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September 27, 2002, Volume 2 Number 39

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

If you are as passionate about food as I am, or just enjoy eating, then you will be pleased with the major shifts that are happening now on Guam - shifts that will expand our repertoire of trendy dining destinations. Two hotels that have recently changed ownership have recruited world-class professional management teams to transform and upgrade their properties, with both prioritizing the local market's desire for innovative food experiences. Information about some of these key players and what they are doing to create an appreciable change in our culinary and hospitality landscape will be forthcoming. What I already know has me totally excited! It's even more exciting when you add Fujimama's (the new restaurant which will be housed in the Hilton Guam), to the "food wave" that is sweeping across our island. "Quality" is the key element driving this shift in products, services, and experiences.

Here's even more good news - you could be a winner! Just take a few minutes to complete our easy "No Such Thing As a Free Lunch?" Survey and you could be one of our weekly winners of free lunches from some of Guam's favorite eateries. See details below!

Finally, last night I noticed that Pay-Less Supermarkets in the Micronesia Mall has built what appears to be an elaborate demonstration kitchen.This is a growing trend in the Mainland and is certainly an enhancement to the grocery shopping experience. Can't wait until they are up and running...maybe they'll have local chefs from the MCA participate!

In Today's Issue:

  • "No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? " Survey Gets Underway
  • Strides for the Cure 5K - Saturday, October 19
  • Around the Island - Isabel's Cafe Nouveau, Coffee Beanery, Mobil
  • UnCorked - The Wine Novice Debuts & Tasting Notes
  • Time Warp - Guahan Asia Invitational Hula Festival Fundraiser Sept. 27
  • Bolsa Vietnamese Restaurant & Lounge - A Local Hangout for Great Food & More

"No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? " Survey Gets Underway

We here at have created an on-line survey to learn about dining habits on Guam and we need your help. For the next 3 weeks we will introduce a new survey each Thursday - answer the weekly questionnaire and you'll be eligible to win Lunch for 2 or $25 Gift Certificates from Lone Star Steakhouse, Marty's, Planet Hollywood, Sam Choy's and T.G.I. Friday's. We will be giving away at least 5 prizes weekly so there are plenty of opportunities to win.

The survey this week wants to know about your lunch habits. Enjoy and good luck!

Strides for the Cure 5K - Outrigger Resort Guam October 19

Don't miss the upcoming special fund-raising running event in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Be one of the first 1400 people to register and receive goody bags from guest sponsors. This is the 2nd year for this exciting event which will have terrific raffle prizes, free mini massages from Mandara Spa, and a Health Fair where you can learn about the early detection. See details.

Around the Island - Isabel's Cafe Nouveau, Coffee Beanery & Mobil

It looks as if Isabel's has found a niche at the former Blimpies in Mangilao and with their new hours of 6am - 9:30pm Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm on Saturday, you can always find something tasty and fresh. They have also added a delivery service. Check out the menu and don't forget the gourmet (really!) dinner service that starts at 5:30pm. Call 734-1919 for info.

If you'd like to try eating lighter alternatives to heavy meals, you can do what I did the other day - get one of the new sandwich wraps at Coffee Beanery in Tumon or Hagatna. I ate a Cordon Bleu Wrap, which had sliced ham, grilled chicken breast, melted Swiss cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and honey mustard dressing. The thin flour tortilla shell allows you to enjoy the ingredients and not fill up on bread. For $6.49, you can choose from a selection of wraps such as Buffalo Chicken (w/Tabasco & jalepenos), Caesar Turkey, Tuna, Vegetarian and Grilled Chicken, along with an iced tea or coffee, and tortilla chips or salad.

So many new and wonderful happenings on our little island! I was delighted to sample a new coffee sensation that will soon be introduced to Guam at several Mobil stations. This smooth, fresh tasting coffee is made by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which is one of the nation's leading specialty coffee producers. Special blends, decaffeinated, and flavored coffees will be offered and complemented by popular flavored creamers like Hazelnut, Amaretto and French Vanilla. Green Mountain has over 75 fresh-roasted coffee varieties and has a cool web-site where you can order neat gifts and learn why this Vermont company has enjoyed phenomenal success - people love their coffee!

UnCorked - The Wine Novice Debuts

Chelle's sidekick, the Wine Novice, Donnie Torres makes his debut this week at We are delighted that he is willing to share his adventures learning about wine and welcome him to the family. You can read his debut article which describes his first "serious" wine tasting and then read tasting notes from both Chelle and Donnie on 2 wines available locally. We also want to welcome ANZ Wines as an official sponsor of UnCorked. Thanks Sarah!

Time Warp - Guahan Asia Invitational Hula Festival Fundraiser - Sept 27

Listen and dance to the super sounds of the 60's, 70's, and 80's at the Chameleon Club (Dai Ichi Hotel) this Friday from 7pm - 10pm to support our local Hula dancers. There will be a hula hoop contest with cash prizes, as well as entertainment by hula groups. Advance tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at Fuji Mart in Dededo. Call Juanita at 637-0883 or Linda at 653-1129. Tickets are $8.00 at the door.

Bolsa Vietnamese Restaurant & Lounge - A Local Hangout for Great Food & More

It may seem hard to imagine a place where you can shoot pool, throw darts, or play board games such as backgammon, chess, or checkers while having cold beer, singing karaoke, relaxing at the bar and eating terrific Vietnamese food. Yes, this place does exist and it's called Bolsa Vietnamese Restaurant & Lounge. Located in the G&F Bldg, on Sen. Adrian Sanchez Street (better known as the "McDonald's Road" which cuts across from Marine Drive to Route 16), next to Washland, Bolsa Restaurant has quickly become a favorite hotspot for locals who are looking to have fun in a variety of ways while they are treated to some truly appetizing Vietnamese food.

I was notified by a newsletter reader about Bolsa and was finally able to visit there on a Friday night, the eve of their First Year Anniversary celebration. By the time I arrived the bar was filled with happy revelers who were deep in karaoke. Although there are dining tables in the bar lounge, there is a larger adjoining hall that has more tables and booths as well as an area for darts and billiards. Bolsa is not a fancy place, though it has some Vietnamese decorations hanging on the walls. What Bolsa has is a casual inviting atmosphere that accepts you as you are and lets you do your thing. It is ventilated well enough so that the smokers won't bother you unless you are very sensitive. If you are, you may wish to order take-out.

Guam has many Vietnamese restaurants, with most of them taking pride in their food. Bolsa Vietnamese Restaurant is one that's becoming famous for their generous portions, low price, and rich, spicy entrees. I ordered Fresh Lumpia, (4 for $5.00), Spicy Shrimp Lemongrass ($10.00), and Spicy Chicken Ginger ($7.00).

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

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  • Wine Feature - The Wine Novice Debuts - My First "Serious" Wine Tasting
  • Other Beverage Feature - A Primer on Brandy - Part One The Basics
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