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June 10, 2005, Volume 5 Number 23

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

I am finally back from a fun and exciting trip to the Mainland and Hawaii where I spent quality time with family and friends. The only drawback has been the jet lag, for which there is no medical cure other than simple rest! One of the best things about visiting the mainland U.S. is the chance to drive long distances, and drive I did, back and forth between San Antonio and Houston. I must admit, though, that I was a little put off by the traffic congestion in Honolulu, which made me appreciate the traffic delays we have on Guam (which are measured by the number of light changes). Moreover, since Guam is so much smaller, it's easier to get to the beach or to a road that's close to the ocean. We do have magnificent, breath-taking sunsets, and not a day goes by without my marveling at our beautiful blue skies and billowing white clouds floating above us and across the horizon.

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday lunch at Joinus with Devin Santucci, whom I've grown to know and love as a daughter in our years on Guam. It was also a farewell meal for Devin as she is going to join her mom, Lisa, in Warzburg, Germany, this weekend, and will be making Europe her new "playground". Devin has joined me on several reviews over the course of time, with Uncle Bob's and Samurai Washin (since closed) being among the most recent.

I remember during her high school years at Oceanview, when she worked part-time for the Sea Princess (a dinner cruise ship that went in and out of Apra Harbor). Devin later worked as a server at SandCastle, and then worked at Outback, and later went on to help in the opening of two Outbacks in Japan. Devin also worked as a flight attendant with Continental Micronesia (top of her class) and with ACI Pacific, which allowed her the opportunity to travel to unique and exclusive world destinations. On one occasion she spent six weeks in Bali, which makes my five-day stay pale in comparison.

Guam is home for Devin, as she's lived over half her life here, so don't be surprised if she turns up sometime in the next year or so to re-connect with her friends and family on Guam.

Bon Voyage, Devin! I'll keep a place open for you in a future review...maybe I'll even go to Europe and we can do one there.

Ken, "The Guam Food Guy"

In Today's Issue:

  • "An Evening of Classical Guitar" - Dinner Concert June 10, Outrigger Guam
  • 5K "Run for FREEDOM", Guam Girl Scouts & Erica's House, Saturday June 11
  • GFG Hosts K57 "Tourism & You" Food Guy Segment Saturday June 11, 10am
  • "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Comedy Evening for "Lend A Heart" Campaign
  • This Time Last Year - Highlights from GuamDiner Newsletter
  • "Let's Eat!" Dining Guide to Guam - Now Taking Space Reservations
  • Around the Island - Joinus Prices Up, King's, Blue Marlin Father's Day
  • King and I Thai Cuisine - A Little Taste of Thailand on Guam

"An Evening of Classical Guitar" - Dinner Concert June 10, Outrigger Guam

The University of Guam Endowment Foundation, along with other sponsors, presents The San Francisco Guitar Quartet, featuring native son Dave Duenas, for an evening of classical guitar and a dinner concert, this Friday night at 7pm, in the Outrigger's Fort San Jose Room. This fund raiser will feature a luscious dinner prepared by Executive Chef Chris Aguilar, this year's winner of the 2005 Celebrity Chef's Cup. Tickets are $75 and available at BestSeller Bookstores and the UOG Endowment Office. A wine-tasting will feature a selection of Kendall-Jackson wines. Among the buffet menu items featured will be Grilled Asparagus with Passion Fruit Vinaigrette, Asian Ratatouille, Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Honey Mustard Peppercorn Sauce, Seared Red Snapper with Watercress and Ginger Sauce, Crisply Lemongrass Chicken with Curry Sauce, and a Hickory-Smoked Prime Rib carving, along with an assortment of desserts. For more information, call 735-2955-7.

5K "Run for FREEDOM", Guam Girl Scouts & Erica's House, Saturday June 11

The Association of Government Accountants will hold a 5K "Run for FREEDOM" Run/Walk event on Saturday, June 11, starting from Two Lover's Point, with a show-time of 5:30am and race start at 6am. This Run will benefit of the Guam Girl Scouts and Erica's House. There will be plenty of raffle prizes, with the grand prize of a Round Trip Ticket to Manila. Race registration is at Hornet Sporting Goods until 8pm Friday, with a pre-race registration fee of $5 ($10 on race day). Show your support for this worthy event and get healthier in the process!

GFG Hosts K57 "Tourism & You" Food Guy Segment Saturday June 11, 10am

Listen up this Saturday morning for the Guam Food Guy's segment of K57's "Tourism & You" Show, from 10am-Noon. This week's guests will be Flora Baza Quan and Cathleen Moore-Linn from the University of Guam to promote the upcoming International Friendship Basketball Tournament which will be here on Guam June 15 through 18. Another special guest will be Executive Chef Kotwal Singh of the Hard Rock Cafe Guam and Saipan. We want to clarify that the Guam Food Guy segment will be every third episode, as opposed to the third Saturday of each month. Stay tuned and hear the latest scoop on restaurants and tourism, as well as getting a first hand sharing of our guest chef's recipes. Call 477-5757 to join in the conversation or to ask questions of our guests.

"Laughter is the Best Medicine" Comedy Evening for "Lend A Heart" Campaign

Avid radio listeners already know that popular "On the Go" reporter Ed Davis is suffering from a serious heart ailment which requires surgery in a mainland hospital. Co-workers from K57, Sorenson Pacific and friends have banded together to create "Lend a Heart" to raise funds to help defray medical costs for Ed.

