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THE INS & OUTS OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2017

Project Co-ordinators Patricia Lewis Soraya Gonsalves

The Recommended In-Room Guide of The Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association and the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association.

Editor Anna Walcott-Hardy

The Ins & Outs is widely distributed locally to visitors through hotel rooms, villas, guesthouses and restaurants. It reaches residents through select merchants, conferences, seminars and business organisations. T&T’s overseas diplomatic missions and World Travel Market form part of the international distribution. Download the FREE Ins & Outs APP with extensive listings of restaurants, accommodation and entertainment in Trinidad and Tobago. See what’s on with our Calendar of Events, learn/read about our carnival, sport and festivals for 2017 along with touring information.

Trinidad Cover Artist

Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888) Born at Corinth Estate, San Fernando, in 1813, Michel Jean Cazabon’s family were members of the free coloured community that migrated from Martinique to Trinidad. Fluent in French and English, the renowned painter was educated at St. Edmund’s College, Ware, England, and then in Paris where he studied art under the tutelage of Paul Delaroche and Michel-Martin Drolling, among others. Painting landscapes, seascapes and portraits in mostly oil and watercolour, his work was exhibited at the Salon du Louvre in 1839 and then annually from 1843 to 1847. His work has been part of several collections at home and abroad including the ‘Lord Harris’ Collection. Trinidad cover image: Sunlit Valley (Diego Martin Valley from Fort George)

Tobago Cover Artist

Nizam Baksh Although born in Trinidad, Nizam Baksh moved to Tobago when he was just six years old with his family to the Windward side of the isle, before moving closer to the capital of Scarborough. A graduate of The University of the West Indies, where he gained a post-graduate degree in Arts and Cultural Management, he also gained a BSc in Computing and Information Systems from the London Metropolitan University. He paints mostly in acrylics but continues to experiment in watercolour and oils. He also founded the Tobago Art, an enterprise with a mandate to develop and promote the island’s art. His paintings are on display in galleries in Trinidad and Tobago. Tobago cover image: Fiesta

Advertising Sales Patricia Lewis Marie Gurley Betti Gillezeau Kathleen Maynard Katherine Mc Donald Inshan Ramsaroop

Layout Shayam Karim Patricia Lewis Sally Miller Design Tao Howard - Miller Publishing Production Patrice Letren Production Assistants Nichele West-Broome Jennifer Gittens Photographers Christopher Anderson Troy Andrews Aujourd’hui Studio Nicholas Bhajan Edison Boodoosingh Stephen Broadbridge Caribbean Aerial Photography Andrea de Silva Allan V. Crane Laura Ferreira Studios Lola Flash Marcus Gomez Aartie Gosein Marcus Gonzales Mark Hardy Gary Jordan Lisa-Marie Kowlessar Patricia Lewis Che Lovelace Wendell Nana-Moore/ FlashBooth Maria Nunes Robert Ramkissoon Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes Peter Sheppard Jason Sookermany Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Trinidad Media Concepts www.caristock.com Video Aerial & Ground Solutions Ayanna Young Writers Patti-Ann Ali Jeanette Awai Jodi Bishton Roslyn Carrington Elspeth Duncan Dawn Glaisher Seajade Investments Paul Hadden Geoffrey MacLean Jason Radix Bavina Sookdeo Anna Walcott-Hardy Sheldon Waithe Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Special Thanks to the National Museum and Art Gallery

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While every care has been taken in the compilation of information contained in this guide, such information is subject to change without notice. The publishers accept no responsibility for such changes. Copyright © 2017 Caribbean Tourism Publications. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Printed in Panama.

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Contents TRINIDAD 6-136

Feature Calendar Festivals

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Carnival

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Multi-cultural Festivals

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Shopping

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Arts and Craft

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Health and Beauty

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Exploring

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Beaches

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Waterfalls

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Business Accommodation Hotels & Guesthouses Entertainment

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Special Events

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Sports

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Restaurants

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Contents TOBAGO 137-192

Festivals Heritage Festival

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Touring Beaches

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Shopping Property Entertainment

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Tobago Jazz Experience

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Tobago Fashion Week

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Weddings

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Sports

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Diving

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Accommodation Hotels & Guesthouses Restaurants Fast Facts

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Thatched Huts on a Cocoa Estate, Trinidad (c.1850)

Cazabon’s Legacy by Anna Walcott-Hardy

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hey came from across the country to view the paintings of another time, another world, familiar yet strange, the works of 19th century artist, Michel Jean Cazabon. The popular 2016 exhibition featured ten newly acquired paintings by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, at the Diplomatic Centre, St. Ann’s. “Cazabon’s oeuvre is extensive; his work shows a wide knowledge of media – oils, watercolours, gouache, gesso etc.” explained Geoffrey MacLean, curator of the exhibit and the author of several seminal books on the artist. “Although he was primarily a watercolourist and landscape artist, both his formal and informal portraits are highly valued, and his illustrations for the newspapers of the day are of important historic significance.” At the ‘Cazabon’s Legacy’ exhibit featuring 49 works by the artist, as well as his student Margaret Mann, patrons openly admired the colours, richer than any reproduction, the refined hues and seamless washes. Although some may argue that in the landscapes, the light is more reflective of a temperate rather than tropical climate, the insight the artist brings into the history, topography and layered socio-economic society of Trinidad is incomparable. From his more structured commissioned portraits to the more relaxed style of the sketches, Cazabon painted merchant and aristocrat, planter and labourer, with equal esteem and detail. MacLean notes that the name Cazabon originates from Basque Country in northern Spain. It is thought that the Cazabons arrived in Trinidad via Martinique, perhaps as early as the 1730s. Cazabon’s mother, Rose Debonne, married

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Francois in Trinidad about 1797, bringing into the marriage the 270-acre Corynth Estate in north Naparima. The families were part of the free-coloured community that migrated to the Naparimas under the Spanish Government’s Cedula of Population. The new migrants established a thriving sugar industry over the years, but were viewed with great suspicion after the surrender of the Spanish under Governor Don José María Chacón, as the island began a new chapter under British rule in 1797. Over a decade later in 1813, Cazabon was born. At thirteen, he left for St. Edmund’s College, England, before studying art in Paris, France. There he would thrive under the tutelage of Jean-Antoine Theodore Gudin (1802-1880), Michel Martin Drolling (1789-1851), Antoine Leon Morel-Fatio (1810-1871) and perhaps, also Paul Delaroche (1797-1856). Having exhibited at the Salon du Louvre, Paris, initially in 1839 and annually from 1843-1847, he also travelled throughout France and Italy, and returned to his homeland in 1848. Over the years, he produced a series of elegant lithographs on views of Trinidad, as well as sketches for the Illustrated London News that focused on key historical events, including The Riots of 1845 and The Great Fire of Port of Spain of 1850. After a short stint in Martinique, the artist returned to Trinidad where he taught at private colleges, while continuing to paint at the studio on Edward Street, Port of Spain. Cazabon married Louise Rosalie Trolard (1821-1885) and they had three children. Although he was an acclaimed artist, Michel Jean Cazabon died in abject poverty on 20th November 1888 and was buried at the Lapeyrouse Cemetry, Port of Spain. The collection can be viewed at the National Museum and Art Gallery (Royal Victoria Institute), Frederick Street, Port of Spain.

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Before Columbus claimed discovery, there were several attempts to settle the island, from Spanish sea captains to Dominican Missionaries. For centuries before this, the Amerindians had developed an integrated, complexed socio-political system, including the settlement in Cumucurapo, an area extending from Port of Spain into St James, where an historic battle took place in 1582. Many believe this area may have included the Queen’s Park Savannah, now a treelined, windy plain, steeped in history.

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“On the dewy Savannah, gently revolved by their grooms, snorting, delicate-ankled racehorses exercise”. (Midsummer III, by Derek Walcott)

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Photo: Christopher Anderson

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Queen’s Park T Savannah by Anna Walcott-Hardy

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rinidadians are natural storytellers. Almost everyone has a great memory of the Savannah. Whether it’s a story about the best Panorama steelpan lime in the north stand, crossing the stage on Carnival Monday, flying a homemade “chickichong” kite at Easter, or sitting on the grass, enjoying the Independence Day fireworks light up the night sky - the Queen’s Park Savannah is at the heart of the city of Port of Spain. For many, the windy, green park of 260 acres is at its most beautiful when yellow and pink Poui trees along with orange Immortelle are in bloom; for others, it’s during the Carnival, when steelpan, soca and mas’ reign supreme. Regardless, you cannot truly experience Trinidad unless you visit the largest roundabout in the world. Once a thriving agricultural sugar cane estate

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Photo: Maria Nunes

Beyond the Boundary: World renowned cricketer, Brian Lara, has a great view from his home on Chancellor Hill of the Savannah, where one of the most popular sports played is cricket. The Archbishop’s House One of the Magnificent Seven

which was bought by the city council from the Peschier family in 1817 (the small family cemetery near the centre remained private), the Queen’s Park Savannah was first a sizeable cattle pasture, which became a more established park in the mid-nineteenth century. Visitors to Port of Spain can easily spend about four hours at the large open space, playing sports from rugby to football and cricket, jogging or just enjoying a coconut water or oysters from vendors. There are plenty of things to do and see. To the north of the Savannah, the popular Emperor Valley Zoo is a fun family outing. Sign up for a zoo tour or become a zoo keeper for a day. It’s worth it just to see the wide variety of animals and birds on display, including caiman, macaws, deer, parrots, giraffes, lions, snakes, monkeys, ocelots, tapirs and of course there’s the national bird, the Scarlet Ibis. Make sure you visit the Giant River Otter enclosure where you can get up close both above and under the water, in the special

modernised glass enclosure. In 2014, the zoo added two statuesque White as well as a Ginger, Bengal Tigers, and just a year later, two adorable cubs were born in January 2015. Make sure you see them in their new rustic enclosure. After the zoo, you can cool off with a snow-cone and enjoy a walk along the beautifully landscaped paths of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The gardens, one of the oldest in the world, boasts over 700 trees collected from every continent, as well as many impressive local varieties. Open to the public everyday from 6 am to 6 pm, with renovated thatched huts and benches, it’s perfect for family picnics. In the evening there are a variety of theatre productions at the world class theatre, the Queen’s Hall in St. Ann’s. The modern theatre, which borders both President’s House and the Prime Minister’s residence, often showcases plays, dance and opera productions at affordable prices - check local listings or the Box Office for details.

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If you’re hungry then there is a wide selection of restaurants bordering the Savannah that offer delicious options, from burgers and ice cream, to more formal options of Thai, Indian, Chinese and French fine dining. For sightseers, you can’t miss the impressive mansions built in the 1900s that line the south-west side of the Savannah known as the The Magnificent Seven. Each one is unique in architecture and history, from the prestigious Queen’s Royal College (QRC), to Hayes Court, Mille Fleurs (currently under repair), Roomor, the Roman Catholic Archbishop’s House, Whitehall and Killarney, once home of the Stollmeyer family. Enjoy some coconut water while you admire QRC, one of the most prominent colleges on the island that boasts of educating many greats including CLR James, Nobel Prize winnner VS Naipaul and the first Prime Minister of the country, Eric Williams. The doors to the secondary school opened in 1904 and the colourful clock tower was added in 1913. Or visit a castle, inspired by Balmoral Castle in Scotland, Killarney, which was built by Charles Fourier Stollmeyer and designed by architect Robert Gilles. The Stollmeyer family has an intriguing history and creativity, captured by many authors, including Robert Antoni in his award-winning novel, ‘As Flies to Whatless Boys’. Photo: Patricia Lewis

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Photo: Marcus Gonzales

One of the most elegant buildings is the house of a thousand flowers, Mille Fleurs, the residence was built by Mrs Prada as a gift for her husband, Venezuelan-born, Dr. Enrique Prada. Designed by the famous George Brown, in 1923 the house was sold to Joseph Salvatori, whose wife, after his death in 1959, became the sole occupant until her death in 1979. Claude Salvatori remembers the days when his grandmother lived in the elegant French provincial styled manor, with its elaborate cast iron columns and carved balusters. “As a young boy I would walk from Wainwright street to the Savannah, get on the tram car and take a ride for one penny all around the Savannah, down Frederick Street to my grandfather’s store, Salvatori and Scott.” He also recalls that “the parties were something else” extraordinary events with music, dancing and special guests including renowned artists, governors and heads of state from across the globe. Sold to the Lelong and Matouk families, before being purchased by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the building is currently being restored. For those who love art, visit the National Museum and Art Gallery (Royal Victoria Institute) to enjoy exhibits of talented local artists including 19th century acclaimed artist, Cazabon, as well as more contemporary works. There are also many other impressive buildings around the Savannah, including the yellow brick and limestone facade of Knowsley, with its magnificent Purple Heart staircase, and the more eclectic style of the recently restored Boissiere House, with its Chinese pagoda-styled pavilion and elaborate fretwork. For many decades one of the most beautiful sights from the Queen’s Park Hotel, now The BP building, was watching horses race along the sand track while enjoying breakfast on a misty morning, or hopping a ride on the tram cars. Today, the old and new stand side by side, unique and diverse like the people who love this grand historical park. Above: National Academy of Performing Arts Middle: Kiddie’s Carnival Below: National Museum & Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago

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Calendar 2017

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New Year’s Day (Public Holiday) Tobago Love ‘The Xperience’, Tropikist Beach Hotel, Old Store Bay Road, Crown Point, Tobago; 4pm - 11pm, 744-LOVE (5683), www.shurwayne.com. ‘Start D Carnival’, Annual Cooler Fete Welfare Fundraiser, Grand Stand Courtyard, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, start time 4:00 pm, www.tucott.com.

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TTGA ‘TATIL Open Golf’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 23-25 ‘The T&T Energy Conference & Tradeshow 2017’, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, POS 6-ENERGY, www.ttenergyconference.org, 27

‘Bmobile Soca Spree’, Dwight Yorke Stadium Car Park, Tobago, 10 pm - 6 am, 681-8676.

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‘Vintage Fuh So!’, Holy Name Convent Past Pupils Association, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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‘The Carnival Suite’, Etienne Charles, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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‘Chutney Soca Monarch Semi-Final’, Fun Splash, M2 Ring Road, Debe, 3 pm, 653-2908.

‘Afro Calypso & Latin Jazz Steel Orchestra Concert’, Jazz Alliance of T&T, Queen’s 29 UWI Fete, UWI St. Augustine, Hall, St Ann’s. Grounds of the Campus 10 Annual ‘Ladies Night Out-All Principal’s Office, White Night Out’, Randy 12 noon - 8 pm, Glasgow Productions, http://www.uwifetett.com/ Hasely Crawford Stadium, 13 ‘National Extempo POS, 628-9158 Preliminary’, randyglasgowproductions.com Queen’s Park Savannah, 15 ‘Soca in Moka 18 Fete’, All 7:30 pm, Inclusive, Trinity College’s www.tucott.com. Annual Carnival All-Inclusive Fete, Trinity Courts, Moka, Maraval, 4 pm - 11 pm, Janice 755-1637 Tony 753-1390 4 ‘Fete with the Saints’, All www.sokainmoka.org Inclusive Fete, CIC Grounds, St James, 624-8468, 18 ‘Chutney Brass – The World will Watch’, Randy Glasgow www.cicpsu.org. Productions, Guaracara, 4 ‘Soca Under the Samaan San Fernando. Tree’, Old Market Square, Scarborough, Tobago, 19 ‘Addiction’, All Inclusive Breakfast Party, SW Limited 639-3437. Compound, #1A Darceuil 4 ‘The Carnival Fitness Lane, Mausica Street, Arima, Expo’, Question Mark 788-1010, or 784-9586 or Entertainment, 759-0669, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. www.shurwayne.com. 5 ‘Theatrical Production’, 20 ‘TSTT Blink/bmobile R.R. Productions, Enterprise Invitational Golf Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. Tournament’, St Andrew’s 11 QRC ‘Fete Royal Lovin’ Golf Club, St Andrew’s Carnival’ All-Inclusive, Wynd, Moka, Maraval, Queen’s Royal College, 629-0066, St Clair, 5 pm -12 am, www.golftrinidad.com. 622-1671, www.qrc.edu. 21-22 ‘High 5! Gymnastics on 11 Chutney Soca Monarch Stage’, Tots & Tumblers Final, Skinner Park, Gymnastics Club, San Fernando, 9 pm, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. 653-2908.

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‘Bacchanal Road’, Hasley Crawford Stadium, POS, 707-7663, www.caesarsarmy.com.

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‘Machel Monday’, Hasely Crawford Stadium, POS, 6 pm, www.machelmontano.com.

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Re-enactment of ‘Canboulay Riot’, Duke Street, 4 am.

‘National Junior Calypso Monarch Final’, Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, 10 am, www.tucott.com.

The International Soca Monarch ‘Fantastic Friday’, Hasley Crawford Stadium, Woodbrook, 9 pm, 627-0947, www.socamonarch.net.

‘Corona Ladies’ Stableford Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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‘Tuesday on the Rocks’, Kes in Concert, O2 Park, Chaguaramas, 622-5616, www.kestheband.com.

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‘Fall Out Fete’, Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair, 6 pm-12 pm, 766-5078.

‘National Calypso Queens Competition’, National Women’s Action Committee, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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‘Army Fete, Total Recall’, Safest Fete in Carnival, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS. ‘Calypso Fiesta’ National Calypso Monarch SemiFinal, Skinner Park, San Fernando, 12 noon, www.tucott.com. ‘Red Cross Kiddies Carnival’, Queen’s Park Savannah, 10 am.

18-19 ‘Svelty Trinidad & Tobago Ladies Open’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 19

‘Mai Tai’, Carnival Premium All-inclusive, Brechin Castle Estate, Couva, 707-7663, www.caesarsarmy.com.

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‘Bakanal Wednesday’, Queen of Bacchannal (QOB), Destra in Concert, 321-2600, www.mydestra.com. 22

7th Annual Hyatt ‘Lime” All Inclusive’, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, 821-6443, www.ultimatelime.com. 23

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‘Am BEACH TT Breakfast Beach Party’, Tyrico Beach, 707-7663, www.caesarsarmy.com. ‘Iwer Wednesday’, Iwer in Concert, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS.

‘Kaisorama - Terrific Thursday’, (Extempo & Categories Final), Queen’s Park Savannah, 7 pm, www.tucott.com.

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‘Dimanche Gras’, National Calypso Monarch Final, Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, 7 pm, www.tucott.com.

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‘Bacchanal Blocko’, 707-7663, www.caesarsarmy.com.

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Republic Bank ‘Junior Parade of the Bands’, Kiddies Carnival, Queen’s Park Savannah, 7 am, www.ncbatt.com. 25

‘National Panaroma’ Finals, Medium & Large Bands, Queen’s Park Savannah, 7 pm, www.pantrinbago.co.tt. 25

‘AmBUSH TT Alternative J’ouvert Concept’, 707-7663, www.caesarsarmy.com. 26

‘TASA Fete 2017’, The Arts Support Alliance (TASA), Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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‘Breakfast in South, Breakfast Cooler Fete’, 2am - 8am, Randy Glasgow Productions, 628-9158, randyglasgowproductions.com 27

‘Jouvert’, 4 am South Quay, Port of Spain, Scarborough, Chaguanas, Arima, San Fernando, www.ncbatt.com. 27

‘Carnival Monday’, Parade of the Bands, Nationwide, 11 am, www.ncc.co.tt, www.ncbatt.com. 28

‘Carnival Tuesday’, Parade of the Bands, Nationwide, 7 am, www.ncc.co.tt, www.ncbatt.com.

‘Moka Sunday Carnival Fete’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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‘Brian Lara All Inclusive Fete’, Chancellor Hill, Queen’s Park West, POS.

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TBA ‘Scarborough Cup Tournament’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, 660-8740. ‘Fall Out Breakfast Party’, Naparima, 5pm -11pm, 766-5078.

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Leather Back Turtle watching season begins in Trinidad and Tobago. Ends August 31st.

‘Sport Awards 2017’, First Citizens Sports Foundation, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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The 15th Annual Jazz Artists on the Greens, Farm Road, St Joseph, 620-6920 www.productionltd.com, www. jaotg.org.

‘SCOTT Competition 2017’, Scholarship Competition of T&T, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

21-27 ‘Piñitito’, Carvalho Productions, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

‘Rachel Price Show’, Priceless Entertainment, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

‘Talk Tent 2017’, Keensdee Productions, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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‘Aujoma Ltd Charity Golf Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com

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‘Ignite Your World 11’, Skevos Ministries, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day (Public Holiday)

30-31 TTGA ‘Trinidad & Tobago Open Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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3-12 Alternative International Comedy Festival, Randy Glasgow Productions, 6289158, randyglasgowproductions.com 11-12 SAGC ‘Coca Cola Club Championships Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 6290066, www.golftrinidad.com. 13

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‘Phagwa Celebrations’, Aranjuez, Tunapuna, Carlsen Field & other venues.

‘Excellent Stores InterSchools Dragon Boat Regatta’, Chaguaramas 9 am, ttdbf1@gmail.com, facebook.com/TTDBF. 10-12 TTGA/CGA ‘RBL Caribbean Junior Open Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 14

Good Friday (Public Holiday)

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Easter Monday (Public Holiday)

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Horse Racing, Santa Rosa Park, www.arimaraceclub.com, 646-2450/1.

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Tuesday ‘ Tobago Easter Crab and Goat Races’, The Integrated Facility, Buccoo, 709-9084.

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‘Prime Minister’s Charity Golf Classic Golf Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com

April 1 Jazz Artists on the Greens The Greens at Farm Road, St. Joseph, 620-6920 www.jaotg.org 1-2

TTGA ‘Trinidad & Tobago Open Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 7

‘Drummerville Festival’, Worldwide Stage Events, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

‘Palm Sunday Concert’, St Francis RC Church, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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22-23 ‘Echo of Africa’, National Dance Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. 23

‘POS West Rotary Club Charity Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

26-30 ‘NGC Bocas Lit Fest’, T&T literary festival, NALIS Amphitheatre, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, all day event, 222-7099, info@bocaslitfest.com. 27-30 ‘Season 2017’, Metamorphosis Dance Theatre, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. 27

‘Tobago Fashion Coda’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, 660-8800.

29-30 ‘Sagicor St Andrew’s Invitational’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 30

‘The First Citizens National Poetry Slam Finals’, spoken word event, 6 pm to 9 pm, admin@2centsmovement.com.

‘Tobago Jazz Experience’, Pigeon Point, 639-2284, www.tobagojazzexperience. com.

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TBA ‘Jazz on the Beach’, Mt Irvine Hotel Beach, Mt Irvine, Tobago, 11am7pm, 639-8871.

‘Radio 90.5fm Easter Kite Flying’, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS.

6-20 Point Fortin Borough Celebrations, two-week long of events, 648-2124, 648-2868, 648-2869, 648-0555, www.pointfortinborough.com 7

‘Miss City of San Fernando Pageant Trinidad & Tobago’, San Fernando.

Charity Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St. Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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‘DeciBel Entertainment Conference & Expo’, Queen’s Hall, St. Ann’s, 622-5616, www.decibelexpo.com. 6

‘Red Cross Charity Golf Club’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St. Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. date tentative

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Point Fortin Borough Day, 648-2124, 648-2868, 648-2869, 648-0555, www.pointfortinborough.com

‘Point Fortin Borough Day Dragon Boat Regatta’, Guapo Beach, start time 10am, ttdbf1@gmail.com, facebook.com/TTDBF.

‘Oval Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St. Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. ‘Cotton Tree Foundation Charity Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St. Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 11-14 ‘Theatrical Production’, R.S. Productions, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. 14 14

Mother’s Day

61st Annual Mother’s Day Orchid Show - Trinidad and Tobago Orchid Society 350-7539, www.ttorchids.net

19-21 ‘2017 Dance Production’, Lilliput Children’s Theatre, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. 19-21 ‘Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Week 2TFW’, 718-4191, www.dus1.org, www.2tfw.com. 20

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‘SAGC Corporate Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St. Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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‘Scotiabank Against Breast Cancer’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St. Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

‘We Can Cook’, Signal Hill Secondary School Auditorium, Signal Hill, Tobago, 639-3407, 639-6255. Indian Arrival Day (Public Holiday)

Horse Racing, Santa Rosa Park, 646-2450/1. www.arimaraceclub.com. TBA ‘Tobago Maypole Festival’, Goodwood High School, Tobago, 639-4441. ‘Point Fortin Pan On The Move’, throughout the streets of Point Fortin.

27-28 ‘Agostini Insurance Brokers Ladies Open Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St. Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. date tentative

27-29 ‘Thankful’ (Gospel Concert), Renaissance Productions, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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August 1

Emancipation Day (Public Holiday) www.panafricanfestival.org. 1

Horse Racing, Santa Rosa Park, 646-2450/1. www.arimaraceclub.com. 1-31 ‘Experience T&T 2017’, T&T Incoming Tour Operators Association, tours at various sites and attractions in T&T, 633-1403, experiencetandt@gmail.com www.experiencetandt.com 19

‘Carib Great Race Parade and Boat Roadshow’. Parade throughout the streets of Port of Spain and East Trinidad, 8 am - 6 pm, www.ttpba.net. Photo: Maria Nunes

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‘Salsa Fiesta TnT 2017’, Salsa Fiesta TnT Ltd, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, 471-5898, www.salsafiestatnt.com. 8-11 ‘2017 Dramatic Production’, St Francois Girls College, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. 10

‘Massy Stores Trini Scramble Tournament’, Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 15

Corpus Christi (Public Holiday)

16-18 ‘Tobago Fashion Weekend’, Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Tobago, 759-3035. 17-18 ‘Tobago Dragon Boat Festival’, Pigeon Point, Tobago, start time 9 am, ttdbf1@gmail.com, facebook.com/TTDBF. 18

Father’s Day

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Labour Day (Public Holiday)

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Horse Racing, Santa Rosa Park, 646-2450/1. www.arimaraceclub.com. 24-25 ‘El Best 2017 Dance Production’, Elle NYTT, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

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July 24

‘Laughlin & de Gannes Lucas Bowl Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. date tentative

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‘Miss World Trinidad & Tobago Charity Golf Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 26

Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebrations (Public Holiday)

National Council of Indian Culture, 671-6242

Tentative date. To be announced

TBA ‘Chief Secretary’s Charity Golf Tournament’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, 660-8740.

‘Tobago Dragon Boat Festival’, Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Tobago 639-2125, 639-4636, 355 5440 TBA. Father’s Day weekend.

‘Dining with the Saints’, CIC College Compound, Frederick Street, POS, 624-8468, www.cicpsu.org.

30 June – 2 ‘Charlotteville Fisherman Festival’, weekend long events, 750-1391. 30 June – 2 ‘Annual Mid-Year Concert’, Marionettes Chorale, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. ‘TTMCO Charity Golf Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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‘Carib Great Race’ race starts at 6 am at Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Port of Spain to Scarborough, Tobago, Prize presentation at Esplanade, Scarborough, www.ttpba.net. 26

‘Pan on d’Avenue VI’, Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, 689-6518, allima.garcia@gmail.com.

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Independence Day (Public Holiday) Independence Day Military Parade, National Awards, Fireworks, etc.

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‘Trade and Investment Convention (TIC)’, Centre of Excellence, Macoya, www.tic-tt.com.

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‘Gentlemen Seniors’ Golf Classic’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. TBA ‘Summer Splash’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, 660-8800.

‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, Arts & Entertainment throughout Tobago, 639-5016/4441, tobagoheritagefestival.com.

Trinidad & Tobago Mango Festival’, NAMDEVCO Market, Macoya, 683-4251, www.nrwptt.net.

