We recently got together with some long time friends and super cool new ones for the first ever Grill-Off at the Propst Party Pit. I'm not exactly sure how the idea came about, but we figured it would be fun to gather some friends and practice our love of cooking. Life in the Marianas revolves around family, friends and what else? Food! It was an amazing evening and the best part was watching everyone come together to cook, plate and share their dishes. I'm a very private person who only has a couple of really good friends so I was able to reach outside my comfort zone for a while and guess what? I enjoyed myself! Our islands have a wealth of talent, not just culinary, but people who contribute to this society to make it a better place to live. There is a definite need for everyone to become more involved in the decisions we make for our community, but whether it's political activism or a passionate cause, I learned that we all have something to bring to the table. We all have a vested interest in the development of areas we specialize in or causes we care deeply about. When I start to get discouraged, feeling like I am making less of a difference than I used to, things like this happen to keep that fire going. There were many toasts made this evening, but the ones that remain in my heart are the ones that reminded me that no matter how bleak things get with our economy there are still many things to be thankful for. Here's to great friends, living in a place that values family, growing up in a culture that nurtures interpersonal relationships! Here's to Saipan! And, thank you Ed and Daisy for your hospitality!
Dave & Tracy Guerrero, Wayne & Bon Pangelina, Alex and Nora Sablan, Jay and Joyce Santos and Ed & Daisy Propst
Beef Sirloin Kabobs with Uni Spaghetti by Chefs Sablan
Herb Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Asparagus and Twice Baked Potatoes by Chefs Propst
Auntie Mary's Carne Asada with Fresh Salsa and Black Bean Salad by Chefs Santos
The winning dish: Lamb Kabobs with Spicy Mint Chutney by Dave and Tracy Guerrero!