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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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Trini Pepper Sauce: Fresh Hot Sauce from Trinidad and Tobago (Kickstarter Project)

Trini Pepper Sauce: Fresh Hot Sauce from Trinidad and Tobago (Kickstarter Project)
From Mustafa Mannan: Trinidad and Tobago is a small country of two islands in the caribbean known for its local cuisine and carnival. It’s an amazing place, with so many different kinds of cultures all blended together. Whenever I would go back to visit my family, my grandmother would always give me bottles of hot sauce to share with friends. The hot sauce is referred to as ‘peppa sauce’.... 

Food For Thought: Let Them Eat Cake!

Food For Thought: Let Them Eat Cake!
This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Food For Thought Choosing the cake for your wedding is probably one of the most visible and nerve-wracking components for a bride. Not only does it have to look good, it should embody the theme of your wedding, your personalities, and of course, it also needs to taste great! “When choosing what’s known as the centre piece of all weddings,... 

Food For Thought: Let’s Have A Toast!

Food For Thought: Let's Have A Toast!
This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Food For Thought   As our wedding catering series draws closer to its end it’s time to address one of those components that your guests are most looking forward to, although they may not admit it The bar service! When deciding on yours, two main questions will dominate. One, should you have an open bar? And two, should you attempt to... 

Food For Thought: How To Cater For Wedding Guests with Special Diets

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Food For Thought   So, you’ve decided on a time of day, and a menu, and are eager to start working on that all-important centerpiece, the cake. However before we rush off into that topic, there’’s one more thing to consider about what you will serve at your reception. Nowadays “special diets” are the norm, rather than the exception.... 

Food For Thought: DIY Catering

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Food For Thought For the majority of brides hiring a caterer for their wedding reception provides both peace of mind and a sense of security. Many brides however, for economic or dietary reasons, choose to take a “do it yourself” approach to the execution of their wedding day menu. Because you will probably already be juggling many different... 

Food For Thought: Wedding Menu Ideas

Food For Thought: Wedding Menu Ideas
This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Food For ThoughtSo you’ve decided on a date, and have several caterers in mind. As you work with them to finalize your menu selection you may also want to take into consideration some of these general guidelines, based on the time of your reception. BRUNCH RECEPTIONS Morning weddings are the perfect reason to have a brunch-themed reception. Usually held between... 

Food For Thought: How To Choose a Wedding Caterer

Food For Thought: How To Choose a Wedding Caterer
This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Food For Thought   A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly. Homer (~8th century BC), Greek poet When planning your wedding, your menu will play a large part in crating the atmosphere and experience that your guests will enjoy. Today, more than ever before,tradition plays less of a role than personal preference. This means... 

Food For Thought: Creating The Wedding Menu of your Dreams

Food For Thought: Creating The Wedding Menu of your Dreams
This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Food For Thought Image Credit: FreeImages.com   “Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others in their real and their ideal relation. Only what is fine, and finely conceived can feed... 

EVENT: “FREEDOM ROAD” Emancipation Tour

EVENT:
”FREEDOM ROAD” TOUR OFFERS UNIQUE GLIMPSE INTO TRINIDAD’S EMANCIPATION HERITAGE Port of Spain, July 20, 2016 –  Stepping into an African Nation Dance. Sharing dinner on the East Coast. Giving thanks at a First Peoples smoke ritual in Arima. These are just a few of the experiences that patrons of “Freedom Road” will experience as they venture into some of Trinidad’s... 
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Indian Arrival Day Menu

Indian Arrival Day Menu
  Divali Nagar celebrations 2015 May 30th is Indian Arrival Day, a public holiday here in Trinidad and Tobago. Indian Arrival Day commemorates the arrival of the first East Indian labourers to our shores. From the National Library Website: Indian Arrival Day, celebrated on 30th May, commemorates the arrival of the first Indian Indentured labourers from India to Trinidad, in May 1845, on the ship... 

EVENT: Nestlé Milks encourages Trinidad & Tobago to #DoSomeGood with new goodwill campaign

EVENT: Nestlé Milks encourages Trinidad & Tobago to #DoSomeGood with new goodwill campaign
Nestlé Milks encourages Trinidad & Tobago to #dosomegood Nestlé® 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, a delicious milkshake – these kind acts and more can be expected... 

PROMOTION: Learn to Cook & Lime!

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 a restaurant quality meal and then enjoy your creations with a complimentary bottle... 
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PRESS: TriniGourmet Founder appointed Associate Editor of “Cooking Sense” Magazine

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 such as The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller and NPR.  “We chose to... 
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The Hardest Year

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 experiences I’ve had to date. I’m really sorry that... 

PRESS: TriniGourmet featured in Cooking Sense Magazine!

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 your complimentary copy in St. Lucia or Barbados while stocks last! View the latest issue... 
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Trinidad Paime (recipe)

Trinidad Paime (recipe)
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Trini Christmas   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 been offered/given it by acquaintances... 

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)
This entry is part 6 of 10 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... 

Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)

Carmen's Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Trini Christmas 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 hers. Many people can’t... 

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Trini ChristmasChristmas 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... 

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