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August 2, 2002, Volume 2 Number 31


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

"Is it safe?" That's the question of the day here, especially when it comes to our most vital resource - water. At this time, it would be wise for all residents to take every precaution when using water to be sure it's safe by properly sanitizing it.

As the dining public, you need to be assured that the restaurants you visit are following the mandated safety procedures stipulated by the Department of Public Health. Fortunately, most have implemented safe food-handling procedures and are using several sanitizing products/procedures for the water being used. You should be aware that most of the major restaurants are installing UV (Ultra-Violet) sanitizing equipment for their drinking water. In fact, some already had equipment installed from the prior water contamination problems that occurred last year in the Hagatna area. The Public Health notice issued to food service establishments requires the operators to boil or sanitize the water coming out of the tap. It is hoped that these procedures are followed, since enforcement is difficult due to the limited number of health inspectors. I believe that it is still safe to eat out (maybe safer doing that than eating at home for some residents), so you should continue frequenting your favorite restaurants. Don't be embarrassed to inquire about the restaurant's safety procedures for food-handling, cooking, and water. If you are told they have water filters and use a reverse osmosis system, ask if they have a U.V. system to sanitize the water. Ordering bottled water is probably your safest bet if you need to drink it.

Guam has had its share of challenges this year, and we'll eventually get through this period, hopefully better prepared to handle future water problems. I truly believe, however, that unless the island's water distribution system is completely overhauled, we will face recurring water quality problems. Some experts claim it will take between $250 - $300 million dollars to upgrade the island's water and sewage system. It's long overdue, and will definitely be an issue for the next governor's administration and the legislature to put on their priority list. The solution must permanently address Guam's water problem and assure safe-drinking water for all residents, businesses, and visitors. Our lives depend on it, and Guam's standing as a popular tourist destination will be compromised if something is not done soon to remedy the situation.

In Today's Issue:

  • Lunch & Dinner Specials at GuamDiner.com
  • Shell and Burger King - Buy Gas, Get a Sandwich!
  • Lutter Leaves Cantate in Good Hands
  • Adios and Arivaderci to Two Great Chefs
  • Doggy Bag Dining Survey - About Food Safety
  • P.I.C's Cafe Rock & Roll - All Day Dining Features Fresh Specialties

Lunch & Dinner Specials at GuamDiner.com

Where can you get a $2.00 Heineken, Corona, Sapporo, San Miguel or Miller Lite? Or how about a Classic Martini for $4.00? Try Firefly Bistro, but only during their Tuesday and Wednesday Happy Hour from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., and they offer a special appetizer menu as well. Find these and more special offers and current menus at the Lunch and Dinner Specials on the GuamDiner.com front page.

Shell and Burger King - Buy Gas, Get a Sandwich!

I think Shell and Burger King's Free BK Sandwich promotion is a good idea, especially in view of Guam's economic condition. People need to buy gas anyway, but when it's tied to food, it becomes a bargain! When you buy $12.00 of fuel, you get a coupon for a Free BK Sandwich. It can be redeemed immediately. This offer is only available while supplies last, and I understand they are running out quickly since this promotion has been going on for about a month. People are in need right now, so those businesses who are aware of this and offer promotions and special offers will win the battle for consumer spending.

Lutter Leaves Cantate in Good Hands

Cantate held "A Farewell Concert" last Sunday at the Hilton's Micronesian Ballroom to honor its departing Director, Dr. Lisa Lutter. Dr. Lutter was responsible for developing Cantate into a world-class performance choir, with highlights being their winning gold medals at the International Choral Festival in Sydney, Australia, and their recent China Concert Tour. The magnificence and splendor of Lutter's contribution is evident in the sound of the voices she developed. Cantate will continue to exist and grow under the leadership of two new directors, Tim Rohr and Michael Hartendorp. We bid farewell to Dr. Lisa Lutter. Words cannot express sufficient thanks for her achievements. We wish Tim and Michael much success as they carry on the tradition of excellent, quality performances.

