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The Lenten Season

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Lent is the period when many Christians abstain from something they love from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday (the day before Good Friday).

Traditionally, meat has been the object of abstinence.

The concept of Carnival is actually based on the Christian Lenten Season, names for the Latin Carne-vale meaning Farewell to Flesh.

Carnevale originated in Italy, where Catholics would hold massive formal parties on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Martedi Grasso or Mardi Gras’ Fat Tuesday was meant as the day to clean out the pantry of foods that are forbidden over the next 40 days of Lent.

This practice spread throughout Europe and then to the Caribbean as Europeans gained control of the islands.

The custom of donning masks for these festivities originated in Venice.

    

The Lenten fast ends on Holy Thursday, although Good Friday is also a day of abstaining from meat.

Maintaining your fast during Lent can be a bit difficult, but Caribbean Soul can help!

 

Our fish offerings are broad, from Blackened Salmon or Escovitch Snapper to Curry Coconut Salmon or Brown Stew King Fish. We have Whiting Strips and Catfish Strips, Rundown Salmon (cooked in coconut cream) and Codfish Cakes.

   

Stop by for dinner on your way home to dine-in or carry out.

There’s no reason to be tempted to break your fast during Lent when you can come to Caribbean Soul!

Food Facts: Chocolate

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Is your Valentine’s Day chocolate hidden somewhere deep in a cavernous closet in an effort to avoid its temptation?

Good news!

Research shows that it can actually be good for the cardiovascular system!

Dark chocolate in its most concentrated form contains polyphyenols (also found in red wine) with antioxidant properties.

They help to reduce blood pressure as well as reducing the blood’s ability to clot which lessens the risk of stroke or heart attack. It also increases the levels of Seratonine in the brain, which counteracts depression.

Cocoa beans contain caffeine, which produces a mild diuretic action, increasing urine production.

They contain the minerals magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, and pantothenic acid.

The most beneficial dose is one square of dark, bittersweet chocolate every three days. Eating more does not increase those benefits.

Milk chocolate affects cholesterol negatively due to its fat content from milk and sugar. Just remember: The darker the better!

Delicious Escovitch King Fish

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Try Caribbean Soul’s latest menu offering:

Escovitch King Fish

King Fish fried and smothered with spicy vegetables.

Try with rice & peas and southern collard greens for a nice Caribbean-Soul food fusion!

Spotlight on the Trinidad & Tobago!

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago consists of two islands that lie just off the coast of South America, approximately seven miles from Venezuela.

The main island of Trinidad is consists of plains and low mountains. Tobago boasts a beautiful tropical rainforest that is rumored to have been the island of Daniel Defoe’s classic, Robinson Crusoe.

The indigenous Arawak and Carib Indians that populated the islands were decimated by the Spanish soon after Columbus’ arrival in 1498.

The islands changed possession 22 times before the British took control in 1797 and imported sugarcane and African slaves.

Slavery was abolished by the British in May 1845, and former slaves refused to work the plantations. Indentured servants from India and China were imported to replace the former slaves, drastically altering the ethnicity of the islands.

Today, Trinidad’s demographics consist of 40% East Indian, 37.5% African, 20.5% mixed, and 1% European and Chinese.

Trinidad’s economy is one of the strongest in the Caribbean, with natural resources of oil and gas.

Another natural resource that remains a tremendous secret… beautiful women.

With Trinidad’s carnival being one of the most popular in the world, this secret is admittedly not very well-kept.

 

Trinidad Carnival: The Greatest Show on Earth!

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Carnival is widely celebrated throughout the Caribbean, but Trinidadians are the only ones brazen enough to claim for theirs the title of “The Greatest Show on Earth” in a banner that flies pompously at Piarco airport, greeting revelers arriving from abroad.

 Despite the nationalistic arrogance of Trinidadians, a dispute of this claim just doesn’t ring true.

During carnival season, the entire country is in celebratory mode and the air of festivity is infectious.

Carnival is more than just a parade. The season begins the day after Christmas with weekly themed fetes including concerts and cooler fetes; outdoor fetes where guests bring their own coolers. These fetes highlight new soca music, and artistes perform readily in an effort to gain favor for songs that they hope will win the coveted Soca Monarch or Road March titles.

As carnival nears, fetes take place every night in venues as large as a football field.

One themed fete called Eyes Wide Shut, takes place on Tuesday before carnival and features Machel Montano, a major soca artiste. The theme for this fete is sexy in black, with masks.

The highly coveted Diamondvale Breakfast Fete takes place on carnival Sunday, and is an all-inclusive that begins at 2am and ends at 6pm.

Steel Band Competitions are a major part of Trinidad’s Carnival. At Panorama, steel bands from different regions compete for public recognition.

Kiddie Carnival takes place on carnival Saturday, where children, from toddlers to teenagers, parade in themed bands.

Sunday night is Jouvert, (pronounced Joo-vay) a dark mas where revelers are covered in mud, paint or the latest trend, chocolate syrup, and dance in the streets until the sun rises.

Save your energy; after returning home from Jouvert, you’ll barely have time to shower and change before heading out for the official Parade of Bands, or Cah-ni-val.

Carnival takes place on the Monday and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday, and the bands are judged on Tuesday when masqueraders are in full costume.

With all of the festivities, Ash Wednesday is a necessity to regroup.

Trinidadians customarily head to Maracas Beach or Tobago to recover. If heading to Tobago, make sure you buy your plane ticket well in advance!

