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January 24, 2003, Volume 3 Number 4


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

It's time to take pride in our beautiful island, our "islan paraisu", and do something to make a positive difference. A large island clean-up project is happening on January 25 that will involve several business organizations such as the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Guam Contractors Association, the Micronesian Chefs Association and the Guam Visitor's Bureau. The target areas for clean-up will be those areas most frequented by our tourists. This is a great start, and I would hope that this effort increases our awareness of the need to keep our island clean.

I've participated in many clean-up projects over the years, and I've always been amazed by the amount of litter that's been carelessly tossed along our roadsides and on our beaches. It's embarrassing. Although Super Typhoon Pongsona has really compounded the amount of debris and trash that's accumulated, our litter problems have been a perennial concern. It really comes down to pride and discipline. You don't have to go to Singapore to see a pristine environment--you can see "clean" and orderly right here on Guam! Just go to Andersen Air Force Base and marvel at the manicured grounds. Yes, it does require effort and some money, however, it's a programmed responsibility called "maintenance" that makes it work.

The litter problem has particular relevance to food. After all, a large proportion of the trash is from fast food outlets and convenience stores. You can almost tell which fast food operator has the most popular promotions based on the amount of sandwich wrappers or French fry boxes you find. Face it, folks, we've got a "super-sized" litter problem that we need to manage. I believe more can be done by foodservice operators and retail outlets to promote proper litter disposal. Maybe they could hold "anti-littering contests" or promotions targeting our young people. Who knows, perhaps in a generation the seeds we plant today to curb littering will bear fruit so that our future citizens will not tolerate the wanton trash abuse from which we suffer today.

In Today's Issue:

  • Super Bowl Fever Grips Guam - See the Game or Listen on K57
  • Around the Island - Kinney's Cafe, HRC Happy Hour, Carmen's is Hot!
  • King & I Thai Cuisine - Truly Terrific Thai!

Super Bowl Fever Grips Guam - See the Game or Listen on K57

It's once again time for the annual late January rite of the Super Bowl game. This year pits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Oakland Raiders. An interesting side note to this game is the coaches. Jon Gruden of Tampa Bay was the Raider coach just last season until he was essentially traded to the Bucs and rookie head coach Bill Callahan of Oakland has the chance to become only the third first year coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl in his first season. It should be a great game and well worth watching or listening to on K57 if you can't make it to one of the many venues showing the game. Here is a brief list of some of the places showing the game on Monday, January 27:

Planet Hollywood is hosting a Super Bowl Benefit Party for the Pop Warner Football League of Guam. There are only a few tickets left but they include all-you-can-eat-and-drink from their Super Bowl Menu and a chance to win one of two sets of tickets to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Tickets are $40 and the doors open at 7am. Call 647-7827 to reserve.

Marty's Mexican Merienda will be serving breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros in addition to their regular menu. The doors will open at 8am so drop by Marty's for a casual and fun Super Bowl game. Call 646-5533 for info if needed.

T.G.I. Friday's will open their doors at 7am and there is no cover charge. You can order from a special breakfast menu until 10am and from their regular lunch menu after that time. Call 647-8443 for information.

The Hilton Guam will have both smoking and non-smoking venues. Doors open at 6am. Tickets are $15 and include breakfast buffet, lunch buffet and the chance to win raffle prizes. Call 646-1835 for info.

The Hyatt is the venue for the big Bud Bowl event. The doors open at 7am with tickets costing $15 and that includes breakfast buffet, lunch buffet and raffle prizes. There are some tickets remaining. Please call 647-1234 and ask for the Front Desk to get details.

Around the Island - Kinney's Cafe, HRC Happy Hour, Carmen's is Hot!

