Have you ever wondered what the hell happened to corduroy? Ever since Numbers Stores closed its doors (with three branches: High Street and Mucurapo Street San Fernando and Gulf City La Romaine) corduroy is as scarce as calypso on the radio. Numbers was the place to get any popular design or clothes fad. I found … More Ode to Corduroy
In the latter part of 2015 my then 17 year old daughter was invited to an eighteenth birthday party by Anthony, one of her former classmates at ….gasp!…a club!! In this 21st century where party night clubs abound the entertainment environment, the young party goer adheres to what is now considered a normal practice. My … More House Parties of the 80’s
One should not live to eat as that philosophy is fraught with danger. But there are edible pleasures that one could die for. That statement is somewhat contradictory as the act of living is partly based on nutrient intake and the dying is hardly the consequence of anything pleasurable. Until one eats twisty swirly aged … More The Magnificent Macaroni Pie
My second daughter Zari decided that the time has come for her to lock her hair. Back in the 70’s and 80’s it would have ben stated that she has “gone Ras” meaning that she has taken the bold and rebellious step to conform to being a Rastafarian. In these modern times it isn’t really … More Locksification Chronicles
Families in the Caribbean are quite diverse in size, structure and composition. The head of any family in any Caribbean island is also pretty unique and adheres to no textbook prescriptive design. The traditional bedrock nuclear family has been reshaped through significant historical developments starting with indigenous first peoples whose blood still exists in small … More Family Ties
If in an All-inclusive party then firstly join the line long before Machel performs and slowly await your turn to be served If in ah we-people low budget recession jam then call yuh order waving yuh money. Both of these approaches have wider application depending on where you live and buy doubles. Collect the doubles … More Eating Doubles in a Fete
Trinidadians bake on a Saturday. “Trinidadians” is not synonymous with “women”. Many men in Trinidad pride themselves as bakers. My grandfather was one. Originally from Barbados, schooled in pastry and bread-making, he truly was a professional in the art of flour. ‘Papa’ (as he was called) worked at Joseph Stauble’s bakery on New Street San … More Hide de Bread!