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Guam Diner Newsletter, November 16, 2001, Volume 1, Number 21

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

Do you remember what it was like to eat at your favorite restaurants before September 11? Have you noticed a change in the taste of food or have things essentially remained the same? Are you going out to eat as often, and are you still frequenting your usual selection of restaurants? Have you tried any new restaurants or have you opted for a new appetizer or entree on the menu at one of your regular eateries? These questions (and more) are being raised as we try to understand how individual behavior and actions have been affected by the WTC/Pentagon attacks, particularly in relation to dining out. Every restaurant on Guam has in some way been affected by the aftermath, with some losing major customer segments due to the reduced number of visitors, while others have fared better, seeing a nominal loss of customer traffic. Some have seen regular customers choosing lower priced food and beverage selections, bringing down the average cover sales for the restaurants. There are more local promotions, discounts and special offers than ever before, with restaurants attempting to entice consumers to make them their choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Not all promotions are showing immediate results, but at least they are letting folks know they are still in business and are even reaching out to them with good deals!

In my dining observations, I have noticed that people are still enjoying themselves, still laughing as they munch away on chicken, steak, pork and seafood, and finishing meals off with lavish desserts. They are enjoying their lives, since eating food and sharing meals with friends and family is one of life's satisfying pleasures. Not only does food nourish the body, but eating well is good for the spirit. That is why I make the suggestion that you try something new and different for a change. To help you in your quest for a new dining experience, just visit the restaurant reviews at to get an informed opinion on over 100 local restaurants, or you can enter a key word in the search engine to get a list of relevant results. Guam's eating establishments are waiting for you and will welcome you with open arms. So if it's Thai, Mexican, French, Vietnamese, Japanese, American, Chinese, Filipino,Indian, Italian, Chamorro or good espresso, you'll find something to satisfy your culinary quest. The message: "Eat Out!"

Finally, if you want to read something inspiring, check out Jerry Robert's "Perspective" column on page 4 of the latest issue of DIRECTIONS MAGAZINE (October/November). Titled "More Candles in the Wind", Jerry succinctly captures the essence of the cost of the Sept. 11 tragedy, stating that "The price paid also lies in that which will never be --- promise unfulfilled and potential unrealized." It's a touching article written from the heart with insights that might be helpful to those looking for more solace. Though he's not a practicing minister, there's a spiritual element throughout his writing that reflects his fundamental belief in the ultimate power of faith. I consider it good food for thought!

Happy Thanksgiving! May you all enjoy great turkey, either at home or at one of the many fine restaurants offering Thanksgiving Dinner!

In Today's Issue
  • Thanksgiving Recipes from Guam's Celebrity Chef
  • God's Country Cookbook, Notre Dame High School's New Recipe Book
  • Gef Pa'go Fresh Fest & Storytelling", Nov 16, 17 & 18 (Inajaran)
  • Guam Diabetes Assn. 5K Family Fun Run/Walk, Wheel, Sat. Nov. 17
  • Old Hagatna Grill Wine Dinner, November 17, 7:00 p.m.
  • Spectacular Aerial Panorama of Guam by Mitch Warner
  • Niji's Japanese Lunch Buffet - Enhancing the Quality of Value

Thanksgiving Recipes from Guam's Celebrity Chefs

Are you planning to cook Thanksgiving Dinner for your family and friends this year? If so, check out the recipes from Executive Chef Remo Berdux (winner of the Micronesian Chef's Association "Chef of the Year" award) of the Hyatt Regency Guam and Kotwal Singh, Regional Executive Chef of Hard Rock Cafe-Micronesia. These menus can be found in our Banquets & Catering section and all the recipes are in the Celebrity Chef Recipe section.

Those of you who prefer to relax and let someone else cook and clean up should check out the great Thanksgiving Day meals (both restaurants are offering "Thanksgiving to Go" or dine in meals) being prepared by the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa and Le Tasi Bistro.

