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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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5 Questions with Buffalo & Back (video)

5 Questions with Buffalo & Back (video)
One of the expected joys of hosting my own regular G+ series, is being able to shine a spotlight on the diverse musical talent we have fostered here Trinidad & Tobago. Last week it was sitarist Sharda Patasar and this week it is the duo of Buffalo & Back. Comprised of Jeff Wight and Andrew Mc Intosh, the currently UK-based duo have quickly amassed a passionate fanbase via social media and... 

5 Questions with Sharda Patasar (video)

5 Questions with Sharda Patasar (video)
I am so excited to announce that on this week’s episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I’ll be highlighting the compositions of local sitarist Sharda Patasar. Daughter of legendary local sitarist Mungal Patasar, Sharda is strongly forging her own path in this traditionally male dominated arena. Trained in Classical Indian music her most recent music projects... 

Watch Episode 3 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 3 of
It’s time for the first episode of “Sweet Han’” for 2013, and also my first cookalong! I’m beyond thrilled to share the stage with none other than Trinidad-born fashion and beauty blogger Patrice Yursik a.k.a Afrobella. I’ll be talking her through my recipe for Trinidad Stewed Fish and she’ll be preparing one of her exclusive cocktails. Photo Credit: Mark... 
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5 Questions with Afrobella

5 Questions with Afrobella
Photo Credit: Mark Lyndersay Some call her the godmother of ‘Brown Beauty Blogging’, others call her Afrobella, and a few others still call her Patrice. I call her all of the above, and now I can add ‘Sweet Han’s first Cookalong guest’ to the list! We started our respective blogs at the same time, and though apart geographically, we’ve always been connected –... 

Setting The Table – Sweet Han: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina (Ep. 2)

Setting The Table - Sweet Han: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina (Ep. 2)
For Episode 2 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I was inspired by an image I saw of a small room that was ornately decked out in the French Provençal style. Also known as French Country Decorating, I appreciate this décor’s use of cool whites, distressed woods, and muted primary shades of reds, yellows and blues. For my spin on it I incorporated cream dinnerware,... 

Watch the 2nd episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”! (video)

Watch the 2nd episode of
It’s Christmas season here in Trinidad & Tobago. The sounds of parang are in the air and cheer and food abound! That’s why episode 2 of “Sweet Han: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina” was all about adding a dash of Holiday Glam to your table this year. The Menu:(click here for all the recipes) • Butterflied Roast Chicken with Spicy Molasses Glaze • Jamaican Rice and Peas • Coleslaw •... 
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Review – Souk 2012: Trinidad & Tobago Drinks Festival

Review - Souk 2012: Trinidad & Tobago Drinks Festival
November 3rd, 2012 was the launch of Souk: Trinidad & Tobago Drinks Festival, mistakenly billed by some as the first in Trinidad & Tobago (I seem to be the only person that remembers More Vino’s first and only deVine festival). Pesky details aside, Souk was nevertheless a multi-sensory feast for all who attended. Doors opened at 4p.m. and didn’t close until the following morning.... 

Setting The Table – Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina (Ep. 1)

Setting The Table - Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking With Sarina (Ep. 1)
Stand up all you lovers in the world Stand up and be counted every boy and every girl Stand up all you lovers in the world Starting up a brand new day (“Brand New Day” – Sting) Last Thursday was the debut of my G+ series “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina” and it really felt like the dawning of a brand new day. To go with that feeling I took my tablescape... 

Watch the debut of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”! (video)

Watch the debut of
Can you believe this time last week I was a nervous wreck counting down the moments until the debut of my new Google+ Hangout on Air series “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”? Now it’s all over and done with, the replay exists for all to view at their own leisure, and I’m hard at work on what will be Episode 2. Thanks so much to those of you who have sent supportive... 

