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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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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... 

Punch de Creme (recipe)

Punch de Creme (recipe)
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Trini ChristmasPunch de Creme, is another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. One thing that I really like about punch de creme (as opposed to traditional eggnog) is the use of citrus flavors like lime and Angostura bitters (which has orange extract). This gives the ‘nog’ a fruity lightness that alleviates the sweet creaminess (which... 

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!
This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Trini ChristmasOne of Trinidad’s seasonal delights, pastelles are a steamed cornmeal pie wrapped in banana leaves and filled with stewed meat, olives, and raisins. I’ve been told that they are very similar to Latin American tamales, and indeed Venezualan foodblogger Tomasnomas has a link to the exact same dish, referring to it on his blog as Tamal... 

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

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Trini ChristmasWhat 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’... 

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... 

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