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March 7, 2003, Volume 3 Number 10


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

If ever you have the occasion to be in Arizona, be sure to visit Sedona for it is indeed "a sacred and magical place." This little community is a visual "tour de force", and overwhelms all senses with the natural beauty of its majestic, crimson-walled canyons and timeless rock formations that jut up to touch the sky. The Native Americans have ancestral homes that were carved into the canyon walls. Boynton Canyon, home to the Enchantment Resort we visited, is considered to have Sedona's most powerful "vortex" (a confluence of spirits for those mystics who study such things), and accords this area of Sedona an even more special place in this awe-inspiring locale. "Mat Guigai" means a "place of power" in the Havasupai language, and it is something one can't help but be immersed in as you stroll through Sedona's magnificent, stone-sculpted walkways.

Enchantment is a perfect name for the resort destination, and one of it's fabulous restaurants is called "Tii Gavo" (gathering place). From the dining room, we could view three sides of the glorious red canyon cliffs, and we ate a Quesadilla made with black beans, roasted peppers and cotija cheese that was outrageously good. Although the tender seasoned chicken and shrimp mixed with the melted cheese evoked delight from members of our party, it was the fresh avocado chunks in the guacamole and zesty salsa that launched me to a state of culinary bliss. When we thought we could eat no more, we ascended to a higher plane with a divinely-delicious Warm Chocolate Fallen Cake that was crafted with a blend of rich chocolates.

Like Sedona, Guam has special enchanting powers ascribed to it...just ask those who continue to live on Guam who are unfazed by nature's devastating forces. After all, the ancients see typhoons as powerful spirits. Yes, there are many things about Guam that have drawn people like me away from other destinations, but the one thing we have unique to our island is the warm sincerity of our people, something I've yet to find to the same degree anywhere else.

Ken, The Guam Food Guy

In Today's Issue:

  • Changes at GuamDiner.com - Upgrades in Technology
  • RAM Spay & Neuter Clinics Return - Agana Heights Mayor's Office
  • Around the Island - Hava Java Reopens, Seaman's Club Update, Planet Hollywood
  • Tao Yuen Chinese - A New Spot in the East-West Center

Changes at GuamDiner.com - Upgrades in Technology

Just this week we have begun the process of converting the site to a newer technology. Currently, the biggest difference the visitor will see is in the new search format of the restuarant directory and the review directory. If you encounter problems with any previously bookmarked links, please go to the main page and renavigate to the desired location. If you encounter any challenges, please email us webmaster@guamdiner.com.

RAM Spay & Neuter Clinics Return - Agana Heights Mayor's Office

One of the saddest sights on Guam is the numerous cats and dogs that suffer from neglect and often end up on our roads wandering or dead. An important starting point to ending the proliferation of unwanted kittens and puppies who become unwanted adults, is to spay and neuter. The Remote Area Medical (RAM) team will once again visit Guam to hold inexpensive spay/neuter clinics. Clinics will be held from March 21-23, 25-27 and 29-31 from 8am-5pm at the Agana Heights Mayor's Office on a first-come-first-serve basis. Costs are $20 for your first pet and $10 for additional pets. Big thanks go out to Mayor McDonald for generously providing the facilities, G.A.I.N., Isla Veterinary Clinic, Matson Navigation, Island Equipment, Cost-U-Less and Guam Tropical Dive Station.

Around the Island - Hava Java Reopens, Seaman's Club Update, Planet Hollywood

Great news for the coffee lovers of the island - Hava Java Cafe reopens on Monday, March 10 at 6:30am! We are all delighted that this favorite spot is reopening after total devastation from Super Typhoon Pongsona. They are still in the Agana Shopping Center but now located at the end near Baskin-Robbins. They will be serving all of your favorites from pastries to sandwiches and, of course, that excellent coffee. Hours will be 6:30am-8pm Mon-Sat and 8am-8pm Sunday. Be sure to stop by and welcome them back.

The United Seamen's Service Club in Piti is scheduled to reopen late this month or early April. Closed since the typhoon, the home office in New York decided to take this opportunity to completely renovate. Known as one of the great dining bargins on island, we look forward to enjoying their famous daily lunch specials, the 'Sundays Only' Eggs Benedict and excellent ocean view again.

During March Planet Hollywood has a couple of great events. Chef Chito has created a delicious Chamorro Food Festival Menu in honor of Chamorro Culture Month and a portion of the revenue generated from the Festival Menu will be used to purchase and donate school supplies to Department of Education schools. This great menu will be available March 10 through March 23. And, on Monday, March 24 at 11am Planet Hollywood is gearing up to host another of their fabulous parties to celebrate the Academy Awards ceremony. Since many of us are still without cable this is great place to go see all the action while dining on one of Chef Chito's excellent buffets. Tickets are limited and available now for $20. Call 647-7827 for reservations and information.

Le Tasi Bistro has reintroduced their weekly wine dinner set menu which is a three course meal featuring dishes of various European cuisines. This week the entree is Truite Grenobloise which is breaded trout sauteed in herb butter - the price is only $19.95 per person and you can add a glass of this week's featured wine Blanc de Blanc for $23.95. Call Mari Carmen at 472-7877 for reservations and information. Check them next week for the new menu!

Tao Yuen Chinese - A New Spot in the East-West Center

We headed out to Ocean Bay Chinese Restaurant for this week's review and were surprised to find that they are no longer there and have been replaced by a brand-new (only open since March 1) Chinese resturant. Joining us were two friends, one of whom is Chinese and an expert on local Chinese cuisine, being related to one of Guam's best Chinese chefs. So we were in good shape for ordering and sampling the food. Overall we gave this dining experience a plus. The service was good, the food was served promptly and at an appropriate pace for the number of dishes we ordered. And, the restaurant is bright and clean with plenty of space between tables.

The chef, Chun Fu, was formerly at Lufuku in the Westin Resort so we had a reasonable expectation that the food would be good. After much discussion and a pot of hot tea we ordered Spicy Eggplant with Garlic Sauce ($7.95) and Szechwan Spicy Pork ($5.95) from the Lunch Specials Menu which is available 7 days a week from 10:30am-3pm. There are a total of 50 items on this menu ranging from $5.95 to $8.50. All lunch specials include soup and rice. From the a la carte menu we ordered Hot & Spicy Soup ($8.50), Orange Peel Chicken ($11), Mongolian Beef ($10), Honey Walnut Shrimp ($15), Mixed Vegetables & Braised Tofu Hot Pot ($13) and Beef Chow Fun with Black Bean Sauce ($9).

I should note that we ordered all of our dishes without MSG and as a consequence we added some soy sauce, salt or vinegar to certain dishes. Roxanne (our Chinese friend) said that MSG is ubiquitous in Chinese cooking and while judicious use in sauces, etc. is acceptable, many chefs resort to adding large scoops as they finish a dish. I'm pretty sure this is the type of preparation which causes adverse reactions in many people including myself.

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

  • Featured Recipes - Angel Hair Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Herb Tomato Sauce
  • Wine Feature - Chelle's Tasting Notes on Wente 2001 Chardonnay
  • Beverage Feature - A Cool Link Featuring Tea 'Vocabulary'
  • Health & Nutrition Feature - Eat Right & Get Moving Everyday for Health
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