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Guam Diner Newsletter, January 25, 2002, Volume 2, Number 4

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

What would you think if I told you there's a senior at Simon Sanchez High School whose dream is to become one of Guam's first local female Executive Chefs? Well, her name is Andrea Acosta and she's a member of the Pacific WAVE Club, which is supported by the Guam Visitor Industry Education Council (GVIEC). Andrea is enrolled in the GCC Tourism Program and will be receiving a Certificate of Mastery in Tourism Certificate upon completion. During her three years in the WAVE ("Welcome All Visitor's Enthusiastically") Club, Andrea has actively participated in a number of events sponsored by GVIEC, GVB, Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association and the Micronesian Chefs Association (in a cooking competition). Andrea's success story is featured in the latest GVIEC Newsletter. She's been accepted at the California Culinary Academy, where she will be studying to receive a degree in Culinary Arts.

It's both refreshing and inspiring to hear about this bright young person's achievements. It's a good news story...something we don't hear enough of in this time of high drop-out rates. Andrea says it best in her own words: "I'm excited about the new challenges that I will soon be facing and I plan to do well. When I return, I hope to inspire others to follow their dreams. I feel fortunate that I have mentors like (WAVE Club Advisors) Mrs. Schrage and Chef Revita, who have inspired me to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Their guidance and concern are unwavering, I think that's what all youths need--guidance to figure out what they want in life." Congratulations, Andrea! You make us all proud!

A special thanks to my long time friend, Dave Sablan, one of the GVIEC's founders and outgoing President, and best wishes to Mak Djalali, GVIEC's new President. Let's all support the efforts and applaud the achievements of this dynamic organization. They are making a difference in our lives and making it possible for our young people to envision their dreams and make them a reality.


In Today's Issue
  • "Pizza Math"? Cool Calculator Demonstrates the Value of a Boston Pizza!
  • "The Spirit of Great Cuisine" Contest from the Hilton Guam enters Week Two
  • Dading's Lechon Manok Expands to Second Location in Yigo
  • T.G.I. Friday's - Lunch Menu Specials Appeal to All Tastes

"Pizza Math"? Cool Calculator Demonstrates the Value of a Boston Pizza!

"Go figure!" That's exactly what you can do when you click on the Boston Pizza Banner on the guamdiner.com front page. Our web wizards have ingeniously created a cool way to calculate and compare pizza values using "Pizza Math" based on that timeless geometric equation, "Pi R Squared". This also shows you just how terrific that value is even before you receive a 20% discount at Boston Pizza just by mentioning the "Guam Food Guy" or "guamdiner.com" special when ordering. This is all part of a special two week promotion that runs from now until February 5th. If you haven't tried a Boston Pizza, now's the perfect time to eat a fabulous pizza and save some dough while you are at it! GO TODAY & SAVE 20%!!


"The Spirit of Great Cuisine" 30th Anniversay Contest from the Hilton Guam Enters Week Two

Congratulations go out to the winners of Week One! Ms. Bea Mendiola won the Tree Bar Gift Certificates and Ms. Marissa del Rosario won the Caffe Cino Gift Certificates. Also, a reminder that all correct entries for Week One remain in the drawing for the Grand Prize. Over 75% of respondents answered "10/4" to the question about the first disco at the Hilton Guam. This error was understandable as the 10/4 disco was in business for over 10 years but the correct answer was "Julianna's". Be sure to enter for this week's prizes; Lunch for 2 at Islander Terrace and Dinner for 2 at Islander Terrace. You can enter daily on-line at www.guamdiner.com by clicking on the Hilton Banner Ad.


Dading's Lechon Manok Expands to Second Location in Yigo

You just can't keep a good thing down, it has to go up, and that's what Dading's Lechon Manok is doing in its expansion to a second location in the parking lot of the Pay-Less Yigo Shopping Center. Dading's Lechon Manok's original location in the parking lot fronting Payless Shoe Store in Dededo has been wowing crowds with its mouth-watering, finger-licking good grilled meats since its inception last year...the smoke clouds streaming out of this yellow roadside BBQ stand attracts an endless stream of customers lining up for Dading's famous Mesquite charcoal BBQ rotisserie chicken, BBQ pork skewers and Pork Liempo (pork belly). The Yigo location started operation on January 15th and is open from 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, closed on Sundays. Richard Ochavillo, brother of Dading's founder, Rey (former Manager of Roy's Restaurant), is working the Yigo location along with his wife, Emily. A word from the wise--due to the popularity of Dading's BBQ meats, it is advisable to place your whole chicken orders 30 - 45 minutes in advance. I noticed many people returning to pick up their take-out orders at the Dededo location while I waited about 30 minutes for my bird to finish! It was worth the wait.


T.G.I. Friday's - Lunch Menu Specials Appeal to All Tastes

You know you're in America when you're dining at T.G.I. Friday's, not only because of the huge, wholesome servings of popular American cuisine, but also because of the ambiance created by a rare collection of pop culture American memorabilia, almost a "Museum of Commerce", since most of the items are obsolete. Friday's trademark logo with alternating red & white stripes are dominant themes on the menus, shirts, tables, matchbooks, sugar packs and signage; they take conspicuous pride in their brand. It's the food, however, that draws the customers to Friday's, as well as the friendly, fun-loving hospitality personified in Friday's cheerful servers.

It's no secret that Guam's competitive lunch hour environment has forced many restaurants to sharpen their pencils, reduce prices, cut-back on services and, in some extreme instances, to close. However, Friday's stands among those establishments who have seized the opportunity to offer more value for less, appealing to the lunch crowd who wants to enjoy an affordable sit-down, full-service meal in a relaxing atmosphere that takes your mind away from the pressures of work.

For $9.75, Friday's offers a special lunch menu consisting of eight entrees, with lunch including a cup of the day's soup and a refillable fountain soda, coffee or tea. These menu items have been selected because of their popularity and, in most cases, they are the same items on their regular menu but with the value-added benefits of soup and a drink. Moreover, they are generally priced lower (regularly, the Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is $11.95 and the Cajun Chicken Salad is $12.25). Since the beverages run about $1.95, one can appreciate the dollar savings. It's also a long lunch hour, spanning 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., giving the diner lots of time to eat without having to feel hurried.

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Bon appetit!

The Guam Food Guy


Don't miss this week's features at guamdiner.com!
  • Featured Recipe - Chopped Steak from Dorothy's Kitchen
  • Wine Feature - What do you drink with your pizza? Readers reply.
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Men's Health - Diet & Exercise Tips
  • Other Beverages Feature - The Mojito - Cuba's Take on the Mint Julep
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