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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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UpMarket!: A monthly showcase for local artisans

UpMarket!: A monthly showcase for local artisans
Here in Trinidad & Tobago it can be hard to develop a sustainable market for your products if your focus is handmade items or you produce your items on a small-scale. This has been a major hindrance to entrepreneurial development, as well as cultural diversity and development. That’s why when Upmarket came along it immediately filled a void that needed acknowledgement. Held... 

Declare Independence! Support TriniGourmet’s London Calling!

Declare Independence! Support TriniGourmet's London Calling!
Here in Trinidad & Tobago we’ve just finished celebrating our 51st Independence Day. In the build-up to the holiday I began to wonder what Independence truly means to us, and how do we honour and maintain it? Over the past month I have tried to highlight the struggle that many in the region and at home feel in the effort to promote and uphold local culture in the face of corporate, and... 

3 Questions with Larry Fournillier: local culinary star continues to rise despite corporate indifference (video)

3 Questions with Larry Fournillier: local culinary star continues to rise despite corporate indifference (video)
Larry Fournillier may not yet be a household name, but on the social network of Google Plus, he is something akin to a social media rockstar. With over 980,000 followers he is the most followed Caribbean personality on the platform and has amassed a loyal stream of viewers for his cooking themed Hangouts on Air (visit his YouTube account for replays). His popularity has led to his being invited into... 

5 Questions with Kimberly Parris (video)

5 Questions with Kimberly Parris (video)
This week on Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina our guest cook is Kimberly Parris. A Jill of all trades by nature, Kimberly got her start studying criminal justice in college before deciding that she was better suited for education and psychology. Her change in direction came in handy as she moved through the ranks, eventually running programming for various nonprofits. During... 

5 Questions With Jessie-May Ventour (video)

5 Questions With Jessie-May Ventour (video)
This week on Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina our guest cook is veteran broadcaster Jessie-May Ventour. Biography: JESSIE-MAY VENTOUR is well known as the former co-host of state media house, CNMG’s morning talk-show FIRST UP, the first local morning talk show to be broadcast simultaneously on radio, television and across the worldwide web. A professional broadcaster, Jessie-May has over... 

5 Questions with Nandelle Cameron (video)

5 Questions with Nandelle Cameron (video)
This week on Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina my guest musician is Nandelle Cameron. Biography: Nandelle was born! On the island of Trinidad and Tobago she started writing songs and playing the guitar at the age of fourteen, with a particular interest in the alternative rock and roll sound. After receiving a Track and Field scholarship, she moved to Jefferson City Missouri in 2006. At Lincoln... 

5 Questions with Cesco Emmanuel (video)

5 Questions with Cesco Emmanuel (video)
Born and raised on the lively twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Cesco Emmanuel discovered his passion for music and the guitar at age 13. He has been a student for more than seventeen years at the Graham Newling Classical Guitar School and is currently pursuing his advanced studies with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London (ABRSM). His first taste of band life came at 16... 

5 Questions with Kattronique! (video)

5 Questions with Kattronique! (video)
I’ve been a fan of electronic soul artist Kattronique for many years now, so it was with great pleasure (and surprise!) that I received a message from her expressing interest in appearing on Sweet Han’, sent the same time that I had also sent an invitation to do exactly that via social media! (cue Twilight Zone theme)… Several weeks later and I’m happy to announce that she... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 the... 

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... 

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 –... 

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... 

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 on this... 

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (menu)

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (menu)
Gnocchi Pomodoro (recipe linked below) Shavuot is an annual Jewish festival of dual significance. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, historically, it also celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. To mark Shavuot I always prepare a dairy-based menu that incorporates honey in some form or fashion. This year Shavuot is... 

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