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Tony Romas – Hagatna

When the in-laws call for a last minute dinner, how can you refuse? Bear bumped into them at Docomo. He was there to disconnect our cable and home phone and they were they connecting theirs.

After paying so much for cable with HD channels, we came to the conclusion we no longer needed it since Apple TV suits our needs and we can Netflix & Hulu. When we did watch any cable channels it was for news or Food Network, both of which we can find online. We rarely receive calls on our home phone so we figured that it was pointless to continue paying for it. We kept our internet and Bear’s cellular active but all others are gone along with the expensive bill that came along with them.

To our surprise there were $4-$5 happy hour specials on beer, cocktails, and appetizers from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Happy hour starts at 2:00 pm? Bear was already there when I arrived at 6:15 pm and we immediately placed orders for beer and spinach artichoke dips while we waited for the rest of the family to arrive.


Doesn’t look busy but it got busy later. That’s Bear enjoying Stella.


Bear seating available for those wanting a more informal dining experience or the men who want to tune into the ESPN.


Happy hour spinach artichoke dip $5 but half the size of regular order.


They provide The Guam Daily Post for your reading pleasure as you wait for your food along with a basket or two or three of fresh hot baguette with butter.


Although I wanted to order this baby but it was the in-laws treat.


So I got the miniature version of the lobster. I had a small appetite tonight and the coconut shrimp appetizer and a bowl of french onion soup seemed fitting. Plus I’ve learned over time that I never finish my full size meal. Appetizers are perfect portions to avoid leftovers. By the way, Tony Romas’s french onion soup is one of the best I’ve tried on island.


The rest of the family ordered 1/2 rack ribs.

Tony Romas – Hagatna
Agana Shopping Center
Open daily: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Happy hour (Mon-Fri) 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Passion: Dining

Pika’s Cafe

Pika's Cafe
Pika’s Cafe

We started going to Pika’s Cafe when they first opened their doors and were located on the opposite end of the building they are currently located. The former location was smaller with only approximately 20 seats. Since expanding, they have grown their image and brand to be one of the island’s favorite breakfast and lunch joints with locals and visitors.

Bear was craving for their breakfast kimchee & bulgogi fried rice and salmon benedict so we rushed over and got there by 10:00 am knowing breakfast service ends at 10:30 am. We were told upon signing the wait list that it’ll be a 10 minute wait so we were happy that we’ll still be able to order breakfast.

During our wait outside one server opened the door as guests were leaving and mentioned that they would be opening on Sundays. I was surprised but saw it coming seeing with how popular the restaurant has become.

I would always tell others that Pika, co-owner of Pika’s Cafe, had mentioned during a Guam Women’s Chamber round table meeting that one of her conditions to her husband before opening the restaurant was that Sunday’s would be their family day to spend time with their children so opening on Sunday was off limits. I always thought this was a great ground rule and example for business owners with children. However on that same token I always thought Sunday was one day that many locals and visitors dined out and was a day that most restaurants should open their doors, especially the popular ones.

I checked their Facebook page and it confirmed January 22 as their first Sunday operation. Yay! We don’t only have Saturday to dine there. The wait would not be as long now that weekend diners have a choice or… are Sunday church goers going to be our next hurdle. The struggle is real with a restaurant in such demand. We need a plan of attack.

With that said, we finally got seated after 30 minutes and the lunch menu was now in effect. Bummers!

Coffee first

Our server was courteous and consistently checked on us even as busy as they were.

Our server did not mention to us about opening on Sunday. Yet, I wonder if the owners dedicated another day of the week as their family day or is it still Sunday and they are entrusting the Sunday operation to their dedicated and hard working staff members to keep the restaurant afloat.

Breakfast at Pika's
Lunch at Pika’s

Bear ordered the Classic Burger Champ with Fried Egg. It was a very tasty burger and the ciabata bun, lana sauce, and avocado was a nice touch on the classic burger. However, he would have liked the the classic burger condiments of ketchup, mayo, and mustard in the burger or on the side. The burger was served alone with no starch. Regular or shoe string fries would complete the $15.00 dish. A small portion of fried taro, lemai, or banana chips would add an island touch.

