It is so hard to come back to MN and its cold weather and snow after being home in Trinidad for the past 2 weeks. I came out of the airport to a blast of cold MN, winter air…brrrr.

I have been asked countless times will I go back to Trindad to live and my answer is always no. Never! It took me 20 years to get out of there…no way am I going back there to live. I truly believe I live in the land of oppertunities with its cold weather, its 3 months of Summer and its snow! I will gladly take it all rather than going back to Trindad to live.

Why you ask will I give up the lazy island life with its 30 something holidays, its steaming hot weather, the food, the beautiful music, the beaches. Well there are pros and cons to living on an island. The pros, obvioulsy the sun, the food, the relaxed living, the holidays, the close neighborhood living, the close proximity to the beaches, the party life just to name a few.

The cons, in order to have a good lifestyle there, I am sorry to say this but you better dang well have a good income! And to get that good income it does not matter how much education you have, its who you know and how can they get you in. The roads are terrible for driving, everything is far away, its like a day trip just to go to the mall or to the town, the uncleanliness of the streets and beaches, the mean, arrogant attitude of the people who work in the restaurants or public buildings there is unbelievable…the crime. And this is to name a few as well.

So yes there are pros and cons to living on an island. Its which one you are willing to tolerate the most. I do love going back for vacation mainly because I still have friends and family that I do enjoy visiting with. But I can only handle a few weeks at most. I will always love my Country as that will be home forever. No where else can I go and get my roast pork, my fish broth, my cookup rice with pigtail, my street side BBQ, and most importantly my doubles and my Bake and Shark! So I will always have to return home for these.

Here is a closeup of my Bake and Shark from Maracas Bay…delish! I will be back in full swing this weekend with a new recipe, in the mean time enjoy drooling over this!

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I was the cat’s meow tonight! LMBO I know…what? Well it is halloween! I was cat woman…wait, I was a sexy cat woman if I do say so myself! Ha!

It was a house party…but the costumes I saw tonight was awesome! There was an evil Dorothy who looked totally awesome. And there was Elton John, and of course the prisoner with her hand cuffs…

It was a fun night I must say…the things you learn! WOW.

I made a desert to take to the party and one of my recipes that I already have on my site. This was my first attempt of making a desert, it was a hit! It was a Cheesecake filled Strawberry. And the other recipe was my Yuca/Cassava Patties.

 

 

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I bet you are wondering about the heading of my post. Well this past weekend I had dinner and drinks with my gal pals. After dinner we retired to my friends home so that we can work on their profiles as two of them are going online!

Now what I have learn’t is that it is really hard to write about yourself. I know most people say it is easy to talk or write about yourself because who knows you better than you! That is until you have to write a profile let me tell you.

Personally I am not an online dating person, I am old fashioned and do believe in eye contact, that first glimpse of the person across the room, the nervous glances to see if he is still looking at you, yeah that is all me. However the name of the game in this day and age is online dating! It has worked for thousands. So my girls decided it was time to set aside the maintainance man and start looking for the real deal, True love!

So what exactly do you say in these profiles? Do you stick to the generic stuff, like you like movies, you like hiking, exercising, you are honest, confident? And the big question…what type of guy are you looking for? What a loaded question! Drop dead sexy of course! Cause you do not want to roll over one morning and wake up next to some guy who has horns growing out of his head right! LMBO

Ahhhh online dating…it is work. You have to really know how to write and weave a story that will capture your perfect guy. Goodluck to my ladies!

Today I made Coconut Curried Shrimp as I was going to a dinner party and had to take a dish. It was very easy and quick. You have to try it!

And before I go…I am super close to 1000 hits to my food blog. I shall be giving away a prize once I hit the mark all you have to do is leave me a comment and you will be automatically entered.

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It seems only fitting that I am blogging today from NC, seeing that the Vikings played the Panthers yesterday and got their butts handed to them on a silver platter! Luckily I did not wear my Panthers or my Vikings football jersey yesterday! And yes I actually have both teams jerseys, in fact I have jerseys with each of the teams in the NFL, so I root for whomever is winning that day! It drives my family nuts. LOL

I am in NC for work. I cannot complain about the weather here, compared to MPLS it is perfect. Got out of the airport yesterday and it felt like I was at the ocean! Which I will be at in 2 weeks. I am anxiously counting down the days. I cannot wait to eat my Bake and Shark, doubles every morning, my mom’s home cooking everyday. I am sure to gain at least 4 pounds. Hence the reason why I am trying to lose 3 pounds at least before I go home. So I can even it out and not feel guilty while I am gorging on everything in sight! I promise to make a really good effort to take pictures of the foods that are popular to Trinidad and Tobago while I am there. Hmmm Crab and dumplings! Ahhh I cannot wait. I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the cool waves of the ocean lapping at my feet already.

Okay recipe time. I made and ate for the first time Lobster Mac and Cheese. Yes it was my first time eating mac and cheese. The reason is that I do not eat cheese or anything with cream. But my brother-in-law raves about these lobster mac and cheese at the restaurants we go to. So I figure what the heck I am going to give it a shot. It turned out way better than I anticipated.

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It rained all night and into today. I love, love when it rains at night. It is one of my fondest memories of growing up in Trinidad and having a tin roof on our house rather than shingles.

There is no better feeling than hearing the rain falling on the roof , at night, getting goose bumps. Of course with all good things there is always a downside, as if that rain continued to fall throughout the night and into the next morning when it was time for me to take my 2 mile trek to catch a taxi then I was always gaurenteed to get soaked! LOL

And back then there was no phones in my village and the taxis did not come all the way into it either. I kept in shape thats for sure. I know you are saying well why did I not break out my umbrella? Well I just did not have one and back then folks did not give people rides in their cars, especially when I was soaked. Now when I say give people rides, you have to understand when you live on a small island and in a small village everyone knows everyone! No way you can keep a secret from your parents.

If you sneezed too loudly in your home the people 6 houses away knew about it. It is just the way life is on a small island. I must admit I do miss that neighbourly feel I had while growing up. Where I live now, the neighbor across the street passed away and we did not even hear about it until a month later. In Trinidad when someone dies, a mike that is hooked up to the roof of a car goes around the area and announces the death so everyone knows, here, only your family and close friends knows.

Today while it rained outside, I stayed inside and cooked up some good spicy curry goat. It was delicious. Do not let the term goat scare you. It is actually a good meat. When prepared the right way it will not be gamey. Try it out for yourself.

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