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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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Pêche Pâtisserie (review)

Pêche Pâtisserie (review)
April 16, 2013 was the date of the third gathering of The Blogger’s Table. Comprising myself, TriniChow, QD Ross of Bring It To The Table and Corey of Learning Patience, we found ourselves this time at Pêche Pâtisserie’s unassuming Port-Of-Spain location. Opened in 2011 by Chef Khalil Ali (a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and French Culinary Institute), Pêche has quickly grown into a must-stop... 

T&T Table Talk Food Awards 2013

T&T Table Talk Food Awards 2013
Saturday night sees the first local Table Talk Awards here in Trinidad, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! An offshoot of the already established Jamaican extravaganza (now in its 15th year!), the Table Talk Awards seeks to become recognised as a ‘Food Oscars’ for our chefs and their establishments. I will be there so do look forward to next week’s recap and all the winners!... 

5 Questions with Cesco Emmanuel (video)

5 Questions with Cesco Emmanuel (video)
Born and raised on the lively twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Cesco Emmanuel discovered his passion for music and the guitar at age 13. He has been a student for more than seventeen years at the Graham Newling Classical Guitar School and is currently pursuing his advanced studies with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London (ABRSM). His first taste of band life came at 16... 

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)
Green beans and garlic are a classic French combination that I re-interpreted, using the very Trinidadian staple of bodi, on Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Also known as yard long beans, locally bodi is more traditionally curried or prepared in tomato-based sauce. This preparation however is one that is surprisingly delicate and really allows the true... 

Chocolate Cassava Pudding (recipe & video)

Chocolate Cassava Pudding (recipe & video)
Through the years I’ve made no small secret of the fact that cassava is one of my favourite local ingredients. Starchy and viscous it lends easily equally well to savoury and sweet applications, yet outside of cassava pone, most people don’t think of other ways to incorporate this tuber into desserts. Hopefully, my recipe for this chocolate vegan pudding will change all that! Cassava’s... 

5 Questions with Dean Williams (video)

5 Questions with Dean Williams (video)
Tonight is the 13th episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” and one of my joys has to be sharing with the world the wealth of musical talent we have here in Trinidad & Tobago. I say ‘the world’ but I include locals in that as well as many of them have thanked me for opening their eyes to a diversity of expression that they didn’t know existed... 

Watch Episode 13 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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This month marks the third installment of my “CookALong” series where a prominent (usually) Caribbean personality follows one of my recipes, and sometimes throws in a few of their own This week however I’m shaking things up a bit by taking a ‘virtual’ trip to another multicultural island oasis, that of Hawaii, where my best bud and culinary whiz Lynn Li is located.... 
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Chocolate Punch (recipe & video)

Chocolate Punch (recipe & video)
This easy and versatile cocktail will wow your guests who will try to understand where the chocolate flavour comes from. Yes there is a touch of creme de cacao, but the real revelation is the melding of port wine (I recommend using a tawny port) and milk to create a smooth drink that mimcs the look and taste of melted chocolate. Watch me make Chocolate Punch on Episode 7 of Sweet Han’: Caribbean... 

5 Questions with Kattronique! (video)

5 Questions with Kattronique! (video)
I’ve been a fan of electronic soul artist Kattronique for many years now, so it was with great pleasure (and surprise!) that I received a message from her expressing interest in appearing on Sweet Han’, sent the same time that I had also sent an invitation to do exactly that via social media! (cue Twilight Zone theme)… Several weeks later and I’m happy to announce that she... 

Watch Episode 12 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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Coconut sweet bread is a fond childhood memory for many people of Caribbean origin. Sweet and crumbly it took many attempts for me to develop this recipe which recreates the versions from my youth which have become rarer and rarer to find. One doesn’t usually think of sweet bread and entertaining but when paired with other tropical flavours there is no reason why it can’t form the end piece to... 

