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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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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.... 

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 terms... 

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... 

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 orange... 

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... 

Watch Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
March has begun and I’m itching to get back into the kitchen and flex some culinary muscle with a dinner menu that will please you from start to finish. Joining me on air, live from Japan, Osaka-based Trinidadian songstress Alicia Saldenha who’ll be performing two tracks from her current album Menu(recipes coming soon!): • Spicy Fried Chicken • Bodi (Yard Long Beans) in Garlic Sauce •... 
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Curried Lentil Soup (recipe & video)

Curried Lentil Soup (recipe & video)
This curried lentil soup is a good introduction to lentil soups for those who have considered them dull and uninspiring. With creamy chunks of eddoes and sweet bites of plantain, the spicy heat of scotch bonnet and the sharp accents of lime juice and chadon beni (culantro), it has something for everyone! Watch me make it below on the 6th episode of “Sweet Han': Caribbean... 

Kheer/East Indian Rice Pudding (recipe & video)

Excerpted from Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes. Although not as popular as other Indo-Trinidadian treats such as barfi, kurma and parsad, kheer is a recipe that I thought deserved sharing for its ease of preparation and elegant presentation. Sweet and nutty with aphrodisiac properties, I especially enjoy it chilled on warm days and/or nights. Variations abound so I highly recommend replacing... 

5 Questions with Shelley Chapman (video)

5 Questions with Shelley Chapman (video)
Tonight on Episode 9 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I’m thrilled to have Shelley Chapman of Eat Relate Love as my guest cook. This Jamaican-American wellness coach has been a part of my virtual ‘foodie’ circle for a little over two years. First really dialoguing with each other as inaugural participants in Sanura Weather’s Kwanzaa Culinarians project.... 

Chaud Café & Wine Bar (review)

Chaud Café & Wine Bar (review)
January 22, 2013 was the date of an amazing food blogger menu tasting afternoon at Chaud Café and Wine Bar. Located at One Woodbrook Place, this offshoot of Khalil Mohammed’s respected Chaud brand offers fine wines and casual upscale dining in a relaxed environment, complete with outdoor verandah. In attendance were Corey of Learning Patience, TriniChow, Melissa of Belly in Hand, myself and... 

Watch Episode 9 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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“Welcome to the second installment of my ‘Eat Ah Food’ series where I invite food bloggers and chefs to share their favourite Caribbean-inspired dishes with us! This week it’s my pleasure to welcome Jamaican-American food and wellness coach Shelley Chapman of Eat Relate Love into our hangout. She’ll be sharing her delicious Jerk Salmon Nachos, Mango... 

Watch Episode 8 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 8 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
“How is everyone? I hope well! I’m back and relaxed after a week off enjoying the madness that was Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. Now, it’s back to the kitchen, but I’m not feeling for anything too heavy or time-consuming. This vegan menu fits the bill for when you want something elegant and easy to enjoy, either on your own, or with others! We’ll start off with... 

5 Questions with Coreysan (video)

5 Questions with Coreysan (video)
Corey Wallace a.k.a Coreysan is one of the Grand Dons of the local electro music scene, however his music really defies any one category. From his official bio: Corey Atheleny Wallace a.k.a Coreysan has been involved in music since 1987. This self-taught musician’s musical explorations are as diverse as Trinidad and Tobago, his homeland. As a Trinidadian musician/artiste, observing his global/universal... 

Setting The Table – Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina (Ep. 6)

Setting The Table – Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina (Ep. 6)
I admit it, I am not much of a fan of the color blue. I can admire it from afar, but when it comes to my own purchase decisions and accessory choices it’s rarely a contender. That’s why I challenged myself to come up with a blue tablesetting that would get -me- excited for the 6th episode of Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina. The only problem, it turns out that I didn’t really... 

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