Reggae on the Beach’, North Beach, Pigeon Point, Tobago, 10 pm - 6 am, 681-8676.

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‘Independence Cup’, Horse Racing, Santa Rosa Park, 646-2450/1. www.arimaraceclub.com. 31

‘Independence Cup Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. TBA ‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, Arts & Entertainment at various villages throughout Tobago, 639-5016/4441, tobagoheritagefestival.com.

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September

October

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‘Living Waters Community Charity Golf Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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‘Fatima Class of ’75 Charity Golf Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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Republic Day (Public Holiday)

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‘Trinidad Derby’, Horse Racing, Santa Rosa Park, www.arimaraceclub.com. 646-2450/1.

Chinese Arrival Dragon Boat Festival’, Chaguaramas Boardwalk, start time 9 am, ttdbf1@gmail.com, http://facebook.com/TTDBF.

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World Tourism Day

San Fernando Arts Council, Creative Arts Centre, 97C Circular Road, San Fernando, 222-4612, www.sfactt.weebly.com.

‘Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival’, www.ttfilmfestival.com.

‘Caribbean Swing Promotion Annual Golf Tournament’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, 660-8740. ‘La Reine Rive, Miss Best Village Competition’ POS, 625-0638. ‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, Arts & Entertainment at various villages throughout Tobago, 639-5016/4441, tobagoheritagefestival.com. ‘Tobago International Cycling Classic’, www.trinbagowheelers.com.

Opening of the ‘Parang Season’ by the National Parang Association of T&T (NPATT), weekend of Parang & Christmas festivities, various venues 667-3348 or 746-4466, www.npatt.com. Silver Stars ‘Parang and Steel’, Tragarete Road, Woodbrook.

‘Tobago Blue Food Festival’, Bloody Bay, Tobago, 10 am - 6 pm, 639-2125

Carib Woodbrook Playboyz, ‘Pan & Parang’.

‘Fatima Food Fest’, 7 pm - 11 pm.

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‘World Food Day’

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November

Divali (Diwali) Celebrations 13 (Public Holiday) National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) 671-6242, www.ncictt.com.

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Sept – Nov ‘NGC SANFEST 2017, Arts & Entertainment,

‘Calypso History Month’, www.tucott.com

date to be confirmed

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‘The Shelter Charity Golf Tournament’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

Sept – Nov – ‘NGC SANFEST’, www.sfactt.weebly.com. TBA ‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, Arts & Entertainment tobagoheritagefestival.com.

‘Coco Dance Festival’, Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective (COCO), Arts & Entertainment.

‘Charlett & Gatcliffe Caddie Championship Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

Sept – Nov ‘NGC SANFEST www.sfactt.weebly.com ‘San Fernando Fashion Week’ 335 4155 or 722-6059. sanfernandofashionweek. webs.com

Annual ‘Pan, Parang & Pork’, Liz Namsoo, Invader Steel Orchestra (PRO) 345-3442.

‘Brasso Seco Cook-Out Festival’, Basso Seco Village, 718-8605, www.brassosecoparia.com.

December 2

‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree’, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, 660-8800. 4 ‘Tobago Day’, www.tha.gov.tt. 6

‘White Hat Auction Tournament, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 8 ‘Men’s Christmas Hamper Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 10

‘Ladies Christmas Hamper Tournament’, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com. 11

‘Caddies Christmas Hamper’, St Andrew’s Golf Club, St Andrew’s Wynd, Moka, Maraval, 629-0066, www.golftrinidad.com.

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Christmas Day (Public Holiday)

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Boxing Day (Public Holiday)

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‘Gold Cup’, Horse Racing, Santa Rosa Park, www.arimaraceclub.com, 646-2450/1. 31 31

‘Barefoot on the Beach , Mt Irvine Beach Hotel, Tobago, 639-8871. New Year’s/Old Year’s Celebrations.

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be amazed by both the broad spectacle of colour and music of Carnival, as well as the more intimate drama of RamLeela, performed by a troupe of children. Trinidad is a country of contrasts that loves to celebrate its diversity. You can watch as dancing moons kiss, blue devils drum and paranderos sing. Whatever the time of year, make sure you don’t miss the celebration.

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Photo: Maria Nunes

Carnival: High Mas’ by Sheldon Waithe

What would Carnival look like from above? In the age of drones providing different perspectives, how would ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ resonate from a lofty perch? Certainly the view would be both beautiful and misleading, lulling the onlooker into a sense of calm and serenity, oblivious to the creative mélée down below that is about to explode into Mas’!

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Photo: Andrea de Silva

The Parade of Bands: the constant beat of soca music emphasises that at this moment there is no happier place on the planet. Feathered and sequined masqueraders dance on the streets for hours and would find the energy if another day was added.

Photo: Maria Nunes

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he observation would begin in early January, it appears as though it’s business as usual in Trinidad and Tobago, but closer inspection reveals a slight bounce in the step of the nation and it’s provided by the new calypso and soca songs that have just been released. The Calypso Tents are now in full swing, each with its collection of artists delivering their word wizardry, commenting upon things political, global, topical and comical (www.tucott.com). Zooming in further, with that added zest and smile is some evident - weariness. ‘Tired but happy’ would describe it, for the nation has begun to fete. It’s one of the main staples of Carnival, as necessary as water is to life. It begins with the weekend fete - huge parties where people dance and ‘lime’ (hang out) to the hilt - but with two weeks left to Carnival weekend it’s almost nightly and with good reason: there is plenty partying to be done and not enough time. Breakfast fetes, cooler fetes, fetes that double as concerts, day fetes, wet fetes; there’s one to suit every need and time slot and the really ambitious do all! (www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com) With the emerging excitement so evident, you fly a little closer now, absorbing the obvious anxiety of a population. The vibe is everywhere, even the children are involved and get first go on the road, with a series of parades on the weekends leading up to and including Carnival Saturday. Kiddies Carnival (www.carnivalineducation.com) is the obvious forerunner to Mas’. Costumes are elaborate creations; the rhythm is built-in to the psyche.

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Scanning Port of Spain from way up high, your curiosity is piqued by gatherings at various yards across the city, simultaneous in nature, these are the pan faithful. Attracted by the melody you draw closer; it’s a band in full practice mode readying itself for the Panorama competition. First to the pan semi-finals, where for the enthusiasts it’s a full day celebration. From above the Savannah stage the sound is matched by the unique image of square structures holding hundreds of pans in place being pushed by fans; a moment to settle and then it’s pandemonium (pun most definitely intended)! The crowd erupts and the band’s flagwoman reaches every part of the stage, keeping rhythm like an unofficial metronome. From on top, it is harmony personified, within those Savannah stands it is pure delight rejoicing in the national instrument. The best bit is that you will return to this viewpoint in three weeks time for the finals on Carnival Saturday night (www.pantrinbago.co.tt). Before that pan final though, your attention is drawn to a gathering of forces in the middle of the city. The aerial route allows you the feeling of safety because closer inspection reveals several of the people carrying sticks; clearly protest is in the air this Carnival Friday. The fears are allayed upon the realisation that this is the Canboulay Riots re-enactment, realistically re-told each year accompanied by the drums and tamboo bamboo. You are witnessing the start of the Carnival weekend, but more importantly, homage to an event from which modern day Masquerade evolved. It is the very beginning of a weekend of street theatre. Intrigued, you remain hovering over Port of Spain, after the early morning Canboulay event, comes an invasion J’ouvert of all sorts from various streets, congregating near is a one-of-ato Independence Square. It’s like viewing a kind festival of utter 16th century painting, with devils in all shapes abandonment and release. and sizes, demons of all colours but with a There is no structure: whistles particular affection for blue, and fire breathing are blown until the sun rises, Jumbies that stand metres in the air. Ole the streets are covered in Mas’ is unfolding as another piece of Carnival different coloured paint, drama played out for the public. It seems to Carnival has stamped be catching because the Ole Mas’ imps then its authority on the give way to the characters of Viey La Cou, the nation. tribute to local folklore. The colonial heritage is strong: there’s Papa Bois, the protector of the wildlife, La Diablesse, the lady in the long white dress with one cow foot......it’s just as well you’re up there! After the macabre of yesteryear, comes 21st century Carnival; a look to the west and you see the Hasely Crawford Stadium packed to capacity as spectacular smoke, lasers and special effects light up the night sky. The International Soca Monarch has begun (www.socamonarch.net/) its long haul of performances will take fans through until dawn. Every artist is here vying for the crown with individual presentations. The stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah is once again bathed in the warm glow of Carnival, as the King and Queen of the bands take to the stage. The country’s creative flair is at its peak. Dimanche Gras is the Carnival Sunday tradition, as further Photo: Aujourd’hui Studio crowns are sought in the Calypso Monarch competition; try not Photo: Gary Jordan

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Photo: Patricia Lewis

Photo: Aujourd’hui Studio

to fall from your perch as you laugh at the lyrical satire on the night (www.gotrinidadandtobago.com/trinidad/carnival/). On Carnival Monday morning there is confusion before dawn. As you look down, thousands of revellers have taken to the streets, all the same. Covered in mud, cocoa, clay, powder, it seems the place has lost the plot....and for a few hours it has; J’ouvert is a one of a kind festival of utter abandonment and release. There is no structure: whistles are blown until the sun rises, the streets are covered in different coloured paint, Carnival has stamped its authority on the nation. Finally, to the Parade of Bands. The constant beat of soca music emphasises that at this moment there is no happier place on the planet. Feathered and sequined masqueraders dance on the streets for hours and would find the energy if another day was added, each band creating the manifestation of Carnival’s ethos: liberation! Suddenly, watching the revelry, you realise that despite the view, the best place is not above, but down below. A dive down and Mas’ seduces and consumes you, you’re now one of the faithful. Next year, instead of you seeing us from above, we’ll see you in the Carnival!

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Pan Yard Crawl

by Sheldon Waithe

We’ve all heard about Judgement Day, but where steelpan is concerned it’s about Judging Night. Similar too, the infamous pub crawl undertaken by many the world over, is replaced by the Pan Yard Crawl.

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o call it a musical journey would cover only a portion of its allure, magic and pleasure. We’re delving into various micro-cultures united by this unique instrument, but divided by aspects such as location, composers and tradition. And yet they all exist within mere miles of each other. On Judging Night it’s a crash course undertaken over a three to four hour period. So pay attention! It’s always a shock to hear this incomparable wave of sound, an amazing melody played by musicians - all emanating from an oil barrel. We’ve all heard about Judgement Day, but where steelpan is concerned it’s about Judging Night. Similar too, the infamous pub crawl undertaken by many the world over, is replaced by the Pan Yard Crawl. On Judging Night the officials tour the various pan yards to rate the bands so that they can progress to the competition proper, the Panorama Semi-Finals which will take place at the Queen’s Park Savannah. For bands that have honed their skills in the months prior, it is a formality, but they still put their best pan stick forward when the officials arrive. This means that the chosen song is played in its entirety, which in turn means that the crowds gather to hear that year’s offering. The trick is to catch as many pan performances while the judges are present at

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the pan yard. The vehicle of choice is the chartered maxi taxi, so that the party does not stop between stops. The pan passage begins in the middle of Port of Spain, at All Stars on Duke Street. Do not be put off by its ‘Hell Yard’ nickname, a moniker relevant to an age gone by. All Stars welcome all, even supporters of other bands who are keen to hear what the competition has to offer. The nine-time Panorama champions set a high standard at their corner property, under the watchful gaze of arranger Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards. The flat tarmac square which is surrounded by bungalows, enhances the urban acoustics. It’s a quick dash to follow (or for the really ambitious, stay ahead of) the judges. We’re off to Charlotte Street, birthplace of so many steel bands, although many have matured and moved away. But Renegades stayed and their wide open space and extended forecourt are testament to their longevity. Ample room provides space for tables and chairs, while a spectacular mural of their legendary musical arranger, Jit Samaroo, looks down with an infectious smile that sets the tone. Like All Stars, Renegades are a tight unit, making you marvel at the ability, like any orchestra to play in such unison. By now you are able to pick up the subtle differences of each band’s arrangement, those that favour greater use of the tenor or have their rhythm driven

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by the six, nine or twelve bass drums. A round of applause is followed by a final drink from the stalls that line both sides of the yard; then the race begins again. Phase II Pan Groove is a pan yard on the periphery of downtown, located in the hub of nightlife, Woodbrook. The open-air feel is punctuated to one side by three large residential towers that overlook the yard, without dominating. Those lucky inhabitants get to hear the band play the work of legendary arranger Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe, dubbed the ‘Mozart of Pan’. Five knocks of the stick and they’re away, playing with abandon as people peer to catch a glimpse. Pan lovers are always out in full force on these nights. Nearby is Starlift, located a short walk away on Mucurapo Road, with a structure that resembles a miniature aircraft hangar. Upon it are the words ‘Starlift House of Music’ and it certainly resembles a modern pan production line, with its airy interior, high ceiling and clean lines. Lit at night, it takes on the feel of an amphitheatre. Soon, we have the opening number and like all the other bands, it’s a blinder, infusing all present to move to the harmony; the legacy of renowned composer Ray Holman is alive and well here. To northern Woodbrook and the cosiness of the Invaders yard. Along the busy Tragarete Road, it’s the smallest of our yards visited, but they ingeniously make up for the lack of space by using a two-tier pan trolley. Therefore it’s equal in decibels to the other bands. An intimate affair, as the Invaders strike up, the sound explodes onto the road, with the inevitable traffic jam as cars not so much slow down, but stop completely to hear the music. No one is annoyed; in fact conversations are struck up between drivers and pan fans. There’s the relatively longer jaunt to St Augustine to listen to Exodus. Along the Eastern Main Road, their amphitheatre is extremely inviting, with Roman overtones in the design. The construct below is made up of a roof with open sides so that the musical On Judging notes escape into the night air. Night the officials Six panyards, six different tour the various pan experiences. The best bit is that this is yards to rate the bands just the tip of the iceberg, we still have so that they can progress Despers, Birdsong and Silver Stars to to the competition proper, visit. Encore! the Panorama Semi-Finals Photo: Maria Nunes

Photo: Maria Nunes

which will take place at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

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Multicultural Festivals by Roslyn Carrington

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ne of the most striking characteristics about Trinidadians, probably one of the first things you will notice as you step off the plane or boat, is our diversity. Although, few descendants of the original peoples, the Amerindians, remain, more than 500 years after the first European ships sailed into our bays, the indigenous people as well as those who arrived from far-flung places, have left their mark. You can see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, and experience it in the many religious and cultural festivals that make our national calendar one of the most unique and varied in the world. Most festivals, even those that are specific to certain religions, are open to the public. You’re welcome to join in and savour the richness or the spectacle, but remember to be respectful. Ask first before taking photographs, and allow the celebrants the room to perform their rituals. Avoid alcohol and intrusive behaviour. Most likely, someone will be happy to explain the ceremony. You may even be invited to join in! Here are a few glimpses of what you can experience — as long as you’re in the right place at the right time.

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HINDU FESTIVALS Divali Probably the best known Hindu festival outside of India, Divali is also known as the Festival of Lights. It is observed in the month of Kaartik, usually falling in October or November, and symbolises the triumph of light over darkness. In preparation, Hindus pray, fast, abstain from animal products, and thoroughly clean their homes. Prior to the main event, look out for pageants, displays, exhibitions and outdoor festivities. Many are characterised by “lighting up”, in which thousands of small clay lamps or deyas, are filled with coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter), and lit. On Divali night, Hindus hold prayers or pujas in their homes, decorate with electric lights and deyas, and invite friends and neighbours to a delicious vegan feast. Handmade sweets are offered to everyone — including you!

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Phagwa (Holi)

If you love colour and being part of the excitement, then Phagwa is not to be missed. Celebrations often coincide with the Easter season, in March or April. Observed by Hindus the world over, the festival was brought here by indentured labourers as far back as the 1840s. Accompanied by loud, vibrant singing of chowtals or hymns by religious and cultural groups, participants dress in white and spray and sprinkle each other with brightly coloured liquids and powders called abeer. It’s an all-out celebration of colour and everyone is welcome. Your presence on the field is considered tacit permission to become a walking canvas, so wear your oldest clothes, buy packs of abeer for a few dollars, and join the fray. But take note: abeer can stain light-coloured hair, so unless you want to return home with your own personal rainbow, keep it covered.

Photo: Andrea de Silva


Photo: Edison Boodoosingh

Ramleela Get your camera ready, because Ramleela is a sight to behold. Across the country, elaborately costumed village groups re-enact the adventures of Lord Rama, when he visited Earth in human form thousands of years ago, bringing blessings and redemption. The high point of the Leela, or play, is Rama’s defeat of the evil Raavan, who is burned in a towering effigy. Ramleela takes place over 10 days, starting on the first Friday in the month of Ashwin, during the period known as Nowrataam. With over 35 local groups performing their interpretation of this classic, you’re sure to find one to attend. We promise you an unforgettable night of drama, music, and pageantry.

Ganga Dashahara In June, the Marianne River in Blanchisseuse becomes a representation of the sacred Ganges, as Hindus flock to the banks wearing white and yellow to perform pujas and make offerings. This river has been consecrated with water and dust from over 2,000 tributaries and holy sites in India. At the end of the ritual, as thousands of flowers float on the surface of the water, a clay figure, or murti, of Mother Ganga is immersed.

Ganesh Utsav

Photo: Edison Boodoosingh

Ganesh Utsav celebrates the birthday of the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom and learning, the remover of obstacles. In the month Most festivals, of Bhado, in August or September, mud is even those that are removed from rivers and used to create a specific to certain religions, statue, or murti, of Lord Ganesh, which is are open to the public. You’re then painted and shrouded in fabric. welcome to join in and savour Devotees joyfully form processions, the richness or the spectacle, but bearing the murti to the temple, where a remember to be respectful. Ask puja is performed three times a day, along first before taking photographs, with scripture readings. On the last day of and allow the celebrants the the festival, the murti is taken in another room to perform their procession to the river from which the mud rituals. was taken, where it is immersed, and returned to the earth.

ISLAMIC FESTIVALS Ramadan and Eid Ul Fitr Observed by Muslims the world over, the month of Ramadan is marked by dawn-to-dusk, fasting, prayer, and charitable donations. In 2017, Ramadan begins at the end of May. The month of fasting is joyously broken on Eid Ul Fitr, the exact date of which is determined by the sighting of the new moon. Muslims visit friends and family, enjoy a sumptuous feast, and share sweets, the most popular of which is a sweet, milky semolina pudding made with vermicelli, slivered almonds and raisins.

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Hosay Make sure your camera’s flash is working well, because this colourful and energetic festival takes place mainly at night. It is celebrated by Shiite Muslims, primarily in the Port of Spain suburb of St James, as well as Tunapuna in the east and Cedros in the south. Ironically, this threenight festival, which honours the murdered grandsons of the Prophet Mohammed, Hassan and Hosein, is filled with melodious music and dance. On the first night, known as Flag Night, colourful flags on tall poles, symbolising the banners of war, are paraded through the streets, accompanied by loud, soul-stirring Tassa drums. You may even see the drums being warmed over roadside fires, to improve their tone. On Small Tadjah Night, devotees push astoundingly intricate miniature tadjahs (mausoleums) through the streets. On Big Tadjah Night, the tadjahs are huge, beautifully decorated versions of their smaller models, and they are well worth inspecting at close range. At the culmination of the celebrations, two men, one carrying a green crescent moon and another a blue, dance in the street towards each other, until the moons briefly “kiss” — and then dance apart. The following afternoon, the tadjahs are taken to the seaside and set afloat with great ceremony.

Eid Ul Adha On Eid Ul Adha, Muslims honour the great piety and devotion of the Prophet Ibrahim (known to Christians as Father Abraham), who was willing to submit to the wishes of Allah and sacrifice his firstborn son, and the redemptive mercy shown him when he was allowed to offer up a ram instead. In commemoration, Muslims sacrifice animals such as sheep and goats, and share the meat with friends, relatives, and the less fortunate. Photo: Andrea de Silva

INTER-RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS La Divina Pastora (Soparee Mai) With such a brightly coloured tapestry of cultures in Trinidad, it’s no wonder that some religious festivals are celebrated by more than one major religion. The most interesting of these is probably La Divina Pastora, known to Hindus as Soparee Mai. The Roman Catholic Church in Siparia is home to the statue of the Black Madonna, whose appearance suggests an Indian or Amerindian origin. She is recognised by Christians as a representation of the Virgin Mary, and, without any contradiction whatsoever, revered by Hindus as the image of Mother Durga, or Mother Lakshmi. She is also recognised by members of the Orisha faith, along with the indigenous first peoples. On Holy Thursday and Good Friday, they queue for hours to come into the presence of the figurine, which is elaborately dressed and placed on an altar. They pray for miracles and for healing. Some women pray to become pregnant, or for a healthy pregnancy. They bring offerings of jewellery, money, flowers and olive oil. The underprivileged wait patiently outside for alms. Many toddlers receive their first haircut on this day. Some weeks later, pilgrims parade the statue along the streets to mark the Feast of La Divina Pastora, reciting the rosary and singing Marian hymns.

Photo: Edison Boodoosingh

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Emancipation Celebrations

Amerindian Heritage Day

When you witness the joyful river of exuberant Trinidadians and Tobagonians, clad in bright African-inspired clothing and chanting and drumming as they make their way through the streets on Emancipation Day, it’s difficult to remember that it all stems from the pain and suffering of millions of people. Emancipation Day, held on August 1, commemorates the freeing of the slaves in 1838, after centuries of abuse, cruelty, and horrific human rights violations. It followed other landmark initiatives such as the abolition of the slave trade and the introduction of apprenticeship, an arrangement little better than slavery itself, and which was roundly rejected by slaves and abolitionists alike. Trinidad and Tobago was the first country in the world to declare a public holiday to mark Emancipation. The parade is called the Canboulay (meaning canne bruleé or burned cane, recalling fiery protests of bygone days). You’ll see stilt-walkers called moko-jumbies dance to the sound of steelband, and hear voices raised in triumph. Don’t miss the Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village, which is mounted every year at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. You can also visit booths and stalls to buy African and Creole dishes, craft, art, leather goods, and many other gifts. There will be countless photo ops with demonstrations of stick-fighting, tamboo-bamboo, and limbo, and performances by soca artists. Take the time to review the schedule of lectures and presentations so that you can make the most of the diverse offering from scholars, writers, poets and musicians.

If you think civilisation in these islands of ours began with the arrival of Christopher Columbus, think again. For thousands of years the Caribbean islands were peopled by a thriving society of indigenous tribes, collectively referred to as the Amerindians or the First Peoples. There is ample evidence of communities with sophisticated social systems that facilitated inter-tribal trade, law, religion, architecture, agriculture, fishing and hunting, despite a sustained assault by the Europeans that led to the massacre and enslavement of thousands of Amerindians. The Santa Rosa First Peoples Carib Community is recognised by the government as the legitimate representative of Trinidad and Tobago’s indigenous people. It is based in the eastern city of Arima, known to Amerindians as the Place of Water, where many bloody battles were fought, and where several descendants have settled. People of Amerindian ancestry celebrate their heritage every October 14th, with other smaller events leading up to and following the day. Representatives of other First People tribes from within the region, such as Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, Belize, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent, visit to show their support and participate in rituals that include a water and smoke ceremony. This takes place at the base of the statue of Chief Hyarima, at the entrance to the city, where they make offerings to the ancestors. You should also make sure to see the street parade in Port of Spain.

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he Chinese first arrived as farmers and indentured labourers in 1806, primarily from Guangdong (Canton), Macau, and Hong Kong. In just a few generations they had established a thriving merchant culture and integrated within the various communities. As their population grew and became part of the local culture, so did their influence. Chinese food is always a popular choice, from a simple workman’s meal to elaborate and elegant dining. It’s part of the menu at fêtes, weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions. First introduced to Trinidad in celebration of the Chinese Bicentennial in 2006, dragon boat racing is quite popular, especially among school and youth groups. Look out for the annual dragon boat regatta, which usually coincides with Chinese National Day in October. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China facilitates trade and international relations, as well as a by Roslyn Carrington series of eagerly awaited cultural exchanges. In recent years they have hosted dance troupes, performers, circus acts and The theatre troupes. Chinese Year Many icons, from of the Rooster, 2017, scientist Dr Bert Achong is an auspicious one to to fashion designer visit Trinidad and Tobago. It’s Meiling, and artists a year of warmth, fire, insight Sybil Atteck and Carlisle and family ties, which we not only Chang, to name just a wish you on your visit, but which few, are among those characterises a segment of the educators, scientists, society that has helped build this nation for more than entrepreneurs and artists 200 years. who have left their mark on our national development.

The Chinese in Trinidad and Tobago

Photo: Edison Boodoosingh


PPING O SH

Trinidad has so many unique finds for shoppers who want to indulge the senses: from designer clothing to exotic perfumes, soaps, lotions, creams, handcrafted jewellery, fine wines and chocolates, even home furnishings. Keepsakes to remember your Caribbean holiday.

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So many ways to indulge! by Roslyn Carrington Dearest Sophie, I can’t believe that after all these years of inviting you to visit Trinidad you have finally decided to come. You and Derek are going to have such a blast! You DID tell him you’re a shopaholic, right? Here are few tips on how to get the most out of your favourite pastime. Most stores accept major credit cards. But you’ll want to carry some T&T money, and for this you can either go to the bank or one of the many exchange traders. You’ll find them at the airport, in large shopping centres, some supermarkets, and in the cities.

Downtown! Things will be great when you’re…DOWNTOWN!

Soph, since you’ll be staying in Port of Spain, I thought we should start there. You can walk if you like, or hop a taxi, but if you’re renting a car, make sure you park it in an approved parking lot. You don’t want to get towed! The Parkade on Edward and Richmond Streets is a good bet. The second you hit the street you’ll notice the energy, the colour, the music. People are always going… somewhere. Head over to Frederick Street, passing along some of Trinidad’s oldest urban roads. You’ll enjoy 100-year-old architecture, and soak in the ambiance of our colonial history. Leave your Kindle at home; you can always pick up a book at the National Library on Abercromby Street. Downtown is a shopper’s paradise. You can indulge in luxury items like watches, cameras, scented handmade soaps and

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lotions (perfect little gifts to take home). The designer selections in the jewellery stores are exquisite. They may be a tad pricier, but their quality and variety are worth it. If your budget gets tight, there are a lot of cheaper items. If you’re lucky, you might be able to smell coffee being roasted nearby at Hong Wing & Sons. Remember I taught you the word “lime”? That’s what you’ll be doing along the arcade malls from Frederick Street to Henry and Charlotte Streets. You’ll get competitive prices at the outlets, bookstores, clothing and shoe shops, and textile stores. Try your haggling skills with the sidewalk vendors, who have just about everything for sale. Think Chinese preserves, kitchenware, fruit and vegetables, even bargains from the backs of pickup trucks. Then amble down towards the Brian Lara Promenade and see what the local craftsmen have on sale. You won’t be disappointed by the leather goods, like belts and sandals, and wood carvings. Make sure to pop into Excellent City Centre, a landmark mall housing over 60 shops. Its Excellent Stores has a vast selection of items, from household items to children’s clothing and seasonal decorations. If you miss anything there, visit their branches at MovieTowne, Price Plaza and Trincity Mall, Monday to Sunday. Keep your wits about you, it’s after all, a bustling city, so make sure you keep your belongings safe, and like a seasoned traveller, leave your jewellery at home.