Q’s Liquid Cheesecake Cocktail (recipe)

Q's Liquid Cheesecake Cocktail (recipe)
Isn’t alchemy amazing? On Episode 5 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” Trini food blogger QD Ross of “Bring It To The Table” mentioned a concoction called a ‘liquid cheesecake cocktail’ that was amazingly enough dairy-free. Even more surprising, it only required two components. Seriously? I thought he had to be pulling my leg. But, it really... 

TriniGourmet on The New Jewish Table (video)

TriniGourmet on The New Jewish Table (video)
On March 5, 2013 I was thrilled to participate in Zagat’s roundtable launch of The New Jewish Table: Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes. Written by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray (owners of Washington D.C.’s ‘Equinox’ restaurant) they call it “a story of love and lox”. Tweet  Read More →
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5 Questions with Petra Laptiste (video)

5 Questions with Petra Laptiste (video)
Tonight, on Episode 11 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”, my guest cook will be Petra Laptiste of Carifrique.com. I first came to know Petra about two years ago as a result of her work in Japan promoting Caribbean culture. In fact you can view that post (and a video of one of her Tokyo television appearances) at my post Pholourie & Chopsticks: When Tokyo and Trinbago... 

Buzo Osteria Italiana (review)

Buzo Osteria Italiana (review)
February 27, 2013 was the date of the second Trinidadian food blogger menu-tasting initiative. This time we were graciously hosted by Chef Christian Grini of Buzo Osteria Italiana. Opened in 2011, Buzo has consistently been ranked as the #1 restaurant in Trinidad both by locals and international review-based sites such as TripAdvisor.com. Located on Port-of-Spain’s Warner Street, in a 120-year... 

Watch Episode 11 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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Join me this Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m. EST for Episode 11 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”! Join me as I walk Petra Laptiste of Carifrique.com through my recipe for Trinidad Macaroni Pie. Petra will also be sharing her recipes for Callaloo and Stewed Pigeon Peas. It’s a spread that’s sure to delight! . Musical Guest: Trinidadian jazz guitarist Dean Williams The... 
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Spicy Guava Glazed Tofu (recipe & video)

This recipe for Spicy Guava Glazed Tofu was the centerpiece of my menu for Episode 4 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Tofu is an ingredient that many people have had unpleasant experiences with. Too often, this is because they have had it prepared without much fanfare or seasoning. You see tofu is an ingredient that benefits immensely through proper pairing, both in... 

Winetasting @ Lotus Wares

Winetasting @ Lotus Wares
On January 26, 2013 I attended a winetasting class (along with TriniChow) at Lotus. Led by Lisa Johnstone it was just what I needed to get over my jitters regarding terminology, food pairing, and get my feet (or palate) wet! On the table were the following wines: • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir • Casillero del Diablo Carmenere • Nederburg Winemasters Reserve Pinotage • Monkey... 

Cumin Potato, Orange & Spinach Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing (recipe & video)

Cumin Potato, Orange & Spinach Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing (recipe & video)
I came up with this recipe for Episode 6 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. All who had it dubbed it an instant fave from the very first bite. It combines all the elements that I consider essential to successful salad, color, contrasts and texture. In this case, highly seasoned potato ‘croutons’ dance on a bed of baby spinach, accompanied by juicy mandarin... 

5 Questions with Alicia Saldenha (video)

One of the things that I’ve realized about Trinis is that we are loathe to stay still. We can be found in every part of the world, fulfilling our dreams and goals. Case in point, Alicia Saldenha. We attended the same high school and years later her name entered my Twitter feed when she expressed something complimentary about this site. A clickthrough to her profile revealed that she was now... 

Pasta with Roasted Grapes, Asiago & Spinach (recipe & video)

Pasta with Roasted Grapes, Asiago & Spinach (recipe & video)
This dish was part of my Valentine’s Day menu for the 7th episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. It combines colors and textures in that multi-layered way that you may have come to realize is a favourite of mine. You get the sweetness of the grapes, tempered with the salty bite of the asiago, all combined with the crisp coolness of baby leaf spinach and the...