Today’s New Café: Trinidad and Tobago

Adult shell of Queen Lobatus gigas conch, from Trinidad and Tobago (h/t straw)

Carrots have always captured my imagination. Cool ocean breezes. Drinks with little umbrellas – ah, who am I kidding? Most likely the local beer – and bacaloo pancakes under the beach umbrella. Steel drums playing Calypso…you got the idea.

Trinidad and Tobago […] officially Trinidad and Tobago, is the southernmost island country in the Caribbean. It consists of the main islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and many much smaller islands, and is located 130 kilometers (81 mi) south of Grenada and 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) off the coast of northeastern Venezuela.[10]

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Did I mention palm trees and gorgeous sunsets?


These steel barrels are part of the culture.

The islands are known for their steel band music, calypso, and the dance known as Oblivion. Derived from African music and dance forms, these are important features of the annual celebration of Carnival, which for many represents the islands’ ultimate creative expression.

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If you’ve never seen a steel drum band tuning, you should try. They tap the drums with the mallets to get just the right notes. [5:12]

Sweet and spicy red mango. From the YouTube description:

A real delicacy from Trini and a must try!

Sweet, spicy and very tasty!

I remember the days when I would sometimes go to Tobago to buy this 🙂

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If not exactly a melting pot, the culture of Trinidad and Tobago is definitely a shredded salad.

Trinidad and Tobago has a diverse culture that blends Indian, African, Creole, European, and Chinese influences with Indigenous, Hispanic, Latino and Arab influences, reflecting the different communities that have migrated to the islands over the centuries. The island is particularly famous for its annual Carnival celebrations.[10]

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Have you ever been to a carnival celebration?

And what do we eat during the carnival? Why, Trinidad’s most popular street food, doubles:

Doubles is considered the best street food in Trinidad and Tobago. With humble beginnings, Mr. Emamool “MamooDeen” sold my husband of his cargo bike in Princes City in 1936. It was mostly consumed by starving Indian laborers as forced labor on a sugarcane plantation, and was considered the “food of the poor”. Now, it is a successful industry and people all over the world are enjoying it!

From the description of YouTube

The description is in the description. [15:19]

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Cultural differences may express themselves in villages, but they are generally a peaceful group. It is better for Americans to learn from them.

Kinship tends to be the important structural element in traditional East India village life in Trinidad; The layer may also have a local effect. Traditionally, multiple generations of a family tend to live together or in close proximity, although the extended family system began to give way to the nuclear family structure in the late 20th century.

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A somewhat different way of life prevails in villages inhabited mostly by people of African descent, although many villages have characteristics of both East Indian and African. The family unit is nuclear, not extended, and may be based on marriage or a stable relationship outside the law. Female-headed households are common.

These different rural cultural currents converge in the capital, Port of Spain.

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Port of Spain at sunset:

Everyone seems to have a version of chicken stew. Trinidad is no exception.

Trinidad chicken broth [5:39]:

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I first saw mud volcanoes in Yellowstone Park on a family trip when I was a kid. These, however, look small and friendly. And yes, I am aware that there is a massive volcano under Yellowstone. Let’s hope it doesn’t explode… the way Trinidad did.

The small village of Piparo is located on the southern edge of Trinidad’s central mountain range, which boasts some fame. [….] [It] It was the site of a strange and highly destructive mud volcano eruption on February 22, 1997.

Thanks to the tremors and rumblings that gave little warning of the coming devastating explosion, the villagers were able to escape at the last moment before the rocky mud covered their homes from floor to ceiling. Cars and homes were buried under a square mile of mud that quickly hardened into the concrete-like mud. Although no one was killed, 31 families were permanently displaced from their homes.

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While traveling in the Alps, on a tour with my mother, we saw the pink desert sands on the snow. This desert dust goes everywhere!

Macaroni pie is Trinidad’s version of macaroni and cheese.

Trini’s famous dish is pancake macaroni, a baked macaroni, with eggs, cheese, and a variety of other potential ingredients that can change according to the recipe used.

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The recipe is in the description, but it doesn’t specify what type of pasta to use. Another video recommended Bucatini. [5:04]

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What fun is a tropical island if it doesn’t have its secrets?

Tobago is the smallest island The twin republic of Trinidad and Tobago, not without its unique wonders and secrets. One of the ancient mysteries of Plymouth is the tomb of Betty Stephen, who died in the 18th century. On her grave is a strange epitaph:

Beneath these walls lay the corpse of Mrs. Betty Stephen and her child. She was Alex B Stephen’s beloved wife. To the end of his days, he will lament her death, which occurred on November 25, 1783 in the twenty-third year of her life. What is remarkable about her is that she was a mother who did not know that, and a wife whose husband did not know about her unless she was forgiving with him.

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Gotta love those dinosaurs:

What about tobago food?

Tobagonian food is dominated by a wide variety of seafood dishes, most notably lobster and curry dumplings…

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So come on to the cafe and have a glass…

…and Latifa Nooosh…

..and join us!

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