April 29, 2005, Volume 5 Number 17
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
Today's newsletter marks yet another milestone in the history of the Guam Food Guy and GuamDiner.com. It is our 200th weekly issue, and it is (at least for me and the staff at GuamDiner.com) a time for celebration and for some reflection on what we've been able to achieve since this website and its newsletter first hit the desktops with the June 29, 2001 premiere issue.
We consider this website a labor of love as well as a work of art, or at the very least, "culinary art", which is more on point. All newsletters are archived chronologically, and reviews can be retrieved by cuisine type. The site is rich in other content, such as a comprehensive and updated directory of restaurants on Guam and Saipan, recipes, health and nutrition articles (many locally contributed), and articles on wine and other beverages.
We began doing a live weekly Food Guy review on K-57 with Jon Anderson's morning talk show every Friday in October 2000, which has subsequently moved to the Big Show in the afternoon time slot with host Travis Coffman. It was not until the January 24, 2003 newsletter review of King & I Thai Cuisine (sadly, no longer in business but we've kept track of all of those openings and closings through the years as well) that we introduced color photos depicting the food we'd previously used only words to describe. Our newsletters go to several thousand subscribers around the world, with the website's viewership enjoying substantially higher volume than when we first started and it's still growing. Last year we launched a sister site, HawaiiDiner.com, which has, in a short time, firmly planted itself as a player in Hawaii's restaurant information scene.
Feature articles by the Guam Food Guy have been written in Directions Magazine and in the Pacific Daily News, as well as several other publications, with the most recent being Guam Food Today, which is a locally-published restaurant guide targeting the Japanese visitor market. This year we are co-venturing with Directions on a publication called "Let's Eat! A Guide to Dining in Guam".
A defining measure of achievement in the virtual world of Internet is your "Google" positioning. Simply key in "Food Guy" (as I did today, when I was surprised to see me listed not once as I've been for some time) in the top 10 out of about 9,100 results, but twice now that we've been linked to Australian Celebrity Chef Benjamin Christie's site, where Benjamin's blog mentions an article I wrote about his recent Aussie Food promotion with Chef Vic Cherikoff. Yes, there are good reasons for patting ourselves on the back, but the best reward from this is having you, our loyal readers, with us every week as we talk about culinary things happening on our island. Thank you for believing in us and for spending your valuable time with us. Serving you has always been a pleasure we cherish, and it pleases us to continue serving you.
Ken, The Guam Food Guy
In Today's Issue:
- We Support Our Troops Family Picnic - Saturday April 30 Ypao Beach Park
- Guam Food Guy Debuts Food Radio Program On K57's Tourism & You April 30
- Cinco De Mayo Activities - Habitat's Quiz Nite, GWC Benefit KPRG, Uncle Bob's
- This Time Last Year - Highlights from the GuamDiner Newsletter
- Let's Eat Dining Guide to Guam - Now Taking Space Reservations
- Around the Island - Jamaican Grill's Burger Contends, Uncle Bob's Specials
- The Garlic House in Tumon - For Everything Garlic and More
We Support Our Troops Family Picnic - Saturday April 30 Ypao Beach Park
The public is invited to attend a Family Picnic this Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, at the Cluster A huts at Ypao Beach. This event is sponsored by the Guam International Airport Authority, its tenants, vendors, and community partners, along with the PDN. The primary purpose of this special gathering is to show our Armed Forces and their families that we appreciate their sacrifices and hard work protecting our freedom and liberty.
Guam Food Guy Debuts Food Radio Program On K57's Tourism & You April 30
Listen up this coming Saturday morning from 10am-12am when Ken, the Guam Food Guy, launches a new food show on "Tourism & You" that will air the third Saturday of each month. The Food Guy is no stranger to talk radio and has in the past guest-hosted the Tourism & You Show a number of times. This Saturday's guest line up will include Clayton Babas, Chef de Cuisine of PIC's Bistro restaurant, and Bertrand Haurillon, Chef/owner/partner in Le Tasi Bistro.
Cinco De Mayo Activities - Habitat's Quiz Nite, GWC Benefit KPRG, Uncle Bob's
There's lots of happenings to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. Habitat for Humanity will once again hold it's annual Quiz Nite on Thursday May 5, at 6pm in the Chamorro Ballroom of the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. There's a limit of 40 teams (1 Team = 6 people @ $30 per person), so please call Becky North at 565-6480 or 475-4663 to get your tickets. The Top Team wins $600, and the event includes a buffet dinner. People love this event and it is great fun for all involved from participants to the audience.
Another Cinco de Mayo fund-raising celebration is being hosted by the Guam Women's Club and it will be at the Outrigger on Friday May 6, at 6pm in the hotel lobby. This event will benefit KPRG-FM 89.3 Public Radio for Guam. Tickets are $50.
Uncle Bob's will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo on both Thursday and Friday, May 5 & 6, and will feature the band "Eve Swallowed" as live entertainment, with all Bud family products on special. There will also be an all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffet (lunch starts at 11am) that will feature such special menu items as Whole Red Snapper Veracruz, Beef Enchiladas (using Bob's famous smoked brisket), Steak Rancheros, Mexican Chicken, Fresh Ceviche, Brenda's Jambalaya, and more. The lunch buffet costs $12 and dinner will be $18, with dinner including bottomless pitchers of Bud and Bud Light. The band will start at 9:30pm both nights.
