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November 22, 2002, Volume 2 Number 47

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

There are few places in the world where food is as appreciated and celebrated as it is on Guam. We don't even advertise our food to other countries, yet it speaks for itself to those visitors who are lucky enough to experience our fiestas and the scores of ethnic eateries dotting our island. While our children are exposed to the global fast food giants (whose paper-wrapped food most prefer), they are also exposed to Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Hawaiian, Mongolian, Italian, Indonesian, French and Indian cuisine. Take a stroll through the fast food courts at Micronesia Mall, GPO and the Agana Shopping Center, and you'll see a variety of eateries you'd never see in any major US mall. In many cases, you'll see that there's a lot of "cross-culination" (a newly-coined concept) going on here, so you'll find kimchi served with all types of Asian cusines from Japanese to Thai and let's not forget the ever-present Tabasco bottle and Guam's favorite dipping sauce, finadene.

Face it...we love to eat, and we will continue to eat an ever-expanding variety of foods that grace our island's tables. Remember those words of wisdom spoken by a famous local restaurateur, "eat out and eat often"!

In Today's Issue:

  • Aloha Shoyu Finadene Festival - Saturday November 23 at Chamorro Village
  • Around the Island - Thanksgiving Specials Abound from Hagatna to Tumon
  • 2002 Humanities Awards & Roaring Twenties Party - Saturday November 30
  • Guam Food Guy Picks Top 30 Biz Dinner Places in November DIRECTIONS
  • Guam Girl Scout Cookies & Christmas Tree Sale
  • Tokyo Mart's Bento Boxes - The "Right Answer" For Japanese Fast Food

Aloha Shoyu Finadene Festival - Saturday November 23 at Chamorro Village

Guam is in for a real treat this weekend with the Aloha Shoyu Finadene Festival at the Chamorro Village. Aloha Shoyu is the market leader in Hawaii and has been made by the same family for many years. And, you've got to love their jingle! At any rate, you don't want to miss this weekend's first-ever Aloha Shoyu Finadene Festival, which will feature a finadene contest, local music, crafts, and terrific prizes. The event starts at 11am and lasts until 4pm. The Grand Prize (Trip for 2 to Cairns, Australia) will be awarded to the person who creates a "Finadene You'd Most Likely Drive Through a Typhoon to Get". Judges of the contest will include Lou Sanchez from Continental, Dave Tydingco of GHRA, Jon Anderson from K57 and the Guam Food Guy - it's good to be busy!

Around the Island - Thanksgiving Specials Abound from Hagatna to Tumon

Thanksgiving Specials abound this year with hotels, restaurants and bakeries offering feasts-to-go, Thanksgiving breads & pastries to order and, of course, the ever popular Thanksgiving Day Buffets and Dinners. Here's a quick round-up of what's out there.

Cup & Saucer Bakery in downtown Hagatna (adjacent to Firefly Bistro) is the place to order all of your breads and pastries for this Thanksgiving. They have a Pumpkin Cheesecake AND an Eggnog Cheesecake to order as well as the usual pies and breads. They also offer a special homemade Cranberry Sauce. Place an advance order of at least $25 by 5pm on Tuesday, November 26 and receive a dozen dinner rolls free. Call 477-2585 for information.

Le Tasi Bistro may be a French restaurant but we can tell you from personal experience that Chef Bertrand knows his way around a Thanksgiving feast! You can order a Turkey-to-Go which includes Herb Stuffing, Rosemary Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and 2 pies, 1 pumpkin and your choice of either a Lemon Meringue, Apple or Coconut Cream. Best of all, in our humble foodie opinion, is his Thanksgiving Dinner. The Pumpkin Soup is served in a homemade Sourdough Bread Bowl and you get both Turkey and Tasi Ham to eat. Yummy! Call 472-7877 for reservations and information.

The Palace Hotel Guam is back in full force this year with the best prices and some very excellent food. There is the complete feast-to-go and the Palace is only place offering Beef Wellington (a classic preparation of filet of beef coated in pate and baked in a pastry shell), Pate Maison and a bottle of wine in one of their packages. The Palm Garden has a brunch and a dinner buffet. And, what is possibly the most beautiful resturant on Guam, the Coral Palace has a complete Set Dinner Menu for only $30! Call 646-2900/2222 for reservations and information.

