Appetizing Thought: London is Calling Sarina of TriniGourmet.com

Sarina of TriniGourmet.com
Sarina of TriniGourmet.com

Sarina lives close to the equator on a vibrant island called Trinidad. Her goal: To be the first Caribbean blogger representing her country (and possibly the region) at next year’s Food Blogger Connect (FBC) in London. No problem, right? Well… in the interview below, Sarina explains how the exchange rate doesn’t work well in her favor–among other factors that makes travel difficult. Meanwhile, she’s representing her culture by way of cooking on her food blog, TriniGourmet.com, publishing eBooks, and producing how-to cooking videos. She’s on a mission to spread the love about her comfort food, and MyLifeRunsOnFood.com wants to help her. Learn more about Sarina and make a contribution to her campaign, London Calling. Read more

Appetizing Event: New Orleans Marches On, Part III

Louisiana White Shrimp and Butter Bean Salad

{This is a three part series. Read Part I and II of How New Orleans Marches On.}

The last supper. It was prepared by four chefs: Brian Landry from Louisiana, Wesley True from Alabama, Randy Evans from Texas and Derek Emerson from Mississippi. Before we broke bread at Borgne Restaurant, we had a round table discussion to clarify common misconceptions about Gulf seafood.  Read more

Appetizing Event: New Orleans Marches On, Part I

Shrimp Salad at the Gumbo Shop

When I think back on my trip to New Orleans, the one dish I won’t forget is Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona Restaurant’s Oyster Rockefeller with ramps. There are no pictures, because I chose to experience the moment of savoring the flavor of sweet oysters cooked with mild garlicky, fresh ramps. It was truly divine. As mentioned here, I flew to New Orleans for a two day-trip to learn how the gulf states are moving forward after an oil spill and hurricanes courtesy of The Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition. It was a trip to learn about one of the world’s most competitive and regulated seafood industries, a bit about marine wildlife and mostly about eating abundant fresh seafood.  Read more

Beautifully Serene Lavender Fields

Strawberry Lavender Sorbet

After weeks of resting well and looking at the four corners of my apartment, a good friend suggested we drive two hours to Lavender by the Bay in East Marion, New York. They have a booth in Union Square’s farmer’s market selling lavender bunches, dried lavender for cooking, lavender sachets and more. After reassuring the boyfriend the trip is mostly sitting in a car, walking around the fields for less than an hour and driving another two hours back to the city, my friend and I  left Brooklyn one foggy, mild Thursday morning. We picked a weekday, because the crowds would’ve been too stressful for me (I’m not in the condition to stand in line). We also took a chance, because the weather stations predicted t-storms starting around 1 pm. We started our trip at 7:30 am, so we can return to the city before the heavy rains.  Read more