October 4, 2002, Volume 2 Number 40
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
If you recall a while back I made a prediction that we would be seeing more restaurants opening up here at a rate of about one per month. This includes new restaurants, restaurants that have changed owners and management, as well as expansions. Although I've not averaged the number of new eateries that have opened here since the beginning of the year, I am amazed by the accuracy of my forecast. Some of these restaurants are tucked away in obscure locations, such as the new Tengu Restaurant in the Blue Lagoon Plaza, while others are directly visible from major thoroughfares, such as Tumon's Chingu Jip (Korean) restaurant adjacent to Western Gun Club. While it is my goal to explore these new restaurants and report my dining experiences back to you, it has become more difficult to stay up with all the new ones as well as continue on my quest to visit the remaining established restaurants I've not yet reviewed. I'd like to ask for your help with this.
If you would, please e-mail me some interesting places you've discovered, telling me what you like about their food, prices, service, and atmosphere. I've found that word-of-mouth is one of the best forms of advertising, and many of my reviews have come about from someone telling me positive things about a particular restaurant. I really would appreciate your feedback on this, and on anything else you'd like to tell me, good or bad. When I hear negative comments, I try to report them to the establishment with the hope they'll make the effort to improve their service or correct the problem. You'd be surprised how many bad service/product experiences go unreported (to the establishment's owner or managers). Yet we all know how much damage can be done by dissatisfied customers spreading the word. I'm sure all of you would prefer hearing good reports about a restaurant which you later found out to be true. Let's spread the "good word"!
In Today's Issue:
- "No Such Thing As A Free Lunch?" Survey Enters Week 2
- Welcome Dawn Oakley - Health & Nutrition Articles by Local Expert
- Guam Symphony Society Season Launches at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
- Around the Island - Holiday Inn Double 10, Nuts & Grains Coffee and More
- Arsenic & Old Lace Begins 3 Week Run - Laughter Guaranteed!
- Tasuke Restaurant - Affordable Tumon Eatery Becomes a Local Favorite
"No Such Thing As A Free Lunch?" Survey Enters Week 2
A very big "thanks!" to all the participants in the first week of our "No Such Thing As A Free Lunch?" Survey. Winners of the Week 1 prizes of Lunches for 2 and $25 Gift Certificates will be notified Friday morning. In the meantime, take the survey for this week which asks questions about dining out for dinner. You will be entered in the drawing for prizes from Lone Star Steakhouse, Marty's, Planet Hollywood, Sam Choy's and T.G.I. Friday's.
Welcome Dawn Oakley - Health & Nutrition Articles by Local Expert
An important goal for the GuamDiner.com website has been to increase the number of articles written for and by local writers. Thus we are delighted to introduce our newest local writer Ms. Dawn Oakley, who is a registered dietician, certified diabetes educator, and nutritionist with the Department of Public Health & Social Services. She has a Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition. Dawn's debut article is "Know the Facts About Breast Cancer" an especially relevant topic as October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can look forward to reading articles on a variety of health and nutrition topics from Dawn on a regular basis.
Guam Symphony Society Season Launches at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
"A Celebration of the Minds Behind the Music" is the title of a very special concert that is being held this Friday, October 4 to raise awareness about mental illness. The fundraising concert is a collaboration between the Guam Symphony Society and Guma Mami, and will feature the works of Beethoven, Peter Warlock, Robert Schumann, and Maurice Ravel, all of whom were affected by psychiatric disabilities. A special feature will be a solo violin performance by Dr. Archana Leon Guerrero, a local psychiatrist. Dr. Joan Gill has prepared a Power Point presentation covering the lives of these composers and the nature of their illnesses. Guma Mami Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports persons with disabilities. The event starts at 6:30 pm. in the Micronesian Ballroom, with tickets priced at $35.00. Substantial hors d'oeuvres will be served with a no-host bar.
Around the Island - Holiday Inn Double 10, Nuts & Grains Coffee and More
Holdiay Inn Resort Guam is celebrating the very important Chinese holiday of Double 10 with a special Chinese lunch buffet for 3 days only next week. Starting Tuesday, October 9 and ending Thursday, October 11 enjoy a real Chinese feast for only $11.99 plus 10% service charge. See the menu and details. Call 647-7272 ext. 214 for reservations and information.
