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November 8, 2002, Volume 2 Number 45


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

You've probably heard the saying, "You are what you eat", however, you may not have really given it any serious thought. However, I've recently received a translation of a Japanese book that describes how foods can affect your character, health, happiness and fortune. The book, a bestseller in Japan, is called "Fortune Telling with Food" by Noriko Kuriyama, who is the Chief Executive/Sr. Nutrition Consultant for Kuriyama Health & Nutrition Research Institute. This Institute was founded by Noriko's father, the late Mr. Kiichi Kuriyama, over seventy years ago, after he successfully overcame tuberculosis by changing his diet to raw fruits and vegetables. Afflicted with the deadly disease while he was a young college student, he came across passages in books by Thomas Edison and Plato which touted the healthful benefits of natural diets. The application of this knowledge was key to saving his life - a life which he soon devoted to helping thousands of others improve their lives.

Noriko's book is easy to read and full of interesting information on the attributes of foods, with one example stating that "Sesame Seed-Lovers Have Smooth, Lucky Lives". There's a fun quiz one can take in the back of the book that you can take and rate yourself according to charts that cover life areas such as Health/Well-being, Marriage/Family, Brains/Intelligence, Business/Employment, and Passion/Sex. The book is available for $9.95 plus $3.70 shipping (to Guam) at Bookmaster.com.

Our "waiting to exhale" time is over and now we can breath in the fresh aroma of positive change in our political landscape. Now is a time for healing and rejoining - let's put those campaign promises to work. God bless our democracy and our right to choose our representatives and leaders.

In Today's Issue:

  • Memorial Service Guam Sunzen President Kunihiro Fujita - Friday, Nov. 8
  • Around the Island - May's, La Mesa, Le Tasi Bistro Coupon, Stanlee's
  • Wine & Wine - New Reviews from Chelle, Beaujolais Nouveau at the Hilton
  • Guam Diabetes Conference - UOG Field House Saturday, November 23
  • Korea Palace - Gourmet Korean Restaurant Serves Traditional Cuisine

Memorial Service Guam Sunzen President Kunihiro Fujita - Nov. 8

A gathering to remember Kunihiro Fujita will be held at 3pm on Friday, November 8 in the Orchid Room of the Guam Hotel Okura. Founder and President of Guam Sunzen Company, Ltd., Mr. Fujita published the popular, high-quality monthly tourist magazines, WAVE and GUAM NOW, and established a successful advertising business catering to the hospitality and retail industries. Mr. Fujita was called to his eternal rest October 20 while undergoing treatment in Japan at the Hyogo Ika University Hospital. Fujita-san will be missed by family, friends, employees and business acquaintances.

Around the Island - May's, La Mesa, Le Tasi Bistro Coupon, Stanlee's

If you are looking for a reasonably-priced good quality Chinese restaurant open 7 days a week, May's Restaurant in the New Century Hotel on Ypao Road in Tamuning is highly recommended. The owner is May Li, who operated the popular May's Coffee Shop in the Harmon Industrial Park. Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Yang Chow Fried Rice, and Chicken & Corn Soup are all excellent. Breakfast specials start at $3.50 and lunch specials start at $5.95. The best part however, is the terrific service extended by May, who really took care of us during our entire meal. She could give lessons! Call 647-3188 for more information and take-out.

La Mesa's is now open for lunch (11am - 2pm) and dinner (6pm - 9pm) at their new location on University Drive in Mangilao. If you've got an appetite you won't be disappointed by La Mesa's Burrito Grande for $7.95. They also have a child's plate for $4. Call 734-TACO(8226) for more information and take-out.

Dine well and save money! That's the idea behind the dinner coupon created by Le Tasi Bistro. Bring in the coupon and save 15% off dinner entrees Monday through Wednesday and 10% off dinner entrees on Friday and Saturday. For dining well, check out the new special weekly set menu - $19 inclusive or $21 with a glass of the fresh brewed beer. Each week the set menu will highlight a different European cuisine. This week's menu is from the French province of Bourgogne and features an entree of penne pasta sauteed with mustard and chives and served with grilled lamb chops. Don't forget Tapas Thursdays when the Pago Bay Reefers play and you can feast on yummy tapas washed down with microbrewed beer.

