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Nescafe Billboard

Nescafe Billboard
Heading home, Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, 2007 Tweet  Read More →

Valentine’s Day Menu 2009

Valentine's Day Menu 2009
Some simple and quick recipes that I’ve enjoyed and hope you will as well. I myself, won’t be cooking this Valentine’s as J and I are heading out to dine. I will however have camera in tow, as where there is food, there is a blog Valentine’s Day 2009 – A Menu • Fresh Green Bean Salad • Kung Pao Chicken • Mango Cake Tweet  Read More →

Cranberries are not Street Food

Cranberries are not Street Food
Can I just say how glad I am to be back in the swing of things where posting is concerned? Life has settled into something resembling a routine which allows me to realistically integrate my posts into my daily life. As many of my longtime readers know however for much of last year this wasn’t the case, and this blog gathered more than its share of dust for weeks at a time. Although it may have... 

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... 

Local Crixmart

Local Crixmart
Crixmart, Eastern Main Road Many formerly dingy roadside stalls and stands have, for the past year, been sporting shiny red ‘swag’ thanks to the Bermudez Company, the manufacturers of Crix. Normally I am not a fan of overt corporate branding, but this is one form that I find most pleasing in aesthetic. Maybe because there is something so jaunty about the designs, and the lines of the buildings... 

Bananas Ripening

Bananas Ripening
This is how we hang bananas bought green, so that they can ripen without developing soft spots from resting on a surface You will know that the banana is ripe when it starts getting spots. I’ve noticed the bananas (and mangoes) in US supermarkets are usually still quite underripe. If it’s not got a good smattering of spots, it’s not ready Tweet  Read More →

Bertram’s Pepper Sauce (redux)

Bertram's Pepper Sauce (redux)
Late last year my father was at it again… making his annual batch of pepper sauce! I am so happy that many of you have made it and enjoyed it. If you haven’t already seen or tried the recipe, you can learn how to make Trini pepper sauce here! Tweet  Read More →

Holiday Food Recap

Holiday Food Recap
Clockwise from top left: Mom’s Jamaican Ginger Beer, Auntie Olga’s Black Cake tin, Jason’s Punch de Creme (I pretty much drank that bottle on my own ), Auntie Olga’s Trinidad Christmas Black Cake Mmmm, this post will be a short one as I’m still digesting Mom’s Roasted Chicken and Jamaican Rice and Peas was out of this world this year and was accompanied by... 

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
A Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate To those who don’t my fondest wishes and hopes for you now and in the coming year It’s very quiet and peaceful and sunny here right now, and I hope a similar atmosphere is pervading everyone’s home who reads this Last night after I lit my candles I took the following pics of my home, and my neighbours. Although beliefs... 

One Day In The Life Of TriniGourmet

This weekend on Twitter I learnt about a photo event called “One Day In The Life Of…”. My interest was immediately piqued as Ilove taking random photo essays of the world around me. So, I joined the group, loaded fresh batteries in my camera and clicked away yesterday. If you’re interested in checking out what I was up to last Sunday you can view the gallery via the images... 

Supermarket Sugarcane!

Supermarket Sugarcane!
Sporadically over the past year I have seen packaged, pre-peeled sugarcane in the produce section of HiLo supermarket. As a child I would love when my mother would come home with fresh sugar cane. My parents would strip it and cut it into small sections which would then be kept in the fridge. It was so refreshing to suck on them after school! I really miss that memory but have been reluctant so far... 

MSG and Me

MSG and Me
Recently, within minutes of eating one of my mother’s egg foo yungs, I found myself developing a splitting migraine headache and growing weak. The onset was so rapid and violent that I became alarmed. Only a few days prior the same incident had happened to me, and somewhere within my consciousness I remembered that it also was after I had had one of her meals. In the past only one ingredient... 

Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride Dark Drinking Chocolate

Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride Dark Drinking Chocolate
In the past I have written about my love affair with Blendo’s chocolate. Well when I was in the supermarket the other day, to my horror nary a Blendo packet was to be found. However, there were two boxes full of cocoa pod shaped pallets of this new kid on the scene. One sniff and I was hooked. So, how did it taste? Well, I’m still trying to find a great first recipe with which to test... 

Jamaican Sunday Lunch

Jamaican Sunday Lunch
Growing up, one of the things that I gradually began to realize set me aside from my friends and classmates was the fact that in my house Sunday lunch was never a ‘Trini’ affair. Roasted Chicken, Rice and Peas, Boiled Plaintain (shown above) replaced my neighbours’ fare of Stewed Chicken, Callaloo and Macaroni Pie. Although I eventually became familiar with Trini Sunday lunches... 

Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

Coca-Cola Bottling Plant
Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, Macoya Coca-Cola is an international goliath when it comes to marketing, and even here in Trinidad the Coca-Cola bottling plant never wears the same outfit for too long. Check out its current attire Tweet  Read More →

Balandra Beach Cleanup: A Day in Pictures

Balandra Beach Cleanup: A Day in Pictures
One month ago, Saturday August 12, I was happy to take part in a beach cleanup at Balandra, a relatively secluded beach on Trinidad’s North Coast. Organized by Mystic Hemp, the trip to and from Balandra provided me with many opportunities to shoot (and learn about) local food-related items and activities along the way. As I had mentioned this event in my earlier Earth Food post, I thought I’d... 

MovieTowne

MovieTowne
Forget about popcorn, when I go to the movies I’m all about the steak fries and MovieTowne’s are the greatest! I don’t know what they season them with, and I’ve tried to figure it out. I suspect there is some seasoning salt going on, and maybe a little Italian seasoning. They are always perfectly crispy on the outside and light and airy on the inside. Drizzled with ketchup... 

The Joys of Breadfruit

The Joys of Breadfruit
Steamed breadfruit, smoked herring sauce, avocado Mmmm breadfruit. It really borders on the obscene how much I love this thing… Every time one comes our way I make a promise that I will photograph it properly, as well as its preparation. Inevitably something always comes up that prevents me from getting those key initial photos. Fortunately this time around I was able to get a few more... 

The Gift of Harvest

The Gift of Harvest
The bounty keeps on coming Mangoes and avocados, fresh from one of our neighbour’s country estates. Tweet  Read More →

Setting the Fruit

Setting the Fruit
My fruit jar for this year’s December black cakes is slowly but steadily rising. Whenever I buy dried fruits I set aside half of what is leftover into the jar and top it up with rum or cherry brandy (depending on what I have on hand). The fruits are so macerated that they almost melt on my tongue upon contact. This is the first time that I am soaking my fruits this far in advance and I’m...