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Guam Diner Newsletter, March 1, 2002, Volume 2, Number 9

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

How about a little inspiration? I guess you could say it's "food-related", since I copied it from a carton of Silk Soymilk that I was drinking. However, I believe that after reading how America's first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell, overcame enormous odds to achieve her dreams you may share my admiration for her. The following was excerpted from Silk Soymilk's "Real American Heroes" series, and is titled "Our First Woman Doctor":

Elizabeth Blackwell, 1821-1910

"Elizabeth Blackwell's tenacious idealism and perseverance led her to break barriers for women on both sides of the Atlantic. After her British family fell on hard times, she applied to several U.S. medical schools and was rejected. Geneva Medical College (NY) accepted her, but male students made her education difficult, shunning her and barring her from classroom participation. She persisted, ranking first in her class, and became the first woman doctor of modern times in the United States.

When New York hospitals refused to hire her, she opened a dispensary of her own. When the Civil War broke out, she trained nurses. She returned to England, and with Florence Nightingale, opened the Women's Medical College. She retired from the London School of Medicine at age 86."

This grabbed my attention and brought some perspective to the challenging issues facing our island's economy today. It has to do with being persistent and keeping a positive attitude. It has to do with making a difference in the community in which you live. It has to do with that same personal drive and dedication demonstrated by two recently deceased local heroes, Clotilde ("Ding") Castro Gould, and Andrew ("Andy") McConnell Gayle, who spent much of their lives contributing to our island in their respective professions and civic activities. They, like Elizabeth Blackwell, leave behind a legacy of achievement.

We all can, in our own lives and in our own ways, become "heroes" - the choice is ours!

  • In Today's Issue
    • Rainbows/Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League 3.5 Miles Run/Race Walk - March 2
    • Raphael's Ice Cream - Fresh Fruit Shakes & Cakes
    • Remote Area Medical Veterinary Services Spay & Neuter Clinics Return to Guam
    • Guam Girl Scouts Celebrate "Thinking Day" on March 2 at UOG Field House
    • Terry's Chamorro Food Stand & Catering Service - Fast Fiesta Food

    Rainbows/Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League 3.5 Miles Run/Race Walk - March 2

    The Fourth Annual Rainbows/Robbie Webber Run/Race Walk is being held at the Micronesia Mall this Saturday March 2, with Show-time and registration at 5:45 a.m. - 6:25 a.m., and start time at 6:30 a.m. This year's theme is "The Spirit of Hope for Life, Living, and Loving". Pre-registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at Mark's Sporting Goods. This is a worthwhile event that will be fun for the whole family. There will be lots of prizes and awards presented. For more information, contact Marie Halloran at 632-0257, Mary Torres at 477-0000, Rosie Sgambelluri at 646-5046, Marie Benito at 646-8648 or Nancy Weare at 565-9616.

    Raphael's Ice Cream - Fresh Fruit Shakes & Cakes

    "I SCREAM for ICE CREAM!" It is nearly impossible to resist the allure of ice cream, especially when combined with fresh fruit, and that is what Raphael's Ice Cream stand, located in Hagatna's Chamorro Village, does best. Raphael's fresh fruit milkshakes flavors are strawberry, banana, coconut, watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, and mango. Mixed with ice cream, these 16 oz. drinks sell for $4.00 and you can combine fruits free of charge.

    Founded by Ralph Hutton, Raphael's sells ice cream by the cup or cone, and has sundaes and banana splits. One of Raphael's specialties is their special fruit breads they make, which include banana, banana nut, banana raisin, carrot nut and zucchini nut. These are priced at $2.00 for a small loaf and $4.00 for a large one. They are extremely good, and are available for purchase on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can special order them any other day for a next day pick-up. Raphael's is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Wednesdays when they are open until 10 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

    Ralph's step-son, Chris Presnell, explained to me how their most popular shake, the "Hit Man Milk Shake", was created. A famous local radio personality, called Gino the Hitman (Power 98 and I-94), asked for a special combination of fruits with chocolate ice cream. I sampled one of these delicious concoctions and could taste banana, strawberry, and raspberry. Oh, yes, it is the "diet" version...after all you are having just one, and Gino usually drank two! Try Raphael's to quench your ice cream craving with their refreshing, fruit-filled treats and delicious, home-baked specialty breads. You can find them at stall # 21B next to Terry's Chamorro Food Stand and across from the Main Pavilion.