Baked Kingfish In Pineapple Sauce (video) : As Seen on KwanzaaCulinarians.com

Baked Kingfish In Pineapple Sauce (video) : As Seen on KwanzaaCulinarians.com
Such a simple recipe. Steaks of fish, lightly poached in an infused wine and tomato sauce, studded with sweet chunks of pineapple, and redolent with the aromatics of Trinidad Green Seasoning. I created this recipe for my upcoming ebook “Holiday Glam: 30+ Festive Caribbean Recipes” and was happy to cook it live last week on the debut of my G+ cooking series “Sweet Han’: Caribbean... 
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QUICK GINGER BEER Recipe at Epicurious.com

QUICK GINGER BEER Recipe at Epicurious.com
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasWell you know how Trinis like how to do everything las’ minute? If you don’t have enough time to try my mother’s ginger beer recipe, here is a Quick Ginger Beer recipe from Epicurious.com that needs only 24 hours fermentation. Best of luck! Click here to read: QUICK GINGER BEER Recipe at Epicurious.com Excerpt: This is the... 

Tropical Xmas Holiday Tablescapes

Tropical Xmas Holiday Tablescapes
It’s December and the sounds of parang are filling the air around the clock. The streets are jam-packed and people have that frenzied look that comes with too much shopping still to do, and not enough time. Whether you are a Trini, or looking to add some twists to your traditional festivities, this tablescape is sure to have something Caribbean Glam for you For this setting I was heavily influenced... 

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas
Cassava latkes, an idea so simple, so obvious, and yet so left-field, that if it wasn’t for a chance comment from Ramin Ganeshram a year ago on Twitter, I may never have thought of whipping up a batch! I had been on a cassava kick, trying to see how many uses I could find for my favourite provision, besides the tried and true. I had made Vichysoisse Creole, and Cassava porridge, and then, as... 

Trinidad Paime (recipe)

Trinidad Paime (recipe)
As promised, here is a recipe for Paime (pron. PAY-me)! Paime is basically a sweet version of the savoury pastelle. I only recently discovered that Paime is also a traditional Xmas dish. Well that explains why it seemed I never could find it lol! No one in my family makes this traditionally, so I have only been offered/given it by acquaintances of myself or my family. It is definitely a favorite... 

Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe & video)

Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe & video)
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Trini Christmas When I first made this in 2006 it was my first time using a pack of dried sorrel for a recipe. I was pleasantly surprised. If you allow it to steep overnight the results are pretty good. The below recipe is my adaptation of the Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch Recipe at Epicurious.com. Because the pack of dried sorrel that I bought already has cloves... 

Punch de Creme (recipe)

Punch de Creme (recipe)
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasPunch de Creme, is another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. One thing that I really like about punch de creme (as opposed to traditional eggnog) is the use of citrus flavors like lime and Angostura bitters (which has orange extract). This gives the ‘nog’ a fruity lightness that alleviates the sweet creaminess (which... 

5 Questions With Navid Lancaster

5 Questions With Navid Lancaster
I first met musician/producer Navid Lancaster in 2001 when a demo cd of homerecorded tracks of mine landed in his possession. Out of our first collaboration a long-standing and true friendship arose. So, when I needed a composer for the opening sequence to my series “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” he was my first and only choice. Navid has made a few small appearances... 

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasOne of Trinidad’s seasonal delights, pastelles are a steamed cornmeal pie wrapped in banana leaves and filled with stewed meat, olives, and raisins. I’ve been told that they are very similar to Latin American tamales, and indeed Venezualan foodblogger Tomasnomas has a link to the exact same dish, referring to it on his blog as Tamal... 

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)
Christmas in Trinidad is a diverse multicultural affair. Not just for the Christian population, but also through the secular participation of the nation at large through the enjoyment of our local christmas songs (called parang) and especially the creation and consumption of our traditional Christmas foods. No Christmas in Trinidad would be complete without some rum-soaked black cake cold thick Punch... 

Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)

Carmen's Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Trini Christmas mom’s ginger beer brewing in the sun The above scene and bottle feel as though they have always been with me, they occur with such comforting regularity. Ginger beer is something that is enjoyed by both Trinis and Jamaicans however in my experience many Trinis enjoy theirs much weaker than my mother makes hers. Many people can’t...