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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... 

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... 

Ten Do’s & Don’ts For Perfect Muffins

Ten Do's & Don'ts For Perfect Muffins
Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe linked below) I’ve been making a lot of muffins lately. Largely in part because of my newfound obsession with making bento boxes for myself and J. They are a surprisingly exciting way to lower the cost of daily lunches while exercising portion control (all those with weight-loss/financial New Year resolutions). Muffins freeze extremely well and thaw effortlessly.... 

Vishu’s pooja (Jamaica Gleaner)

Vishu's pooja (Jamaica Gleaner)
Trinidad Parsad (recipe available in “7 Sweet Trini Treats“) Last month the Jamaica Gleaner had an interesting look at a pooja that was hosted there recently. Titled Vishu’s pooja it gives readers a glimpse into what occurs at these religious yet festive occasions. Although I wish they had paid a little more attention to the foods (I admit I’m a bit biased... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Kitchen Magic! (video)

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Kitchen Magic! (video)
Long time patrons of Trinidad’s first national airline BWIA, and its more recent incarnation Caribbean Airlines, are familiar with its highly respected inflight publication “Caribbean Beat”. However did you know that before that there was the “Caribbean Beachcomber”? A joint effort between BWIA, LIAT, Air Jamaica, the Jamaica Air Service, the Caribbean... 

5 Questions With Sunrise Bakery’s CEO Errol Drummond & Our January Giveaway!

5 Questions With Sunrise Bakery's CEO Errol Drummond & Our January Giveaway!
Last month, Sunrise Bakery a UK-based Caribbean food firm, celebrated their 45th birthday by launching an authentic Caribbean Rum Cake based on their original recipe. Founded in 1966 by Herman Drummond and William Lamont, to service the demands of the growing Caribbean community in Birmingham and the surrounding area, Sunrise Bakery has expanded significantly within recent years.... 

Sarina’s Ochro Rice Recipe & Thoughts On Umoja/Unity: As Mentioned on NPR

Sarina's Ochro Rice Recipe & Thoughts On Umoja/Unity: As Mentioned on NPR
Last month I was invited to participate in the blogging collective “Kwanzaa Culinarians“. Linking writers throughout the African diaspora it includes such heavyweights as Chef Bryant Terry, as well as known foodies like Sanura of “My Life Runs On Food“, Courtney of “Coco Cooks” and Chrystal & Amir of “The Duo Dishes“. Needless... 
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Nothing Like A Trini Xmas (video)

The following article appeared in the 24th December, 2006 issue of the Trinidad Express. It’s hard to believe that BWIA was still active then! Will you be spending the holidays where you want to be this year? I hope so! If not, hopefully the recipes posted so far (and still to come) will help HOME is best for the holidays, at least judging from the number of Trinis flying in for Christmas... 

How many eggs should a person consume a day?

How many eggs should a person consume a day?
This post was originally published on June 21, 2006. It has been updated three times since then. First they were good for you. Then they were bad. Then they were good again. Trying to keep up with the ‘experts’ is a dizzying game sometimes! Still, when my mother expressed concern over my consuming an egg a day I decided to find out what the most recent consensus is. Up until 2006,... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 3: Soup, It’s Always In Style

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 3: Soup, It's Always In Style
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way As you can tell from my title, I am a huge fan of soups. Whether clear, creamy, or chunky, there are very few soups that do not meet my favour. Yet, when it comes to weddings, I have rarely seen them on the menu locally. Why is this? In many other cultures a soup course before the actual entrée is standard, and even... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt.2: Appetize Them With Pholourie, Saheena and Accra!

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt.2: Appetize Them With Pholourie, Saheena and Accra!
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Set the tone of your wedding reception the minute guests start filtering in, with your appetizers. The inspiration for the above menu came from the actual wedding menu of one of my best friends who presented pholourie and other bite sized Trini street foods on platters carried by cocktail waiters! A move that was quite... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 1: Successful Self-Catering

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 1: Successful Self-Catering
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Image: “On The Wedding Table” by contact7 – sxc.hu How do you all feel about the upcoming Royal nuptials? Bored? Annoyed? Giddy? The range of sentiments in my Twitter feed have definitely skewed towards sophisticatedly cynical, intellectually jaded and openly hostile. Unfortunately, if this describes... 

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