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

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 6 - J'Ouvert & Ole Time Mas
  J’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 animal and basest selves in the cover of the night, before... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 – Dimanche Gras

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 - Dimanche Gras
Dimanche 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. These usually involve huge, complex, beautiful costumes. In recent... 

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... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 – Steelbands and Panorama

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 - Steelbands and Panorama
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 in Hawaii! If you ask someone from those parts of the world what instrument they are hearing you may even hear them say ‘steel drums’ … oh my... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 – Soca Music

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 - Soca Music
It 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 with an up-tempo beat. There is a popular misconception that soca is... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival – A Brief Overview

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival - A Brief Overview
  With only a few days before ‘High Mas’ it is time again to shine a spotlight on Trinidad & Tobago’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 right before the first day of Lent. Because... 

TriniGourmet’s Amazon Hotlist for January 2015

TriniGourmet's Amazon Hotlist for January 2015
Welcome to the return of the TriniGourmet Amazon Hotlist! My monthly compilation of those items that you are clicking on and buying the most via this site. For some reason this once popular feature fell to the wayside over two years ago! But now it’s back Without any further ado here are the results for the first month of 2015! 1. Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad... 

EVENT: Oyster Bay Wines (Trinidad & Tobago Launch)

EVENT: Oyster Bay Wines (Trinidad & Tobago Launch)
On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Massy Distribution hosted the Trinidad & Tobago launch of  premium New Zealand wine brand, Oyster Bay, with an intimate wine tasting hosted at the Trinidad Hilton’s La Boucan Restaurant. Oyster Bay is currently the 7th most popular premium import brand on the US market and they are now expanding into emerging markets such as ours in the Caribbean. The tasting... 

RECIPE: Warhol Orange Cocktail

via Instagram ift.tt/1xRdIUm WARHOL ORANGE 2 parts Absolut Vodka 1/4 part Italian vanilla liqueur 2 1/2 parts fresh Orange Juice Enjoy this cocktail before Carnival season ends! Absolut Warhol is currently available nationwide from Massy Stores and other retailers.   Follow TriniGourmet on Tumblr! //  Read More →
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RECIPE: Sarina’s Coconut Curry Chicken

RECIPE: Sarina's Coconut Curry Chicken
When you’re low on funds and short on time few buys are as economical as a whole chicken when it comes to creating multiple meals for a family. During my parents’ bout of Chik V (they’re slowly recovering now) this was something I had to put into practice on an almost daily basis. This recipe easily feeds 6 with only half a chicken cut into 10-12 parts and comes together relatively... 

INTERVIEW: Chef John Aboud of Aioli opens up to Ocean Delight & Enter to Win a Dinner for Two!

INTERVIEW: Chef John Aboud of Aioli opens up to Ocean Delight & Enter to Win a Dinner for Two!
Chef John Aboud of Aioli opens up to Ocean Delight and gives some insight into his career, where his passion for food was birthed and the inspiration for the restaurants’ unusual stylish decor. Curated from FEATURED: Chef John Aboud of Aioli | Ocean Delight     Since opening its doors in 2013 Aioli has quickly established positive word of mouth for its inspired Mediterranean fusion... 

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... 

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)... 

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