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Vote For Shimmerlicious Pizza!

Vote For Shimmerlicious Pizza!

I’ve been hearing great things about the Southland’s Shimmerlicious Pizza since mid-2017!  Now I’m happy to share that it’s owner, Shimone Anthony is a finalist in the Scotiabank Vision Achiever Training Program! Visit https://goo.gl/5u4nhm to vote for her! Look out for more on Shimone and Shimmerlicious […]

Trini Chef Dr. Winette McIntosh-Ambrose Goes for GOLD Tonight on Chopped!

Trini Chef Dr. Winette McIntosh-Ambrose Goes for GOLD Tonight on Chopped!

  Tonight! Watch Trini Chef, and my fellow BAHS alum, Dr. Winette McIntosh-Ambrose on the #CHOPPED Gold Medal Games Finale on FoodNetwork !!! 10PM EST!!! Be sure to Tune In ?  

Taste Vinoteca restaurant re-launches in new Maraval Plaza location

Taste Vinoteca restaurant re-launches in new Maraval Plaza location

Restaurant Contact Details Address: Maraval Plaza Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Phone: +1 (868) 323-4830 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. URL: https://www.facebook.com/TasteVinoteca/ About: Taste is a wine centric, Tapas style of dining with a Euro Mediterranean menu. We focus on Old World wine with […]

Sarina’s Vegetarian “Paramin Surprise” Sandwich”  (I’m on to the Semi-Finals!) (recipe)

Sarina’s Vegetarian “Paramin Surprise” Sandwich” (I’m on to the Semi-Finals!) (recipe)

“And the winner is…” My breath froze as I waited to hear the next words from Joel Villafana, host of the popular morning program “Cup of Joe”. When he said “Sarina Bland of TriniGourmet.com” I was just about ready to pass out! That day had […]

Catch me today on “Cup of Joe” for the “Kiss Sandwich Showdown”!

Catch me today on “Cup of Joe” for the “Kiss Sandwich Showdown”!

  It’s another installment of the #KissSandwichShowdown on #CupofJoeTT !! This #FoodieFriday, Jenna G, The Hijabi TT @afunlovingfoodie and Sarina Bland @trinigourmet face off with their #KissHealthyBalance12Grain #sandwiches. Tune in for the fun, 10:00 am on #CCNTV6!! @kiss.baking.company #sandwich #foodies #healthyeating #bread #trinidadandtobago   Hey […]

New Year, New Approaches

New Year, New Approaches

  Happy 2018 everyone! It feels like,  and has been, a year and a day since I last wrote in here. You can thank some over zealous Russian hackers for that. After slowly recovering from the death of my father in late 2015, and health […]

Trinidad Independence Day Menu [MENU PLAN]

Trinidad Independence Day Menu [MENU PLAN]

Opening of the Churchill-Roosevelt/Uriah Butler Interchange, May 1 2009 August 31st is Trinidad’s Independence Day. This year’s menu is a trifecta of the new, the old, and a new twist on an old favourite 🙂 What will yours be this year? 🙂 I do have […]

Emancipation Day in Trinidad & Tobago [JOIN ME ON A SPECIAL TOUR!]

Emancipation Day in Trinidad & Tobago [JOIN ME ON A SPECIAL TOUR!]

What is Emancipation Day? August 1st is Emancipation Day in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday. Trinidad and Tobago was the first country in the world to commemorate the abolition of slavery with a national observance, and since that time several other countries (mostly in […]

Indian Arrival Day Menu

Indian Arrival Day Menu

May 30th is Indian Arrival Day, a public holiday here in Trinidad and Tobago. Indian Arrival Day commemorates the arrival of the first East Indian labourers to our shores. From the National Library Website: Indian Arrival Day, celebrated on 30th May, commemorates the arrival of […]

Trinidad Paime (recipe)

Trinidad Paime (recipe)

As promised, here is a recipe for Paime (pron. PAY-me)! Paime is basically a sweet version of the savoury pastelle. I only recently discovered that Paime is also a traditional Xmas dish. Well that explains why it seemed I never could find it lol! No […]

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Like sorrel, Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas institution. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound (and I love taste testing when we make the visiting rounds). Still, the best black cake is always the recipe that one grew up […]

Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)

Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)

mom’s ginger beer brewing in the sun 😀 The above scene and bottle feel as though they have always been with me, they occur with such comforting regularity. Ginger beer is something that is enjoyed by both Trinis and Jamaicans however in my experience many […]

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

Christmas in Trinidad is a diverse multicultural affair. Not just for the Christian population, but also through the secular participation of the nation at large through the enjoyment of our local christmas songs (called parang) and especially the creation and consumption of our traditional Christmas […]

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!

One of Trinidad’s seasonal delights, pastelles are a steamed cornmeal pie wrapped in banana leaves and filled with stewed meat, olives, and raisins. I’ve been told that they are very similar to Latin American tamales, and indeed Venezualan foodblogger Tomasnomas has a link to the […]

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)

What is Parang? Well Parang is the soundtrack to Christmas here in Trinidad. More than that however Parang is also a culture, a way of life that sweeps through my island after the lights of Eid and Divali have been put away. The What is […]

PAIR IT! Mario’s Veggie Pizza & Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

PAIR IT! Mario’s Veggie Pizza & Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

  Sometimes I just don’t want to cook. There, I’ve said it. Surprised? Don’t be! I love cooking but like all love affairs sometimes I just want to be the center of attention, want to be able to kick back, or just enjoy some solitude. […]