Monday, November 3, 2014

Aya Restaurant


We heard about a Taiwanese restaurant located inside Verona Resort and Spa and decided to try it out.

You can order sets, party trays or a la carte from the menu. We had mixed fish and meat ball soup, cinnamon basil omelet, fried chicken with basil, sausage, stinky tofu and ba-wan (dumplings.)




Aya Restaurant

located inside Verona Resort &Spa

phone: 671-646-8888

high chair: yes

The Mermaid Tavern and Grille



“Souls of Poets dead and gone,

What Elysium have ye known,

Happy field or mossy cavern,

Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern?”

Lines on the Mermaid Tavern

John Keats –1884

The Mermaid Tavern and Grille is another great local spot. One may say it is a “Greek” restaurant, but they have a pretty good assortment of menu items to please just about anyone.



The restaurant is adorned with mermaid art, from paintings, to sculpture, photographs and tapestries.


The microbrewery can also be seen from inside. Ask the wait staff what is currently available on tap.


The last time we visited we got the black pepper crusted ahi sandwich with wasabi mayo and buffalo chicken quesadilla. I also recommend their lamb gyro and Pacific fish burger.

The Mermaid Tavern and Grille is also a great place to hear live local music.

The Mermaid Tavern and Grille

Address: 140 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101, Hagåtña, Guam

phone: (671)472-2337

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 1100-2200

            Friday-Saturday: 1100-2300

            Sunday: Closed

high chairs: yes

changing table: no

Mommy & Me Fitness


Hi everyone, this one is for all the (military/dependent) moms who want to take a fitness class but want to bring the little ones too. Mommy & me classes this November are every Monday and Wednesday at 10am at the Hot Spot. It is a sculpting class and the instructor (she is great!) brings all the equipment. (I suggest bringing your own mat if you have one, towel and of course, water).  I brought my 22 month old and 5 month old. It was great for me, and when the little one got cranky I just used him as a weight. Smile


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Terry’s Local Comfort Food



Terry’s is the first local restaurant we tried on Guam and we love bringing newcomers here.  Their forte is their comfort food.


This time we got the savory bisteak with red rice (a staple here, on the island) and spicy kadon pika. Both are delectable!


Along with their regular menu, Terry’s offers daily specials. (the hamhock is my husband’s favorite). They also have shaved ice available for dessert.


Every day a new Chamorro phrase is inscripted on their chalkboard. This day was Ginen I Kuisina esta I kurason!  From the kitchen to the heart! The food here is made with so much care and love, you can taste it!


Edit: Terry’s has moved to Tumon and the restaurant is beautiful. Same great food!




Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sun: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Phone: 646-FOOD


High chair: yes

changing table: unknown

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Phở Noodle House



Phở Noodle House is a little family owned Vietnamese restaurant located in the ITC building next to House of Brutus. They offer a variety of dishes, but we come here nearly every week for their phở, and not just any phở, we get the Vietnamese Special Beef Noodle Soup. This phở comes with beef, oxtail, tripe, and beef tendon meatballs floating in a fragrant soup with rice noodles and garnished with scallions and onion. A separate plate comes with the soup containing fresh basil, sprouts and calamansi. Add these to your soup and squirt in a little sriracha and/or hoisin sauce to your liking and dig in! This is a great dish for people who want to try something new (even if a little hesitant.) We have brought several people here who have never had phở and everyone has loved it! I have tried phở at several different restaurants on the island and Phở Noodle House continues to be the best! The owners are great and already know our order when we sit down. (I also recommend their fried lumpia, yum!). They even give a separate small bowl of noodles for our daughter to eat.


They have a few drinks on their menu that you may have never heard of. So if you are feeling adventurous, try the grass jelly drink!

Pho Noodle House

address: ITC Building, Marine Corps Drive, Tamuning, GU

phone: 646-3033 (takeout available)

hours: Mon-Sat: 1000-2100

changing table: no

high chair: yes

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oishi! Japanese Curry House



Oishi! Japanese Curry House serves Japanese style curry. Simple, inexpensive and delicious, this restaurant is very much like some of the curry houses I had while in Misawa, Japan. Just choose your style of curry, how spicy you want it and any extra toppings you would like.



