December 15, 2006, Volume 6 Number 49
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
It's the holiday season and there are parties galore happening everywhere! Be sure to take extra cautions while driving on the road, keeping an eye out for people driving erratically. There's a lot happening this week; The GWC Cook Book has been a hot topic of discussion for the past few weeks...many people have called trying to get copies. Read the info below to get the latest on where and how you can get copies.
Finally, we appreciate all of the support you have given us over the years. If you have any suggestions or ideas that you believe can improve our website and the information we provide, please send them in. You'd be surprised at how easy it's been to add more categories to our site's search parameters to help visitors find specific types of dining experiences.
Ken, the "Guam Food Guy"
Tova Harel Bornovski
"Taste of Rainbow's End" Book-Signing
Friday, December 15 3-7pm
We are honored to once again have Tova Harel Bornovski, author of "Taste of Rainbow's End", a treasure of recipes from Palau, visit Guam to promote her beautiful culinary masterpiece. She will be holding a book-signing at the Bestseller Bookstore in the Guam Premium Outlets on Friday, December 15, from 3- 7pm. As a special Christmas promotion, she is offering a 10% discount off the regular purchase price of $39.95.
The book is concisely-written with over 120 easy-to-follow recipes, which come from a variety of people including chefs and ordinary folks, with many recipes using ingredients from Palau. You can learn how to make Demok-Taro Leaf Soup, you'll need 10 pieces of "rekung" (crab) for this dish, or Kakau (purple taro) Croquettes. There are recipes for Appetizers, Breads and Dips, Soups and Salads, Meats, Fish & Seafood, Side Dishes, and Dessert. I am very pleased to own a copy of this tome which holds a special place in my cookbook collection.
Guam Women's Club's 55th Anniversary Cook Book
Find this fun and useful cookbook available for sale by club members at the following dates and locations.
Friday December 15, 2006, 2-8pm, Big Navy NEX, Food Court
Sunday December 17, 2006, 1-6pm, GPO (outside BCBG/Center Court)
The books will also available for sale at the following establishments:
Faith Bookstore Hagatna
Salon Paradis Hagatna
Nu-Form Fitness Tamuning
Taro Hut - near UOG
A&L Crafts Chamorro Village
Coconut Villa Chamorro Village
We here at GuamDiner.com are delighted to have a few of the recipes available for you online. Click here to see the recipes. The books are $15 per copy, and if you buy 10, you get one free. For more information, feel free to contact the GWC Cook Book Chairperson, Josette Greuling at email@example.com
GFG Hosts K57 "Tourism & You" Food Guy Show
Saturday Dec 16, 10am-Noon
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 Jojo Santo Tomas, proprietor of Jojo's Adobo, located in Chamorro Village. Jojo is best known as the PDN's Lifestyle Reporter, whose entertaining and informative articles covered a range of topics and subject areas. Our second hour guest will be Tova Harel Bornovski, author of "Taste of Rainbows End", a recipe book honoring the cuisine of Palau. Tova is the co-owner of Fish 'n Fins Dive Shop along with her husband, Navot. They also run several live-aboard operations as well as a restaurant called Barracuda.
These interviews will offer unique and interesting insights into the people behind the scenes at the island's restaurants. This will be an opportunity for you to hear compelling stories about their professions and their passions, which are often synonymous in this industry for people of their caliber. Your phone calls are welcome at 477-5757 or *57 on your cell phone.
Restaurant Scene Round-up
- Lone Star Steakhouse has extended its renovation by a day. They will re-open for business on Monday Dec. 18 at 4pm.
- Jamaican Grill has re-opened it's newly renovated Hagatna location in the Chamorro Village.
- Musashi Restaurant, serving Teppanyaki, has opened in Central Plaza Building in Tumon
- The Blue Plate has made a soft opening this week at the Imperial Suites Hotel on Ipao Road in Tamuning.
- Domino's has completed the construction of its new location adjacent to Winchell's in Tamuning.
- May's Restaurant Launches Additional New Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials - See GuamDiner Specials
We all have been to Denny's, or at least most of us have. There's one dish that I seem to be stuck on getting over and over again...it's the Chop Steak and Fried Chicken Dinner Entree ($9.95) from the Island Favorites Menu. I have to admit that it's actually improved since I first had it, The other night was the best it's ever been! The steak was flavorful and tender. The celery, carrots, bell peppers and onions, were cooked with the vegetables retaining a fresh crispness. The fried chicken was so-so, and actually kind of small. I really have the chicken as a side. My companion had a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, with Seasoned Fries, for $5.80. Though I only had a bite of this sandwich, I could tell that any one who likes grilled cheese sandwiches would like this one since they are serious about the cheese!. Moreover, with my GuamCell FX Nation Card, I got a 10% discount on my purchases!
