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April 19, 2002, Volume 2 Number 16


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

Greetings from the guamdiner.com staff. We will do our best to fill the "large" shoes of the "Guam Food Guy" with the goal of keeping you up-to-date on what's happening on Guam regarding food, restaurants and other interesting happenings.

This weekend marks the always popular PHARE 2002 (Pacific Hospitality and Restaurant Expo) at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa. The event is open to the public on Saturday so be sure and make your way down there for interesting and entertaining exhibits. Sure to be a highlight of Saturday's schedule is the "Tabasco Hottest Chef Competition" sponsored by Market Wholesale and featuring Guam's top chefs competing for a trip to New Orleans which includes a tour of legendary Avery Island, the home of Guam's favorite condiment - Tabasco. The competition kicks off at 10 a.m. in the Micronesian Ballroom so be sure to check it out.

We were pleased to learn that April is Jazz Appreciation Month on Guam and the Humanities Council and several other groups have organized events celebrating this very American music. A complete list of the events can be seen here or by visiting guamdiner.com and clicking on the "current events" button.

A reminder that Mother's Day is coming up very quickly. Sunday, May 12 will mark Mother's Day - the busiest brunch day of the year! Over the next few weeks we will be offering information on brunches, menus and all things related to honoring mothers. It is not too soon to think about restaurant reservations, flowers, spa visits and other special treats for mom.

In Today's Issue:

  • Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest - Week 2 Winners
  • PHARE 2002 (Pacific Hotel and Restaurant Expo)
  • Guam Jazz Appreciation Month
  • Secretary's Day at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
  • Filipino Food Festival at Holiday Inn Resort Guam
  • Guamdiner.com Announces a New Wine Reviewer - Look for Him Next Week!
  • Guam's Favorite Ramen - An Unscientific Survey of Ramen Lovers

Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest - Week 2 Winners

Enter Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest to win a $25 Gift Certificates and to be eligible for the $75 Grand Prize. Week 2 winners were Ms. Jackie Perez and Mr. Rand Friedenfels. Congratulations winners! There are 2 more weeks to the contest which means you still have plenty of time to enter and win.

PHARE 2002 - Pacifc Hotel and Restaurant Expo 2002

Saturday is the day to set aside some time to drop by the Hilton to view the displays, see some competitions and enjoy the atmosphere of PHARE 2002. Local business exhibitors are complimented by the energetic Australian contingent and this combination gives PHARE it's special flavor. PHARE is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. so head to the Hilton to enjoy the fun.

From 10 a.m. til Noon in the Micronesian Ballroom, Market Wholesale sponsors the "Tabasco Hottest Chef Competition" which highlights the culinary skills and creativity of 10 local professionals in preparing original recipes of flank steak, featuring Tabasco brand pepper sauce. For $1 per person you can sample these creations and cast your vote for the "People's Choice" award.

At 1 p.m. the ever popular Bartending Competition kicks off. Sponsored by Smirnoff this year the competition is titled "From Russia With Love" and is sure to produce some extraordinary creations from our professional bartenders.

Guam Jazz Appreciation Month

Many people are unaware that Guam has a long and rich history of Jazz music. Over the years many fine local musicians have performed and composed jazz. April marks Jazz Appreciation Month and there are several events scheduled to celebrate.

One of the most interesting is the Jazz History Sessions which will be presented in the Middle and High Schools around the island. These presentations will be made from Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26. For more information contact Jackie at KAHA at 475-0220 for a schedule of schools and times.

On Tuesday, April 30 there will be a Jazz History Performance & Exhibit from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Marianas Ballroom of the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa.This will feature a jazz musical rendition especially produced to reflect the history of jazz as performed by Patrick Palomo, Carlos Laguana, Mike DiAmore, Patty Lane and others. Narrated by KPRG's Darryl Taggerty. There will also be an exhibit depicting the joys and struggles of jazz musicians on Guam produced by local historian Anthony "Toni" Ramirez. Wine and cheese will be served and a Silent Auction will be held. Admission is $20 per person. Seating is limited and early purchase of tickets is highly recommended. For tickets and information call the Guam Humanities Council at 646-4460/1.

Secretary's Day at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa

Both the Genji and Islander Terrace are offering special events for Secretary's Day next week. Rather than confine the festivities to a single day, the Hilton is offering a chance to thank those invaluable assistants on both Thursday and Friday.

The Genji is having a special Secretary's Day Lunch and the Islander Terrace will present a Secretary's Day Lunch Buffet which includes a performance by the G-Men and lots of prizes. Both events are from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. Call 646-DINE(3463) for reservations.

