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Guam Diner Newsletter, February 1, 2002, Volume 2, Number 5

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,


There's always something interesting to do on Guam...you just have to make the time to experience new places and activities. Have you made it a point to walk into unfamiliar shops, stores, restaurants, or hotels? When did you last visit Tumon's Holiday Plaza Hotel? It's in the same building that houses Mac & Marti's Jazz Club and the new home of VIP Chinese Seafood Restaurant. How many of you have walked or driven past the Giant Lobster Restaurant on the 2nd floor of the building between the Grand Hotel and the Holiday Plaza? How many of you have assumed that Giant Lobster is only a "tourist" restaurant? I ask these questions because I have to challenge myself to avoid the comforts of familiarity and try new things...even sometimes turning on a new street. I believe that embracing newness is a way to extend life, making it more eventful, and certainly expanding one's awareness and appreciation for and about the world in which we live. Believe me, I do this a lot by eating!

Kudos to Manfred Pieper, General Manager of Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, for his recent selection as the Guam Business News Executive of the Year for 2001. Although the competition was formidable, Manfred was certainly deserving of this prestigious accolade. Over the years he has received a host of awards and commendations for his many exemplary contributions to Guam's hospitality and visitor industries. He has a passion for excellence and is devoted to the island of Guam, a place he happily calls home. You can enjoy the Hilton's hospitality by entering the "Spirit of Great Cuisine" Contest. (Details Below!)

Don't forget to drop into Boston Pizza and order the Guam Food Guy/guamdiner.com special, which entitles you to a 20% discount on all pizzas and pizettes. Check out the cool Pizza Math calculator at guamdiner.com for more details. This Guam Food Guy 2nd Anniversary special discount offer expires February 5 - so eat up!

In Today's Issue
  • Hilton Guam's "Spirit Of Great Cuisine" Contest Produces More Winners
  • Bunny Market Grand Re-Opening February 1 - 3
  • Junior Achievement Valentine's Trade Fair Saturday February 2, Micronesia Mall
  • Guam Food Guy Interview on KPRG FM 89.3's "Take 5" February 2, 11:00 a.m.
  • Giant Lobster's Chamorro BBQ Special
  • Kudos to Chef Melanie Dacanay, Western Culinary Institute Graduate
  • Carme Dinner Theater Magic Show - Guam's Best Kept Entertainment Secret!

Hilton's "Spirit of Great Cuisine" Contest Week 2 Winners

The very popular "Spirit of Great Cuisine" Contest produced 2 very lucky winners in its second week. Ms. Lisa Blas was the winner of Lunch for 2 at Islander Terrace and Ms. Glaiza Herradura-Lontoc won Dinner for 2 at Islander Terrace. They were among the numerous entrants who correctly answered the question of how many rooms and restaurants did the Hilton Guam have when it opened (250 rooms/2 restaurants). Don't be discouraged if your name hasn't been picked. All correct answers remain in the drawing for the Grand Prize. And, don't forget to enter for the Week 3 prizes, Lunch for 2 at Genji and Dinner for 2 at Genji. Just log on to guamdiner.com and click on the Hilton ad. You can enter daily.


Bunny Market Grand Re-Opening February 1 - 3

I recently visited the newly renovated Bunny Market Dededo store where a remarkable transformation has taken place. You have to see it for yourself to appreciate the difference. When I heard that my friend Audrey Burgess (formerly Pay-Less Supermarkets Oka Manager) was heading up the team at Bunny, I knew I'd be impressed. I'm sure you will too. Join in their re-opening celebration starting February 1 at both their Barrigada and Dededo locations.


Junior Achievement Valentine's Trade Fair - Saturday February 2, Micronesia Mall

Junior Achievement will be having it's VALENTINE'S TRADE FAIR at the Micronesian Mall Center Court this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to come and support these budding young entrepreneurs, Guam's future captains of industry. Remember, our continued support and encouragement of our young people is essential to their success, which will ultimately make life better for us all!


Guam Food Guy Interview on KPRG FM 89.3's "Take 5", February 2, 11:00 a.m.