I often opt for my favorite, pork katsu (fried) curry. This is a little, cozy spot and like many fast food restaurants in Japan, they have manga available to browse through.

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“Oishi” is Japanese for delicious and the curry here is simply that! This is a great place for a quick bite and one of my favorite places to go to on Sunday when many other restaurants on island are closed.

Oishi! Japanese Curry House

Address: Star Building, N. Maine Corps Drive Ste. 114, Tamuning 96319

Hours: Lunch: 1130-1400 Dinner: 1800-2100   Closed on Wednesdays

phone: 671-647-4448 (OISHI4U)


highchair: yes

changing table: no

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chatime 日出茶太



Chatime is located in Agana Shopping Center next to Payless Supermarket. It is a café specializing in what many call “bubble” or “boba” tea which is a Taiwanese based tea (most commonly added with large, chewy tapioca pearls) invented in Taichung in the 1980s. There are quite a few places to get this type of tea on the island, but Chatime is our favorite for its authentic flavor and variety of drinks offered. The company has over 1,000 stores worldwide, so they must be doing something right!


DSCF1984If you have never had bubble tea before (and even if you have) choosing what to drink can seem a bit daunting. The menu is divided into milk teas, fruit teas, pop (popular) teas, smoothies and coffee. They have blended drink options as well.

First, choose what size (regular or large) and type of tea (or other drink) you would like, add your topping (pearl, grass jelly, pudding, coconut jelly, coffee jelly, red bean or rainbow jelly), sugar percentage (0%, 30%, 80% or regular), how much ice you would like (none, less, regular) and whether you want it hot or cold.

If it is your first time having bubble tea, I recommend pearl milk tea. Our favorites are Jasmine or Tieguanyin tea with tapioca pearls, 50% sugar and less ice.


Chatime has also added food items to their menu! They have  paninis, wraps,  chicken wings, waffles, French fries, lumpia , funnel cake and assorted desserts.


Also, your bubble tea will come in a cup with a sealed plastic top. Just punch your straw (which is big enough for the tapioca pearls to go through, if you choose to get them) through the top and enjoy!

Cha means tea in Chinese. I love tea and Chatime is teatime anytime!

ChaTime 日出茶太

Address: Agana Shopping Center

302 South Route 4 O'Brien Drive 4

Hagåtña, 96910, Guam

Phone: 475-2828

Hours: Sun-Thurs: 1000-2100

           Fri-Sat: 1000-2200


stroller accessible: yes

highchair: no

changing table: yes (bathrooms inside Agana Shopping Center).

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Frost Bite



Guam is hot. In fact, it is sticky, sweltering hot. So we often try to find a nice cool oasis, and Frost Bite is it!


The menu here is quite vast as they offer crepes, roti buns, lava cakes, Japanese cheesecakes, s’mores cookies, Japanese honey toast, yogurt smoothies, crème freeze, frappes, teas and coffee. But the REAL reason we go… is for the shaved ice or “snow ice.”

Now this is not a 7-11 Slurpee, or a slushee, or even a snow cone. This is the crème de la crème of icy treats. Move over popsicles and frozen yogurt, because snow ice has hit Guam!

This type of shaved ice (Taiwanese style) differs from other “ice” desserts in that it is fluffy, velvety and luxurious. And like a frozen yogurt bar, after you have chosen what flavor ice you would like, you can choose your toppings or you can choose one of the signature snow ice and the flavors and toppings are already included.



So the next time you are feeling weary from the Guam heat, stop by Frost Bite and tell ‘em Mama sent you!

Frost Bite


340 Pale San
Vitores Road, Ste 103, Ypao Plaza
Tumon.  Across from Ypao Beach.

Phone: 671-647-2483



Mon - Sat  10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

highchair: no

changing table: no