National Dish of Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada (recipes inside)

One thing that didn’t take me by surprise is Trindad’s national dish, pelau. While there is unending debate as to what the national dish of Trinidad and Tobago is, all my research points to Pelau-a rice, chicken and vegetable bouyon I’ve loved since my childhood years. Follow the link below to find ther recipe compliments Caribbeanpot.com.

Pelau recipe(caribbeanpot.com)

Ground provisions, saffron, curry, coconut milk and all types of meat under the sun come together to creat the best tasting dish in the world, Oil Down (my Grenadian bias). Oil Down is the national dish of Grenada and, unlike the name suggests, it is not made with oil but with coconut milk. It is a one-pot dish that combines vegetables, meat,provisions and seasoning to create a rich yellow meal that leaves your tummy satisfied and leaves your tastebuds hungry.Follow the link below for a Grenadian Oil Down recipe compliments meatlovessalt.com. Please note, however,  that we do have access to freshwater year round (lol -_-)

Oil Down recipe(meatlovessalt.com

Hope you enjoy these recipes… 😉

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Trinidad: Easy Access

No. I’m not talking about that amazing Busy Signal song that rang in our ears for years. I’m really talking about how easy it is to access everything in Trinidad. An eye, ear and mouth opener for me is the fact that Trinidad is ALWAYS open. Jus last Sunday, a friend and I wanted to head to Trincity Mall. As we stood under a bus shed waiting on our red band maxi (i’m a proud greenz-trini “traveller” now) approximately twenty maxis passed us, filled to capacity. In Grenada, if you actually get a bus on a Sunday evening you’re a lucky one. As we got to the mall, there were scores of people. It was unbelievable! To us, Sunday is family-time or beach-time, not mall-time. We got through the crowd and went to order our food. Oh goodness, Trini food.  All types of food, everywhere, any time. Curepe is my one-stop food spot. Burgers, clams, barbecued and grilled meats and my favourites gyros and doubles; think it and it’s there. If you’re not in the mood to leave your place of abode, delivery is available from major fast food restaurants like KFC, Mario’s pizzeria, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, JAPS and even a few Chinese restaurants. A fellow Grenadian brother has even dubbed friday’s #KFCFriday’s:only by delivery. Businesses in Trinidad and Tobago never seem to close and there seems to be every type of business you can think of under the hot Caribbean sun. I love Trinidad and Tobago and its EASY ACCESS.

P.S. Check out the link below to see the art of making doubles compliments (c) PAL 😉

Purity vs. Revelry: An experience of two differently similar worlds

In 2004, I was given the option of flying to Trinidad and Tobago to visit my sister who was a student at the Student Accountancy Centre at the time. I declined. The stories carried across Grenadian media about the crime  and general life in Trinidad and Tobago was not my cup of tea at the time. My idea of adventure included visits to waterfalls, hiking and rain-forest exploration. Trodding to what I believed was the land of crime was not on my bucket list. But then, life happened. I was now an adult and needed to attain a University degree. So in 2012, I boarded my Caribbean Airlines flight and headed to the land of steelpan. It was a Sunday(I remembered that day clearly). As I landed, I was surprised at the fact that we werent gated but instead had to walk on the tarmac toward arrivals. As I left the airport, I was surprised that Tunapuna and other places were so rural. I honestly expected a little New York. When I got to the Arthur Lewis Hall of Residence, my place of abode for the past three years, I was surprised at how small the lobby was, at how small the rooms were, at how small that bed was. I was surprised that the inner parts of Trinidad and Tobago were so similar to my dear island, Pure Grenada.

With all these similarities, there were distinct differences. The values and ideologies of the two countries stood out most to me. While Grenada was bent on treasuring the purity of the island, Trinidad and Tobago was focused on revelry. There were festivals and parties every month. The support of the island’s multiculturalism was simply amazing to me. The carnival, phagwa, diwali and other celebrations were an eye-opener. Trinidadians love to party. I love to party too, but I can’t do it like those from the Land of Bacchanal.

After spending almost three years in Trinidad and Tobago I can proudly say I’ve fell in love. Trinidad is my second home. Its my Aunt; Tanty Bacchanal. After I’m finished with my degree I promise to always visit, to always love you and to never doubt your rich goodness. Love Ya :*