A few of my must haves, bound to try!
Since your borders have closed, I have been thinking a lot about you. Not only am I longing for pre-social distancing days, but I am longing to once again touch your soil. You my land of oil and music, have enriched me and many others with the sweetest delicacies from Toco to Icacos, and Mayaro to Gasparee. I have found comfort in both your traditional and non-traditional meals. Planned many interactions around food centered activities, and strengthened bonds during impromptu outdoor cooks by your rivers and beaches.
As the world comes to a halt, and my days now look different due to the current global pandemic as a result Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), I find myself seeking comfort in planning my return trip to you. Yes, once we can safely travel, I shall return, to seek out joy and comfort through my favorite Trini Food!
Trinidad, because of your cultural and ethnic diversity there is always such a wide variety of local cuisine to enjoy. So in order to savor the most during my pending trip, I have decided to list my must have comfort foods using the following categories: street food, "local" fast food and of course the ever important Sunday lunch! While I acknowledge this list is not a complete guide to must have Trini foods, I do think it is a comprehensive guide of foods that anyone visiting Trinidad should try at least once.
Local Fast Food.
Though this category is self explanatory I do want to highlight Roti, one of the top four meals I need to have upon arrival! Roti which is typically served with stews and curry, initially became a popular street food in the southern part of Trinidad. Once it was discovered that by placing curry or the desired filling on the flat roti (think flatbread made from flour) and then wrapping, made roti more convenient to eat, roti shops began to populate Trinidad and then it's sister isle, Tobago.
Make friends with a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago to get the authentic experience!
Now aside from being hungry, my spirits are once again lifted and I cannot wait to return to you my dearest Trinidad and make my way through this list. Until then be safe!
The Travelin' Geo