BBQ and grilled goodies

A feast of grilled delights at Gekka Teppanyaki & Bar

YOU can see the Gekka Teppanyaki Bar right across from the main restaurant near the poolside when you step into the lobby of the Mariana Resort & Spa in Marpi, its polished counter tops and comfortable chairs around the bar enticing one to come and explore the mouthwatering temptations in its menu. The Gekka Bar is dead in the daytime, but at 6 p.m. the lights go on and the bar springs to life. It…

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BBQ and grilled goodies, Chamorro

Finger-licking BBQ goodness at Booya’s

TRYING out the popular Booya’s Local BBQ has always been in the plan since the restaurant opened its doors last April but the chance never came as they only open for lunch and I rarely eat lunch. A week ago I learned that Booya’s is already open for dinner and my chance came on Friday. I had skipped breakfast and lunch and it was already past 5 p.m. and I had nothing but a cup…

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Sizzling dinners at Teppanyaki Grill

HOW would you like to watch a spectacular display of skills as your chefs prepare your meal? The Hyatt’s Teppanyaki Grill teases your senses before you finally dig into a meal that makes you come back for more. The saying “half the fun is getting there” applies to  Teppanyaki Grill where you get to see chefs expertly flipping spatulas, pepper mills and eggs. You get to see the preparation of your food and get lost…

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Uncle Ed’s: Your barbecue destination in Garapan

SEARCHING for a place to eat yesterday noon was no easy feat. Aside from the fact that I was still half asleep, most of the restaurants are close on Sundays including the one that I have been planning to visit for the past month. But then I saw a big sign in bright red letters on a road that says “Uncle Ed’s Barbecue & Restaurant,” so I wasted no time and turned 360 degrees and…

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Cocktails, seafood and sunsets at the Seaside Grill

IF you are looking for a place to relax after a long day, enjoy dinner or cocktails and get a view of the most spectacular display of sunset over a fiery horizon, there’s only one place to be and this is at the Seaside Grill at the Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio. Time and again in the past four years, I had the pleasure of enjoying pleasant conversations over drinks with my favorite appetizers…

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Oceanside Bar n' Grill: Bringing oceanside flavors to Saipan

THE new sign “Oceanside Bar n’ Grill” intrigued me after it went up a couple of weeks ago, raising questions about using that name when it was not at the ocean’s side. My question was answered when I and three buddies checked the place out on Saturday evening. The restaurant owner came from Oceanside, California and wanted to bring the same atmosphere here. We entered the Oceanside bar n’ Grill and were greeted with a…

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Grilled steaks at Joe’s Bar

THE red carpet this time did not lead us to the Oscar’s Academy Awards but to Joe’s SteakHouse Capital in Garapan on Saturday night. The steakhouse had been in our target list for some time but we have not been able to finalize it until Saturday. Briefly browsing through the menu, I decided to try the grilled short ribs Angus Beef for $12.95 while Andrew ordered the fried chicken quarter leg for $10.95. Alexie decided…

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Barbequed, grilled and lovin’ it

FRIDAY nights at the Hyatt Regency just got better and juicier as Kili Café and Terrace expands their barbeque night offerings and teams up with Pacific Trading to serve you with all-you-can-drink favorite beverages. Chef Alvin Dela Cruz who manned the barbeque station on Friday night convinced me and buddy Jeannette to try everything, which means filling our plates with the most delectable slices of beef spareribs, chicken thighs, pork, shrimp, Chamorro hotdogs, corn, and…

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Barefoot Tavern: Rota’s ideal hangout by the sea

Barefoot Tavern. I saw this eye-catching sign on the roadside on my way from Sinapalo to Songsong for the first time last month, and decided I would have to try what the place offers. The chance came the next day when I passed by the place again, hungry and spent from driving around used and abandoned roads as I explored Rota in a rented car. Barefoot Tavern is your typical seaside hangout with wooden floors,…

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Hawaiian takeout at your service

LUAU. It is one word that conjures a thousand and one images of Hawaii and sumptuous dishes. But you need not fly several hours and spend thousands of dollars to partake of authentic Hawaiian favorites because you can have them anytime on Saipan. Early on Saturday night, I and my out-to-eat buddies were seated at a table inside the empty Islander Club in Garapan. We had the whole place to ourselves because doors had not…

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