No tour of Tumon would be complete without a visit to Stanlee's. In fact, Stanlee's is the closest you'll get to Australia without having to fly. Stanlee's is famous for great deli sandwiches, that are hand-made with TLC, fresh baked bread and other ingredients. Stanlee's is home to Guam's largest selection of fine beverages, including wines, distilled spirits, beer, juices, and soft drinks. Imported cheeses, meats, crackers, snacks, candies, pickled vegetables, and other products (exclusive to Stanlee's) are available. And if you are truly lucky, don't miss an opportunity to say "g'day" to Stanlee's proprietor, the legendary Stanley Miller, who will dispense some wisdom to make your day memorable!

Hard Rock Cafe's Friday Night Themed Happy Hours are becoming increasingly popular - and with good reason. You get to feast on a full buffet and select 2 drinks for only $10. Renassiance plays from 6pm and everybody is happy. This week chow down at the BBQ & Brew Night featuring BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Spanner Crab, Basil & Garlic Veggies Skewers and more.

Wine & Wine - New Reviews from Chelle, Beaujolais Nouveau at the Hilton

Chelle returns this week with a review of 2 great wines from Blackstone, an award winning winery out of California which produces high quality wines at reasonable prices. She recommends the 2000 Merlot Napa Valley as an excellent accompaniment to a Thanksgiving feast. Blackstone wines are available on Guam at Cost-U-Less and Price Smart and range from $9.99 to $19.99 a bottle. You can also order them in various establishments around the island including Mac & Marti, Roy's, Old Hagatna Grill, VIP Seafood House, Lone Star Steakhouse and Sam Choy's. Order a glass - if you like it - go buy a bottle to share!

Speaking of wine, the annual frenzy surrounding the release of the 2002 Beaujolais Nouveau will be celebrated at the Islander Terrace in the Hilton Guam. On Thursday, November 14 from 6pm - 9pm, Executive Chef Durliat (a real Frenchman!) will create an all-you-can-eat buffet of French dishes designed to compliment this light, fruity and very young, red wine. You can reserve your spot by calling 646-DINE(3663).

Guam Diabetes Conference - UOG Field House Saturday, November 23

A valuable free conference on Diabetes will be held on Saturday, November 23, from 8am - 5pm. Did you know that approximately one-third of Guam's adult population has Type 2 diabetes? Since there is no cure for diabetes, it is important that we all become aware of diabetes prevention and the forms of treatment. Registration starts at 7:30am and includes breakfast and lunch. Contact Carl Butler at 632-1971 or Jose Nededog at 789-3790 for more information. Also, see this week's Health & Nutrition article at GuamDiner.com which asks the question: "Are You At Risk For Diabetes?".

Korea Palace - Gourmet Korean Restaurant Serves Traditional Cuisine

Korea Palace, located in Hagatna's Julale Shopping Center, is a great place to learn about and enjoy authentic traditional Korean food that is considered "haute cuisine" (high class). This class distinction has more to do with the ingredients than the presentation. The type of food served to nobles is not overly spicy and does not use too much red pepper paste, which is more common to the foods prepared and served to the general masses. Most of the ingredients, including the meats, spices, and some vegetables, are shipped in directly from Korea to assure that guests are treated to the authentic quality of food and tastes found in Korea.

Korea Palace has an extensive a la carte menu that is available seven days a week from 10am - 9pm. Their lunch specials range in price from $7 - $8.50 and include such popular favorites as Galbi (Barbecued Beef Ribs), Boolgogi (Broiled Beef), and Chap Chae (Pan Fried Noodles). These are smaller portions than the same entrees on the a la carte menu that have higher prices (with the exception of Chap Chae, which is only available for lunch).

We had a remarkable lunch experience recently at Korea Palace. We began with the selection of Lunch Specials (the 3 dishes mentioned above),as well as an order of Nokdoo Jijim (Green Bean Pancakes $13), and Kimchijjige (Kimchi Stew $11). It's best to order all of your food at once since the service may get a little slow later due to the high volume of lunch visitors. The salads were first to arrive, with each containing some carrots, lettuce, green onions and a delightfully flavored green herb leaf called "perilla", aka Wild Sesame or Chinese Basil. Our staff researched this and discovered that perilla is known as "Shiso" in Japan, and that the red variety gives the dark red color to the "umeboshi" (pickled plum) found in rice balls. The sesame oil dressing was delicious. A small bowl of thin soup of broth, boiled radishes and tofu was also served. Though bland compared to other dishes, it serves to clear the palate during the meal.

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

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

  • Featured Recipe - Exceptional Rice Pudding - Clove, Orange & Nutmeg
  • Wine Feature - Chelle Reviews Blackstone & Makes A Turkey Day Suggestion
  • Entertaining At Home - Chef Remo & Chef Singh's Thanksgiving Menus
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Are You At Risk For Diabetes?
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