9 chocolate makers you can only find in Trinidad and Tobago

Did you know that Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is the world's best-kept secret when it comes to chocolate? It's one of the few places in the world that grows several varieties of trinitario beans, a "fine flavor" cocoa bean. These premium beans are highly coveted in the global market and are mainly used by gourmet [...]

Get to know Trini food: Trinidadian corn soup

Make no mistake, Trinis love food. The size of the waistlines in Trinidad and Tobago bear testament to the favorite local expression,"Better belly buss than good food waste!" Side note: you can learn 19 Trini sayings in this article I wrote for Matador Network. In this foodie nation, there are many favorites. One is Trinidadian corn soup. [...]

Review: CNN’s Parts Unknown on Trinidad and Tobago

“There’s Trinidad, and Tobago: One country, two very different islands, two very different places. One island is what you expected when you arrive wearing flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt, all greased up with cocoa butter; the other ain’t about that at all.” – Anthony Bourdain   I’ve always been a fan of Anthony Bourdain’s travel [...]

6 classic novelists from Trinidad and Tobago you should know about

“The best way to know the soul of another country is to read its literature.” Amos Oz Trinidad and Tobago, located at the end of the Caribbean archipelago and very close to the South American continent, is a cultural hotbed. The birthplace of steelpan and calypso is also home to an established and incredibly diverse [...]

Asa Wright Nature Center

As a long time/on and off again Trinidad and Tobago resident, it’s sometimes hard for me to like the place. Yes, the landscape is littered with bars, strip malls, Indian expos, Chuck E Cheese’s, Starbucks (a recent incursion), KFC, Pizza Hut, and McDonald’s. Yes, there's traffic, accidents, pollution, and a serious crime problem. But there’s [...]

Deep travel: 5 books to help you understand the Caribbean

Think the Caribbean is just a sun, sea, and sand playground where rum flows like water and sunsets make you cry?   Think again. As a traveler, if you really want to understand the region more deeply, read Caribbean literature by Caribbean authors. Dig below the Instagrammable surface of street parties and deserted beaches and [...]

It’s not a typical Trini Indian Wedding unless these 9 things happen

 If you're ever in Trinidad and Tobago, don't miss the bacchanal of a typical Trini Indian (usually Hindu) wedding. Here are 9 things that may happen while you're there. 1. The wedding lasts a long time. Unlike traditional Western-style weddings that wrap up in one day, Hindu weddings in Trinidad and Tobago are marathon affairs. [...]

Spending Christmas abroad

For many Trinis, spending Christmas away from home is nothing short of sacrilegious. No one disagrees with Susan Maicoo when she sings, "Oh yes! Trini Christmas is de best!" Firstly, why would anyone want to skip the food: rum-soaked black cake, meaty pastelles, pineapple-studded ham, roast turkey, sorrel, wild meat, ponche de creme? Then, there's parang music and carols on the radio, Soca Santa [...]