The Guam Food Guy, aka Ken Stewart, is the guest on this Saturday's "Take 5" program on KPRG FM 89.3 at 11:00 a.m. This hour long program provides a revealingly, intimate view of the life and times of the Food Guy, and will include 5 selected songs that are among his favorites. Host Nancy Chism had the unenviable task of editing Stewart's "sharing" to compress it to fit the one hour time slot! Tune in...I promise I won't blush too much! (GFG)


Giant Lobster's Chamorro BBQ Special

Giant Lobster & Steakhouse BBQ Beer Garden, located on the 2nd Floor of La Isla Plaza, Tumon, is one of those places you have to visit to appreciate. Wanting me to share the pleasures of a local BBQ experience, Mahie & Jon Anderson recently invited me to explore this restaurant, owned by Charlie Yu, a long-time resident of Guam.

The Chamorro BBQ Special will be starting next week, according to Mr. Yu, and is a good value at $15.00 per person (half price for children ages 5 to 12). Mr. Yu has ordered special lacquered wooden tables with built-in gas grills, and has placed these throughout the rather extensive outdoor deck area which is covered by canopies. The traffic activity on San Vitores, as well as the surrounding buildings and walkways can be viewed from this vantage point, and you are afforded some privacy because of the elevation and perimeter railing.

The BBQ Special consists of a large banana leaf covered platter filled with marinated short ribs, meaty spareribs (baby back size), boneless chicken thighs and corn coblets. A salad bar is included (which we didn't do since we ate too much food to have room for salad!). Individual platters are brought out each with a flour tortilla filled with a high quality chicken kelaguen (finely chopped and pika), accompanied by a large scoop of red rice...Jon & I both agreed that Mr. Yu should add another scoop of rice to satisfy local diners, who usually eat a lot of rice with their meals. This is a cook-it-yourself BBQ experience, much like Yakiniku, and you can cook according to your own preference. The finadene (delivered on request) was quite tasty.

Giant Lobster's Chef, Mr. B, had a restaurant with the same name and used to cook for the legendary M's Steakhouse in Dededo, so he knows how to grill up a good steak and lobster dinner. I'll have to come back on my next visit and try that meal...I did see other diners trying meals ordered off the menu and was impressed by the Steak, Lobster and Alaska King Crab Leg Platter, which looked so inviting! Giant Lobster's dinner is from 6-10 p.m.. Call 646-0022/23 for more information.


Kudos to Chef Melanie Dacanay, Western Culinary Institute Graduate

It delights me to recognize Chef Melanie Dacanay, daughter of Hank (3 D Rentals) and Laura Lynn (VP at First Hawaiian Bank) Dacanay , on her recent graduation from the Western Culinary Institute in Oregon. I had the pleasure of dining with her and her family during our Giant Lobster BBQ dinner. Yes, she cooked for her parents! Melanie is a 1997 graduate of Simon Sanchez H.S. and will be gaining culinary experience at one of the Sheraton Hotels in the Seattle area, before eventually returning to Guam. Prior to leaving Guam to attend culinary school she worked with that dynamic team at Old Hagatna Grill. Good job!


Carme Dinner Theater Magic Show - Guam's Best Kept Entertainment Secret!

"Genuine Fun!" That's what awaits you when you experience the Hotel Nikko Guam's Carme Dinner Theater Magic Show. Although "Magic" is what gets top-billing, I really believe that the comedy routines performed by Hank Rice made this dinner show experience one to remember, and certainly Guam's best kept entertainment secret. This show is not just for the benefit of tourists, it is also designed to entertain local residents as well. There is no language barrier to this type of comedy and to the unbelievable magical feats performed by illusionist J. Storm.

The Magic Show is usually performed once nightly, in what is a combined Dinner and Cocktail Show starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required, and it's best to call 649-8815 in advance to confirm show dates. Local resident rates for Dinner are $52.00 adults and $32.00 children. The Cocktail Show is $25.00 and available for local residents only.

The adventure begins upon entering the Carme's entrance when you make your descent down the curving stairway into the dimly lit cavernous club. It's fairly cool in this subterranean cave so folks who chill easily should bring a sweater just in case. I understand that the cool temperature depends on where one sits in relation to the air conditioning vents, however my guest & I were quite comfortable (actually, we laughed so hard we generated plenty of heat!). Guests are seated at long tables accommodating twelve people.

The dinner service starts almost as soon as you arrive, and you are asked to select a beverage (coffee, tea, and soft drinks included in the dinner; the Cocktail Show includes one complimentary beverage). The first item served was a delicious seafood salad. It included smoked salmon, capers, squid, shrimp, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and lettuce, and was topped by a flavorful Japanese dressing. Soft dinner rolls accompanied the salad.

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Enjoy!

The Guam Food Guy


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  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Nutrition Tips for Older Adults
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