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Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 9 – Ash Wednesday

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 9 - Ash Wednesday
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalAfter the frenzied crescendo of Carnival Tuesday all merriment and debauchery ends (or is supposed to end) with the ushering in of Ash Wednesday and the start of the Roman Catholic observance of Lent. My father tells me that ‘back in the day’ all sound stopped at midnight and no calypso would play on the radio with the... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 – Carnival Bands

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 - Carnival Bands
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalI was talking to a Brazilian friend a few years ago and she was surprised at some of the differences between our Carnival and theirs. You see it was a few weeks ago when she decided to look and see what costume/band she should play with. She was shocked when all the Trinis were like, whoa you are way too late. You see, here Carnival... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 6 – J’Ouvert & Ole Time Mas

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 6 - J'Ouvert & Ole Time Mas
This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalJ’ouvert (joo-VAY) is the start to the Carnival celebrations. It begins in the pre-dawn hours of Carnival Monday and lasts until daybreak. J’ouvert (which is a Creole corruption of the French Jour Ouvert – day opening) is also known as ‘dirty mas’. It seems to symbolise us going down to our rawest most... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 – Dimanche Gras

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 - Dimanche Gras
This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalDimanche Gras takes place on the Sunday night before Ash Wednesday. Here the Calypso Monarch is chosen (after competition) and prize money and a vehicle bestowed. Also the King and Queen of the bands are crowned, where each band to parade costumes for the next two days submits a king and queen, from which an overall winner is chosen.... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 4 – Fetes!

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 4 - Fetes!
This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival If you are getting the sense that Carnival is one big long party you are right! So it only makes sense that one big long party would be made of many many big long parties as well. These parties in Trinidad are called fetes and are attended by hundreds sometimes thousands. Fetes feature the biggest soca artists of the season and can... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 – Steelbands and Panorama

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 - Steelbands and Panorama
This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Exodus Steelband performing in Trafalgar Square, England – photo by bram_souffreau It seems that every time a North American program wants to denote the ‘tropics’ you will hear the sound of a steelpan. It doesn’t even to seem to matter if the ‘tropics’ are in the Caribbean on a cruise ship or... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 – Soca Music

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 - Soca Music
This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalIt is hard to imagine Carnival without music. And the definitive music of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is soca. So what is Soca Music? Well, why not let Soca Superstar Machel Montano say it in his own words? From Caribbean Music 101 (the original link no longer works unfortunately): What is Soca? Soca is a modern form of calypso... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival – A Brief Overview

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival - A Brief Overview
This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalWith only a few days before ‘High Mas’ it is time again to shine a spotlight on Trinidad’s largest cultural festival, Carnival. Where did the word “carnival” come from? Hundred and hundreds of years ago, the followers of the Catholic religion in Italy started the tradition of holding a wild costume festival... 

Hyatt Regency Trinidad: General Manager’s Reception

Hyatt Regency Trinidad: General Manager's Reception
October was a busy month in terms of promoting the cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago to the US market. In town were several American food writers at the invitation of the TDC (Tourism Development Corporation) and their experience was nothing short of whirlwind! Wednesday October 15th they were the guests of the Hyatt Regency‘s monthly General Manager’s Reception. The evening started... 

“A Culinary Display of Showpieces”: TTHTI Senior Display

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending a senior exhibition at the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute. The Caribbean’s premier culinary school, TTHTI’s alums find placement at hotels and resorts not just in the Caribbean but are making names for themselves around the world. I’ll be highlighting one former graduate Chef Jason Peru in the near future, however... 

5 Questions with Jewell of GENEVA SWEET & Holiday Giveaway!

5 Questions with Jewell of GENEVA SWEET & Holiday Giveaway!
Photo Credit: Dexter Browne (FaceBook.Com/dexter.browne.58) Jewell is a very determined and focused young woman. This is something that becomes readily apparent upon a first meeting. In less than one year she has established Trinidad’s first pre-packaged cookie dough company, Geneva Sweet, and gotten it into major grocery chains across the island. Based here on a part-time basis, as a foreigner,... 

