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Buzo Osteria Italiana (review)

Buzo Osteria Italiana (review)
February 27, 2013 was the date of the second Trinidadian food blogger menu-tasting initiative. This time we were graciously hosted by Chef Christian Grini of Buzo Osteria Italiana. Opened in 2011, Buzo has consistently been ranked as the #1 restaurant in Trinidad both by locals and international review-based sites such as TripAdvisor.com. Located on Port-of-Spain’s Warner Street, in a 120-year... 

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... 

REVIEW: Marilyn Tausend’s La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine (video)

REVIEW: Marilyn Tausend's La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine (video)
My Verdict:4/5 (1 point deducted for recipe complexity, niche ingredients, lack of vegetarian friendly recipes) Buy from Veni Mange – The Trinigourmet Amazon Store! I first became aware of Marilyn Tausend’s work in the early days of TriniGourmet, when I posted about her Mexican Culinary Tours. In the years since then however her name fell off my radar and my awareness... 

Give A Child: Ramin Ganeshram’s “Stir It Up”! (review)

Give A Child: Ramin Ganeshram's
WARNING: PLEASE READ ON A FULL STOMACH. THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY FOR DELICIOUS AND WELL-PREPARED WEST INDIAN FOOD! You’d think I’d have heeded the warning. It was after all big and bold at the top of the press release and reiterated on both the inside cover AND back cover of “Stir It Up!“, the first tween novel from food writer Ramin Ganeshram (author... 

Give A Friend: Memories of a Cuban Kitchen: More Than 200 Classic Recipes

Give A Friend: Memories of a Cuban Kitchen: More Than 200 Classic Recipes
Cuban cuisine is one that I am a relative newbie to. Because of language differences, and political distance, our two countries have not had much cultural exchange (although they do have a diplomatic presence here). Personal recollections from friends and family who have visited have all been very warm about the reception they received there, and of course the food. Like Trinidad, and much of the Caribbean,... 

7 Sweet Trini Treats (FREE DOWNLOAD) now available!

7 Sweet Trini Treats (FREE DOWNLOAD) now available!
I’m beyond thrilled to announce the launch of my first ebook titled “7 Sweet Trini Treats”. It contains several recipes that represent my childhood here in Trinidad as well as some from older generations that are at risk of being lost. Some of the recipes have appeared in an older form here on Trinigourmet and have been updated. I have also included several new... 

Give A Friend: The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life

Give A Friend: The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life
The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life by Ann Vanderhoof (21) Description: While sailing around the Caribbean, Ann Vanderhoof and her husband Steve track wild oregano-eating goats in the cactus-covered hills of the Dominican Republic, gather nutmegs on an old estate in Grenada, make searing-hot pepper sauce in a Trinidadian kitchen, cram for a chocolate-tasting... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Soup!

20 Ways To Enjoy Soup!
Top 10 Soup Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe) Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. 2. Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian recipe) Callaloo is a fond memory for many Trinidadians, myself included, 3.... 

Current Bestseller: An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude

Current Bestseller: An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude
An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude Ann Vanderhoof (Author) (69) 59 used & new from $9.66 Description: Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind — and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean. Who hasn’t fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye... 

REVIEW: Ramsay’s Best Menus

REVIEW: Ramsay's Best Menus
Over the last 6 months or so my mother and I have both become quite taken with British Chef Gordon Ramsay. It seems that he has a permanent Monday night residency on FOX and I for one am -not- complaining 😆 (don’t judge me! :)) Realizing that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, J has surprised me with not one, but two, of Ramsay’s publications! Ramsay’s... 

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for September 2011

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for September 2011
Cold Sesame Noodles – recipe coming soon! Equilibrium has been restored in Trinigourmet land this month with the return of The Naparima Girls Cookbook to the Hotlist! Topping this month’s countdown once again is Ramin Ganeshram’s Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago. Her recent follow up Stir It Up is a wonderful children’s book that combines whimsy with... 