    Remote Area Medical (R.A.M.) Veterinary Services Spay & Neuter Clinics Return to Guam

    All of us here on Guam are aware of the serious problem of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. These unfortunate animals often grow up to be neglected, abused and abandoned, many of them dying on our roads. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Rebecca Diaz, DVM, G.A.I.N and numerous local sponsors, R.A.M. returns to offer their veterinary services at prices so low that it is affordable to round up the neighborhood dogs and cats and take them for spay and neutering. The first animal you bring in will cost $20 with each additional spay/neuter for only $10. If you are on public assistance, there is no charge. You just need to provide proof.

    Agana Heights Mayor Paul McDonald has generously made the Agana Heights Community Center available for the doctors to perform the surgeries. The clinics will be held on March 9 & 10 and again from March 12 through 16. Please call Isla Veterinary Clinic at 477-7879 for information and to schedule an appointment.

    Guam Girl Scouts Celebrate "Thinking Day" on March 2 at UOG Field House

    On Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. - 12:00 noon, over 400 Guam Girl Scouts and adult members will assemble in a celebration of cultural diversity where they will learn more about Girl Scouting in other countries. International songs and dances will be performed by several troops, with special guest performances by the Chinese School of Guam and the International Children of Worship. This event will also have Lt. Gov. Madeleine Bordallo proclaim March as Girl Scout Month on Guam. March 12 is the 90th anniversary of Girl Scouts and Guam Girl Scouts will be celebrating its 67th anniversary on March 13. Troop and member recognition awards will be presented for various activities and achievements made during this past year. The closing ceremony will have the girls form the Girl Scout Friendship Circle, representing unending friendship and unity of Girl Scouts around the world. For more information, call 646-5652.

    Terry's Chamorro Food Stand & Catering Service - Fast Fiesta Food

    A significant discovery was made over 400 years ago by the Spanish--not only was Guam a beautiful island and welcome relief from weeks at sea, but it was populated by people who loved to cook and eat! The Chamorro food was so uniquely delicious that the Spanish tried to keep it a secret for themselves, and loaded their galleons with fiesta plates after dumping their gold overboard to make room...alright, so I stretched the story a bit! Yet the truth remains, Chamorro food has a universal appeal, with people relishing the special blend of spices and ingredients used to make these hearty, mouth-watering dishes served at Guam's village fiestas.

    Since it's impossible to attend a fiesta everyday (they're just not held that ofen), there are other ways to treat yourself to great Chamorro food, and you can do this by going to Hagatna's Chamorro Village where you will find an eatery known for its special local plates: Terry's Chamorro Food Stand & Catering Service.

    Open every day of the week ( 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursdays - Tuesdays and 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Wednesdays), Terry's serves a broad selection of local favorites, though they don't roast pigs or serve fanihi (fruit bat)! What I ate (sampled) will give you an idea of their menu items. I had three Kelaguen's (chicken, shrimp, and beef), a shrimp patty, lumpia, kadon pika, BBQ Spare rib, BBQ chicken, fried chicken, beef tinak tak, bisteak Chamorro, pancit, red rice and vegetable salad. Terry's also sells fried tilapia and parrot fish.

    Since this is a "fast food" stand, you will not be able to overload your plates with goodies like you would in an all-you-can-eat buffet (or at your local fiesta). However, for Terry's # 1 Fiesta Plate ($5.00), you get your choice of chicken or beef Kelaguen, choice of Fried or BBQ Chicken, BBQ sparerib, pancit, shrimp patty, vegetable salad and red rice. Not a bad deal! The # 2 Hot Chamorro Plate ($5.00) has beef, chicken, and shrimp Kelaguen, vegetable salad and red rice. I need to warn you the Kelaguen is pika! A fish plate and pork chop plate are also available. Shishkabobs (chicken and pork) are ready to eat, too and priced at $1.00 each.

    Although I enjoyed most of the foods I sampled, I was particularly impressed with their Kadon Pika (hot stewed chicken), beef tinak tak, beef kelaguen, fried chicken, bisteak Chamorro and red rice. The kadon pika was exceptional, and the older stewing chicken was cooked and seasoned so that every bite delivered heated flavor. The beef tinak tak was great, with minced beef stewed in a coconut broth with onion, joined by delicious crunchy green beans. The beef kelaguen was the tastiest of the three. The meat was tender and marinated just right. (I prefer the shrimp kelaguen at Josephine's Chamorro Kitchen because of the fastidious care she takes deveining it.)

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    Bon Apetit!

    The Guam Food Guy

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