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Since I’m from the South, I have to entice you to come on down and see what we have. On your way down, stop off at Chaguanas. So much to see! So much to buy! Pottery seems to be a speciality of the area, so look out for it. There’s also the Centre Pointe Mall, Centre City Mall, and Price Plaza, where you’ll find clothing, electronics, books, toys, and restaurants. It’s also the home of MovieTowne Chaguanas. Stop off at Fen’s of Marabella; maybe you can ship home some fine hand-crafted furniture for your new life together. The new South Park Shopping Centre is situated on the Tarouba Link Road, just at the entrance to San Fernando. There’s a cineplex, good food, and the night life is amazing. In nearby La Romaine, you’ll find the Gulf City Mall. There are cafes and restaurants galore, and an array of distinctive boutiques. Maybe their designated section for children’s shopping, centred around a fun play zone, might trigger your maternal instinct. After all, I can’t wait to become a godmother!

Must go west, young lady! Sophie, now that you’ve visited my hometown, I can happily send you off on a jaunt to the West. Time for a mall crawl! Trini malls are modern, comfortable, and easy to access from the major highways. There are banks and ATMs, food courts and restaurants, and all the sophisticated retail stores your shopcrazy little heart can desire. You name it: jewellery, fashion, art, books, leather goods, home furnishings, and flower shops… If you feel to cook, you can get ingredients at any of the larger chain supermarkets onsite. For nifty kitchen gadgets, you’ll love Kitchen Korner’s mall outlets. The Falls at Westmall has 130 stores, two major banks, cellular phone centres, a food court, and a choice of cosy cafés. Then visit the loud and lively St. James shopping stores, via the Western Main Road. Have a hot “doubles” on the street, then turn north to Long Circular Mall, with three levels of retailers, a food court, gym and supermarket. Shoes and More Birkenstock will keep your feet comfy on those long treks. Nearby Woodbrook, with its trendy Ariapita Avenue, is also a great place to shop. At i-DEACOR by Anne you can browse through the prettiest items. Noor Boutique has some gorgeous designer clothes, many of them hand-made, and the personal service makes you feel so special. We aren’t done with the West yet! Just a short drive away is the MovieTowne complex, tucked away at Invader’s Bay,

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near one of T&T’s earliest Amerindian settlements. It’s got over 40 premier shops, restaurants, an outdoor festival area (free concerts on Saturday nights), and a ten-screen multiplex cinema. Other great places to enjoy are Starlite Shopping Plaza in Diego Martin, Highland Plaza in Glencoe, and the popular Ellerslie Plaza, home of Rainy Days, the quality souvenir shop. Shoppes of Maraval has a great food court, and nearby are Malabar Farms, for custom gift baskets and gourmet foods, and Moyogi Garden Centre for that green thumb of yours.

Toward the rising sun The next stop on our virtual tour is the east. First up is the exotic City of Grand Bazaar, where you can enjoy outdoor shopping, an expansive food court, and stylish dining. The interchange between the Churchill-Roosevelt and Uriah Butler/Solomon Hochoy Highways is a little tricky, so keep your eye on the road signs. Valpark Shopping Plaza is just a few kilometres away, with 115 shops. The newest place to visit is The Shops at Trincity, which features a hypermarket, quick mart, gas station, boutiques, dining places, and a truly glorious spa. A little further east is Trincity Mall, one of the largest in the English-speaking Caribbean, with over five million visits each year. It offers a mix of fashion retail, two food courts, top-class restaurants, and a pub that holds regular karaoke nights. Downstairs there’s a supermarket, and you’ll find three major banks either in-house or adjacent. Make some time to see a movie at Caribbean Cinemas 8. Piarco Plaza is the new kid on the block. Right at the Piarco Intersection, just a kilometre or two away from the airport, it features some casual dining, boutiques, and home décor. With all the mall-crawling you’re going to be doing, I just have to share my must-have list with you.

Swimwear

Look and feel great on the beach or by the pool. WET Swimwear has great choices.

Modern and traditional furniture and fittings Choose between West Indian, Asian, and North American pieces from Signature Collection, Mi Casa and Fens.

Mobile phones and computers — You can find what you need at malls and cell phone outlets. Top-up cards and direct credit transfers are easy to find at supermarkets, drugstores and elsewhere.

Indian Wear Several times a year there are Indian Trade Fairs and Expos, especially around Indian holidays. There are Indian boutiques in malls and city outlets, too.

Jewellery — They’re a lightweight, easy-to-carry gift... or to add to your private collection. So why not?

Eyewear

Ray Cool has many mall outlets. Protect your eyes in style.

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Toiletries

Gourmet Goods

Don’t forget sunscreen! Pharmacies and drug stores keep convenient hours, and you can get over-the-counter and prescription medications, toiletries and beauty products. SuperPharm has seven locations, which are also open on Sundays and holidays.

Get edible gifts of local condiments and preserves made with local fruits, chocolates and authentic spices and herbs.

Books Take home a stunning coffee-table book on Trinidad’s natural history, culture or architecture from Nigel R. Khan (outlets located in various malls). You just might discover your new favourite Trini author.

Souvenirs Get some knick-knacks in the national colours of red, white and black or a hand-painted shirt, batik or a doll dressed in a Carnival costume.

Art Art galleries and framing businesses in the malls, plazas and at the many galleries in Woodbrook and St. Clair, are the best places to look. Maybe a sculpture, or a print or original from artists like Katrina Inglis. When was the last time you painted? You can get art supplies at On Location Art Galleries in Westmall and several branches of Craft Creators.

Natural Foods Many health food stores meet the rising demand for dietetic and specialty foods.

Alcohol Celebrate with your choice of alcoholic beverages, including fine local rums — El Dorado rum tastes as golden as its name — and world-famous Angostura aromatic bitters. You can find a great selection at Vintage Imports (Woodbrook) and Fernandes Fine Wines (Westmall and Trinidad Country Club). By the way, Hershey’s chocolates make a great pairing with a good wine.

Flowers Cheer yourself up with an armload of the local flowers cascading from roadside vans or one of the many florists.

Duty Free

You can shop duty-free at Piarco International Airport, especially at Skyway Duty Free and Dufry Trinidad Limited. Both inbound and outbound passengers are welcome, and the temptations are endless. If you get there early, you can have everything delivered to your plane, as shopping closes an hour before departure. I always remind friends arriving in Trinidad by boat, to stop at Apadoca’s, at CrewsInn, Chaguaramas, where they can shop both duty free and duty-paid. So there you go, from one shopaholic to another, here’s my last bit of advice: experience as much as you can, and keep alive your holiday memories.

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Photo: Christopher Anderson

Artisan Markets

Shop while you lime, lime while you shop by Roslyn Carrington

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armers’ and artisans’ markets have been enjoying a Remember, though, to ensure you have the right approvals if boom here in Trinidad, with many open every weekend you want to take plants home. and others becoming highly anticipated, seasonal Soaps and body products are popular, many scented pleasures. with sensual aromatic oils. You can also choose From your very first visit it will become quite from a wide selection of jewellery made from clear that shoppers aren’t just there to snap copper, silver and gold, or try on handThe most up goodies at excellent prices. They’re painted or batik T-shirts, dresses and amazing thing about there for the “lime”, because these wraps. Buy a painting, or have your these markets is the markets have entrenched themselves portrait done. Take home a piece of Trini sheer range of products. into our social scene. Many markets art made from glass, metal, leather, or You can delight your inner have their regulars, who descend in wood. gourmand with products made happy groups, indulge their shopping Markets abound throughout the year, from fresh Caribbean fruit addictions, and then settle in to enjoy a so check our facebook page/website or and vegetables, including leisurely breakfast or lunch, listen to live or the press. jams, preserves, and icy recorded music, and while away a few hours • UpMarket — Once a month (more often smoothies. with friends. closer to Christmas) at the Woodbrook Youth The San Antonio Green Market, situated in the Centre or Country Club. Tel: 703-2169; lush Santa Cruz valley, is a favourite. You can sit on Email: upmarkettrinidad@gmail.com; wooden benches and sip fresh juices as hummingbirds flit past. • The San Antonio Green Market — Every Saturday and They often host interesting and informative guest lectures on Sunday, Saddle Road, Santa Cruz. Tel: (868) 221-9116; subjects from art to sustainability and organic farming. • So Oro Market Place — Every Sunday at the Tradewinds Hotel in UpMarket is one of the larger markets, where the gourmet St. Joseph Village as part of their Sunday breakfast. Tel: 323-4754; food is as much of a draw as the hand-made toiletries, art, craft, • NAMDEVCO Farmers’ Markets – Alternate weekends at and jewellery. Further south, you can try the So Oro Market the Queen’s Park Savannah, and weekly at Point Fortin, Debe, Place, where you can breakfast on Trini cuisine and patronise Chaguanas, Macoya, and Diego Martin. Tel: 645-9073; southern entrepreneurs. • UPick TT (The Farmacy) – Thursday to Sunday. Tel: 271-2681; Like pastries? You’ll find cookies so intricately hand• The Monthly Arts Market — Jerningham Avenue, Belmont, decorated, as well as pies, éclairs, macaroons, flans, kibbies or Port of Spain; maamoul. Sample coffee and cocoa from some of the world’s • The Eastern Market – JFK Auditorium, UWI, St. Augustine, most recognised varietals. Be a part of the chocolate revival; Tel: 726-2096; enjoy truffles made by hand at one of the many small cocoa • The South Market — Monthly in San Fernando. Tel: 733-3772; estates that are now cropping up. But don’t worry; you’re on • Bits and Pieces for Christmas — vacation, and indulgence is what it’s all about. an annual event, first Saturday in November. Tel: 681-8418; Those into flowers and plants can browse the stalls and learn • Trinidad and Tobago Mango Festival — more about our flora. If picking your own fruit and vegetables A celebration of all things mango! Annually every July. sounds like fun, visit UPick TT in Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas. Tel: 390-5340; Email: communications@nrwptt.net.

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ALICE YARD

Imagining in a Small Space by Anna Walcott-Hardy

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ver a decade ago, three friends got together and created an artists’ retreat and exhibition space at 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook. The non-profit creative space, tucked away at the back of a two-storey home in a suburb of Port of Spain, has helped galvanise artists, musicians and writers, providing a sort of haven of innovation. In just a few square feet, founders and co-directors, artist Chris Cozier, editor/ poet Nicholas Laughlin and architect Sean Leonard, have developed a creative work space, art gallery, band room for musicians and artist-in-residence apartment that’s free and inclusive. On a cool September night in 2016, friends gathered to celebrate Year X, talk about the latest projects and view an archival exhibit, as well as the installation by the Bahamian artist-in-residence, Blue Curry. In a brief speech, each of the three founders discussed plans to feature a series of events reflecting on Alice Yard’s “past and possibilities of our future,” over the next 12 months. There’s a feeling of camaraderie in the yard, not surprising since the space has been made possible through the largesse of the Leonard family. The house belonged to Sean Leonard’s great-grandmother, Alice Gittens. It was a home that welcomed all, “a station where people would invariably stop”, Leonard explained. Not unlike a traditional barrack yard, the space draws on these communal traditions. “We wanted to see what was the range of creative disciplines that could be accommodated simultaneously, which is pretty much the way negotiations were forged in a traditional yard context in Trinidad. In this instance, it would be the work of creative individuals - whether it’s music, sculpture, dancing - having a meeting, mounting an exhibition,” Leonard explained to Stephen Steumpfle in a recent interview.

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Art Galleries Trinidad has a range of galleries that showcase diverse, innovative art – well worth the trip! Horizons Art Gallery 37 Mucurapo Road, St James, Trinidad (868) 628-9769 / 297-5105 info@horizonsartgallery.com On Location Art Galleries 42 De Verteuil Street, Woodbrook, Trinidad (Also at The Falls, West Mall, Westmoorings) (868) 622-3403 onlocationartgalleries@gmail.com www.onlocationartgallery.com Medulla Art Gallery 37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Trinidad (868) 680-1041 medullaartgallery@gmail.com National Museum and Art Gallery 113 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad (868) 623-0339 www.nmag.gov.tt

Soft Box Studios 9 Alcazar Street, St Clair, Trinidad (868) 622-8610 The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago Corner of Jamaica Avenue and St Vincent Street, Federation Park, Trinidad (868) 622-9827 http://artsocietytt.org Y Art Gallery 26 Taylor Street, Woodbrook, Trinidad (868) 728-4165 yartgallery@gmail.com www.yartgallerytt.com The Gallery at Fine Art (Fine Art Gallery) Corner Warren and Rosalino Streets, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad (868) 628-4669 email@fineartcaribbean.net gallery@fineartcaribbean.com http://fineartcaribbean.com

North 11 projection of animated sequence in collaboration with Nadia Huggins of Cozier’s “the Arrest”. Christopher Cozier’s Prince Claus Award 2013 handing over ceremony hosted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at Alice Yard.

Similarly relaxed are the informal events that have been staged at the yard: from the Friday-night ‘Conversations’ that bring artists, musicians, writers and audiences together, to the collaborations with festivals and regional/international networks, including multi-media Canadian artist Sandra Brewster who completed a residency in 2011, to Douen Islands: In Forest & Wild Skies, a joint event with the NGC Bocas Lit Festival, which featured poet Andre Bagoo and awardwinning writer Sharon Millar in 2014. “Alice Yard is very much a response to local institutional deficits...we are trying to build a community and a dialogue about imagining in a place such as this,” Cozier explained in an interview with curator Claire Tancons (Fillip). What’s the key to their success, often described as organic and open ended? Perhaps it’s what Leonard calls an “ethos of generousity and independence”. Laughlin, with his usual candour, has said that “the space continues to surprise us”. “Alice Yard began as a conversation about possibilities, not deficits. We’ve never worried about the resources we don’t have - rather, we’ve tried to imagine all that is possible with what we do have.” For more information visit: www.aliceyard.org (L-R): Alice Yard co-directors Christopher Cozier, Sean Leonard, and Nicholas Laughlin Photo: Lola Flash, courtesy Alice Yard

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President’s House by Artist Ryan Williams

Katrina Inglis Katrina is an established artist who has been teaching for many years. Although she mainly works in oils, she has been working with different media over the years. “My artistic works will always be inspired by my diverse rich culture. I aim to capture the essence of being a West Indian through my Art.” She has repeatedly exhibited her work and is an active member of the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society.

Mobile (868) 740-3434 katrina.inglis@gmx.de www.kinglisart.com

On Location Art Galleries • Exhibitions • Original Art • Prints • Framing • Art Design • Consulting • Valuations • Printing Services. We harness over 30 years of experience in Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and Trinidad to provide premium picture framing, local art works and prints to Trinidad and Tobago. We have a wide variety of artwork by established and top emerging artists. Two convenient locations; give us a call or come in today! Tel (868) 622-3403 Address 42 De Verteuil St, Woodbrook Tel (868) 633-3404 Address Unit #205, The Falls at West Mall Email onlocationartgalleries@gmail.com Facebook www.facebook.com/onlocationartgalleries www.onlocationartgallery.com

Brianna McCarthy “Rebirth of Kimpa Vita”

Medulla Art Gallery Medulla Art Gallery seeks to produce and promote exhibitions related to established and emerging artists. Medulla also seeks to engage with and educate the public including teachers, students, private and corporate collectors, investors, sponsors, art enthusiasts and media, through the development of new innovative programmes and initiatives, workshops, artist talks, critical analysis etc. Partnering with cultural institutions and organisations on collaborative projects is another important goal. Other services include exhibition installations, appraisals, acquisitions, documentation, advice on conservation, restoration and collection management.

37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain Mobile (868) 680-1041; medullaartgallery@gmail.com

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Tomley Roberts Lush hills, parched valleys, crystal streams and peaceful waterfalls awaken the artistic imagination of Mr. Tomley Roberts. His ability to create what seem to be replicas of natural sceneries serves as a continual reminder of his keen sense for art, discovered when he was just a boy. As a professional artist Roberts has undoubtedly propelled himself to be Trinidad and Tobago most versatile artist ,mastering a variety of artistic genres and artistic media. He ensures that each piece reflects his signature of quality and bears his seal of dexterity. As a result, his work has attracted interest locally, regionally as well as internationally at major exhibitions. His careful blend of vibrant colour, and use of unique brushes, together with his exceptional talent, have led him to craft works of art that have been deemed therapeutic. His pursuit to further the development of art in Tobago is reflected in his commitment to the students of the Speyside High School. Infused with enthusiasm by Roberts, these students continue to strive for distinction, and their achievements tell the successful narrative. Tomley remains dedicated to the industry as he employs his expertise and association with various international organizations to expand local art agencies. Roberts, the developer of Prestige Arts International, enjoys producing his innovative pieces at his art studio in Mt. Pleasant, which he considers his haven.

Tel: (868) 702-8764; prestigearts1@gmail.com #48 Mt. Pleasant Local Road, Mt. Pleasant, Tobago


Health and Beauty by Roslyn Carrington

Do you know that Caribbean fruits are good for you – inside and out? Almost any locally grown product would be a health boon to your skin and hair, and unless you have specific allergies, they’re often fine for sensitive skin. Let’s have a look at a few.

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Caribbean fruit is good for you — inside and out

The Caribbean is home to colourful and delectable varieties of fruit, and your vacation would be incomplete if you didn’t help yourself to ample servings of whatever is in season. Their health benefits would fill volumes, but suffice it to say that the term “kitchen vitamins” was probably coined with our fruit in mind. Mangoes — in all their endless varieties — are delicious in smoothies or as part of your Caribbean fruit salad. But they have many benefits that make them a great beauty buy. Beta-carotene and vitamin A revive dull skin, giving it a dewy glow, while evening-out discolorations. Their high fat content makes them great for fine lines, especially when beaten into an egg-white masque.

Quick Fruity Home Facials Many Caribbean fruit can simply be puréed and applied on the skin for 15 minutes or so, but for an extra, luxurious touch, consider mixing them with honey, plain unsweetened yoghurt, milk, cucumber purée, or a little lemon juice. Now settle down with a good book and relax. Feel better? We thought so!

Mashed avocados are a wonderful scalp conditioner… but if you don’t want the hassle of washing avocado purée out of your hair, you can settle for avocado oil instead. The oil will strengthen brittle nails, too. On your skin, the purée helps heal sun damage, and eating avocados can help to combat bad breath. Aloe Vera has been in use for thousands of years and is known as one of nature’s most powerful healers. Snap off a piece and immediately all the goodness begins to ooze out. The gel can be rubbed directly onto burns and scratches, or blended with other products as a moisturiser. Aloe contains two hormones, auxin and gibberellins, which help with healing and fight inflammation as well as acne. Noni, often called monkey apple in Trinidad, is a little less common, but if you find it, make sure to benefit. Its juice and derivatives are widely consumed in the battle against diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and many other ailments, but as a beauty aid, it’s also worthy of mention. It’s used to treat dandruff and minor scalp irritations. The juice makes a good gargle for ulcers and other mouth ailments. Be warned, though, the naturally extracted juice can be a little pungent. Carambola (five fingers or star fruit) is used in pickles, chutneys and juices. Its firm, slightly acidic flesh is lovely on its own or in fruit salads. The juice is good for coughs, sore throats, and ulcers. Lactating mothers believe it increases the flow of milk. Strongly anti-microbial, it also fights eczema. One warning: Carambola, like grapefruit, can interfere with the effects of some drugs, so if you are on a regular regime of medication do your research before you consume it. Guava juice is pure pulpy refreshment in a glass, and it comes with many health benefits. It soothes mouth ulcers and relieves toothache, and, rubbed on the skin, has anti-aging properties. It will also tone, hydrate and help to treat dark circles, rosacea and splotchiness.

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On the Road

TRINIDAD STREET FOOD by Roslyn Carrington

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rinidad Street Food has taken the world by storm, our fusion cuisine has been featured on network shows and popular foodie magazines - from roti to souse - every bite reigns supreme. In Trinidad the pace is so hectic, we sometimes don’t even have time to sit down to a meal. So, what do we do? Eat on our feet, of course! And why not, when our street food is so hot, affordable, and tasty? Wherever you are, whatever the time, you can bet you’re going to come across a Trini street food vendor serving up something hot, spicy and aromatic. Most vendors cook on the spot, on gas burners and grills, or have runners who bring them in from nearby kitchens. Just be sure your vendor has a valid food badge on display. Their offerings are Enjoy a as varied as Trinis delicious Doubles themselves. Indian with slight pepper in street cuisine starts Curepe Junction, a tasty with Doubles fried Chicken Roti in St James, or a circles of dough cool cup of Souse or a spicy Black stuffed with Pudding sandwich in Hops bread, curried channa in Woodbrook. There are so many (chick peas), choices, some may call them bizarre, dressed with

sauce. Specify “slight”, “medium” or “plenty” pepper, but be warned, our pepper is not for the weak. Try soft Rotis folded over curried meats or vegetables; Pholourie (fried split peas balls); and other Indian savouries. Corn soup is not just an appetiser, it’s a full meal filled with dumplings, root vegetables and sections of corn on the cob. It’s okay to eat the corn with your fingers. “Ital” means it’s vegan, but you can have yours with pigtail, too. Other Creole delights include Souse (pickled pig or chicken feet in broth); Accra (fried salted cod beignets); spicy blood pudding; or fried or roasted bakes with your choice of fillings. Cooks fry wantons in their vans; others whip up gyros or pigeon peas pelau. You won’t have far to go for something to wash it down with, as they usually have a cooler of drinks. Better yet, have some water straight from the coconut, or a milky punch made to order from a “punch-man”. Some add a tree bark called bois bandé, a legendary aphrodisiac, to their punch, but for the less adventurous, peanut, linseed or granola punch is a good place to start. Ready for dessert? Look out for home-made ice cream, or a selection of Indian sweets. And once you’re full, it’s back to exploring!

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The Spectacular Sights of Trinidad by Bavina Sookdeo

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Many who arrive in Trinidad say that the island is beautiful from landing to take off. The sights in Trinidad are amazing and the stay here is guaranteed to be memorable. Landing at the Piarco International Airport during the day, one may cruise over the breathtaking Caroni plains. A view up high on Trinidad’s beautifully landscaped Northern Range is the Mount St. Benedict Monastery. Sitting at 660 feet above sea level, the Monastery is more than 100 years old.

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journey into what is deemed as Trinidad’s ‘City that never sleeps’, St James, holds much history from the name of its streets, to Fort George, which offers an awe-inspiring, panoramic view of the north of Trinidad and the Gulf of Paria. Built in the 1700s, the windy hilltop stronghold is open to the public daily, but caution is required so go with a guide or group. And if you want to know more about the island’s history, a visit to The Amerindian Museum, Cleaver Woods, on the Eastern Main Road would be helpful. The island was first populated by the Amerindians. On display at the Museum are some of their artefacts. If that does not satisfy your craving for history then you can journey into the country’s capital, Port of Spain, to visit The National Museum and Art Gallery. Dating back to 1892, the art galleries feature work from the nineteenth century to present day and it all forms part of the 10,000 items on display. Woodford Square is a landmark in the nation’s capital city and is sometimes referred to as the University of Woodford Square. It’s here that the nation’s first Prime Minister, Dr Eric Williams, initially lectured to citizens which led to the country’s independence from Britain. Many pieces of Trinidad’s history and new buildings too, can be found on the outskirts of the Square including: the Hall of Justice, Trinity Cathedral, City Hall and the Red House. And if you’re in search of the ‘world’s largest roundabout’, you can find it right here in Trinidad at the Queen’s Park Savannah (approximately 3.5 km and 260 acres). Close to the Savannah are The Emperor Valley Zoo, the brilliant Botanical Gardens, The National Academy for the Performing Arts and the Magnificent Seven series of historic buildings. If you’re ready for a walk on the wild side, then you can visit The Asa Wright Centre, Pointe-a-Pierre. There are many species of birds, mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians to be found at this forested valley (asawright.org). ‘Down d islands’ is a favourite and a peaceful escape for many islanders. The five islands off Trinidad – Chacachacare, Huevos, Gasparillo (or Centipede Island), Monos, and Gaspar Grande (aka Gasparee) – are deemed as lush waterfront retreats. You can also explore the Gasparee caves and enjoy fishing, waterskiing and boat ‘limes’. Tours are available via the Chaguaramas Development Authority (http://www.chaguaramas.com/index.php/contact-us).

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The Military & Aerospace Museum in Chaguaramas was once home to the American Base during World War II. It holds over 500 years of war history including artefacts, vehicles and artillery. Another major attraction for locals and tourists is the Boardwalk in Chaguaramas. This relaxing promenade is always bustling with activity even into the late hours of the night. Just a few minutes away, you can enjoy zip-lining over the forest and Macqueripe Bay. The Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) can provide details on bookings at http://www.chaguaramas.com/ If you’re visiting from April to July, you may get the incredible opportunity of seeing the nesting of the leatherback sea turtles on the north-eastern beaches of Matura and Grande Rivière. Given the rarity of nesting grounds worldwide, guidelines are strict and a permit to view this protected species is required from one of the Forestry Division offices at San Fernando (call 868-657-9450), Sangre Grande (call 868-668-2518) or Port of Spain (call 868-622-3217). At St Augustine, The Eric Williams Memorial Collection can be viewed at The University of the West Indies. The collection is a unique, extensive exhibit of the library and archives of the late Prime Minister, a renowned scholar, historian and educator. Dr Eric Williams led this country to independence in 1962 and then, to becoming a Republic in 1976. Open to the public on the last two Saturdays of each month from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For reservations and further information, contact The UWI Alma Jordan Library at (868) 662-2002 or 645-3232/4 Exts. 82132, 83506 or 83361.

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Located on the north west coast of the island in Chaguaramas, CrewsInn Hotel and Yachting Centre, with its panoramic sea views, is a picturesque hotel set in an historic location. You can go sailing, hike to nearby waterfalls, tour the military museum, or enjoy dining at the popular Lighthouse Restaurant, overlooking the marina. Facing Page Below: Our Lady of Monserrat RC Church, Tortuga Left: CrewsInn Marina Below: Temple in the Sea

The Angostura Rum and Bitters Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection is another must-see. Located at The House of Angostura in Laventille, you can explore the process of the manufacture of great rum and world famous Bitters. And while you sip on some of Angostura’s famous products you can also enjoy the extensive collection of butterflies found in Trinidad. Call 623-1841 or visit www.angostura.com/contactus.

Central Sights On the trip from the Piarco International Airport to Chaguanas just off the Uriah Butler Highway, exists a new world to explore. The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is an area of 15,000 acres of marshland, tidal lagoon and mangrove trees. Many schools, bird watchers and tourists visit to explore the dense vegetation and fauna. A cruise along the canal takes you through the swamp. There are many species of fish, birds, snakes and even caiman to discover. A major attraction is seeing the return of the Scarlet Ibis at sunset. Guides are stationed at the entrance on Felicity Road and kayaks are also available. Designed by a French priest and named by Spaniards after the Montserrat Hill (on which it stands), Our Lady of Montserrat Roman Catholic Church can be found in the Central Range. Another bit of the nation’s history, this Church has retained its original structure since 1878. For more information contact : (868) 650-0082 or 636-0769. Standing tall is the monumental 85-foot Hanuman Murti in Carapichaima, Central Trinidad. Hanuman is a Hindu god. The statue is said to be the largest of its kind outside of India. The intricately designed architecture and the temple’s pinkish tint, were built according to the Darvidian style of south India. Indian indentureship and heritage are documented in the nearby Indian Caribbean Museum in Waterloo. Books and documents over a century old, tell of indentured labourers, while the tales are supported by artefacts, religious items, tools and photographs. The Indian Caribbean Museum of T&T: (868) 673 -7007.

