Trini Pepper Sauce: Fresh Hot Sauce from Trinidad and Tobago (Kickstarter Project)
From Mustafa Mannan: Trinidad and Tobago is a small country of two islands in the caribbean known for its local cuisine and carnival. It’s an amazing place, with so many different kinds of cultures all blended together. Whenever I would go back to visit my family, my grandmother would always give me bottles... 
Food For Thought: Let Them Eat Cake!
Choosing the cake for your wedding is probably one of the most visible and nerve-wracking components for a bride. Not only does it have to look good, it should embody the theme of your wedding, your personalities, and of course, it also needs to taste great! “When choosing what’s known as the centre piece... 
Food For Thought: Let's Have A Toast!
  As our wedding catering series draws closer to its end it’s time to address one of those components that your guests are most looking forward to, although they may not admit it The bar service! When deciding on yours, two main questions will dominate. One, should you have an open bar? And two, should you... 
  So, you’ve decided on a time of day, and a menu, and are eager to start working on that all-important centerpiece, the cake. However before we rush off into that topic, there’’s one more thing to consider about what you will serve at your reception. Nowadays “special diets” are the norm, rather than... 
For the majority of brides hiring a caterer for their wedding reception provides both peace of mind and a sense of security. Many brides however, for economic or dietary reasons, choose to take a “do it yourself” approach to the execution of their wedding day menu. Because you will probably already be juggling... 
Food For Thought: Wedding Menu Ideas
So you’ve decided on a date, and have several caterers in mind. As you work with them to finalize your menu selection you may also want to take into consideration some of these general guidelines, based on the time of your reception. BRUNCH RECEPTIONS Morning weddings are the perfect reason to have a brunch-themed... 
Food For Thought: How To Choose a Wedding Caterer
  A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly. Homer (~8th century BC), Greek poet When planning your wedding, your menu will play a large part in crating the atmosphere and experience that your guests will enjoy. Today, more than ever before,tradition plays less of a role than personal preference.... 
Food For Thought: Creating The Wedding Menu of your Dreams
Image Credit: FreeImages.com   “Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others in their real and their ideal relation. Only what is fine, and finely conceived... 
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”FREEDOM ROAD” TOUR OFFERS UNIQUE GLIMPSE INTO TRINIDAD’S EMANCIPATION HERITAGE Port of Spain, July 20, 2016 –  Stepping into an African Nation Dance. Sharing dinner on the East Coast. Giving thanks at a First Peoples smoke ritual in Arima. These are just a few of the experiences that patrons of “Freedom... 
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Indian Arrival Day Menu
  Divali Nagar celebrations 2015 May 30th is Indian Arrival Day, a public holiday here in Trinidad and Tobago. Indian Arrival Day commemorates the arrival of the first East Indian labourers to our shores. From the National Library Website: Indian Arrival Day, celebrated on 30th May, commemorates the arrival of... 
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EVENT: Nestlé Milks encourages Trinidad & Tobago to #DoSomeGood with new goodwill campaign
Nestlé Milks encourages Trinidad & Tobago to #dosomegood Nestlé® Milks has taken to the streets today, Friday March 4, to do good deeds for Trinbagonians on what has been dubbed “National Day of Goodness,” by the company. A hug, a helping hand across the street, a flower, fresh fruit, paying taxi fares,... 
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via #instagram ift.tt/1OIex98 Chef Michelle Talakdur (Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland) fresh off her stint as sous chef at Maraval’s acclaimed Zazou Bistro Moderne is now offering you the chance to “Cook & Lime’! Spend the evening with 3 of your friends learning how to prepare... 
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PRESS: TriniGourmet Founder appointed Associate Editor of
      Local food blogger Sarina Nicole Bland has been appointed Associate Editor of Cooking Sense, a new Caribbean magazine.  The founder of TriniGourmet.com and author of 2 e-books, Bland’s work in local and regional cuisine has been spotlighted in local media as well as international outlets... 
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The Hardest Year

// Feb 22nd, 2016
The Hardest Year
    The title of this post is The Hardest Year, but I should probably also call it the The Hardest Post, as it is one I have been drafting and re-drafting over the past 5 months. On September 21st, 2015 I lost my father to cancer. It brought to an end a journey that has been one of the hardest and loneliest... 
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via #instagram ift.tt/1NKj7o8   With all that’s been happening around I forgot to mention that I have pics and recipes for 4 vegan/vegetarian holiday dishes in the newest issue of Cooking Sense magazine! Check out my Gluten-Free Black Cake, Paime, Baked Plantain in Orange Juice and Eggless Coquito. Pick up... 
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Trinidad Paime (recipe)
  As promised, here is a recipe for Paime (pron. PAY-me)! Paime is basically a sweet version of the savoury pastelle. I only recently discovered that Paime is also a traditional Xmas dish. Well that explains why it seemed I never could find it lol! No one in my family makes this traditionally, so I have only... 
Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)
Like sorrel, Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas institution. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound (and I love taste testing when we make the visiting rounds). Still, the best black cake is always the recipe that one grew up with. In this case my black cake comes... 
Carmen's Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)
mom’s ginger beer brewing in the sun 😀 The above scene and bottle feel as though they have always been with me, they occur with such comforting regularity. Ginger beer is something that is enjoyed by both Trinis and Jamaicans however in my experience many Trinis enjoy theirs much weaker than my mother makes... 
Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)
Christmas in Trinidad is a diverse multicultural affair. Not just for the Christian population, but also through the secular participation of the nation at large through the enjoyment of our local christmas songs (called parang) and especially the creation and consumption of our traditional Christmas foods. No Christmas... 
Punch de Creme (recipe)
Punch de Creme, is another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. One thing that I really like about punch de creme (as opposed to traditional eggnog) is the use of citrus flavors like lime and Angostura bitters (which has orange extract). This gives the ‘nog’ a fruity lightness that alleviates... 
Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!
One of Trinidad’s seasonal delights, pastelles are a steamed cornmeal pie wrapped in banana leaves and filled with stewed meat, olives, and raisins. I’ve been told that they are very similar to Latin American tamales, and indeed Venezualan foodblogger Tomasnomas has a link to the exact same dish, referring... 
In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)
What is Parang? Well Parang is the soundtrack to Christmas here in Trinidad. More than that however Parang is also a culture, a way of life that sweeps through my island after the lights of Eid and Divali have been put away. The What is Parang? webpage has a wonderful overview of the history and features of Trinidad... 
via Instagram ift.tt/1CvoMvI Mmm bananas! Loaded with potassium these nutritional powerhouses should definitely be part of your daily diet. Interesting fact! Despite the term “banana tree”, bananas are actually a large herbaceous plant, the fruit of which are botanically berries! Related Links: • 10... 
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PAIR IT! Mario's Veggie Pizza & Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  Sometimes I just don’t want to cook. There, I’ve said it. Surprised? Don’t be! I love cooking but like all love affairs sometimes I just want to be the center of attention, want to be able to kick back, or just enjoy some solitude. That’s when I indulge my cravings for restaurant/takeout... 
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10 Outrageous Champagne Food Pairings | Wine Folly
Love this article that I came across online recently from Wine Folly. Key takeaways are that you don’t have to fear the ‘bubbly’ with everyday snacks or party appetizers. Indeed, speaking from experience, I must say from time to time  I enjoy splurging on a bottle of wine, pairing it with something... 
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