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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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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!

TriniGourmet's
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... 

Mustard Batons (recipe & video)

Mustard Batons (recipe & video)
I’m a big believer that soups can be an entire meal on their own, especially when paired with a side of bread. My own preference is to make the combo of soup and bread one of a meeting of opposite. The lighter the soup, the heavier the bread, and vice versa. Case in point, these mustard batons, procured from this recipe by Dorie Greenspan (it is also available in her extremely excellent “Around... 

Hyatt Regency Trinidad: General Manager’s Reception

Hyatt Regency Trinidad: General Manager's Reception
October was a busy month in terms of promoting the cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago to the US market. In town were several American food writers at the invitation of the TDC (Tourism Development Corporation) and their experience was nothing short of whirlwind! Wednesday October 15th they were the guests of the Hyatt Regency‘s monthly General Manager’s Reception. The evening started... 

“A Culinary Display of Showpieces”: TTHTI Senior Display

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending a senior exhibition at the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute. The Caribbean’s premier culinary school, TTHTI’s alums find placement at hotels and resorts not just in the Caribbean but are making names for themselves around the world. I’ll be highlighting one former graduate Chef Jason Peru in the near future, however... 

5 Questions with Jewell of GENEVA SWEET & Holiday Giveaway!

5 Questions with Jewell of GENEVA SWEET & Holiday Giveaway!
Photo Credit: Dexter Browne (FaceBook.Com/dexter.browne.58) Jewell is a very determined and focused young woman. This is something that becomes readily apparent upon a first meeting. In less than one year she has established Trinidad’s first pre-packaged cookie dough company, Geneva Sweet, and gotten it into major grocery chains across the island. Based here on a part-time basis, as a foreigner,... 

TriniGourmet: METRO Magazine Cover!

TriniGourmet: METRO Magazine Cover!
On October 11, 2013 I was featured on the cover of Trinidad’s #1 fashion and lifestyle magazine “Metro”. Browse the issue at ow.ly/qAhP1 Tweet  Read More →
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Caribbean Cooking reaches Google HQ!

Caribbean Cooking reaches Google HQ!
Larry Fournillier whips up a Caribbean menu at Google HQ This August I brought you all the story of Larry Fournillier, a local Trinidadian chef who has amassed a million-plus following on the Google+ social network. Although he is still an unknown on his own soil, his online popularity led to him headlining a multimedia food conference this summer in Denver, Colorado, as well as an invitation to cook... 

Spinach in Coconut Sauce (recipe & video)

Spinach in Coconut Sauce (recipe & video)
This recipe was prepared for Episode 12 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. If you are familiar with the Caribbean dish of Callaloo you will no doubt have realized where my inspiration was derived. This quick side offers a hint of callaloo flavour in an accompaniment that works attractively alongside meat, fish and vegetarian entrées. Watch me make it below and then... 

Angostura Soda (recipe & video)

Angostura Soda (recipe & video)
I love vintage cocktail recipes, which is why I am a huge fan of the Angostura Bitters Drink Guide 1908 Reprint: A Little Tiny Bar Book Made Big. Having the “Sweet Han’” web series has given me added incentive not only to visit these 19th century concoctions, but also to update them. Case in point this recipe called Angostura Soda which I made for Episode 14 of “Sweet Han’:... 

“London Calling” still needs your support

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you know the status of my campaign to become the first Caribbean food writer to attend Food Blogger Connect in London next year. To date we have reached a little over 30% of our goal. If we don’t hit our target by October 16th all funds raised to date will be returned to contributors and we won’t see a penny. I’d really be gutted to see that happen!  Over... 

Coming Soon! “Holiday Glam: 30+ Festive Caribbean Recipes”

My next electronic cookbook “Holiday Glam” will be out December 2013, however some supporters of our current “London Calling” campaign will receive advance digitally signed copies in November! How come? Well you see, digitally signed copies of my first ebook “Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes” and my upcoming title “Holiday Glam: 30+ Festive Caribbean... 

Let’s Make History! “London Calling” Featured Perk – Maracas

Let's Make History!
Want to help TriniGourmet make Caribbean foodie history? A signed digital copy of the exclusive “London Calling” coffee table book (with your name in the credits), a feature interview on TriniGourmet.com and a postcard sent to you from London are just -some- of the perks you’ll receive with a $100 USD pledge to our current fundraising campaign. To see all visit LondonCalling.TriniGourmet.com... 

*HOLIDAY GLAM SNEAK PEEK!* Plantain Baked in Orange Juice

*HOLIDAY GLAM SNEAK PEEK!* Plantain Baked in Orange Juice
***HOLIDAY GLAM SNEAK PEEK*** *Plantain Baked in Orange Juice.* Just one of the 30+ Festive Caribbean Recipes in my upcoming ebook “Holiday Glam”. Reserve a digitally signed advance copy at LC.trinigourmet.com Deadline: October 16! Tweet  Read More →

Patrón Pairing @ Fanatic Kitchen Studio (review)

Patrón Pairing @ Fanatic Kitchen Studio (review)
One of the many joys of running a food blog is continually being given opportunities to push beyond one’s culinary comfort zones. Case in point, last week’s Patrón Pairing at Fanatic Kitchen Studio. Wine pairing is something many of us are familiar with, however how often do we think of pairing cocktails and/or tequila with our dinner courses? I know I certainly hadn’t! That all... 

“London Calling” Update: New $5 US and $2 US perks now available!

Hello everyone! First of all I’m thrilled to announce that yesterday the Trinidad Guardian ran a feature spread on my work with TriniGourmet.com and our “London Calling” campaign! Check out the full article and some behind the scenes images at ow.ly/pk0MH I also did a Q&A with Carifrique.com, the largest Caribbean culture site serving the Japanese market – ow.ly/pk0VC...