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A favourite for many photographers is the Temple in the Sea. Its history is an interesting one. The Hindu temple was initially built by Siewdass Sadhu on land which belonged to a sugar cane company. The temple was destroyed, but determined and persistent, Sadhu reclaimed the land by hand, with a bucket, for 25 years. Today, the temple is complete and still stands as proof of Sadhu’s dedication, persistence and devotion to his lord. A drive through Gran Couva will take you through many cocoa estates. One such estate, La Vega, has been transformed into a garden centre and park. Families can now enjoy the pools, lake and nature walks. Discreetly tucked among the trees and greenery of the estate is a shrine dedicated to the Divine Mercy of Jesus. You can visit www.lavegaestate.com to learn more.

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From a distance you can see the iconic San Fernando Hill. Many events are held here and the view of the city is incredible. It is open daily from 9am to 6pm. The San Fernando Office of the Forestry Division can be reached at (868) 653-9563 and will provide further details. And if you’re an avid bird watcher then you must visit The Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust. Informed and educated guides will take you along the trails while you explore the flora and fauna of the Trust. An opportunity to picnic is also available since there is a park near to the entrance. Enjoy watching a variety of species of birds including the: Masked Cardinal, Osprey, Yellow-headed Caracara, Yellow Blackbird, Wattled Jacana, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, purple and common Gallinules. Bookings must be made two days in advance. Call (868) 658-4200 ext. 2512 or visit www.papwildfowltrust.org. A major tourist attraction on the island is the La Brea Pitch Lake. A natural wonder, the La Brea Pitch Lake is the largest natural asphalt lake in the world. The lake is somewhat of a bottomless pit, having what seems like an endless supply of asphalt. This asphalt is exported to the rest of the world. Many visitors take a dip in the neighbouring sulphur lakes which have been said to have healing properties. For further information, call (868) 651-1232 and please use official guides only indicated by red jerseys with the La Brea logo and ‘Official Tour Guide’ on the back. Located near Princes Town is the Devil’s Woodyard - a collection of constantly erupting, mud volcanoes. This makes for a nice family outing since picnic areas and sporting grounds are available. Above: San Fernando Hill Below: Golden-olive Woodpecker

WiRide

WiRide is an App that links passengers to drivers on demand. It is a convenient, safe, affordable means of transportation allowing passengers to say goodbye to the hassle of finding a ride or a place to park. The service allows you to request or schedule a pick-up and drop from wherever you are. All you need is a smart phone and internet access. Some of our safety features include the ability to view a picture of your driver, his vehicle and its license plate in advance and there is an in-App driver and passenger SOS button in case of emergencies. The App offers a range of secure payment options ensuring speed and convenience.

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Treasures of

Bush Bush Island by Anna Walcott-Hardy Photo: Stephen Broadbridge

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t’s the howls, deep and low that seem to shake the ground and move the palms, in the midst of forest. The patches of rust are moving swiftly through the trees. But in reality, the Red Howler monkeys aren’t that large, but they certainly are loud. Just one of the many hidden treasures of Bush Bush Island in the Nariva Swamp. A true ecological gem, less popular and expansive than the Caroni Swamp, but just as stunning, Nariva Swamp is a freshwater marshland on the east coast of the island at the mouth of the Ortoire River. On your journey through the Manzanilla stretch, make sure that you have your windows down to truly enjoy the salty breeze from the Atlantic while you drive through a canopy of coconut palms. Once you get to Kernahan Village, it’s a short hike into the swamp, or in the rainy season there are kayak tours through a man-made waterway. Just make sure to apply your mosquito repellent before starting the journey. The swamp is the largest on the island, over 32 square miles, with enormous diversity of species including 39 types of reptiles and 45 species of mammals. The unique ecology of the protected Ramesar site, has made it popular with university researchers and nature- seekers alike, as well as film broadcasters at home and abroad, from National Geographic

to the BBC, explained Steven Broadbridge of Caribbean Discovery Tours Limited. He has been leading tours to Bush Bush for many years and has accompanied film crews and university researchers to the island. Bush Bush actually has three peninsulas with select fishing camps along the way, where many enjoy fishing for cascadou, but be mindful, legend has it that once eaten, you will stay in Trinidad for the rest of your days. Bush Bush is a sandy, forested, irregularly shaped island in the swamp, about two to three miles long. Biodiverse and lush, with Moriche, Bois Canot, Silk Cotton, Strangler Figs and Mahon trees, it’s also home to a variety of wildlife including the true to their name, Howlers, as well as super-charged grey Capuchin monkeys, who always seem to be on the hunt for pine nuts. There are also over 32 species of bats and 171 species of birds on the island, including spectacular coloured scarlet macaws, owls and five species of parrots. You can also see anteaters and porcupines, if you’re lucky, as well as the occasional deer and manicou (opossum). The swamp is a haven for wildlife, with arresting silhouettes of Moriche palms and knotted mangroves. Unfortunately, in the 1950s the monkeys were severely affected by a Yellow Fever outbreak and lately illegal hunting has had a toll on the population, but the area remains extremely rich and diverse, not to mention incredibly beautiful. Truly a Bucket List contender!

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Heritage Tour of Port of Spain Port of Spain’s built heritage reflects the diverse political, cultural and social influences of its people. Left: Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral Right: Fountain in Woodford Square, Port of Spain

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n entering Port of Spain from the east we first see one of the most obvious landmarks of the city, the Lighthouse, on Wrightson Road. The Lighthouse was built in 1842. Turning into Frederick Street at the Lighthouse, on the left is Fort San Andres the last surviving Spanish fortification completed in 1787. To the east of Fort San Andres is City Gate, Port of Spain’s main bus terminal. Built in 1924 as a railway station, becoming the Bus Terminal in 1968. Going north we enter “down town” Port of Spain and Independence Square. To the east the Square leads to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The building was completed in 1832. At the corner of Independence Square and Frederick Street, Port of Spain’s main shopping street, is a statue of war hero and former Mayor of Port of Spain, Arthur Andrew Cipriani. The re-building of the city after the Great Fire of Port of Spain in 1885 with more substantial structures became a priority. The Scottish Architect George Brown, redesigned lower Port of Spain with stone and brick buildings decorated with ornate cast iron verandahs overlooking the streets. Some of the detailing can still be seen on the balconies over the pavements on lower Frederick Street and on Independence Square. On the western side of Independence Square to the north is the Art Deco Treasury Building. The building is on the site on which the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1838.

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Continuing north on Abercromby Street we come to Woodford Square surrounded by several important buildings including the Old Fire Station built in 1896, the Red House to the west, the seat of Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament, with its history of political intrigue and on the northern side, the Hall of Justice representing Trinidad and Tobago’s independent Judiciary. To the east of Pembroke Street is the Old Public Library, built in 1901 in neoclassical Colonial style. Next to the Old Public Library is the Port of Spain City Hall with its mural, Conquerabia, by artist Carlisle Chang, completed in 1962. On Frederick Street is the site of Greyfriars Church, recently demolished. On the southern side of the square is the Holy Trinity Cathedral, completed in 1818. Continuing north on Abercromby Street we see Lord Harris Square, named after the British Governor from 1846 to 1854. Continuing to go north we pass the Royal Jail, completed in 1812. Going east is Memorial Square, completed in 1924 and dedicated to those Trinidadians who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. To the west of Memorial Square is the Royal Victoria Institute that houses the National Museum and Art Gallery. Immediately adjacent to the Royal Victoria Institute is the National Academy for the Performing Arts, formally opened in 2009.

Going west, we follow the Queen’s Park Savannah surrounded by important heritage buildings. On the southern side is Knowsley, built as a residence for William Gordon Gordon in 1904. Further along we see a building designed by Architect George Brown. “The George Brown House” is typical of Brown’s smaller urban houses with the steeply pitched roofs, finials and decorative fretwork. Perhaps a more elaborate example of Port of Spain’s urban architecture is Boissiere House, more often referred to as “The Gingerbread House”, designed and built by Edward Bowen in 1904. On the western side of the Savannah, the “Magnificent Seven” buildings reflect several architectural influences. Starting with Queen’s Royal College in German Renaissance style, then Hayes Court, the Anglican Bishop’s House, indigenous in architectural style, using a combination of French Colonial and Scottish cast iron elements. Mille Fleurs has been described as being French Provincial in style. Roomor was purchased by Timothy Roodal in 1940, and remains the family home. Roomor is described as being French Second Empire in style. The Roman Catholic Archbishop’s House was designed by George Brown. Next door, Rosenweg, more popularly known as White Hall, was built by Joseph Leon Agostini, influenced by the architecture of Corsica from where the Agostini family originated. Killarney or Stollmeyer’s Castle, the last of the Magnificent Seven, was built in what is described as Scottish Baronial style. On the northern side of the Savannah is President’s House. Built as the residence for the British Governor’s in 1876, it was designed in the Indian Empire style. Following Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence in 1962, it became the residence of the President. Belmont’s architecture includes St. Francis of Assisi Church on Belmont Circular Road, built in 1902, designed in Romanesque style. Further along is St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, completed in 1891. Returning to the Savannah we continue down Charlotte Street, passing Holy Name Convent to the east, and the Port of Spain General Hospital, built in 1855. Designed in a Neoclassical style. Turning into Piccadilly Street at the base of Laventille Hill, we see Calvary Hill with its Stations of the Cross built in 1865. Further along we see a beautiful example of an early twentieth century suburban house with decorative fretwork. The Freemason’s Lodge, one of the oldest buildings in Trinidad, built in 1804 is immediately after. Laventille itself is full of history, including Churucca’s Observatory (Fort Chacon) where for the first time in 1793, the position of the new world was fixed to the old world, Fort Picton built by the British in 1797, and our Lady of Laventille Church built in 1884.

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Tales of the Island

Nelson Island’s Historical Treasures by Paul Hadden

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ocated off the north-western tip of the Trinidadian mainland lies a small cluster of islands known as the Five Islands. Though relatively small and unassuming, it is amongst these islands that we find Nelson Island, one of the most historically important sites in Trinidad and Tobago. Comparable to New York’s famed Ellis Island, Nelson Island served as the first point of entry for many immigrants into Trinidad. For many ethnic groups, Nelson Island is where their ancestors first set foot on local soil. One of the largest groups of immigrants to pass through Nelson Island were the East Indian indentured labourers who arrived here between 1845 and 1917, numbering close to one hundred and fifty thousand in total. Nowadays, their descendants account for almost 40% of the total population, and the religion, music, and food, first brought from India, have woven their way into the very social and cultural fabric of this country. But far from being just a simple port of entry to the country, Nelson Island has served many purposes since its inception, some more sinister than others.

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During the long years of World War II, many German and Austrian Jewish refugees, forcefully expelled from Europe in the early years of the war, were detained on Nelson Island, and despite their status as Jewish refugees, many were pinned as enemies of then British-ruled Trinidad. Though suffering from persecution at home, the nationality of these refugees was enough for them to be considered alien enemies, and on Nelson Island, as well as neighbouring Caledonia Island, they were temporarily held as prisoners of war. This was not the island’s only role during the war, as the Caribbean, a then conglomeration of island colonies mostly under European control, was of strategic importance to the Allies, and as the conflict intensified, American soldiers built a gun-emplacement on the eastern side of the island. A part of this emplacement still stands today, a testament to the historically turbulent time. But the war years were not the first, nor were they the last time that Nelson Island would be used as a detention camp. In the late 1930’s, prominent labour leader, Uriah Buzz Butler, was incarcerated on the island for his role in the labour riots. Later on, in the height of the tumultuous Black Power Movement of the 1970’s, many prominent leaders and activists of the movement were held at Nelson Island in a bid by the Government to diffuse the politically tense situation. Among those held were Makandal Daaga, the leader of the revolution, and George Weekes, then President General of the Oilfield’s Workers’ Trade Union. A visit to Nelson Island is a journey into the complex and fascinating history of Trinidad and Tobago. Those interested in visiting the island are encouraged to contact the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago for information on tours.

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T&T Tourist Transport Service Association

Casa Mariposa

The Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Transport Service Association has been providing reliable and efficient transport services for over 20 years. We offer a 24/7 service for all popular sites and attractions in Trinidad, as well as, airport transfers, special functions, weddings, funerals, meetings and conferences, schools turtle watching (by request) and more. We have a membership of approximately 225 drivers/guides who are trained in basic tour guiding skills, defensive driving and First Aid with C.P.R. We have Public Liability Insurance Coverage.

Arrive at Cafe Mariposa and Mariposa Gardens and have a cup of hot Lopinot Cocoa. Travel with us to Mr. Cooper’s Cocoa Estate for an educational wallking tour on Cocoa cultivation, medicinal plants and other items of interest. On the way back, you have the opportunity to Dance the Cocoa at a 100 year-old Cocoa House, accompanied by a live Parandero. Return to the Cafe for a Treeto-Bar chocolate demo, and sample of award-winning beverages, followed by our Signature Cocoa infused meal, while viewing 12 species of the Hummingbird. Experience our tour for US$75.00

Tel (868) 623-4419 After 3:00 pm (868) 683-7934; Fax (868) 624-5016 Email touristtransport1@flowtrinidad.com | www.ttttsa.com

Tel (868) 669-8647/1 (868) 721-0616 58 Lopinot Settlement, Lopinot, Via Arouca, Trinidad, W.I. Email info@mariposalopinot.com | www.mariposalopinot.com

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Paria Bay

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Accessed by either boat or hike, the beauty of this secluded beach is worth the effort. Lush vegetation gives way to pristine sand surrounded by rock formations; one is known as the Cathedral Arch. Quite apt really for this is the place to enjoy Mother Nature’s splendour.

Just off the Toco Main Road, this little gem of a beach offers the divide of the village to one side and the never ending horizon to the other. At high tide the water washes onto the edge of the coconut trees; stop off swims don’t get better than this.

The popular weekend getaway offers spectacular views from upon the cliff. Simple hiking takes you down to its beaches while the wide Marianne River at one end of the bay is popular with kayakers and surfers.

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zip-line through the trees above Macqueripe Bay, or scuba dive for sunken treasures below; surf the waves in Toco, or relax at Maracas beach with a delicious shark and bake for lunch; you’re sure to have an amazing time. Trinidad’s beaches are stunningly beautiful and unique, with lots to do and explore.

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The surfers’ favourite beach is a curved bay that forms a natural arena. Its clear waters are Caribbean, while the braided river mouth provides serenity and relaxation amongst its little sand islands. The presence of all amenities makes this an all day stay.

The local surfing mecca is a hybrid of competition level waves, imposing but beautiful cliffs, family-friendly beach areas and a large parking lot that plays host to skateboard competitions at surf time. T&T’s young and young at heart have made it home for the nation’s ‘spring break’.

The corridor of giant coconut trees welcome all and are as never-ending as the coastline. Perfect for long walks, beach sports and liming in the daytime; at night it takes on a magical characteristic with the light emanating from the moon and stars, and the night water dotted from the flicker of the distant oil rigs.

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You’ll enjoy the journey along the rugged coast towards Toco. The 20 -minute uphill hike will take you along a well-worn track to the cascading pools, the lower one is deeper than the upper, but both are beautifully refreshing.

Whether you choose the eight-mile hike or travel by boat for the first part of this journey, the crisp, clear waters of Paria are breathtaking. The mostly uphill hike, begins in Blanchisseuse Village and promises fantastic views.

A challenging 40-60 minute hike east of Arima will take you to Sombasson and nearby Lajala waterfalls. You can enjoy the many butterflies and birds along the way, until you arrive at the popular triple-tiered falls.

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A true gem, since the waters of Rio Seco reflect variant shades of emerald. Located just after Matura Village, the 35 to 40 minute trail leads hikers through the lush Mora forest.

Although it’s one of those hikes where you must get your feet wet, you’ll enjoy the added treat that’s located at the 50-foot cascading waterfall’s base - a clear pool for those who wish to take a refreshing dip.

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Blue Basin

It’s an enjoyable 15-20 minute drive from Port of Spain through River Estate, Diego Martin and on to the North Post Road to Blue Basin. Walk, hike or trail-bike ride until you hear the thunderous sounds of the 298-foot falls with crystal clear pools for swimming. Guided tours are recommended. Photo: Christopher Anderson


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Throughout the year the island is a popular location for international trade shows, conferences, seminars and festivals. Apart from the wide range of conference centres, auditoria and theatres furnished with the amenities that you will need to host a world class event, select agencies and associations also offer support to those engaged in business ventures.

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The first bean to bar factory in the country, combines exceptional expertise with modern technology and key partnerships in its commitment to revive the cocoa industry.

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weet Success: The Trinidad and Tobago Fine Cocoa Company (TTFCC) has begun to manufacture delicious dark and milk chocolates, couverture and nibs, that are available at stores and restaurants, from Port of Spain to London. Although it’s been predicted that there will be a global cocoa shortage of up to one million tonnes by 2020, the local industry has seen a steady decline in cocoa production, up to 98 percent in the past 100 years. The TTFC wants to help rejuvenate the once great industry. Stationed at the La Reunion Estate in Cedeno, Trinidad, the company uses the Trinitario chocolate, renowned for its fruity and floral characteristics, a hybrid of the Criollo and Forastero trees that originated on the island around 1678. The TTFCC foresees a future of chocolate tasting and cocoa estate tours that will put the twin-islands on the map as a tourist destination in a country with about 400 farms and over 200 estates (between 10-50 hectares). The landmark launch at London Chocolate Week in 2015 featured a highly successful chocolate and rum tasting led by Daren Sukha, Research Fellow at the Cocoa Research Centre (CRC) UWI and Danny Andrea, Retail Manager at Artisan du Chocolat UK, where over 30 enthusiastic participants enjoyed theory and tastings of the Trinitario chocolate. This was followed by more tastings and artisanal parings at events in Trinidad and Tobago.

The machinery, which was brought from Brazil, is world class, and the staff, many from the UWI CRC, highly trained. The factory is impressive, from the beans being hand sorted, to the care taken in the roasting process, where each batch is given its own roasting schedule to ensure perfection, before being winnowed through a triple filter system to remove the shells and create perfectly delicious chocolate nibs. Similarly, the tempering process to make the smooth, creamy couverture, places the nibs into the Jaf Inox mill, where they are ground, then hand-sieved into the Weiner ball mill which reduces the cocoa to a minute particle size of below 20 microns for that refined, smooth taste. It’s transferred into the conche and blended for up to eight hours to bring out the fruit flavours of the bean. The team produces the guava, scorpion pepper and cashew flavoured milk, as well as dark-chocolates using the Jaf Inox tempering machine; and the taste is absolutely one of a kind, truly divine. Then, the chocolate is moved to the cocoa storage unit, affectionately called the “library”, where shelves with some of the best single-estate cocoa in the country are housed and allowed to “rest” to enhance the flavour profile. It’s a complicated but worthwhile process - staff can’t even wear perfume as it will be absorbed into the flavour of the chocolate. “Origin is very important for chefs ...few chocolates in the world can achieve this level of sophistication,” TTFCC founder, Ashley Parasram, who was born in Trinidad and has a background in international development, explained. Five years in the making, the company is a perfect public-private partnership among the corporate sector, local government, and research institutions, including the UWI Cocoa Research Centre, La Reunion Estate cocoa farmers, Agricultural Development Bank, Angostura, Artisan du Chocolat, London, and the British High Commission. Having recently signed a three-year agreement with the Inter American Development Bank to develop key support for local cocoa farmers, TTFCC continues to bring innovation and expertise together to build on the great legacy of fine T&T chocolate.

For more visit... Trinidad and Tobago Fine Chocolate Company: www.ttchocolste.com Artisan du Chocolat: www.artisanduchocolat.com

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Barbara Jenkins Celebrated author by Jeanette G. Awai

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arbara Jenkins defines herself as mother, grandmother, retired geography teacher, even Fresher Queen, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, anything other than the title she is best known as – writer. To understand Jenkins’ trajectory, is to revisit 1950’s Trinidad. “There was no real concept of being Trini in those days, we were the British West Indies under the reign of King George VI and then a young Queen Elizabeth II. Going to England to study was the natural progression and that’s exactly what I did.” An Additional Scholarship facilitated a BSc in Geography and a Diploma in Education at University College, Cardiff. During this period, when she also met her husband, she was content to remain in Wales, but life had other plans. In 1971, Jenkins returned to Trinidad and seeing it through her husband’s eyes, she fell in love, “He used to tell me, you live in a place where people like my parents would work 50 weeks to spend two weeks in”. Jenkins credits her husband’s enthusiasm for the country, especially its culture, combined with her formative years in

Belmont, as the reason she chose to remain, since “I saw it with the ease of familiarity and the delight of discovery”. But with her husband’s death in 1995, “everything lost its spice”. Several years later, life regained its beauty when friends encouraged this prolific reader to write. A 2008 residency at the Cropper Foundation Residential Workshop for Caribbean Writers was followed by her winning the Commonwealth Short Story Prize Caribbean Region in 2010 and 2011 and several other short fiction prizes. She loved the workshop experience so much that she joined the MFA programme at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and her final year manuscript became her first book, Sic Transit Wagon. That collection won the Guyana Prize – Caribbean literature 2014. In 2013, she was named winner of the inaugural Hollick-Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize which allowed her to kickstart her latest book, De Rightest Place. With her growing list of accolades, Jenkins remains unfussed, almost indignantly so; “Writer is not a title you claim for yourself. I’ll be a writer when someone like Derek Walcott introduces me as a fellow writer.”

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s advances in technology make banking more convenient and fast paced, the future of the banking industry rests firmly on the ability of banks to successfully engage their customers outside the “brick and mortar” structures of head offices and branches; going the extra distance to provide an additional level of ease and security for their existing customers and being best positioned to offer their services to an even larger population of unbanked customers. Locally, the situation is no different. In Trinidad and Tobago, as we progress in the 21st Century, the future of banking is becoming increasingly digital. Whether discussing the future of retail banking or the future of mobile banking, technology plays a critical role in our everyday transactions. In Republic Bank’s evolution as a bank of the future, we continually adapt our e-banking services by investing significantly in existent technology, while remaining vigilant for emergent ones, as we add value to the ways that many of us search for financial information, buy and sell online and most importantly, stay connected to our money.

RepublicMobile App Revolutionising the local banking and payment industry The key to a successful mobile banking solution is to understand that it is more than just another channel for doing business; it is a way to engage a wider cross-section of customers. This is the idea behind the RepublicMobile App (available for free download from Apple App Store, Google Play Store and BlackBerry World). This latest addition to Republic’s suite of e-banking services, which includes RepublicOnline and RepublicMobile SMS, is aimed at revolutionising the banking industry by providing customers with the most comprehensive and most secure mobile banking currently available. Backed by Republic’s signature two-factor authentication, which provides customers an unprecedented level of security, the RepublicMobile App works much in the same way as RepublicOnline. With this service, customers can:

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Pay bills Transfer funds between personal and/or third party accounts instantly Check your account/investment balances Get instant access to funds paid on your credit cards/VTM cards View our Branch and ABM Locator View your transaction history Set your most frequently used transactions as favourites for easier access Have the convenience of resetting your MPIN when the need arises Manage multiple devices that can access the app

The Road to the Future Mobile technology is changing. The winners in the e-banking mobile banking and payment industries will be those financial institutions that make the necessary time and effort to develop a deeper understanding of local markets, its customers and regulations, and those who are willing to innovate and commit significant resources to the new initiatives; unafraid to forge partnerships with new players and explore new avenues.

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Whether you desire a cosy eco-friendly cottage in Aripo, or a more modern hotel room with a view of the Gulf of Paria, there are a wide range of choices. Many hotels have a restaurant, pool, gym and even a spa, to ensure that you have the perfect holiday.

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Hyatt Regency Trinidad Hyatt Regency Trinidad, transformed to a new and vibrant luxurious highrise hotel of contemporary design, is located in downtown Port of Spain and presents an unrivalled level of comfort, service and convenience among Trinidad hotels. This 428-room hotel, catering to business, convention and leisure travellers, boasts spacious suites and guestrooms with spectacular gulf and city views, flat-screen televisions, free WIFI in guest rooms and public spaces and the signature Hyatt Grand BedTM. Also featured is a 16,000-square-foot Regency Ballroom, a 10,000-square-foot Port of Spain Ballroom; a full-service restaurant; lobby bar and lounge; sushi bar; a 9,000 square-foot spa; state-of-the-art fitness centre and rooftop infinity pool with stunning panoramic views of the Gulf.

Tel (868) 623-2222 Fax (868) 821-6401

Address 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Reservations trirt.reservation@hyatt.com Facebook facebook.com/hyattregencytrinidad Twitter @HyattTrinidad Instagram Hyatttrinidad trinidad.hyatt.com

Tradewinds Hotel Situated in the breezy residential area of St. Joseph Village, San Fernando, Tradewinds Hotel has been owned and operated by the Laing family since 1990. The 41- room “Home Away From Home” boasts friendly, helpful and courteous staff and an efficient management team. Rooms are spacious and fully equipped with minibar, cable TV, air-conditioning, safes and complimentary WIFI. Other facilities include Driftwood Restaurant, our newly opened Bottles & Bites Sushi Restaurant & Bar, conferencing, mini-mart, gym with state-of-the-art equipment and instructors on site, swimming pool and hair salon. Only 800 metres away from Caribbean Cinemas 10/ South Park Shopping Plaza. Tel (868) 652-9463 Address 36-38 London Street, St. Joseph Village, San Fernando, Trinidad Email delia@tradewindshotel.com www.tradewindshotel.com

The Normandie Hotel The Normandie Hotel is a boutique hotel designed by one of Trinidad’s most acclaimed architects, John Newel Lewis, known as a platform for culture, art and music. The spirit of its local warmth, is nothing but charming. Within its façade it houses, Conference Centre, restaurant, 83 Rooms (40 of them poolside) carrying modern commodities, and a Market Place offering fashion, skin care, and bespoke local products. Strategically situated in the heart of St Ann’s, minutes away from the Queen’s Park Savannah and Port of Spain. Capture charisma, revisit the values of history. Stay at The Normandie Hotel! Tel (868) 624-1181-4 (868) 387-1244 Address 10 Nook Avenue, St Ann’s, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies Email reservations@normandiett.com www.normandiett.com

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Chaquacabana Resort & Beach Club Chaquacabana Resort and Beach Club is a one of a kind in the island of Trinidad. It is located in Chaguaramas, at the most westerly point of the island. The Resort spans 12.5 acres with a sloping hillside that envelops the resort to the north and absolute ocean to the south. It prides itself with Sea, Sun, Serenity & Stay. A few of the main attractions at the All Suite Hotel are the ocean restaurants, biking, kayaking, bird watching and even great fishing is available on the expansive 1800 ft. boardwalk. “It’ll be a Great Fun Experience!!!”