TriniGourmet: METRO Magazine Cover!

TriniGourmet: METRO Magazine Cover!
On October 11, 2013 I was featured on the cover of Trinidad’s #1 fashion and lifestyle magazine “Metro”. Browse the issue at ow.ly/qAhP1 Tweet  Read More →
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Caribbean Cooking reaches Google HQ!

Caribbean Cooking reaches Google HQ!
Larry Fournillier whips up a Caribbean menu at Google HQ This August I brought you all the story of Larry Fournillier, a local Trinidadian chef who has amassed a million-plus following on the Google+ social network. Although he is still an unknown on his own soil, his online popularity led to him headlining a multimedia food conference this summer in Denver, Colorado, as well as an invitation to cook... 

“London Calling” still needs your support

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you know the status of my campaign to become the first Caribbean food writer to attend Food Blogger Connect in London next year. To date we have reached a little over 30% of our goal. If we don’t hit our target by October 16th all funds raised to date will be returned to contributors and we won’t see a penny. I’d really be gutted to see that happen!  Over... 

Coming Soon! “Holiday Glam: 30+ Festive Caribbean Recipes”

My next electronic cookbook “Holiday Glam” will be out December 2013, however some supporters of our current “London Calling” campaign will receive advance digitally signed copies in November! How come? Well you see, digitally signed copies of my first ebook “Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes” and my upcoming title “Holiday Glam: 30+ Festive Caribbean... 

Let’s Make History! “London Calling” Featured Perk – Maracas

Let's Make History!
Want to help TriniGourmet make Caribbean foodie history? A signed digital copy of the exclusive “London Calling” coffee table book (with your name in the credits), a feature interview on TriniGourmet.com and a postcard sent to you from London are just -some- of the perks you’ll receive with a $100 USD pledge to our current fundraising campaign. To see all visit LondonCalling.TriniGourmet.com... 

*HOLIDAY GLAM SNEAK PEEK!* Plantain Baked in Orange Juice

*HOLIDAY GLAM SNEAK PEEK!* Plantain Baked in Orange Juice
***HOLIDAY GLAM SNEAK PEEK*** *Plantain Baked in Orange Juice.* Just one of the 30+ Festive Caribbean Recipes in my upcoming ebook “Holiday Glam”. Reserve a digitally signed advance copy at LC.trinigourmet.com Deadline: October 16! Tweet  Read More →

“London Calling” Update: New $5 US and $2 US perks now available!

Hello everyone! First of all I’m thrilled to announce that yesterday the Trinidad Guardian ran a feature spread on my work with TriniGourmet.com and our “London Calling” campaign! Check out the full article and some behind the scenes images at ow.ly/pk0MH I also did a Q&A with Carifrique.com, the largest Caribbean culture site serving the Japanese market – ow.ly/pk0VC... 

Trinidad Guardian: “For The Love Of Trini Food” – a behind the scenes look

Trinidad Guardian:
It was with a great big smile that I saw a feature spread on my work and TriniGourmet in yesterday’s Trinidad Guardian. The interview played out on a tranquil Friday afternoon earlier this month over some delicious shakes at a local Häagen Dazs (after initially meeting at Maraval’s ‘landmark’ KFC, and then a fruitless attempt to head to an overflowing Rituals Café). Journalist... 
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Let’s Make History Together! Support TriniGourmet’s bid to attend FBC ’14 (video)

Let's Make History Together! Support TriniGourmet's bid to attend FBC '14 (video)
Last week Monday I officially opened my first crowdfunding campaign for public pledges. This is the largest undertaking I’ve made to date and it’s not one I entered into lightly. Since starting TriniGourmet in 2006 I’ve been thrilled by the numerous stories I’ve received from people around the world who have been touched and inspired by the recipes and photos I’ve shared... 
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