March 15, 2002, Volume 2 Number 11
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
It's almost been a year since the following was printed in the March 23, 2001 GFG Newsletter:
"Would you believe there's a Maine psychiatrist who has been making an annual two week visit to Guam since 1994, at his own expense and without compensation, to do in-service training at the Dept. of Mental Health...? I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Jon Morris along with his enchanting wife, Suzan... Both are truly in love with this island's beauty and people. Jon was first here in 1970 when his father was doing research for Lydigo-Bodig. Jon was recently a guest on Jon Anderson's K57 Talk Show and drew a tremendous response and participation from the listening audience, many of whom found value in the knowledge and experience freely shared by Dr. Morris."
The Morrises are back, and you will have an opportunity to hear them live on K57 this Friday, March 15, between 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., with guest host Jefferson Cronin. Tune in!
Ever get excited about food? Come on, you know what I mean...the kind of thrill you get from anticipating a delicious meal or feast...when you rub your hands together, almost praying in silent applause? I am getting this way over the new Indian restaurant, The Curry Kebab, which will be opening soon (for more details, see article below).
Undecided about where to go for lunch or dinner? Check out the lunch & dinner specials at guamdiner.com, where you will find a growing selection of menus and current specials (even coupons for some) from restaurants as King's, Hard Rock Cafe, Carl's Jr., Sam Choy's, VIP House, Old Hagatna Grill, Hilton, Fuji Ichiban, Aji Ichi, Truffles Cafe and Burger King. When time permits, check out the GFG Reviews, Guam's most extensive listing of restaurant reviews!
There's truth to the rumor that a new micro-brewery will be opening this spring...I've seen it. Guam will once again have locally-brewed fresh beer...we need to encourage and support quality entrepreneurial endeavors like this. This will be a specialty boutique brewery built within an existing restaurant...its name and location to be publicly released in the near future!
Finally, "St. Paddy's Day" is coming, and where better to celebrate this day than at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa's Islander Terrace, where the Luck of the Irish St. Patrick's Day Brunch will be held, starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be plenty of Irish specialties served! Call 646-DINE for reservations and be sure to wear something green!
In Today's Issue:
- Biba Fiestan Bud! A Visit to Chamorro Buffet Friday Night's at Holiday Inn Resort
- FishBowl - Tumon's Latest Night Spot Coming Soon
- Seahorse Restaurant - Countdown to Closing
- Marianas Yacht Club - Basic Sailing Lessons Starting Soon
- Tidewater Distributors - "Net"-Savvy Pelagic Fish Marketeers
- The Curry Kebab - Indian Foods to Tantalize & Satisfy Your Palate
- Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon's New Menu - Good Just Got Better!
Biba Fiestan Bud! Chamorro Buffet Friday Night's at Holiday Inn Resort
I wrote about this in my previous newsletter, sight unseen! Now that I've been there, I can tell you that it's definitely an impressive selection of Chamorro favorites, featuring Chicken, Shrimp, and Beef Kelaguen, Kadon Pika, Tamales Kisu, BBQ Short Ribs, BBQ Chicken, Bisteak, Fresh Cooked Shrimp Patties, Baked Ham Carved to your liking, Shrimp in Coconut, Agun Suni, Tortillas, and many more hot and cold dishes, as well as local desserts and fresh fruit. Both tourists and local residents filled the festively decorated La Brasserie, and were entertained by the popular Hit Radio 100 personality and member of Malafunction, Chris Barnett. If you enjoy beer, you can treat yourself to all-you-can drink Budweiser and Bud Light throughout the evening.
The food was quite good, prepared with fresh ingredients and seasoned to please local appetites. The chef will vary some of the menu items each week. This was not just a typical buffet---it was a lively event, a celebration! The tourists were prompted by Chris to whoop it up and cheer--it was being broadcast, though I don't think they knew. They were just having fun with the microphone and in being part of this Guam fiesta party.
The evening event is enlivened by the great giveaways provided by sponsor, Budweiser, such as Captain's chairs, coolers, a BBQ Grill and an Overnight Stay in an ocean view room and much more.
Biba Fiestan Bud will be held every Friday night from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Adults only $16.99 and children $9.99, plus 10% service charge For reservations please call the La Brasserie Restaurant at 647-7272 ext. 213.
FishBowl - Tumon's Latest Night Spot Coming Soon
Located in the back of the Acanta Mall, just beneath the parking structure, is a chic new night club called "Fishbowl." Scheduled to open soon, it has hosted several small private events and will give Guam's barhoppers a new place to roost. There are some similarities with Mac & Marti, with music and a nice bar, yet FishBowl has its own distinct personality, hence the name. If you walk by the outside, you can watch people through the glass windows, kind of like peering into a fish bowl...could that be the reason for the name? This place will become a new hangout for the young evening crowd. Look for the opening announcements soon.
Seahorse Restaurant - Countdown to Closing
You've got until April 30 to enjoy the magnificent Tumon Bay view and tasty Teppan-yaki and other entrees unique to the Seahorse Restaurant, which will be closing down permanently. Go for lunch or dinner, and look for the local specials. Their mesquite charcoal broiled Sirloin Steak, Cajun Chicken, Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, Teriyaki Chicken, and Cajun Shrimp will all be missed, so it's best if you increase your frequency and visit Seahorse at least once a week, if not twice!
