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Remembering Julia: Julia Child 101 (video)

Remembering Julia: Julia Child 101 (video)
“I learned to cook for the same reason most women do—to please a man. I started to cook for the first time after I got married in 1946. Paul and I had met in Ceylon during World War II when we were both with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), which later became the CIA. It would be nice to say we were spies, but I was a file clerk and Paul was an exhibits officer, doing maps of the Burma... 

Trinidadian Roti – An Overview (video)

Trinidadian Roti - An Overview (video)
Roti. Four little letters that have the power to put any Trini into a smile-infused stupor Along with pelau I consider it one of Trinidad’s national dishes. East Indian in origin Trinidad roti has now become its own entity with several variants offered to the sidewalk or fast food consumer. So, what exactly is roti? Wikipedia to the rescue! Never mind that they spell tawa with a ‘v’???... 

Urban Farming: A Small-Scale Solution to a Full-Scale Problem

Urban Farming: A Small-Scale Solution to a Full-Scale Problem
The Added Value farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn: across the street from Ikea, this flourishing urban farm–built atop asphalt–turns city money and volunteer labor into a thriving center of food, education and youth outreach. Photo by: www.flickr.com/photos/jessicareeder/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 This post was originally published on October 5, 2008. It has been updated once since... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane
Sitting here on a Carnival Tuesday night, watching Brian MacFarlane’s opening presentation for his band this year “Resurrection the Mas” By this time tomorrow we should all know if he has been able to achieve an unbelievable 4 consecutive “Band of the Year” titles. MacFarlane is currently my favourite band designer. I am not a fan of the generic beads and feathers style... 

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 – JW & Blaze “Palance”

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 - JW & Blaze
No Trinidad Carnival post for 2010 would be complete without mention of JW & Blaze and the phenomenon that is “Palance”. This song has taken a word that I doubt I even heard more than once in a year, and turned it into something that everyone is working into the most random and non-sequitur of sentences. There are KFC Palance ‘feasts’ and yuh dun know I want a Palance T-Shirt... 

Christine’s Roti Shop – Miami (video)

Happy New Year! It feels like FOREVER 😯 Technical difficulties, health challenges and work whirlwinds have all kept me from being an active presence here over the past two months. The worst of the worst seems to have passed and so I am now ready and excited to return to you! I have some large plans for the site in 2010 so do stay tuned Last month CCN TV6 ran a feature on a North Miami Roti Shop... 

Vendor Rivalry (video)

Vendor Rivalry (video)
This video has been making the rounds recently. From the first time I saw it I -knew- I had to share it with y’all Created by Trini animator, Ansar Sattar, Vendor Rivalry won Animae Caribe’s 2009 Most Oustanding Caribbean Animation Award. Synopsis: A casual encounter soon escalates into a battle royale, as two local vendors get pushed over the edge. An animated... 

Mid-80’s Stag Commercial (video)

In the 80’s there were no two bigger rivals in the local Beer trade than Stag and Carib. Both had ad campaigns using local musical icons and slick marketing campaigns. In the above minimalist ad, Calypso King of the World, The Mighty Sparrow waxes poetic on its virtues Although in random talks with people Stag seemed to be the sentimental favourite, at the end of the day it was Carib though... 

San Juan Croisee

San Juan Croisee
The San Juan Croisee From The Rough Guide to Trinidad & Tobago: The westernmost of a succession of communities that sprawl along the length of the Eastern Main Road, brash, commercial San Juan (pronounced sah-wah) avoids being a Port of Spain satellite by the skin of its teeth. The town’s focal point is the “croisee” (pronounced kwaysay), a bustling junction marked by the... 

Green Sands

Green Sands
It was some time ago when I learnt via Can Cook Must Cook that one of my childhood faves was back on the block! Growing up, a sip of Green Sands was a really big deal as it was the closest that I was allowed to ‘alcohol’ (not including the thimble-sized portion of red wine that I was allowed at special dinners). In my teens I took to making my own shandies by combining Carib beer and... 

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: Trinidad and Tobago (video)

For the longest while I’ve been watching Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods and wondering “Gee I wonder what he would think of Trinidad?”. Well, someone must have been listening to my brain waves because the next thing I know I was reading that a Trinidad and Tobago episode of Bizarre Foods aired last month! :shocked: Fortunately some kind soul uploaded the episode to YouTube and... 

Taste of T&T 2007 – Final Recap! (video)

Taste of T&T 2007 - Final Recap! (video)
Ok, the TriniGourmet is now probably the last Trini on the planet to share her experience of this year’s Taste T&T festival, but you know what they say ‘save the best for last’ 😛 It’s taken me longer than I had expected to get to this because of 1) the server issue I had last month 2) putting the PaperBag Gourmet Club series into effect 3) working on another ‘mystery... 

Blog Party #22: Jalapeno Bites & Smalta (video)

Blog Party #22: Jalapeno Bites & Smalta (video)
It’s been several months since I’ve last taken part in Happy Sorceress‘ monthly Blog Parties, and I’ve missed them! This month’s theme is the ‘Wild Wild West‘ and it took me a while to figure out how to interpret it. One of my first thoughts was to take it into a Wild Wild West Indian direction, but I thought that that would be copping out. Let me challenge... 

The Trinidad ‘Nutsman’ pt. 2 (video)

Earlier this year I showed you all a Trini nutsman, as they often appear when stationed on street corners. Nutsmen however can also be found on the move, as this video will show This particular nutsman should be familiar to all who travel through Morvant junction. Something that may be of interest to others is the fact that vendors of various goods can often be found at main intersections along the... 

“Paula’s Done Lost Her Cool” – ade (recipe)

When I read that YumSugar was having an American Idol Food Challenge my mind instantly went to Paula Abdul’s bizarre TV appearances earlier this year when promoting the current season. Here in Trinidad we don’t get FOX (the channel that airs American Idol) so I’ve never seen an entire episode, but as we get many of the channels that discuss and analyse the results and controversies... 

Steamed Cho-Cho (Christophene Pudding) (recipe/video)

Steamed Cho-Cho (Christophene Pudding) (recipe/video)
This recipe comes from the GraceFoods.com website and is my contribution this week to Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted this time around by What Did You Eat?)  Read More →

Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”

Travel Video Television News has an interesting article titled Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”. It takes a look at the various cultural influences on our local cuisine and also highlights the offerings of the major local restaurants Excerpt: Trinidad & Tobago might not come immediately to mind as one of the few places in the world that offers extraordinary ethnic... 

Trinidad Doubles (recipe)

Trinidad Doubles (recipe)
As I’ve written in the past Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. It’s cheap. Usually hot/warm. Hearty. Filling. The below video, from the bookmann, is for the old skool style of doubles with 2 bara that form a ‘chickpea sandwich’. These days doubles vendors more often will make one large bara that is then folded over to enclose the curried channa filling. You... 

Born To Rum (video)

Born To Rum (video)
My Mint Tea Cocktail So… continuing on my previous thoughts on the culinary association of the Caribbean with rum I did some internet trolling. Among my finds (which are now merrily archived for later reference) was an article by Ramin Ganeshram (author of Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago) on Epicurious.com. Titled ‘Born to Rum‘ it is a look at the genesis... 

The Trinidad ‘Nutsman’ (video)

In Trinidad the nutsman is a fixture on the street food scene and at sporting events. Sometimes he moves around with a cart, other times with a tray around his neck. Yet others have roadside stands, like the man in the above clip from the bookmann. As you can see people line up, prepared to wait, if a particular vendor’s reputation has dubbed his roasting style worthy. You can get your nuts... 

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