"Lend a Heart" plans an evening of sidesplitting comedy on Friday June 17 at 6pm in the Marianas Ballroom of the Hilton Guam. Billed as "Laughter is the Best Medicine", no doubt the most entertaining part of the evening will be the planned roasting of K57 Morning Show radio personality and MC extraordinaire, Ray Gibson. Talented funny man Frank Rios will loosen up the crowd. The roast of Ray Gibson that follows will feature K57's Travis Coffman, Tony Lamorena, Dave Silva, and former Governor, Carl T.C. Gutierrez, who has a keen sense of humor. I wouldn't want to be the cross hairs of these guys! It promises to be great fun, and all for truly good guy who needs our help.

Tickets are $25, with heavy pupus being served along with a no-host bar. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase with great prizes. Tickets can be purchased at Sorensen Pacific Broadcasting, 8th Floor of the Bank of Guam. Make checks payable to "Lend a Heart" - Ed Davis Fund. For more information, call Patti Arroyo at 888-4728 or 477-5700 x 251.

This Time Last Year - Highlights from the GuamDiner Newsletter

June 11, 2004 , Vol 4 No 24

Restaurant Reviewed: Niji Sunday Brunch - A Celebration of Popular Japanese Cuisine

Highlights: Great SPAM Cook-Off Island Style IV

"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 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 - Joinus Prices Up, King's, Blue Marlin Father's Day

Please be advised that effective June 1 the Lunch Special Price at Joinus Teppanyaki has been increased to $12.50 from $10.99. Even at $12.50, this is still a very good price for a teppanyaki lunch. Face it, with the costs of ingredients and power rising, it's expected that menu prices will increase. We are awaiting the opening of another teppan outlet, called Simple Teppanyaki, in the Central Building next to Chuan Fu Chinese in Tumon. We don't know whether this will be an authentic Japanese-style teppanyaki or Korean-style, like the recently-opened O'Kim's Teppanyaki across from the PIC. Although Joinus is one of the island's most popular teppanyaki spots and Devin and I had my birthday lunch there this week, we did have some constructive advice for the cooks - please de-vein your shrimp prior to cooking. For people who are sensitive, this can really alter the odor and flavor of the bacon-wrapped shrimp. It really isn't hard to do and requires just one extra step in the preparation. On a positive note, the birthday song and ice cream with candle was a nice touch for which I wish to thank the staff at Joinus!

King's has added a few new items to their Local Lunch Menu such as Tinala Katne ($6.95), Kadiyo Uhang ($7.95) and the Fiesta Mix ($7.95, which has Red rice, BBQ Chicken, Chicken Kelaguen, Tityas, and BBQ Shortribs). This in addition to their other local lunch items, including Ham Hock with Mongo Beans, Beef Shank Soup, BBQ Chicken Lunch, and Kadon Pika (each $6.95).

It's not too soon to book your reservations for the Blue Marlin's Father's Day Brunch on Sunday June 19. The Blue Marlin is noted for it's high-quality, affordable buffets and they are pulling out all the stops for Father's Day. See the menu and get details about seatings. At just $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 9 to 12, this is the best deal in town for Father's Day. And, it's a buffet that every papa would be proud to eat! Call 646-7803 Ext 378 for reservations - which are strongly recommended.

The Islander Terrace in the Hilton Guam is running a Philippine Cuisine Infusion promotion for their dinner buffet from June 10-June 26, from 6-10pm. There will be a Philippine Independence Day Brunch, featuring a special Philippine Cuisine Corner, on June 12, from 10:30am-2pm, with a price tag of $32 per adult, with military and Diamond Club discounts available.

King and I Thai Cuisine - A Little Taste of Thailand on Guam

When Angie Chang told me the biggest complaint they receive at King and I Thai Cuisine is that their portions are too large, I found myself reluctantly agreeing. Angie is the daughter of Sue Richardson, owner of King and I Thai Cuisine, which opened in November of last year. It's taken me awhile to keep to my word in the December newsletter when I'd said I'd have to return sometime soon for this review. Located on the ground floor of the Polynesian Hotel along Ypao Road in Tamuning (look for the Tumon Heights Store), King and I Thai Cuisine is all about family, and you can "feel the love" in the food!

It was my birthday dinner and I was alone, and for some inexplicable reason I was guided to King and had to be fate! I was greeted and seated by Rodney, Angie's husband, who left me with a menu while he got my Thai Tea. The most difficult thing when alone is to try to tackle a Thai restaurant (or Korean, Chinese, or Vietnamese) and do justice to a review of their menu selections, however, I believed that I could get a representative sampling (it's what I did for Sabai Dee Thai Restaurant, although that was a lunch review) and take a few good photos of some of the King and I's more exotic dishes. Moreover, I figured that I could order the small portions so that I wouldn't be overwhelmed (little did I know what was in store for me!)

I started out with the King and I Appetizer Chicken Sa-te ($8.50, with pork being the alternate choice). My other selections were the Beef Salad ($8); Tom Yam Gai (Sm $9/Lrg $15), Ho Mok Ruam Mit, a house specialty ($12) and Shrimp Pa-Naeng ($9 Sm/$15 Lg). The Chicken Sa-te is served in a boat shaped dish, with the skewered meat strips resting on a bed of chopped cabbage. A dipping well filled with peanut sauce is in the back of the boat. The meat has been marinated with curry powder and seasonings, prior to dipping in coconut milk, and then grilled in an oven. That peanut sauce is really the secret to this dish's magic.

My Beef Salad was enormous for a small portion, and completely filled my plate. There was a lot of beef in this dish (more beef than salad it seemed), and the flavors of the fish sauce, lemon juice, and sweet vinegar blended well with the red pepper flakes, red tomato, cucumber, lettuce, white onions, mint, and coriander - all served vibrantly fresh. I'd ordered this (and all my dishes) Medium Spicy, and it was just right.

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