Tel (868) 634-4319 Address Lp 165 Western Main Road, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, W.I. Email info@chaquacabana.com www.chaquacabana.com

Gasparee Island Vacation Resort The Island is located 40 minutes from Piarco International Airport, accompanied by a 5 to 10 minute boat ride off the coast of Chaguaramas. The resort includes a conference centre, luxury seaside villas, cosy hotel rooms and an international fine dining restaurant. All commodities include a breathtaking panoramic ocean view of the Gulf of Paria. Each villa and hotel room is self contained and features a private terrace overlooking the beach and ocean. For added comfort, the rooms are all air conditioned with a lounge area, kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen contains all amenities. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, beach area, tennis courts and rental of kayaks. We also facilitate tours to the Gasparee Caves and our restaurant features international cuisine to tantalise your taste buds. Tel (868) 672-5133 Mobile (868) 777-2785, 373-4227, 788-1098 Address Gasparee Island, Chaguaramas Email bombshellbay.rest@gmail.com www.bombshellbayvillas.com

Acajou Hotel ACAJOU is a small, eco-friendly, family-operated hotel situated on the beautiful and dramatic northern coast of Trinidad in a small fishing village called Grande Rivière. The hotel is built as a group of traditional cottages nestled between the beach, a crystal clear river and lush rainforest-covered mountains. What makes Grande Rivière unique is the hundreds of endangered leatherback turtles that nest here every year, from March until August. Please visit www.tripadvisor.com for unbiased reviews about ACAJOU Hotel. Tel (868) 670-3771 Fax (868) 670-4566 Address Grande Rivière, Trinidad Email info@acajoutrinidad.com www.acajoutrinidad.com

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Cara Suites Hotel & Conference Centre

Tucked away in the foothills of Claxton Bay, our hotel is ideally located a mere 20 minutes away from Chaguanas and the city of San Fernando and only 15 minutes away from our industrial mecca, Point Lisas and Couva, which makes it ideal for business or leisure travellers alike. Cara Suites Hotel & Conference Centre boasts trendy Superior Executive Ocean or Garden View Rooms. These meticulously appointed rooms are outfitted with a king size bed, complimentary high speed internet access, in-room safe, flat screen high definition television with cable, and full buffet breakfast. Additional amenities include a tour desk, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, The Metropolitan Restaurant and The Bay Bar. Cara Suites Hotel & Conference Centre also provides excellent meeting and conference facilities for groups ranging between 5-400 persons. Allow yourself to experience…a Caribbean tradition in the making. Tel (868) 659-2271 | Fax (868) 659-2202 Address Pointe-a-Pierre, Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay, Trinidad Email reservations@carasuites.com | www.carahotels.com

Kapok Hotel Ideally located, minutes away from Port of Spain, banks, embassies, medical institutions, malls, the Queen’s Park Savannah and Oval. Our boutique hotel features a range of rooms, including balcony suites with separate living areas and cosy studio rooms with kitchenettes. Amenities include room service, complimentary WIFI, laundry services, gym, pool and two full service restaurants. Visit KAVA, located lobby level, and enjoy an eclectic menu featuring artisan brick oven pizzas and classic cocktails or experience an evening of fine dining at our Asian restaurant, Tiki Village, on the 8th floor, and witness one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the capital city. Book online at www.kapokhotel.com with code INS&OUTS for the best rate guaranteed. Tel (868) 622-KPOK (5765) Address 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Trinidad Email stay@kapokhotel.com | Facebook facebook.com/ kapokhoteltrinidad | Instagram @kapokhotel | www.kapokhotel.com

Alicia’s Palace Guest House Alicia’s Palace is a Guest House nestled in the quiet hillside of Lady Chancellor. A warm welcome awaits you at Alicia’s Palace. The perfect place to combine leisure and business. We also provide facilities to host Conferences, Weddings, Meetings, Christenings, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers and much more at an affordable price. We are minutes away from the Queen’s Park Savannah where our carnival activities are held and Port of Spain our capital and shopping area. We provide a homely atmosphere in a calm and classy ambiance with the true feeling of Caribbean hospitality. Relax in the pool, enjoy local dishes and the eco-friendly environment. Tel (868) 624-8553 / 225-8539 /621-1017 | Fax (868) 621-1016 Address One and three quarter Mile Post Lady Chancellor Road, St Ann’s, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago Email info@aliciaspalace.com www.aliciaspalace.com

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Courtyard By Marriott Refresh your travel experience at the Courtyard by Marriott, Port of Spain. This contemporary hotel features a re-designed lobby, restaurant, library and business centre. The 119 spacious guest rooms and suites offer plush beds, large work desks with ergonomic task chairs, and free Internet access. The hotel is conveniently located 40 minutes from the international airport, just 10 minutes away from the city centre, and within walking distance of the MovieTowne Entertainment Complex and the Hasley Crawford National Stadium. Host a memorable meeting or business event in any of our versatile conference rooms; the perfect setting for a small business dinner or social gathering. Tel (868) 627-5555 Fax (868) 627-6317 Address Invader’s Bay, Audrey Jeffers Highway Port of Spain, Trinidad www.courtyardportofspain.com

Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre Come to the Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre and relax in your choice of 418 rooms including 27 suites all with private balconies. Located in the heart of our architecturally designed “upside-down” hotel, is Pool Terrace Garden Restaurant, which features international and local cuisine; or enjoy sushi, with breathtaking views from LUCE Sushi Bar & Lounge. Visit our fitness centre featuring choice equipment and sauna rooms, or try our outdoor tennis court and swimming pool. Choose from any one of our meeting rooms for your event, with maximum capacity of 800 persons. Tel (868) 624-3211 Fax (868) 624-4485 Address 1B Lady Young Road, Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I Email reservations.trinidad@hilton.com facebook.com/hiltontrinidad I twitter.com/hiltontrinidad www.trinidad.hilton.com

Playa del Este - A Paradise Resort Inspired by known mas’ man Michael Headley, this paradise is nestled in the sloping lands of the north-eastern range of the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The location gives rich dynamics to its architecture, creating unique features. Say “I Do” with a beautiful sunset backdrop floating delicately on the Caribbean Sea. Wake up to a crisp sunrise from Ocean View rooms or enjoy the natural sights of humming birds feeding in the Garden View rooms. Come and experience this Paradise Resort perfectly set for beachfront weddings, reunions, retreats, events and vacations... Playa del Este! An ideal place to rejuvenate, relax, connect with nature, and enjoy. Make it your #1 STAYCATION choice! Tel 868 691-5227 | Tel/Fax +1 868 691-2632 Address 13 3/4MM, Toco Main Road, Salybia, Trinidad, W.I. Email playadelesteresort@gmail.com http://playadelesteresort.com

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Royal Hotel Royal Hotel has the charm of a bygone era, with the conveniences of the modern world. We are known for our warm southern charm, an oasis conveniently located within the city of San Fernando. We invite you to relax in any of our 62 spacious rooms, equipped with cable TV, air-conditioning, safes, free WI-FI along with a complimentary continental breakfast. Visit our Landmark Bar or Pavilion Restaurant for a taste of an eclectic mix of local and international cuisine. Our conference and meeting rooms are ideal for hosting business events, cocktail parties and wedding receptions. Hoping to see you soon!

Tel (868) 652-4881 Address 46-54 Royal Road, San Fernando, Trinidad Email info@royalhoteltt.com www.royalhoteltt.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites This attractive hotel is conveniently located five minutes from Piarco International Airport and thirty-five minutes from Port of Spain. It is situated within a growing urban development, close to the Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club and Trincity Mall, and features a combination of 82 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Take advantage of our complimentary airport shuttle, and enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Internet access, outdoor swimming pool, Fitness and Business Centres. We also cater for small meetings. So whether you are travelling for business or recreation, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Trincity, is the ideal place to STAY SMART. Tel (868) 669-6209 | Fax (868) 692-4557 Address 1 Exposition Drive, Trincity Email hiexreservations@gmail.com www.hiexpress.com/trincitytt

Le Grand Almandier Located 88km from Piarco International Airport, Le Grand Almandier lies nestled between the almond trees and the beach. Here, the forested headlands border the magnificent coastline to the north and the majestic Grande Rivière River, from which the village gets its name, to the north-east. The perfect retreat to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer: the birds, the wildlife, the nesting leatherback turtles, fishing, boat tours and waterfall tours. The ten tastefully decorated rooms and suites sleep two to six persons. The ideal choice for anyone in search of peace and serenity in completely natural surroundings.

Tel (868) 670-1013/2294 Fax (868) 670-2294 Address 2 Hosang Street, Grande Rivière, Trinidad Email info@legrandalmandier.com www.legrandalmandier.com

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The Aripo Cottage The Aripo Cottage is nestled in the middle of the rainforest. One cottage and three cabanas adorn this old cocoa estate, all surrounded by lush greenery and local wildlife. You can choose to spend the day poolside with the breathtaking mountain views or you can spend the night and awake to the soothing jazz of nature. We offer a piece of heaven where you can unwind the mind and simply just relax!

Tel (868) 645-6736; 662-6770 Address El Cerro Del Aripo, Trinidad Email thearipocottage@gmail.com Instagram @aripocottage www.aripocottage.wixsite.com/home

CrewsInn Hotel and Yachting Centre Snuggly nestled in a natural harbour, the CrewsInn Hotel and Yachting Centre is a welcoming haven for all our valued guests. Enjoy all the amenities of our unique hotel amidst the warm and vibrant Caribbean décor that says “relax, make yourself at home”. 46 rooms all with a cosy private balcony view of our Marina; pool, conference centre, restaurant, bar, all carrying modern design and décor. Located in Trinidad’s largest national park.

Tel (868) 607-4000 (option 2) Fax (868) 634-4175 Address Point Gourde, Chagauaramas, Trinidad, West Indies Email inquiries@crewsinn.com www.crewsinn.com

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ACAJOU HOTEL

Grande Rivière

670-3771

info@acajoutrinidad.com

www.acajoutrinidad.com

ALICIA’S PALACE

St. Ann’s

624-8553, 621-1017

info@aliciasplace.com

www.aliciaspalace.com

ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTRE & LODGE

Arima

667-4655, 667-5162

reservations@asawright.org

www.asawright.org

BOMBSHELL BAY HOTEL & VILLA RESORTS

Chaguaramas

672-5133, 777-2785

bombshellbay.rest@gmail.com

www.bombshellbayvillas.com

CARA SUITES HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE Claxton Bay

659-2271/2

reservations@carasuites.com

www.carahotels.com; www.carasuites.com

CASA MARIPOSA

Lopinot

669-8647

cafemariposa58@gmail.com

www.mariposalopinot.com

CATTLEYA HOTEL

Tunapuna

299-0646 x 321

jcmora26@aol.com

www.coetnt.com

CHACONIA HOTEL

Maraval

628-0941, 622-2346

gm@chaconiahotel.com

www.chaconiahotel.com

CHAQUACABANA RESORT & BEACH CLUB

Chaguaramas

634-4319, 333-8312

info@chaquacabana.com

www.chaquacabana.com

COBLENTZ INN BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Cascade

621-0541-4

coblentzinn1@gmail.com

www.coblentzinn.com

CORAL COVE MARINA HOTEL

Chaguaramas

634-2040, 634-2244

coralcovereservations@albrosco.com

www.coralcovemarina.com

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

Port of Spain

627-5555

poscy.reservations@courtyard.com

www.courtyardportofspain.com

CREWSINN HOTEL AND YACHTING CENTRE

Chaguaramas

634-4000

inquiries@crewsinn.com

www.crewsinn.com

CULTURE CROSSROADS INN

St. James

622-8687, 680-7678

culturecrossroadstt@gmail.com

www.culturecrossroadstt.com

FORTY WINKS INN

Newtown

622-0484, 628-0316

pam@fortywinkstt.com

www.fortywinkstt.com

GASPAREE ISLAND VACATION RESORT

Chaguaramas

672-5133, 777-2785

bombshellbay.rest@gmail.com

www.bombshellbayvillas.com

HILTON TRINIDAD AND CONFERENCE CENTRE

Belmont

624-3211

reservations.trinidad@hilton.com

www.trinidad.hilton.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SUITES

Trincity

669-6209

hiexreservations@gmail.com

www.hiexpress.com/trincitytt

HYATT REGENCY TRINIDAD

Port of Spain

623-2222

trirt.reservation@hyatt.com

www.trinidad.hyatt.com

INN AT 87

Newtown

622-4343

info@innat87.com

www.innat87.com

INNA CITI PLACE

Woodbrook

622-0415

innacitiplace@yahoo.com

www.inna-citi-place.com

KAPOK HOTEL

St. Clair

622-5765

stay@kapokhotel.com

www.kapokhotel.com

L’ORCHIDÉE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

St. Ann’s

621-0618, 621-0063

reservations@trinidadhosthomes.com

www.trinidadhosthomes.com

LE GRAND ALMANDIER

Grande Rivière

670-2294, 670-1013

info@legrandalmandier.com

www.legrandalmandier.com

MONIQUE’S

Maraval

628-2351, 628-3334

info@moniquestrinidad.com

www.moniquestrinidad.com

PAR MAY LA’S INN

Port of Spain

628-2008, 628-8357

reservation@parmaylas.com

www.parmaylas.com

PARIA SUITES

La Romain

697-2742, 697-1442/3

info@pariasuites.com

www.pariasuites.com

PAX GUESTHOUSE

Tunapuna

662-4084

stay@paxguesthouse.com

www.paxguesthouse.com

PLAYA DEL ESTE

Salybia

691-5227

playadelesteresort@gmail.com http://playadelesteresort.com

RADISSON TRINIDAD Port of Spain 625-3361-8 rhl_sptr@radisson.com

www.radisson.com/ port-of-spain-hotel-tt/ttosptr

REGENT STAR HOTEL

Piarco

669-STAR (7827)

info@regentstarhotel.com

www.theregentstarhotel.com

SUNDECK SUITES LIMITED

Port of Spain

622-9560/1

reservations@sundecktrinidad.com

www.sundecktrinidad.com

THE ARIPO COTTAGE & ECO RESORT

El Cerro Del Aripo

662-6770, 645-6736

thearipocottage@gmail.com

www.aripocottage.wixsite.com/home

THE CASCADIA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

St. Ann’s

623-3511

marketing@cascadiahotel.com

www.cascadiahotel.com

THE CHANCELLOR HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

St. Ann’s

623-0883

info@thechancellorhotel.com

www.thechancellorhotel.com

THE NORMANDIE HOTEL

St. Ann’s

624-1181-4, 387-1244

reservations@normandiett.com

www.normandiett.com

THE ROYAL HOTEL (1978) LIMITED

San Fernando

652-4881

info@royalhoteltt.com

www.royalhoteltt.com

TRADEWINDS HOTEL

San Fernando

652-9463

delia@tradewindshotel.com

www.tradewindshotel.com

TRINIDAD MARACAS BAY HOTEL

Maracas

669-1914

trinidadmaracasbayhotel@gmail.com

www.maracasbay.com

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Talent abounds in this cosmopolitan island that has perfected the art of liming (hanging out). Here, you can enjoy an open mic poetryslam, dusk to dawn soca fete, beach lime or film festival. Just know that every event will have a local twist and that the food and entertainment will always be fabulous.

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Theatre – It’s in Our DNA by Patti-Ann Ali

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ike the people, our theatre was born from diverse performances will strike a unique chord, provoke thought, cultures; Amerindian, African, Indian, Chinese, inspire and entertain. European and the list goes on. Today, we continue to To get an idea of what’s on visit our Ins and Outs online tell the stories of our ancestors, alongside new ones. calendar and Facebook page, read the daily newspapers, From cultural to religious, classical to contemporary, and also contact the theatres directly. Most box offices musicals, dramas, farces, comedies, tragedies, variety open from noon to 6pm. There are multiple performance shows, stand-up comedy, folk and street theatre - take your venues. In the west, there is Queen’s Hall, Central Bank pick, indoors or out. Outdoors, you may find yourself in a Auditorium, Lord Kitchener Auditorium (NAPA), Little Carib green savannah, watching the epic religious re-enactments Theatre, the Big Black Box theatre and Trinidad Theatre of the life of Lord Rama, known as Ramleela, or in preWorkshop. In the east, there is the CLR James Auditorium dawn Port-of-Spain, witnessing the spine-chilling and the Department of Festival Arts, (UWI). To the re-telling of the Canboulay Riots, heralding south, you can check out Naparima Bowl, as well Carnival, or celebrating in Moriah, as an as the Sundar Popo Auditorium (SAPA). In old time Tobago Wedding, wends its Tobago, there is the Tobago Drama Guild way musically, through the streets. House and the Shaw Park Complex. “All the Indoors, take a comfortable seat Online, check The Trinidad and Tobago world’s a stage, And in a well-appointed, air-conditioned Performing Arts Network, the National all the men and women theatre to enjoy a hilarious locally Drama Association of Trinidad and adapted farce. Be inspired by an Tobago and the events/festivals/arts merely players” original piece of local drama, in and culture listings on T&T websites. the intimacy of a black box-theatre, We’re looking forward to welcoming William Shakespeare or get carried away by an opulentlyyou to the show! staged musical. Folk theatre at its best, can be seen in the Best Village plays. Whichever genre is your cup of tea, the

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trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) by Anna Walcott-Hardy

A festival that explores T&T on screen and off

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he trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) grows from strength to strength every year, featuring films from the Caribbean and the diaspora. The Festival opened this year with the award-winning movie, Play the Devil. The second film by director Maria Govan (Rain), produced with insight and authenticity by photographer Abigail Hadeed, features a strong cast of veterans and new-comers. From the opening imagery of the two friends, covered in blue and gold, walking slowly through the forest, to the startling portraits of the Blue Devils on Carnival Monday, the realisation that this is a layered, carefully crafted film, intent on breaking new ground, is immediate. Perhaps this is why one let-down may be the sudden climax and close. Regardless, you will remain enchanted throughout - the script, soundtrack and, cinematography (by the talented James Wall), are impressive and direct. The story looks beyond the coming-of-age angst and alienation of growing-up on a post-colonial island, into the un-masking of the true self, well after Ash Wednesday. From the rather complexed, often incongruous boundaries of class and ethnic prejudices, to barely-discussed issues of sexuality in a highly religious small society, Play the Devil, looks at a family living in a traditional, beautiful, often-sentimentalised farming community of Paramin. The handsome, intelligent and highly creative 18-year-old Gregory (played with great complexity by British actor Petrice Jones), is courted mercilessly by James, the wealthy, married businessman played by Gareth Jenkins, in a commendable film debut. The accomplished student is being raised by his grandmother, a wellcrafted, unprecedented portrayal by the talented actress, Penelope Spencer, and seemingly bad-boy brother, Fayne, played with great range by Nikolai Salcedo. The film seeks to address issues of sexuality, loyalty and religious morality - which all head toward a baptism of fire. A must-see, the story is told with breadth and beauty as it seeks to address universal issues addressing a boy, a village, an island, a world. This is just one of the many films that are featured at the Festival. http://ttfilmfestival.com/

Siam Nightlife The former name of the “kingdom of Thailand”, Siam is located on the rooftop level of the prestigious Apsara and Tamnak Thai restaurants in the historic 90-year-old mansion around the historic Queen’s Park Savannah. Siam is exquisitely designed and decorated to reflect the regales of Thai culture with its stylish, elegant, luxurious ambiance making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day. During the week Monday to Wednesday indulge in exotic cocktails and fused Asian hors d’oeuvres; Thursday to Saturday enjoy the best nightclub experience you can ask for, as you dance the night away on its trademark dance floor. The Bar boasts of a wide selection of champagnes including Armand de Burgnac Cristal, Krug, Dom Perignon and some of the best whiskies and vodkas. Siam opens Monday to Thursday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 pm and Friday and Saturday 4:00 pm to 4:00 am. Tel (868) 621-2870, 623-7679, 627-7364, 625-6061, 621-0459 Fax 625-6061 | Facebook: Siamnightlife | siamnightlifett@gmail.com Address Rooftop Level, #13 Queen’s Park Savannah East, Port of Spain

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VIP Platinum Cinema and Lounge, MovieTowne The VIP Platinum Cinema and Lounge is an ultra-modern, state-of-the-art venue that takes cinema going to the next level. Indulge in the full VIP experience by dining in the lounge, while satisfying your penchant for a blockbuster movie in the private setting of the 64 seat theatre. The lounge is open to all; no movie ticket necessary. It offers a sophisticated restaurant and bar atmosphere where dining, cocktails and meetings are welcomed. You can also reserve your cinema seat ahead of time, while savouring the intimate setting of luxury seating and cosy blankets. The venue is also available for rent for any type of event and occasion. Located inside the lobby of MovieTowne Port of Spain, this is the latest entertainment offering to movie lovers, with discerning tastes, nationwide. Tel (868) 627-8277 Email vipplatinum@movietowne.com | movietowne.com Address MovieTowne, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain

Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne When the sun sets, the Caribbean nightlife heats up at Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne. Brimming with activity and excitement, the ambiance is clearly reminiscent of Bourbon Street in New Orleans; filled with the eclectic mix of cuisine and entertainment that makes this venue one of the most talked about spots in T&T. A diverse mix of dining choices await to satisfy any palate and for anyone feeling lucky, why not try your hand at the Casino. Guests can also sway to the beats and pulsating rhythms of local talent with live shows taking place twice per week; every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm. You can always find a great lime and a lively crowd at the No. 1 Entertainment Destination in Trinidad and Tobago. Tel (868) 627-8277 Email fiestaplaza@movietowne.com | movietowne.com Address MovieTowne, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain

Old Havana Cigar Bar Located on the rooftop level of the prestigious Apsara and Tamnak Thai Restaurants in the historic 90-year-old mansion overlooking the Queen’s Park Savannah. The Cigar Bar is an aficionados dream, connoisseurs can have their pick from an impressive range of world renowned, Cuban cigars. Enjoy a diverse selection, from a Montecristo, to a Cohiba, or a limited edition Bolivar. Old Havana also carries an exceptional selection of cognacs, whiskies, rums, champagnes, and fine wines. Our well trained staff is always on hand to ensure that the selection process, for newcomers looking to experiment and aficionados alike, is as pleasurable as the smoking. With its distinctive rustic décor and bamboo wooden floors, Old Havana exudes old world charm, its polished refinement with inviting leather furniture offers the ultimate experience. Old Havana is open Monday to Thursday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 pm and Friday and Saturday 4:00 pm to 4:00 am. Tel (868) 621-2870, 623-7679, 627-7364, 625-6061, 621-0459 Fax 625-6061 | Facebook: Old Havana Address Rooftop Level, #13 Queen’s Park Savannah East, Port of Spain

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True Talk No Lie by Jeanette G. Awai

True Talk No Lie (TTNL) is an open-mic series where Caribbean people express their ‘truth’, no holds barred. Whether you’re a poet, musician or an inspired audience member, the stage is yours, but only if you leave your pre-conceived notions at the door. And that’s not all. The event’s second half features local artists in concert.

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rinidad’s history has always been rooted in the oral tradition, from Anansi stories to calypso and extempo, storytelling is in our blood. Yet, when Yvan Mendoza returned home in 2009, he felt there was a lack of intimate spaces for people to talk about contemporary issues through spoken word poetry, like he’d enjoyed in New York. That changed in 2013, when True Talk No Lie was born. From its beginnings in Martin’s Piano Bar, Woodford Street, Port-of-Spain, TTNL provided something different. Seasoned and amateur performers alike graced the stage with the sole mandate to fulfill the event’s title by expressing themselves freely and spontaneously. Audience participation was not only encouraged, but incentivised – performers paid a lower price and had the added bonus of a welcoming audience. The “Word of the Night” competition, which is now a mainstay, got everyone involved. Mendoza with the audience’s approval, chooses a word and challenges them to write a piece during the night, then perform live. The winner is chosen by a vote based on the most enthusiastic crowd response. Having the featured artist clap-close the event, was the cherry on the top, since many performers would get caught up in TTNL’s infectious energy and debut new experimental music - just because the

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vibe was that good. The amalgamation of spontaneous art and a relaxed setting resulted in the unpredictable experience TTNL has become known for – there you could find a poem composed of tweets, a Carnival character accompanied by a classically trained keyboardist, a band of Afro-Caribbean musicians playing ‘organic’ instruments – anything could happen. Fast-forward to present day, where the series has expanded to its new, larger venue in the heart of Woodbrook, the Big Black Box. Sometimes the crowd spills on to the pavement, but the supportive spirit remains the same. Under the night sky, rows of patrons sit on black cubes, listening intently. Others, angle towards the light, scribbling notes on a page or feverishly tapping their phone screens, eager to get their piece added to the night’s roster. TTNL is a baptism into Trinidad’s lesser known creative side, where underground music reigns supreme and revelations are unfolded, and maybe, you just might find some truth about yourself. True Talk No Lie is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, (not to be confused with the last Wednesday of the month) at the Big Black Box, Murray Street, Woodbrook. The cost is TT$60, TT$15 for persons who perform during the open mic segment of the night. For more on TTNL check them out on Facebook.

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The Perfect Destination Make your special event truly memorable by Roslyn Carrington

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rinidad is fast becoming a top choice for international conventions, seminars, destination weddings and reunions, thanks to the availability of quality hotels and convention centres. Most of Trinidad’s established hotels and entertainment centres offer a choice of meeting rooms with all the amenities, including sound and recording systems, catering, and even décor, as well as entertainment. You can host a convention for several hundred delegates over a period of days, or book a small but wellequipped room for a dozen people. One of our favourite venues is MovieTowne, which has branches in Port of Spain, Chaguanas, and Tobago. The Port of Spain location is especially popular for business events, galas, weddings, and even birthday parties. You and your guests can dine while enjoying outdoor entertainment every weekend at Fiesta Plaza, or, if you desire, you can book a party room or the opulent, full-service Banquet Centre, with its 500-person seating capacity. When planning your destination event, here are a few hints to remember:

Book early In the high season, such as Christmas and the summer, the more popular sites are booked well in advance. Before you sign your contract, ensure you are clear on the terms, such as down payments and cancellation policies.

Get professional advice from a local

Seek help from a qualified local event planner, as he/she should be familiar with the pool of suppliers, venues, support staff, and more. At the very least, ask the manager at your chosen venue for his/her recommendations.

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Choose a theme Sure, you can ‘wing-it,’ but themes are so much more fun, and a point of focus will make it easier for suppliers to visualise your dream and make it a reality. So you want your wedding to have a beach theme? Great! Now your caterer can supply a menu replete with seafood choices, while your decorator and florist can transform your venue into a tropical paradise.

Make travel arrangements early Whether you’re arriving by air or sea, make sure your guests are booked and confirmed, as international travel can be tricky, especially during the high season.

Remember ground transport How will your guests get to and from the venue? Fortunately, there are companies that provide comfortable, air-conditioned taxis and minibuses.

Don’t forget the entertainment One of the best benefits of a destination event is the wealth of cultural experiences that guests can enjoy. You can hire local singers, dancers, comedians, even a steel band, to entertain guests. Whatever you choose, your Trinidadian destination event is sure to become a fond memory for all!

Professional Services The special events market in Trinidad is a thriving industry, with event planners at the ready, like the TDC Convention Bureau, to consult and advise, decorators and florists, whose vivid imagination can conjure up the perfect theme, and caterers who can satisfy any culinary taste, from Caribbean to European or Asian, and any fusion in between.

