“Hurry, hurry, come for curry,” said calypsonians Dave “Booker” Martin and Byron Lee and The Dragonaires in their old school hits. Every Divali the lines at roti shops overflow onto the pavements of Trinidad and Tobago. At Hosein’s Roti Shop on Independence Square in Port of Spain you can see hungry customers securing their spots just to reach the cashier to pay for their dhalpuri or buss up shot specials inclusive of channa and potato, pumpkin, bodi, bhaji, curried mango, and chutney which may be completed with either curried chicken, beef, shrimp, or goat. Chan’s Roti Shop is located on First Street in Arouca and provides the neighbourhood with the curried delicacies loved by so many Trinbagonians. While many cooks are preparing a large spread for their families, many people are thankful for roti shops to save the day. That means curry for everybody on Divali!
October 2016 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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- Doubles from “Sauce”
- Pholourie at the Queen’s Park Savannah
- “Sunday lunch” on the Boardwalk
- Bake and shark at Maracas Bay
- Roti from Patraj
- Aloo pies, Saheena, andAloo pies, Saheena at home for breakfastYet, the variety of “epic foods” was arguably not the true epic moment; it was seeing Winta interact with Trinidadians and the environment so smoothly, as if she had grown up in Trinidad. Munching on doubles at the stand? Not a problem! Asking a stranger, “Waz the scene?” No big deal. But in her defence (and she easily recognises this) Winta does have a strong physical resemblance to the average Trini; if it was not for her unique Eritrean accent few people would guess that she was not a national of Trinidad. Makes you wonder if some of Winta’s ancestors might have been Trini or if Trinis are unknowingly Eritreans. Hmmm. Winta then went on to share her experience zip-lining at Macqueripe in Chaguaramas, stating that it was a breathtaking moment to remember. Oh, and she did manage to come across several opportunities for “evening strolls” at different locations across the country. excerpt by Kielon Hilaire
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