Classic Burger
Classic Burger Champ $15.00

I was glad to a different item and ordered the Shrimp Club panini. The chili aioli had a slight kick and the panini was grilled to perfection. At $14.00, I also would have liked a starch to accompany my meal and maybe a creamy dipping sauce like ranch dressing to mellow down the chili aioli.

Shrimp Panini
Shrimp Club $14.00

I am glad to see how successful Pika’s Cafe has become. They have won in different categories for Pika’s Best over the years. We will continue to dine here even without the condiments and starches. It is one of our highly recommended places to visiting family, friends, and clients.

Pika’s Cafe $$
Open daily: 7:30am-3:00pm
888 N. Marine Corps Drive
Star Building,
(Chamorro directions: across St. John’s school)
671-647-PIKA (7452)

View their menus at:
To Go: http://tinyurl.com/PikasToGo2015
Kids: http://tinyurl.com/PikasKids2013
Catering & Private Party Menu: http://tinyurl.com/Catering2014Pikas

Passion: Dining

Sesame Garlic Pasta

Of all the pasta meals I make, this one is Bear’s favorite. It is so simple and easy . The ingredients worketogether in harmony and is truly the “less is more” meal since it is not a saucy pasta dish nor completely dry.

Kitchen Gadget
Pasta Noodle Measurer (1-4 servings)

Measure 4 servings of pasta. I use this kitchen gadget to help. I make 4 servings so we have leftovers for lunch or if Bear decides to go for a second or third serving.

Yes… you read correctly. Boil your pasta in a frying pan. After discovering this, I no longer boil my pasta the traditional way – fill a pot of 8-9 cups water with salt, wait for it to boil, then throw in my pasta. I use the method above for all types of pasta.

Add pasta to pan and add cold water and turn on stove. The pasta will not stick to each other. As the water becomes a simmer, give the pasta a stir. Cook pasta until al dente. I do not follow the recommended package cooking time since the pasta is already started cooking while the water was heating up. You’ll find less pasta water in the pan and perfectly cooked pasta.

While boiling your pasta, prepare ingredients for the sesame garlic sauce.

Sauce Ingredients

Combine ingredients into small pan and simmer for 1-2 minutes until brown sugar dissolves and ingredients soften and blend together, reserving 2 tsp green onion for garnish. I ran out of sesame seeds as my usual garnish for this dish.

Simple Sauce

It may not seem like there is enough sauce to coat the pasta but it is.

Simmer sauce

When pasta is done, drain over another bowl so you can obtain some pasta water.

Drain pasta

Reserve 4 tbsp pasta water

Pasta water

Season shrimp with salt & black pepper and fry in the same frying pan you used to boil pasta, 2-3 minutes on each side (depending on the size of shrimp).

Fry shrimp

Add the 4 tbsp of reserved pasta water

Add pasta water

Mix in the drained pasta with shrimp and toss toss immediately.

Pasta & Shrimp

Turn off heat and add sesame garlic sauce and toss until pasta is fully coated

Pour sauce and toss

Add the 2 tsp reserved green onion. I would also added sesame seeds but that’s on my next grocery run.


Enjoy! This is the point where Bear would sarcastically tell me to stopping eating it because it’s horrible and he would spare me from such a terrible dish by eating all of it 🙂

Sesame Garlic Pasta

Sesame Garlic Pasta

4 servings pasta
4 tbsp reserved pasta water
14 pcs large shrimp
salt & black pepper

4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk green onions, chopped
– – reserve 2 tsp for garnish
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp spoon brown sugar (dark or light)
2 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp butter
Sesame seeds

Boil pasta in frying pan until al dente. While pasta is cooking make the sauce.

Combine all sauce ingredients into simmer for 2-3 minutes until brown sugar dissolves and ingredients soften & blend together.

Once pasta is cooked, drain in colander over large bowl and reserve 4 tbsp pasta water.

Season shrimp with salt and black pepper. Fry/saute in the same frying pan used to boil pasta until fully cooked, 2-3 minutes per side. Add reserved pasta water to shrimp then add drained pasta and toss immediately.

Turn off heat and add sauce to pasta. Toss until fully coated. Garnish with sesame seeds and 2 tsp reserved green onion.

screen-shotBear’s way of showing his love for this pasta.

Passion: Kitchen Kreations