"God's Country Cookbook", Notre Dame High School's New Recipe Book

Another fabulous local recipe book has been produced by Notre Dame High School, featuring both Chamorro and international recipes. This work is a collaborative effort of the school's staff, students, parents and alumnae. It also features some great scenic photographs taken by Mitch Warner. This family-oriented book, aptly titled "God's Country Cookbook", since Talofofo is considered "God's Country", is now available for the price of $12.00 and makes an ideal holiday gift. As a special consideration for volume purchases, if you buy 10 or more, the price per book is reduced to $10.00. The recipe book is available at Notre Dame High School's business office, and there are plans to make it available for sell at several events. Stay tuned for further announcements. For more information, call Mrs. Cruz or Mrs. San Nicolas, at 789-1745, or e-mail them at

Gef Pa'go Fresh Fest & Storytelling, Nov 16, 17 & 18 (Inajaran)

How about fresh, locally-harvested Tilapia and shrimp, as well as an abundance of produce from local farmers? You can enjoy this and more at this weekend's "Gef Pa'go's Fresh Fest & Storytelling Fair", dubbed the best little fair down south! This famous local tourist attraction in Inarajan is the ideal setting for this 3 day event that is filled with events and activities, with local food available for your dining pleasure throughout the fair.

The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Nov.16 with a Chamorro Song Amateur Talent Competition and concessions opening. Cockfights at 9:00 and other entertainment starting at 10:00 p.m.

On Saturday, concessions open at 8:00 a.m . At noon, the Storytelling Festival begins, and you'll laugh and cry as these story-telling masters spin their yarns of legends and fantasies. At the same time, the Guam Aquaculture Growers Association will be cooking up some tasty fresh farm-raised seafood, such as fried tilapia, tilapia kelaguen, tilapia poki, and several shrimp dishes. Many of these will be available for purchase and there will be some tasting. Other activities and concession sales will continue that night until midnight.

Sunday's festivities start off at 10:00 a.m., and will feature an Atulai (mackerel) net fishing demonstration in Inarajan Bay. This may be a good opportunity for some of you to learn this skill. There will be Bingo from 1:00 p.m..- 6:00 p.m., with more games and fishing continuing. The event culminates with the talent awards at 6:00 p.m. This promises to be a special fun event for the entire family to enjoy, and it's a great way to get introduced to the beautiful, seaside village of Inarajan.

Guam Diabetes Assn. 5K Family Fun Run/Walk, Wheel, Sat. Nov. 17

Sign up for this weekend's 5K Family Fun Run/Walk/Wheel for Diabetes at Hornet Sporting Goods in Tamuning (Deadline Nov. 16, entry fee $7.00). Show time is 5:30 a.m. with the race starting at 6:00 a.m.. The race starts and finishes at the Guam Hilton Resort & Spa. There will be free t-shirts and caps for the first 500 finishers, and lots of raffle prizes and refreshments. For further information, contact Carl Butler (632-1971), Ron Middleton (649-1946), Ginny Caceres (789-1963), and Winnie Butler (647-9321).

Old Hagatna Grill Wine Dinner, November 17, 7:00 p.m.

Dave Hanley, owner of Old Hagatna Grill, would like to personally invite you to go to Paris with him this Saturday November 17, 2001 at 7PM. The wine dinner this weekend celebrates the fabulous cuisine of France featuring the main course of Chateaubriand, that steak dish par excellence! See the menu. For reservations, call 472-5885.

Spectacular Aerial Panorama of Guam by Mitch Warner

"This is an aerial panoramic, done with a digital camera and stitched with special computer software. It may be the first time than an aerial panoramic has ever been stitched. Enjoy!

In your service,
Mitch Warner"

For more phenomenal pictures, check out the following:

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Niji Japanese Restaurant's Lunch Buffet - Enhancing the Quality of Value

If you've not been to the Hyatt Regency Guam's Niji Japanese Restaurant in the last few weeks, you can expect to be pleasantly surprised (if not amazed) at their new lunch buffet! I recently had the opportunity to dine there with my lunchtime companion, Zee, who'd never been to Niji. We both were very impressed (and frankly overwhelmed) by the amount and variety of food items that were available to eat. In these rather difficult times when the trend has been to cut back on food offerings and selections, Niji has taken the opposite path by providing an even greater selection of food and condiments, without compromising quality nor value. Unbelievable, you say? Not really, if you understand the direction that the Hyatt is following. The philosophy of the Hyatt's management team is to enhance the value of what they are serving their customers, so that you get more for your money, not less. Judging from the way some of the customers were piling on sashimi and sirloin teppanyaki, I can vouch that Niji's customers are delighted with this new Japanese buffet expansion.

One positive observation was that the layout and positioning of the food items has been changed so that all the sushi, sashimi, and cold salad items are in the main dining room, set up on the entire length of the sushi bar counter. All of the hot food items are now available in Niji's Teppan room and these are positioned on top of the counters where guests would normally sit and eat while watching the Teppan cooks expertly slice and dice meats and vegetables on their sizzling superheated griddles.

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