Eating MORE on Guam

The last time I was here we probably ate EVERYTHING. We really did, but I thought it was enough. Turns out there are more places to eat now on Guam. Here is the link to the first list of places we ate at, this new list is the additional places you could try to eat at while here on Guam.

What we ate on Guam

  1. Pikas Cafe 13707576_10209984579401993_6319590433342637514_n

Pikas cafe is just a few mins drive from Tumon also. I don’t know how else you could get around this place without a car so again my first recommendation would be to RENT A CAR. (haha) I loved their tofu sandwich here and their salads. The serving size is american size so if you aren’t a big eater then just share with a friend. They are known for their rice meals and breakfast food.

2. Sakura Shokudo 

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We decided to have Japanese for our last day. This place according to my friend is also a very popular place to eat at. Sakura Shokudo has plenty of Sushi, Sashimi and all kinds of Japanese food. I especially enjoyed their Tuna Avocado salad and my friend had their sashimi set which came with rice and miso soup for only $10.

For the rest of the days we just mostly ate at home. I don’t think anything will beat the first time I came on Guam and tried almost every kind of food. But that is probably because that time we stayed for almost 3 weeks and we even spent Christmas and New Years on Guam. If you are ever in Guam you should explore everything from the North to South. There are many things you could do. I listed them all down on my Backpacking ballerina link to When on Guam. HAFA ADAI ALL DAY! (Hope this helps you)

Hafa Adai Guam!

I was back on this beautiful island to visit a friend of mine, and also a few other friends. One thing I love about Guam is that its a very small island and you could go from end to end in 2 hours by driving. The last time I was here, I went here with my friends and to visit her family here. This time I came to visit my friend who is the spa assistant manager at hotel Nikko.

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We stopped somewhere to swim

What is there to see in Guam? The last time I was here, we did mostly eating. Eating everything and everywhere (haha) especially at Panda express. We also took plenty of Combat classes because my friends mom is a combat instructor here at Guam. This time I did more sightseeing with my friend. We drove from end to end, the north of the island is where you will see the air force and the south part of the island is the navy base.

The island is really very small and the most you could do is really just to go shopping and snorkelling in Tumon bay and some paddle boarding. If you are lucky, you will experience the BIPOLAR weather of the island where it will be sunny one minute and rainy like (stormy rains) after a while then sunny again. If you are looking for an easy laid back style place. Then Guam is a great place to be, especially for people who love discount shopping.

I am not a big brand shopper but this place is PACKED with big discounts. All the designer brands you could name is here, its probably what I could compare to Ginza in Japan but so much cheaper. Another thing I love about this place are the giant grocery places and malls. K mart, Cost U less and Micronesia mall are some of the places you could probably visit if you are a big shopper. I’ll be adding a new list of places to eat on my “HUNGRY BALLERINA” on Guam link. ❤ If you’re ever in Guam. A few days is enough to explore. Here are some places to add to my first list in my first blog post.

WHEN ON GUAM ( link to first blog post)

  1. Cocos Island

We went to visit Cocos island, this is in the south area of Guam. Probably a 1 hour drive from Tamuning to the cocos island ferry. If you rent a car and use the GPS you should be fine. The island is filled with Japanese people. Their ferry rides from the island of Guam to Cocos island   is 10am, 11am and 12nn. You can book everything on the day itself and it will cost you $40 to visit the island. On the island you can do some snorkelling and swim to bikini island which is a sandbar.

2. Natural Museum, Fish eye 

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This is a very near alternative to Cocos island. Very nice museum too, you just go here and pay $20 to see the fishes underwater from a natural museum. Its really nice to come here just to sit down and watch the fishes. Maybe come here on a sunny day so that the water is not so murky. You will see plenty of fishes and it is very relaxing.

3. Two lovers point 

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The last time we were on Guam we didn’t go up to two lovers point. It is just a 10 min drive away from Tumon. It is really near if you have a car, there are plenty of tourists here and you have to pay $3 to go up to the lovers point but it is worth the beautiful view, even without your lover. The story behind the two lovers point is also very nice so you are into a little bit of history its nice to look it up or read before coming to lovers point.

I really recommend renting a car online before coming to Guam. It is a much more practical alternative to taking the shuttle bus around or booking a tour. Because one bus ride will cost you $4 and the round trip is $8 and the whole day pass is also quite pricey. I rented a car for only $200 and so I would think that having control of your own time would be better than taking a cab or a shuttle bus around the island.

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Heres the view from the Beach bar. Its right next to Hotel nikko, a great place to hang out with friends and meet people. Enjoy!

What we ate on Guam

If what you are looking for is a list of the top restaurants according to tourists on Guam then this is not the list to be reading. We ate mostly at the fast food places that are known to locals on Guam. I pretty much just ate, went to the gym and went to the beach during this whole trip. Some of these restaurants are not accessible by walking along the tourist areas.

You will need a car to go to these places or a cab I guess if you could find one. But I do believe that these places are worth the try. I chose these places mostly because of the big amount of servings for a good price. A lot of restaurants along tourists areas were too expensive! These are more budget friendly great places I would recommend for you. (Mostly for sharing so if you don’t eat so much you could just share a meal)

1. Godiva Chcolatier

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Here’s the soft served ice cream, Picture by Kaye Lavin of the ChunkyMunchies

Great place to come to I was overjoyed to find out that they had soft served Godiva Ice cream. It gets pretty crowded here as it is along the tourist areas so come off ours I guess during weekdays. We met a lot of unfriendly Koreans here but ignoring all of that the ice cream was great.

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Giant slabs of ribs with mashed potatoes were amazing!