Turnjai Thai Restaurant
Tamuning (Near A.C. Auto, Across from Lexus Showroom)
Had too much Thai? Nope, there's always room for Thai food, especially when it tastes as good as the Thai food we had this week at Turnjai Thai Restaurant, located just off Marine Drive next to A.C. Auto. You'll be pleased to find out that they also serve Chamorro food, and even have daily lunch buffets for $8, featuring Thai and Chamorro favorites. Why Chamorro? Well, it's not hard to understand when you know that Turnjai's husband is retired Marine, Ray Babauta. The family returned to Guam in 2002. While he was stationed in Hawaii, he and Turnjai had a Thai Restaurant there.
Although getting here at night may seem a little dicey since the road could be better lit (it's not that far off Marine Drive, maybe 200 ft.), it is well worth the effort...the place is quite large and brand new, with white tiled floors and big tables. It's really clean.The air conditioning works well, almost too well! There's even an air purifier working here. We were told that the menu will be changing shortly. We ordered simply, opting for Som Tum (Papaya Salad, $7), Combination Pad Thai ($7), and the spicy version of Beef Penang ($8). The Thai tea ($2) was good enough to order twice. Our young server, Jonas, was most helpful and told us how much he liked eating different types of food...I was tempted to enlist him as a Food Guy assistant!
The Papaya Salad was exceptional, with a lot of flavor coming from the dried shrimp blended in the sauce mixtures. There was so much of this that I had to take some of it home. The Pad Thai was equally delicious...it was so good we both kept going back continuously for more bites. Most amazing is that there is absolutely no MSG in any of the dishes which means all of that wonderful flavor is there because the dishes are made without shortcuts. A quick squeeze of local lemon juice on top of the Pad Thai brought out the flavors and I could taste the individual elements in the dish.
The Penang was the big surprise. It was certainly among the better penangs I've been able to eat locally. Though we ordered this "spicy", it was not that hot...just flavorful spicy. We talked about why locals like penang...it's because it's similar to those Chamorro dishes that are cooked in coconut milk. It's a little pika, but more flavorful that spicy-hot. The Penang had lots of beef slices, bamboo shoots, bell pepper, and thin slices of lime leaf...these held concentrations of the Thai flavors we've all been crazy to have...the gravy is so rich...just a treat!
I noted that the Thursday Lunch Buffet (11am-2pm) has the following items for $8: Steamed Rice, Spring Rolls, Kadon Oxtail Soup, Kadon Pika (Chicken wings), Thai Beef Salad, Stir-fry Vegetables, Vegetable Salad. Every day of the week features a different set of specials. This restaurant has the potential to become more successful, especially during lunch. I know you will also enjoy the unique kindness and generosity of Turnjai, and the humorous personality of Ray.
Sam Choy's Guam USA
I had been craving good, home-style Chamorro cuisine since my usual spot, Y Kusina, has temporarily closed. The craving brought me to Sam Choy's for lunch, to enjoy some of Executive Chef Peter Duenas' Chamorro dishes featured on Sam Choy's "Backyard Kitchen Menu".
An unexpected bonus came while I was sitting at my window table facing out towards Tumon Bay's blue waters. I noticed the Christmas decorations arranged inside the window ledge. It was a nativity scene. I couldn't resist taking a picture of the new Sam Choy's menu cover with a backdrop of the Christmas decorations, and then on through the window to the ocean out below. A perfect tropical Christmas scene!
Chef Peter's Kadon Katni (Clear Beef Soup with Vegetables, $10.95) is a dream come true...exactly what I craved and so good that I was close to taking a nap...that's some comfort food! It's made with tender end cuts of USDA Choice beef cooked in a clear flavorful broth with baby bok choy and potatoes, served with steamed rice. I portioned pieces of meat and bok choy into my rice bowl, and doused this with a little finadene. Ohhh...talk about yummy! My other dish was the Aflito'n Manok (Chef Peter's Garlic Fried Chicken). Though it's not traditionally Chamorro, it is one of Chef Peter's best secret recipes. Golden garlicky fried chicken served with steamed rice or mashed potatoes topped with gravy with corn on the cob on the side. I loved the gravy that comes in a small ramekin...it reminded me of the gravy KFC used to have years ago. The chicken was fried whole and then cut so it would retain its juiciness. I did satisfy my cravings and it helped to restore my energy.
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