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Introducing Sweet Sereni-Tea Pastries & More

Introducing Sweet Sereni-Tea Pastries & More
Saturday February 1st, 2014 saw the launch of Sweet Sereni-Tea Pastries & More. Founded by Chef Jivita Douen (Le Cordon Bleu, England), Sweet Sereni-Tea also harnesses the expertise of Chefs Michelle Fournillier (Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland) and Dale Hamilton (TTHTI, Trinidad). (L to R: Chefs Michelle Fournillier, Jivita Douen & Dale Hamilton) An extremely... 

Hyatt Regency Trinidad: General Manager’s Reception

Hyatt Regency Trinidad: General Manager's Reception
October was a busy month in terms of promoting the cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago to the US market. In town were several American food writers at the invitation of the TDC (Tourism Development Corporation) and their experience was nothing short of whirlwind! Wednesday October 15th they were the guests of the Hyatt Regency‘s monthly General Manager’s Reception. The evening started... 

Pêche Pâtisserie (review)

Pêche Pâtisserie (review)
April 16, 2013 was the date of the third gathering of The Blogger’s Table. Comprising myself, TriniChow, QD Ross of Bring It To The Table and Corey of Learning Patience, we found ourselves this time at Pêche Pâtisserie’s unassuming Port-Of-Spain location. Opened in 2011 by Chef Khalil Ali (a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and French Culinary Institute), Pêche has quickly grown into a must-stop... 

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... 

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 but in terms of ambience and... 

Amour et Café (review)

Amour et Café (review)
Shortly after this post was first published Amour et Café closed its doors indefinitely, citing a ‘legal obstacle’ on their Facebook page. They are still available for orders however. Let’s hope they get everything sorted out in 2011! There’s something underfoot here in Trinidad. A movement of eager, innovative food lovers, opening small intimate locations where fresh ingredients... 

Simma Down! – Caribbean Food in Western North Carolina

Simma Down! - Caribbean Food in Western North Carolina
From The Mountain Express: The Simma Down Caribbean Café just recently opened on Market Street downtown [Asheville], in the area formerly occupied by One Love. The restaurant is also surprisingly affordable, offering lunch plates laden with jerk chicken or pork and heaps of coconut rice and peas, greens and plantains — for the rock-bottom price of only $7. Chef/owner Sam Briggs says that the prices... 

Calypso in Chestnut Hill: A Taste of Trinidad

Calypso in Chestnut Hill: A Taste of Trinidad
Image: Philadelphia Inquirer Last month the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a piece on a Trinidadian food stand called Calypso in Chestnut Hill’s Farmers Market. Excerpt: “It is time to make the next round of roti. Campbell slides balls of dough made with ground split peas and garlic from under a kitchen towel, flattens them, and rolls them out with a big, wooden rolling pin. Then she lays the... 

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: 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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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