Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
Happy Valentine's Day!!! It's not too late to order flowers, buy candy or make dinner reservations for the most romantic meal of the year!! Or is it? Don't fret...if all the flowers are sold and all the restaurants booked, you can always improvise and create a special intimate Valentine's dining experience right in your own home! If you really want to discover a rare intimacy with your lover, turn off your smart phone! Heck, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be a fun experience you both could share so long as you are talking to each other and not the rest of the world!
Apologies to all of my restaurant friends and customers...this is really a tongue-in-cheek poke at what I consider to be an extremely obnoxious and distracting habit so many of us (myself included) have fallen into and I applaud those restaurants that have a policy restricting the use of smart phones. Couples should be there for each other on Valentine's night...pretend you are on an international flight on a plane with no Wi-Fi (good luck)! When you dine out this Saturday night at your restaurant of choice, keep this in mind...make eye contact, smile, reminisce about fun times and the early days, like the first day you met and realized you liked each other...this is meaningful! That said, have an engaging and memorable Valentine's Day! May it be filled with love and laughter, and lots of chocolate!!
Ken the Guam Food Guy
King's Restaurant - Eating Local and Healthy
Guam Premier Outlets
Don't get the wrong impression from the title of this write-up...I meant it in the most literal sense based on a late dinner (past 9 o'clock) we had this week where I ate "local" and Zee ate "healthy"!
My local choice came from King's Fiesta Food & Platters section on their extensive menu. I had King's Kadon Beef Shank ($12.99), which is a family-sized "tureen-like bowl" of tender beef shank soup with cabbage that has been cooked slowly over time to perfection. This comes with rice and finadene. I don't think the photo I took of the bowl does it justice...it was more massive in circumference and was deep as well! There was so much beef in this (even bones with savory bone marrow!) that I had to share with Aileen who had stopped by to meet me. This was after Zee had filled a bowl with cabbage and broth (which was pretty alright!" Frankly, I was shocked at how much food they put in that bowl...this would make 3 meals for me!! It was also quite good...a big improvement from the past.
I had mentioned that Zee chose a "healthy" meal, which happened to be one of the "10 for $10" menu selections on their special menu. It was the Tofu Veggie Bowl, that has a generous portion of cubed soft tofu that's stir-fried with a large portion of mixed veggies in oyster sauce over rice - in this case brown rice was offered as an option! I tasted it and found that it was balanced with both flavor and nutrition...it felt good eating it as it is so much lighter than heavy meats!
As I said, she had "healthy"...however, let's not forget to mention the portion size! It's "HUGE"! Yes, there was more than half left to take home. Sure shows you how value-concious King's is...and their food is so much better!!
Port of Mocha Coffee House - Now in a Neighborhood Near You!!
Agana (next to DNA Bldg)
Mon-Fri: 6:30 am - 6:30 pm
Agana Shopping Center
Mon-Sat : 7 am - 8 pm
Sun: 8 am - 8 pm
Agana (Near Bank of Hawaii)
Mon-Fri : 6:30 am - 7 pm
Sat : 7 am - 5 pm
Sun: 8 am - 4 pm
Tumon Mon-Sat : 7 am - 10 pm
Sun : 8 am - 10 pm
Daily: 10 am - 9 pm
Tamuning (ITC intersection near Coast 360)
Mon-Thurs: 6am - 10pm
Fri-Sat: 6am - 11 pm
Sun : 7am-10 pm Ph: 646-3788
I've been attempting to update my July 9, 2009 review of Port of Mocha Coffee House which then was located in the Acanta Mall, but couldn't since they kept expanding into new locations! There was a Tumon move to across the Reef Hotel & Olive Spa, then a Micronesia Mall opening. In the past year we've been to the Tumon location with its outdoor Hookah den; we've eaten at the Hagatna location next to the Bank of Hawaii (a couple of times...even had a waffle there); and now that there is a Port of Mocha in our Tamuning neighborhood, we've been there more than usual. What has happened? For us, it's the juice! Yes, fresh squeezed natural vegetables and fruits that can be blended in a number of combinations, all tantalizingly delicious and super nutritious! I don't buy the coffee...it's all about that Juice!
Before the juice, though, Port of Mocha Coffee House started out with wraps, bagels, pastries, and beverages, both hot and cold. I have had the Brat Wrap, Carribbean Spice Wrap, Rise & Shine Wrap, Good Morning Bagel, Bagel & Lox, the Rueben, The Ham, and Smoked Salmon Wrap. I had hoped to have their Certified Angus Beef Burger, which is served only at their Tumon location and their location next to the DNA Bldg. One day!!
For now though, the Tamuning location is one of two that has the designation Port of Mocha Coffee House & Juice Bar (the other is Agana Shopping Center). I have to give credit to Jay Dewan, the founder and owner of Port of Mocha, for his vision in expanding the mass availability of fresh beverages made from juicing. His juice bars are sophisticated and have complete menus with beverages concocted to address a number of health challenges, including blood pressure, diabetes, gout, joint treatment, cholesterol, Alzheimer's prevention, breast cancer prevention, heart disease, immune system, and more. There are more than 20 different ingredients available that can be combined in your drink. These include cucumbers, carrots, apples tomatoes, spinach, kale, ginger, lemons, celery, beets, oranges, turmeric root, parsley, strawberry, and more. These are excellent for weight loss and disease prevention!
One of the drinks I had was the Green Machine, which has apple, cucumber, celery, kale, lemon, and ginger root. Sizes are Tall (16 oz for $6) and Grande (20 oz for $7.25). They also have real fruit and vegetable smoothies, too. You also have all of your Espresso Favorites, along with their signature mochas, coffee based blended drinks, cremes (non coffee), and gourmet chais. You can mix up and add ingredients to the standard drinks to created your own blend. Get a Shrug it (carrot, apple, orange) for stroke prevention. How about the Move Over V-8 (tomato, celery, cucumber, carrot, parsley, spinach) for prostate cancer prevention). I also had the Oxygen (apple, beet root, carrot, ginger root, lemon, and hint of cayenne pepper) which probably helps you breath better!
Each Port of Mocha Coffee House location has its own personality, with each offering strong visuals promoting coffee from plant to bean to roasting to extraction! Coffee is about tradition and has an elaborate history. Jay shares his passion and knowledge with all. I get a little sentimental when I now go to the other locations (haven't been to them all) since I remember Sunday morning bagels or a Hot Mocha (my treat). I guess we've all kind of grown with Jay as he's expanded. His newest location in Tamuning is his flagship! The upstairs seating area is spacious, comfortable, and has a view of Chalan San Antonio and Marine Corps Drive traffic. It's a great meeting place and has excellent hours. The parking tends to be a problem because of how busy this strip mall has become. That location used to be Paul's Tailors for those of you "old-timers"!
Congrats to Jay and his entire team for creating this vast enterprise that celebrates Coffee and extols healthy living through intelligent choices. When I have one of these new juice creations, my face lights up...these drinks taste great and they are so good for you! Go to Port of Mocha Coffee House and Juice Bar to get your juice on!!!
Ken the Guam Food Guy