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May 3, 2002, Volume 2 Number 18

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

"Extraordinary taste sensations!" These three words describe the experience enjoyed by the guests who were treated to a fine dinner buffet held at last Monday's pre-opening ceremony for The Curry Kebab, Guam's newest restaurant opening on Friday, May 3. This long-anticipated eatery offers authentic Indian cuisine that will stimulate and satisfy the palates of food lovers who enjoy the rich spices and exotic aromas that are the trademark of Indian food. Today's review will introduce you to this restaurant, it's owners, and the fabulous menu selections you can look forward to enjoying.

Speaking of spicy, exotic foods, last Saturday's SPAMô Cook-Off held at GPO brought forth fourteen original SPAMô creations by amateur local cooks, some of which were "pika" (hot) and really tasty. One would have a hard time identifying SPAMô as the main ingredient used in some of these specially prepared dishes. The first round winners were Gerald Castro's Spicy-Lemon-Sweet SPAMô (1st), followed by Mamie Balajadia's SPAMô BAM (2nd), and Pat Feore's SPAMô Curry Fury (3rd). The second round competition will be held on Saturday, May 4 at GPO's Center Court from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Come down and sample some of these new SPAMô creations that will be competing to win the Grand Prize trip to the new SPAMô Museum's Grand Opening in Austin, Minnesota.

This is Cinco de Mayo weekend and there are plenty of places where you can participate in this Mexican Independence Day celebration. Ole!

In Today's Issue:

  • Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest Grand Prize Winners
  • Cinco de Mayo - Celebrate Mexican Indepedence!
  • Mother's Day Specials - Brunch and More
  • Meet the Challenge - Triathlete Development & Training Clinic
  • Guam Girl Scout Auction & Wine-Tasting - May 17 at the Westin Resort
  • Day Dots - A Colorful Solution to Food Safety
  • The Curry Kebab - New Indian Restaurant Celebrates the "Spice of Life"

Stanlee's Anzac Day Contest Grand Prize Winners

Stanlee's and guamdiner.com want to thank all the entrants in the 1st Annual Anzac Day Contest. Large numbers entered on-line and at Stanlee's in Tumon. The lucky winners of the Grand Prize $75 gift certificates were Annie Sablatura and Fred Schumann. Congratulations to all the winners and keep an eye out for future contests and more opportunities to win!

Cinco de Mayo - Celebrate Mexican Indepedence!

We believe the astonishing popularity of the Cinco de Mayo holiday is directly related to the consumption of tequila and margaritas. Of course, part of it may be that people are really happy about Mexican Independence. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Guam.

Mother's Day Specials - Brunch and More

Mother's Day is less than 2 weeks away so it is time to make your plans to honor Mom. From restaurant reservations to family portrait discounts - see it all right here.

Meet the Challenge - Triathlete Development Clinic & Training Week

From May 3 through May 8 the Guam Triathlon Federation & Bud Light are holding a Triathlete Development Clinic and Training Week featuring Australian Triathlon Coach Scott Penny. For people interested in learning about the various aspects of participating in this sporting event, which includes swimming, cycling and running, contact Dee Morrison (dee.al@netpci.com or call 688-8461). There will be a Sprint Distance Triathlon (750 Meter Swim, 20K Bike Race and 5K Run) on June 2, so this is an excellent way to prepare!

Guam Girl Scout Auction & Wine-Tasting - May 17 at the Westin Resort

Come and support the Guam Girl Scouts by attending the 5th Annual Silent Auction and Wine-Tasting Event in The Westin Resort's Somnak Ballroom, May 17, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This special event is an important fund-raiser hosted by adult Guam Girl Scout members and volunteers. The evening will feature Celebrity auctioneers (Tom Ahillen, Simon Sanchez, and Travis Coffman), door prizes, an assortment of special auction items, appetizers and great wines. This fun event has increased in popularity and has become a must-do social occasion attended by supporters of Guam Girl Scouts. Tickets are now available and can be obtained by calling the Guam Girl Scout Center at 646-5652.

Day Dots - A Colorful Solution to Food Safety

We are all concerned about food safety and shelf life, especially in how we store prepared foods. I've come across a very useful solution to problems encountered by many people, especially those in the food service industry. It's a company called "Day Dots", and they provide a range of food safety solutions. The dots are color-coded for each day, with some designed specifically for cold temperatures with others that are dissolvable. These dots serve as visual reminders for which foods to use first, and can be marked to show date and time. As consumers and providers, I believe we would all feel better knowing that an organized solution to food safety is being used in our food service establishments. Information about "Day Dots" is available at Uniforms N Stuff 649-0092.

The Curry Kebab - New Indian Restaurant Celebrates the "Spice of Life"

(Note: I am making a departure from my "traditional" review since this restaurant was not officially open to the public during my visits. This will be a "preview" to give you some idea as to the food experiences you'll discover during your visit to The Curry Kebab, Guam's only Indian Restaurant. As with all newly-opened restaurants, you should be prepared to expect some delays in service as the staff develops their proficiency. You will be pleased to know that the owners are readily available to assist you with any inquiries and welcome any suggestions you may have to help them in improving your dining experience. GFG)

The Curry Kebab is located in the 2nd Floor Tower of the Hafa Adai Exchange, just across Marine Drive from Atkins Kroll (look for the Dolphin sculpture at the parking lot entrance). The restaurant is only accessible by a stairwell that is decorated with plants and Indian artwork. At the top of the stairs in the foyer are two 3-paneled screens, each containing fifteen pictorials explaining the many spices and herbs used in the preparation of Indian cuisine. You'll learn about Curry Leaves, Coriander, Star Anise, Mint, Bay Leaf, Nutmeg, Mace, Fenugreek, Cumin, Saffron, Cardamom, Cloves, Cinnamon, Poppy Seeds, Fennel, Chili Powder, Black Pepper, Ginger and more, with each name conjuring up it's own unique flavor contribution that makes Indian food so popular world-wide.

The owners of The Curry Kebab are Chef Ashok Pandian, along with his wife, Matti, and brother-in-law, Steven, who is also a chef. They have been here for a few years, with Ashok having experience cooking in Saipan and is known locally for putting on the highly popular Indian Buffet at the Onward Resort. Once you enter the glass doors of The Curry Kebab you will find yourself in an Indian atmosphere created by colorful artwork hanging along the walls and on the high ceilings as well as the sounds of Indian MTV ("Bollywood") music DVD's that are playing on several monitors throughout the room. Pungent fragrances in the air tantalize but don't overwhelm, and if you chill easily from cool air, you should bring a sweater, since the air conditioning works too well! (this is great for those of us who relish the internal heat created by spicy foods!).

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Namaste!

The Guam Food Guy

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