Adios and Arivaderci to Two Great Chefs

Alas, "parting is such sweet sorrow", especially when it comes to talented chefs! We bid adieu to Al Dente Chef De Cuisine, Alessandro Mancuso, who will be leaving Guam for Dubai, where he will be opening the Grand Hyatt Dubai in October. He has been on Guam for over two years and he will certainly be missed, just as he will miss Guam and all the friends he's made. It will be hard to find another chef with his exuberance, culinary skills, and vocal talent - who else will be able to belt out a verse from Verdi's "Barber of Seville" while cooking in the kitchen?

We also say farewell to Sous Chef John Morrison of the Westin's Prego Italian Restaurant, who has already left the island for the mainland. John was an active member of the Micronesian Chefs' Association. He will be missed by diners, friends and colleagues who wish him the best in his new pursuits.

Both of these fine chefs contributed recipes to the GuamDiner.com Celebrity Chef recipe area so we can continue to enjoy their creative talents in our own kitchens.

Doggy Bag Dining Survey - About Food Safety

Last week's Health & Nutrition feature article caught my attention. It was a survey conducted on 1,048 people by Impulse Research Corporation in April, and was "administered to provide insight into consumer food-handling practices for take-out foods and restaurant leftovers." Among the key findings was that consumers would find it helpful if restaurants offered proper re-heating and storage instructions for take-out food. There is also a lack of knowledge on the part of both consumers and food preparers about proper storage and re-heating of food products. Since we have a doggy bag dining culture, it is helpful to be aware of food safety concerns, and this survey's results indicate that much improvement is needed in educating consumers and preparers.

P.I.C's Cafe Rock & Roll - All Day Dining Features Fresh Specialties

It's always time to eat at Cafe Rock & Roll, located on the Lower Lobby Level of the Pacific Islands Club. Open 24 hours, you can find a variety of cuisine styles and favorite dishes depending on your dining time. The All Day Dining Menu is served from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., and features appetizers such as Breaded Calamari Rings and Black Pepper Wings; soups and salads; sandwiches and burgers (The Cafe Burger is a signature dish), pastas, specialties (Chamorro Grilled Steak, Grilled Tasmanian Salmon, and Chicken Curry), a selection of pizzas, and desserts.

From 2 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. a selection of cold food sandwiches are offered, and from 5:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. breakfast is served, featuring an American-style menu. To satisfy a universal craving for Italian cuisine, Cafe Rock & Roll "Goes Italian" every night from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., creating a modest menu consisting of popular entrees, such as Spaghetti Bolognese ($14.00), Pasta Primavera ($13.00) and Grilled Salmon Tapenade ($18.00). These entrees are served with an Italian Salad, Garlic Pizza Bread, and a half bottle of Red Wine for 2 adults. Children's Selections of Spaghetti Bolognese or Cheese Pizza are available for $7.95, and are served with soda and ice cream. Some of these entrees are displayed just outside the entrance of the restaurant to give prospective diners a visual taste of their specialties.

The Cafe Rock & Roll evolved from the Pop & Rock Cafe (later becoming the Rock 'n Roll Cafe) which was an authentic 50's style diner and coffee shop, known for its fountain desserts, great burgers, sandwiches, and snacks. If memory serves, they even had what seemed to be mini-jukeboxes on the tables. The present day restaurant is more contemporary, with six video monitors showing several television channels, and the seating is austerely modern, yet comfortable. One smart feature is that a paper sheet covers each table, which makes for easy clean-up.

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

Don't miss this week's features at GuamDiner.com!

  • Featured Recipe - Stuffed Eggplant Casserole from Chef John Morrison
  • Wine Feature - Burgundy - An Expensive Education?
  • Other Beverage Feature - Whiskey History Part 1 - The Irish Contribution
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Take Charge - Motivation Boosters
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