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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 […]

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. […]

Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Day Menu

Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Day Menu

Photo: Sookdeo BaneyMarch 30 is Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day in Trinidad & Tobago. From Wikipedia: Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Liberation Day is an annual public holiday celebrated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on March 30. The holiday commemorates the repeal on March 30, 1951 of […]

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: Part 9 – Road March

As Carnival Tuesday draws to a close one song, and one song alone will be crowned as the “Road March” winner. To win “Road March” one’s song needs to be one the played most often over the two day Carnival period, at the various judging […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Ash Wednesday

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Ash Wednesday

This entry is part of 10 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

After the frenzied crescendo of Carnival Tuesday all merriment and debauchery ends (or is supposed to end) with the ushering in of Ash Wednesday and the start of the Roman Catholic observance of Lent. My father tells me that ‘back in the day’ all sound […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 – Carnival Bands

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 – Carnival Bands

This entry is part of 10 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

  I was talking to a Brazilian friend a few years ago and she was surprised at some of the differences between our Carnival and theirs. You see it was a few weeks prior when she decided to look and see what costume/band she should […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 6 – J’Ouvert & Ole Time Mas

This entry is part of 10 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

  J’ouvert (joo-VAY) is the start to the Carnival celebrations. It begins in the pre-dawn hours of Carnival Monday and lasts until daybreak. J’ouvert (which is a Creole corruption of the French Jour Ouvert – day opening) is also known as ‘dirty mas’. It seems […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 – Dimanche Gras

This entry is part of 10 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Dimanche Gras takes place on the Sunday night before Ash Wednesday. Here the Calypso Monarch is chosen (after competition) and prize money and a vehicle bestowed. Also the King and Queen of the bands are crowned, where each band to parade costumes for the next […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 4 – Fetes!

This entry is part of 10 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

If you are getting the sense that Carnival is one big long party you are right! So it only makes sense that one big long party would be made of many many big long parties as well. These parties in Trinidad are called fetes and […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 – Steelbands and Panorama

This entry is part of 10 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

It seems that every time a North American program wants to denote the ‘tropics’ you will hear the sound of a steelpan. It doesn’t even to seem to matter if the ‘tropics’ are in the Caribbean on a cruise ship or in Hawaii! If you […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 – Soca Music

This entry is part of 10 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

It is hard to imagine Carnival without music. And the definitive music of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is soca. So what is Soca Music? Well, why not let Soca Superstar Machel Montano say it in his own words? From Caribbean Music 101 (the original link […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival – A Brief Overview

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival – A Brief Overview

This entry is part of 10 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

  With only a few days before ‘High Mas’ it is time again to shine a spotlight on Trinidad & Tobago’s largest cultural festival, Carnival. Where did the word “carnival” come from? Hundred and hundreds of years ago, the followers of the Catholic religion in […]