Beat it Like Pan: My Favorite Moments from Machel Monday 

Machel Monday - The Journey of a Soca King

Carnival is a few days away and I don’t think I’ve ever missed it so much. Even though I’m not in Trinidad, I had the opportunity to watch Machel Monday through various sources on Facebook Live. It sure didn’t help my FOMO, but I loved it! There were tons of highlights throughout the show, but here are my favorite moments from Machel Monday – “Journey of a Soca King”. Read Also: 5...

Best Hairstyles for Playing Mas

Best hairstyles for playing mas

Carnival is here! As a masquerader, you spent your money to play in the best band, so you definitely want to look your best out on the road. I have some tips for first timers in my carnival prep post, but didn’t mention anything about hair. Hairstyles that work best are when hair is out of your face. If you have no clue how to do your hair or are limited on time...

How My Grandparents Inspired Me to Travel

How My Grandparents Inspired Me to Travel

Today is the celebration of National Grandparent’s Day. I honestly didn’t know it existed, but it has been celebrated in the US on the first Sunday after the Labor Day holiday since 1978. With all of the acknowledgements and praises shown on my social media feeds, it made me realize how much of an inspiration my own grandparents have been to me in regards to travel. I never met my...

5 Reasons I Need Another Weekend in Tobago

I took a few days off and spent my Memorial Day weekend with some family in the beautiful island of Tobago. As mentioned before I’ve been to Trinidad a handful of times, but never Tobago. Back in February my cousin found a good deal on tickets to Trinidad from New York. We didn’t really want to spend time in the city, so we called a few family members that lived in Trinidad to...

Back to my Roots: Trini Cooking with The League of Kitchens

Trini Cooking with the League of Kitchens

I appreciate the League of Kitchens for providing me with a complimentary cooking class. As I always, the opinions are my own. If you would like more information or are interested in taking one of their classes, I encourage you to visit their website. I remember the first time assisting in Trini cooking at my Great-Great Grandmother’s house in Laventille, Trinidad. I was 8 years old and my aunt delegated...

The Atmosphere Have Vibes…My First J’ourvet Experience

The Atmosphere Have Vibes My First J'Ourvet Experience

It’s mid winter and that means Carnival is near. Although I’m not going back to Trinidad for Carnival this year, I’m always reminded of my first j’ourvet experience. J’ouvert (French pronunciation: ​[ʒuvɛʁ]) is a large street party during Carnival in the eastern Caribbean region. J’ouvert is a contraction of the French jour ouvert, or dawn/day break. We Ready… I’ve only seen J’ourvet in Brooklyn and end results (and news) were never...