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November 26, 2002, Volume 2 Number 48

All of us here at wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. The newsletter is early this week due to the holiday. We will return to our usual schedule and format next week.

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

Thanksgiving. The mere sound of it stirs the imagination of our taste buds...let's see, cranberries, honey-baked ham, golden-roasted turkey with all the fixin's and stuffed to the max with cornbread dressing; mashed potatoes, candied yams, and giblet gravy; piping hot dinner rolls, fruit salad, and pumpkin pie. These are among the more popular foods that will grace many tables in celebration of Thanksgiving, both at homes as well as at the major hotels and restaurants.

Even as a person who is passionate about food, I find it amazing that so much time, energy and emphasis is placed on the Thanksgiving Day meal, while the real meaning and purpose of Thanksgiving is relegated to the few minutes of prayer recited to grace the table before we eat. How much more would you appreciate your Thanksgiving Dinner if you had to "fast" all day until supper time, and that during your fasting you had to reflect and meditate on why you are giving thanks. I put this thought out as a suggestion for what could be, since I don't really expect anyone to follow it literally. It's just that this Thanksgiving when I'm eating my Turkey I'm going to reflect on those who will never again be joining the ranks of those of us celebrating the holiday. I give thanks to those who are helping those families in need, particularly the Salvation Army. I'm going to pray for world peace and understanding. I'm going to give thanks for my good fortune, no matter how difficult times have been...I'm still alive, I still can smile, and am able to share my thoughts on Thanksgiving with thousands. Let us all give thanks this Thanksgiving, for what we have and what we know. Peace be with you.

The Guam Food Guy

In Today's Issue:

  • GHRA's 2nd Annual Progressive Dinner a Smashing Success!
  • Aloha Shoyu Competition Heats Up Palates
  • Not Too Late For Thanksgiving Specials
  • Hilton Holiday Traditions - Christmas Train and GSS Seaside Concert
  • Around the Island - DanceFest, Rotary Auction, Autumn Festival and More
  • Special Fast Food Edition - Tired of Cooking? Try These Eateries at GPO

GHRA's 2nd Annual Progressive Dinner a Smashing Success!

This past Saturday's 70's disco-themed Progressive Dinner (aptly called "The Soul Train") was an overwhelming success, with a five course meal spread over five different hotel properties. The chefs and kitchen staff performed culinary magic, and the double decked trolley ride proved a memorable adventure as well as a splendid way to enjoy open air excitement. Based on this experience, it has been suggested by attendees that an optional tour be considered based on a "Progressive Dinner" concept.

Aloha Shoyu Competition Heats Up Palates

Congratulations to Ruben Mortera, who won the Grand Prize of a trip for 2 to Cairns, Australia, in this past Saturday's Aloha Shoyu Finadene Competition. There were many great entries and some wonderful displays. The most arduous task was given to the judges, who had to sample scores of finadene, kelaguen, and sashimi preparations. While most of the entries were quite flavorful, there were a few that were outrageously (and painfully) hot. All in all, it was a tremendous success and really established a precedent for future competitions.

Not Too Late For Thanksgiving Specials

It's getting down to the wire for those Thanksgiving preparations but there is still time to make reservations or order a feast to go. See all the specials at

Holiday Traditions at the Hilton - Christmas Train and GSS Seaside Concert

The Hilton Guam kicks off the holiday season with the Hilton Holiday Express Train which rolls out of the station on Wednesday, November 27 at 5:30pm. This colorful and fun annual display will run daily from 10am to 10pm throughout the season. There is just something magical about trains and the Art Department at the Hilton goes all out to create a beautiful holiday setting in the main lobby. This is a treat you don't want to miss!

And, the event that has become a tradition of the Christmas season - the annual Holiday Seaside Concert from the Guam Symphony Society will be held this coming Sunday, December 1 at 3:30pm on the Hilton Guam Seaside Lawn. Almost as important as the inspiring musical numbers are the fabulous picnic baskets prepared by the concert-goers. Each year the picnic spreads become more elaborate in hopes of winning the prize for the best picnic basket. Admission is free and the music will put you in the holiday spirit.

Around the Island - Rotary Auction, DanceFest2002, Autumn Festival & More

The Rotary Club of Guam will be holding its special Annual Auction at the Hyatt Regency Guam on Friday, November 29, starting at 5:30pm until 10:30pm. There are many 2003 automobiles and other great prizes on the Auction Block. This special fund-raiser will benefit several charitable local organizations. Entry Donation is just $15.00. This event is always great fun and it's exciting to watch the bidding heat up.