Happy Limin’!

Liming!

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A common pastime in Trinidad is

Liming

which means, simply, to hang out!

Liming at the beach, liming at the pool, liming in the “gallery” (otherwise known as the front porch) is great… especially with a cold Stag or Rum Punch in hand!

Trinidadian Cuisine

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

When visiting Trinidad and Tobago, you must be prepared to eat!

The country’s delicious cuisine is evident everywhere, but there are places that are must-haves during your visit.

On arrival at Piarco airport, take a walk down to the far end where the taxi stand, lies and you’ll find the Doubles Lady.

 

Doubles are small, ultra-thin bread similar to roti, filled with curried chick peas or channa. If you can’t take the heat, tell her to hold off on the pepper sauce!

Doubles are often eaten for breakfast in Trinidad, but it’s acceptable at any time.

Corn soup is a staple to any reveler’s diet. Vendors

typically set up outside of the major fete venues with this delicious broth, thickened with split peas and seasoned with a hint of pepper. It’s perfect after a night of dancing.

A visit to Trinidad is not complete without a visit to Richard’s Bake & Shark on Maracas Beach.

Bake is a light, delicious fried bread that’s paired with cilantro-seasoned fried shark and smothered in condiments.

Richard’s has the absolute best condiment table; don’t forget to add the peppery chadon beni (cilantro) sauce and the sweet, tangy tamarind sauce!

A common pastime during carnival is to lime in front of a popular bar called Smokey & Bunty. While liming, stop next door and pick up some delicious smoky jerk chicken with fries. Don’t skimp on the pepper sauce and Trinidad’s own sweet , mild flavored ketchup!

On Ash Wednesday, those who head to Tobago are in for a treat.

Just steps from the beach are quaint huts serving a variety of native food; pigeon peas with rice, macaroni pie, callalloo and stewed chicken, which are all amazing, but Tobago’s own coconut curry crab with dumplings is simply irresistible!

For a nice light dessert, have some mango and pineapple chow or tamarind balls, all sold right on the beach!

Relationship Corner: What is LOVE?

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

“Love is what you make and with whom you make it.”

I’m not sure if the director of Love Jones meant for that comment to define love, but for me, it did.

Love Jones only confirmed what I’d always believed: there is no magical connection. There are no soul mates; no two people who are destined to be together due to some mystical cosmic force.

And yet, the hero and heroin conquered all at the end, living happily ever after. It was exactly how we wanted them to be; probably because it’s what we all want for ourselves. Yet, if you take out the romanticism, it’s difficult to see this happening in real life.

“All of these people running around here jumping, skipping, falling in love... falling in love ain't sh**. Somebody talk to me, please, about how to stay there...”

The first stage in a relationship is the Infatuation Stage. This stage is characterized by great passion, but often accompanied by unrealistic expectations.

Couples share an air of playfulness, laughter, sexual energy and chemistry that causes feelings of euphoria , and this is when it’s believed that they are in love.

Once this stage ends and reality sets in, feelings of ambivalence may emerge, and many feel that they’ve fallen out of love at this point.

Psychologists have quite a bit to say about getting past the stages that follow infatuation. It requires communication, understanding, compromise and many other unclear, complicated things that don’t always lead to a successful relationship.

But there’s a simpler solution. Well, maybe not simpler, but significant.

The key to being In Love is vulnerability.

Allowing yourself to be vulnerable to someone else is scary. Risky. Dangerous.

You can have the capacity to love someone very much, but unless that person holds your heart in their hands, a heart that you voluntarily gave, despite the fact that every time they squeeze it, just a little, you can barely breathe, and squeezing happens simply with a look or a touch… you’re not in love.

In Love Jones, there were challenges; ups and downs, games and rhetoric between the two key characters, and yet, they ended up together due to that one compelling factor. The both allowed themselves to become vulnerable at the end by sharing their true feelings… that they wanted to be together.

It was scary.

Risky.

Dangerous.

They were both very vulnerable at that point.

And that is love.

Healthy Eating at Caribbean Soul!

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Get America Fit Foundation reports that obesity is currently the second highest cause of preventable death in the United States, afflicting 69 million Americans!

Obesity elevates the risk of developing dangerous conditions including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke.

Regular exercise and healthy eating is essential to reversing this trend.

Unfortunately, the rate of obesity in this country is steadily rising, largely due to the general tendency to mentally associate healthy food with blandness.

Caribbean cuisine is prepared using fresh herbs and spices including plenty of garlic and pepper, both praised for their antioxidant qualities.

In contrast, Southern cuisine is often perceived as fatty or unhealthy, when in reality, many Southern dishes can be prepared in a way that is healthier and much less fatty.

Caribbean Soul offers a vast variety of chicken and fish options prepared without animal fat that can be paired with fresh, healthy vegetables seasoned with fresh herbs and spices.

We encourage our valued patrons to opt for these with healthier side orders.

Our meatless collard greens or cabbage goes very well with our yummy candied yams or perfectly seasoned rice & peas.

Caribbean Soul has adapted

the tenet that the concept of Healthy Eating should never be indicative of Tastelessness, and consequently, we are launching a Healthy Eating Campaign that highlights our many healthier options.

We challenge you to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, while choosing options from our Healthy Eating menu!

Being healthy doesn’t have to mean deprivation, and smarter choices means a healthier you!


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