Category: Chamorro

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Feasting on Kelaguen

Who is not familiar with the word “kelaguen”? As one of the signature dishes of Chamorro cuisine, you see the word on menus and menu boards in a lot of restaurants in the CNMI. Kelaguen is grilled and chopped chicken, fish, beef, shrimp or other seafood marinated in lemon juice. It’s eaten as a side or main dish. Its recipe has been passed down from generation to generation....

Finger-licking BBQ goodness at Booya’s
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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....

Boka Boka: A haven for desserts & authentic Chamorro cuisine
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Boka Boka: A haven for desserts & authentic Chamorro cuisine

THE newly opened Boka Boka, (or Eat Eat!) is the island’s newest destination when the craving for sumptuous local desserts and authentic Chamorro cuisine hits you. My out-to-eat buddy and I skipped breakfast and lunch and it was already past 4 p.m. on Saturday when we headed to Boka Boka to see what everybody has been crazy about the past few days. Hunger helps you make fast decisions...

Salty’s Grill & Café: Your Chamorro cuisine dining destination
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Salty’s Grill & Café: Your Chamorro cuisine dining destination

  SALTY’S Grill & Café in Garapan is the only dining spot on island that has purely local cuisine on their menu.It’s also a spacious, open dining place with wooden floors and big plastic white tables and matching chairs. A companion and I were there recently, and I decided to try a local appetizer I was familiar with — beef kelaguen — while my companion ordered the poki...

New location, new lunch specials at Konbetsa Kafé
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New location, new lunch specials at Konbetsa Kafé

    (Photos by Patrick Horton) HAVE you checked out the new lunch specials offered everyday at Konbetsa Kafe’s new location? You should. Last week, after a hot trek to the boondocks around Ladder Beach we decided to have lunch at Konbetsa. Most of the tables were occupied with diners so we headed straight to a corner table where a food staffer handed us a couple of menus. I...

Gollai Appan Katnen:  Saipan’s newest local dish
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Gollai Appan Katnen: Saipan’s newest local dish

HERE is the island’s latest addition to the growing list of locally created Chamorro dishes—the Gollai Appan Katnen or vegetable beef stew created by the Marianas Resort & Spa’s culinary team. Using Certified Angus Beef chuck roll, this recipe which was presented in little brown pots and simmered over slow fire got the judges nod at the Taste of the Marianas 2012 Certified Angus Beef Chef’s Competition held...

Konbetsa Kafé:  Where coffee and conversation flows
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Konbetsa Kafé: Where coffee and conversation flows

KONBETSA Kafé—this is your newest destination on Saipan for a cup of freshly brewed coffee, refreshing glasses of smoothies, local favorites, hot conversations, and superb Oceanside views. The Konbetsa Kafé just opened on Friday to provide residents with the most ideal place to chat with other customers and share ideas and thoughts over a cup of coffee. I stepped into the Konbetsa Kafé yesterday for the first time...

Tan Marikita’s Café: Where breakfasts are served to perfection all day long
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Tan Marikita’s Café: Where breakfasts are served to perfection all day long

BREAKFAST, although normally eaten early in the morning, does not necessarily have to be eaten early in the morning. Some people especially those who go to bed late and get up late, breakfast is also postponed until it can even be considered as brunch or in between breakfast and lunch. Very few restaurants open early to serve breakfast on Saipan, and when it’s past 10 a.m. they move...

Chamorro burgers — the Hard Rock Café way
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Chamorro burgers — the Hard Rock Café way

There’s no comparison seeing and biting into the juicy tender meat of the actual Chamorro burger than just looking at it in photos. I let out a long whistle when I faced a plate of Hard Rock Café’s Chamorro burger which has been upgraded from the previous 8-oz regular beef. I was staring at new Chamorro burger which boasts of 10 oz Certified Angus Beef, oozing with hot...

Feasting on native delicacies
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Feasting on native delicacies

FOR countless decades, native delicacies have been counted among the island favorites by children and adults alike. Too laborious to make, people would rather have the easy way out and buy these native delicacies from those engaged in the business and have mastered the preparation. From time to time, one gets a craving for native delicacies, or foods on the go. These are mouthwatering favorites that you can...