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Guam Diner Newsletter, January 18, 2002, Volume 2, Number 3

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,


Happy Anniversary to me! Did you know that two years ago on January 19 I did my first e-mail restaurant review? It was a very short mailing list and a surprisingly (refreshingly for some!) short review of Boston Pizza, which is located in Tumon's Fountain Plaza (see the Boston Pizza Promotion below!). I was not yet known as "the Guam Food Guy". In fact, it was in my third review (Greek Freak April 13, 2000) that I first used the moniker "the food guy". My review of Sam Choy's Sunday Breakfast (May 28, 2000) marked the beginning of my "Body-For-Life" Exercise/Nutrition Program, and served as well as the starting point for my weekly "e-zine" schedule, which has been maintained ever since. The title "Guam Food Guy" was first used in my December 1, 2000 review of Shisen Ramen.

Things got serious with the review of the Hilton's Islander Terrace Theme Nights in the June 29, 2001 issue as it coincided with the launch of guamdiner.com, "Guam's Most Appetizing Website". Every weekly newsletter since that first HTML version is archived on the site, and has a search engine to find different topics. The site has grown dramatically since then and is visited by many people, locally and internationally. It pleases me to receive compliments, acknowledgments and gratitude from people using the site for restaurant information, recipes, lunch/dinner specials and related subjects.

We are delighted to host "The Spirit of Great Cuisine Contest" celebrating the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa's Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration. To enter, click on the above link or go to guamdiner.com and click on the blue and white banner in the center of the page. The prizes are impressive and you can enter online once every day.

Today's review of Kinney's in Mangilao is one that I thought would be fitting, since it must be Guam's oldest restaurant. Though I was quite young, I'm sure we ate there in 1959 and I've eaten there at some time in the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. They have certainly been consistent.

Let's celebrate our anniversaries this month!


In Today's Issue
  • Boston Pizza Guam Food Guy/Guamdiner.com Special Promotion
  • "The Spirit of Great Cuisine" 30th Anniversary Contest from the Hilton Guam
  • Listen to Guam Food Guy on Rlene Live Tuesday January 22
  • Sake Reigns Supreme at Roy's Restaurant
  • Kinney's Cafe - Serving Guam's Families Since 1947

Boston Pizza Guam Food Guy/Guamdiner.com Special Promotion

To celebrate my anniversary, I thought it would be wonderful to include my first review, Boston Pizza, in a special "Guam Food Guy"/ guamdiner.com promotion. Bob McLaughlin, Boston Pizza's entrepreneurial owner, and the man who introduced the world to Chamorro Chip Cookies, has generously agreed to offer a special 20% discount off the price of his pizzas. This will be for a two-week period starting Tuesday, January 22 through Tuesday, February 5. All you have to do to receive the discount is to mention you want the "Guam Food Guy" or "GuamDiner" discount when ordering your pizza. This applies to Boston Pizza's enormous 19" pizzas and their 9" Pizettes. Did you know that Boston Pizza offers the best valued pizza per square inch? Take the price and divide it by the amount of square inches and you'll see that he offers the best value for a fresh baked pizza using a 600 degree stone hearth oven. The Pizette's are priced from $5.00 - $6.50, with the Chamorro, Vegetarian, and Hawaiian priced at the higher end. Each additional topping for the Pizette is $.50, whereas each additional topping for the 19" pizza is $2.00. The 19" pizzas start at $18.00 for a single topping. So you can see that a 20% discount can represent a substantial savings! We will be running a banner promotion on the guamdiner.com front page beginning January 22nd, so tell your friends to check it out! It's a great deal for a marvelous pizza made with fresh, high quality ingredients.


"The Spirit of Great Cuisine" Contest

In honor of the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa's 30th Anniversary, guamdiner.com and the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa want to know "How much do you remember?". This week (Hurry! You need to answer this one before noon Friday, January 18.) answer the question correctly about the first disco* in the Hilton Guam and be eligible to win Gift Certificates to the Tree Bar or Caffe Cino. Next week it's Lunch for 2 or Dinner for 2 at the Islander Terrace. The week after that it's two Dinners for 2 at Roy's and the final week the Grand Prize is a Diamond Club Card and a Suite Retreat for 2. Click for details, rules and conditions, and all that stuff. Have some fun and maybe win a great prize from the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.
*A hint - The answer might not be as obvious as you think.


Listen to the Guam Food Guy on Rlene Live Tuesday January 22

When you go to Boston Pizza you'll notice some documents on the wall near the entrance that include photos. Among these photos are some taken by Rlene Steffy, who went to Boston Pizza based on the first review that I did...in fact, Rlene printed out a copy of the entire review along with her comments and this is posted prominently on the wall. Truth be known, Rlene was partially responsible for my developing the Guam Food Guy as a hobby and then a vocation. I've been on her show once before with Marie Mesa-Kerlin of La Mesa's Mexican Cuisine and I will be a guest on her K57 Talk Radio Show, Rlene Live, on Tuesday morning, January 22, between 10-12. I always enjoy being with Rlene, so stay tuned for what promises to be a revealing and entertaining interview with the "Guam Food Guy".


Sake Reigns Supreme at Roy's Restaurant

The intrepid staff at guamdiner.com ventured out to Roy's to try the "Joy of Sake" special menu being offered through Saturday, January 19. They happily report that the $45 set menu, which includes dishes specially created by Chef Eddie Chien to complement the sakes being served with each course, is well worth your time and money. One of our staff has been a fan of Chef Eddie's cooking since his days at Ivory and he has taken over the reigns at Roy's in admirable fashion. If you love Sake or just want to learn more about this most subtle of beverages, pick up the phone and make a reservation. You'll be happy you did.

Kinney's In Mangilao - Serving Guam's Families Since 1947

You've no doubt heard of the "K.I.S.S." principle in selling, right? It means "Keep It Simple, Stupid"! You'll find out that this principle has been the unspoken foundation for Kinney's decade's old success story.

Located on Route 15 (the back road to Andersen Air Force Base) in Mangilao, Kinney's has been consistently serving a simple menu consisting of Fried Onion Rings, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, Fried Mahi, Grilled Steak and Grilled Chop Steak. Kinney's is open for Lunch (11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and Dinner (5 p.m. - 10 - p.m.), Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays and holidays. Kinney's is a local favorite, offering filling meals that are served hot at unbelievably low prices.

Before there was Tony Roma's, Outback, Lonestar, the Ohana Beach Club, Denny's and anyone else who sells a version of "onion rings", there was Kinney's famous onion rings. They use their proprietary light flour batter and their onion rings are served in 3 sizes : Mini ($1.50), Small ( $2.50) and Large ($3.50). We ordered a Small Onion Rings, the Large Fried Chicken ($7.50) and a Large Combination Shrimp & Mahi ($11.50). Believe me, there was nothing "small" about the pile of onion rings that was delivered to our table! Kinney's provides a tartar sauce and a cocktail dipping sauce. My companion, Zee, decided to mix the two together and add some Tabasco for a fiery effect.

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Bon appetit!

The Guam Food Guy


Don't miss this week's features at guamdiner.com!
  • Featured Recipe - Easy Onion Focaccia Bread
  • Wine Feature - Old World or New World Wines? Cast Your Vote.
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Dave's Tips for a New You in 2002
  • Other Beverages Feature - The Coffee Bean - Everything You Want to Know
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