This Time Last Year - Highlights from the GuamDiner Newsletter
April 30, 2004 , Vol 4 No. 18
Restaurant Reviewed: The Grille at Santa Fe - Local Chef Blazes Sensational Culinary Trail
"A Taste of Guam" 3rd Annual Celebrity Chefs' Cup April 30, Hyatt Regency
Bumbu Bali Restaurant & Cooking School - Culinary Adventures on the Road
"Let's Eat!" Dining Guide to 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 - Jamaican Grill's Burger, Uncle Bob's Special, Mother's Day
Oh Boy! Another contender has jumped off the grill and made its place in the Food Guy's Best Burger Competition. Jamaican Grill's Jerk Burger may not be the biggest burger competing, but what it lacks in stature is makes up for in flavor! I ordered one the other night To-Go, and was asked "what temperature?", and I said "medium". At home, I marvelled at the fact that the burger was still quite hot and the fries were still crisp. The burger has jerk seasoning in it, a nice bun toasted on top and bottom, ground beef that tasted like ground steak, melted cheese, shredded lettuce, a tomato slice, and onion. I chose a Curry Mayo Dressing (the other two are Plain and Horseradish Mayo). The Curry Mayo is awesome. This burger is ideal for one person to eat and won't leave you with that stuffed feeling. Frankly, I was surprised by this "right sized" burger, which was enjoyable to the last bite.
Uncle Bob's now has a Value Light Lunch Special Menu, that includes a range of sandwiches including Catfish, Pepper Steak, Tuna Salad with Lettuce, a Lo Cal Special( featuring a Beef Patty with Cottage Cheese) plus a B-B-Q Combo Plate. Most of the items are in the $6 -$7 range, with the Combo Plate priced at $9. Salad Bar is $4 extra. I had the Combo Plate (these are all smaller portions than what you get at dinner time) which had beef brisket, baby back ribs, short ribs, chicken, and some of the tenderest tastiest ham I can remember having anywhere. I also had a sample taste of an incredible Lasagna, with real ricotta cheese! It was a dream lasagna, and this is a dinner special not on the menu, priced at $9. Uncle Bob's is running a special offer for early bird diners - if you make a reservation or dine before 7:30pm any evening, and buy any menu entree, you can buy the second one (of equal or lesser value) at half-price. Children 12 and under eat free with each paying adult. Uncle Bob's is located on Marine Corps Drive in Anigua, and can be reached by calling 477-2297.
Mother's Day is just around the corner and our restaurant subscribers are just starting to add their specials. Planet Hollywood is the first up with a fabulous Champagne Buffet featuring seven food stations! See their complete menu and be sure to check back often as new specials are added. Celebrate Mom this year by taking her out to eat!
The Beef Bowl has officially opened in its new Tumon location across the street from the Bank of Guam and just north of the Holiday Inn.
The Garlic House in Tumon - For Everything Garlic and More
There's a quaint little place on the ground floor of the Tumon Capital Hotel (just above Tarza) that I think you will like. The Garlic House opened on Valentine's Day without any fanfare or public announcements. They are only open for dinner service 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays), and are contemplating if they should open for lunch. My vote is that they do offer lunch service and let the people of Guam once again enjoy the special ambiance of The Garlic House's dining room, the front wall of which is a wide expansive window overlooking part of the Tumon skyline below. For old-timers, this place used to be the home of Melanzzanie, which had fantastic Mediterranean fare. The food at The Garlic House is interesting and notable in its own right, since it's mostly based on one of my favorite things to eat - garlic!
The Garlic House's menu features recipes from The Garlic House in Tokyo, and though this is not a franchise, the chef, Tomoaki "Tomo" Shibata, spent time learning from the chef at its famous namesake in Japan, so the flavors and cooking processes follow a special standard. The owner of Guam's Garlic House is Yumiko Shimoda, who along with her husband Kazushi, have created a cozy, little cafe with a tropical decor that celebrates garlic, which seems to be represented in some way just about everywhere you look, on the menus, signs, and even hanging on the walls.
The menu is fairly simple, with five appetizers: Garlic & Shrimp Cocktail, $4.98; Fried Squid Legs with Tartar Sauce, $6.98; Smoked Small Fish with Fresh Tomato Sauce, $3.98; Green Vegetables with Garlic Butter, $6.98; and Fried Eggplant with Garlic, $7.98 which was the appetizer I ordered. I also ordered a Mix Green Salad with Boiled Egg for $7.98 (aren't these prices unique?), along with a pasta which was spaghetti with a red sauce featuring anchovy, olive and capers, $8.98 for the half order, and then from the Entree list, I ordered the "Garlic House" Chicken Steak ($15.98) as well as a regular order of Garlic Bread, $4.98.
The salad was mainly green iceberg lettuce that was generously covered with their original house made Mayonnaise and liberally sprinkled with fresh grated parmesan cheese. There was also a soft boiled egg blended in this salad. It was not at all what you'd expect with a mayonnaise...this was creamier and more of a dressing, and had a notably fresh flavor.
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