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December 6, 2002, Volume 2 Number 49

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

"Pongsona". Such a pretty name, almost sounding like something you'd like to eat. It's actually the Korean name of a flower "loved by Korean women since ancient times for its fairy shyness and tender feeling" as stated on the Hong Kong Observatory web site. It's possible that this flower will bring showers and winds that will be neither shy nor tender as it develops into a typhoon targeted to arrive in the Marianas in the next few days. It's not a good time (but then it never is) for a typhoon, as it has the potential to disrupt many special events scheduled for this weekend. Of course, the upside of typhoons is that they bring revenue relief to our restaurants and grocery stores. However, I don't believe anyone truly wants another typhoon this soon, especially since we are still in the final recovery stages of Typhoon Chata'an. The island is still replenishing itself from shortages caused by the West Coast dock lock out. (Has anyone seen any eggs on the store shelves?) Let's pray this flower blows some other way and lets us appreciate our much-needed peaceful Christmas holiday time.

In Today's Issue:

  • World Class Pianist Katya Grineva - December 6 Concert at Palace Hotel Guam
  • Cantate Guam Performs Handel's 'Messiah' - December 6 & 7
  • Around the Island - Twisted Chicken, "New" Taipei, LTB Celebration Menu
  • Christmas Specials - Gift Ideas, Brunch Reservations and Goodies
  • Guam Girl Scout Tree Sale - Saturday December 7 (weather permitting)
  • Sabroso Mexican Grill - Savor the Flavors of Mexico

World Class Pianist Katya Grineva - December 6 Concert at Palace Hotel Guam

Fresh from performances at the Lincoln Center in NYC and most recently in Paris, internationally acclaimed pianist Katya Grineva will perform a collection of classical compositions from her 2002 Carnegie Hall appearance. Audiences will be treated to works by Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel, Mozart, and Chopin on Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm in the Palace Hotel Guam's Grand Ballroom. The Moscow-born Grineva has been playing since the age of 5-1/2, and flew 24 hours from Paris to arrive on Guam for her one-night concert performance. Tickets can be purchased at 76 stations, Stanlee's, St. John's School, Shimbros, and the Guam Palace Hotel, with prices ranging from $25 - $65.

Cantate Guam Performs Handel's 'Messiah' - December 6 & 7

Cantate Guam and members of the Guam Symphony will perform Handel's "Messiah" at the Pacific Presbyterian Church in Barrigada Heights on December 6 and 7 with performances each night beginning at 8pm. Tickets are available at Bestseller Bookstores, Faith Bookstores, China Arts, and Primo Surf, with adult tickets priced at $10, students and children's tickets priced at $7.

Around the Island - Twisted Chicken, "New" Taipei, LTB Celebration Menu

Chef Kevin Dietrichs is back and has brought to Guam yet another way to enjoy the island's favorite meat - chicken. This time though he's turning it around and calling it 'Twisted Chicken'. Twisted Chicken is located in the parking lot of Stanlee's Deli and Liquor Store in Tumon. Take-out orders can be placed through the window on the Acanta Mall end of the building. The simple menu features 1/4 Chicken Plate $4.95, 1/2 Chicken Plate $6.95, a Whole Chicken Family Meal $10.95, and a Whole Cornish Game Hen $5.95. When ordering, you can specify if you want Regular Rotisserie Style or Crispy Chinese Style. All meals come with their signature Cole Slaw & a choice of Steamed Rice or French Fries (the fries are seasoned). Twisted Chicken is open from 11am - 9pm daily, and offers delivery between 11am - 1pm on orders of $25 or more in nearby areas. Call 646-1328. GFG recommendation - 2 thumbs up for great taste and value!

Another GFG favorite, Taipei Restaurant (formerly known as Taipei Kitchen when they were in the Hafa Adai Exchange) has reopened as Taipei Noodle House. Open for only a month now they are located in the Capitol Hotel in Tumon which is up the hill behind DFS. You can enjoy all of your favorite dishes as prepared by the Huang family. They are open daily from 10:30am - 2:30pm for lunch and 5:30pm - 10pm for dinner. We're on our way soon to eat some Beef with Dried Bean Curd and Pork with Sour Vegetable! Call 649-2189 to order in advance or for take-out.

