Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
I am more amazed than ever at the rapid march of time! April is just around the corner and we've barely enjoyed March (I know I could have eaten and experienced more) but my health was paramount and rest was prescribed. Speaking of health, I am proud of myself for participating in the recent Pay-Less Markets Kick the Fat 5K Walk Run held last Saturday! There were well over 4,000 participants and once again a firework display filled the early morning skyline when the race started. This has grown into one of the largest race events and we congratulate Kathy Calvo Sgro and her team for holding another successful fund-raiser supporting local charities. We are also extending our condolences to the Calvo family on the recent passing of an island icon, businessman and altruist Thomas Jerome "Jerry" M. Calvo. It was an honor and pleasure to have known "Uncle Jerry" and to work closely with him to expand culinary arts on Guam through the annual UOGEF/MCA Chef's Cup, an annual fund-raising event he initiated back in 2002. Thank you, "Uncle Jerry", for your vision, leadership, generosity, and friendship!
Ken, The Guam Food Guy
14th Annual Reunion and Celebration at Izakaya Katsu
Aka Restaurant Green Door
3rd Floor Central Building
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Dinner: 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (last order) (Mon-Sat)
L-R Ken, GFG, Koichi Takai (owner/chef) Dr. Jon Morris, Jamie Woodley, Tobin Woodley, Elita Defeo, Matt Brown, Zee Lynn
It's that time of year again when our long-time friend and Guam lover, Dr. Jonathon Morris, a Portland, Maine-based psychiatrist, makes his 2-week visit to Guam where he volunteers his time at the Department of Mental Health, something he's been doing for over 20 years. He usually brings two or more graduate students for in-service training and this year had some of his students were accompanied by adventurous travelling companions. All were amazed and delighted by Guam's many attractions and activities. They were certainly impressed by our great-tasting food!
This year's anniversary with Dr. Jon was significantly different as "the Green Door" has a new owner, Chef Koichi Takai. Former owners Takeshi and Yokho Soma are retired from the restaurant business after creating one of the island's most popular Japanese izakayas, known for their famous Tofu Steak. Every year we have been enjoying a dinner here with Dr. Jon and his student entourage. Our celebration has become a tradition.
This year's Green Door food tour with the Guam Food Guy was a little different as some of the group filmed me as I pitched the menu favorites we would be trying. We ordered the Chicken Salad, Tofu Steak, Ribeye Steak, Fried Shrimp with Tartar Salad, Edamame, KimChi, Hamachi Kama, Curry Udon, and a new item I'd not yet had, Clams w/butter Soy Sauce ($10.00), which were quite tasty! This was a hungry group and we had to order multiple dishes. I should also mention that the service at Katsu has never been better - as much as I loved Yokho, she would sometimes "rush" diners out at closing time, which cost her a few customers. Katsu's new owner (whom I've known for years from previous positions) graciously obliged our request to pose with us for our annual reunion photo! We'll do it again in 2016!
Middle Eastern Nights - Ending April 5!
Pacific Star Cafe
Pacific Star Resort & Spa
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Prepare to tantalize your palate with a brave new world of exotic tastes and flavors!! The fabulous Middle Eastern Nights dinner buffet ($28) is now in its final week at the Pacific Star Cafe. If you have not yet tried this fantastic spread of sensational Middle Eastern cuisine, most of it inspired by Tunisian native guest chef Adam Sebouai, you must take your friends and family down to the Pacific Star for this fantastic dining adventure. You can even take a magic carpet ride (after puffing your hookah) outdoors on the terrace which has been transformed to a Middle Eastern fantasy .
The featured food features many healthy choices and is similar to Greek cuisine with hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, kebabs, and shwarma-roasted fresh lamb carved to your liking and loaded in a pita pocket with some veggies and tzatziki (yoghurt garlic sauce). The buffet offers a wide range of foods with a lamb served 4 ways (lamb stew ragout was awesome) and several seafood options (mahi mahi, snapper) and vegetarian dishes (in observance of Lent).
One of the specialty items we were introduced to by Chef Adam was the Tunisian Brik, which is a North African classic. Made with phyllo dough or spring roll wrappers, the ingredients can vary but usually contain potato, vegetables and an egg. It is wrapped and deep fried to a golden crisp. Sauce (spicy or mild sauce) can be added to enhance the flavor and the egg yolk is still runny. Enjoy while this is still hot...it's delicious and something totally new! Another treat for after dinner is savoring a cup of freshly-brewed (table side) Turkish Coffee, which is a rich, deep and intense coffee experience you will never forget! Come down to the Pacific Star Cafe for a life-changing dining experience enjoying culinary treats from Tunisia and the Middle East!
Joyful Dinner Show
Ocean View Terrace
Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan
670-234-7171 Ext. 1585
The Joyful Dinner Show is touted as the Best Polynesian Cultural Show in Saipan and after experiencing it last month while visiting our northern neighbor I have to agree! Boasting brand new digs in the open air Ocean View Terrace, the spacious (150 seat capacity) dining area offers diners a scenic hotel garden and ocean view backdrop to a high energy dance and musical performance that takes you on a multi-cultural journey through the Pacific. Upon entering be sure to have your photo taken with the local dancers for a souvenir that captures the moment of the magical night ahead. Each table has a barbecue grill where live coals are placed under the grill. This self-cooking yakiniku style of cooking is very popular for the guests.
As I mentioned, Fiesta has created an entirely new location for its dinner show and guests go into the new air-conditioned buffet center to fill their plates with an fabulous assortment of seasoned raw chicken, spare-ribs, mussels, steak, squid, mahi mahi, hot dogs, and raw vegetables (corn, eggplant, onions, and green chilis). The elaborate buffet displays are breath-taking as they colorfully serve an array of salads, soba, pancit, jambalaya, rice, fruits, and desserts. A whole roasted pig entices guests with its crispy golden-brown skin and tender, succulent meat beneath. Dipping sauces include finadene, barbecue, and hot chili for the adventurous! This awesome buffet is the pride and joy of Fiesta Resort & Spa's Executive Chef, Roland Fitz, who has orchestrated the arrangement of the abundant food items on the interactive serving lines that guests can easily access. This room is very clean and seamlessly accommodates the flow of guests as they return to replenish their plates. It is, after all, an ALL YOU CAN EAT BBQ dinner show! For $58.00 you really get your money's worth!
Guests are so excited by the process of grilling their own food. Tongs busily turn the meats and seafood as they turn brown and smoke wafts up and around carrying that appealing aroma! Nothing like fresh-grilled barbecue dipped in your favorite sauce! This is an amazing social activity, with guests happily drinking their favorite beer, wine, or a specialty tropical drink. While grilling and eating, guests are entertained by the personable Tasi and the Kiliis who play and sing an array of inspiring songs, some Asian favorites as well .
Once the dinner show begins, guests are mesmerized by the non-stop, high-energy routines of the talented attractive local performers who change costumes to match the countries of their performances, which include New Zealand, Tahiti, Micronesia, Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji! Cameras are catching pictures and countless videos are filmed by smartphones as the fire eaters and fire dancers deftly move on stage! It is a fantastic and inspiring performance that leaves the guests on the edge of their seats! The crowd is later invited to dance on stage with the performers in a rousing closing song. Kudos to Tasi (he was the perfect emcee for the Japanese, Chinese and Korean guests Ñ engaging with humor and evoking laughter) and to the young dance performers. Come and experience "living the Fiesta Way" at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan!