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Guam Diner Newsletter, August 3, 2001, Volume 1, Number 6

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

Recently I had the wonderful privilege of listening to a "world-class" speech while attending a luncheon hosted by the Pacific Junior Chamber at the Guam Marriott Resort. The speaker was Jaycees International President Georges A. Bouverat, a native of Switzerland, who was making a brief official country visit to the Pacific Jaycees (Guam & Saipan Chapters). Having been quite active in the Jaycees during my early days (I'm an exhausted rooster now--age 40+), I am still an ardent supporter of this dynamic international leadership development organization, and I was invited as a "dignitary" and was seated next to Georges for the formal luncheon. This young man impressed me with his energy, enthusiasm, optimism and clarity of thought and purpose. During his term of office, he has traveled to scores of countries on six continents, where he has met with Jaycee members, community leaders, and heads of state, promoting the organization and its slogan, "Entrepreneurs in Action". He is a charming, intelligent conversationalist, fluent in several languages, and very knowledgeable about major global issues. We talked about a range of subjects, from the Kyoto Protocol to the unique challenges of introducing capitalism to the former Soviet republics, now individual nations. It was refreshing to listen to his viewpoints on world issues, especially about how actions and decisions by the United States are perceived internationally.

An inspiring speaker, he related a story about a visit he'd made to an impoverished area of the Philippines where he met a group of Jaycees whose project was to distribute food to hungry families. He'd taken off his jacket and was handing out bags of rice, and he recounted how he'd made eye contact with one young boy who was standing next in the food line. Georges was obviously emotionally affected by his story and the tears welled up in his eyes as he spoke. He watched this young boy's eyes and face change from fear, hunger and despair to hope, anticipation, and excited disbelief as he received the bag of rice! This was being on the line, making a difference in someone's life. That's why I loved being a Jaycee and will always be a supporter. The closing verse in the JCI Creed states that "service to humanity is the best work of life." I couldn't agree more!


In Today's Issue
  • Hava Java Cafe's Popular "Make Me A Sandwich" Special!
  • Guahan Creative - Local Artist Exhibit at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
  • New Ala Carte Authentic Chinese Cuisine at Palace Chinese Restaurant
  • Grand Buffets at Yuan San Chinese Seafood Restaurant


Hava Java Cafe's Popular "Make Me A Sandwich" Special!

If you've not experienced Hava Java Cafe's "Make Me A Sandwich" menu special, then you've got something good to look forward to doing soon! Hava Java Cafe, one of Guam's first gourmet coffee houses, is located on the Rte 4 corner of the Agana Shopping Center. Founded by Carol Ragan, who spent years researching coffee in preparation for opening her business, and who is recognized as Guam's coffee expert, launched her sandwich service within this past year. There probably aren't many coffee lovers who've not enjoyed at least one of Hava Java's espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, mochaccinos, white chocolate mochas, mexican mochas, red eyes, frutta granitas or iced coffees.

Open Monday - Fridays at 6:30 am, and 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday, sandwiches are made to order starting at 10:00 am and are available until closing time, which is 8:00 pm Monday - Thursday, 9:00 pm Friday, 8:00 pm Saturday, and 6:00 pm Sunday. It's really a simple process to get the sandwich of your choice. Just fill in the checklist on the "Make Me a Sandwich" order form.

Click here to get the details on "Make Me a Sandwich."


Guahan Creative - Local Artist Exhibit at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa

The Guam History & Culture Association is presenting "Guahan Creative", an exhibit by over 40 local artists, at the Hilton Guam Resort's Gallery and in the Main Lobby, from August 1 - 8, 2001. A reception will be held in the Gallery on Friday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. Come and appreciate bold, original art creations in varying media at this special showing. Support the arts - they keep life interesting!


New Ala Carte Authentic Chinese Cuisine at Palace Chinese Restaurant

It's always fun to discover a new dining experience and that's what I did early this week at a preview of the Palace Chinese Restaurant's New Ala Carte Authentic Chinese Cuisine. Located just off the Lobby area of the Guam Plaza Hotel, the Palace Chinese Restaurant's new dinner menu launched on August 1 and features a selection of over 80 savory dishes from which to choose. As an introductory offer for the month of August, you will receive 15% of the total meal (excluding alcoholic beverages, and does not apply to other specials and the lunch buffets). Moreover, the August Special features a 50% discount on all Crab Dishes and Crispy Chicken. Some of the crab dishes are Crab with Black Bean Sauce, Deep Fried Crab with Salt & Pepper (I enjoyed this well-spiced dish), Sautéed Crab with Ginger and Onion, and Sautéed Crab with Chili Sauce "Szechuan" Style. This extravagant dinner special is open seven days a week from 6 - 10 p.m.

Chef Leung's creations we sampled that night included an ornately prepared Honey Walnut Shrimp, a colorful Sautéed Lobster in w/Chili Sauce "Szechuan" Style, the Deep Fried Crab mentioned above, Steamed Lapu Lapu in a Ginger Green Onion Sauce, and Sautéed Fresh Green Vegetables with Garlic. For starters I was given a small bowl of Shark's Fin Soup, which was filled with the tasty shredded meat. I don't have this delicacy often, but when I do it's a pleasure. Joining me in this feast was Casey, Bob, and John (who was the photographer for a photo shoot on the new menu).

Check out the rest of the new menu at Palace Chinese Restaurant.


Grand Buffets at Yuan San Chinese Seafood Restaurant

The Yuan San Chinese Seafood Restaurant, located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Plaza Hotel, on the corner of San Vitores and Happy Landing Road, is renown for having Guam's best Chinese lunch and dinner buffets. There are several visible measures of the food quality, authenticity, and taste, among which are the proportion of Chinese customers eating in the establishment and the speed at which the buffet pans are emptied. Yuan San passes these criteria with flying colors, and if you really want to see an interesting phenomena, just watch the "feeding frenzy" that occurs whenever the Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura and Roast Duck pans are brought out piping hot from the kitchen! People get up mid-bite and head to the line to stock up on these delicious entrees. Once you taste them yourself, you'll know why.

Yuan San's local price for their weekday (Monday-Saturday) lunch buffet is $8.95 and their weekday dinner buffet is priced at $12.95, with a 10% Service Charge. Sunday lunch and dInner buffets are priced at $15.95 and $19.95 respectively. It should be noted that you should make reservations (call 647-0638) for Sunday since they are usually packed to the max (even with overflow rooms). This is due in part to their having an elaborate and enormous spread of delectable Chinese favorites in their buffet line. The other part is because it's good food! There's good reasons for Yuan San's high quality of food, with a key one is attributed to their having several line cooks who specialize in creating specific dishes, so they can maintain a consistent quality. This involves a higher labor cost, but it keeps the quality standard, which keeps the customers.

When Vitienzo (Vince), my server, pleasantly greeted and seated me, he asked for my drink order, and when I said hot tea, he responded, "Would that be Oolong or Jasmine", and I knew I was in the right place!

Click here for the FULL STORY.


Don't miss this week's features at guamdiner.com!
  • View Past Newsletters - See our new Newsletter Archives!
  • Wine Feature - What kind of wine goes with Chinese food?
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Have a safe cookout
  • Other Beverages Feature - Coffee drinks with a kick!

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