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by Joan Aguon Charfauros

Guam - Former Guam resident Ed Sablan moved to Portland, Oregon in August 1993, the same year he graduated from Father Duenas Memorial School. Sablan held several jobs in the food service industry before realizing that he really wanted to do his own thing. He wanted to educate people in the States about our beautiful island, our culture and of course, our food.

Sablan began developing the idea in 2008, and on May 25, 2010 PDX671 served their first plate of Guamanian food to the people of Portland. The menu is a well rounded representation of Guam food - offering shrimp patties, lumpia, titiyas, kelaguen mannok, cucumber salad, linechan gollai, red rice, barbeque chicken and short ribs. On saturdays the food cart offers specials, which have included tinaktak, pork estufao, and now the big seller - empanada.

Sablan is grateful for the positive response. He loves interacting with customers who know nothing about Guam and its food. He educates people about the island's history and influences of the food. He says so many people in Portland who know almost nothing of Guam have come to crave the food!

PDX671 has received accolades from different newspapers, even being listed as one of "Portland's Best New Food Carts" in The Oregonian just this past June. As reputation spreads about the wonderful food they offer, they hope to eventually open a restaurant.

He says PDX671 has been an awesome adventure so far. Adding Guam, along with the rest of the Marianas, has come a long way with its cuisine. He hopes that we continue to grow with our food and present ourselves as a culinary force not to be ignored.

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