I loved Ruby Tuesday! Good experience here as the staff were very friendly and perky. ( I really mean it when I say perky) Servings were also very big and the food here was really good! It gets really crowded every Tuesday so you’ll have to wait a while before you can get a seat, but it is very much worth the wait.

 3. Haagen Daz’s Cafe

Photo taken by: Kaye Lavin (Chocolate Fondue and Haagen Dazs Ice cream and Fruits)

Photo taken by: Kaye Lavin (Chocolate Fondue and Haagen Dazs Ice cream and Fruits)

I was over the moon ecstatic to find out that there was a Haagen Dazs cafe here since the scarcity of Haagen Dazs around Manila. It will always be my favorite ice cream. Try their chocolate fondue dip set and come here during off hours because we came here once at night and it was just really crowded.

4. Port of Mocha

DSCF4746Can you believe that there is NO Starbucks on Guam?! Well this is the closest they have to a Starbucks. Their coffee was good and the place was really homey with nice chairs and a good ambiance. They also served cinammon rolls and other pastries on the side.

5. Caliente

10921739_10205752484562267_629967001_n 10921876_10205752484482265_1160112208_nCaliente was a great place! I loved their big servings and everything was below $20. We tried their Giant Taco Salad and their Shrimp burrito and they were really good. Everything was for sharing so we were just picking from each others food. Great Mexican Food! and you could have as much salsa as you want.

6. Pochon

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Pochon double deep fried wings! Photo taken by: Kaye Lavin

Famous on Guam for their double deep fried Chicken was our last meal on Guam. If you are familiar with Bon Chon then this is what it would taste like except the servings would be bigger here. I did enjoy the wings except for I think that the oil had a bad effect on my tummy and I didn’t feel so well after.

7. Horse and Cow

DSCF4886 DSCF4881This is a place (sorry if this will sound racist) where many white people come to and also the navy. On Guam there are designated bars for certain kinds of people. Locals don’t really come here because they don’t feel so welcome here. The wings here are a MUST TRY. This is a great place to come and drink at and eat wings or hangout with friends to ride the mechanical bull.

8. Yoko Zuna

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I loved their ramen and gyoza for only $10. Their set meals here are really cheap.

DSCF4904 Of all the Japanese restaurants we tried eating at this will be my favorite.  It is right across the JP store near Eggs and Things. It was very homey here and the food was great for its value! For 10$ They had a Ramen Gyoza set which tasted like my moms home cooking.

9. South Seas Coffee

DSCF4970 DSCF4971The Coffee place that we just passed by on the way to another restaurant. For coffee lovers this is another place you could come to besides Port of Mocha. Their coffee ranged from $3-5 not bad and their wi-fi is also pretty quick. The restaurants next to it sounded pretty good too .

10. PANDA EXPRESS

10904279_10205752484442264_1805458012_n10913158_10205752484522266_592165798_nI absolutely loved Panda express! In fact i think 60% of the time we were just eating Panda express. My friend was overjoyed that they did not use peanut oil and she had a taste of Chinese food for the first time in almost 23 years. I love that they serve a lot of food here for just 8-10$ and their food comes with Fortune Cookies. NO MSG ADDED ❤ Order their Honey Walnut Shrimp here~ That was my favorite!

We were of course also able to eat at other places such as the Hilton Buffet, Sheraton Buffet, Palm Cafe and other Japanese restaurants and local fast food places. But these were the best picks from our stay there on Guam. You could also give Applebee’s a try for nightlife or probably the place beside Route 66. I gained a total of 6 pounds here even if I was working out 3x a week and sharing most of the food. Give these places a try if you are ever on Guam!

When on Guam

Guam is the largest and southernmost part of the Marianas. I think that Guam is not really that known to a lot of people except probably to Japanese, Russians, Chinese and Koreans. It is clear that their main source of income comes from Tourism and I guess the US armed forces. I enjoyed my 17 day stay here only because of the generosity of my friends family who lives on Guam.  It was really nice to experience the island with locals and not just as tourists because Guam is pretty tourist infested in most areas.

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Tourist Infested Area. Everything designer on discount.

Guam is a really beautiful island with  bipolar weather. One minute its sunny and the next you’ll have a downpour of rain. It’s a bit difficult to go around the island also if you do not have a car or aren’t part of some tour. Japanese tourists would take buses but its a 4$ ride going only to specific places. We were lucky to have my friends parents to take us around the island and to bring us to local restaurants and movie theaters. It was really a nice experience, and if we ran out of things to do there was always the tourist infested beach to walk to.

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We found a hidden area behind Westin hotel. If you plan to go to the beach you should try going here.

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Sleeping on the Beach trying to get a tan.

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The hidden area with mangroves. Really nice here.

 We also had the chance to meet some locals who were friends of my friend Mariel. Athletes from Guam who introduced us to their young locals. I will miss Guam a lot. If any of you are ever in Guam you should try a Pump or a Combat class with my friends mom Tita Ann at Paradise Fitness. You don’t need 2 weeks like us to go around Guam in fact I think a weekend trip is enough of a stay here. In fact it only takes 2-3 hours to go around the whole island by car. So I suggest that you rent a car when you come here so you can go and explore the island. There are a lot of different things you could do, or you could join a tour. A quiet peaceful getaway and everything designer is always cheap and on sale on Guam. So shopaholics will enjoy shopping here and at the same time you get some sun! I would love to come back just for the beach and more shopping.

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The day we toured the island we had the Chance to go the the Inarajan Pools and the place where the Spanish invaded.

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View of the small island of Guam from the airplane. Hafa Aday Guam! Until next time again.

Hafa Aday all day everyday! I’ll also be inserting a where to eat post on Guam on the Hungry Ballerina.