Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”

Travel Video Television News has an interesting article titled Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”. It takes a look at the various cultural influences on our local cuisine and also highlights the offerings of the major local restaurants

Excerpt:
Trinidad & Tobago might not come immediately to mind as one of the few places in the world that offers extraordinary ethnic cuisines. But then again, “foodies” can travel around the twin island nation and taste the colorful history that has left an influence of Arabic, Spanish, African, Chinese, Polynesian, Thai, East Indian, Cajun, and indigenous Amerindian in the cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago.


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Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”

And of course the ultimate in ‘melting pot’ celebrations is Trinidad’s Carnival. The above is a little synopsis of the buildup to the two days of unbridaled revelry. Ending in the Ash Wednesday cooldown at the various beaches around Trinidad. If you look you can see the shark and bake being prepared. Shark and bake (recipe here) is our ubiquitous beach food and it is gooooood. If you are of the kosher persuasion you can request flying fish or kingfish in its place :) Fried fish, a fried puffy dough wrapping and a table of assorted condiments ranging from fiery hot pepper sauce to the tangy sweet of tamarind or even shredded veggies for the health conscious. I myself like to pile on the chadon beni (cilantro) and garlic sauce, add some tamarind, then some pepper sauce and coleslaw (to cool things down) then I’m good to go :)

To the Trinis reading this, what do you like on -your- shark ‘n bake? :)

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  • http://www.hovlaneblog.com/wordpress/ Josh P.G. Lane

    Sarina! Carnival is definitely on my must-do list now, as are many of your recipes.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks josh :D i have the last 3 carnival posts that i’m writing up at the mo :D it’s only 1 week away!! :lol:

  • http://www.hovlaneblog.com/wordpress/ Josh P.G. Lane

    Sarina! Carnival is definitely on my must-do list now, as are many of your recipes.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks josh :D i have the last 3 carnival posts that i’m writing up at the mo :D it’s only 1 week away!! :lol:

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Bake and shark…with cucumber chutney, garlic and chadon beni sauces, some lettuce and pineapple on the side. Occasionally tamarind. But I am simple when it comes to sandwiches – I don’t pile everything on the table.
    Oooh, at the Hilton yesterday for my meeting (yes I am back in Trinidad again until tomorrow) they served mini bake and shark at lunch – they guy was frying little 2″ diameter bakes. And bowls of all the toppings you need.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      i made my own little maracas at home on friday :) with fried fish fillets and bake and my secret toppings :P well secret until i post them (hopefully tomorrow) twas yum@ :D cucumbers make me literally sick :( never put pineapple! :D tamarind is my ‘horse’ :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Bake and shark…with cucumber chutney, garlic and chadon beni sauces, some lettuce and pineapple on the side. Occasionally tamarind. But I am simple when it comes to sandwiches – I don’t pile everything on the table.
    Oooh, at the Hilton yesterday for my meeting (yes I am back in Trinidad again until tomorrow) they served mini bake and shark at lunch – they guy was frying little 2″ diameter bakes. And bowls of all the toppings you need.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      i made my own little maracas at home on friday :) with fried fish fillets and bake and my secret toppings :P well secret until i post them (hopefully tomorrow) twas yum@ :D cucumbers make me literally sick :( never put pineapple! :D tamarind is my ‘horse’ :D

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    One of these days… Btw. I don’t know who it is from Aliyyah’s family/friends who is in Trinidad but they are there now and hopefully bring me back a present. There are one or two packages in the video that could be fancied.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      :lol:

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    One of these days… Btw. I don’t know who it is from Aliyyah’s family/friends who is in Trinidad but they are there now and hopefully bring me back a present. There are one or two packages in the video that could be fancied.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      :lol:

  • http://weddingecards.blogspot.com Linda

    Awesome video!!Cheers!!

  • http://weddingecards.blogspot.com Linda

    Awesome video!!Cheers!!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i love bake n shark
    :(

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      shouldn’t that be a happy face? :)

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i love bake n shark
    :(

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      shouldn’t that be a happy face? :)

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    Hi Sarina, thx for dropping by my blog & adding me to your blog roll. hmm..Do I need to “work” my “wok” more ? hehe, it’s Melting Wok :) Will add you to my blog roll on my next update :) So, is Ash Wednesday like after Fat Tuesday, like the Mardigra at New Orleans ? hm..no colorful beads ? Cheers, Shirley :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hi MW :) Ash Wednesday is the same day as the one after ‘Fat Tuesday’ :) we call it Carnival Tuesday :) We don’t have beads around the neck, but we do have beaded costumes as shown in the video and my ongoing Carnival series :D

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    Hi Sarina, thx for dropping by my blog & adding me to your blog roll. hmm..Do I need to “work” my “wok” more ? hehe, it’s Melting Wok :) Will add you to my blog roll on my next update :) So, is Ash Wednesday like after Fat Tuesday, like the Mardigra at New Orleans ? hm..no colorful beads ? Cheers, Shirley :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hi MW :) Ash Wednesday is the same day as the one after ‘Fat Tuesday’ :) we call it Carnival Tuesday :) We don’t have beads around the neck, but we do have beaded costumes as shown in the video and my ongoing Carnival series :D

  • nando

    greetings&salutation unto you serana, i admire the way you keep it simple, nice & easy true caribbean style

  • nando

    greetings&salutation unto you serana, i admire the way you keep it simple, nice & easy true caribbean style