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April 26, 2002, Volume 2 Number 17

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

'Tis great to be back home on Guam! Flying in the other night on Continental's newly scheduled Flight 007 from Narita shortly after 8 p.m. allowed me an opportunity to view the island's lights from above...I could easily identify villages and large buildings, as well as the ocean's outline of darkness surrounding Guam. It's amazing that so small a place has so much activity going on. Most everyone I talked to about Guam were impressed to know that we enjoy such an advanced, developed lifestyle and standard of living. Yes, one can't deny that we are faced with numerous challenges, however, like everywhere else on this planet, we are seeking solutions to improve our lives with mixed reviews on the speed of progress.

The highlight of my short 10-day visit to the States was seeing my nearly 2 year old grandson, Carl Allen Snyder, for the first time. After flying to Portland, Oregon from Houston, my mom (Toni) and I drove 365 miles to Lewiston, Idaho, where I was able to visit my daughter's family and stay at her new home. My grandson and I bonded instantly, with smiles lighting both our faces as we hugged. It is a unique sensation seeing one's grandchild--representing a generation that extends the blood line and life energy of our ancestors. Such is the value and significance of family. It is both humbling and empowering. My brother Carl's Houston housewarming party was a cross-cultural potluck event attended by over 100 people, with many Guamanians (living in Houston) coming to celebrate this fiesta-style gathering. Finadene, fried rice, kelaguen, BBQ chicken and Ribs, lumpia, pancit, an entire roast pig (lechon), BBQ Beef Brisket, tamales, salads, and sweet & sour pork were eagerly consumed along with the two curries I'd prepared (chicken and vegetarian). I received lots of favorable feedback on my vegetarian curry, which brought tears to the eyes of many Latinos who swore (after gulps of water) that the fiery blend was really tasty.

Shopping for the ingredients for my curry was another ultimate experience! One mega store, called H-E-B Fresh Foods, housed the largest selection of produce, meats, baked goods, and deli items I'd ever seen, and even impresses Statesiders with their broad selection of fresh goods and low prices. They had a rotisserie chicken cooker called the Inferno which flame-roasted their seasoned chicken, and there was no long line waiting for what I consider to be a nearly tasteless (though moist) chicken sold at PriceSmart (everyone laughed when I told them about the 1-1/2 hour lines). It may be a good idea for GVB to capitalize on this by promoting PriceSmart's chicken line wait as one of Guam's tourist attractions---people won't believe it until they see it, and when they do, they can't help but laugh!

In Today's Issue:

  • Secretary's Week - How About Administrative Professional's Week?
  • Mother's Day is Just Around the Corner
  • Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest - It's Grand Prize Week!
  • Recipes -'s Recipe List Continues to Expand
  • SPAM� Cook-Off This Saturday at Guam Premium Outlets - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Real Tex-Mex Fast Food in Yona - A Staff Report
  • Planet Noodle - New Hagatna Eatery Serves Tasty Noodles & More

Secretary's Week - How About Administrative Professional's Week?

I don't mean to take away from this special week's occasion that will culminate in a number of specially-prepared lunches and events that have been traditionally celebrated at many of Guam's restaurants this week. However, I came across an ad in THE JAPAN TIMES that used the term "Administrative Professional's Week" in place of "Secretary's Week", which caught my attention, igniting my awareness. After all, doesn't it sound better? Doesn't it make more sense? Doesn't it confer more dignity to the various positions and functions beyond secretarial tasks that most secretaries perform? And doesn't it share the laudatory commendations with more staff doing "secretarial work" who deserve recognition? I think it's time that we consider making a change that offers more consideration, respect, and reality to the profession. It may not just be the politically correct thing to do--but the right thing to do as well. Think about it.

Mother's Day is Just Around the Corner

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th a mere 16 days away and we will be bringing you information about the various brunches, dinners and specials planned by local businesses to honor Mom. At the writing of this newsletter, the Hilton Guam has a full slate of events for Mother's Day ready and we expect information in the next few days from Sam Choy's, Old Hagatna Grill, Holiday Inn and others. Check the site for the Mother's Day banner which will be posted shortly and serve as a quick link to all things related to Mother's Day.

Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest - It's Grand Prize Week!

It's the final week for the Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest. Enter daily until noon on Monday, April 29 to be eligible for the $75 Grand Prize. Week 3 winners were Ms. Glaiza Herradura-Agullo and Mr. Sean Sheehy. Congratulations winners! Keep entering on-line daily at and at Stanlee's in Tumon.

Recipes -'s Recipe List Continues to Expand

While in Houston last week I was able to share one popular section of our website with former Guam residents--the Recipe section. I am quite proud of this particular part of, since it contains recipes you won't be able to find at any other single source. You can find recipes from the Guam Fisherman's Co-Op, Cooking in Paradise, Celebrity Chefs, Local recipes, Healthy Choices, and many many others are featured. If you have any favorite recipes to share, you can submit them to the site. You can even e-mail recipes directly from the site to a friend. Check it out...I know you will find it both useful and interesting.

