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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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APRIL GIVEAWAY! 3 Questions with Debbie of Peppa Deb’s Original Caribbean Hot Sauce

APRIL GIVEAWAY! 3 Questions with Debbie of Peppa Deb's Original Caribbean Hot Sauce
Earlier this week I shared my review of a new product “Peppa Deb’s Original Caribbean Hot Sauce”. To learn more about its creator and how to enter to win a 3-bottle sampler of your very own, read on! “As a child growing up in San Fernando, I watched my father make his homemade pepper sauce from scratch using ingredients from the local market. I was inspired by my family... 

APRIL GIVEAWAY/PRODUCT REVIEW: Peppa Deb’s Original Caribbean Pepper Sauce

APRIL GIVEAWAY/PRODUCT REVIEW: Peppa Deb's Original Caribbean Pepper Sauce
Last week I received an amazing 3-bottle sampler of Peppa Deb’s Original Caribbean Pepper Sauce. Available in hot, medium and spicy it was way too good not to share with y’all!  I don’t often use commercial pepper sauces, as my father makes an excellent one. Indeed I am often told that his recipe “Bertie’s Mega-Hot Pepper Sauce” is a fave of many readers here ... 
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Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Day Menu

Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Day Menu
Photo: Sookdeo Baney March 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... 

Banana Daiquri (recipe) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

Banana Daiquri (recipe) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
As I type this it’s 3pm, on a Tuesday. Yes, a Tuesday. Sometimes that’s just how life goes and it’s been -that- kind of week already. So, follow my lead and take a mid-day break today. It’s on me! (If your boss complains, make one for them too! ) This recipe comes from my ongoing “Caribbean Beachcomber” series. Banana Daiquri INGREDIENTS: 1/2 oz light rum 1/2... 

LIVE VIEWING POST: Watch Trinidad’s Brandon Soverall on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen”!

LIVE VIEWING POST: Watch Trinidad's Brandon Soverall on Food Network's
Trinidad’s Brandon Soverall competes on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” tonight at 10pm EST. Currently the sous chef at “Triniti” in Houston, TX, USA, he first gained prominence among local foodies via cooking events at Port of Spain’s Fanatic Kitchen Studio. About Cutthroat Kitchen: From Wikipedia – Cutthroat Kitchen is a reality cooking television... 

Purim Menu (video)

Purim Menu (video)
Purim Menu 2011 • East Indian Chickpea Salad • Hummus • Pasta Puttanesca • Broccoli Gratin • Haman’s Ears/Orejas de Haman • Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantsachen It always tickles me how close Purim and Carnival fall most years. I especially enjoy Purim because it’s the only time of year to make, and eat, various sugary goodies! One of my favourites is my Rum and Raisin... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 9 – Ash Wednesday

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 9 - Ash Wednesday
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalAfter 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... 

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Road March

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: Part 8 - Road March
This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalAs 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”... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 – Carnival Bands

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 - Carnival Bands
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalI 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 ago 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... 

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

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 6 - J'Ouvert & Ole Time Mas
This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalJ’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... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 – Dimanche Gras

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 - Dimanche Gras
This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalDimanche 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.... 

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 the season and can... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 – Steelbands and Panorama

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 - Steelbands and Panorama
This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Exodus Steelband performing in Trafalgar Square, England – photo by bram_souffreau 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... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 – Soca Music

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 - Soca Music
This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalIt 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... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival – A Brief Overview

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival - A Brief Overview
This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalWith only a few days before ‘High Mas’ it is time again to shine a spotlight on Trinidad’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... 

REVIEW: Blind Wine Tasting at Lotus Wares

REVIEW: Blind Wine Tasting at Lotus Wares
Saturday, February 8, 2014 was the date for an unforgettable ‘blind’ wine-tasting at Lotus Wares, hosted by Lisa Johnstone. If you have been reading this blog for a while you may remember my writeup last year of my previous visit to one of Lisa’s tastings. This event differed from that previous one in that it was a ‘blind tasting’. Blind in that we were challenged to... 

Introducing Sweet Sereni-Tea Pastries & More

Introducing Sweet Sereni-Tea Pastries & More
Saturday February 1st, 2014 saw the launch of Sweet Sereni-Tea Pastries & More. Founded by Chef Jivita Douen (Le Cordon Bleu, England), Sweet Sereni-Tea also harnesses the expertise of Chefs Michelle Fournillier (Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland) and Dale Hamilton (TTHTI, Trinidad). (L to R: Chefs Michelle Fournillier, Jivita Douen & Dale Hamilton) An extremely... 

TriniGourmet’s “Holiday Glam: 30+ Festive Recipes” is here! Only $6.95 USD!

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As the year draws to an end I’m thrilled to announce that my new ebook “Holiday Glam: 30+ Festive Caribbean Recipes” is now officially ready for purchase and download! It’s been over a year in the making and I hope that you are as happy with the results as I am. A compilation of popular local and regional fare, as well as some originals, the majority of the 30+ recipes in “Holiday... 

Trinidad Carnival Tour Package 2014 (spots available!)

Trinidad Carnival Tour Package 2014 (spots available!)
Hi everyone! I’m happy to announce that my good friend Petra Laptiste of Carifrique.com still has a few spots available for Trinidad Carnival 2014. If you’re interested in coming to what some have hailed as “The Greatest Show on Earth” do view the itinerary above and drop her a line! Tweet  Read More →

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...