Nuts & Grains is now open early and serving excellent coffee! Right now Libby has freshly brewed coffees in a variety of flavors but expects to have espresso and other coffee drinks soon. Open at 7:30am Monday thru Friday (9am on Saturday), you can get your java jolt in Tamuning without any fuss and plenty of parking from Nuts & Grains. Call 646-9358 for info.
Have you wondered what that Toyota Camry is doing on a ramp in front of Lone Star Steakhouse? The answer is they are running a special promotion to win a 2003 Camry and Free lunch from Lone Star for a year. Lone Star has even created a special menu featuring such tantalizing entrees as Tundra T-Bone, Tacoma Tuscan Sirloin, Corolla Fiesta Salad, and a Highlander Burger, which is an 8 oz. handpacked patty made with Ribeye and New York Steak trimmings! These "Tastes from the AK Corral" are something you don't want to miss so saddle up and mosey on down to Lone Star and talk to your server about how you can win.
Visit the Asian Paradise buffet at the Magellan Restaurant in the Hotel Nikko during October and you will be treated to a fabulous selection of spicy, flavor fare prepared from a variety of Asian countries. There is a Curry Station with a wide selection of curries plus a full array of appetizers including fresh lumpia, tofu salad, nigauri (bitter melon), cold wonton, and young papaya salad. Entrees range from chop chae and bulgogi to orange glazed chicken and baked fish filet in teriyaki sauce. For reservations, call 649-8815 ext. 7504.
Arsenic & Old Lace Begins a 3 Week Run - Laughter Guaranteed!
Warning! Be prepared to laugh hard at the comedic performances by a cast of zany characters portrayed in Joseph Kesselring's stage classic, "Arsenic & Old Lace", making it's local debut on Friday, October 4 in a Gala dinner at the Guam Reef Hotel's Pandanus Pavilion. This Theatre Guam production is for the benefit of Sanctuary, Inc. Gala Dinner performances start at 7:30 p.m on October 4, 5, 11, and 12, with tickets at $80.00 per person. Most of these seats are already SOLD OUT, but some no shows are expected. On October 18 and 19, Cocktail Shows will be held with $25.00 tickets still available. These shows will start at 8:00 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at Bestseller Bookstores, Sanctuary, and Navy MWR. This show is chockful of talent, with one famous former Guam resident, radio personality and comedian, Myk Powell, imported to perform a key role. Even moi, the Guam Food Guy, will be on stage! It's a fabulous period set and I know you will not be disappointed with the high-energy comic performances of this special team directed by the legendary Jefferson Cronin.
Tasuke Restaurant - Affordable Tumon Eatery Becomes Local Favorite
The "koto" is the traditional stringed instrument commonly heard when Japanese culture is showcased. The plaintive plucking of the koto's strings resonate in a relaxing syncopation that focuses one's thoughts, allowing relaxation into a semi-meditative state, an ideal condition to appreciate the sensory pleasures of eating delectable cuisine. The koto playing in the background creates the ambiance at Tumon's Tasuke Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Park Arcade, directly across from the entrance to the Hyatt Regency.
Tasuke Restaurant is known for serving such interesting Japanese specialties as Sauteed Squid Legs, Deep Fried Squid Legs, Deep Fried Baby Shrimp, Barbecued Saba Mackeral, Stewed Pork and Beef Intestine, Stewed Hock and Kim Chee Tofu. A daily lunch special features seven set menus, all priced at $8.50, with 3 Ramen Sets, a Barbecued Fish Set, Teriyaki Chicken Set, Pork Ginger Set, and a Saba Miso Set.
I'd decided on the B Ramen Set (a half order of Ramen, California Maki, Tekka Maki and Pickles) and an order of Shrimp Gyoza ($5.00). I then went outside to take pictures when I ran into fellow thespian (performing with me in the current production of "Arsenic & Old Lace") Myk Powell, who I asked to join me if he was free. Since he only had a 1/2 hour, he decided on the Teriyaki Chicken Set. While he looked at the menu, he said he liked Edamame (fresh boiled soy beans $3.50), which we then ordered from their extensive appetizer list. The tasty, hot Edamame were hot out of the pot and were the first to arrive. The Shrimp Gyoza were next, and they were a surprising change from the pork gyoza normally served. We both agreed on their savory flavor and noted they were larger then typical gyoza.
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