Guam Diner Bytes: Hava Java's Chicken Salad Sandwich
This month we celebrate Chamorro Month! Biba Chamoru! Biba Guahan! I don't think there's any better way to celebrate being on this island than to eat what's grown on this island - fresh produce! I am always impressed by what our local farmers have been able to produce on this small island in the middle of the ocean. Do you make a conscious effort to purchase local produce when you go to the grocery stores?
Do you stop at fruit and vegetable stands in your neighborhood to pick up fresh vegetables for dinner? I like the Farm to Table model, which offers residents a subscription service to get a baskets of selected produce freshly harvested. They provide local produce to popular restaurants like Pika's Cafe, Kitchen Lingo, and Meskla. Check out http://farmtotableguam.org/ for more information on Farm to Table! It's a great way to enjoy the island's natural bounty!
I recently came across this caricature of me created by Romeo Carlos. It really localizes me and I think he did a really good job of capturing my personality. I don't know what year that was created or what article this highlighted. I've been doing this for nearly 16 years and I have really enjoyed "breaking and sharing my bread" with you. There are some exciting things in the works for us at Guamdiner. We will keep you posted on these developments in due course. In the meantime, eat well and make each day count!
Every so often I get this craving for a very special sandwich. I've written about this several times over the years . My last write up really captured my sentiments. Thought I'd share it with you:"I can't remember the exact day when I first had my first Chicken Salad Sandwich on a toasted baguette at Hava Java Cafe. It could have been sometime after owner Carol Ragan introduced her "Make Me A Sandwich" menu in the Spring of 2001.
I do know that it is one of my all time favorite sandwiches and what I consider a comfort lunch. I've tried other chicken salad sandwiches, but no one has ever been able to match this sandwiches' full depth and scope of flavors and tastes, especially when you have it fully loaded (the Pika Mayo's a must have) and for me, the Hot English Mustard.
I have Provolone Cheese and get the sprouts, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and the side of Hava Java's delicious cole slaw. The meal includes China Mist iced tea or iced coffee and will set you back just over $8.00. This sandwich is not just my favorite sandwich, there are many others who have the same affection for Carol's creation. Thank you Carol for bringing this special joy to my world and to others as well!"