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November 4, 2005, Volume 5 Number 44


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

How far would you go for 'good eats' without getting on an airplane? Now that gas prices are easing back down, the cost of fuel is not the over-riding objection to driving "out of town" to go dining. Though we live on a small island, distance is still a long way, so going to Hagatna from Barrigada or Tamuning is still considered 'travel'. We are funny that way, and folks who commute for two hours on the L.A. freeways would be thrilled to live and work in a community where traffic jams are at most four to five traffic light change delays.

Going south on Rt. 4 you can get to such great getaways as Jeff's Pirate's Cove in Ipan, Talofofo, which is a treasure trove of seafood, local food, and Greek food, and just a little further south in Malojloj, is McKraut's, where you can get German bratwurst and beer. Going south on Marine Corps Drive takes you to the Seamen's Club in Piti on the way to the Commercial Port (they've got good Eggs Benedict on Sunday mornings and a complete menu of American and local entrees that won't strain your wallet). The Agat Marina is home to Jan Z's, where they serve seafood, sandwiches, specials, and boast a breakfast menu with what I believe are the island's biggest pancakes.

As wonderful as these little getaways are, they don't offer the full amenities of what awaits you when you escape to the center of the island and head for "the hills", which in this case are Manenggon Hills, where the Leo Palace Resort awaits, with the beautiful Hotel Belvedere complex. Until November 30, there are some amazing specials being offered to local residents. There is a $70 Paradise Special which is a one-night stay, with complimentary mini-bar drinks. The Iki Japanese Restaurant is offering an All-You-Can-Eat Sukiyaki special for $42 (+10% SC) on weekends. There are other specials being offered, such as special green fees for golfers and Weekend Kids Poolside Parties. If you've not been to this pristine, majestic resort yet, the month of November may serve as an affordable introduction.

This week's review of Kaveh Kanes at the Ladera Tower in Mangilao is about another getaway that's worth going to for 'good eats' and a little unwinding. I recommend that we all make time to seek out new and different experiences here on Guam. Believe me, there are many more than you'd think, and lot more that are closer than you'd realize.

Ken, "The Guam Food Guy"

In Today's Issue:

  • Guam Girl Scout "COOKIE KICK-OFF!" Saturday, November 5, 2005 GW High School
  • Pacific Island Grillers for Education - $10K in Musical Instruments to Schools
  • The Magic of India at Hyatt's La Mirenda - November 1-10
  • This Time Last Year - Highlights from the Guam Diner Newsletter
  • Around the Island - May's Dim Sum, Pizza at The View
  • Kaveh Kanes at Ladera Tower - Worth the Distance

Guam Girl Scout "COOKIE KICK-OFF!" Saturday, November 5, 2005 GW High School

Saturday promises to be an exciting day for the Guam Girl Scouts as they will be having their first ever Girl Scout "COOKIE KICK-OFF!" in the GW Gym. This special event will include the launching of the 2005/06 Girl Scout Cookie sale, with pre-orders being taken starting Nov. 5-27 for January 06 delivery, as well as to introduce two NEW cookie flavors.

This event will also serve to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Girl Scouting on Guam. A highlight will be to recognize the top individual cookie sellers from the 2004/2005 sales period. A simulated "newscast" announcing the new cookie flavors, "Cartwheels" (Cinnamon Oatmeal Bites) and "Thanks-A-Lot" (Crunchy Fudge-Coated Treats) will be anchored by KUAM News Director Sabrina Salas Mantanane. Other feature stories included in this "newscast" are the Guam Food Guy Ken Stewart's critique of the new cookie flavors (Ken serves on the GGS board), and a "Girl-on-the-Street" segment, with girl interviews and reactions to the new cookie flavors.

Other activities include a Cartwheel contest, a chance to say "Thanks-A-Lot" in the languages of the membership (this new cookie has this phrase stamped on the cookie in different languages), and a review on "Safe Selling Guidelines" by GPD's Lt. Kim Santos. Several representatives of the business community will attend to present awards for the top cookie sellers. Of the 12 honorees, the top two producers were Caitlin Hughes, Troop #046, who sold 1,319 boxes followed by Ha'ani Limtiaco, who booked sales of 1,009 boxes. The entire program is scheduled to last one hour, which means it's going to be non-stop action and fun.

