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Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 1 – Arrival (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 1 - Arrival (video)
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 August 1st was Emancipation Day here in Trinidad & Tobago. A public holiday since 1985 its definition has recently been expanded as a recognition of the struggles of all the ethnic groups who came here in servitude. At its heart though it remains essentially a time of remembrance of the African Slavery Experience. For several years... 

Trinigourmet’s Amazon Hotlist for July 2010

Trinigourmet's Amazon Hotlist for July 2010
A Jamaican Patty from Rituals Trinidad is a weekly ‘ritual’ of my own It’s the start of another month, and with that comes the posting of my monthly roundup of those items that you all have been clicking (and purchasing) this month. Ramin Ganeshram’s ode to local cuisine “Sweet Hands” took a bit of a hit this month, falling out of the top spot. This may partly... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 7 – Closing Thoughts (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 7 - Closing Thoughts (video)
This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago For the past few days I’ve been reviewing the recently held Sauté Trinbago food event. If you’ve been following along I hope you have enjoyed the photos and videos that I’ve shared. If you’ve missed any of the posts to date you can quickly catch up by clicking the series navigation bar above this post, or if you are reading... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 6 – Shurwayne Winchester (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 6 – Shurwayne Winchester (video)
This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago Last to the stage was soca artiste Shurwayne Winchester. I was blown away by his set, which felt more like a mixtape on steroids. Seamless and flawless, he and his band (Y.O.U) combined elements of hiphop, his own soca hits (and those of others), and also wisely drew kaiso classics into the tapestry, creating a beautiful showcase of local music... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 5 – Oasis Carnival Band Launch 2011 (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 5 – Oasis Carnival Band Launch 2011 (video)
This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago The next thing on the evening’s agenda was the launch of a new Carnival band Oasis. From the opening notes of Shakira’s “Ojos Asi” I was drawn in… Oasis Carnival Band Launch 2011 Playlist (6 videos) All in all I think that Oasis did an exceptional job presenting their inaugural face to the world. By the end... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 4 – The Evening’s Entertainment (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 4 – The Evening’s Entertainment (video)
This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Sauté TrinbagoAfter the magnificence of the Picton Folk Performing Company’s offering, I could be forgiven for thinking that I could take a little time out between performances. The organisers however clearly had different plans. It was not long before the notes of Shakira’s “Waka Waka” started to play as the MC announced that the bMobile... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 3 – The Picton Folk Performing Company (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 3 – The Picton Folk Performing Company (video)
This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago Prior to last Saturday’s performance I was completely unaware of the existence of the Picton Folk Performing Company. As a result, I feel really grateful to Cloud Nine, the organisers of Sauté Trinbago, for the exceptional level of talent which they allowed to shine from the event’s start to its end. Opening with a young charismatic... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 2 – Blue Devils & Moko Jumbies (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 2 – Blue Devils & Moko Jumbies (video)
This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Sauté TrinbagoLike moko jumbies, blue devils are mainstays of traditional Trinidadian Carnival (or ‘ole mas’ as it’s commonly called). A form of Devil Mas/Jab Molassie/Jab-Jab, blue devils are mostly associated with the Maraval hills of Paramin and have also been immortalised in song by 3 Canal with their classic track (and video) Blue. Terrifying... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 1 – Arrival (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 1 – Arrival (video)
This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Sauté TrinbagoIt has been no secret to anyone who follows my Twitter and Facebook accounts that I was extremely excited to attend last Saturday’s Sauté Trinbago. After a 2 year wait, since the last Taste T&T festival, I have been itching for an event that showcases the cuisine and culture of my homeland. I had grand expectations for this event (in... 

Remembering Taste T&T 2008 (video)

Remembering Taste T&T 2008 (video)
As I continue sorting through the 297 photos and videos that I took at this weekend’s wonderful Sauté Trinbago, I thought I would allow you the chance to glance through bits and pieces of Taste T&T 2008. For 3 years it was Trinidad’s premier culinary festival, before being unceremoniously pulled without announcement. Although Sauté Trinbago did not compete with it in scale, it definitely... 

Sauté Trinbago is Today! (video)

Sauté Trinbago is Today! (video)
This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Sauté TrinbagoIt’s been over 2 years since Taste T&T last opened its doors, leaving a trail of unanswered questions and disheartened patrons in its untimely demise. In the interim, many foodies like myself have wondered if and when its resurrection would occur and what, if anything, could rise to fill its place. In a matter of hours Sauté Trinbago... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Coconut! (video)

20 Ways To Enjoy Coconut! (video)
Top 10 Coconut Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Coconut Rock Buns (recipe) Coconut rock buns are a nostalgic treat for me. I vividly remember saving up my allowance, as a child ,to buy them from the lady who sold baked goods out of the back of her station wagon every Wednesday afternoon at my prep school. 2. Coconut Bake (recipe) Here in Trinidad the term bake is applied to any bread... 

Trinigourmet’s Amazon Hotlist for June 2010

Trinigourmet's Amazon Hotlist for June 2010
Church Street, Woodbrook, Trinidad, W.I. It’s the start of another month, and with that comes the posting of my monthly roundup of those items that you all have been clicking (and purchasing) this month. Coming in on top is Ramin Ganeshram’s ode to local cuisine “Sweet Hands”. Unfortunately it appears as though the book has once again gone out of print. I have no idea if (or... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane
Sitting here on a Carnival Tuesday night, watching Brian MacFarlane’s opening presentation for his band this year “Resurrection the Mas” By this time tomorrow we should all know if he has been able to achieve an unbelievable 4 consecutive “Band of the Year” titles. MacFarlane is currently my favourite band designer. I am not a fan of the generic beads and feathers style... 

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 – JW & Blaze “Palance”

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 - JW & Blaze
No Trinidad Carnival post for 2010 would be complete without mention of JW & Blaze and the phenomenon that is “Palance”. This song has taken a word that I doubt I even heard more than once in a year, and turned it into something that everyone is working into the most random and non-sequitur of sentences. There are KFC Palance ‘feasts’ and yuh dun know I want a Palance T-Shirt... 

Vendor Rivalry (video)

Vendor Rivalry (video)
This video has been making the rounds recently. From the first time I saw it I -knew- I had to share it with y’all Created by Trini animator, Ansar Sattar, Vendor Rivalry won Animae Caribe’s 2009 Most Oustanding Caribbean Animation Award. Synopsis: A casual encounter soon escalates into a battle royale, as two local vendors get pushed over the edge. An animated take on a day in the... 

Bussin’ Coconut

Bussin' Coconut
Every now and again I get criticized by a reader for using ‘shortcuts’ in my recipes. Whether it’s a frozen this or a grated that, I’m bound to hear from someone who thinks that unless I grew it, picked it and shelled it myself, I’m really nothing but a lazy bum. Well criticism noted and embraced! I -am- a lazy bum (in my downtime), and I love the conveniences that modern... 

Mid-80′s Stag Commercial (video)

In the 80′s there were no two bigger rivals in the local Beer trade than Stag and Carib. Both had ad campaigns using local musical icons and slick marketing campaigns. In the above minimalist ad, Calypso King of the World, The Mighty Sparrow waxes poetic on its virtues Although in random talks with people Stag seemed to be the sentimental favourite, at the end of the day it was Carib though... 

Corn Truck

Corn Truck
Truck with corn, Churchill-Roosevelt Highway Tweet  Read More →

Nescafe Billboard

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