April 12, 2002, Volume 2 Number 15
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
My good buddy Carmelo La Fata would often tell me "you can't have too much fun!" Well, I believe we raised the bar on fun at the recent UOG Endowment Foundation's 1st Annual Celebrity Chef's Cup Gala "Fun"-raising Dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Chef teams from the Westin Resort, Sam Choy's, Hilton Guam Resort, Hyatt Regency, and Outrigger Guam Resort were joined by local media celebrities in what became an extraordinary entertainment event that people are still talking about! The phenomenal teamwork of the chefs, cooks, kitchen workers and wait staff has never before been demonstrated as it was this evening, as they prepared and served special menu creations. The audience was able to watch real-time video of the behind-the-scenes kitchen activity that was interspersed by humorous jabbing amongst the competing teams. Congratulations to Chef Christophe Durliat's Hilton team for their winning performance. Congratulations to Lance & Terry Hagans whose winning raffle ticket entitles them to a special dinner prepared personally at their home by Chef Durliat. Kudos to the organizing committee and its Chairman, Jerry Calvo, who made this event happen. And congratulations to all of the competing teams, who showed that they were all winners on that splendid night.
The spirit of the competing chef's teamwork can partially be attributed to the efforts of the Micronesian Chefs Association (MCA), which for the past three years has been actively involved in recruiting members from within and outside of the foodservice and hospitality industry. The MCA has an aggressive agenda to educate its members and the public about the culinary arts, as well as to enhance foodservice awareness and improve service standards amongst its members. Since there are various categories for participation in the MCA, everyone is welcome to join. For more information, contact MCA Secretary Gordon Misuzawa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, I'm packing to go off-island for a short vacation to visit my family in Houston and in Idaho, where I'll be seeing my grandson for the first time. I'm really excited about this trip and will return recharged with lots of pictures to show and stories to tell! The trusty staff at guamdiner.com will see that the newsletter gets to you in the meantime. I'll see you when I get back later this month!
In Today's Issue:
- Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest - Week 1 Winners
- Old Hagatna Grill's 3rd Anniversary Special Menus and April Wine Dinner
- Filipino Food Festival at Holiday Inn Resort Guam
- A Hilton Wine Experience with Robert Mondavi Wineries
- Jeff's Pirates Cove - Beach Breakfast Special and Seaside Museum
- The Curry Kebab - Soft Opening Announcement
- Yataimura Tumoichi & Maido - Terrific Japanese Eateries in One Cozy Location
Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest - Week 1 Winners
Enter Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest to win a $25 Gift Certificates and to be eligible for the $75 Grand Prize. Week 1 winners were Ms. Lisa Torres and Mr. Neil Culbertson. Congratulations winners!
Old Hagatna Grill's 3rd Anniversary Special Menus and April Wine Dinner
Congratulations to Dave Hanley and his team of culinary artists at Old Hagatna Grill, where they are celebrating their third anniversary with awesome menu specials for lunch and dinner.
I dropped by for lunch this past week and was delighted by the German Beer Battered Coconut Portabella Mushrooms with Habanero Aioli. You'll have to try these golden-crusted tasty creations--that Habanero Aioli will cure the common cold! They were as pika and spicy as the hot chili chef's pants I wore at the Chef's Cup Competition. I also had the Chicken Cordon Bleu--a palate-pleasing breaded chicken breast stuffed with Swiss cheese, ham, roasted garlic and smothered by a Dijon mustard cream sauce.
You can enjoy these and many more of OHG's fabulous dining creations--just stop by for lunch, dinner, or both, but you should consider calling for reservations since they can get really busy! After all, who else has Chamorro Angry Prawns as an appetizer?
April 20 will mark the return of the very popular monthly Wine Dinners from Old Hagatna Grill. This dinner is "An Evening in Sicily" and the menu and wine pairings are stunning.
Stay tuned for more details about OHG's new menu, and about the new Executive Chef, Christopher Aguon, who is credited with inspiring this new wave of epicurean treats!
Filipino Food Festival at Holiday Inn Resort Guam
You will not be disappointed by the extravagant spread of delicious Filipino foods prepared by Master Chef Bernard Dee. The Gala dinner launching this three-week run was a rousing success with dignitaries and officials attending the festivities. The good news is that you still have an opportunity to partake of Chef Dee's creative renderings of traditional Filipino dishes at the Holiday Inn's Daily Lunch Buffet, Mondays - Saturdays, 11 am - 2 pm (for only $11.99 + 10% ), from now until the 26th.
There are 3 more Friday Gala Dinners(April 12, 19, and 26) to attend, that are value-priced at $19.99. For reservations call 647-7272, ext. 213.
A Hilton Wine Experience with Robert Mondavi Wineries
Attention wine aficionados! "It happens at the Hilton", and this is a happening you will not want to miss! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 16, and come attend a Wine Seminar in The Gallery with Mondavi's Jeff Cook, to be followed by a Set Menu Dinner with wine pairings at Roy's Restaurant. Click here to see the menu and get more details about the event and other special offers that are part of the Hilton Wine Experience with Robert Mondavi Wineries, which will run from now through the month of May.
