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Hiking Aripo Waterfalls (Caribbean Hiking Adventures review)

Going anywhere off the beaten trail in Trinidad can be a risky proposition. Hiking through the forest is definitely one of those recreations in the riskier categories, especially when you read of the holdups, group robberies while on the hiking trail, or hearing of trapguns shot at people who venture off the marked trails because the lost hiker stumbled into …

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Dattatreya Temple and 85 ft Hanuman Murti in Carapichaima

One of the more famous religious sites in Trinidad is the 85-foot-high Hanuman murthi — the largest outside India it’s claimed, and the architectural designs of the pinkish/saffron (Kesari) colored Dattatreya Mandir at Orange Field Road, Carapichaima. Now in Trinidad, you would assume that if there is a sign off the highway at the Carlsen Field flyover, you would expect …

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Trinidad’s Pitch Lake with a side of Debe Doubles …

It’s been about 20 years since I last went to the Pitch Lake in La Brea. One might ask why I haven’t been back to this geological phenomenon located right in my “backyard” in Trinidad in so long … well it’s simple really … it’s always been there and will always be there. As for the facts The Pitch Lake …

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Tadjah night hunting in St. James

This is the reaction I got tonight from the folks at home (note Trini English)… <Dad> Where are you out to tonight? <Me> Hosay <Dad> Huh? Yuh mean in St. James? But it not safe down there … it have so much crime there <Me> I’ll be fine … <Dad> Who yuh meeting? <Me> People …. Anyway for years I’ve …

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Going North to Blanchisseuse

Growing up in Chaguanas or Central/South Trinidad meant that going up “North” was a prettybig event. My parents being your very typical Indo-Trinidadians didn’t like the hustle and bustle of “North”. As you might figure, going up “North” meant that you were going to Port of Spain and the North Coast. In Trinidad, we use four directions North – means …

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Roti Ranking Scale Version 2.0

In the newest and latest version of the Roti Ranking Scale … I’ve applied it to two restaurantsĀ that D and IĀ ate at this weekend. Danforth Roti Shop and ACR Doubles and Roti in Toronto. The first calibration of the scale was done based on factors described in the scale. BTW for those who think I have waaayyy too much time …

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Roti Ranking Scale Version 1.0

I am by no means, a mathematical whiz or statistician but I figured in starting to review Roti and Doubles, one should have an objective way of measuring apples to apples. No two rotis are ever the same, even from the same vendor, since the “Roti Taste Ranking” (RTR) or Roti Ranking depends on a number of factors. For instance, …

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Saturday cricket in Barrackpore

As much as I love cricket, I never had the chance to play village cricket in Trinidad. The only time I was in Barrackpore was going to see Ria Maharaj at Princes Town. The things that a young man will go through just to see a girl … young and dumb! The only problem with village cricket is that the …

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