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Guam Diner Newsletter, November 23, 2001, Volume 1, Number 22

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

Thanksgiving Blessings to you, your loved ones, friends, co-workers and to all of the families enjoying the beginning of a holiday season that will certainly test our faith and abilities to overcome the adversities facing both our island and the world. This will probably be one of the best Christmases in a long time, I believe, since people will be thinking more on the value of life, love, family and friendship and less on the value of what money has traditionally been able to purchase as a convenient substitute. Perhaps more gifts from the heart will be given in place of those gifts from the wallet.

Although many of you may not be as adversely affected by the economic doldrums as others you know or may not know, one thing you can do is to show some compassion by donating your time, money, food, toys or even sharing a lunch or dinner with those less fortunate. If any of your colleagues have been laid off, give them a call and say some encouraging words, letting them know that they still have worth and that things will get better. There are many charitable organizations that could use some help, most notably the Salvation Army. When you see those familiar kettles out this year while you are doing your holiday shopping, give a little bit more than you have in the past. Believe me, the need has never been greater.

Speaking of holiday shopping, I have been asked by many people where to get those imaginative, colorful chef's aprons and hats (berets, chef hats & bandanas) that I have been seen modeling (check out the do-it-yourself "Dress the Guam Food Guy" ad). The place is Uniforms N Stuff in Tamuning's Centerpointe Building and you can easily print out the ad's discount coupon. You can even get a discount on their high quality knives and other products just by mentioning this offer to Ron, the store's owner!

Lastly, let's remember to eat out and patronize the many fine restaurants and eateries we have available on our island. If you are not sure where to go, you can look for lunch and dinner specials on, or we invite you to use our new search engine feature that will supply you with many choices resulting from your key word search. Just try the word "sandwiches" and see what you get! Happy eating!

In Today's Issue
  • Christmas Express Train at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
  • New California Mart at Guam Premium Outlets - Asian Specialties
  • Pleasure Island Dance Fest - Sat. Nov. 24, 6:30 - 10 PM
  • Larry Franquez Free Drum Clinic, Sunday, Nov. 25, Hyatt Regency
  • Tidewater Distributors - Bringing Wholesale Prices on Fresh & Frozen Fish to All
  • El Asado's BBQ Buffet - Yakiniku Like You've Never Had Before!

Christmas Express Train at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa

For the past 15 years this Christmas tradition has brought pleasure to thousands of residents and visitors alike who are fascinated with the awesomely enchanting train movements and vendor ornaments now on display at the Hilton's lobby. A $3,000 donation was made during the launching ceremony on Wednesday to the Make-A-Wish Foundation with funds raised from the sponsors. There are over 50 railroad cars and locomotives in this scenic winter wonderland display reminiscent of a Christmas postcard image taken of a small American town. The big difference is the many businesses with rail cars, banners, panels, floating balloons, and electronic displays are from our local community! Click here for details. The whole spectacle is brought to the world by Kuentos Communications who has provided a webcam where you can access the train and send cards to friends and family from the train's website.

New California Mart at Guam Premium Outlets - Asian Specialties

On November 20, a soft opening was held for the new California Mart at Tamuning's Guam Premium Outlets, adjacent to King's Restaurant. I briefly stopped by to see what this new store had to offer and I was quite impressed by the enormous space (17,000 sq.ft.). Although they are still doing some stocking and finishing work before their Grand Opening on November 30, they have probably the largest selection of Asian specialty food products on Guam. There is fresh seafood from the Philippines which includes live lobsters and several varieties of crab. Fresh air-flown Korean produce fills their vegetable and fruit displays. Don't miss the wide selection of kimchees and many other Korean style vegetable side dishes available by weight. A fully modern meat room is efficiently cutting, packaging and pricing a wide assortment of popular meats. Large, bright colored photo images are mounted in various sections of the store showing off fruits, veggies, meats and bread. There will be a bakery in this store, as well. I wish Mr.Min and S.H. Enterprises, Inc., every success on their bold new venture, which represents a significant investment in property and fixtures as well as a welcome addition to the island's diverse selection of ethnic grocery stores.

Pleasure Island Dance Fest - Sat. Nov. 24, 6:30 - 10 PM

This coming weekend is filled with activities, however, the Pleasure Island Dance Fest is FREE to the public and promises to be a lot of fun for the entire family. Last year's event was a major success, and this year will also feature cultural and modern dances, as well as food and beverages. The variety of costumes and the different musical and dance performances make this unique once-a-year event something you won't want to miss! A portion of San Vitores will be closed, and there will be adequate parking available.

Larry Franquez Free Drum Clinic, Sunday, Nov. 25, Hyatt Regency

There are drummers, and there are percussionists, but there is only one Larry Franquez, who will be holding his Fifth Annual Larry Franquez Drum Clinic this coming Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Twenty of the island's top drummers will be performing en masse in a presentation that will highlight drumset improvisations. This event is Free and open to all drummers (all ages) as well as to anyone interested in learning about the "drumming" experience.

Tidewater Distributors - Bringing Wholesale Prices on Fresh & Frozen Fish to All

These fine folks have been in the wholesale fish business for years but it is only recently that they have opened a small retail outlet offering absolutely the best deals on fresh & frozen tuna, marlin and salmon. You can find them at Commercial Port in Piti. Turn off Marine Drive, pass Cabras Power Plant (don't worry about the security detail - they just want to be sure you're not a terrorist) and proceed to Checkpoint Area. Tidewater Distributors is located in a small container next to the Customs and Quarantine container and they have excellent fish perfect for sashimi, poke or steaks. Click to find their daily specials.

El Asado's BBQ Buffet - Yakiniku Like You've Never Had Before!

IThere are some things you just have to see to believe, and the All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Yakiniku BBQ featured at Alupang Beach Tower's El Asado Restaurant is an experience you'll not want to miss seeing nor believing! For those who've never tried a "Yakiniku" style BBQ, this dinner buffet will be a great introduction (actually, it might spoil you since El Asado is literally "giving away the store" with their low-priced/high value selection.)

"Yakiniku" BBQ is the grilling of vegetables, meats, and seafood on a gas grill that's located in the center of your table. Most yakiniku restaurants provide a fixed amount of food to cook, however, El Asado's All -You-Can-Eat buffet allows a customer to make as many trips to the food line as he wants. Although the $18.00 per person price seems a little on the high side (children aged 5-12 pay $9.00), this price has actually been reduced from $28.00. Moreover, when you consider the full range of meats, seafood, salad, kimchees and more, it's a real bargain.

El Asado is located on the second floor from the lobby of Tamuning's Alupang Beach Tower. It is a large room that is well-ventilated, with lots of space for large and small groups. The buffet line is comprised of 3 counter top food merchandisers (commonly known as salad bars). The first two contain little insert trays filled with ingredients such as raw corn on the cob, hot dog halves (good for the kids), green bell pepper, eggplant, onion, sliced potato, carrots, 3 different types of vegetable kimchee (cucumber, radish & cabbage) and bean sprouts. The next bar has snow crab legs, marinated shortribs, sliced rib eye, pork loin, marinated pork ribs, chicken, thinly-sliced beef tongue, marlin, calamari and locally-raised fresh water shrimp.

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  • Entertaining - Plan a Christmas Cookie Baking Party.
  • Featured Recipe - Remember Quiche Lorraine? A Guam Diner Submisson.
  • Wine Feature - 2001 Beaujolais Nouveau Report
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Dave Slagle's Holiday Diet Advice
  • Other Beverages Feature - Bar Recommendations & Tips for a Holiday Party.
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