Guam Diner Bytes
Dear Guam Food Guy Reader,
We’re well into the holiday season and if you’ve not sent off your packages to the mainland by now, they may not arrive before Christmas Day! I spent most of a day shopping, then wrapping and packing about 14 USPS Flat Rate Boxes. The Main Postal Facility in Barrigada didn’t have much of a line so there wasn’t the anticipated long wait (unless you were behind me!).
The satisfaction of having sent off “heaps” (this is a New Zealand phrase which translates as “lots or tons” – thanks to Anneliese W. for sharing) of Guam products to family and friends in the Mainland is my Christmas gift to me. It’s like playing Santa when you’re filling out the gift tags after personally wrapping gifts. Sure wish I could be there to see their expressions when they open their presents!
Speaking of playing Santa, I had that opportunity to do so Dec. 16 at the ‘Tis the Seasoning! Holiday Tasting Event at the Agana Shopping Center. Yes, the event organizer, Janet Kerrebrock of Sweet Mango Marketing, somehow persuaded me to take on the job of being Santa during the raffle drawing. Once I was suited up, something came over me and I began to “channel” the spirit of Christmas and Santa Claus!
“MERRY CHRISTMAS!” I boisterously proclaimed. “HO HO HO!!” I even bought candy canes at one of the stores nearby so I could give them out to children and anyone who wanted one. The expression of awe and wonder on the faces of children overwhelmed me – I was Santa! During the event I was on stage with Super Chef (Robert Walter) and emcee Julius Santos. Super Chef was making the case to give Santa healthier snacks like fruits and vegetables instead of cookies and candy. We had fun making the case for healthy choices. Now, if we could just do this every day!