The good folks over at Le Tasi Bistro keep coming up with great ideas for dinner. In addition to the weekly tour of Europe via the special menu highlighting a particular region, they are introducing a Celebration Champagne Menu designed to romance that special person in your life or commemorate an important occassion. For couples ordering the special Celebration Menu they will include at bottle of Champagne Corta Nevada. Call them at 472-7877 for reservations and information.

Christmas Specials - Gift Ideas, Brunch Reservations and Goodies

This season the Hilton Guam is not to be outdone with all manner of gift ideas including 30th Anniversary Getaway Packages, gift certificates to Roy's, gift hampers from Caffe Cino and much more. They also have the full array of brunches and dinners from Islander Terrace, Genji and Roy's. See all of their special events including caroling by Les Quatre Femmes and visits from Santa. Don't forget to see the Hilton Express Christmas Train - it's the best!

Cup & Saucer is offering a complete menu of holiday delights for gift giving or for serving. Many of the items available come in festive packaging designed to please even the pickest person on your gift list. They will also make gift baskets to order. We want the Gingerbread House which is edible but wonder how long it will last as a centerpiece - our guess - not long!

Also, check out the fabulous decorations and gift items at Nichol's Boutique in downtown Hagatna. They can also create a one-of-a-kind Holiday arrangement for your home or office. If you're not quite feeling the Christmas spirit yet, a visit to Nichol's will refresh your mood and brighten your day. Call them at 472-2840.

Check back to often and click on the Christmas Specials link to see new additions to the listings.

Guam Girl Scout Tree Sale - Saturday December 7 (weather permitting)

Weather permitting, the Guam Girl Scouts will be launching their Annual Christmas Tree Sale on December 7, from 9am to 6pm. The sale will take place at the Guam Girl Scouts Center on Marine Drive in Tamuning. Special quality nobles will be introduced that will surprise and delight customers, and Douglas firs will also be available to take home for the holidays. The Christmas Tree Sale is an important fund-raising event for this non-profit organization, and has always been well-supported by the people of Guam who understand the value of the Guam Girl Scout mission.

Sabroso Mexican Grill - Savor the Flavors of Mexico

It's amazing how great food finds its way into the unlikeliest places! That's what you discover once you've found your way into Sabrosa Mexican Grill, Guam's latest addition to our small group of Mexican restaurant choices. Sabrosa is located within the confines of the Elk's Club in Agana Heights, and can be accessed by turning on the road adjacent to the SDA Church and Simply Foods Health Food Restaurant and Store. Once you've turned into the Elk's Club parking lot, you will find plenty of parking (just don't park in the Exalted Ruler's nor Past Grand Tiler's reserved parking spaces). The front door has a sign posted saying "Sabroso", "Guests Welcome Please Ring Bell". What an unusual combination - public dining in a private, members only fraternal organization!

Once inside the building, you will walk through a grand hall up to the entrance door to the lounge, wherein you will find Sabroso Mexican Grill. The lounge has an elaborate bar (it's the awesome barstools that get your attention - big, dark-wood, strong-timber barstools with cushioned seats and armrests) that spans the length of the carpeted room. The restaurant tables run along the opposite side, with more tables set up in a non-smoking section that also has the recreation room (pool tables and dart boards). It is a clubby atmosphere, friendly, historic, and intriguing because of it's previous exclusivity.

We were greeted and seated by Wendy, whom we found to be quite friendly and helpful in answering the many questions I usually pose when reviewing. A basket of fresh chips and salsa, both made daily, was placed before us. This is the first test of a worthy Mexican eatery - the chips & salsa. Very good - crispy, hearty, and dangerously addictive; the kind that sells beer and margaritas. I did order a margarita that was served in a glass coffee mug...not bad, but not quite in the league of Marty's or La Mesa's. Yet, as we'd find out, it's really the food that scored the points.

Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

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