Filipino Food Festival at Holiday Inn Resort Guam

I know we keep reminding you of this special event but it presents a rare opportunity to dine on a full array of brillantly prepared Filipino dishes. You will not be disappointed by the extravagant spread of delicious Filipino foods prepared by Master Chef Bernard Dee. The good news is that 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% ) continues through the 26th.

There are only 2 more Friday Gala Dinners, the 19th and the 26th to attend and they are value-priced at $19.99. At the closing Gala Dinner there will be the drawing for the round-trip for two to Manila! For reservations call 647-7272, ext. 213.

Guamdiner.com Announces a New Wine Reviewer - Look for Him Next Week!

Guamdiner.com is proud to announce that we will be adding a new feature to the Wine section of the website. After months of searching for the right person to write articles and reviews of greater interest to our visitors, we were fortunate to find the perfect gentleman. His identity will be revealed next week as he writes his debut article reviewing the wines served at the Old Hagatna Grill's April Wine Dinner this coming Saturday evening, April 20. For a preview of what he will be writing about, check out the menu.

Guam's Favorite Ramen - An Unscientific Survey of Ramen Lovers

If there is one dish that almost everyone on Guam gets a frequent craving for, it has to be ramen. There is nothing like a hot bowl of delicious broth full of noodles topped with anything from chasu (pork) to kim chee to make a person feel good. Ramen is a true comfort food for Guam diners.

A reflection of this ramen "love" is the vast number of places where you can order a bowl. In an effort to narrow down the field a bit, we undertook a highly unscientific and extremely random survey of pretty much everyone we ran into over the past couple of weeks. We talked to chefs, journalists, wholesalers, government employees, hotel staff, people we didn't know while standing in lines, lots of local Japanese residents - pretty much anyone who would talk to us!

While many venues were mentioned, including the saimen at King's (one of the few 24 hour spots for the tasty dish) and more than a few people mourned the loss of the famous Red Ramen bus which fueled late-night cravings in Tumon, the three names that kept coming up repeatedly were; Aji Ichi, Fuji Ichiban and Ramen Ton Ton. Here's a bit of what we learned.

20+ Years of Great Ramen - Aji Ichi

From the old days when Aji Ichi was located across from the Guam Reef to its present locations in Upper Tumon and the GPO, Aji Ichi was mentioned constantly; particularly by long time residents of Guam who have very fond memories of the old location. A popular side dish with the ramen is gyoza and also the fried rice. The Corn Ramen at Aji Ichi was noted by several of those surveyed as a favorite.

Talking with Keiko-san, the owner of Aji Ichi, we learned that Aji Ichi was the first real ramen shop on Guam and in the early days her customers were mostly tourists and Japanese working in the tourism industry. Nowadays, she estimates that over 90% of her customers are local - a testament to doing a great job consistently and providing real value.

Guam's Fun & Tasty Ramen Place - Fuji Ichiban

With three locations and extensive hours, Fuji Ichiban was frequently mentioned as a favorite by the participants in our survey. People particularly liked the Chasu Ramen (the Kim Chee Ramen is also popular and only available at Fuji Ichiban) and the Karaage Ramen set (a bowl of ramen, fried chicken, salad and rice) which is more than adequate to feed two normal adults. Another must appears to be the gyoza. The popularity of gyoza is due in part to the free gyoza coupons which can be found at guamonsale.com and in the PDN.

Hidden in Tumon - Ramen Ton Ton

This little ramen shop tucked away near the Fujita Hotel was the place mentioned most often by local Japanese residents. One gentleman had such an overwhelming attack of ramen craving while describing the Miso Ramen that he headed straight to Ramen Ton Ton after our conversation. The common thread for Ramen Ton Ton lovers appears to be the delicate yet hearty broth. The ambience is very similar to traditional noodle shops found in Japan which means it is small, cozy and almost spartan. The emphasis is on a bowl of hot noodles served quickly and efficiently.

That concludes our first foray into surveying Guam's favorite foods. In the future we are planning to conduct on-line polls asking you to tell us about your favorites. Look for these special features soon. And, if you have any suggestions about particular foods/dishes that you'd like us to feature, send us an e-mail with the suggestion. We'd love to hear from you.

Cheers & Bon Appetit!

The Guamdiner.com Staff

Don't miss this week's features at guamdiner.com!

  • Featured Recipe - Coconut-Lime Fish Fillets from the Guam Fisherman's Co-Op
  • Wine Feature - Butter in Your Wine? New World Chardonnay Explained
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - 5 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Veggies
  • Entertaining at Home Feature - Invite Friends for Dinner
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