Pacific Island Grillers for Education - $10K in Musical Instruments to Schools

On October 22, the Pacific Island Grillers for Education (PIGFE) presented the Guam Public School System with $10,000 worth of brand new musical instruments. This purchase was made with the net proceeds of funds raised during Guam's Ultimate Grilling Competition held this past April at Ypao Beach Park. Attending the presentation were school officials and students from Agueda Johnston School, Benavente Middle School, F.B. Leon Guerrero School, Jose Rios School, Oceanview Middle School, and Southern High School. Photo: L-R Dave Duenas, PIGFE Representative; 1st Lady of Guam, JoAnn Camacho; Juan Flores, Superintendent of GPSS and Steve Cruz, President of PIGFE.

The Magic of India at Hyatt's La Mirenda - November 1-10

"Variety is the spice of life," is an expression we've all heard and probably used at some time in our lives. However, this maxim is not only demonstrated, it is re-created anew at the Hyatt's La Mirenda where "a variety of spices give new life to food" in "The Magic of India" promotion taking place from now through November 10! We are honored to have award-winning Indian chef Ashwini Salvi visit us from the Hyatt Regency Auckland, New Zealand. Chef Salvi, along with the Hyatt Guam's cooking team, is preparing fabulous buffets for lunch and dinner highlighting popular Indian cuisine treats such as Tandoori Chicken, Pork Vindaloo (an East Indian fiery pork curry), Dal Makhni (creamy split black lentils), Lamb Madras Curry, Prawn Malabai Curry, Baingan Aloo (eggplant and potatos), Jeera Rice, Poppadums, and Dosas. Exotic desserts include Carrot Halva and Fritters with Fragrant Syrup.

The magic of Indian food is created from rich, aromatic spice blends called Masalas which are used to season the meats and vegetables. Among the spices on display for olfactory sampling are cinnamon sticks, black peppercorn, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, red chilies, and mustard seeds. The fragrant blends create marvelous dishes that are well-spiced, but not necessarily "spicy" or "pika" (hot), and signs next to some of the these entrees will tell you if they are "fiery". I don't think anything served in either lunch or dinner buffets is ultra-hot (like an 8 on a scale of 10). The pay-off is how these spices interact with food to bring incredible pleasures and flavors to one's palate. The spices essentially "stimulate" the senses, giving the food a semi-mystical enhancement. That's why there's nothing ordinary about Indian cuisine, and Chef Salvi excels in creating the extraordinary.

You must come and experience Chef Salvi's culinary magic for yourself!! The Magic of India Promotion features a lunch buffet from 11:30am-2pm, for $20/person, with raffle drawings and a dinner buffet from 6-10pm, $35/person. A special Sunday Brunch Buffet on November 6 will feature a fashion and cultural show. Dinner buffets include free-flowing Kingfisher Beer, the leading brand of India. For reservations, call 647-1234.

This Time Last Year - Highlights from the GuamDiner Newsletter

November 5, 2004, Vol 4 No 45

Restaurant Reviewed: Sejong Korean Restaurant - Traditional Taste & Exceptional Quality

Highlights:
SDA's Positive Choices Nutrition Class - "Not By Bread Alone"
Directions Features GFG Top Picks for Appetizers, Entrees & Desserts
La Mirenda's "Creations of Korea" November 11-20

Around the Island - May's Dim Sum, Pizza at The View

If it's lunch time and you are in the mood for Dim Sum, then May's Restaurant is where you want to be! We recently lunched there and had our favorite Won Ton Soup and felt like some DIm Sum so we ordered the Steamed Spareribs in Black Bean Sauce ($3), Shrimp Dumpling ($3.50), and the aromatic Pan Fried Chives/Meat Dumpling ($4). These light snacks are well-prepared and quite tasty, and with the Won Ton Soup and Shrimp Fried Rice, we had more than enough to eat. May's has about 23 different dim sum offerings on her menu. These are only served at lunch.