Marianas Yacht Club - Basic Sailing Lessons Starting Soon
Have you ever wanted to learn to sail? Guam is the perfect place to learn with warm water, nice breezes and the good folks at Marianas Yacht Club to teach you in a low-key easygoing environment. The adult Basic Sailing Course is certified by the American Red Cross and the instructor is Chris Bell long time sailor, captain and former Commodore of the club. The class will take place on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for approximately 8 weeks and the fee will be $250. You can get more information by calling Chris or Cindy Bell at 635-8161 (Cindy's pager) or 635-0621 (Chris' pager).
Tidewater Distributors - "Net"-Savvy Pelagic Fish Marketeers
Do you want to know where to get Pelagic Fish (Swordfish, Albacore, Yellow-Fin and Big-Eye Tuna)? How about knowing what's newly caught and just arriving for processing before being shipped to Japan? What if you want to purchase a high-grade tuna for a special occasion? The answer to these questions and more can be found at the Guam Gourmet Fish (GGF) page in the Food Service Industry section of guamdiner.com. There are marvelous pictures of fresh sashimi that will jump off the screen of your computer! GGF is part of Tidewater Distributors, and they provide daily updates via e-mail and on the Internet at guamonsale.com. After reading the information about Albacore tuna, I definitely have a craving for some Albacore kelaguen and sashimi. You can sign up to be on their e-mail list to receive updates. I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I am with how GGF uses information technology to keep their customers current on fish availability. This shows the power of the "Net" -- and I don't mean fish "net"!! Check it out!
The Curry Kebab - Indian Foods to Tantalize & Satisfy Your Palate
Just thinking about authentic Indian food excites me---succulent clay pit-roasted tandoori chicken with crisp lentil pappadam wafers, with a side dish of cool, refreshing raita! Sounds good, right? Rich spicy curries joined by various chutneys, fresh baked naan bread or grilled chappathi (ground wheat flour) served with channa masala (a stewed vegetable sauce), with cool, home-made yogurt. Lamb and chicken kebabs--roasted, seasoned, juicy meats...such is the promise and power of Indian food! This exotic spice adventure will be an attraction at the soon-to-be opened Curry Kebab, located in the Hafa Adai Exchange across Marine Drive from Atkins Kroll in Tamuning.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting the chef/owner, Ashok Pandian, his wife, Matti, and his brother, Steven, who is also a chef. They gave me a tour of their new restaurant and told me about their menu offerings and service plans. Ashok was known for his great Indian creations at the Onward Resort Guam a few years ago. He has since returned from being in the States and will once again be serving up delicious Indian cuisine to the residents and visitors of Guam. The Curry Kebab's ornate artwork and Indian decorations, along with audio/visual effects, will provide a realistic ambiance and atmosphere to transport the diners to the cafes of Delhi. You can expect to receive great food here.
The Curry Kebab's opening is imminent, and will be announced in an upcoming newsletter.
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon's New Lunch & Dinner Menus - Good Just Got Better!
If you haven't visited Lone Star Steakhouse in a while, now's a good time to do so--you will be astonished by the new menu changes. If you've never been to Lone Star Steakhouse, you'd best be ready for Texas-sized portions and big-hearted hospitality.
I'd heard about the new Lunch Specials ("5 Days! 1 Place!) and decided to order Friday's selection, Dijon Stuffed Chicken ($8.99). To this I added a Caesar Salad ($3.25), which features crisp romaine lettuce mixed with their special Caesar dressing and comes with a generous topping of Parmesan cheese. The fresh baked dinner rolls are everyone's favorite, and they just soak up that whipped butter so well. The Dijon Stuffed Chicken was served in a white bowl and was bordered on two sides by mounds of freshly made scalloped potatoes. These were good, and not what I'd expected based on the picture of the menu card that showed rice on the plate. The chicken was stuffed with broccoli, cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses. It was an unusual treat, though I must confess I could have foregone asking for one of my favorite Lone Star items, the baked sweet potato. It was more than I could eat! Other lunch specials (in order of Monday - Thursday) are Grilled 5 Spice Chicken, Salisbury Steak, Sweet Honey Glazed Wahoo and Chicken Philly Sandwich. I should warn you that both Iced Tea and Water Glasses are "super-sized" and are constantly refilled, so you won't be getting thirsty here! I should also warn you that you'd better come early for lunch to get a place since this place fills up fast! I thought my server, Lucia, was being partial to me by giving me so much service and attention until I noticed that she was doing the same for other customers...they're just great servers!
The new lunch menu features Trail Lunches, among which are a Sweet Bourbon Mahi-Mahi, Panko-Breaded Wahoo, Shrimp Penne, Pasta Milano and Steakhouse Wrap. There's a selection of Mesquite-Grilled Burgers, with the Texas Burger using Sour Cream and Mushrooms (supposed to be real good!). The Beef Burgers are balanced with an assortment of Mesquite-Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, including the Willie Chicken (Monterey Jack Cheese and Bacon) and the Bubba Chicken (Cheddar Cheese, BBQ Sauce and Bacon) Sandwiches. I should also mention that the famous Lone Star Chili Bowl has been expanded to a larger serving size--and this still has chopped onions, shredded Cheddar and a whole jalepeno!
To review the new Lone Star Dinner Menu, I needed back-up, and who better than two of Guam's finest (GPD) would be up to this daunting task? Monica and Tom were willing volunteers yet neither had any idea about the food deluge that would soon overwhelm them. Brian Artero, Lone Star's General Manager, and the principal force behind Lone Star's success locally, explained some of the new additions and made suggestions. Our server, Risa, was created to handle our table's selection and assortment of entrees... she was a model of gracious dexterity (with a wonderful smile--I don't think she knows how to frown!).
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The Guam Food Guy
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