Isla Village at the Marriott - Saturday Night Fun for the Family
Isla Village at the Marriott has the potential to become a magnet for tourists and local residents alike to experience authentic Chamorro cultural performances and creations. Every Saturday night this First Floor poolside location comes to life, and you can experience the crafts, food, dancing and music performed by locals. Admission is Free to this 3 hour event, which starts at 6:00 p.m. This is fun for the entire family, and even features caribou rides. This is a great idea that has been well-executed, meeting the needs of our visitors who want to get a taste of the real Guam--its rich culture as demonstrated through music, dancing, crafts, and food. The best thing about Isla Village is its location -- right smack dab in the middle of Tumon! I'm certain you'll be impressed by what you see when you attend on Saturday nights. Have fun - the local way!!!
Jeff's Pirates Cove - Beach Breakfast Special and Seaside Museum
Speaking of treats for the family and our island's visitors---you've got to get down to Jeff's Pirates Cove in scenic Ipan Talofofo, where you will find Jeff's new Seaside Museum. This is certainly one attraction that is both fun and educational, where you will find an incomparable collection of Japanese, oriental, and other glass floats that have washed up along Jeff's pristine shoreline(and are still washing up as we speak). The new museum building is charmed by a colorful mural painted on its exterior wall, serving as a welcoming invitation to come inside and discover a roomful of interesting memorabilia, with a big display devoted to the WWII Japanese straggler, Sgt. Yokoi. Jeff Pleadwell's done an amazing job of building Jeff's PIrate's Cove into a destination where one can walk along the beautiful beach, purchase local crafts and products at Jeff's Gift Shop, eat from a selection of delicious local and American-style foods (Jeff's famous Mushroom Cheeseburger rates highly), and enjoy your favorite beverage at Jeff's authentic ship's hull bar. You can snack on Haagen-Dazs ice cream or grab one of the fresh grilled hot dogs rolling on display.
You can even begin your day with a power breakfast at Jeff's, where you can have Scrambled Eggs, Link Sausage, Pancakes, Toast, Hot Coffee or Tea, and Your Choice of Juice (Cranberry, Pineapple, Tomato, Grapefruit, or Guava), all for the price of $6.95! Breakfast is available after 8:30 a.m. Where else can you leisurely sit down in the open air and have a big breakfast like this with the Pacific Ocean spread out gloriously in front of you? There's something energizing and uplifting about this magnificent ocean, and Jeff's is your touchstone to this empowering experience.
The Curry Kebab - Soft Opening Announcement
News Flash - I've been told by Chef/Owner Ashok Pandian that the long-awaited soft opening for The Curry Kebab will be Monday, April 29. Located on the 2nd floor of the Hafa Adai exchange, on the same level and across the parking lot from Fuji Ichiban, The Curry Kebab will be an answered prayer of hundreds of Indian cuisine devotees. From what I've seen at this new restaurant, I am very confident Ashok will create an authentic Indian experience the likes of which we've not seen here before. I'll see you at the opening. Stay tuned for more information!!
Yataimura Tumoichi & Maido - Terrific Japanese Eateries in One Cozy Location
It is a thrill and honor to share with you my experiences at two of Tumon's newest Japanese restaurant additions, Yataimura Tumoichi and Yataimura Maido, both located in the new Guam Food Court Village, located next to the Fujita Hotel's entrance. You can also access these by driving into the Blue Lagoon Plaza's parking lot (the Food Court is behind the building housing Quizno's). From the Fujita side, however, you have to walk down the corridor in between the Pork Soup Ramen Ton Ton Restaurant and the BBQ Syabu Syabu Karubi Ichiban Restaurant (also recently opened) to find Tumoichi and Maido, which are housed in the same bay. You can't miss them, since they are the only other restaurant bay that's open. (Hint: look for the cartoon caricature of a racoon holding his stuffed belly in the window).
This is casual, inexpensive eating, cash only for now, with a menu of specialty appetizers and snacks usually eaten at the end of a work day while having beer. Although Tumoichi and Maido share the same space, they are two separately owned restaurants with differing styles and menus. In fact, you can sit at the bench bar of Tumoichi and order items from the Maido menu. Yataimura is a popular style of inexpensive restaurants in Japan (like the food stalls at Chamorro village). "Yatai" was a name for a car with no engine that served as a kiosk for food merchants. "Mura" stands for village, so both restaurants have Yataimura preceding their names since they are literally a village (or food court) of stalls. I'll review Tumoichi first.
Two notable house favorites at Tumoichi are the Okonomiyaki (Japanese Bacon Pizza Osaka style - $6.50), which is a pancake-like combination of batter, cabbage, ginger, onion, and bacon, that's grilled right in front of you on a teppan-style griddle; and the other favorite is the Fried Chicken Wings ($4.00). The Okonomiyaki is just plain good, rivaling that of my previous favorite served at Sakura's Kitchen in Upper Tumon. The Chicken Wings are marvelous, and they are fried in an electric fryer. All the preparation and cooking is done right there in front of you...these counters are like large kiosks where diners sit on one side and the cooks prepare the food on the other, almost in full view. The wings are small, cooked to a crisp, and then dabbed with a special sauce with sesame seeds that flavors the wings without drenching them, so that they retain their crispness. If you are a chicken wing fan, you'll definitely add these to your list of tasty wings...there's no need for a lot of sauce...they are full of flavor!
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