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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 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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Trinidad Floats

Trinidad Floats
I never realised how many memories I had around floats until I forced myself to finally learn how to make them. These were a breakfast staple when I spent holidays by my aunt and were the only place where I really ate them. The moment I started frying that first batch in preparation for my ebook “Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes“, my mind flashed back... 

Setting The Table – Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina (Ep. 4)

Setting The Table - Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina (Ep. 4)
For the fourth episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I was inspired by a lovely place setting that I saw on Pinterest (follow me by clicking here if you are so inclined). The color pink has been on my mind lately so I thought it would be a good way to highlight it. I don’t normally enjoy silk flower arrangements but this one that I purchased on ebay last year... 

5 Questions with a_phake (video)

5 Questions with a_phake (video)
Yes, Virginia, there is an alternative Trinidadian music scene. Over the last few weeks it’s been my hope to bring to light the reality that when it comes to musicians in Trinidad one size doesn’t fit all. Although homogeny may be the name of the game on the airwaves (especially at this time of the year), on the ground, the young and not-so-young, continue to give expression to their soul’s... 

5 Questions with QD Ross (video)

5 Questions with QD Ross (video)
The man. The myth. I only partially kid 😉 For the past few years curiousity has gnawed at me wondering who the force behind the local food blog “Bring It To The Table” was. Not only was the quality of the photography above and beyond, he always seemed to know where the latest and greatest ‘underground’ happenings were. And his use of video was groundbreaking in terms of... 

Watch Episode 5 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 5 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
This week I hosted the first “Eat Ah Food” episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Like my “Cookalong” episodes (the first of which was with Patrice Grell-Yursik a.k.a Afrobella), these episodes take us into the kitchens and pots of online notables (primarily of Caribbean origin/descent). However, where cookalongs feature a cook taking on one... 
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Watch Episode 4 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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After my little ‘cookalong’ with Afrobella (click here for that recap and replay) I was back in the kitchen on January 17th with a lineup that many tuned in and enjoyed! “It’s a New Year! Let’s keep those holiday resolutions going with a vegan and gluten-free menu of healthy Caribbean-inspired fare :)” Menu (recipes available at ow.ly/gS7KQ ): • Ochro Rice • Aubergine... 
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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)

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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 Lyndersay Playing... 
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