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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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UpMarket!: A monthly showcase for local artisans

UpMarket!: A monthly showcase for local artisans
Here in Trinidad & Tobago it can be hard to develop a sustainable market for your products if your focus is handmade items or you produce your items on a small-scale. This has been a major hindrance to entrepreneurial development, as well as cultural diversity and development. That’s why when Upmarket came along it immediately filled a void that needed acknowledgement. Held monthly (usually)... 

Declare Independence! Support TriniGourmet’s London Calling!

Declare Independence! Support TriniGourmet's London Calling!
Here in Trinidad & Tobago we’ve just finished celebrating our 51st Independence Day. In the build-up to the holiday I began to wonder what Independence truly means to us, and how do we honour and maintain it? Over the past month I have tried to highlight the struggle that many in the region and at home feel in the effort to promote and uphold local culture in the face of corporate, and... 

Independence Day Menu

Independence Day Menu
Tomorrow, August 31st is Trinidad’s Independence Day. This year’s menu keeps things traditional • Grated Carrot and Raisin Salad • Bertie’s Trinidad Pelau • Sarina’s Independence Day Sugar Cakes To learn more about Independence Day Celebrations in Trinidad, as well as the Independence Day Movement visit the Independence Day portal at the National Library website. Trinidad... 

SUNDAE FEST 2013: A celebration of local ice-cream vendors and flavours

SUNDAE FEST 2013: A celebration of local ice-cream vendors and flavours
July 21, 2013 was the hosting of Trinidad & Tobago’s first ice-cream festival. Titled Sundae Fest it was truly a celebration that shone a spotlight on local flavours and producers. PRESS RELEASE It’s a Sundae to Remember in Trinidad & Tobago Food festivals are not uncommon around the world, but apart from wine for example being the focus of any particular festival, there are few... 

HELP CREATE HAITI UNCOVERED: Preserving Haiti’s Culinary Heritage & Traditions

HELP CREATE HAITI UNCOVERED: Preserving Haiti's Culinary Heritage & Traditions
Crowdfunding is quickly becoming a popular way for entrepreneurs and artists to get their work out to the public without needing corporate sponsorship, investors or other ‘gate keeper’ funding. Instead, by placing their appeals directly to their target market via sites like Kickstarter and IndieGogo they are finding a ready pool of supporters for whom as little as $1 USD are willing to... 

Pop-Up Cupcake Sale! Ariapita Ave, Woodbrook, Trinidad (order by Wed. Aug 14)

Pop-Up Cupcake Sale! Ariapita Ave, Woodbrook, Trinidad (order by Wed. Aug 14)
I’m making sure to book some of the Icebox ones! YUM! Tweet  Read More →

Sarina’s Spicy Fried Gluten-Free Chicken! (recipe & video)

Sarina's Spicy Fried Gluten-Free Chicken! (recipe & video)
This delicious spicy fried chicken was created for Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. In this episode I shared some tips for perfect frying so do check it out below It’s commonly believed that fried chicken requires a floury batter to be divine, however when the chicken is marinated overnight (as mine was) the flavour can be equally complex. Covered... 

3 Questions with Larry Fournillier: local culinary star continues to rise despite corporate indifference (video)

3 Questions with Larry Fournillier: local culinary star continues to rise despite corporate indifference (video)
Larry Fournillier may not yet be a household name, but on the social network of Google Plus, he is something akin to a social media rockstar. With over 980,000 followers he is the most followed Caribbean personality on the platform and has amassed a loyal stream of viewers for his cooking themed Hangouts on Air (visit his YouTube account for replays). His popularity has led to his being invited into... 

Watch Ep. 16 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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“The Tobago Heritage Festival is in full swing and here at Sweet Han’ we’re paying tribute to the Sister Isle with a twist on that island’s signature dish Crab and Dumplings. If like myself and my guest cook Kimberly Parris you don’t consume shellfish, you’re going to want to see her make her Tobago Seitan and Dumplings, along with her Carib Diva Punch.” Menu: •... 
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Congratulations To The Trinidad & Tobago National Culinary Team 2013!