The Westin Resort Guam offers not only Turkey-to-Go but Ham as well and the pick up is through a convenient drive-up right at their front entrance - what could be easier? They also offer Chestnut Stuffing and Walnut Loaf as unigue enhancements to your feast. Many local residents love The Cafe Kalachucha buffets and the Thanksgiving Brunch promises to be a spectacular one. Don't forget Prego where Chef Obara has a special Set Menu which includes a glass of wine. Call 647-0915/6 for reservations.

The Hilton Guam is the choice of many and they pioneered the "Turkey-to-Go" concept locally. The great thing about the Hilton is the overnight stay that is included in some of their packages as well as the choice of Turkey, Ham or Roast Beef. The Islander Terrace will offer a spectacular spread for Thanksgiving Day Brunch and you'll be treated to the incomparable Romy Poblete while you dine. They will also have a complete Dinner Buffet that evening. Call 646-DINE (3463) for reservations and information.

2002 Humanities Awards & Roaring Twenties Party - Saturday November 30

A fun and exciting evening will occur on Saturday, November 30 in the Marianas Ballroom of the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, as the Guam Humanities Council will hold the 2002 Humanities Awards & Roaring Twenties Party. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume or black, white or red attire, and there will be local entertainment and delicious dining. A creative and unique "FUNd-raising" concept will feature a band of "Pleading Players" (celebrity rovers, including the GFG) who will artfully delight and entertain for monetary rewards. Call Ramona at 646-4460 to reserve tickets ($50 per person).

Guam Food Guy Picks Top 30 Biz Dinner Places in November DIRECTIONS

The smiling visage of Jerry Yingling, the take-charge manager of the Guam International Airport graces the cover of the November issue of DIRECTIONS MAGAZINE. Read this in-depth, informative article about this dedicated, dynamic, and sometimes controversial public figure whom I've known as a friend for over 20 years. Then you won't believe your eyes when you see the Guam Food Guy cloned into three as he chomps his way through the top 30 places to "seal the deal"! DIRECTIONS is on sale now at local bookstores and newsstands.

Guam Girl Scout Cookies & Christmas Tree Sale

'Tis that time of year again when orders for the world's favorite cookies are being taken by the Guam Girl Scouts. If you haven't had a chance to place your orders, call the Guam Girl Scouts at 646-5652 or 687-6834.

On December 7, from 9am to 6pm, the highly-popular Guam Girl Scout Christmas Tree Sale will be held at the Guam Girl Scout Center on Marine Drive in Tamuning, across from Chief Brodie School. Quality noble and Douglas firs will be available, so come early and pick your favorite tree. The sale will continue on Sunday until all the trees have been sold.

Tokyo Mart's Bento Boxes - The "Right Answer" For Japanese Fast Food

Tokyo Mart, located in Tamuning's Monticello Plaza, next to Cost-U-Less, is not a restaurant, but it attracts customers from all parts of the island who have a craving for take-out bento boxes. Tokyo Mart has a full kitchen production facility that prepares tasty meals daily. Fried chicken, fried fish, baked salmon, meat balls, shrimp tempura, broiled unagi (eel), sushi, curry, cold soba, as well as combinations of these, are just some of the meal types available for purchase at Tokyo Mart.

I recently found myself pressed for time and needed some food for the office. I'd already had my fill of traditional, Western fast food take-out and remembered that Tokyo Mart had those fabulous take-out bentos. For $4.25 you can get Fried Chicken with 2 Gyoza, a Meat Ball,Rice, Kimchi, Coleslaw, and Daigo. Some variant sides available are macaroni salad and octopus kelaguen. The Unagi (broiled eel) is a large piece on a bed of rice, for $4.99, and is loaded with lots of Vitamin D.

As you check out the vast selection, you'll notice that not all packaged meals are prepared at Tokyo Mart. Some are delivered fresh daily from Sushi Kyo and Mr. Sushi. Additionally, the Dai-Ichi delivers a selection of bentos, including a large baked Salmon filet, that includes a few frankfurter slices on the side (an odd combination), for $6.00.

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

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  • Featured Recipes - Green Chili Turkey Casserole - Lisa's Awesome Recipe
  • Wine Feature - Recommendations for the Thanksgiving Feast
  • More Recipes - By Popular Demand - Dessert Recipes Heldover
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Diet Tips As You Face Thanksgiving Temptation
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