Kinney's Cafe is quite possibly the restaurant with the longest history on Guam. First opened after WWII and housed in more than one location over the years, they can be found adjacent to their original location in Mangilao off the Back Road (Rt. 15), just up a bit and across the street from Hawaiian Rock (look for the Pacific Island Bible College sign). If you haven't been there or have forgotten about this local gem, you have to make the pilgrimage for the onion rings. We have tried onion rings in many places around the world and Kinney's are absolutely the best. Eat them with the shrimp cocktail sauce or just a bit of salt and you will be in heaven. The menu is straightforward and the portions are hearty. Be sure to have the house dressing on your salad - the recipe hasn't changed since the beginning and you'll enjoy the tangy, sweet flavor. Kinney's is open for lunch Monday thru Friday 11am - 2pm and for dinner from 5pm - 9pm Monday thru Saturday. Call 734-2600 for directions and take-out.

Chef Singh from the Hard Rock Cafe has resumed the very popular cuisine themed Friday Happy Hours. For $10 (which includes 2 drinks from the special menu) you can enjoy Italian delights such as vinaigrette marinated green lip mussels, calamari rings with garlic aioli, balsamic grilled zucchini & bell pepper skewers and tiramisu just to name a few. The fun starts at 6pm and Renaissance will play from 7pm.

Carmen's Cha Cha Cha is Hot! The place is packed both for lunch and dinner since it reopened and you can enjoy all of your Northern Mexico favorites from burritos, enchiladas and those fabulous home made tortilla chips with fresh salsas. If you don't have time to sit down and enjoy the festive atmosphere, order take-out by calling 472-7823.

King & I Thai Cuisine - Truly Terrific Thai!

"Sensational" is the best way to describe eating Thai food, precisely because it engages so many sensory experiences. The eyes are dazzled by the brilliant array of colors, while the nose, and taste buds are totally immersed in the spicy pungent aromas, the sweet, sour, and "pika-pika" tastes, which are often blended together in a single, delicious dish. Thai food is designed to stimulate, with exciting natural ingredients combined to overwhelm our palates - coriander, ginger, fresh basil, several types of mint, aromatic leaves, lemongrass, banana flowers, green and red chilies, garlic, tumeric, crushed peanuts, water chestnuts, green onion, limes, nam pla (fish sauce) bamboo and lotus root. It's amazing how easily shrimp, chicken, beef, and vegetables can be inter-changed with the varied pastes, soup stocks, and curry bases to create those wonderfully rich Thai entrees!

Our recent dinner visit to the King & I Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Tamuning was a thrilling and satisfying taste adventure, and certainly one that I am pleased to recommend. The King & I Thai Cuisine is located on Ipao Road in the Polynesian Hotel, in what used to be the Phuket Thai Restaurant. Kim Screeton, King & I's owner, completely renovated the dining area (eliminating all smoking & that big television monitor). She has kept the same Phuket Thai menu (boasting 118 entrees and 9 appetizers). It's an attractively designed menu, and the first page has the words "NO MSG!" on the bottom.

We ordered the Phuket Appetizer (Chicken Sa-Te $8.50), which is skewered chicken that's been marinated with curry powder and seasonings, then barbecued and served with a tasty peanut sauce. There are 10 sticks of tender (the meat just slides off the stick), succulent chicken, and it's nicely presented in a small boat-shaped dish.

For our main courses, we ordered the Combo Phad Thai (Small $9), a Combo Red Curry (Small $10), Chicken Pad Ka-Prau (Small $9), and Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables (Small $8). We were definitely in for a treat! All of our dishes were ordered "Medium," which we later discovered would bring up our body temperatures a bit, causing us to perspire.

The Combo Phad Thai (Chicken & Shrimp) was fairly good, with plenty of chicken and several large shrimp. The crushed peanuts, noodles, bean sprouts, green onion, and egg blended well and was enhanced by the juice of a fresh lime that we drizzled over it. The small size portion we ordered was plenty enough for two people. There are large sizes available for most of the King & I's entrees.

The Combo Red Curry (Chicken & Shrimp) entree was served in a light-green (all their serving dishes were the same color) fish-shaped platter. The red bell peppers, basil leaf, straw mushrooms, soy beans, bamboo shoots, chicken, shrimp, and eggplant were mixed and piled in the center of the red curry sauce. Simmered in coconut milk, the red curry paste flavor permeated every ingredient. There are 22 curry dishes on the menu, with both red and green combinations, including a fish curry and vegetarian curry.

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

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