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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.... 

REVIEW: Homemade – Delicious Foods To Make and Give

REVIEW: Homemade - Delicious Foods To Make and Give
< ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?>As a collector of cookbooks (and someone who loves to give homemade presents) Homemade: Delicious Foods to Make and Give is one that I return to over and over again. It even got me into making and bottling my own jams and ketchups! The recipes are a wonderful mix of traditional (chocolate cookies) and international fusion (chutneys, black bean hummus, ras-al-hanout).... 

BBM 2.0 – Doitung Macadamia Nuts with Wasabi

BBM 2.0 - Doitung Macadamia Nuts with Wasabi
Although this is one of the last of the items in my Blogging by Mail package to be written up it actually was the first item to be opened. My mother is a nut addict and I had never tasted macadamia nuts before so it seemed like a no-brainer. Plus there was wasabi, and I haven’t had anything wasabi-related in years I really enjoyed these nuts because they reminded me of Brazil nuts (though lighter... 

BBM 2.0 – Thai Kick Hot Sauce

BBM 2.0 - Thai Kick Hot Sauce
This post was originally published on April 8, 2007. It has been updated once since then. I love hot sauce but I never had a hot sauce like this! Eva said that she picked it up on her latest trip to SE. Asia, which instantly made it doubly OOOOO to me 😀 From the minute I saw it’s cloudy brown colour I knew it had to have tamarind, and reading the list of ingredients showed I was right... 

BBM 2.0 – Tagliatelle with Mushrooms

BBM 2.0 - Tagliatelle with Mushrooms
In my Blogging by Mail package was a package of odd looking brown noodles. I wasn’t sure at first what they were. From the italian text I could figure out it was pasta, but with mushrooms? Was i reading it wrong? Turns out I wasn’t! This package comes from a pasta house called Morelli, you can visit their website here (it’s only in Italian at the moment though but really gorgeous... 

REVIEW: Cooking with Three Ingredients (Flavorful Food Easy as 1,2,3)

REVIEW: Cooking with Three Ingredients (Flavorful Food Easy as 1,2,3)
“Cooking with Three Ingredients: Flavorful Food, Easy as 1, 2, 3“ < ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?>Am I the only home cook who has their ‘fallback’ book? It seems like no matter how many cookbooks I collect, how many websites I bookmark or magzine clippings I compile, when I’m in a rush, or money is tight there are 2-3 cookbooks that I keep returning to for... 

BBM 2.0 – Le Saunier Fleur de Sel de Camargue (French Sea Salt)

BBM 2.0 - Le Saunier Fleur de Sel de Camargue (French Sea Salt)
Sea Salt! I love Sea Salt! I started buying it a few years ago after TruValu stopped stocking kosher salt. I loved its coarse texture, intense flavour and of course, being the health hippy that I was raised to be, its trace mineral goodness. Normally I buy Celtic Sea Salt at HiLo –at an obscene price– but lately Cuisine (a local brand) has been producing a sea salt that is very affordable.... 

BBM 2.0 – Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream

BBM 2.0 - Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream
I’ve never been a big fan of ‘thin mints’. My only memories of them were in the boxes of US Girl Guide cookies that would appear from time to time in the dorms during college. I believe I’ve also had them locally but I don’t think they are very popular. I’ve never been a big fan of mint in candies, and always thought it felt clashed with the chocolate coating. So... 

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