You’ll Love: Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban

You'll Love: Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban
Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban by Glenn M. Lindgren, Raul Musibay, Jorge Castillo (61) Buy new: $30.00 $20.19 45 used & new from $11.90 Description: If you are one of the more that two million people who have visited the web site at iCuban.com: The Internet Cuban, you already know who these Three Guys are. If you are one of the more than six billion people alive today who have not, a little... 

Current Bestseller: Curry, Callaloo & Calypso: The Real Taste of Trinidad & Tobago

Current Bestseller: Curry, Callaloo & Calypso: The Real Taste of Trinidad & Tobago
Curry, Callaloo & Calypso: The Real Taste of Trinidad & Tobago by Wendy Rahamut Publication Date: November 2011Buy new: $35.00 $22.17 Description: When asked about the spontaneity of Caribbean cooks, Wendy Rahamut says: “We do not really cook from recipes, as such. Many cooks prepare recipes handed down from generations, and these are embedded in the memories of each cook”.... 

REVIEW: Caribbean Seafood Extravaganza

REVIEW: Caribbean Seafood Extravaganza
Caribbean Seafood Extravaganza, a local publication from the Seafood Industry Development Company Limited, has become a silent treasure over the last year. This quietly printed book is full of solidly satisfying recipes for many Trinidadian species of fish that many may overlook in favour of the more popular types such as kingfish, carite etc. It also has highly imaginative re-interpretations... 

Trinigourmet Hotlist for August 2011

Trinigourmet Hotlist for August 2011
Inside Woodbrook’s best kept secret, Cafe Marrakesh. Review coming soon! *Gasp* I never thought it would happen, but it has. The Naparima Girls Cookbook has fallen out of the Trinigourmet Hotlist! This perennial favourite has now been pushed aside by several new debuts, many of them focused on the cuisines of the Spanish speaking Caribbean. Enjoy these new titles, as well... 

Ghosts of Our Culinary Past – Sylvia Hunt’s “Proud Legacy of Our People”

Ghosts of Our Culinary Past – Sylvia Hunt's
Several years ago, the UK based Trini food blogger Can Cook Must Cook posted on “Those Disappearing Pleasures”, the snacks of her childhood which no longer appear on Trini shop shelves. Out of the names she called I could only recognize ‘rock cake’. Bellyful? Shaddock Candy? Kaser Balls? Wha dat? This made me more than a little sad. Apparently many of these items fell out... 

Current Bestseller! Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes

Current Bestseller! Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes
Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes by Oswald Rivera (21) Buy new: $19.95 $13.12 58 used & new from $5.06 Description: Puerto Rican cuisine, with its strong Spanish and African influences, holds a unique position in the world of Caribbean cooking. The food is spicy, hearty, healthy, sensuous, and adventurous. The 240-plus recipes included here range from traditional... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!
. From Epicentre.com: Ginger is one of those ingredients that can be many things to many people. Not only is it used in cuisines around the world, but it also comes in a variety of forms fresh, pickled, dried, and crystallized among them . People who bake may immediately call to mind the ground ginger they use in gingerbread or the jewel-like crystallized ginger they add to holiday cookies and cakes.... 

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for July 2011

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for July 2011
Julia Child’s recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon is a classic for a reason! I’ll be sharing my experience with it with you soon My apologies for not posting a hotlist for June, life has been so hectic. I know that many of you look forward to them for new titles and recommendations so without further ado here is this month’s Top 10, including a first-time appearance... 

Jaffa At The Oval (review)

Jaffa At The Oval (review)
This March, after the hustle and bustle of Carnival had started to die down, I was delighted to be invited to Jaffa At The Oval by an old friend. I have had the opportunity to eat there before but something always came up to change my plans. This time however it was smooth sailing and I am delighted to say that I not only had a wonderful culinary experience taste-wise... 

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