DanceFest2002 is Friday, November 29 from 7pm - 11pm in Pleasure Island. It's described as "an invigorating night of dance, music, food, drinks, and arts & crafts spanning a rainbow of customs and cultures." You'll be able to see fabulous dance routines by SKIP, Ati Atihan, Chuukese Stick Dancers, Parisu Halau Hula Hui Kaleo Olapa, Los Barrio, Chinese Community, and the Plus 4 Japan Dance Troupe.

The Japan Club of Guam hosts its 23rd Annual Autumn Festival on Saturday, November 30 at Ypao Beach Park from 4pm. I have to say that this is the one event everyone should attend this weekend. This is traditionally one of the best outdoor parties on Guam. The Food Booths open at 5:30 pm and you'll enjoy all types of Japanese delights. This festival is fun for the entire family, with toys, games, great entertainment along with all the great food! Due to the congestion caused by road construction along Pale San Vitores, all trolley busses will be operating and shuttling passengers between such major stops as Tumon Sands, GPO, Guam Greyhound, Micronesia Mall, and K-Mart. This is a terrific way to appreciate a special Japanese cultural event.

Attention amateur bakers! At 10am this Saturday the Hyatt Regency Guam will be holding it's First Annual Christmas Dessert Competition. All residents are invited to participate in a competition for the Best Christmas Dessert of 2002. The winning entry will receive a prize package which includes a weekend getaway for two, complimentary Club at the Hyatt membership AND their dessert will be featured in the hotel's restaurants during the holidays. There is no entry fee and applications can be picked up at any Hyatt restaurant and at the "8 at Hyatt" Gourmet Deli in the lobby. Deadline for submission of entry forms is 5pm on November 27 so hurry down and sign up. Categories include the Most Festive, Most Original Recipe, Most Creative, Best Presentation and Best Tasting and winners in each category will receive a prize. Call Maria Cooper-Nurse at 647-1234, ext. 3210, for more information.

Special Fast Food Edition - Tired of Cooking? Try These Eateries at GPO

By the time Friday morning rolls around the cooks in the house are most likely uninterested in preparing any type of food and there is a distinct possibility that they, along with family members and friends, will head out to do some shopping, see a movie or attend one of the numerous activities around the island this weekend.

One of the most popular spots to go is the Guam Premium Outlets. While the shopping is great, the movies are hot and the location is good - we think the best part of GPO is the food court. From Mongolian BBQ to delicate Cream Cakes (Deli Manjoo) there is something for every taste. The entire group can dine on a different cuisine quickly, affordably and tastily! Recent additions to the GPO Food Court include Dunkin Donuts and the Curry Factory. While we haven't had a chance to try the curry yet, people were lining up to enjoy the variety of curries available.

The complete list of food establishments totals 18 outlets including Bestseller Cafe inside Bestseller Books and Sol Juice and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory which are upstairs. In the Food Court proper there are fast food giants Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, Sabarro, Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts. These are understandably popular but just as many diners like the lesser known chains such as Charley's Steakery or local favorites like Imperial Garden and Rambies.

The Guam Food Guy is noted for enjoying all types of food from haute cuisine to your basic fast food burger and over the past year or so has reviewed a number of the outlets at the GPO. Hopefully, you'll be tempted to hop in the car and drive down to enjoy the festive atmosphere at GPO and the Food Court!

Aji Ichi - While this review was done of the location in Upper Tumon, you can enjoy most of the same dishes at the GPO location. Highly recommended is the Pork Ginger Set and any of the delicious varieties of Ramen. Great noodles in a tasty broth really hit the spot when you have the craving for noodles.

Mongo Mongo - If there is one food concept that deserves to be spread world wide it would have to be Mongolian BBQ. Selecting your ingredients from a wide array of fresh items and dressing it according to your personal tastes creates a truly unique dining experience each and every time.

China Wok - Quite possibly the very best fast food Chinese on the island. We have been known to order dishes from other locations at GPO but we never fail to pick up at least a side order of a favorite from China Wok. The Beef with Black Bean Sauce and any of the shrimp dishes are strongly recommended and will make your tastebuds happy.

Charley's Steakery - Just when you thought they couldn't come up with another chain based on sandwiches along comes Charley's Steakery. These sandwiches are exceptional. We recommend trying the entire menu (not all at one time unless you have some help!) before deciding on your favorite.

Bon Appetit!

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