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SPORTS S MAD! by Sheldon Waithe

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port is a way of life across the nation, from early morning joggers to footballers that search for that winning last goal late into the evening. A country that punches way above its weight in the population size to international sportsmen and women produced ratio, has a strong penchant for a number of sports. There is ample provision for both domestic and international competition, held locally each year, resulting in a packed sporting calendar for 2017 and beyond. Recent governments have recognised the potential of the islands’ love affair with sport and coupled it with the attractive ingredients that make it a budding specialist destination; as such there is now a massive push into the sports tourism market. With brand new Olympic class facilities such as The National Cycling Centre Velodrome, The National Aquatic Centre and the Tennis Centre, T&T’s sporting calendar is about to get a boost to an already bountiful list. The events each month on Trinidad’s busy sporting calendar are made possible by facilities

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such as the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Queen’s Park Oval, the Arima Racing Complex, Arima Velodrome and a multitude of first rate golf courses. Cricket and football are the two outstanding favourites. The battle between bat and ball is etched into the psyche of every West Indian and strong local leagues have resulted in Trinidad producing a string of world class cricketers over the past decade, following in the footsteps of double world record holder Brian Lara. Dwayne and Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine can all be seen in action at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in July and August, when the nation is abuzz with the vibe of T20 cricket. A CPL night at the Oval lives up to the slogan ‘the biggest party in sport’. In 2017, Pakistan tour the West Indies with the allocation of matches (Test, ODI & T20). Trinidadians are football crazy; ‘a sweat’ can be found on any park, side street and playground at any time of day. The high school InterCol, Women’s and semi-pro domestic leagues have

The events each month on Trinidad’s busy sporting calendar are made possible by facilities such as the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Queen’s Park Oval, the Arima Racing Complex, Arima Velodrome and a multitude of first rate golf courses.

their passionate followers at the various stadia that litter the landscape, but the football fervour reaches fever pitch when the national team, the Soca Warriors, play at home. This year, with the team qualifying for the final group of six, to play off for a place in the 2018 World Cup, expect the action to be hot, red hot, as the country literally goes scarlet on game day. The likes of Mexico, USA and Honduras will feel the roar of the ‘Warrior Nation’ hoping to help their team secure a second World Cup place, still the smallest nation to have done so. Hang on, it’s going to be a roller coaster of a ride. The majority of the countrys’ medals at major games come from the athletics track, based on the popularity of running: for competition, for fitness, for charity. The tone is set very early into the year, with the Trinidad International Marathon on January 29th. Now in its 35th year, it’s an all encompassing event that caters for runners, walkers and even a very popular relay within the race. With a Kenyan and Colombian winning the last

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two editions, fans will be hoping for a home win in 2017. Road running continues throughout the year with half marathons and the ever popular 5km events almost every weekend. Easter time through to May is a hotbed of track and field activity, with long standing events including the Southern Games (8th-9th April) and the Hampton International (27-28th May) providing local athletes with foreign competition before the National Championships in June. These events are the birthplaces of T&T’s Olympic medallists, past, present and future. It’s a chance to view our gold medal javelin throwers - Keshorn Walcott (London Olympics) and Akeem Stewart (Rio Paralympics) - in action. Testing courses, great weather & surroundings and probably some the best ‘19th holes’ to be found, means that the golf calendar is bursting at the seams. Three day tournaments to single day events at the six courses on the island cover all handicaps. The Sagicor Tournament (22-23rd April) and Cotton Tree Foundation Charity Tournament in May are but two of the many popular competitions in an elongated schedule from January to November. In other words, you’re spoilt for choice. To the water now, with powerboat racing and the Carib Great Race in particular, capturing the imagination year after year. On the morning of 26th August 2017, it will be roar of the engines piercing the dawn calm as drivers tackle the arduous open water route from Port of Spain to Scarborough. Dragon Boat racing

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has become supremely popular in a short space of time, with Chaguaramas, now home to many regattas, the most popular the Dragon Boat Festival on 8th October. Preceding that, on the southern shores of the island, is May’s Point Fortin Borough Day Regatta. Game fishing in Trinidad’s waters is a supreme test, mastered by the skilful participants of the many contests put on by the Game Fishing Association. March’s Wahoo Tournament is the most popular, with many thousands of pounds caught and released as part of the conservation exercise. Days on the water don’t get much better. The Sport of Kings has a rich tradition in Trinidad, held at the Horseracing Complex in Arima. It’s a grand day out, amplified by the Triple Crown of the Easter Guineas, the Midsummer Classic (May 30th) and the Derby (16th September). Road and track cycling together with mountain biking, have strong traditions too, with the Easter weekend Grand Prix a staple of the holiday period, while in September and October huge crowds gather for the Republic Day Classic (24th Sept) and the night time Cycling on D’Avenue (4th October). With Racquet sports thriving year round, motor racing at Wallerfield on a monthly basis and the basketball courts filled daily, there is always an opportunity to watch sport or better yet, take part. For 2017, as it has done every year; sports in Trinidad will continue its phenomenal growth.

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Brechin Castle Golf Open (Brechin Castle)

12- 22 NAGICO Regional Super 50 Cricket competition (Queen’s Park Oval & Shaw Park Tobago) 29

Trinidad International Marathon

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier T&T vs Honduras (Hasely Crawford Stadium)

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South Caribbean Open Golf (Plantations Tobago)

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Trinidad Derby (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex)

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Maracas Open Water Swim

February 17-19 Sailing Regatta (Pigeon Point, Tobago) 17-19 Scarborough Cup Golf (Plantations, Tobago) 18

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Wahoo Fishing Tournament (T&T Yacht Club, Bayshore)

16-19 Trinidad & Tobago Open (St. Andrews, Moka) 21

Dragon Boat Regatta (Chagville, Chaguaramas)

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Tobago Annual Kitesurfing Carnival Regatta (Pigeon Point, Tobago)

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier T&T vs Mexico (Hasely Crawford Stadium) FA Cup Final (Hasely Crawford Stadium)

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Marlin Madness Fishing Tournament (Pigeon Point, Tobago)

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Southern Games (Guaracara Park)

14-16 Easter Grand Prix Cycling (Arima Velodrome & Skinner Park) 15

Easter Guineas (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex)

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NGC T20 Festival Final (Balmain, Couva)

22-23 Sagicor Golf Tournament (St. Andrews, Moka) TBC

Pakistan tour of West Indies (Queen’s Park Oval)

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Point Fortin Borough Day Annual Dragon Boat Regatta

12-14 Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament www.tigft.com 24

Cotton Tree Foundation Charity Golf Tournament (St. Andrews, Moka)

27- 28 Hampton International Games (Hasely Crawford Stadium) 30 Midsummer Classic (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex)

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Paddle for the Planet Dragon Boat Racing (Chagville, Chaguaramas) Rainbow Cup International Triathlon (Grafton Beach)

10-24 National Open Tennis Championships (Eddie Taylor Public Courts) 24

Tobago Dragon Boat Festival (Pigeon Point, Tobago)

24-26 National Athletic Championships (Hasely Crawford Stadium)

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Coral Cup Classic Golf Tournament (Millennium Lakes, Trincity) Tobago Motor Rally

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24-25 Tobago Tennis Open (Shaw Park, Tobago) 24

Republic Day Cycling Classic (Mandela Park, Trinidad)

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October Super Ten National Basketball Tournament (through to December) 1

UCI Tobago Cycling Classic

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Cycling on d’ Avenue (Woodbrook, Trinidad)

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Dragon Boat Festival (Chaguaramas)

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier T&T vs USA (Hasely Crawford Stadium)

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TT ProLeague Cup Final (Hasely Crawford Stadium)

10-12 Bago Beach Football International 24-26 Tobago Open Golf (Tobago Plantations)

December Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee Sports Awards (TBA)

Carib Great Race (Port of Spain to Scarborough)

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Aioli Sample Menu Lunch Menu (Prix Fixe & A la Carte) Wild Mushroom Soup Mediterranean Salad Homemade Tuscan Spaghetti with Grilled Shrimp Panino Pizzetta Aioli Venetian Tiramisu Dinner Menu Sicilian Bruschetta Roasted Lamb Rack Butter Poached Main Lobster Homemade Pappardelle e Funghi Basil Panna Cotta Signature Menu Items include Spiced Pumpkin Soup, Signature Escargot, Lobster Bites, Cioppino, Seared Beef Steak with Gorgonzola Polenta and Mille Feuille Napoleon.

If you love fresh ingredients blended with the culinary flavours of Italy, Spain and France, then Aioli is the place for you. Executive Chef John Aboud and his team conjure up gastronomic delights for lunch and dinner with housemade pastas, appetisers, entrees, and desserts. With innovative twists on classic dishes, Chef Aboud takes you on a sensory adventure. Signature cocktails and an impressive selection of wines, coupled with exceptional attention to guests, make the Aioli experience one that each guest will surely cherish.

Tel (868) 222-4654; 222-3291; 628-3972 Address Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval www.facebook.com/aiolitt $$$ www.AioliTrinidad.com

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Chaud Restaurant Sample Menu Main Course Seared Tofu with Ratatouille, Farro, Puy Lentils, Braised Greens, Grilled Vegetables. Guava BBQ Grouper, Whipped Yams, Callaloo Fondue, Seared Bodi, Pumpkin Essence. Roasted Rack of Lamb ‘Herbes de Provence’ Potato Gratin, Puy Lentils, Ratatouille, Green Beans, Garlic Crema, Sour Cherry Sauce. Pepper Jelly Glazed ‘Double Cut’ Pork Chop, Cassava Hash, Pineapple Mostarda, Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Sample Menu Appetisers Grilled Caribbean Wings, Shrimp & Chips FROM THE GRILL Jack Daniel’s® Steak Jack Daniel’s® Chicken Mains – Dragonfire Salmon, Sizzling Chicken Mexicali Salads – Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad Pasta – Blackened Chicken Alfredo, 7 Spice Salmon Pasta Burgers – Southwest Burger, Philly Cheese Steak Burger Dessert – Chocolate Turtle Cake, New York Cheesecake

Chaud Restaurant is the result of a vision held by Khalid Mohammed since he was a young chef. His distinctive cuisine, intense focus and passion for food have made his dream a reality. Chaud Restaurant offers modern, international cuisine with a touch of Caribbean flair. Our elegant and intimate dining room can accommodate up to 50 guests seated, our private dining room is perfect for a business lunch, meetings or special event, seating 25 guests. We are open for lunch Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm.

In 1965, Fridays™ opened its first location in New York City. Over the years, TGI Fridays™ has developed a rich food and beverage heritage which includes popularising Happy Hour and creating the Long Island Iced Tea and Loaded Potato Skins. The heart of each TGI Fridays™ is the bar, a stage where that “Friday Feeling” begins and infectious energy is created by the world’s greatest bartenders serving up innovative drinks. Whether for lunch, dinner or late night dining, we always provide an environment that frees our guests to let go of restraints and be themselves. That way they leave our restaurants feeling far better than they did when they first walked through our doors.

Tel (868) 621-2002, 621-3903 Address #6 Nook Avenue, St. Ann’s, Port of Spain Email reservations@chaudkm.com Faceook.com/ChaudRestaurant Instagram.com/ChaudRestaurant Lunch, Dinner, Private Functions, Catering

Tel (868) 624-TGIF (8443) Address bpTT Building, Port of Spain Tel (868) 673-TGIF (8443) Address Price Plaza, Chaguanas Tel (868) 653-TGIF (8443) Address Gulf City, San Fernando www.tgif-tt.com

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Ruby Tuesday Sample Menu Hickory Bourbon Salmon - A griddled salmon fillet glazed with bourbon barbeque sauce. Ruby’s Surf & Turf Kebabs - Marinated sirloin steak & shrimp, skewered with vegetables, grilled to perfection and brushed with barbecue sauce for a definite crowd-pleaser. Guava Barbecue Chicken - A marinated, grilled chicken breast smothered in a rich, flavourful guava-barbecue sauce. Served with your choice of 2 fresh sides.

From our bountiful, freshly-prepared salads and flavourful, fork-tender ribs to our mouthwatering, chef-inspired menu items, Ruby Tuesday makes every effort to ensure you get the best casual dining experience. You can expect the same friendly atmosphere and great service at any of our locations: Movietowne, Port-of-Spain, the City of Grand Bazaar, Price Plaza in Chaguanas and Gulf City, San Fernando. Don’t have time to dine with us?... Try the convenience of our Curbside Pickup TOGO! @ 624-8646. Ruby Tuesday More Choices, More Taste, More Fun! Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 11 pm Friday to Saturday - 11 am to 1 am Tel (868) 624-6566 MovieTowne Complex, Port of Spain Tel (868) 663-6566 Grand Bazaar, Churchill Roosevelt Hwy Tel (868) 665-5369 Price Plaza, Chaguanas Tel (868) 653-6566 Gulf City, La Romaine $$ www.rubytuesdaytrinidad.com

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Waterfront Restaurant

Hilltop Restaurant

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Lunch - “Sustainable” Jerk Red Snapper with stewed red beans and plantains. - Seafood Linguine, seafood with white wine and tomato sauce. - Pan Seared Creole Chicken, coconut bhagi cou cou, creole tomato sauce. Dinner - Roasted Marinated Shrimps, couscous, jalapeño mint vinaigrette, shallot salad. - Grilled Lamb Chop, Cannellini bean stew, rosemary confit potato, chimichuri sauce. - Guava BBQ Glazed Pork Loin, new potato, pumpkin, tear drop tomato.

Appetiser Thai Style Coconut-Lime Curried Prawns with toasted peanuts, sugar snap peas, wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper and served with a cilantro and sesame pesto. Soup – Coconut, chilli and lime flavoured tomato soup, drizzled with sesame cream, topped with toasted coconut shavings and peanut oil, garnished with a fresh sprig of cilantro. Salad – Bed of mixed greens topped with creamy avocado, fresh salmon sashimi, puffed quinoa and sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds and pickled ginger, dressed with spicy Ponzu vinaigrette. Entrée Tonkatsu pork encaved on rice noodles, finely shredded cabbage drizzled with sesame dressing and splattered with sesame seeds served with steamed pork and chive ball on sautéed mushrooms drizzled with spicy chilli sauce. Dessert Sesame ice cream on green tea custard, decorated with ginger snap cookies, creamy roasted garlic mousse topped with sesame brittle, decorated with candied ginger and chilli jam with a Thai basil latte shot.

Waterfront Restaurant invites you to enjoy local and international cuisine with contemporary flair. Featuring fresh seafood, mouth-watering steaks and a bounty of delicious tropical fare, Waterfront promises to take you on an amazing culinary excursion. Savour authentic flavours, magnificent presentations and a gorgeous tropical setting, as you dine indoors or outdoors, with amazing views of the Gulf of Paria. Tel (868) 821-6550 Address Hyatt Regency Trinidad 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Facebook www.facebook.com/ HyattRegencyTrinidad Twitter @HyattTrinidad Instagram Hyatttrinidad $$$ trinidad.hyatt.com

Hilltop Restaurant is TTHTI’s practical training space, which offers customers a memorable dining experience that should not be missed. Reservations (868) 634-2144 Ext 4066 Address Cor. Airways Rd. & Hilltop Lane, Chaguaramas Email reservations@tthti.edu.tt

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Rizzoni’s

Ristorante Italiano Sample Menu Antipasti - Fuoco Gamberetti Arrosto Fire-roasted shrimp tossed with fresh herbs, island peppers and spicy garlic butter. Pizzas - Pear, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola Fresh pears, caramelised onions, prosciutto and thyme bring out the rich flavours in this sauce-less pizza, topped with mozzarella cheese and crumbled fresh gorgonzola. Pastas - Cannelloni Di Pesce Our seafood medley of shrimp, lump crab, baby clams and a blend of cheeses rolled in pasta and baked with mozzarella and parmesan cream sauce. Chicken, Meats & Seafood - Risotto alla Pescatora - Shrimp, calamari, clams and mussels simmered with creamy Arborio rice. Desserts - Torta Nocciola Alternating layers of hazelnut cake, hazelnut cream and chocolate cream, topped with praline hazelnuts.

Our inspiration for Rizzoni’s came from generations of secret recipes and techniques from the southern coast of Naples, to northern Italy in honour of the Rizzo/Pisoni families. Welcome to our home. Welcome to Rizzoni’s! Undoubtedly the best Italian cuisine. Lunch served daily: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm Dinner: Sun to Thur: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm Fri & Sat: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm Tel (868) 627-RIZZ (7499) Address MovieTowne, Level 1, Fiesta Plaza, Port of Spain MovieTowne, C3 Plaza/Complex San Fernando www.rizzoni-italiano.com Available for Functions

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Texas de Brazil Sample Menu Seasonal Salad Area Aged French Cheeses, Smoked Salmon Marinated Portobello, Lobster Bisque Brazilian Pasta Salad, Sushi, Brazilian Black Beans with Pork, Sweet & Sour Fish. Various Cuts of Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Brazilian Sausage Brazilian Picanha, Rack of Lamb Chicken wrapped in Bacon, Filet Mignon Parmesan-Crusted Pork, Hearty Flank Steak Filet Mignon wrapped in Bacon. Brazilian Cocktail: Caipiriniha Our signature cocktail with fresh fruit and sugar muddled and served shaken.

Texas de Brazil is an authentic BrazillianAmerican churrascaria (steak house) offering you an interactive dining experience unlike anything else in Trinidad and Tobago! Treat yourself to our 50 to 60 seasonal salad area and traditional side items. When you are ready for meat, turn your card to green and prepare to be swarmed by a troop of carvers generously serving various cuts of meat until you can say, “No mas!” An extensive wine list, freshly made signature cocktails, and many decadent desserts are available to complete your dining experience. Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Dinner nightly: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm Tel (868) 623-0022 Address Level 2 Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne Invader’s Bay, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain www.texasdebrazil.com Fixed pricing (All you can eat) $$$ Available for Functions

More Vino / More Sushi Sample Menu Appetisers Chicken Satay, Edamame, Hawaiian Poke, Octopus Carpaccio, Lobster Ceviche, Wakame Seaweed Salad, Miso Soup. Hot Kitchen Pad Thai, Linguini Alfredo, Miso Ramen, Japanese Curry Rice, Udon Noodles; with your choice of chicken, 6 oz beef striploin/ salmon fillet, pork, or shrimp. Chicken or sushi platters. Sushi Bar Nigiri Sushi, Sashimi Sushi, Beef Teriyaki Uramaki, Smoked Salmon Uramaki, Aburi Ring, Crazy Dragon, Naughty Geisha Roll.

More Vino is one of the most popular restaurants best known for their sushi. They combine traditional and Caribbean flavours for an undeniable explosion of taste and excitement. Also offered is an extensive selection from the hot kitchen/cooked menu. You’ll feel at home, whether you choose to sit inside or under the grape vines on the terrace. Opening Hours: Sun: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Mon-Thurs: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Fri-Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Tel (868) 622-VINO (8466), 652-8466 Fax (868) 622-2710 Port of Spain – 23 O’ Connor St., Woodbrook Tel (868) 652-VINO (8466) San Fernando – 33 Scott St., San Fernando Email sales@morevino.com Facebook facebook.com/morevino Instagram @morevinotrinidad www.morevino.com Lunch, Dinner, Take away, Catering, $$$ Event Space Rental available

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Kava

Tiki Village

Subway

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

KAVA Pizza – Our own signature pizza! Tomato sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, caramelized onions, with toasted walnuts or capers.

Our Special Polynesian Delight A combination of five delectable hors d’oeuvres. A Tiki favourite — Perfect for sharing!

Atlantic Salmon – Teriyaki and mango-glazed Atlantic Salmon, pan-seared with parsley potatoes and julienne vegetables.

Mongolian Beef – Tender beef, sautéed in a hot, spicy hoisin sauce, served over a thin layer of crispy vermicelli.

Prosciutto Salad – Prosciutto with mixed greens, olives, goat cheese, balsamic dressing and pepperoncini salsa.

Jing Shek Ban – Steamed boneless fillet of fish with ginger and chive in a soya sauce.

Breakfast Ham & Egg, Cheese & Egg, Bacon & Egg, Western Egg, Sunrise Subway Melt – available in 6”, FOOTLONG or Deli. Lunch/Dinner Premium Subs – Chicken Teriyaki, Oven Roasted Chicken, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Pork Melt, Sriracha Chicken.

KAVA’s Bushwhacker – Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua, Coconut Rum, Coconut Cream, Amaretto, Grand Marnier and Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Walnut Shrimp – Shrimp deep fried and tossed with toasted walnuts in an exotic sauce. Tiki Pork – Tender slices of seasoned pork sautéed with onions, sweet peppers, in a spicy hoisin sauce.

KAVA’s eclectic menu features artisan brick oven pizzas, salads, gourmet burgers, pastas, steaks and more. It displays a wide selection of wines, and offers a variety of internationally renowned beers. Its convenient location, along with the crisp and inviting décor, makes it an excellent meeting spot! Enjoy your choice of indoor café styled seating or relax on our outdoor terrace, both providing the perfect setting for casual dining. Whether it’s for a quick bite for lunch, graband-go or a leisurely espresso with tempting desserts, KAVA is the obvious choice.

Tiki Village is a unique Asian-Polynesian Restaurant offering a stunning view of the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, and the Gulf of Paria. Explore our famous Dim Sum menu on Sundays and taste our delicately hand-crafted Asian delights. Or join us for our sumptuous a-la-carte lunches and dinners. Honey-toned wooden pillars and copper masks, locally crafted by our artisans, create a warm ambiance and an elegant background. Perfect for a romantic evening, business meeting or a family outing.

Reservations (868) 622-KAVA (5282) Address Kapok Hotel, Lobby Level 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Trinidad Email kava@kapokhotel.com Facebook facebook.com/kapokhoteltrinidad www.kapokhotel.com Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway $$ Available for functions

Reservations (868) 622-KPOK (5765) Address Kapok Hotel, 8th Floor 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Maraval Email stay@kapokhotel.com Facebook facebook.com/kapokhoteltrinidad www.kapokhotel.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway, $$$ Available for functions

Selects Subs – Steak & Cheese, Italian BMT, Seafood & Lobster, Meatball Marinara. Signature Subs – Tuna, Subway Melt, Fish Fillet, Veggie Patty. Classic Subs – Subway Club, Turkey Breast, Black Forest Ham, Roast Beef, Veggie Delite Bread Options Available: Italian, Honey Oat, 9-Grain Wheat, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan Oregano. Extras Available: Pineapple, Olives, Jalapeños, Double Meat, Extra Cheese, Bacon. Sauces: Sweet Onion, Red Wine Vinegar, Shandon Beni, Garlic Sauce, Mayo, Olive Oil. Also available: Cookies, Muffins, Brownies, Toasties, Hot Drinks, Cold Drinks.

North: Arima, Barataria, Curepe, Mount Hope, O’Meara, San Juan, Sangre Grande, Trincity Mall, Tunapuna, UWI, Valpark, Valsayn, Piarco. West: Ariapita Avenue, Diego Martin, Frederick St., Glencoe, Hart St., Henry St., Independence Square, Long Circular Mall, Maraval, MovieTowne, Queen & Edward St., Westmall, St. James. South/Central: Couva, Chase Village, Debe, Gasparillo, Gulf City Car Park, Gulf City Mall, High Street, La Romain, Marabella, Mayaro, Montrose, Penal, Point a Pierre, Point Fortin, Point Lisas, Price Plaza, Princes Town, Siparia. Tobago: Lowlands, Orange Hill, Scarborough. Tel (868) 662-5716/645-8158/662-0092 Fax (868) 662 3250 $

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Arabian House Cuban Cuisine Sample Menu Main Course Cuban styled shredded Beef Chicken with Black Beans, Rice and Plantain Smoked Chicken Pink Salmon Smoked Cuban Pizza. Cuban Soup - Chicken, Fish, Veggie or Beef Sides - Tabbouleh and Fattoush Salads, Hummus and Ghanoush.

Come in to our Arabian House and experience Cuban cuisine in a relaxed, friendly and intimate setting. We are the most distinguished restaurant offering a comprehensive range of quality cuisine. Our cuisines is an epitome of great quality taste and freshness. Every customer is our king and we ensure that every customer gets what they desire. We promise to keep coming with great dishes that will keep our customers happy. All our meats are halal and hormone free, as they are harvested from the finest quality, specially selected calves. Dining or Takeaway 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Mon. – Thur. 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Fri. and Sat. Tel (868) 697-7237 Address 52 Bay Road, Gulf View, La Romaine Email arabianhousett@gmail.com Facebook ArabianHouseTT Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available

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La Cantina Pizzeria -

La Cantina Pizzeria -

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Appetisers Crab Cakes; Cajun Style Calamari. Meat Diavola; Bomba; Popeye; Prosciutto; Calzone.

Appetisers Crab Cakes; Cajun Style Calamari; Green Shell Mussels. Meat Parma; Quattro Stagioni; Calzone Farcito.

Authentic Italian Pizza

Authentic Italian Pizza

Seafood Napoli; Romana; Fruitti di Mare; Siciliana; Mare e Monti. Vegetarian Marinara; Margherita; Funghi; Gorgonzola. Wraps Chicken; Beef.

Seafood Napoli; Romana; Fruitti di Mare; Mare e Monti; Gamberetti. Vegetarian Greca; Contadina; Italia; Melanzane. Wraps Chicken; Beef; Smoked Salmon; Vegetable.

La Cantina Pizzeria, Port of Spain, our second restaurant, affectionately known as #12 Victoria Avenue, resides within an historic building on the outskirts of the “downtown” bustle. Encapsulating the rich history of Siegert House, 12 Victoria Avenue has become a bedrock in the neighbourhood, opening its doors in 2012, and becoming the friendly, goto restaurant for amazing pizzas in a family friendly, casual business dining environment.

La Cantina Pizzeria, our newest restaurant within the magnificent C3 Centre, Corinth, offers an eclectic menu, championed by our Authentic Italian Pizzas, within a blow-mind family friendly space. Together with our branch in Port of Spain, we accommodate families, business diners and casual entertainment diners, making everyone feel at home within our home.

Tel (868) 62-PIZZA (74992) Address 12 Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain, Trinidad Email Pizza@LaCantinaPizzeria.com Facebook /LaCantinaPizzeria Instagram /LaCantinaPizzeria Lunch, Dinner

Tel (868) 62-PIZZA (74992) Address C3 Centre, Corinth, San Fernando, Trinidad Email Pizza@LaCantinaPizzeria.com Facebook /LaCantinaPizzeria Instagram /LaCantinaPizzeria Lunch, Dinner

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Angelo’s

Italian Restaurant

Restaurant & Bar

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Pasta Linguine Frutti di Mare – Linguine pasta tossed with lobster, clams, squid, shrimp and mussles in a sauce made of plum tomatoes, garlic & basil. Seafood Salmone alla Messinese – Atlantic pink salmon resting on a layer of sautéed spinach, dressed with a sauce made of cream, capers & truffle oil. Steak Filetto alla Toscana – Prime fillet steak in a cream brandy sauce with mushrooms, tomatoes and tarragon.

Appetiser Pepper Salt Calamari Succulent morsels of calamari fried to perfection and tossed with garlic, ginger, onions, scallions and fresh Calcutta chillies. Main Course Konjee Crispy Chicken Moist slices of chicken breast crispy fried, heated with our special Calcutta red chili paste and tossed with onions and scallions in a sweet and spicy Konjee sauce. Red Curry Shrimp (Thai, Spicy) Tender pieces of shrimp and select vegetables cooked in a rich, flavourful Thai red curry, made to perfection, coconut milk, fragrant Thai herbs and our red curry paste.

