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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... 

REVIEW: Paradis de la Creme, MovieTowne, Invaders’ Bay

REVIEW: Paradis de la Creme, MovieTowne, Invaders' Bay
MovieTowne is turning into quite a culinary hub for those in North-West Trinidad. When it first opened it was a bit of a wasteland (outside of the cineplex). The biggest non-movie attraction for the longest while was ‘Shakers’, an outdoor pub/bar. However over the last 12-18 months there’s been an explosion of eateries, representing everything from sushi (Hanami’s), to... 

REVIEW: Vegetarian Express : Easy, Tasty, and Healthy Menus in 28 Minutes(or Less!)

REVIEW: Vegetarian Express : Easy, Tasty, and Healthy Menus in 28 Minutes(or Less!)
Well there you go. I normally don’t post pictures of myself as I am a rather private person, however YumSugar’s “Show us your cookbooks” online event was just the thing for me to ‘momentarily’ come out of hiding The book that I am holding up is Nava Atlas’ “Vegetarian Express : Easy, Tasty, and Healthy Menus in 28 Minutes(or Less!)“one of my... 

TriniGourmet’s Most Popular Post over the last 90 days is…

TriniGourmet's Most Popular Post over the last 90 days is...
1. Trinidad Aloo Pie (recipe) Is there a Trini who hasn’t chomped on an aloo pie? It seems that I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember. They were a staple in both my primary and secondary schools’ cafeterias (or as we call them ‘tuck shops’). They are also easily found in the bakeries and eateries in and around Port-of-Spain should I want a cheap and filling... 

TriniGourmet’s Top 3 Posts (as of July 2007)

TriniGourmet's Top 3 Posts (as of July 2007)
1. Trinidad Doubles Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. Cheap. Hot. Hearty. Filling – recipe here 4. Trinidad Macaroni Pie This dish is part of the traditional Trinidadian Sunday lunch and is also offered in cubed form at BBQs and other casual outdoor functions. Feel free to play around with the proportions. – recipe here 3.Trinidad Saltfish Accra –... 

Kyocera’s Perfect Peeler?

Kyocera's Perfect Peeler?
I love seeing what kitchen gadgets are hot on the market. I freely confess that if I had the budget I would buy and try every single one of them! This month the Food Network featured a product called Kyocera Perfect Ceramic Peeler that really caught my eye. You see peeling vegetables is one of the most boring and annoying tasks that I have to do in the kitchen. Grating cheese and carrots is up there... 

The Nut Roaster

The Nut Roaster
Yet another find that I thought I’d share, it’s been getting some good reviews! The Back to Basics PCNR Nut Roaster gives you the ability to quickly and easily create a favorite snack in your own kitchen. Intended for glazing a variety of hard nuts, the stove-top Nut Roaster’s unique and durable design enables the glazed nuts to mix evenly by a simple turn of the top-mixing handle.... 

Top 3 Posts on TriniGourmet over the last 30 days (June 2007)

Top 3 Posts on TriniGourmet over the last 30 days (June 2007)
1. Gub Gub ‘Navy Bean’ Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe) Filling. Nutritious. Flavourful! – recipe here 2. Fudgy Chocolate Cake ‘Brownies’ (recipe) This recipe wins on every front. It calls for very simple basic ingredients (most of which should already be in your pantry), it takes no time to put together, cleanup is minimal and the taste is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Amazingly... 

REVIEW: Häagen Dazs – Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval

REVIEW: Häagen Dazs - Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval
I was first introduced to Häagen Dazs when I lived in the US so it was with great joy that I received the news several years ago that Häagen Dazs would be distributed locally via local supermarkets! Although the prices were astronomical, the quality of texture and flavour made it the perfect occasional indulgence for my palate. Then, in 2003, Hadco (the local distributor for Häagen Dazs) opened... 

REVIEW: The Good Home Cookbook

REVIEW: The Good Home Cookbook
Last November Richard J. Perry, the author of The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipescirculated a request to foodbloggers to review his new cookbook in exchange for a free copy. Being someone who loves cookbooks, as well as freebies, I merrily threw my hat into the ring. When my copy arrived I was beyond psyched! The Good Home Cookbook is a compilation of more than 1000 classic... 

