September 16, 2005, Volume 5 Number 37
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
It is said that great things come in small packages and this was certainly the case when the Guam Girl Scouts held a two day giant Girl Scout Cookie Sale this past weekend to raise money for Hurricane Katrina Relief. The public responded generously and guiltlessly (defined as buying more than one box!) to the excited exhortations of the girls to help the victims of the southern Gulf States. The girls also asked cookie buyers to sign message cards that had a map of Guam and of the U.S. to highlight Guam's location in relation to the afflicted areas. These cards and the net proceeds from the Cookie Sale are being sent to the Girl Scout Councils in the storm-ravaged region. The sale took place at the Tamuning Cost U Less, Guam Premier Outlets, and at the Andersen AFB Exchange.
We are sad to report a second closing of a local restaurant in as many weeks. The Tumon location of Bobby Cadillacs' (the very popular Saipan eatery) had been open here for less than a year. It was Guam's only outlet for Broasted Chicken and Broasted Fish & Chips, and sold really good pizzas and sandwiches, too. Bobby Cadillacs had taken over the food operation of Stanlee's, which slimmed down its operations to selling wines, beer, beverages and Australian groceries. It is not certain what will happen with this space, however it would not be speculative to say that something special is in the works. What kind of outlet would you like to see go into this central Tumon location? What would it take to bring you in to eat? What kind of entertainment or appeal would this place have to have to win your dollars? That's something worth pondering!
Ken, "The Guam Food Guy"
In Today's Issue:
- K57 "Tourism & You" GFG Food Guy Segment Saturday August 17, 10am
- Central Perk Cafe - New Anigua Coffee Shop Perks Up Bedraggled District
- Preventive Health/Healthy Lifestyle Coalition Forming Special Health Sessions
- This Time Last Year - Highlights from the GuamDiner Newsletter
- Around the Island - Le Tasi Bistro, Urijip Korean Restaurant, Lee Garden
- Islander Terrace German Night - Regional Delights from Deutschland and Beyond
K57 "Tourism & You" GFG Food Guy Segment Saturday August 17, 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 first hour guests will be Pepe Laflamme, Director of Nu-Form Innovative Fitness For Women, who will be talking about the Preventive Health/Healthy Lifestyle Coalition. The second hour's guest will be Executive Chef Chris Aguon of the Old Hagatna Grill. These interviews will offer unique and interesting insights into the people behind the scenes at the island's restaurants and people involved in nutrition and wellness. Your phone calls are welcome. Call 477-5700, or *57 on your cell phones.
Central Perk Cafe - New Anigua Coffee Shop Perks Up Bedraggled District
An astonishing surprise awaits you when you first open the door and step inside the newly-built Central Perk Cafe, located in Anigua's Yu Han Building, next to Rounds. If memory serves, this used to be the home of Thuy's Vietnamese Restaurant. Open weekdays from 7am-6pm, and Saturdays from 7am-5pm, Central Perk Cafe is a breath of fresh air to an area on Guam that's been neglected and regarded more as a "red light" district occupied by massage parlors, buy-me-drinkee bars, and strip clubs, particularly in the evenings.
Central Perk is a tasteful, well-decorated smoke-free coffee shop that has a selection of pastries, build-your-own deli sandwiches, burgers, soups, espresso, coffee drinks, teas, and blended fruit beverages. The interior has draped tables, couches, chairs, and rich-colored locally-themed artwork hanging on the walls. The prices are reasonable and the desire by the operators is to give customers value for their money with quality dining in a welcoming environment. The ambiance just exudes "relaxation", and fresh baked cinnamon rolls, banana pineapple walnut cake, and banana nut chocolate chip cake are just a few of the many items served at Central Perk Cafe. We want to congratulate the Borja family and their staff for this exciting new development in what represents a positive step in renovating Anigua. Call 477-7372 for menu information and take out orders.
Preventive Health/Healthy Lifestyle Coalition Forming Special Health Sessions
"Want to take control of your weight, diabetes, and lifestyle?" is a question posed in a recent Press Release put out by the Preventive Health/Healthy Lifestyle Coalition or more easily written as PHHLC. "Get Healthy Guam - Step by Step" is offering six week programs that will be forming soon, with sessions that "include nutrition and fitness education, motivation, lifestyle skills, & strategies and more," according to the release.
There are special programs for men & women (co-ed), women only, middle and high school students, pregnant women, seniors, and special groups for diabetics and those who are significantly overweight. The registration period for the programs is September 26-October 1. Amazingly, the cost for the whole program is only $30, with the sessions beginning October 3 and lasting thru November 19. The PHHLC is a coalition of community partners including wellness, allied health and medical professionals, government, and private businesses with all dedicated to supporting active and healthy lifestyles. Points of contact for the coalition are: Nu-Form Innovative Fitness for Women, call Pepe at 646-3676; Paradise Fitness Centers, call Jessica at 475-2100; or Renee Veksler, Program Co-coordinator who can be reached at 647-2350.
