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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 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... 

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 Cooking with... 

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... 

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 Salsa and Avocado... 

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 my glam approach to... 

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... 

Five Questions with Rony Perry (video)

Five Questions with Rony Perry (video)
Tobagonian-born, Houston-based pannist Rony Perry has been a friend of mine since the late 90′s. We first came into contact via my old venture “De Rumshop Lime”, a Trinbagonian chatroom which he eventually came to co-moderate, and where he also eventually met his wife! In the past he’s shared with me the music of his uncle, Alston Jack (who some of you may remember from his... 

Watch Episode 7 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 7 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you are single or attached I love any reason to make a fuss over oneself. This week I’m preparing a romantic meal that is no-fuss, no-hassle, and definitely Caribbean in flavour! Joining us on-air will be my ‘long-time’ friend, Tobagonian-born pannist, Rony Perry. He’ll be playing us into Trinidad’s world-famous Carnival... 
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Q’s Trinidad Geera Chicken (recipe & video)

As seen on the fifth episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” here is Q’s recipe for spicy, flavourful Trinidad Geera Chicken! Q’s Geera Chicken Serves 6 INGREDIENTS: 3 1/2 – 4lbs chicken parts cut into 10 or more pieces (Q chops the parts into bite-sized pieces, bone in & skin on) Angostura bitters (optional) green seasoning (optional) 3 cloves... 

5 Questions with Collis Duranty (video)

5 Questions with Collis Duranty (video)
From the moment I first heard Collis Duranty’s voice I was instantly drawn by its soulfulness and sweet, soothing quality. Combine that with introspective, uplifting lyrics and a stylish stage presence and you have a rising star who has caught the attention of media outlets such as Metro Magazine as well as local audiences. this Collis Duranty cat has presence… dunno how thick is the crowd... 

Watch Episode 6 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 6 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
We’ve made it through the first month of 2013 and it’s time to celebrate! We’re going to indulge and we’re going to do it healthily. I’ve prepared a vegan menu that is both filling and luxurious. We’ll start off with a light salad and soup that is bursting with Eastern flavours and Caribbean staples and pairing it with some silky smooth paratha roti. It’s all part of the guilt-free prep...