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March 8, 2002, Volume 2 Number 10


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

You would have been proud of them! Dressed in a splendid array of colorful garments representing a variety of countries and cultures, with other troop members wearing uniforms, the Guam Girl Scouts celebrated "Thinking Day" on March 2 at the U.O.G. Field House. It was my first experience in my capacity as a Board member to participate in this

event and like all the other adults who were there, I was overwhelmed by the magnificent display of global unity and understanding demonstrated by the young girls from our community. Many booths were decorated to reflect each country, and even a few had prepared food dishes to sample, so that everyone could at least get a taste of travelling to another land. A passport booklet was provided allowing us to collect stamps from the countries visited, including Indonesia, Japan, Jamaica, Iceland, India, Fiji, Egypt, Aruba, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, France, Canada, Hungary, Germany, Australia, Spain, Mexico, and Zimbabwe. The Guam Seal was stamped on a Guam page featuring a welcoming from Tan Rosario Santos, a special guest at the event and one of the pioneers behind the Guam Girl Scouts, founding it 67 years ago! This gracious, humble lady has been sharing Chamorro culture with her troop members by teaching them basket weaving as a badge-earning skill. I was blessed to be able to know more about Tan Rosario's remarkable life when I drove her to her Yona home. Our manamko have so much wisdom to share with us--like our children, they are precious cargo.

After broadcasting last Friday's K-57 Guam Food Guy Restaurant Review, I craved Chamorro food for lunch and decided that we should go to Josephine's Chamorro Kitchen, one of Guam's best, to have her Shrimp Kelaguen and Fried Parrot Fish. My lunch partner ordered Escabeche, a flavorful dish featuring a fried fish in simmered vegetables with a vinegary sauce. This home-made Chamorro food was gof mannge! As proof, I'm carrying photos of these dishes with me so you can see what I'm talking about! Just ask me to show you!

In Today's Issue:

  • Guam Food Guy's 30 Best Places for Business Lunch - Directions Magazine's March Issue
  • The Hilton Guam 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament March 15
  • Welcome our New Sponsor, Isla Veterinary Clinic - Specials for Senior Pets
  • Latino Dancing at La Mesa's "Fiesta Latina", Friday Nights 9 p.m. - ???
  • Umatac's Own Loling's Cafe - Local Hospitality Brings Smiles to Hearts
  • Biba Fiestan Bud at La Brasserie - Friday Night, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sam Choy's Superb Culinary Creations - Bold Taste Sensations

Guam Food Guy's 30 Best Places for Business Lunch - Directions Magazine's March Issue

When my friend "J.Q. Fanihi" (aka Jerry Roberts) suggested I use the following description, "island's best biz mag has island's number one grub guru touting 30 boffo spots for luncheroo!", to promote my article in the March issue of Directions Magazine, I thought it was cute phrasing but could have been worded differently. After I saw the article's mock-up, his words had more than just a ring to them, they literally "rang the bell"! Apparently, the photographer and art director took liberties to bring out the "Farmer John" in me, and I can guarantee you'll laugh heartily at my various juxtapositions throughout the listings containing my selections of Guam's top 30 places for business lunch. Look for the photo of Continental's Chief Bill Meehan on the March issue's cover, coming soon to news stands and magazine racks at a location near you. This guide will help you find the right lunch spot to make the best impression (on your guest, your tummy and your wallet)!

The Hilton Guam 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament March 15

The Hilton Guam will hold their 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on March 15 at the Alte Guam Golf Resort. This great tournament will benefit the Gift of Life Guam and the American Red Cross. Your $130 entry fee will get you a tournament polo shirt, green fees, lunch, ditty bag and the awards banquet which will held at the Marianas Ballroom in the evening. This is an awesome value and there are plenty of prizes to be won including: a 2002 Ford Explorer from Triple J, an ATV Badger and Roadstar Cruiser from Yamaha, Round Trip Tickets with hotel accomodations, Digital Wireless PCS Phone from IT&E and much, much more.

Showtime is 11:30 a.m. with shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The format is Modified Callaway. Additional banquet guests are $30. Please call 646-1835 ext. 5501 to reserve your spot.

Welcome our New Sponsor, Isla Veterinary Clinic - Specials for Senior Pets

When was the last time you took that beloved four legged friend to the doctor for a checkup? Well, now is the time. Dr. Rebecca Diaz of Isla Veterinary Clinic is launching a special program designed to help keep our senior pets (both feline and canine) healthy at a great price. This special is only available through guamdiner.com so be sure to ask for the guamdiner.com special package. View the details. For those of you with a puppy or kitten there is a special Healthy Starter Package available through guamonsale.com. Call Dr. Diaz and her fine staff at 477-7879 for reservations.

Latino Dancing at La Mesa's "Fiesta Latina", Friday Nights 9 p.m. - ???