This Time Last Year - Highlights from the GuamDiner Newsletter
Sept 17, 2004, Vol 4 No 38
Restaurant Reviewed: Chao's Restaurant - Serving Tantalizing Chinese With Ease
Marriott Cafe Reopens and Expands
Oka Pika Deli Opens
Mekong Vietnamese Grand Opening
PIC Bistro Serves "Nouveau Chamorro" Lunch Specials
Around the Island - Le Tasi Bistro, Urijip Korean Restaurant, Lee Garden
It's no secret why Le Tasi Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants - the food is fabulous. However, it breaks my heart and befuddles me why this delightful eatery doesn't have more guests enjoying their exceptional Euro-cuisine at dinner time. The other night we were treated to a light appetizer feast that included Caesar Salad, a heavenly Artichoke Dip Served with Country-style Croutons ($6.50), the Assortiment de Tapas($16.50), which is a mixed tapas dish that includes marinated olives, Manchego cheese, cured ham, salami, shrimps with garlic sauce, and a vegetables salad. Not on the menu but a special offering that night was a creamy pate made with chicken liver. We were guinea pigs for a new lemon tart that the chefs are considering introducing, and also had a caramelized apple puff pastry with vanilla ice cream that brought tears to our eyes! I encourage all readers who appreciate the special ambiance, Euro cuisine, and the enchanting personality of Le Tasi Bistro to go to dinner there at least once a month! There is only one Le Tasi Bistro and, as one of the island's smaller independent restaurants, we want it to last a long long time! It will do so with your patronage and support!
If you love Kalbi, like I love Kalbi, then you gotta go to Urijip. Urijip Korean Restaurant is located in the space below Buddies Billiards formerly home to Y Kusina Restaurant. The $18 Kalbi (broiled beef rib) has to be one of the island's largest portions and the tender marinated meat is divine. The pan chan (kim chi, marinated radish, greens, and anchovies) is awesome (with Mama Chang's superb kimchi). There are other traditional Korean dishes, however, most order the Kalbi. Parking is a bit of a problem at night, however, you can move one of the orange traffic cones that are in the spaces reserved for dining if this is your destination. It's all worth the effort once you are inside...you won't want to leave this home-style eatery...it's one of the island's better family-run Korean restaurants. Call 647-3777 for take out.
Lee Garden Chinese Restaurant is one of Dededo's most popular restaurants and for good reason. They have lunch and dinner specials that appeal to family budgets. Lee Garden also has really good Chinese food. We had the Kang Kong the other night...the portion Lee Garden serves fills the platter and is piled high, too! We also had their flavorful Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings ($7.50). We decided to try something different tonight and ordered the Chop Suey Meat with Tofu Hot Pot ($10). This steaming cauldron was loaded with shrimp, chicken, beef, celery, Chinese cabbage, tofu, carrots, onions, water chestnuts, baby corn, scallions, and straw mushrooms, and immersed in an oyster sauce gravy. This is a good dish for small groups to share...there was too much food to finish with the other food we ordered. Lee Garden is open 7 days a week and does a brisk take-out business. You can order by calling 633-8362.
Islander Terrace German Night - Regional Delights from Deutschland and Beyond
The Islander Terrace has done it again. They have proven that it is possible to save local residents the trouble of getting passports, visas, and the airfare for a flight to Germany by bringing Germany (and a whole lot more) to Guam. The Islander Terrace is the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa's buffet showcase, and when one considers that each night takes guests on an entirely unique theme dining adventure, it's easy to see how this popular restaurant maintains its reputation as having the best buffets on island.
Three words best describe my impression of German Night - "Over the top!" German Night has replaced Sizzling Mondays, and to be honest, I'm glad it did since I believe island residents will better enjoy tasting a variety of culinary creations that are bundled and labeled (for lack of a better word) as "German" cuisine. As you will discover, the food served in the Monday Night buffet line comes not only from Germany, but also from countries surrounding Germany, including France, Austria, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, and Switzerland. So in reality, you are getting a regional sampling, kind of an ethnic-culinary cornucopia. The buffet is the realization of Executive Chef Christophe Durliat's extraordinary vision of creating a regional blend of German-influenced foods, some from areas along the Rhine River with others from as far away as the Danube. If you look at a map, you see there's a lot of country around these regions known by their river names.
The Germans are hearty meat eaters, and the buffet has both hot and cold meat selections, including Liverwurst (liver sausage), Ekrich Hard Salami, Hungarian Salami, Blood & Tongue Sausage, Capacollo, Smoked Ham, Wild Rabbit with Sauteed Spaetzle (a Bavarian pasta), Braised Beef Tongue in Caper Sauce, Roasted Goose with Braised Red Cabbage, Sausages ("Wurstchen" for small sausages, and "Wurst" for large), liver in a red wine sauce, Wiener Schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet), and Jagerschnitzel, which was veal cutlet with a forest mushroom sauce that was cooked to order as was the liver. The live cooking station also served "a Finely Sliced Veal a la Zurichoise", which had a lavish presentation with anchovy and caper berries placed atop.
The most perplexing thing about approaching a buffet as massive as the Islander Terrace is deciding where to begin. Part of this problem is solved when once you are seated, you are offered a glass of wine as an aperitif. The German white wine we had was called Bacchus, and had a light, semi-sweet fruitiness that was quite pleasing, and better (for me) than most Rieslings. Other beverages available for this special night are Bitburger and Allgauer Beers, two well-known German brands.
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