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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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BBM 2.0 – Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream

BBM 2.0 - Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream
I’ve never been a big fan of ‘thin mints’. My only memories of them were in the boxes of US Girl Guide cookies that would appear from time to time in the dorms during college. I believe I’ve also had them locally but I don’t think they are very popular. I’ve never been a big fan of mint in candies, and always thought it felt clashed with the chocolate coating. So... 

BBM 2.0 – Bovetti Savory Artisan Chocolate

BBM 2.0 - Bovetti Savory Artisan Chocolate
Bovetti Artisan Chocolate! I had never known about this company (surprise surprise) so I went online and found Bovetti.com You know you are dealing with a French website when you click on “English” and the language is still French Fortunately some of my CXC (high school) French was still rolling around my head and I was able to navigate to some pages that were actually in English! Here... 

BBM 2.0 – Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon from Ceylan

BBM 2.0 - Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon from Ceylan
This chocolate bar was as divine to unwrap as it was to consume. It came in a plastic sealed package that reminded me of my father’s old school tobacco pouches I am a huge lover of dark chocolates, so I was in 7th heaven with this bar! What was most peculiar about this bar was that although the cinnamon smell was intense, you didn’t actually taste the cinnamon until the chocolate had... 

Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe)

Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe)
In February I made several dishes based on the start of the Chinese New Year. This was one of them, I’ll be posting the other 2 in the near future as well. Tweet  Read More →

BBM 2.0 – Belle Vue Extra Appel-Kers

BBM 2.0 - Belle Vue Extra Appel-Kers
“There is a small can of Belgian cherry beer – another thing Belgium is famous for.” With that one line, Eva’s letter attempted to prepare me for a new taste experience. I had never had cherry beer and had no idea what to expect! The can was tall and narrow (like Red Bull) and the packaging looked more like a soft drink to me than ‘beer’. I’m not a fan of... 

Top 5 Trinidadian Recipes on TriniGourmet (March 2007)

Top 5 Trinidadian Recipes on TriniGourmet (March 2007)
1. Trinidad Doubles Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. Cheap. Hot. Hearty. Filling – recipe here 2. Trinidad Saltfish Accra Here in Trinidad accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I?ǨѢve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors. – recipe here 3.... 

REVIEW: The Roti King ‘Roti Skins’

REVIEW: The Roti King 'Roti Skins'
As I’ve previously mentioned here in Trinidad the term ‘roti skin’ is commonly used when referring solely to the roti bread, rather than ‘roti’ which usually refers to a dish of roti bread + fillings/sides. Confusing? Well, it was equally confusing to me to realize that to the rest of the world the word roti meant ‘bread’ and nothing more! Let’s just... 

BBM 2.0 – Chocolate Eggs

BBM 2.0 - Chocolate Eggs
These eggs were so rich and decadent and delish! Some were dark chocolate, some were white. All had what seemed to be a creamy hazelnut filling. I couldn’t tell the name of the brand, it seemed to start with R, but I was too busy peeling the wrappers off YUM!!!! UPDATE: Thanks to Eva for letting me know that the chocolates are Easter eggs from a company called Galler! Tweet  Read More →

Blogging By Mail (Treats From Belgium) – Part 2

Blogging By Mail (Treats From Belgium) - Part 2
As some of you may remember last year I took part in Happy Sorceress’ ‘Blogging by Mail‘ food blogger exchange. Basically food bloggers around the world prepare little (or large) packages of foodstuffs representative of their country/region for exchange with others. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Well after sending out my package (which you can see here) I waited and waited... 

Eating at the Cricket World Cup

Eating at the Cricket World Cup
At the moment the English-speaking Caribbean has been all aflutter with the hosting of the Cricket World Cup. Sadly the murder mystery of Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer has now overshadowed what should have been a time of intense but friendly competition. I’ll never understand how people can allow their passions for a game to reach the point of violence let alone murder Before this untimely... 