Calabrian-born Chef Angelo Cofone brings to Trinidad the authentic southern flavours of Italy. With over twenty years of experience working both in Italy and London, he has brought his magical culture to this island, putting Trinidad a cut above the rest. Diners are mesmerised by his mouth-watering cuisine and the charm and warmth that he generates. Together with his highly trained staff, wife, and two of his three sons, they have produced a restaurant that offers the finest in dining. Reservations necessary. Open Monday to Friday. Lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Dinner from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm Saturdays - Dinner from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm Tel (868) 628-5551 / 628-7854 Fax (868) 622-9562 Address 38 Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook Email angelosir@outlook.com $$$$ Lunch, Dinner

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Hakka

Hakka cuisine is an elegant fusion of Chinese recipes with distinct Indian spices and flavours. Over 100 years ago, the original recipes traveled from Mei Zhou, China to India with the Hakka Chinese people, who eventually settled in Calcutta. Over several generations, the marriage of oriental techniques and Indian ingredients evolved into a gastronomic explosion for the taste buds. Our chefs have travelled from the top Hakka restaurants in Calcutta to meticulously prepare dishes that define the sights, tastes and aromas of the HAKKA experience. Dining or Takeaway 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Mon. – Thur. 11:00 am – 12 midnight Fri. and Sat. 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday Tel (868) 33-HAKKA (42552) Address 4 Taylor Street, Woodbrook, POS Email info@hakkarestaurant.com Facebook Hakka-Restaurant-Bar www.hakkarestaurant.com Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available $-$$

Atherly’s On The Sutton Sample Menu Appetiser Fish Broth Fresh local catch seasoned to perfection and cooked with assorted vegetables in a delicious broth flavoured with lime, lemon juice and local herbs. Main Course -Baked or Stewed Chicken. -Fried or Grilled King Fish Steaks in bell peppers and onions. -Spicy Creole Pork -Rosemary Lamb -Stewed Pigeon Peas or Callaloo -Chunky Vegetables or Julianne Vegetables. -Assorted Starches:- Macaroni Pie, Scalloped Potato Pie & Provision Medley. -Assorted Vegetables with Spanish Rice. Assorted Pasta Spaghetti, Penne Pasta & Linguini with a touch of our Caribbean flair. Choice of Salads Fresh Garden Salad, Chow Salad & Tossed Salad with assorted house dressings.

Atherlys Restaurant & Bar has been in existence for the past twenty years. Our success and popularity have been largely based on the authentic marrying of our traditional cuisine with the unique flavours of North America, Asia and Europe. Breakfast is served Monday to Friday while lunch can be had every day of the week. Our kitchen also offers nightly, cutters, hors d’oeuvres and short order dinners. Saturdays come alive with our famous soups – cowheel, oxtail, beef, mixed and vegetarian. Our curried crab and dumpling and pelau with stewed chicken are in a constant battle to unseat our soups from their first place position. Monday & Tuesday: 6.30 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday - Sunday: 6.30 am - 2:00 am Public Holidays: 4:00 pm - till Tel (868) 652-7373 (Reservations recommended) Address #34 Sutton St., San Fernando $

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Soong’s Great Wall

Morsels

Sample Menu

Specialty Cakes; Cupcakes; French Macaroons; Cake Pops; Brownies; French Desserts; Tea Plates, Snack Boxes; Savoury Menu.

Phoenix Basket A combination of assorted seafood, meats and mixed vegetables presented in an edible basket. Sizzling Tenderloin Beef Beef tenderloin slices stir-fried in black bean sauce and served on a sizzling hot platter. Sesame Shrimp – Golden battered shrimp smothered in a delectable cream sauce and sprinkled with lightly toasted sesame seeds. Lobster Cantonese – Chunks of the finest lobster, delicately cooked with a cream and butter sauce. Dasheen Pork – Slices of pork & dasheen, layered and steamed in a special sauce.

The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall built entirely by hand, making it a remarkable engineering feat. Today, Soong’s Great Wall prides itself on that same personal attention that builds long-lasting relationships, making us a world-class restaurant. Relax and be pampered by our highly trained staff, personally instructed in the art of making you feel welcome. Our famous Wednesday Night Buffet offers succulent lobster, among many other delectable dishes. Don’t miss our Sunday Lunch Buffet. Reservations (868) 652-Wall (9255) / 657-5050 / 652-2583 Fax (868) 653-3834 Address 97 Circular Rd., San Fernando Email soongsgreatwall@gmail.com Private upper level for special $$ functions & seminars

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Morsels is Trinidad’s #1 online bakery, focused on catering, through online & telecommunication ordering processes, promoting less instore hassle, easy downpayment options via account number, drop off or collection, fresh made when ordered items, with the option to be collected or delivered to your door. Every attention to detail and great service is met through our exclusive order based operation. Let us take you through your life’s sweetest, most savoury and elegant moments, deliciously & hassle free. With an active WIFI connection and internet banking you can place an order and have it delivered without ever leaving the kids, home or office. Morsels had the opportunity to compete on the Food Network, Cake Wars. Tel (868) 393-5066 Address Bay View, La Romaine, San Fernando Email morsels@hotmail.com Corporate and Private Catering, Weddings, Birthdays, Parties, Special Occasions, Events

The Sweet Beet Juice Bar Sample Menu Smoothies Sweet Paradise Apple Juice, Bananas, Strawberries, Kiwis. Mayaro Greens Coconut Water, Spinach, Pineapple, Banana, Mint. Raw Juices Alkalize Apple, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale, Celery, Mint, Ginger. Glow Pineapple, Orange, Tumeric, Lemon/Lime. The Acai Bowls The Love Bowl Sweet Beet Acai Blend: Bananas, Blueberries & Acai. Topped with: homemade granola, toasted coconut, blueberries, banana, almonds and peanut butter.

The Sweet Beet Juice Bar is Trinidad’s first raw Juice bar, creating and offering the most unique and delicious combinations of smoothies, raw juices and Acai bowls using natural ingredients from the earth. We aim to provide our customers with the opportunity to indulge in top-quality, nutrient dense products and we believe what we eat and drink has a clear impact on our health and personal well being. Our products are “feel-good” products and everything is made freshly as ordered, with NO ADDED INGREDIENTS. Our juice bar is a convenient way to support your healthy, happy, energised lifestyle!

Tel (868) 467-6393; (868) 361-4841 Address The Falls at West Mall, Westmoorings, Trinidad Email thesweetbeet.tt@gmail.com Take Away

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Clifton Hill Manor

Flavours Restaurant

Lime Inn

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Appetisers Chicken / Shrimp Wantons; Hot Wings; Seasoned Pepper Fries; Butter Fried Pepper Squid; Onion Rings. Entrées Creole Styled Barbeque Chicken; Butter Fried Chicken Tenders. Pastas Parmesan Chicken / Shrimp; Chicken and Broccoli Pasta; Chicken / Shrimp / Veggie Alfredo. Soups Wanton Soup; Cream of Mushroom Soup; Cream of Pumpkin Soup. Steaks Sirloin Steak 6 oz and 8 oz; T-Bone; Tenderloin.

Appetisers Panko Crusted Midbay Shrimp Marinated deep fried Shrimp in a breaded crust with zesty Ginger Mayonnaise. Wood Raised Rain Forest Cream of Mushroom Soup Fresh Mushrooms slowly cooked in a cream base.

Starters Creamy Crab Soup Gazpacho with parmesan cheese & “gambas marrakech”. Cucumber Soup with chilli-glazed scallops Acajou chicken salad. Tuna Fish Salad with walnuts, Gorgonzola & roasted beetroot.

Mains Simply Lobster Fire Grilled lobster tail served with Thai Chilli or Grand Marnier Mornay sauce. Black Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderlion Beef Tenderlion served with a Brandy infused Peppercorn sauce. Regent Pork Ribs Succulent rack of ribs grilled to perfection and simmered in a signature Creole Sauce. Shrimp Fajita Marinated Shrimp sautéed with bell peppers & pink onions infused with a Mexican sauce served with black beans and flour tortilla.

The Clifton Hill Manor, which offers executive accommodation and facilities, is located at 74 Link View Drive, Clifton Hill, Point Fortin (2 minutes drive from the entertainment and relaxation facilities at the beach). This property boasts 24 ensuite rooms all appointed with A/C, Cable TV, telephone, swimming pool, terrace dining, and complimentary WIFI access.

Flavours Restaurant • Modern design • Exceptional Signature Food • Impeccable Service • Our menus are of a unique flair influenced from cultures around the world • Dining Hours 6:00am to 11:00pm

Tel (868) 648-4734; 648-4429 Address #74, Link View Road, Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago Email cliftonhillmanor@yahoo.com Take Away

Tel (868) 669-(STAR) 7827 Fax 669-7000 Address Regent Star Hotel 118-119 BWIA Boulevard, Piarco, Trinidad Email info@regentstarhotel.com www.theregentstarhotel.com $-$$$$

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The Rocks Bar & Lounge • Extensive selection of cocktails, local and international liquors • VIP Lounge • Outdoor Open Air Wooden Decks

Sample Menu

Mains Pesto Linguine & Grilled Eggplant topped with parmesan cheese. Caribbean Rub Chicken with pineapple and papaya salsa (picture). Grilled Red Snapper with lemongrass, grapefruit salsa, pack choi & basmati rice. Duck Breast with anjomole, pumpkin creme and roast root vegetables. BBQ Pork Loin with roast vegetables, long beans & cauliflower creme. Desserts Nut and Chocolate Tart with grapefruit sorbet Grilled Pineapple with Rum Sabayon and Coconut Ice Cream.

Reflecting our mix of Sweden and Trinidad, our menu is a lovingly created marriage between local and continental influences. Come and relax in a setting that will completely take your breath away. Tel (868) 670-3771 Fax (868) 670-4566 Address Acajou Hotel, Grande Riviere, Trinidad Email info@acajoutrinidad.com www.acajoutrinidad.com Available for Functions, Lunch, Dinner

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Apsara

Tamnak Thai

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Sample Menu

Appetiser Sauteed Prawns in Mustard Seeds and Curry Leaves Jumbo shrimp marinated with fresh cilantro Indian spices sautéed in mustard seeds, curry leaves and Kashmiri chillies. Main Course Saffron Scallops Diver scallops sautéed in saffron-fused curry sauce with kaffir lime leaf served with lemon rice. Kashmiri Duck Vindaloo Tandoor-roasted duck cooked in chef’s special spicy mixture with potatoes. Punjabi Butter Chicken Boneless tandoori chicken cooked in a rich creamy tomato sauce.

Appetiser Tom Yum Gung (World Famous Hot & Spicy Soup) Clear broth with pawns and mushrooms with a distinctive flavour of lemon grass and roasted chilli paste. Main Course Gaeng/Kaew-Wan Gai Chicken curries prepared in red or green curry paste and sautéed with fresh vegetables, coconut milk, herbs and spices indigenous to Thailand. Kak-Ob Spicy oven-baked rack of spring lamb stuffed with shrimp, chicken and selected Thai seasoning, served in chef’s special sauce.

Apsara, the first and foremost authentic northern Indian fine dining restaurant, housed on the ground floor of a stately, old mansion on the Queen’s Park Savannah, offers a unique dining experience in its newly remodelled dining rooms. Featuring exclusive prints by leading Trinidadian artist Anna Serrao, with Royal Jaipur furniture and a new menu that has maintained old favourites, guests are treated to a culinary fusion of spices. The experience doesn’t stop there, after dinner, guests can relax with an after-dinner drink or cigar in the one-of-a-kind Cigar Bar “Old Havana”, or dance the night away in the opulent Thai -themed lounge “Siam”. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Tel (868) 623-7679, 627-7364, 625-6061, 621-0459; Fax (868) 625-6061 Address Level 1, #13 Queen’s Park Savannah East, Port of Spain Email reservations@apsaratt.com Lunch, Dinner, Take Away, $$$ Private Functions, Valet Parking

Tamnak Thai “House fit for a King”. Housed above its sister restaurant, Apsara, newly remodelled with furniture and fittings fit for royalty. Japanese/Sushi is on our menu dinners giving it an Asian culinary twist. You can choose to enjoy meals in an enclosed glass patio looking onto a beautiful garden or dine in one of the exquisitely decorated dining rooms. After the meal, diners are invited to the rooftop, to enjoy cocktails or try our selection of cigars at “Old Havana”; or simply dance the night away at our luxurious, Thai-themed lounge, “Siam”. Open for lunch Monday to Friday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Dinner - Monday to Sunday 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Tel (868) 625-0647, 625-9715, 625-6061, 621-0459; Fax (868) 625-6061 Address Level 2, #13 Queen’s Park Savannah East, Port of Spain Email reservations@tamnakthaitt.com Lunch, Dinner, Bar, Take Away, $$$ Private Functions

Tamnak Thai Japanese / Sushi Sample Menu Appetiser Avocado Ball Avocado stuffed with a mixture of red tuna, cilantro and hot sauce topped with tobiko and sriracha sauce. Main Course Weeping Buddha Maki Inside out roll with salmon, kani kama, avocado, spicy mayo, cucmber, unagi sauce and togorashi powder. Dragon Uramaki with spicy mayonnaise, prawn tempura and cucumber topped with avocado and kabayaki sauce. Siam Maki Avocado maki inside out , topped with scallop, kanikama, spicy mayo and scallion then baked. Vegetarian Tempura vegetables, cream cheese and sesame.

Tamnak Thai has expanded its menu and added Sushi/Japanese cuisine, customers can enjoy uniquely handcrafted rolls or sizzling teriyaki dishes. Customers are treated to a show as Tamnak Thai has added an outdoor sushi and wine bar to its patio, where diners can enjoy watching their rolls being skilfully crafted. Available for lunch Monday to Friday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Dinner - Monday to Sunday 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Tel (868) 625-0647, 625-9715, 625-6061, 621-0459; Fax (868) 625-6061 Address Level 2, #13 Queen’s Park Savannah East, Port of Spain Email reservations@tamnakthaitt.com Lunch, Dinner, Bar, Take Away, $$ Private Functions

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Joe’s Pizza Italian Restaurant

Caffé Del Mare

Lighthouse Restaurant

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Sandwiches Steak or Chicken Phillies and Hoagies Italian Stromboli – Our freshly made dough stuffed with ham, salami, cheese and a variety of fresh local vegetables, baked to perfection. Chicken Parmigiano – (as seen above) Chicken breast simmered in a marinara sauce topped with cheese and sautéed mushrooms, served with pasta and garlic bread. Italian Steak Platter – thinly sliced steak grilled with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and green peppers in marinara sauce with cheese, served with salad and garlic bread.

Breakfast Brioche Bun Sandwich with choice of two sides; Choice of Toast, Ciabatta or Bagel with sides; Fruit Bowl. Coffees & Teas Caffé Americano; Cappuccino; Macchiato; Dragon’s Well; English Breakfast. Smoothies CrewsInn Smoothie; Frappuccino. Soups and Salads

Salads Classic Caesar Salad Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad Appetisers Ahee Shrimp Italian Mozzarella Cheese Sticks Sandwiches Beef Hamburger Club Sandwich Catch of the day

Paninis, Wrap and Bagel Ham and Cheese; Turkey and Cheese; Chicken; Cheese; BLT; Steak; Tuna; Mediterranean. Sides Sausage Patty; Virginia Ham; Bacon; Swiss Cheese; Smoked Salmon; Toast.

Specials from the grill Grilled Lobster Tail Surf n Turf Meat Lovers Mixed Grill Signature Steaks 8 oz Tenderloin 10 oz Rib-eye

Family owned and operated since 1974, Joe’s has taken pride in serving our wholesome taste of family style pizza, pastas, hoagies and much, much more. As we continue to grow and serve delicious menu options that satisfy the ever-changing needs and tastes of our customers, we pride ourselves in staying faithful and true to our recipes. Come and enjoy our casual dining environment and choose from our selection of wine, prosecco and beer. Hours Mon-Sat 11:00 am -10:00 pm. Select Public Holidays. Tel (868) 632-1951, Diego Martin Tel (868) 355-5637, Woodbrook Tel (868) 628-7402, Maraval Tel (868) 645-1914, St. Augustine joespizzatt@gmail.com #joespizzatt www.joestt.com Catering available

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Our quaint coffee shop, Caffé Del Mare, is a mediterranean treat and is sure to please. With Italian coffee, leaf teas and many epicurean delights – it’s a haven of steamy goodness. Our dynamic setting is ideal for any occasion and our personalised service will make every moment a memorable one. Opening hours Monday to Thursday 8:00 am 6:00 pm. Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Free WIFI zone. Tel (868) 607-4000 (option 5 or 1646) Fax (868) 634-4175 Address Point Gourde, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, West Indies inquiries@crewsinn.com

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Our LightHouse restaurant is a total sensory experience. It’s the picture perfect setting in which to savour our imaginative cuisine. Our delicious international flair, flavoured with Caribbean piquancy, is sure to impress. You can witness the day change from a delicate pink and peach of the sunrise to a dramatic gold and sapphire of the sunset, from the breezy, open air covered deck, with the company of our delectable cocktails. Tel (868) 607-4000 (option 4 or 1645) Fax (868) 634-4175 Address Point Gourde, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, West Indies inquiries@crewsinn.com

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Trader Jack’s

J. Malone’s

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Appetiser Jack’s Island Mussels New Zealand mussels in a creamy garlic herb sauce, topped with Colby Cheese. Burgers Jack’s Special Burger Colby cheese, crispy bacon, fried egg, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Meats Steak & Shrimp Chargrilled 6oz. Ribeye Steak and shrimp sauteed in a white wine cream sauce, served with garlic mash potatoes and vegetables. Pasta Jerk Chicken Alfredo Chicken grilled to perfection in a Jerk seasoning marinade with mushrooms and tossed in an Alfredo Sauce, garnished with crispy garlic bread.

Appetiser Shrimp & Chicken Tenders Golden fried chicken strips and breaded shrimp, served with BBQ sauce and tamarind mayo. Burgers Pineapple Burger 8oz. Beef Burger topped with BBQ sauce, grilled pineapple, american cheese, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Chicken Chicken Premier Boneless chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese and spinach in a white wine spinach sauce, served with mashed potato and vegetables. Pasta Italian Pasta Sliced Italian sausage tossed in a marinara sauce, linguine pasta and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Meats Ribs & Fried Shrimp Quarter Baby Back ribs and golden fried shrimp, served with fries, coleslaw and a tamarind mayo dip.

Paradise opens its doors and lays out a banquet of refreshing dishes and tropical atmosphere at the one and only Trader Jack’s Restaurant. Take a taste of adventure filled with exotic delights, while you bask in the island-style hospitality and ambiance of this delectable oasis. It’s just the place you want to be – so visit Trader Jack’s today! Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am to 12 midnight, Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 am to 2:00 am and Sundays 12 noon - 1:00 am Tel (868) 625-5225; (868) 222-2571 Address Ground Floor, Shop #20, Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne Mall, Port of Spain, Trinidad W.I. E-mail traderjacksltd@gmail.com www.facebook.com/traderjacks www.traderjackstt.com

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If you are in the mood to relax and enjoy some fun moments with friends or family, then J. Malone’s Irish Pub can do just that for you. Indulge in our speciality menu prepared to perfection and our premier drinks and cocktails to compliment any occasion. Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am to 12 midnight, Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 am to 1:00 am and Sundays 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tel (868) 640-5080 Address New Wing, Level 2 Trincity Mall, Trincity $$ www.facebook.com/jmalonestt

The Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant Sample Menu Appetiser Cassava Sticks, Island Shrimp, Chicken Wings, Tenders, Geera Pork, Seafood Platter. Lunch & Dinner Special Pasta, Burgers, Quesadillas, Pork Ribs, Lamp Chops, Steak, Lobster, Shrimp Platters, Pepper Lamb. Sides Fries, Garlic Bread, Fried Cassava, Sautéed Vegatables, Garlic Mashed Potato, Coleslaw, Cheese Fries, Corn on the Cob.

The Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant invites you to come and enjoy their American, Spanish and Caribbean dishes. Dining or open lounge serving facility. With nightly entertainment, Karoke Thursday and after-work lime on a Friday. Safe and Secure Parking. Real Food, Real Drinks for Real People Open 7 days / week

Tel (868) 665-5627 Mobile (868) 685-1723 LP 62, Rodney Road, Endeavor Rd., Lange Park, Chaguanas Email riserestauranttt@yahoo.com

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El Pecos Grill

Burger Joint

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Sample Menu

Meats Chicken – Rotisserie, BBQ, Jerk, Fried, Stewed, Curried, Geera. Beef – Stewed, Roast, Pastelles, 100% Burger . Pork – BBQ Ribs, Jerk, BBQ, BBQ Pigtail, Stewed, Ham. Fish – Grilled, Stewed, Fried, Salt Fish and Provision. Lamb – BBQ, Grilled, Stewed. Sides Rice – Festive, White, Bhagi, Pelau. Provisions – Steamed Provision, Plantain, Buttered Cassava, Parsley Potato, Breadfruit, Sweet Potato Wedges, Steak Fries, Seasoned Fries. Vegetables – Chunky Vegetables, Corn, Melongene Ratatouille, Callaloo, Corn Pie. Salads – Green, Coleslaw, Green Fig, Macaroni, Potato. Other – Macaroni Pie, Peas/Beans, Dumplings, Coo Coo. Saturday Specials Oxtail & Beef Soup, Pig Foot Souse.

Burgers Beef Burger; Black & Blue Beef Burger Chicken; Lamb; Lentil Burger. Chicken Strips & Fries; Steak Strips & Fries Sandwiches Chicken Breast; Trini Cheese Steak Sloppy Joe (Chilli). Sides Cassava Fries; Onion Rings; Chilli Fries.

El Pecos offers you the best in fast casual dining, with a solid reputation for consistently good food and value for money. Indulge yourself in our selection of fire-grilled or slowcooked meats, served with a variety of superb sides. Simply serve yourself, weigh, and pay for your food by the pound. Tel (868) 285-9171 Fax (868) 632-3892 Email office@elpecos.com Address Diego Martin Main Rd., – 84a Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook – Lower 6th Avenue, Barataria – Fernandes Industrial Centre, Eastern Main Road Dining 10:00 am – 9:00 pm TT$ 40.00 per lb. $

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Burger Joint is a unique establishment where all our burgers, sauces and various toppings are produced in-house and that is what gives our burgers their unique taste. Our beef burgers are made with Authentic Angus Beef, other choices of chicken, lamb, salt fish and lentil burgers. At our Chaguanas Branch we are pleased to offer Halal meats. Come in or call in your order and try our famous signature Black and Blue Burger with cassava fries and taste for yourself why Burger Joint is arguably the best Burger around. Tel (868) 361-1331 Address Cor. Rosalino Street and Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook Tel (868) 270-6454 Address Brentwood Service Station, Edinburgh, Chaguanas $ Email burgerjoint.tt@gmail.com

McDonald’s™ Restaurants Sample Menu Big Mac™ Quarter Pounder with Cheese™ Chicken McNuggets Real Fruit Smoothies McCrispy™ Chicken Happy Meal McCrispy™ Chicken Strips

Arcos Dorados has successfully opened and operates four McDonald’s Restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago. The free-standing restaurants at Grand Bazaar, Cipriani and Gulf View boast a number of features unveiled for the first time in Trinidad: the introduction of an Auto-Mac drive-thru service, an airconditioned Playplace for kids and free WiFi for all customers.

Tel (868) 387-0936 Cipriani Boulevard, Newtown Tel (868) 387-0937 Grand Bazaar, Valsayn Tel (868) 290-3264 Gulf View, La Romaine Tel (868) 290-4559 Gulf City Mall, Gulf View Facebook McHappyTT Twitter @McDonalds_TT

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G Spot Food Truck

The Panyol Place

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

Crepes Milano – Grilled chicken, freshly shaved Parmesan, spinach, garlic mushrooms, red pepper pesto. Springbok – Locally handmade boerewors (South African pork and beef sausage), caramelised onions, cheese, homemade chilli mayo, tomato relish. Grain Bowls Trinbago – Rice blend topped with grilled veggies, fresh mango chutney, cucumber tomato chow, tamarind sauce. Mashables – Ground provisions smashed, mashed and dashed with herbs and spices. Salads Paramin Salad – Mixed greens, avocado, lentils, chick peas, quinoa, cucumber, red onions, fresh herbs, chadon-beni vinaigrette.

Cachapa Venezolana Original Venezuelan pancake made with sweet corn, stuffed with white cheese.

Irie Bites

Taryn’s

Pabellon Criollo Shredded beef, white rice, black beans and fried plantain. Tequeños Famous Venezuelan finger food sticks with white cheese-wrapped in a dough then deep-fried golden.

G Spot Food Truck is Port of Spain’s first gourmet food truck, offering healthy and delicious international food with local flavours in a fast-casual environment. If you are gluten intolerant or if you are on a gluten free diet, you can help yourself to our entire menu. We believe that food has the power to do more than just satisfy hunger. It can make you feel happy, healthy and energised. At G Spot, we aim to create a model of food service that inspires health, sustainability and social responsibility in our customers and our community. Opening Hours: Mon - Friday 6:30am - 10:00am (Breakfast), 11am - 4pm (Lunch); Saturdays 9am 12pm (Breakfast), 12pm - 5pm (Lunch)

Offering a cosy and friendly environment characterised by original traditions of Venezuela, Taryn’s, The Panyol Place is a unique eating establishment, bringing an authentic and typical Venezuelan and Latin American cuisine to its clients. Professional, personal service and courtesy accompany our original fresh corn-based dishes, which are served every day. Come and enjoy a wide variety of Arepas, Empanadas, Cachapas, Hallacas and much more, with various fillings, including white cheese. Enjoy fresh fruit juices. Also, Taryn’s offers a variety of dishes for lunch on a daily basis, all with a Venezuelan flavour, such as Pabellón Criollo. Try our special soups on Saturdays. Spanish spoken. Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Sat: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tel (868) 388-1616 Address 80 Maraval Road, Newtown, Port of Spain, Trindad, W.I. www.eatatgspot.com Catering available

Tel / Fax (868) 622-3989 Address 23 Mucurapo Road, St. James, Port of Spain, Trinidad Email thepanyolplace@gmail.com $-$$

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Sample Menu Meats with two sides Pork – Smoked BBQ, BBQ Ribs, BBQ Pigtail Chicken – Smoked BBQ /Jerk Fish – Grilled/Jerk, Lamb – BBQ/Jerk. Side Bites Jamaican rice & peas, Bhagi rice, Stewed lentils, Steak fries, Macaroni pie, Mixed vegetables, Jamaican festivals, Baked mashed potatoes. Salads Macaroni, Potato, Green fig, Green, Coleslaw. Daily Lunch Specials Mon. – Stewed fried fish and two sides. Tues. – Chicken pelau, cole slaw, fresh salad. Wed. – Jamaican curry goat, white rice, green fig, green salad. Thur. – Stewed oxtails, red beans, white rice, green salad. Fri. – Stewed pork, calaloo, provisions. Sat. – Ackee and salt fish, provisions OR Beef and oxtail soup.

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Unique and flavourful, Irie Bites combines the earthy taste of good old Jamaica with the excitement of Trini cuisine. Our signature brand Irie Bites provides mouth-watering authentic Jamaican jerk and smoked BBQ meats. These traditional Caribbean recipies are straight from Grannie’s kitchen table. For those on the go or busy at the office, there’s no need to sacrifice quality and value. Simply call, place your order and collect. Let our red, green, yellow and black sign lead you to a true taste of Jamaica. Irie Bites – savour the experience! Tel/Fax (868) 622-7364 Address 71A Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook Tel/Fax (868) 622-6725 Address 153 Western Main Road, St. James www.iriebitesjerk.com $

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Al-Haaq Sample Menu Main Course We specialise in the best tasting grilled food: chicken, fish, lamb, shrimp. Sides Macaroni salad, potato salad, noodles, fried rice, fries and wedge fries, sumptuous beef and chicken burgers. All meats HALAL AL-HAAQ, THE HOME OF BAR-B-QUE and the famous “Hotter than Hot” AL HAAQ pepper-sauce.

Al-HAAQ, which means “the Truth”, had its humble beginnings on a half-barrel. It has a well-earned reputation for authentic BBQ dishes, having grown to be one of the most popular grill shops in Chaguanas. Also known for its popular Hotter Than Hot pepper sauce, Al-HAAQ is 100% local, and offers only the best grilled food, prepared from the best, fresh seasoning and finest ingredients in T&T. Truth be told, AL-HAAQ is THE HOME of Bar B Que.

