Guam Diner Bytes
We are back! We are making up from last week's newsletter with this short edition and will publish this next week to get back on our regular publication schedule. We wanted to be sure to cover the Micronesian Chef's Association's hugely successful third Maila' Ta Fan Chesa on May 27 as well as the Taste of the Marianas' Professional Chef's Competition (as we have done every year). I have been recovering from a long birthday celebration that started on June 6 and persisted until June 9! The venues included Tapanade Sangrias & Tapas, The Grille at Santa Fe, Suphan Thai, Kai Japanese Restaurant, and Issin Japanese Restaurant with a grand finale Pago Bay feast prepared by Vivian Matsuno (who really could open up a specialty bistro, assisted by her aspiring young culinarian, daughter Naomi)! One of the best presents I had though was the opportunity to spend some quality time with close friends Carmen and Renee La Fata, who were visiting from Okinawa this past week! They are shown in the photo with Zee and me toasting Bottega Proseco at Kai Japanese Restaurant. It was fun having "Pancho" (Hideto Yanase, Kai's Chef/Owner) sing his birthday song (he's practiced hundreds of times) while strumming his ukulele! One thing we observed at Kai this past Sunday was the large number of young locals who were eating there. However they heard about Kai, I'm glad they "got it"! They now have a basis for comparison! Celebrate your birthday at Kai for a memorably positive experience!
Applebee's Getting There!
I live just around the corner from the Applebee's construction jobsite next to Chili's and adjoining the Cost-U-Less complex. They are preparing the ground work for the new strip mall that will also include an IHOP restaurant. I have even heard a 2nd Applebee's is in the works. At the pace they are working this restaurant could be open within 2 months! There's going to be a lot of people working in the restaurant industry once these locations (and the 4 Jack In The Boxes) are open! Before 2014 is over, we'll have the Lotte Hotel Guam's restaurants and the Dusit Thani Guam's restaurants serving customers! I guess we'll never run out of places to eat!!