S.Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants

S.Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants
Several months ago I was excited and surprised to be asked to join the Caribbean panel for The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants survey. Of course I said yes! Two weeks ago my official thank you letter, and the issue of Restaurant magazine that presented the final top 100 candidates, arrived. Sadly (but not surprisingly) no Caribbean locations made the cut. There simply isn’t enough... 

25 Gift Ideas for a Gourmet Father’s Day

25 Gift Ideas for a Gourmet Father's Day
FOOD & GIFT BASKETS 1.Kona Coffee, Chocolate, & Tiki Mug Gift Basket – Great for Dads & Grads! Product Description: GOLD 100% pure Kona Coffee is the star of this delightful gift basket, and the perfect Tiki mug that accompanies it is sure to bring a smile to your gift recipient! GOLD 100% pure Kona Coffee (8 oz Whole Bean) is very rich, full-bodied and has a broad flavor... 

Angelo’s on Ariapita

Angelo's on Ariapita
The above advert for a restaurant (new?) called Angelo’s caught my eye in the Saturday Express. Ariapita Avenue is the main culinary artery for dining in and around Port-of-Spain and it really is amazing how many restaurants it seems able to contain! I think I”ll have to check them out, especially as Tiramisu is currently my Häagen Dazs flavour of choice (for reasons that will be posted... 

Chubby Soda (now in 6-packs!)

Chubby Soda (now in 6-packs!)
If there’s one thing that can’t be denied it’s that Trinis love their soda (or ‘sweet drink’ as its commonly called). Growing up here I was spoiled to an endless array of flavours that I thought would be matched or surpassed when I went to the US for 5 years. Sadly this was not the case. Flavours here mimic the natural (passionfruit, banana, mango, mauby, apple, grapefruit... 

Have You Eaten At ‘Caribbean Flavours’ (NYC)?

Have You Eaten At 'Caribbean Flavours' (NYC)?
In my continuing quest to share the ins and outs of Trinbagonian cuisine I have decided that its time to also include our ‘ambassadors’. I’m talking about those brave mom and pop operations that open up at home and abroad offering our fare to foreigners and locals alike. The quality of these places can range from the sublime to the abysmal which is why I want to begin compiling... 

The Best Of TriniGourmet.com (May 2007)

The Best Of TriniGourmet.com (May 2007)
Here is a compilation of my most popular posts so far this year, as broken down by category Enjoy! Trinidad Saltfish Accra – recipe (#1 Appetizer, #1 Brunch, #1 Fish recipe) In Trinidad accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I?��Ǩ�Ѣve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors.... 

Top 5 Desserts on TriniGourmet.com

Top 5 Desserts on TriniGourmet.com
1. Upside Down Chocolate Pudding – recipe This is a great recipe for anyone entertaining on short notice (or on a budget), as well as for those who consider themselves baking challenged. The recipe was a cinch to put together and seems to be practically foolproof in nature with results that are so decadent and beautiful that no one has to be any the wiser The pudding had a thin biscuit... 

25 Gift Ideas for a Gourmet Mother’s Day

25 Gift Ideas for a Gourmet Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is almost here (well for those of us not in the UK). If you’re still trying to come up with some last-minute ideas why not check out the following 25 Gift Ideas for a truly Gourmet Mother’s Day FOOD & GIFT BASKETS 1. The Connoisseur Gift Basket Product Description: Mom will admire your sense of style when this charming gift arrives. A beautifully handcrafted... 

TriniGourmet’s 3 Cake Recipe Discoveries for May 2007!

TriniGourmet's 3 Cake Recipe Discoveries for May 2007!
1. Hostess Wedding Cakes Huh? Wha? Apparently brides in search of non-traditional cakes are turning increasingly to cakes made of iced and stacked versions of twinkies and hostess cupcakes. YumSugar provides various visual examples of this growing trend, which I gotta tell ya is -not- for me at all Should I decide to go non-traditional (as far as Trini culture is concerned) then I’d... 

Top 3 Trinidadian Recipes on TriniGourmet (April 2007)

Top 3 Trinidadian Recipes on TriniGourmet (April 2007)
1. Trinidad Doubles Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. Cheap. Hot. Hearty. Filling – recipe here 2. Trinidad Saltfish Accra Here in Trinidad accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I?ǨѢve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors. – recipe here 3.... 

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