with slices of green onions. Two scoops of steaming white rice are included. (Personally, I can get by on just one of these, but for big eaters, and rice lovers, this is just fine!). The selection of fresh vegetables that are sautéed in a seasoned, reduced chicken stock, stewed tomatoes, and jerk seasoning (the combination of which imparts a wonderful flavor) is impressive, consisting of local eggplant, local green beans, onions, bell peppers, julienne carrots, and fresh garlic. The vegetables easily take up nearly half the plate, and they are crisp, not soggy, so you can appreciate their natural textures. Jamaican Grill's fresh fruit salad is also included in this special meal, and has banana slices, grapes, watermelon, orange, honeydew melon, and a wedge of lime that can be squeezed over the other fruits for a delicious treat. All for just $9.95!

This is a lot of food, so don't order appetizers unless you've got one of those huge appetites. If you have a valid Paradise Membership Card, you can get a Free Large Splash Drink as a Paradise Partner Deal (see, membership can have its privileges!). "Ya Mon" this is some "Serious Food," especially if you are "serious" about your health! (just skip the finadene if you are on a low sodium diet).

Hy's Steak House Resumes Regular Dining Schedule

Hy's Steak House, Guam's premiere fine dining steak restaurant, located in Tumon's Holiday Inn Resort, is pleased to announce that it has resumed its regular dining schedule, with dinner service starting at 6:00 pm, seven nights a week. Hy's General Manager, Roland Boudreau, appreciates your patience and understanding during the past few weeks since the September 11 attack, which prompted Hy's to limit its opening to five nights. Dinner is back to "extraordinary" at Hy's (just the hours are "normal!")

Free Concert At GPO Features Pop Singers "Eden's Crush" November 16

The famous all female pop singing group, Eden's Crush, will be performing on Friday, November 16, at 9:00 pm, in the front parking lot of the Guam Premium Outlets in Tamuning. This concert's theme is "Get Back Into the Groove, America", and is being held to recognize our men in uniform. It will also signal the kickoff into the holiday shopping season!

Shirley's Coffee Shop - Satisfying Local Appetites One Bite at a Time

If you were asked to name one local restaurant that has literally grown up with Guam over the past two decades, chances are you would name Shirley's Coffee Shop. From its humble beginnings in Agana's Downtown Hotel in January 1983, to its recent renovation of the old Sizzler's in the Agana Shopping Center, Shirley's has won the hearts and loyalties of thousands of Guam's (and Saipan's) residents with its famous fried rice and its unique combination of Oriental and American cuisine styles.

Although I've eaten at Shirley's various locations since 1983, well over a hundred times (I used to have offices directly across the street from Shirley's Harmon restaurant), I'm always impressed with Shirley's consistency in providing prompt service and certainly too much food (I usually require a styrofoam container for my considerable leftovers). Shirley's service philosophy is based on Shirley Lai's personal beliefs in making sure that every customer gets their money's worth of good, freshly-prepared food.

Shirley's is not about gourmet food - you don't go there for haute cuisine. It is a restaurant that has enjoyed enormous success because it has taken the pulse of the local market and its food tastes, and is serving exactly what the people want. Pork Chops and Salmon! An unheard of combination in mainland restaurants...

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