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March 21, 2003, Volume 3 Number 12

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

As I write this message I am reminded of the nervous anticipation felt by Hollywood legend Gary Cooper, who played the town sheriff in the classic film, "High Noon", as he awaited the fateful showdown against the bad guys. Although the deadline for Saddam Hussein to abdicate his power in Iraq and to "get out of Dodge" will have passed by the time you read this, no one knows the outcome of this historic action being undertaken by our country. We pray for a swift resolution with minimal casualties sustained, as so many of our young men and women from Guam and the rest of the nation are truly in harm's way as they move forward to secure the Iraqi nation.

The small group of visiting students from Rakusui High School in Kyoto who were singing songs of friendship and peace in the Micronesia Mall's Center Court on Wednesday were aware of the looming US-Iraqi showdown, however they did not let it deter the cultural exchange activities that took place in an interactive mini-fair. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit to our tropical island and were delighted to practice their English with local residents and with the students at a calligraphy table creating Japanese and Chinese translations of first names and words. These students will play a part in our island's tourism future as they return with their many experiences and memories of their Guam visit.

We must encourage cultural exchange visits to our island, especially with students since they are more likely to return to Guam as adults who would bring their families. Concurrently, we need to send our young people abroad to study other countries and to share our culture with them. There's a veritable "world of knowledge" awaiting our discovery and understanding. In addition to the natural beauty that graces our island, our hospitality is one of Guam's greatest natural resources. May we manage this well.

Ken, The Guam Food Guy

In Today's Issue:

Around the Island - T.G.I. Friday's New Lunch, Chamole@UOG, RAV Clinic

T.G.I.Friday's has a new Lunch Special line up that includes a Tossed Tomato Basil Chicken pasta and a Chicken Finger BLT. At $9.95 per entree including a cup of soup of the day and your choice of Pepsi product, tea or coffee with free refills that's a great lunch deal. And, if you haven't signed up for their V.I.P. card, be sure to do so as it means a savings of 15% on all food and non-alcoholic beverages.

A reliable source reports that the Student Union at UOG has a new eatery called 'Chamole.' They offer a great Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich for $4 and a huge serving a soup for only $1.50. Daily specials are on the menu and they also serve breakfast. Sounds like a good reason to go "back to school!"

We also noticed that the Western Coffee Shop has opened in the Hamilton Hotel (former Shirley's) but haven't yet tried their food. Reports anyone?

The RAV Spay & Neuter Clinics start Friday, March 21 to Sunday, March 23; Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29 & Sunday March 30. Take advantage of this opportunity to get your pets (or the neighborhood dogs and cats) spayed or neutered for only $20 for the first animal and $10 for additional pets from the same family.

Phenomenal Japanese Seafood Consumption & Tokyo's Tsukiji Market

Did you know that Japan's annual seafood consumption totals 8.5 million tons? This is more per capita than any other country. Japan is the world's largest importer of seafood, with the five top types being tuna, salmon/trout, shrimp/prawn, cod, and crab. Seafood products are sourced from Iceland to the Pacific Island nations. Tokyo's Tsukiji Market, located near the Ginza, is considered the world's largest seafood market (it also sells fresh produce, vegetables and meat). There are seven wholesale companies that occupy space in market and they operate on existing agreements to sell the fishing companies' catch. Wholesalers hire licensed auctioneers to auction the fish to middlemen who run about 929 shops in the market. These middlemen inspect the daily catch prior to the daily auction for quality and know it's value, so purchases are brisk, with the auction bell starting at 4:40 a.m. After the auction, the middlemen prepare the fish and place it on display for sell to some 40,000 Tokyo retailers who come each day to buy fresh fish for their restaurants, supermarkets, and fish stores.

A visit to Tsukiji Market is a must for anyone visiting Tokyo. Not only will you see a vast array of fish and fish products, but you can also enjoy some of the best food available in Japan at very reasonable prices.

Weddings In Paradise Show - Palace Hotel Guam Saturday March 22

Be sure to attend the 3rd Annual 'Weddings in Paradise Show' this coming Saturday March 22, from 10am to 5pm at the Palace Hotel Guam. Entrance is free and the show is open to the public with dozens of displays and plenty of door prizes. The people of Guam love weddings, and this show has it all from invitations to garters! You can see samples of some great wedding cakes (LSG's are legendary) as well as other food items for wedding receptions.

Bella Italia At Islander Terrace - Sensational Italian Cuisine

The Hilton's done it again! In a glorious tribute to Italian cuisine, the Islander Terrace has launched what will possibly become one of their most popular buffet theme nights - "Bella Italia" on Tuesday nights. "Beautiful Italy" is an apt name for this culinary display, which will truly overwhelm you with the variety of food choices. In fact, the single most repeated customer "complaint" was that there was far too much food to eat! No worries - you'll just have to make more than one visit to Guam's latest Italian food experiences. The single most asked question for bedazzled diners was "where do I begin?"

Traditionally, in an a la carte menu setting one would start out with anti pasti appetizers. At the Bella Italia buffet you do that by going to several locations to select cured meats such as salami and prosciutto, seafood, pickled and grilled vegetables, cheeses, and breads. Bella Italia's buffet boasts multiple starting points, including a live action fresh-baked Pizza station manned by a chef; a live Caesar Salad & Prosciutto station; a marvelously appealing Pasta station where you can get pasta just the way you like it; a tantalizing fresh-baked Italian bread stand; a Cheese & Cured Meat table; the Island Terrace's legendary salad bar with more ingredients than you can sample in 3 visits; and the hot food selections that are filled with an array of classic Italian entrees. Of course, you can always just start out with a glass of Chianti or Cabernet and relax a bit before starting on the food.

My first food choice was a bowl of Minestrone. It was well flavored and contained all the fresh ingredients you'd expect from any Italian restaurant or home. I complemented my soup with several pieces of bread. The bread station is intriguing, and contains several focaccia bread creations. One large cake-sized loaf was baked with cherry tomatoes and rosemary sprigs, while other round loaves were baked with black and green olives. Crisp bread sticks and round baked rolls were also available.

I had a memorable Caesar Salad made using fresh garlic, bacon, parmesan, and seasoned croutons. Although the dressing was pre-made in the kitchen, it blended perfectly with the crisp romaine and was richly flavored. Be sure to sample a few pieces of pizza that Chef Robert is making up from scratch and baking! Cheeses, olives, seafood, ham, onions and other toppings adorn these varied pizza creations.

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