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Guam Diner Newsletter, February 8, 2002, Volume 2, Number 6

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

It's that time of year when love is in the air and Cupid is stringing his bow with heart-piercing arrows...love, that sweet exalted feeling that confounds the wisest...love that elevates the spirit and makes dreams come true...love that melts in your mouth like chocolate...love that brings red roses and blue violets to happy hearts...love which honors that special day for lovers all over the world... Valentine's, a day for love! What better way to express love than to enjoy a romantic Valentine's dinner at your favorite restaurant? See the item below for information and menus from many of the island's most romantic spots. Book your reservations now, as seating will be limited at those intimate dining hideaways known for impressing sweethearts!

Speaking of "sweethearts" - Circle of Friends presents "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", a fun-filled evening of sweet love songs and fine food at Le Tasi Bistro, February 14, 15, & 16. A special 5-course dinner will be served prior to the show. What you may not know is that yours truly, the Guam Food Guy, will be singing love ballads! For more information, see the article below.

The Year of the Horse is supposed to bring good luck to us all...believe me, we need it! Throughout the month of February there are various celebrations taking place at many Chinese restaurants. One special event you should plan on attending will be Chef Leland Feng's Dim Sum Lunch Buffet at the Marriott Cafe from February 11 to 15. For more info, see the Guam Marriott item below.

Finally, it's nice to be recognized. In the February issue of Guam Business News, guamdiner.com was honored with the "Netizen's Choice" designation, an accolade only given to four of the top twenty local web sites. We're obviously pleased, and are equally proud to know that our sister web site, guamonsale.com, made the list as well. Kudos to all those sites that made the grade.

In Today's Issue
  • Hilton Guam's "Spirit Of Great Cuisine" Contest Produces More Winners
  • Guam Restaurants Offer a Variety of Romantic Menus for Valentine's Day
  • "Let Me Call You Sweetheart!" A Romantic Dinner Musical Benefit
  • Guam Marriott - Dim Sum Delights and Romance at the Manhattan Steakhouse
  • Hy's Steak House - Retaining That Quality Dining Experience
  • The V.I.P. House Chinese Seafood Restaurant - Tumon's Best for Live Seafood

Hilton's "Spirit of Great Cuisine" Contest Week 3 Winners

Last week's question "How many year's has the Hilton Express Christmas Train been running?" was correctly answered by numerous entrants. It doesn't seem possible that this holiday fixture of island life has been running for 15 years. The winners were; Ms. Karen Marchesseault, Lunch for Two at Genji and Mr. Roy Cruz, Dinner for Two at Genji.

This popular contest is now in it's fourth week and there is still time to enter for the Dinner for Two at Roy's (2 winners). Log on to guamdiner.com and click on the Hilton Banner. You can enter daily. Don't be discouraged if your name hasn't been picked. All correct answers remain in the drawing for the Grand Prize which will be held on February 15.


Guam Restaurants Offer a Variety of Romantic Menus for Valentine's Day

There is no shortage of wonderful places to dine on Guam and this Valentine's Day our fabulous chefs have created unique Valentine's menus to delight the hearts of all.

In Hagatna, The Old Hagatna Grill is presenting a "Valentine's Romantic Wine Dinner" and Firefly is offering special a la carte and set menus for the entire Valentine's weekend. See more about Le Tasi Bistro's special below. In Tumon, Chef Eddie Chien of Roy's has created a culinary "Symphony of Love" and Hy's is offering menus entitled "Roses and Romance" and "An Affair to Remember". At the Islander Terrace the special buffet is titled "Valentine in Paris".

From all of these exquisite choices, you are sure to find something to suit. Best of all, a single click of the mouse let's you see them all!


"Let Me Call You Sweetheart!" A Romantic Dinner Musical Benefit

Circle of Friends presents a musical revue at Le Tasi Bistro February 14th through 16th, to benefit the American Red Cross. A five-course dinner will be prepared by Chef Bertrand Haurillon and Pastry Chef Piet Koppen.

You will be treated to such tunes as "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story, "On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady, "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific, "Sun and Moon" from Miss Saigon, and "When I'm Sixty-Four" by the Beatles and others.

For reservations, call Le Tasi Bistro at 472-7877. Ticket prices are $75.00 per person or $140.00 per couple. Dinner at 7:00 PM, Musical Revue at 8:30 PM.

Circle of Friends includes the talents of artistic and musical directors Allan & Cecille Nazareno, collaborator Rolly Maiquez, collaborator & producer, Karen Marchesseault. The talented cast will feature MC and vocalist Jeff Marchesseault, vocalists Ernest Ochoco, Nina Terlaje, Ken Stewart (a.k.a. "The Guam Food Guy"), Rolly Maiquez, Pamina Hofer, Ph.D. and musical staging & vocalist Cecille Nazareno.


Guam Marriott - Dim Sum Delights from Chef Fong and Romance at the Manhattan Steakhouse

As a special treat to welcome the Year of the Horse, Marriott is bringing back Chef Leland Feng's famous Dim Sum for a limited time only. Chef Feng will be preparing his legendary Dim Sum from BBQ Pork Buns to Shrimp Dumplings and all your other favorites. There will also be a full Buffet with appetizers, soup, carving station and dessert.

