October 18, 2002, Volume 2 Number 42
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
I am absolutely busy, as I'm sure you must be too! Why, this weekend alone typifies how many things there are to do in our little island community. Friday and Saturday nights I'll be performing in the final weekend run of Theatre Guam's production of "Arsenic & Old Lace" at the Reef Hotel's Pandanus Ballroom; on Saturday morning I'm going to make an effort to attend the "Strides for the Cure 5K Run/Walk" at Pleasure Island; at 11am I'll be attending a cooking class conducted by Chef Mark Hehir (from the Hilton Tokyo's renowned 'Twenty-One' Restaurant) at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, which includes a lunch menu featuring a sumptuous Macadamia Nut Crusted Seabass, Risotto of Scallop and Rucola Pandan Leaf Sabayon; and I'm sorry that I'll miss the annual "Pastries in Paradise" event at Tumon's DFS Galleria (formerly TCAT) because of my curtain call at the Reef. Too bad I can't clone myself!
Yes, this is what life on Guam is about - an amazing array of great things to do. We also want to give a big Shout Out and a hearty Hafa Adai to the officers and crewmembers of the USS City of Corpus Christi, who just arrived on Guam to their new homeport at Apra Harbor. They will come to love this island, just as many of us have. Once they get a taste of finadene and kelaguen, they'll be hooked for life!
In Today's Issue:
- Myk Powell Performs Improv at Marty's - Thursday Night October 17
- Around the Island - T.G.I.Friday's, Pastries in Paradise, Porky's Aire
- Chef Mark Hehir - Star Chef Guests at Roy's October 18 - 22
- New Lobster & Crab Fish Market Brings Sea Life to You!
- Guam Diner Newsletter - What To Do In Case You Miss An Issue
- Happy 13th Anniversary to Cost-U-Less!
- Awesome Teppanyaki Dinner at Okura's Yamazato!
Myk Powell Performs Improv at Marty's - Thursday Night October 17
A rare live comedy performance by Myk Powell will take place at 10 pm Thursday, October 17 at Marty's. He will be joined by "assorted nuts, loose screws and other small hardware items doing IMPROV". There is no admission charge, but, according to the underground press release, "a very large hat" will be passed around the proceeds of which will help defray the expense of lugging Myk out here for Arsenic & Old Lace. Don't miss comedian Myk Powell LIVE this Thursday night ONLY!
Chef Mark Hehir - Star Chef Guests at Roy's October 18 - 22
"Every now and again a chef creates a dish that's so good, it alone warrants repeated restaurant visits." This is a direct quote from a review written about Chef Mark Hehir culinary talents. His genius is in combining traditional French cooking techiniques with untraditional flavors for a unique dining experience. Chef Mark hails from 'Twenty One', the fine dining restaurant of the Hilton Tokyo, and will showcase his talents with a special menu at Roy's from Friday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 22. There will also be a special Cooking Class with limited seats available on Saturday, October 19 from 11am - 2pm. Lunch is included and the cost is just $50 per person. Call 646-DINE (3463) for reservations and information.
Around the Island - T.G.I.Friday's, Pastries in Paradise, Porky's Aire
The final night of the Asia-Pacific finals of T.G.I. Friday's Shake, Rattle & Pour Bartending Competition in tonight - Thursday, October 17 from 5:30pm to midnight. This is a great chance to see the very best bartenders from Korea, Australia, Philippines, Japan and Guam compete for a chance to head to the finals in London. Live music at the after party from The Locos, raffle prizes and drink specials all night! Call 647-TGIF (8443) for information.
Pastries in Paradise is the premiere annual event for people with a sweet tooth and those who appreciate the art of pastry and confection. Spectacular tables will be presented by many of Guam's finest pastry chefs and there will be the Bailey's Dessert Challenge as well. Renaissance will provide exceptional live entertainment and there will be plenty to eat. Tickets are $15 in advance and available from major sponsors the Guam Hotel & Restuarant Association (call Cecil Poblete at 649-1447 for info) and the PDN; or $20 at the door. The Pastries in Paradise fundraiser benefits the Lend-A-Hand Foundation.
We encountered a great new small business at the monthly general membership meeting of the Micronesian Chef's Association (MCA). Mr. Andy Certeza of Porky's Aire brought in the most beautiful AND tasty roast suckling pig. This porcine delight was presented on a tray decorated with tropical flowers and fruits. Call Andy at 727-7180 or 734-8326 to order. Put one of these treasures on the party or holiday table and you won't need a centerpiece!
Speaking of the MCA, they will hold their Annual Gala Dinner on Friday, October 25 at the Palace Hotel Guam. This event is open to everyone interested in fine food and supporting culinary excellence on Guam. The MCA Chef of the Year award will be presented and a fabulous 6 course meal will be served. See the details and menu.