Fried Bake ‘n Fish (recipe)

Fried Bake 'n Fish (recipe)
‘Shark n Bake’ is -the- ultimate beach food here in Trinidad (although it can be bought in other places as well). Its epicentre (where i’ve been told the dish was also first created) is Maracas Bay (which is also the most popular beach on the island). Many beach seekers who are going to other beaches on the North Coast will stop at Maracas en route, to pick up their ‘Bake n... 

Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian)

Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian)
Callaloo is a fond memory for many Trinidadians, myself included, however I did not know that many foreigners consider it to be our national dish! My mother told me that the first thing she often did for visiting friends (her first 10 years in Trinidad) was take them for some of this dish. She says that even though Jamaica has a dish called callaloo with basically the same ingredients the final result... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Peter Minshall

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Peter Minshall
If Machel is the foremost innovator of soca, Minshall is the foremost innovator of mas. Eccentric and chameleon-like, his designs have captured Trinidadian’s imaginations for several decades. Born in Guyana, his family moved to Trinidad when he was 4 and we consider him a ‘true son of the soil’. From his official website: . Minshall was born in Georgetown, Guyana, but moved to Trinidad... 

Mauby – an overview

Mauby - an overview
Mauby is one of my favorite Trini drinks. It is especially popular during this, the Carnival season. I grew up drinking it at my Aunt’s house where it seemed she always had a full pitcher waiting for the arrival of me and her 101+ godchildren. Cool and refreshing, sweet and yet bitter, it’s definitely an acquired taste. When I lived in the US the closest I could find to it was root beer... 

Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”

Travel Video Television News has an interesting article titled Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”. It takes a look at the various cultural influences on our local cuisine and also highlights the offerings of the major local restaurants Excerpt: Trinidad & Tobago might not come immediately to mind as one of the few places in the world that offers extraordinary ethnic... 

Five (Foodie) Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

Five (Foodie) Things Most People Don't Know About Me
Well lookie there, fresh off my 6 Weird Food Facts About Me, I’ve been tagged yet again! This time by The Budding Cook! The theme? Five Things Most People Don’t Know About Me… Well I think that (again) I will tackle this one from a food-related angle 1. I keep kosher – well to the best of my abilities that is… mainly I don’t eat shellfish, pork, shark, crab,... 

Trinidad Doubles (recipe)

Trinidad Doubles (recipe)
As I’ve written in the past Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. It’s cheap. Usually hot/warm. Hearty. Filling. The below video, from the bookmann, is for the old skool style of doubles with 2 bara that form a ‘chickpea sandwich’. These days doubles vendors more often will make one large bara that is then folded over to enclose the curried channa filling. You... 

Blogger Postcards From Around The World

Blogger Postcards From Around The World
Do you like the image on the left? I certainly hope so! You see, not only is it a picture of the very beautiful Pigeon Point beach in Tobago, it is also the postcard that I sent someone today as part of Blogger Postcards from Around the World. Blogger Postcards from Around the World is the creation of Meeta from What’s For Lunch Honey? It’s a way for bloggers to connect in an offline manner... 

Sarina’s Caribbean Rice and Peas (recipe)

Sarina's Caribbean Rice and Peas (recipe)
The genesis of this recipe came about when Nandita at Saffron Trail asked me to come up with a dish that could theoretically represent the West Indies Cricket Team at this year’s Cricket World Cup, for an article she is developing. Caribbean cooking is so varied and nuanced that I struggled for a while to find a piece that really brought us together. The best I could come up with was Rice and... 

The Ultimate Stew Roundup

The Ultimate Stew Roundup
The Ultimate Stew Roundup is now available online. My submission was Trinidad Stew Beef with Herbed Dumplings Do check out the many other entries from around the world Unfortunately the roundup page does not display properly on my system. I have written the blog owner about it. Hope you have better luck than me Tweet  Read More →