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Guam Diner Newsletter, December 7, 2001, Volume 1, Number 24

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

It's hard to believe that this is the 24th in a series of weekly e-zine issues since we launched the web site in late June. There has always been something unique and interesting to talk about as we continue in our mission to bring you food-related items and news and information about activities on our busy little tropical island paradise. I had occasion this past Sunday to visit the Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair at Jeff's Pirate's Cove in Ipan. I ran into Dave Lotz who has just published the "Guam Guide," which is an impressive color guidebook describing just about everything there is to see and do on Guam (more than 300 places and fun activities.) When I told him I was the Guam Food Guy, he said he'd mentioned our website,, in his book, on page 10. When I looked at the page, it said something like "for restaurant information, go to" Thanks Dave! You can purchase this locally-published (by Making Tracks) book at any local bookstore.

While at Jeff's, Zee (whom I accompanied to do some Christmas shopping) and I were asked to sample some locally-made jelly called Jenny's Jungle Jelly. There were two types, a Mild and a Pika. We first tasted the Mild jelly, which was spread on top of some cream cheese on a cracker ... it was subtle, with the flavor slowly catching up to our palates. However, the Pika jelly was awesome, so good, in fact, I bought a jar. It's made with sugar, vinegar, pectin, sweet bell peppers, and boonie peppers. This is one of the better jellies I've come across, and I asked Jennifer Coleson, the creator, where people could buy this product. She's just starting her distribution and will let you know where you can buy Jenny's Jungle Jelly if you call her at 789-6772 or e-mail her at Of course, since shopping works up an appetite, we told Jeff we needed his famous burger.

Speaking of burgers, we are pleased to announce the addition of Carl's Jr. to our lunch specials on's front page as well as in our restaurant directory. You can easily download a coupon offering $1.00 off any sandwich. They're known for (to quote their own ads) "big, messy burgers that are dripping with taste!" For you health conscious diners, Carl's has a Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich that has 280 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 25 grams of protein! You can find the Carl's Jr. discount coupon and many more offers at the lunch and dinner specials listed at

In Today's Issue
  • Walk for Freedom 5K Run/Walk/Wheel - Saturday, December 8, Tiyan
  • Quizno's Hagatna Location Now Open For Business
  • Taiwan Acrobatic Troupe - 7:30 pm December 6 & 7, Southern High School
  • Le Premier's Steak & Seafood Dinner Buffet - Impressive Cuisine with a Breathtaking View

Walk for Freedom 5K Run/Walk/Wheel - Saturday, December 8, Tiyan

The Association of Government Accountants is holding a 5K Run/Walk/Wheel this coming Saturday starting at 6:00 am sharp. The location for the race start and finish is the Tiyan Football Field. Sign up locations are Mark's Sporting Goods, Hornet Sporting Goods-Tamuning, DOA (Peter Aguon), GWA Tumon Office (Zeny Nace). Early registration fee is $6.00 adult, $4.00 for child/student. Race day fee is $10.00/adult and $5.00 for child/student. Free T-Shirts will go to the first 800 participants. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross, Erica's House, and the Guam Girl Scouts.

Quizno's Hagatna Location Now Open For Business

If you haven't had an opportunity to visit the new Quizno's location in Hagatna, you will be pleasantly surprised, if not amazed at how the owners have transformed the entire floor into a high energy eatery featuring Quizno's popular sandwich, soup, and salad selections. Since they open early (7:00 am), they even have a coffee station with breakfast muffins. There is plenty of seating in the spacious, air-conditioned dining room that features a partial ocean view from two windows. This is an impressive facility that is designed to service both take-out and dine-in customers. The Grand Opening date has not yet been established, however, they are open for business today and have certainly made a significant investment into Hagatna's inventory of restaurants. The precise location is the Ada Arcade next to Nissan Auto City, along the Marine Drive/Rte 8 Intersection. I know Quizno's new location will make a lot of folks very happy since they can totally avoid having to drive all the way to Tumon. Don't forget to bring your VIP Rewards card!

Taiwan Acrobatic Troupe - 7:30 pm December 6 & 7, Southern High School

The Make-a-Wish Christmas Extravaganza Show is featuring the Taiwan Acrobatic Troupe (Re-Cheng Elementary School) at Southern High. General Admission is $12.00 adults and $6.00 for children under 12. Reserved seating is $25.00. This will be a dynamic, energetic, and colorful exhibition the entirely family is sure to enjoy. Tickets are available at all Pay-Less locations and the Make-a-Wish Foundation office in Barrigada.

Le Premier's Steak & Seafood Dinner Buffet - Impressive Cuisine with a Breathtaking View

A remarkable metamorphosis has occurred at the Onward Beach Resort's main restaurant, Le Premier, which re-opened recently after a complete renovation. In fact, you would be hard pressed to recognize this new restaurant - it now has an airy, modern, stream-lined elegance with an emphasis on aesthetically-pleasing accoutrements. The new design allows diners to enjoy a fabulous ocean view and Agana Bay sunset from just about anywhere in the restaurant and bar (seating has expanded to seat 204). Just inside the entrance your eyes will be drawn to a wall showcasing beautiful hand-made vases inset in cut-outs that are back-lit by soft, pastel-filtered lights, appearing like fixed surreal TV monitors in a modern art museum's still life display.

I didn't realize that Le Premier featured an All-You-Can-Eat Steak & Seafood Dinner Buffet three nights a week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday). It's something the hotel has decided not to advertise too heavily until they have completed the construction of their new tower. Word of mouth and internal promotion is the way they are informing customers that they are offering this special meal, priced at $20.00/adult (inclusive of service charge), and $10.00/child (ages 5 to 12). Dinner hours are 5:30 to 9:30 pm, with happy hour from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The cocktail lounge is positioned adjacent to the large bay windows, with several barstools lined up against the well-stocked bar.

Although hotel buffets generally seem to offer many similar entrees, salads, and dishes, this one has some notable touches that I found to be interesting and tasty. Credit for this buffet must be accorded to the Onward's Executive Chef, Takashi Takaya, who has devoted a great deal of time and energy perfecting the food selection and assuring its quality. Since I arrived early, I was able to see the presentation of each entree in the buffet line...

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