EVENT: Nestlé Milks encourages Trinidad & Tobago to #DoSomeGood with new goodwill campaign
NestlĂ© Milks encourages Trinidad & Tobago to #dosomegood NestlĂ©Âź 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,... 
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... 
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... 

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... 
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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ARTICLE: Where Wine Flavors Come From: The Science of Wine Aromas | Wine Folly
  “blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint
”Wine Advocate 2010 Penfold’s “Grange” Shiraz 
 are winemakers actually blending blueberries into their wine? The answer is no. The secret lies in aroma compounds. Curated from Where Wine Flavors Come From: The Science... 
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Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Day Menu
Photo: Sookdeo BaneyMarch 30 is Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day in Trinidad & Tobago. From Wikipedia: Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Liberation Day is an annual public holiday celebrated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on March 30. The holiday commemorates the repeal on March 30, 1951 of the 1917 Shouter... 
via Instagram ift.tt/1xcEzfl KWV Classic Collection Chenin Blanc This wine is a great example of modern-styled, South African Chenin Blanc. The wine displays upfront tropical fruit and floral characters with subtle orange blossom and a touch of lime. PROFILE: This fresh and fruity wine is bursting with tropical fruit... 
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ARTICLE: The Sweet Taste of Giving Pt. 1 (How 3 Food-Related Companies are helping to build a better Trinidad & Tobago)
Fresh Start Limited, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Gillian Goddard & Sun Eaters Organics – 3 companies that are helping to build a better Trinidad & Tobago.  Late last year, when The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) published its 2014 findings of the most charitable countries in the world, like many Trinbagonians... 
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TriniGourmet's Hotlist for February 2015
The second month of 2015 has just wrapped up and rushing into the second spot for the first time ever is The Complete Caribbean Cookbook by Beverley Le Blanc. Not being familiar with this title I’m definitely going to check it out for a later review. I must say I’m interested to find out the reason for... 
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EVENT: Finlandia Vodka (T&T Launch)
Last Saturday February 28, AMCO hosted a customer appreciation event for Finlandia Vodka at the Space La Nouba Nightclub. Dubbed the Finlandia Pool Party Oasis, guests were treated to complimentary signature Finlandia Cocktails like Mango Breeze, Spring Bloom and the La Pina Cocktail made from Finlandia Classic... 
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WINE FIND: Laurent-Perrier Champagne Demi-Sec
via Instagram instagram.com/p/xKcP6qOI5a/ Laurent-Perrier Champagne Demi-Sec PROFILE: Opens with aromas of dried fruit, almonds and hazelnuts,. Finishes, with flavors of peaches and cream PAIRS WELL WITH: sweet & savoury combinations, South Asian cuisine, fruit and cheese plates (especially with French farmhouse... 
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via Instagram ift.tt/1AkzEv3 “Angostura Bitters (The Taste That Changed the World)” is an easy to follow, vividly photographed cookbook. The recipes lean towards an international palette, rather than Caribbean, and cocktail pairings (utilizing the Angostura line of liquors) are offered for many of the... 
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Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: Part 9 - Road March
As Carnival Tuesday draws to a close one song, and one song alone will be crowned as the “Road March” winner. To win “Road March” one’s song needs to be one the played most often over the two day Carnival period, at the various judging points throughout both islands. In many ways the... 
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 - Ash Wednesday
After the frenzied crescendo of Carnival Tuesday all merriment and debauchery ends (or is supposed to end) with the ushering in of Ash Wednesday and the start of the Roman Catholic observance of Lent. My father tells me that ‘back in the day’ all sound stopped at midnight and no calypso would play on the... 

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