SPAM� Cook-Off This Saturday at Guam Premium Outlets - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There's no place like home, and our island life would not be what it is without SPAM�. Think about it! Shirley's would probably not be in business if not for SPAM�.

Saturday, April 27 starts the first round of the competition in the Spam� Cook-Off Island Style. There will be up to 30 contestants vying for a position in the preliminary rounds scheduled this week and next with the first-place winner to be selected in the final round on Saturday, May 11. I will be one of the judges for this SPAM� Cook-Off. Folks I met on my stateside trip found it amusing and interesting that Guam ranks high in the SPAM world. I even showed off a can of SPAM� Hot & Spicy, which has Shirley's Fried Rice recipe on the back!

Speaking of recipes, where else online (except can you find the recipes for

Chili with SPAM�
SPAM� Shrimp Jambalaya
SPAM� Stuffed Mushrooms
SPAM� Quiche
Hot SPAM� Tofu
SPAM� Curry Nasi Goreng
SPAM� Udon
Quick and Spicy SPAM� Casserole
SPAM� Sweet & Sour, Gerald Castro's Grand Prize winning entry

Come down to GPO and cheer on the contestants as they compete to win a trip to the grand opening of the SPAM� Museum in Austin, Minnesota. You can even sample the entries and judge for yourself!

Real Tex-Mex Fast Food in Yona - A Staff Report

6203 Miles to Austin. That's what it says on the side of the orange and white cowhide pattern container along Rt. 4 in Yona. The cowhide pattern and colors are a tribute to the University of Texas Longhorns and Austin is the hometown of the UT Longhorns. The food at this recently opened establishment is pure Tex-Mex served up in the best tradition of take-out - limited menu, fast, good and hearty. The cooks are Mike (the native Texan and UT fan) and his wife Tina, a local Yona girl.

Tex-Mex as a cuisine style lends itself to fast food in a way that traditional Mexican food doesn't and this is without a doubt why it is one of the most popular take-out foods. Mike and Tina have done an outstanding job of bringing to Guam some real Tex-Mex flavor at great prices.

I ordered one of everything on the lunch menu (total number of items this day was five) and tried it all with some help. We ate Grilled Steak Burrito $3.75, Chewed Beef Burrito $3.50 ("chewed" is actually ground beef so don't worry that you're going to get any thing that is "abc'd"), Chicken Quesadilla $3.50, 2 Tacos $3.50 and a side order of Rice & Beans $1.00.

I tried the rice and beans first because Grandma Luz always said if the beans and rice aren't good don't bother. The beans were very good and the rice had lots of nice flavor so we were off to a promising start. All of it was excellent and I'm sure most people will rave about the burritos and quesadilla (I would recommend them without doubt) but my favorite was the tacos. They reminded me of the tacos Mom used to make for dinner - the only difference was Mike and Tina use flour tortillas and Mom always used corn. Frankly, the flour tortilla is just fine and I'm sure many will prefer it. I ate both of them leaving my dining partner looking at me with some hostility. A few notes about the other items, the beef in the Grilled Steak Burrito is good quality and was very tender. The Chicken Quesadilla is a good choice for non-red meat eaters and my friend really liked the Chewed Beef Burrito.

The only thing to concern ourselves about is the real possibility that Mike and Tina won't be cooking up these yummy treats for too much longer. With plans to further their educations in the near future, it would be prudent to go get some of this real Texas style Tex-Mex sooner than later. They are open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the breakfast menu served until 11 a.m. which featured South Austin Breakfast Taco $2.50, Ranchero Wrap $2.50 and 6 Pack Pancakes $1.75 on the day I stopped by. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is worth the drive and if you live down south - you're very lucky!

Planet Noodle & Cafe - New Hagatna Eatery Serves Tasty Noodles & More

A refreshing change of pace awaits you at Planet Noodle & Cafe, a new restaurant serving lunch Monday to Saturday in the former Shirley's location just footsteps away from Le Tasi Bistro. Although Planet Noodle & Cafe's comely owner, Shala, is a Vietnamese-American raised in California, Planet Noodle is not a Vietnamese Restaurant. It does, however, feature an interesting variety of Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and some Western dishes, placing a special emphasis on "noodles", with popular noodle preparations from these Asian countries.

Although I'd been to Planet Noodle prior to its opening and had visited it several times (just stopped in for a look-see), it wasn't until after my friend Mike Naholoowa offered an endorsement saying it was pretty good and that I should give it a try. I was further encouraged by positive comments made by a few other folks who were dining there. This is what's known as the best form of advertising---"word of mouth"! Truth is, the "word" is right about Planet Noodle.

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

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