On Halloween we escaped from the trick-or-treaters, saw a movie at the Mall (there had to be 10,000 people there when we came out of the theatre!), and escaped to The View, a Tumon hideaway where we were comforted by a relaxing environment, friendly service, and great food. It does sound rather strange that we went to The View to hide! The View is at the Marriott Resort Guam, and is tucked away past the lobby. We perused the menu and were in the mood for a small snack (we already had been stuffed with popcorn), so we ordered a pizza (half Margarita/half Pepperoni) for $12. The brick hearth gives this pizza crust a special crispness and super heats the cheese to a melted perfection. It's really one of the island's better pizza experiences. I also ordered an Illy Cafe Mocha and a New York Cheesecake (one of Chef Bruno Bohl's pastry creations, available thru Nov. 30). There's more we could have had at The View. There's Ramen noodles, you can create your own Pasta dish choosing from Spaghetti, Penne, or Bow Tie with your choice of sauces, Basil & Garlic, Light Cream with Shrimp & Mushroom, or Carbonara. There also a variety of panini and wrap sandwiches and a selection of salads to choose amongst. The View is definitely a place you should consider when deciding on your next rendezvous for lunch, afternoon, or dinner.

Kaveh Kanes at Ladera Tower - Worth the Distance

"When opportunity knocks, don't just sit there...open the door!" are words of wisdom to live by and that is what I did this past week. It was just past 2pm when I left the GCC campus in Mangilao. I hadn't had lunch yet and was wondering where to eat when I saw the huge white towering structure called Ladera Tower. It was then that I remembered that Kaveh Kanes was located in the lobby, and that people had been saying good things about their food.

Well, after having experienced Kaveh Kanes, I can tell you they were right. Kaveh Kanes is in a class of its own, since it has the distinction of being Mangilao's only lobby cafe. If you consider space and size, Kaveh Kanes is probably one of Guam's largest, since it takes up an entire section of Ladera Towers' enormous lobby. There is plenty of seating at Kaveh Kanes, with tables near the lobby's glass-walled windows looking out over the pool, seats up at the attractive, circular blonde wood bar, and tables in what resembles a large home study or library. It's a very relaxing and soothing environment, with plants, paintings, mirrors, book shelves, and cozy rattan chairs. It's also very clean.

A couple of signs on the counter promote special meal offers like the Bagel Sandwich ($3.50), which you can get with tuna, ham, turkey or chicken lime, and includes lettuce, red onion and tomato, as well as your choice of cheese. They also offer a Croissant Sandwich ($3.95), with turkey or ham with cheese. For a $1 more on either of these, you can make it a Combo Special and get a 16 oz. cup of their "daily grind" coffee. Kaveh Kanes has signature sandwiches as well as a "build me a sandwich" or salad menu. For $5.95, you choose your bread - white, wheat, 9-grain, onion bun, or a large croissant for $1 more and add a dressing of your choice, your meat, a cheese (Swiss, American, Provolone, Havarti, or Colby Jack), and veggies. This meal includes your choice of home-made Potato Salad (which I had) or Potato chips.

I picked up the menu and with the assistance of co-owner Kathy Robinson decided on my order (I didn't let on who I was - she found out later). I was so curious about the Chicken Lime Salad sandwich that I just had to have it. I ordered it the way Kathy recommended - on an onion bun with Havarti cheese, sweet hot mustard, lettuce, tomato, red onions, cucumber and sprouts. It was an excellent combination of fresh ingredients, as I discovered. But let's get back to the sequence of events. I couldn't decide on just one sandwich as I like more variety for the review, so I heard Kathy say that they made a really good BLT. So, this I ordered for $3.95. I asked for a small bowl of their soup of the day, which was a flavorful clam chowder( $2.50). It had a lot of mussel meat, but that didn't detract from it's quality. For my beverage, I had a calamansi juice, which is served unsweetened. Perfect!

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