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Passionate foodie, founder of Trinigourmet and Caribbean Lifestyle Maven. Author of "Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes"

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ARTICLE: Have a Banana!

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 Weird Banana Facts (Fooducate) • 25 Powerful Reasons to Eat Bananas (Food Matters)  •... 
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PAIR IT! Mario’s Veggie Pizza & Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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 fare. Although people sometimes think that I eat gourmet fare 24/7 the reality is... 

10 Outrageous Champagne Food Pairings | Wine Folly

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 humble in nature (Crix and cheese anyone?), and in sum creating something that’s... 

ARTICLE: Where Wine Flavors Come From: The Science of Wine Aromas | Wine Folly

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 of Wine Aromas | Wine Folly   This article from Wine Folly explains the scientific... 

Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Day Menu

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 Prohibition Ordinance that prohibited the activities of the Shouter or Spiritual... 

WINE FIND: KWV Classic Collection Chenin Blanc

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 aromas, gooseberry and green apple with hints of minerality. The wine is soft and... 

ARTICLE: The Sweet Taste of Giving Pt. 1 (How 3 Food-Related Companies are helping to build a better Trinidad & Tobago)

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 I was surprised to learn that our small island nation had ranked 10th globally! World’s... 

TriniGourmet’s Hotlist for February 2015

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 its sudden popularity though! If you are one of the people who searched for/purchased... 

EVENT: Finlandia Vodka (T&T Launch)

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 and Mango-flavoured Vodkas, and finger food to the sounds of SPACE DJs Shervon, Anil,... 

WINE FIND: Laurent-Perrier Champagne Demi-Sec

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 cheeses like Soumaintrain and Bleu de Vacqueyras), mac and cheese/macaroni pie, desserts,... 

REVIEW: “Angostura Bitters (The Taste That Changed the World)”

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 dishes. Copies can be bought at the House of Angostura (Corner Eastern Main Rd &... 
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Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: Part 9 – Road March

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 “Road March” is the People’s Choice as it is the tune that the crowds... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Ash Wednesday

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 radio with the end of Carnival Tuesday. Things have definitely changed since then!... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 – Carnival Bands

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 - Carnival Bands
  I was talking to a Brazilian friend a few years ago and she was surprised at some of the differences between our Carnival and theirs. You see it was a few weeks prior when she decided to look and see what costume/band she should play with. She was shocked when all the Trinis were like, whoa you are way too late. You see, here Carnival bands launch their designs in the final quarter of the previous... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 6 – J’Ouvert & Ole Time Mas

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 6 - J'Ouvert & Ole Time Mas
  J’ouvert (joo-VAY) is the start to the Carnival celebrations. It begins in the pre-dawn hours of Carnival Monday and lasts until daybreak. J’ouvert (which is a Creole corruption of the French Jour Ouvert – day opening) is also known as ‘dirty mas’. It seems to symbolise us going down to our rawest most animal and basest selves in the cover of the night, before... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 – Dimanche Gras

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 - Dimanche Gras
Dimanche Gras takes place on the Sunday night before Ash Wednesday. Here the Calypso Monarch is chosen (after competition) and prize money and a vehicle bestowed. Also the King and Queen of the bands are crowned, where each band to parade costumes for the next two days submits a king and queen, from which an overall winner is chosen. These usually involve huge, complex, beautiful costumes. In recent... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 4 – Fetes!

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 4 - Fetes!
This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival If you are getting the sense that Carnival is one big long party you are right! So it only makes sense that one big long party would be made of many many big long parties as well. These parties in Trinidad are called fetes and are attended by hundreds sometimes thousands. Fetes feature the biggest soca artists of... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 – Steelbands and Panorama

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 - Steelbands and Panorama
It seems that every time a North American program wants to denote the ‘tropics’ you will hear the sound of a steelpan. It doesn’t even to seem to matter if the ‘tropics’ are in the Caribbean on a cruise ship or in Hawaii! If you ask someone from those parts of the world what instrument they are hearing you may even hear them say ‘steel drums’ … oh my... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 – Soca Music

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 - Soca Music
It is hard to imagine Carnival without music. And the definitive music of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is soca. So what is Soca Music? Well, why not let Soca Superstar Machel Montano say it in his own words? From Caribbean Music 101 (the original link no longer works unfortunately): What is Soca? Soca is a modern form of calypso with an up-tempo beat. There is a popular misconception that soca is... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival – A Brief Overview

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival - A Brief Overview
  With only a few days before ‘High Mas’ it is time again to shine a spotlight on Trinidad & Tobago’s largest cultural festival, Carnival. Where did the word “carnival” come from? Hundred and hundreds of years ago, the followers of the Catholic religion in Italy started the tradition of holding a wild costume festival right before the first day of Lent. Because...