Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
It was not too long ago when we used to complain that there were not enough restaurant choices and food options on Guam. We would look forward to our trips to the Mainland so we could visit our favorite restaurants and try out new food concepts that weren't here on island. I used to go to Chili's for their Buffalo Wings and iHop for pancakes and their syrup varieties. One of the types of foodservice operation popular in the States is the Delicatessens. Major grocery stores have these and there are free-standing businesses that are hugely popular, where you can not only get Deli Sandwiches but can buy meats and cheeses by the pound. Well, as you'll see in today's newsletter, we are finally going to have a "bona fide" deli in the Meskla complex set to open in May!
As part of my morning exercise power walks, I had an opportunity to venture off the beaten path early Thursday and was able to catch the sunrise over Tumon from a totally unique vantage point - from the cliff-line overlooking the Hilton's Wedding Chapel! Although accessible, this is an isolated area (the old GMH property) and I was disappointed by the illegal dumping that is prevalent. Nonetheless, the view is spectacular from this special spot. Someone should clean it up and make it park full of trees and flowers. Speaking of flowers, don't forget to get some to celebrate Mother's Day!!
Ken, the Guam Food Guy
18th Annual Auction & Wine-Tasting to Benefit the Guam Girl Scouts
Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Infiniti Art Gallery
Ticket Price: $75
A fun time is guaranteed for all. This will be another opportunity to sample some fine wines from some of the island's premier vendors as well as some tasty hors d'oeuvres to pair with your vino. This adult fund-raiser held by the Guam Girl Scouts board of directors is now in its 18th year. The Girl Scouts Board was one of the early pioneers with this Auction & Wine-tasting concept that is now quite prevalent. Most of the funds raised will be going towards our building fund for the expansion of our Girl Scout Center, which we have outgrown due to our expanding membership. Please plan on attending and helping us get closer to our goal. You may win one of our Grand Raffle Prizes courtesy of United Airlines!
(former ChopStix location behind Calvo's Insurance)
472-KL50 (5550) (Reservations Recommended)
Lunch - Mon-Fri: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dinner - Mon-Sat: 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The "buzz" about Kitchen Lingo has been going around the island for the past few weeks since they started soft opening menu tastings. Now officially open, they have received enthusiastic praise and high marks from lunch and dinner customers.
Kitchen Lingo's name sake is Chef Lingo Quichocho, who has collaborated with partners Lenny & Pika Fejeran (Pika's Cafe) to create a totally new concept in dining - "Craft Eats & Drinks". Lingo has been simmering his years of culinary experience down into this unpretentious bistro's heart and soul which is the food creations - simple, fresh, and natural. His earned his chops as Lead Cook at L'Auberge Del Mar, and Sous Chef at Bali Hai Restaurant. He was a cook at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cafe. He most recently was the Executive Chef/Consultant at the Avenue Steak House in Tumon.
I am so looking forward to sitting down in this intimate 20-seat restaurant with its rustic ambiance. The dinner menu selection is intentionally limited to eclectic fusion creations using seafood, pork and beef. The Pork Shoulder ($22) has soft Polenta, Sauteed Greens, Sweet N Sour Glaze, KL Pickles. The Salmon ($25) has Potato, Kangkung, Mushroom Nori Quinoa, and Miso Corn. Get the idea? If you are hungry, get the Short Rib ($26 - Lentils, Roasted Mushrooms, Creamed Kale, Beef Reduction). They have craft beers and some innovative beverages like Lemongrass Water, Watermelon Soda, local Spike Coffee French Press, and some "craft" wines. Everything seems pretty crafty here! Lots of fresh local farm produce used here! Got that personal Lingo touch! Make reservations so you don't have to stand out in the cold...also consider car-pooling...parking spaces are more limited than the menu!! Check it out!
Cup & Saucer Bakery and Crepe Cafe
Hours: Mon - Sat 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sun - 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
I was so very hungry this past Thursday and stopped by Cup & Saucer since I'd just left the Bank of Hawaii. I was too late for their fabulous Spring Lunch Specials - today would have been the Pasta Carbonara ($11.95) w/chicken ($15.95). It has that rich egg and cream sauce, smokey bacon, parmesan cheese and garlic toast!! Yum!! Also served on Tuesdays!
