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Guam's Most Appetizing Website!
Guam Diner Newsletter, July 20, 2001, Volume 1, Number 4

Dear "Guam Food Guy" reader,

"Guam's food has global appeal!" How's that for a headline? Isn't that good news? Something we need, especially during these "interesting" times of transition. I recently received an e-mail from Bob who'd lived on Guam 3 years ago for about 6 weeks and accepted a position in Hong Kong, and he asked for a recipe for Chicken Kelaguen, which he liked a lot and couldn't get there. I responded and told him he could get that recipe and more local recipes at guamdiner.com. Every week I receive similar requests for recipes and for information on Guam's restaurants from people in different parts of the world, some from folks who've been here before and others who are on their way!

During Sam Choy's recent visit to Guam we had a chance to talk about local foods and he is excited about introducing finadene to his celebrity chef friends on the Food networks. There is a category called "dipping sauces" and Guam's finadene is one of Sam's favorite "flavor-izers!" We love our finadene! At last week's Coast Guard Change of Command Ceremony, the incoming Commander, Captain Robert Lorigan, and his wife, Kimberly, were treated to a fiesta prepared by residents of Merizo/Malesso, whose fiesta foods are legendary. The finadene flowed. The kelaguen was exceptional! We may be having challenges with our economy, but we eat well.

Eating well, however, doesn't always mean we are eating "healthy." Be sure to read Dr. Wes Youngberg's article on Diabetes. Our guamdiner.com site has pertinent information on health and nutrition, with more articles being submitted by local health, nutrition and fitness experts every week.

Lastly, if there ever was a living legend on Guam, that man would certainly be Ken Jones, founder of J & G Enterprises. During his recent speech announcing the closure of his Town House Dept. Store, he graciously and eloquently allayed the concerns of his loyal employees (considered by him as family) who would be losing their jobs at this 56-year old retail institution. In his deep, Southern gentleman's voice, he said, "Rest your little hearts and minds, and leave your worries at the doorstep." This magnificent man loves his family. He'll find a way to provide for them. That's real class!


In Today's Issue
  • Sunday Breakfast at Truffles
  • Baking Basics Class at GCC
  • The Tree Bar presents the US Air Force Band
  • Genji's Weeknight Special - Sweet Lobster Delight!
  • New Entrees at Marty's - "Guam's Taste of Mexico"

Sunday Breakfast at Truffles

The new Sunday Breakfast at Truffles offers a refreshingly lighter alternative to the overwhelming food selections available at most Sunday Brunch buffet services. Unique to Truffles is their inclusion of a free Bloody Mary (with or without Vodka, limited to 1 per adult), as well as a choice of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, fountain soda, and Iced Tea.

Open at 8:30 a.m., the new breakfast will vary ingredients and entrees each week, and this coming Sunday's 1st course is French Toast, with a topping selection of either, Apple Butter, Banana Butter, or Blueberry Butter. There will be a choice of the following Four (4) Main Courses:

1) Eggs Benedict (muffin topped with poached eggs, Farmer John ham, and their home-made Hollandaise sauce)

2) Butter-creamed Ground Beef on Toast (their own version of "S.O.S", with butter-cream Shitake mushrooms and onions)

3) Breakfast Burrito (tortilla wrapped in scrambled eggs with onions topped with sausage and melted cheddar)

4) Spanish Rice Omelet (Truffle's version of a stuffed omelet with Spanish Rice topped with beef and gravy)

A Dessert is offered for a total meal price of only $11.95 per person (sorry no sharing or takeouts). They even have a Kid's Menu, and for $7.95 children under 10 can have a choice of a Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, Mac & Cheese, and Grilled Hot Dogs and Rice.


Baking Basics Class at GCC

By popular demand, Chef Robert Revita will teach an additional 20-hr Baking Basics class beginning next Thursday, July 26th through Saturday, July 28th. The times are as follows: Thu & Fri 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.

He will be covering the baking principles of breads and desserts. The course fee is $120 per participant and a Certificate of Completion with 2.0 CEU will be awarded at the end.

It's first come, first served; your payment will secure one of the 12 slots available for this class. To register, please call Eric at 735-5629. (GCC is closed on Friday, July 20, in observance of Liberation Day).

These are great classes and worth the time and the money!


The Tree Bar presents the US Air Force Band

On Sunday, July 22nd enjoy the sounds of the US Air Force Band from 4pm - 5pm at the relaxing atmosphere of the Hilton's Tree Bar. Take part in a sensational performance with family and friends the Liberation Day weekend celebration continues. For more information, click on the "Current Specials" link on the Tree Bar's Diner Page or call Hilton Guam Resort & Spa at 646-1835, extension 5303. You can also make reservations by sending an email to 646dine@ite.net, the Hilton's on-line reservations connection.


Genji's Weeknight Special - Sweet Lobster Delight!

If you're like me, you'll find yourself taking things for granted. Take the Hilton for example...most people I know take the Hilton for granted, since it's been a longstanding icon of hospitality that has been able to maintain a high standing in the minds of Guam's consumers. Hilton doesn't take its customers for granted, though, and has responded to competitive dining
choices by improving its product offering, as they've done in the case of Genji, Hilton Guam Resort and Spa's Japanese restaurant. Genji's Weeknight Special every Monday thru Thursday (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm), features buffet appetizers, (a variety of sushi rolls, fresh sashimi, and salad); Teppanyaki (with a choice of 2 meats - sirloin, chicken, fish, and lobster tail); and a dessert buffet (with ice cream, fruits, flan, and cheesecake). All for a price of $28.50 person.

This past Monday night, I was accompanied by my friend, Myra T. ("My"), who provided her worldly perspective on the dining experience. We were greeted by the affable Ricky Borja, Genji's Manager and gracious host. We sat at a table in the the restaurant's back room since it would be too hard taking notes near the Teppanyaki grill. I've had numerous lunches and dinners at the Genji over the years, however, this was my first early week dinner in a long while and our first time having the lobster special.

Click here for more about the Lobster Special!


New Entrees at Marty's - "Guam's Taste of Mexico"

Marty's is not your typical Mexican restaurant...it is a tourist attraction, a "home away from home" for our military, a popular pub with a bar that's broadcasting live video over the world wide web, a staunch advocate for the protection of Guam's reefs, a passionately hot dance spot for Latino music on "Latino Nights", and Guam's oldest restaurant serving good Mexican cuisine and terrific margaritas! Marty's (short for Marty's Mexican Merienda and Cantina), is also a family restaurant, featuring a children's menu for the "Little Banditos" that includes a Burger with Fries, Chicken Fingers, and Bandito Burrito (each priced at $3.95), and a Grilled Cheese sandwich for $3.50).

Open daily on weekdays from 11:00 am - 2:00 am, Marty's stays open on Fridays and Saturdays until 4:00 am. Of all Guam's Mexican restaurants, Marty's has the largest variety of entrees, with Antojitos (appetizers), Combinaciones, Fajitas, Especial de la Casa (house specials), Border
Crossing Entrees (Western food, and Tortas (sandwiches). It was during my recent lunch experience at Marty's that I discovered one of Marty's new entrees, the Basil and Ahi Melt ($9.95). This extraordinary gourmet sandwich is made with "Fresh Tuna sauteed in olive oil and Vermouth, lightly sprinkled with basil and red pepper." It is then covered up in "sauteed onions, tomatoes, and melted Swiss cheese and served on grilled Pumpernickel." An awesome sandwich, big both in size and flavor, not usually found in a Mexican eatery, and there are several more new items on
their menu that are definitely worth trying.

Click here for the FULL STORY.


Don't miss this week's features at guamdiner.com!
  • McGuigan's Wines of Australia - a great value and available at Stanlee's!
  • Are You at Risk? - information on diabetes from Dr. Wes Youngberg of the SDA Clinic's Wellness Center
  • The Cocktail Zone - Variations on the Bloody Mary

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