Dance to the spicy Latin beat of music played by a newly-arrived DJ from San Diego, Marcos Duran, aka "MYD", at La Mesa's Authentic Mexican Cuisine. After enjoying a sumptuous dinner of your favorite Mexican foods, this is a terrific way to burn some calories...this is a salsa party, so come on down, order La Mesa's specialty margaritas, and dance...dance...dance...ole! Call 477-6362 for dinner reservations and other information.

Umatac's Own Loling's Cafe - Local Hospitality Brings Smiles to Hearts

How about a change of pace...let's get out of "big city" dining and take a drive down to the beautiful southern village of Umatac, where you will see a little bayside eatery called Loling's Cafe, just southwest of the San Dionisio Church. This quaint little white building with the blue trim has a bay view from its windows and its outdoor balcony that's postcard perfect. A breeze blows through all four sides of this restaurant. We had a chance during Discovery Day to stop in and meet Loling's owners, Dolores and Joe Quinata, and were treated to their warm hospitality. One thing about sitting in Loling's is that you will immediately feel a sense of relief and comfort...in fact, you will begin to be lulled into a relaxed state by the gentle rolling sounds of the surf washing the rocks just below Loling's.

Loling's Cafe has a simple lunch menu, featuring Chicken Adobo ($6.50), which has a thick gravy that makes it delicious; Chicken Curry ($7.00); Chopsteak ($8.00); and Boneless Short Ribs ($7.50) . This includes steamed white rice, vegetables, and finadene. Loling's also has its famous Hamburger ($2.50, Cheeseburger ($3.00), Egg Cheeseburger ($3.50) and Bacon Egg Burger ($4.00). Loling's was previously known as Loling's Burgers. You can have a Hot Dog ($2.00) or Chili Dog ($2.50) with your choice of Reg. French Fries ($1.50 or Large Fries ($2.00). Since it was Discovery Day, Loling's was only serving a special Fiesta Lunch Plate ($5.00) which had red rice, potato or crab salad, Chicken Kelaguen, BBQ Ribs and BBQ Chicken. We sampled the kelaguen---it was chunky, moist, and fresh...really a great kelaguen. We also tasted Loling's BBQ chicken, which was well-marinated and flavorful.

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Biba Fiestan Bud at La Brasserie - Friday Night, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

This announcement from the Holiday Inn Resort Guam:

"Join us in celebrating the discovery of Guam where the local elders spend time teaching the young generation the art of craft making and the Chamorro way of life. To help keep the tradition alive we will be hosting a "Biba Fiestan BBQ" each Friday from 6:00 until 9:00 PM in the La Brasserie Restaurant. This Chamorro BBQ will have an array of local delicacies ranging from Shrimp in Coconut, Chicken/Beef Kelaguen, Agun Suni, Kadon Pika, Tamales Kisu, BBQ Short Ribs, Baked Ham and Shrimp patties. Plus much, much more including live action cooking stalls. Featuring all-you-can drink Budweiser and Bud Light throughout the evening.

Also, we will be giving away each week a BBQ Grill, large cooler, Captain's chairs and an Overnight Stay in an ocean view room and much more."

Adults only $16.99 and children $9.99, plus 10% service charge.

Every Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

For reservations please call the La Brasserie Restaurant at 647-7272 ext. 213.

Sam Choy's Superb Culinary Creations - Bold Taste Sensations

The best way to enjoy Sam Choy's Guam Restaurant is to dine with friends or family...the more the merrier! That proved to be the case for doing a dinner review, since Sam Choy's many dinner menu choices are irresistibly tempting. I was joined by my discriminating colleagues Gail, Erik, and Zee, whose impressions and comments about the dining experience were invaluable contributions that provided a more balanced consensus to the review.

Located smack dab in the middle of Tumon's Pleasure Island across the street from the DFS Galleria (you can't miss the giant whale protruding from the top of the building), Sam Choy's is open 7 days a week for lunch (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and dinner (6 p.m. - 10 p.m.). Although most of the credit for the original Pacific Rim menu creations and food concepts go to the illustrious founder Sam Choy himself, we are blessed on Guam to have extremely talented local chefs and management who not only carry out Sam Choy's culinary mission, but who also give this Guam restaurant its unique style by adding their own creations.

You'll notice this when opening Sam Choy's Dinner Menu, with the first section featuring "The Chef's Menu: Culinary Innovations from Chef Peter Duenas", consisting of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, all of which change every week. This is followed by a page showing Live 1 LB. Maine Lobster Specials, with five styles of preparation. The Main Menu, "Chef Sam's House Specialties", lists the most entrees and remains constant, subject to the availability of certain items. (Be sure to check out the specially created weekly lunch and dinner menus which change every Thursday.)

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

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  • Featured Recipe - Smoked Salmon Frittata from Chef Morrrison, Prego
  • Wine Feature - "Cooked" Wine: An Experiment
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Are You at Risk for Diabetes?
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