So I decided to go with the Club Crepe Sandwich Roll ($8.50) after my server Alyssa extolled its tastiness! I wanted it take-out but wanted a photo. This is made with a light wheat crepe, generous portions of ham and turkey, monterrey jack, bacon and tomato, and crisp fresh romaine lettuce! There is an aioli sauce that really blends with the ingredients. No one makes a better crepe sandwich roll than Cup & Saucer - it is so big and each bite just fills your mouth with the combined fresh ingredients!
I also ordered the Guava Squash ($4.95, also on Alyssa's strong recommendation). This is one of Exec Chef/Owner Ronnie Calvo Perez's Nuevo Latino Drink Specials for Spring. It was everything Alyssa said it was, refreshing, thirst-quenching, and delicious!
I needed to get a pastry (I'm being a good boy-before I would get a few items like scones, brownies, turnovers, and their famous Cinnamon Rolls, which are now completely trans fat free!!) Today I settled for the Almond Lemon Teacake, which I've been munching on as I write this with a cup of Earl Grey Tea! Fresh baked right here in this kitchen. Cup & Saucer pioneered the use of artisan bakers preparing small batches for their baked goods to maintain freshness. They were first to utilize Eco Friendly Take Out Containers. So if you want substance and quality, you can get your fix at Cup & Saucer. Don't worry about the calories - they are for a good cause!!
The Deli at Meskla
Meskla Chamoru Fusion Bistro
479-2652 (subject to change)
It seems that Hagatna is definitely experiencing a culinary renaissance! As mentioned in today's newsletter intro, Guam is about to have a "bona fide" New York Style Delicatessen, which is set to open as soon as next week (if not today). This is another dream realized by Chef Peter Duenas and his wife/partner Monica. We had a chance to sample some of their deli sandwich creations during our MCA Board Meeting luncheon earlier this week at Meskla. The have a full menu of Specialty Sandwiches and House Salads. You can even Build Your Own Sandwich/Wrap ($8.99) using eight types of bread/wrap, one of 13 Meats and Toppings, six types of cheese, fresh vegetables, and spreads, including Boonie Pepper Aioli and Basil Aioli to name a few.
The first sandwich I tasted was the Chamoru Club ($10.99, with layers of ham, turkey, chorizo, egg, swiss cheese, lettuce, spicy mayo, tomato, and onions, served in fresh baked Pan De Leche). It was excellent! We were able to also taste the Ruben, French Dip Roll, El Cubano (bravo!!), Meat Lover's, Caprese Sandwich (Vegetarian), and the Turkey Boy! All of these sandwiches are worthy!
The Deli features a wide selection of cheeses and meats you can buy by the pound. They will slice, wrap, and weigh your meat...just like in the States! Meats by the pound include Pastrami, Corned Beef, Roast Beef, Honey Glazed Ham, Smoked Turkey, Roasted Turkey, Soft Salami, Hard Salami, Bologna, Smoked Salmon, Chorizo, Italian Sausage Loaf, and Bratwurst. Cheeses include Brie, Swiss, Smoked Gouda, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Havarti, Cheddar, Provolone, Greyere, Boursin w/herbs, Blue Cheese, and Feta Cheese. There are salads, marinated vegetables, coffees, sparkling Pellegrino juices, olive oils, and other items. I am so looking forward to their opening for business. It is a welcome addition to the island's quality dining repertoire - how many times have your heard people lament the fact that Guam has no Deli!!!
Congrats to the Duenas and Meskla familia for making this Deli a reality!!
Nayon Express Restaurant
2068 Army Drive (next to Iglesia ni Cristo)
I have been trying to get over to this restaurant for the past nine months and I'm glad that my pare, Joe B, agreed to make the journey with me for lunch on Wednesday! I had reviewed the Nayon Turo Turo Restaurant in Tamuning's Hafa Adai Exchange in February 2003 and was so greatly impressed by their awesome, belly-filling Filipino foods that I was a frequent customer over the years getting my 3-choice selections which usually had Chicken Tinola (one of my favorite soups). The Calalo family has since sold their interest in the Hafa Adai Exchange location when they established Nayon Express Restaurant last year.