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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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Jamaican Rice & Peas

Jamaican Rice & Peas
via Instagram instagram.com/p/xKUXtDuI3_/ This is one of my ultimate go-to comfort dishes. For as long as I can remember my mother has made Jamaican rice and peas as a special side at most major holiday dinners. It is also part of her traditional Jamaican Sunday Roast lunch. If it sounds like I’ve had this dish a lot it’s because I have, and I still can’t get enough! Get the recipe (and many... 
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RECIPE: Making a Trini pelau | Trinidad Express Newspaper

RECIPE: Making a Trini pelau | Trinidad Express Newspaper
Making a Trini pelau is an art, nevertheless, it is quite simple to prepare. The most difficult part of the dish is the burning of the sugar but you can substitute that with browning or even some cassava cassareep. The burnt sugar offers the dish its signature taste – this is what makes it singularly an exceptional Trini pelau. Curated from Making a Trini Pelau | Trinidad Express   Guyanese... 

EVENT: Kendall-Jackson Wines (Trinidad & Tobago Launch) and the rise of local wine consumption

EVENT: Kendall-Jackson Wines (Trinidad & Tobago Launch) and the rise of local wine consumption
January 8, 2015 saw the Trinidad & Tobago launch of Kendall-Jackson Wines. Hosted by Massy Distribution at Maraval’s Bottlestop, attendees were guided through a tasting of the following by Juan Maggi, Sommelier & International Sales Distributor of Jackson Family Wines: • Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay • Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir • La Crema Pinot Noir • Vintner’s... 
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YOUTHFUL VEGAN CAFE (St. James, Trinidad) | TriniChow

YOUTHFUL VEGAN CAFE (St. James, Trinidad) | TriniChow
Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Gravy (just one of the many vegan recipes here on TriniGourmet.com!)   As much as we love all the food and wine events that we’re lucky enough to attend, most days what we really want are vegetable centric meals and healthy snacks. Curated from YOUTHFUL VEGAN CAFE (St. James, Trinidad) | TriniChow Local food blogger TriniChow shares her thoughts about town’s... 

5 Trini Soups & Stews to enjoy this Carnival!

5 Trini Soups & Stews to enjoy this Carnival!
Carnival time is not a time when one wants to be stuck behind the stove for any length of time. That’s why soups and stews that don’t need to be tended at length, and that can be enjoyed for more than one day are popular. Whether you’re enjoying these at home, by a friend, or as part of the menu at many of the ‘all-inclusive’ fetes that dot the islands, they’re sure... 

NEWS: Trinidadian Chef Hasan Defour opens Caribbean restaurants in Singapore!

NEWS: Trinidadian Chef Hasan Defour opens Caribbean restaurants in Singapore!
Life! joins the 37-year-old chef, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, on a trip to Tekka Market in Little India, one of his favourite places to look for ingredients. Curated from To Tekka for ingredients, AsiaOne Soshiok News Loved this article which explores the similarities and differences between Singaporean cuisine/ingredients and Caribbean. Defour has already made quite a name for himself in... 
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WINE FIND: RICCI CURBASTRO Franciacorta Rosé Brut

via Instagram ift.tt/1CXttg8 Franciacorta is a small wine-producing area in Lombardy, northern Italy. It is famous for its high-quality sparkling wines, which are made in a very similar fashion to Champagne. Although relatively unknown in global terms (compared to Moscato and Prosecco), Franciacorta is widely regarded as Italy’s finest sparkling wine. “The wines, made from chardonnay,... 
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6 Trini Appetizers to enjoy this Carnival

6 Trini Appetizers to enjoy this Carnival
Many of the appetizers that you will find at local events have their origin in Trinidad’s amazing street foods and snacks. Due to a long history of colonization and immigration our culinary landscape is a dizzying amalgamation of European, African, Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern that continues to shift and evolve even as it pays homage to its past. These six appetizers however have stood... 

RECIPE: Sarina’s Ginger Chicken with Cabbage

RECIPE: Sarina's Ginger Chicken with Cabbage
  It’s funny how life goes. I brought in the New Year full of the greatest plans and resolutions, among them more time devoted to self-care and recipe creation. Then, my parents both contracted the Chikungunya virus within one day of each other and my carefully constructed schedules were thrown out the window! If you are unaware, the Chikungunya Virus (or Chik-V as its referred to locally)... 

What’s Your Favourite Restaurant?

What's Your Favourite Restaurant?
via Instagram instagram.com/p/xMgCcquI2m/ T&T readers! Which is your favorite restaurant? Share your answers!  Not in T&T? Not a problem! Share your favorite Caribbean-themed restaurant (city & country). Help us all learn some new spots! I’ll compile your answers for a roundup post next month Pictured above: Pêche Patisserie, Newtown, Trinidad        Read More →
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BEHIND THE SCENES: Making Tomato Choka (video)

via Instagram ift.tt/16xsnxe Behind the scenes of my Divali inspired spread of RANI Chips & Assorted Dips, filmed last November and perfect year round! This was my first introduction to Rani’s flatbread line and I have to say that I love the coconut one. Look for them in supermarkets nationwide. Check out the final video below. I’ll be posting the recipes in coming weeks.    Read More →
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Eddoes In Coconut Sauce

via Instagram ift.tt/1wqUnr3 Eddoes in Coconut Sauce This recipe is a great substitute for mashed potatoes. Eddoes, like potatoes, are a tuber. Along with cassava, dasheen and sweet potatoes, they form a family known as ‘ground provisions’. Look for them in West Indian markets as well as Latin American ones where they go by the name malangas. If you’re unable to locate them however feel free... 
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! (2015 Brunch/Supper Menu)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (2015 Brunch/Supper Menu)
Happy 2015 everyone! I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for your readership and support in 2014. It was a rocky year both personally and professionally, as I continue to navigate the rather rocky road of full-time bloggership. Numerous family emergencies meant that my posting schedule was more erratic than I would have liked, and technical mishaps didn’t help... 

TRINIDAD EXPRESS FEATURE: Pass The Ponche! (includes recipe for Beetroot Punch de Creme)

TRINIDAD EXPRESS FEATURE: Pass The Ponche! (includes recipe for Beetroot Punch de Creme)
This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Trini Christmas I am delighted to be included in the Trinidad Express’ Saturday Feature (12/20/2014) on our local ‘eggnog’ Punch de Creme Love the different perspectives and recipes, including one for that increasingly popular variant Beetroot! If you want my own recipe for Punch de Creme you can snag it by clicking this link. Read the article... 
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Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

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 in Trinidad would be complete without some rum-soaked black cake cold thick Punch... 

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)
This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Trini ChristmasLike 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 from my aunt, who also uses this... 

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)

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 Parang. ‘Parang’ is the present Trinidadian interpretation of the Spanish... 

EVENT: Bailey’s Dulce de Leche Launch!

EVENT: Bailey's Dulce de Leche Launch!
Wednesday, November 5 2014 saw the T&T launch of Bailey’s newest flavour ‘Dulce de Leche’ at the recently opened Rizzoni’s Ristorante Italiano and I was thrilled to participate in the event. My day started at 4:30 a.m. and was a blur of morning show appearances, mid-day photo-taking (behind the camera) and then more picture taking (this time in front)... 
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