This splendid feast awaits you at the Marriott Cafe daily February 11 through 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The price is $15 per person (10% service charge will be added). You can call 648-1610 for reservations.

What's in a name? A lot, if you read the Special Valentine's menu at the Manhattan Steakhouse. I was amused and intrigued by the clever descriptions used for the various menu items. Here is a quick sample of some of them. The appetizer is "Hot Stuff" which in reality is a Carpaccio of Tuna with Wasabi and Green Onion Coulis. "Intimacy" describes the entrees and you can choose from a Honey Glazed Sea Bass or a Grilled Beef Tenderloin. "Heart Piercing Desire" can only be dessert and that is a Grilled Strawberry Souffle with Cointreau.

If you are intriqued and would like to share this with your Valentine, dinner is priced at $100.00 for two (10% service charge will be added) and includes a glass of champagne and a rose for the lady. For reservations, call 648-1610.

I liked those names!


Hy's Steak House - Retaining That Quality Dining Experience

I recently had the pleasure of dining at this venerable establishment known for its impeccable service standards and premium selection of food and wines. Hy's Steak House continues to satisfy the appetites and meet the expectations of its loyal customers who have grown accustomed to Hy's VIP treatment.

I was joined by my companion who had not yet dined at Hy's. I was sure she would enjoy herself, but didn't know how much until the evening ended. She had a splendid time...we had great company for dinner, and the food...the food! The French Onion Soup at Hy's is perfection. The oven-finished crusted cheese top sealed the savory rich onion broth beneath, and each delicious spoonful evoked murmurs of pleasure.

Our server was Dana, whose performance throughout the dinner was superb. Her experience was demonstrated in her attention to detail. I am impressed when a server can carry on an entertaining conversation while mixing tableside a Caesar Salad, which by the way, was an excellent rendition of the classic Caesar.

My companion ordered the Teriyaki Shishkaliks, which are skewered chunks of tenderloin with bell peppers and onions, grilled and topped with Hy's authentic Teriyaki sauce. I had a fabulous Roasted Rack of Lamb, which was herb-roasted to my preference, then carved tableside into succulent chops. The mint gravy was the ideal topping. Speaking of toppings...Hy's dresses potatoes like there's no tomorrow, with the works! Sour cream, fresh chives, butter and fresh bacon bits... (it's ok to occasionally splurge!).

For dessert, my companion had a special hot brownie muffin with ice cream, and I had the famous Mud Pie...a rich, decadent, chocolatey ice cream concoction. Sinful!

One special occasion that was commemorated this night was the ten year anniversary of good friends Eric & Danielle Martineau Bell. They regularly dine at Hy's Steak House and we shared a toast together. I attended their wedding at the Nikko and was even a neighbor before they were married! Great people!

Hy's Steak House remains the preferred venue for many customers who will continue to enjoy the personal attention, quality service, and excellent cuisine on which Hy's has built its reputation.


The New V.I.P. House Chinese Seafood Restaurant - Tumon's Best for Live Seafood

The V.I.P. House Chinese Seafood Restaurant recently opened on the second floor of Tumon's Holiday Plaza Hotel, just above Mac N Marti's. The move to the new address has closed the previous restaurant's popular location across from the P.I.C. When you see the new restaurant, you will agree that it's a good move for both the restaurant and its customers.

V.I.P. has long been known for its fabulous lunch specials, and has enjoyed enormous popularity with the local Chinese community (a sure-fire way of attesting to the quality of the food) as well as to many other local residents. The lunch menu boasts 50 different entrees, and has them segmented by price, ranging from $6.50 - $12.50.

The lunch crowd at V.I.P. quickly occupies their tables...the new location doesn't have as many tables as the previous dining room. However, this one does have four sizeable adjoining private rooms, which can be expanded to accommodate more guests.

My dining partner and I decided to start out with some dim sum appetizers, something I thought to be new to V.I.P.. There are over a dozen dim sum appetizers to choose from, with prices at $3.50 per order. We had the Siu Mai Pork Dumplings and an order of the Ha Gau shrimp dumplings. I made up my customary dipping sauce using vinegar, chili paste, and soy sauce. The pork dumplings arrived first, and they were quite tasty. The Ha Gau were delivered later, and I found them not quite done the way I'm used to having them. I'll have to try them again later.

We ordered the Kang Kong with Garlic (listed as Fried Vegetables - $8.50), an order of Won Ton Noodle Soup ($6.50), and an order of V.I.P.'s famous Walnut Shrimp ($8.50). The Kang Kong arrived first and was quickly devoured... there's nothing better nor healthier than this exciting green vegetable (how can a vegetable be considered exciting?) This stimulates the taste buds and provides a host of important nutrients and fiber. The stems are crunchy and require lots of chewing action to break them down for swallowing. They taste really good, mostly due to the abundant fresh garlic slices and oyster sauce.

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Bon Apetit!

The Guam Food Guy


Don't miss this week's features at guamdiner.com!
  • Featured Recipe - Valentine Desserts - Decedent Delights for Lovers
  • Wine Feature - How to Order Wine and Look Good Doing It
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - February is Healthy Heart Month
  • Other Beverages Feature - Hold the Wine and Champagne - Have a Valentine Cocktail
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