Burger King has a Two Tacos for $.99 special. These tacos are thin, crisp corn shell tacos with meat, cheese and lettuce, and are similar to those tasty Jack-in-the-Box tacos popular for decades on the Mainland.
Looking for a better breakfast? Start the morning early at Santa Fe Bar & Grill, and enjoy a delicious Eggs Benedict creation featuring poached eggs and spiced honey ham on Santa Fe's signature Jalapeno cheese cornbread, covered with an orange-chipotle Hollandaise sauce. A heap of fresh Santa Fe potatoes accompanies this dynamic dish for $8.95. For $7.95 you can order a healthy Fruit Salad with Yogurt. Half a fresh pineapple is carved out and used as a dish for mixing fresh fruits with creamy yogurt and topped with two cherries and whipped cream. A piece of that tasty cornbread rounds out this morning-starter! Santa Fe's breakfast is served from 7am - 11am The beautiful open air bay view table included with your meal is priceless.
New Lobster & Crab Fish Market Brings Sea Life to You
You will be amazed when you walk into the new "Lobster & Crab, Fish Market" in Tamuning's Monticello Plaza (the strip mall next to Cost-U-Less.) An impressive selection of imported and local seafood awaits you. Live tilapia is $2.75 lb., lobster is $13.89/lb., and some of the biggest jumbo prawns I've seen are priced at $8.89/lb. Other seafood products include squid, mackerel, rabbit fish, lapu lapu, flounder, red snapper, eel,and white pompfret. The store is large and there will be more of a selection coming soon, according to owner, Peter Au. In a back section of the store are shelves holding large containers of preserved fruits and vegetables, dried fish products such as scallops, flounder, sea snails and other exotic items. The phone number is 646-1008.
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Happy 13th Anniversary to Cost-U-Less!
Has it been 13 years? While some folks take Cost-U-Less for granted, I remember life before Cost-U-Less. One of the neat things about anniversaries are the super values offered, as well as the food samples. I tasted the Gardenburger, (a 14 count box on sale now for $8.99) a delicious, healthy meat alternative. Michael Angelo's Lasagna was also a treat. Shopping's never been more fun! There are many prizes you can win with a Grand Prize drawing to be held on Sunday, October 20th. Come celebrate with Cost-U-Less, Guam's first "Big Box Value Warehouse Store".
Awesome Teppanyaki Dinner at Okura's Yamazato!
A very special teppanyaki dining adventure awaits you at the Guam Hotel Okura's Yamazato Japanese restaurant. Yamazato's newly-refurbished teppanyaki room is among Guam's largest. It is clean, well-ventilated, and has a wonderful rock garden view from the window wall facing the verdant Harmon cliff line. Yamazato is divided into two spacious dining areas, one exclusively for teppanyaki that is only open for dinner, whereas the main dining room is open for lunch and dinner. A spectacular view of Tumon Bay makes dining in this elegant room a classy affair, bringing to mind the luxurious feeling you get when you fly Business First! Weekly lunch specials are $12.00, with entrees available from $8.50 to $14.00, which is very reasonable considering the room's rarefied quality.
At dinner the Yamazato's Teppanyaki Set Menu is priced at $43.00, and offers six menu options, including Tenderloin & Scallop; Salmon, Scallop & Prawn; Rock Lobster & Scallop; Sirloin, Scallop and Prawn; and Sirloin & Scallop. Each selection is served with Japanese salad, teppanyaki vegetables, steamed rice, pickles, and sherbet. Yamazato also has a Special Menu priced at $33.00 with a choice of either course "A", which is a Half Lobster Tail, Chicken, Scallop & Vegetable, or "B", Sirloin, Shrimp Bacon, Scallop and Vegetable. A rice ball (onigiri), miso soup, and pickles (oshinko) are included. Though the price is on the high side, the quality of the ingredients used to prepare these meals justifies the price. This is a 5-star teppan experience.
Our dinner started out with a refreshing salad. We looked cute in our paper bibs - a must when you are eating teppanyaki. These protect you from the sauces that inevitably splatter when you are bringing your dipped meat and vegetables to your mouth. The ventilation hoods are so efficient that you won't walk out smelling like the food as you do at some other teppanyaki restaurants. A salted smelt appetizer came with my entree, these reminded me of large sardines. Edgar, our teppan chef, had placed thick onion slices, eggplant, and zucchini on the hot griddle after initially grilling what appeared to be a small mountain of fresh garlic chips, which he set aside. After these were sliced and placed on the counter plate, we dipped pieces in the special vegetable sauce bowl on our large black dinner tray, considered our "dining space". We watched Edgar place the bacon-wrapped shrimp, a prawn, big scallops,and two rice balls on the grill.
The Guam Food Guy
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