Congratulations To The Trinidad & Tobago National Culinary Team 2013!
The Trinidad & Tobago National Culinary Team, led by Raymond Joseph once again made Trinidad and Tobago proud at the annual Taste of The Caribbean competition, held in Miami,FL, USA. This was Team Captain Raymond Joseph’s third and final year of Captaincy after leading the team to gold medals for three consecutive years as well as the Team of the Year title in 2011. Our team comprised of: •... 

Tobago Heritage Festival 2013

Tobago Heritage Festival 2013
The annual Tobago Heritage Festival runs from July 12 – August 1st this year. For full details and a list of events visit www.tobagoheritagefestival.com/ and like them on Facebook Tweet  Read More →

Looking for Lentil Soup?

Looking for Lentil Soup?
“Best Ever Lentil Soup” (link to recipe, below) On a semi-regular basis I like to check what keywords are driving people to this site. Without fail “lentil soup” in one form or another is on the list. This surprises me as I often think that I am the only person who loves these humble brown beans (they certainly don’t elicit much response when I mention them to others... 

Iced Lemon Ginger Tea (recipe)

Iced Lemon Ginger Tea (recipe)
As promised, here is the recipe for the Iced Ginger Lemon Tea which was the beverage component of my submission to the 40th installment of Happy Sorceress’ Blog Party series. This drink is wonderfully refreshing and has a soft muted tone, thanks to the use of honey. Not only does the honey take the sharpness off the ginger flavour, it also makes this drink especially soothing on the throat.... 

Watch Episode 15 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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Trinidadian newscaster Jessie-May Ventour was my guest cook on the 15th episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina. She made my Carambola Bread along with her Toasted Geera Goat Cheese and Cranberry Goat Cheese Spreads. To wash it all down, she’ll also made her 2-minute Gingerade! Serenading us was up and comer Nandelle Cameron with her unique brand of Island Indie.” Joining... 
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5 Questions With Jessie-May Ventour (video)

5 Questions With Jessie-May Ventour (video)
This week on Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina our guest cook is veteran broadcaster Jessie-May Ventour. Biography: JESSIE-MAY VENTOUR is well known as the former co-host of state media house, CNMG’s morning talk-show FIRST UP, the first local morning talk show to be broadcast simultaneously on radio, television and across the worldwide web. A professional broadcaster, Jessie-May... 

5 Questions with Nandelle Cameron (video)

5 Questions with Nandelle Cameron (video)
This week on Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina my guest musician is Nandelle Cameron. Biography: Nandelle was born! On the island of Trinidad and Tobago she started writing songs and playing the guitar at the age of fourteen, with a particular interest in the alternative rock and roll sound. After receiving a Track and Field scholarship, she moved to Jefferson City Missouri in 2006. At... 

TriniGourmet’s Top Ten Chocolate Recipes!

TriniGourmet's Top Ten Chocolate Recipes!
Feast your eyes (and hopefully more) on the following Top Ten Chocolate Recipes on Trinigourmet I can definitely vouch that you will want to make them again and again 1. Espresso Cake (recipe) Light, moist and incredibly intense in flavour this recipe for Espresso Cake hides one little ’secret’, wholewheat flour! If you’ve never tried wholewheat flour in a dessert recipe I strongly... 

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)
Since 2009 I have actively incorporated more raw and vegan dishes into my regular diet and have found the benefits to be multifold. For one my body hasn’t succumbed to flus the way it regularly did in the past and I have found that many autoimmune responses that I had in the past to stress have become a lot more manageable. With many of my favourite fruits and vegetables currently back in season,... 

Petra’s Stewed Pigeon Peas (recipe & video)

Petra's Stewed Pigeon Peas (recipe & video)
For Episode 11 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I was joined by Petra Laptiste, founder of Carifrique.com. She whipped up an amazing menu of Macaroni Pie, Callaloo and these Stewed Pigeon Peas. Everything looked so good I couldn’t wait to recreate her recipes. I soon did and was not disappointed. One thing that I love about having guest cooks on my web-series,... 

Labour Day Menu & History

Labour Day Menu & History
“June 19, Sir, is a day which, in the minds of the workers, marks a landmark in the history of the working class movement.” – Adrian Cola Rienzi June 19 is Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday Labour Day marks the labour uprising on 19th June 1937 which is generally recognised as the start of the modern trade union movement in Trinidad and Tobago. From Gov.tt: Labour...