Tel (868) 672-2903 Address Montrose Main Road, Chaguanas Piarco International Airport Outdoor Food Court, Trinidad Facebook Al Haaq Bar B Que Caribbean Ltd $ Eat In or Takeaway

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NICHOSSA Restaurant

Tablespoon Coffee & Dessert House

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Sample Menu

Breakfast – Mexican omelette, Belgian waffle, croissant. Special Café Meals – Stuffed chicken breast, 6 oz tenderloin steak, blackened shrimp. Italian – Vegetable lasagna, chicken & shrimp fettuccine Alfredo. Salads – Sesame chicken salad, Tex Mex steak salad. Paninis – Grilled chicken & bacon, Portobello mushroom. Wraps – Maracas shark, Tandoori chicken. Burgers – Beef, turkey, salmon or vegetarian. Sweet Things – Opera cake, French macaroons, date squares. Savoury Bites – Beef pies, cheese puffs, chicken quiche.

Soup, Sandwiches, Bagels, Paninis, Pizzas, Salads, Burgers, Vegetarian Food, Pasta, Quesadillas, Chillers, Smoothies, Coffee & Tea.

This café-styled restaurant and specialty bakery offers diners a comfortable yet classy dining experience. The kitchen offers American-styled breakfasts with unique teas and coffees, followed by a wide selection of light to full meals for lunch and dinner. The bakery produces a large variety of sweet and savoury items, ranging from local classics such as coconut drops and beef pies to truly decadent treats like the white chocolate almond torte and the red velvet cheesecake. Open Monday-Saturday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, this restaurant is definitely worth a visit. Tel (868) 652-8912 Address Rainbow Plaza, Gulf View Link Road, Gulf View, San Fernando Email nichossa@live.com Specialty bakery, breakfast, lunch, $ dinner, catering for functions

Tablespoon Coffee & Dessert House, a small café located on the borders of Curepe and St. Augustine with an excellent array of menu options offering a selection of coffees from around the world, a wide selection of teas and decadent desserts and food.

Come experience the difference at Tablespoon Coffee and Dessert House, with its quaint yet metro-type ambiance and coffee shop offering. You are assured of a relaxed atmosphere, personalised customer service provided to patrons while unwinding and enjoying your stay. Enjoy an excellent array of menu options that we believe are deserving of those who we delight in serving daily. We also offer free WIFI and soft music to make your patronage enjoyable and memorable. Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tel (868) 221-8504 Address #79 Eastern Main Road, Curepe, Trinidad Email tablespooncoffee@yahoo.com

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Muffin Mornings

Adam’s Bagels

Dolce Desserts

& Specialty Breads

Sample Menu

Coffee-house

Sample Menu

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Breakfast Friday Special Tomato, melongene, pumpkin and bhagi chokas with whole wheat sada roti. Saturday Special Fried bake and black pudding or buljol, Saltfish accra with tamarind sauce. Lunch Different soups every day, salads and sandwiches. Tea Select hot coffees and teas. Tempting in-house pastries, pies and cakes.

ALL DAY AMERICAN STYLE BREAKFAST Crab and Cream Cheese Omelette - 3 Egg Omelette made with real crab meat, sautéed onions and cream cheese. Chicken & Waffles - Fluffy Belgian Waffle topped with 100% Halal Panko Crusted Chicken, drizzled with syrup and garnished with parsley. Brioche French Toast - Homemade Brioche lightly dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon brown sugar. LUNCH Kale & Quinoa Salad - Kale rubbed with a blend of Balsamic Vinaigrette, Olive Oil and lemon juice, tossed and with quinoa and chick peas. One of our Signature Dishes. Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Cous Cous A Creamy Pumpkin Soup simmered in a tasty recipe of spices served and with Cous Cous to complete this comforting soup.

Assorted Muffins, Bagels, Pancake Breakfast, Paninis, Fish Wraps, Beef and Salmon Burgers, Salads, Soup Of The Day with Garlic Bread, Chillers, Smoothies, Coffee, Tea, Cupcakes, Cheesecakes.

Muffin Mornings Coffee House is definitely the new craved experience in the east, located at the Local Food Court of Piarco International Airport and Palms Plaza, Arima. This warm inviting ambiance and service quickly makes you know that you are in the right place. Piarco’s menu has been especially designed for the busy, ‘on the go’ passerby and traveller. We know that most airlines today have limited food service so we’ve stepped up with ‘grab and go’ sandwiches. Arima on the other hand, wants you to ‘take a load off’. Come in from the street’s bustle, choose your seat and let us spoil you. We never disappoint. Try us! We’re available for small meetings and our amazing muffins and New England Coffee line are perfect for us to cater and serve at your next meeting. Just give us a call.

Tel (868) 709-8379; 794-2550 Address Local Food Court, Piarco Tel (868) 730-2922 Palms Plaza Woodford Street, Arima Email grandeltaholdings@gmail.com www.gran-deltaholdings.com

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Adam’s is a family-owned and operated bakery, restaurant, and gourmet shop located in the heart of Maraval. Believing in fresh ingredients, quality products and friendly personalised customer service, Adam has developed strong relationships with his customers over the past 23 years. Adam earned the title: “Best Bakery & Coffee Shop 2013” by T&T Table Talk Awards. Visit us the next time you are in the area and experience the charm and hospitality that is ADAM’S.

Tel (868) 622-2435 Address 15A Saddle Rd., Maraval, Port of Spain Email adam@adamsbagels.com www.adamsbagels.com Breakfast, Lunch, Tea

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Nestled in the heart of San Fernando, this authentic and exquisitely designed European Café is conveniently located with ample parking. Our chefs enjoy preparing creamy and delicious cakes daily, from our gelatin-free, rich chocolate cake mousses to our light and fresh strawberry cream cakes. We specialise in Wedding Cakes as well as Dessert Tables. Dolce Desserts specialises in Artisan Stone Baked Sourdough Breads daily, containing no artificial yeast or preservatives. Tel (868) 221-4545 20-22 Cipero Road, San Fernando Opens Tuesday thru Thursday 7am-6pm Friday thru Saturday 7am-7pm $ Sunday 8am-12pm Closed Mondays

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ntil 1888, Trinidad and Tobago were classed as separate territories. Both islands have parallel histories of the Amerindian, first people nations, being invaded by European settlers. In fact, Tobago is one of the smallest islands in the region, yet it has a history of having exchanged hands more than any other Caribbean territory. Tobago’s turbulent history has since been melded into a diverse mix of cultures and traditions. This diversity makes the Tobago Heritage Festival so unique and engaging. It’s an annual festival created to preserve and cherish the unique cultures derived from the island’s history. In 2016, 25 events were held in various locations across Tobago, in an attempt to ‘bring back the ole time days’. Events took place primarily throughout July and August and showcased island traditions both past and present, varying in focus from typical island food and fare, to ‘games we used to play’, ancestral memorials, harvest traditions and historical reenactments. The abolition of slavery runs as a centre-point to the heritage festivities, with the national holiday ‘Emancipation Day’ falling midpoint in the activities.

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Charlotteville National Treasures Day portrays a variety of ‘ole time’ activities and traditional village customs such as ‘Washing the Dead Bed’ and ‘Dancing the Cocoa’. Tobago’s history of slavery and its abolition in 1834 developed and resulted in the fusion of an Afro-European culture. This mix of cultures has always been, and still is, highly prevalent in Tobagonian society and is represented throughout each event during the festival. One of the most popular events is the Charlotteville National Treasures Day, which portrays a variety of ‘ole time’ activities and traditional village customs such as ‘Washing the Dead Bed’ and ‘Dancing the Cocoa’. Villagers trek down to the sea front to launder the clothes of lost relatives, saying a final goodbye and honouring their ancestors. Later in the day, villagers ‘dance the cocoa’, which was done traditionally to shell and polish the cocoa beans, this difficult, arduous labour was made bearable through dance and song. Over the years, fishing became, and still is, a way of life for a majority of islanders. The heritage event of Black Rock Sea Festival pays homage to this intrinsic island institution. Many of the traditional activities demonstrated during the Festival are still common daily practices in villages across the island. They include seine hanging and pulling, where the fishermen across the island help each other trawl-in nets and divide the daily catch with anyone willing to lend a hand. Pirogue racing, beach football and a

sumptuous seafood breakfast, are all part of the scheduled activities. Other events throughout the festival offer old and new world practices, from the grande ‘ole time wedding ceremonies’ to historical reenactments and ancestral walks. The village tradition of storytelling is also a popular and rich past-time. More contemporary events include steel pan concerts and harvest celebrations, goat races and carnival festivities. The ‘Tobago Old Time Carnival’ is held in the village of Plymouth. The tradition has transformed since its origins in Trinidad and Tobago in the 18th century, but Plymouth’s Heritage Carnival features the more traditional theatre and cultural showcase, where masqueraders take to the streets dressed as traditional carnival characters and sing original calypso compositions based on the festival’s 2016 theme ‘Bring Back The Ole Time Ways’. Throughout its varied events, the Heritage Festival shows that although there may have been games, rituals and traditions lost over time, there are many more that have survived. Year after year, the Tobago Heritage Festival, uncovers an island that has a varied and rich heritage of cuisine, dance, music and theatre, that takes place against an amazing backdrop of clear emerald waters and lush forests.

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Tales by the Fire

SOUCOUYANT by Paul Hadden

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The art of storytelling is woven deep into the fabric of the Caribbean. So come, let’s listen to an old woman as she sits near the fire on an empty beach, and gives her granddaughter a story. Her tale is sprinkled with Patois; the language spoken by the spirits, themselves a blend of African and European legends. Let us hear what she has to say.

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the island, hungry for blood. You see these two red dots on my neck here? That is bite from Soucouyant. Oh, no, don’t frighten. Soucouyant can’t hurt us here, child. Here, take this salt. Trust me, this is how we must get rid of her. You must sneak into her house when she gone looking for blood, and sprinkle this salt all over her skin. When she come back home, her belly full of blood, she will try to put back on the wrinkled skin, but the salt will burn her with fires ten times hotter than her own terrible flame, and it will be the end of the Soucouyant. There are more things like this that I must tell you, but you have to listen. You hear the waves, doux-doux? You hear how the ocean breathing and crashing on the shore? She knows the stories, child. Listen to her.” The Soucouyant is one of the most feared characters in Trinbagonian legend. She is an old woman who sheds her skin at night and turns into a giant ball of fire. She preys on the sleeping, sucking their blood as they lay unconscious. The myth is found in tales across the region, including Guyana, where she is known as Ol’ Higue. The Soucouyant is just one of the many frightful tales and legends that abound on the islands, and if you look carefully enough, you might just see one floating menacingly in the night sky.

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ave Our Sea turtles (SOS) Tobago is a small, not for profit, community based organisation dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles and their habitat through community based initiatives in education, research and ecotourism since 2000. As the first sea turtle specific conservation group in Tobago, SOS began regular nightly patrols on key Leatherback nesting beaches to protect the turtles from poachers and to get a sense of the size of the local nesting population through consistent monitoring. They also worked closely with the Tobago House of Assembly and the Tour Guide Association to establish turtle watching guidelines and nesting beach tips to encourage the non-consumptive use of nesting turtles through responsible turtle watching tours. Over the years, SOS has collaborated with various local, regional and international academic institutions, corporate entities and other community organisations to increase public awareness and develop research opportunities in the field. Today, this small, focused organisation is part of broader island-wide conservation effort facilitated by the Tobago House of Assembly and Turtle Village Trust. SOS manages ongoing research and monitoring efforts on Turtle Beach, Grafton and Mt. Irvine Back Bay which are key nesting sites for the critically endangered giant Leatherback and at the Magdalena Grand beach which is a busy nesting site for the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle. Beach patrols occur during the nesting season from March - September for Leatherbacks and a little later for Hawksbills. The turtles are measured and tagged, the location of their nests is recorded for follow up at the time of hatching and the patrols ensure that the entire nesting process happens free from harassment from over zealous turtle watchers or potential poachers. Thankfully, with consistent monitoring, poaching has decreased significantly on the beaches that SOS patrols although it does remain an issue on more rural beaches around the island.

Tobago is home to small but significant nesting populations of Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles, as well as foraging populations of hawksbills and greens who inhabit our coastal waters year round. Sea turtles are under threat not just from being killed for human consumption but also from becoming incidental bycatch in commercial fisheries and losing critical nesting and foraging habitat through over development and climate change. Matura and Grande Rivière in Trinidad remain the best places to go turtle watching as the sheer numbers there ensure consistent sightings in a way that is impossible to guarantee in Tobago, even at the height of the nesting season. However, seeing a giant Leatherback turtle nesting by moonlight or watching Hawksbill hatchlings scurry into the sea is definitely a once in a lifetime experience; and if you are lucky enough to be in Tobago during the nesting season we encourage you to reach out to SOS for a list of reputable turtle watching tour guides and to find out about any specific activities or events happening during your stay. www.sos-tobago.org www.facebook.com/sos-tobago www.turtlevillagetrust.org


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he island of Tobago has a long history of being coveted by foreigners, first by native Amerindian tribes from mainland South America through to the European colonists who fought and bargained for ownership, leading to the island changing hands thirty-one times (some historians say more), before eventually being ceded to the British in 1814. Compared to other Caribbean island territories, no other was so fiercely contested, even an American Squadron had a failed attempt in trying to seize the island. It is not unanimous among historians what the core interest in Tobago was for these foreigners, but the island was recognised overtime as being strategically located, outside the hurricane belt, with ideal soil and climatic conditions for agriculture, with year-round water supplies. All of these virtues make Tobago a prize possession for those who acquired it and for others wanting to take it, including the Courlanders(Latvia), French, Dutch and English.

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While the island’s history is both dynamic and interesting, with a chronology of signifigant historical events, it is the many natural virtues that attract foreigners today. This small island with an area of around 180 square miles, approximately 27-miles-long and 71/2 miles-wide, has become a popular destination for tens of thousands of annual visitors especially from Europe and North America. Most of Tobago’s visitors are classified as ecotourists and come to experience the varied outdoor activities such as bird watching, scuba diving and snorkelling. Undoubtedly, visitors are eager to enjoy the island’s many remote and beautiful beaches, waterfalls and historical landmarks. There is also a growing number of domestic visitors from the southern sister island of Trinidad, who swarm to Tobago for all of the same reasons, with their numbers spiking during the holidays and at annual events such as the Tobago Heritage Festival, the Tobago Jazz Experience and the Great Race.

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Wishing to explore the island, but not specific in your interest? There are the options of hiring a certified guide, renting a car for a scenic drive or chartering a catamaran to explore the hidden bays along both the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts. Any of these options is encouraged as the island is accessible and demarcated with established visitor sites throughout, from Crown Point to Charlotteville (view our map). Arriving by plane you’ll be touching down at the ANR Robinson International Airport in Crown Point on the southwestern tip of the island. Crown Point is well known as a hub for varied accommodation, cuisine, night-life, beaches and major events. Its growing tourism commerce has made it popular with visitors who are keen to experience the wide range of local specialities like “crab and dumplings”, provisions (root vegetables such as sweet potato and dasheen) and an abundant choice of sea food and sweet delicacies. There is an equally diverse range of marine activities, including windsurfing, kite-surfing, jet skis, ocean jet packs, stand up paddle, kayaking and the ubiquitous glass bottom boat tours, which can be accessed at the very popular Store Bay and Pigeon Point beaches.

Leaving Crown Point will take you east along the Claude Noel Highway where one option is to divert north along the Shirvan Road, toward the Caribbean side, or proceed straight to Scarborough. The Shirvan route is evolving with new restaurants, popular hotels, golf courses and commercial beaches. You’ll be driving past populated villages like Buccoo, famous for the annual Goat and Crab-races during Easter, and the exciting weekly Sunday School entertainment, often showcasing live performances by local bands and steel pan. Past Buccoo are beaches within the Grand Courland Bay where during the months of March to September the nesting season of the Leather Back Turtle takes place; the largest marine turtle and one of three species which nests on the island. The nocturnal phenomenon attracts visitors from all over, hoping to witness the unforgettable event. During the season, visits to Mt. Irvine, Black Rock and Turtle Beach are your best bet. Farther up the coast is the town of Plymouth, the island’s oldest town. Formerly colonised by Tobago’s first European settlers the Courlanders, the town is best known for historical sites including Fort James, the Mystery Tomb and the Latvian Monument.

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A near complete loop of the island leads you to the capital Scarborough, rich in history and dense in attractions. Visit the island’s largest fort, Fort King George, its Museum and Lighthouse, the Botanical Gardens, James Park, the Esplanade, or stroll through the streets of the capital exposing traces of the old with the sprouts of new development.

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Continuing along the coast will take you through a network of small villages including Arnos Vale, where the popular Adventure Farm is located. This property should be visited for the enjoyment of native birds, flowering plants and other wildlife. Open daily, this is a must for amateur and professional bird watchers, photographers and nature lovers. Follow the road and you will climb into mountainous terrain and through farming villages including Les Coteaux, Moriah and Runnemede. Panoramic lookouts abound just off the main road at Mt. Dillon and above Castara. The coastal village of Castara is a haven, filled with small tourism based enterprises, from rustic Bed and Breakfast accommodation, to cosy restaurants, cafés and bars, all with spectacular ocean views. Driving farther along the rural Caribbean side are picturesque beaches, particularly the pristine Englishman’s Bay, often described as one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches. As you continue along the coast, it is impossible to ignore the lush forests while proceeding further east through villages of Parlatuvier and Bloody Bay, which bring you to a junction leading left toward the Bloody Bay beach facility, then L’Anse Fourmi, Hermitage, Cambleton and eventually to the idyllic port of Charlotteville. The opposite right turn at the junction will lead you inland toward the verdant Main Ridge Forest Reserve; renowned for being the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere, and home to many native neotropical species of plants and animals. On the Atlantic side, returning west from Charlotteville is the tranquil fishing village of Speyside, with panoramic views of the islands of Little Tobago and Goat Island. Speyside is well known for its coral reefs, and one of the largest recorded brain coral, a must-see for scuba divers. The windward road has a series of small village communities nestled along the coast, enjoy the view as you head to Scarborough. Along the way you go through the villages of Roxborough and Argyle, the location of the Argyle Waterfalls, the largest waterfall in Tobago. Also found at the adjacent property is the Tobago Cocoa Estate, where tours and demonstrations of the cocoa growing processes are offered during scheduled visits. These are just a sample of the many sites and attractions which the island of Tobago is famous for, there remains many not so hidden places of interest waiting to be discovered and explored. Come see for yourself! Above: Fort King George Below: Rufous Tailed Jacamar

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Sherman’s Auto Rentals

Rattan’s Car Rental / Rainbow Resort

This vibrant, service-oriented company is operated by a staff that is dedicated to tourism in Tobago. We boast over 20 years in the Automobile Industry and today we offer Car Rental Services on the beautiful island of Tobago. Our clients are offered a choice of quality vehicles including cars, buses and SUVs. Meeting and greeting on arrival at the airport or at your holiday accommodation.

A family run business operating for over 30 years, offering affordable car and apartment rental service. Located twominute drive from the airport and walking distance to mini marts, shopping plaza, banks/ATM and some of the best beaches (Pigeon Point and Store Bay). Our homely apartment comes with a full kitchenette, a/c bedrooms, private patio and a swimming pool. FREE pick up and drop off to the airport with the rental of a vehicle. SUVs to sedans all fully loaded.

Tel (868) 639-2292 Fax 868) 639-3084 U.S. direct line: 1 (469) 532-2544 U.K. direct line: 1 (011) 44 (865) 594706 Address Lambeau Village, Tobago, W.I. Email shermansautorentals@gmail.com | www.shermansrental.com

Tel/Fax 1 (868) 639-8271 (Rattan’s Car Rental) Tel/Fax 1 (868) 639-9940 (Rainbow Resort) Address Milford Road Crown Point, Tobago rainbowresorttobago@hotmail.com | www.rainbowresorttobago.com

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The rural fishing village has blossomed into a tourist destination, with guest facilities near to the cosy, picturesque bay. Great for picnics and sun bathing, visitors are lucky to experience “pulling seine” (traditional net fishing) and share in the daily catch. Life Guards on duty.

This long, sandy beach on the Caribbean side of the isle is part of the Buccoo Village. The popular entertainment spot is well known for the ‘Sunday School’ limes and Goat Races at Easter. The beach also has a nearby bar and adjacent steel pan.

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Hidden away at the edge of the village of Charlotteville, the walk down the famous 100-step staircase is well worth it, just to discover the unmatched beauty of this remote, historic beach. Great for swimming and picnics. Life Guards not on duty.

Widely recognised as one of the most stunning beaches, not only in Tobago, but the Caribbean, the panorama of the bay from the lookout is a must-see. Enjoy snorkelling in the cool turquoise waters, before having a delicious lunch at the rustic restaurant and craft shop. Life Guards not on duty.

Just a couple of miles from the airport, this breathtakingly beautiful beach is well known for its pink-white sand, blue waters, signature jetty with thatched hut. Enjoy the beach bars, restaurants and craft shops, as well as the range of water sports available. Life Guards on duty.

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the many joys of shopping in Tobago is visiting the malls and beach shops for great finds, from handmade crafts and jewellery to clothes and batiks. On the island, treasures can be found in the sea and on land, just make sure you enjoy the hunt.

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grey, $20 – purple, $50 (the 2014/2015 polymer series) – golden. Those interested in the visual appeal of international currency will enjoy the intricate artwork on these bills featuring images of Trinidad & Tobago’s coat of arms, the Central Bank building, various local birds and other images. Several banks offer ATM services and cashiers in most shops will change foreign bank notes based on the current exchange rate, sometimes displayed on a sign near check out. Otherwise, exchange rates can be checked via banks (online or offline) or foreign exchange listings in any one of the local daily newspapers. One of the most diverse shopping areas in Tobago is the popular stretch between Crown Point and Scarborough. Along this route, one major supermarket, several smaller groceries, roadside stalls and parlours stock local (and in some cases also foreign) produce, as well as a range of other food, spirits, wines and grocery items. Rural areas feature mainly roadside stalls, small groceries and parlours, with the exception of Roxborough, which has a fairly large supermarket. Proceeding up Milford Road from Crown Point, lovers of eating out will find the most diverse choice of foods—Caribbean, Arabic, Indian, Italian, American, Chinese. Dining options generally include in-house, sidewalk and grab-and-go. Fashion-conscious shoppers will find a range of casual to formal styles in the small malls and variety shops on the main shopping strip. A quick detour to Pigeon Point or Store Bay opens up a wider choice for tropical beachwear and local hand crafted accessories. Souvenirs are easy to come by. Virtually every shop carries at least one item with the name TOBAGO or the national flag printed on it. Those seeking less mass-produced souvenir options usually head for Store Bay, with its village of stalls featuring work by local craftspeople. – by Elspeth Duncan

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Property by Dawn Glaisher SeaJade Investments, Tobago

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natural, marine-based vacation experience that pays homage obago has been called the best-kept secret of the to the protection of the island’s many assets, for the future Caribbean, tucked away at the south-eastern tip of the benefit of residents and visitors. All of this must be achieved windward archipelago. Through the 1990s its tourism with a level of development that will ensure sustainable industry thrived and investment in the island grew, particularly economic activity for all. into the new villa sector, which complemented its existing hotel For the first time in a decade, plans are being made to replant. Tobago was buzzing and attracted buyers from the UK, invest in the island’s tourism and to develop one, hopefully Germany, Scandinavia and Canada, in particular. two, new resorts on estates approved for such Then tourism marketing slowed around 2005, and development. international visitor arrivals began to decrease. In mid-2015, the government announced it This coincided with the introduction of a For the first time was in discussions with Caribbean brand, land licence for foreign investors in 2007 in a decade, plans Sandals Resorts, to open in Tobago on the and a global recession in 2008. Those are being made to Golden Grove and Buccoo Estates at the events heralded a decade of decline in the re-invest in the island’s south-west end of the island. It’s by no economic activity of the island, and of course tourism and to develop means certain that Sandals will come to a decline in interest in real estate/property. one, hopefully two, Tobago, but the negotiations themselves What does 2017 hold for Tobago? Still new resorts. and conversations they have triggered as beautiful as ever, even more of a natural between private sector and government all destination in comparison to others that have contribute towards a renewal of interest in the continued steadily along the path of tourism tourism industry. Tourism can be an effective generator development, and therefore with greater potential to of foreign exchange at a time when T&T’s traditional oil meet the needs of today’s traveller. A place of pristine, natural and gas economy is under pressure from changes in global beauty, with the possibility of interacting with nature in a way markets. Diversification is the word on everyone’s lips. that conserves and not destroys the environment. Many visitors Tobago 2017 promises to be a year of increased activity from industrialised societies seek this counter-balance for in the tourism industry and all down-stream businesses, the purpose of rest and relaxation, but in a sustainable and including real estate investment. responsible way. That is what Tobago is now gearing up for - a

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Abraham Tobago Realty RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SALES, VILLA RENTALS AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Abraham Tobago Realty offers a large selection of Homes and Land for Sale and is very much involved in Villa Rentals and Property Management. The range and quality of their services are unequaled on the island. Now you can access accurate real estate information and personalised service from a reputable licensed professional with over 30 years experience in the Real Estate Industry in North America and the Caribbean. Abraham Tobago Realty will find Your Place in the Sun! Tel (868) 639-3325 Email abrahamrealty@gmail.com | www.abrahamrealty.com

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Tel: (868) 639-LAND / 639-5263 / 639-9663; Fax: (868) 639-2258 Address Cor. Milford & Golden Grove Roads, Canaan, Tobago, W.I. Email: info@realestatetobago.com; www.realestatetobago.com

Island Investments One of Tobago’s best in rental accommodation, wedding venues, real estate and property management services. Island Investment Company Limited has been serving clients worldwide for more than 25 years. Our many return clients are testimony to the wonderful experiences they’ve had in this island paradise. We boast a wide range of luxury villas and apartments for rental, as well as properties and lands for sale - all within a few minutes drive to breath-taking beaches. Our competent and friendIy staff, along with Managing Director, Patricia Phillips, will offer you personalised, professional service every day. Try Island lnvestments today. Customer satisfaction is our business! Tel (868) 639-9297/9901/0929 Fax (868) 639-9050 Email info@islreal.com www.islreal.com

Villas Are Us Ltd. Villas Are Us Ltd. is a small full-service, luxury vacation agency offering villas that are all beautifully appointed and among the most ideally situated, on the Caribbean side of the island. Though each has its own unique appeal, all offer the very best in terms of accommodation and necessary holiday amenities. With Villa Mirage, the one to keep in mind for all big events near to the beach or poolside, take your pick! Our caring staff and network of experienced providers are committed to seeing that your every need is met. Tel (868) 481-5986 / 326-0543 / 639-4163 Black Rock, Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago Email gillian@tobagovillasareus.com www.tobagovillasareus.com

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Jazz on the waterfront, held in Tobago’s capital of ow in its 8th consecutive year, the ‘Tobago Jazz Scarborough, gave audiences a midweek injection of live music Experience,’ has a reputation for attracting top name ‘New Orleans style.’ Along the waterfront esplanade, a selection headline acts including such well-known artists as of local artists performed while patrons meandered through the John Legend, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, variety of vendors offering an abundance of local David Rudder and Machel Montano. This year’s food, drink and crafts. ‘more than music’ festival was no different, with Thursdays ‘Northside Jazz’ brought headline acts including artists J Cole and The forward the penultimate show, before Lauryn Hill, reggae legends Third World Tobago Jazz the Tobago Jazz Experience big and local favourites such as Kes, Benjai, Experience treated weekend. The crowds gathered on and Destra. audiences to a range the picturesque coast in the quaint During the week of April 16th-24th of memorable musical fishing village of Castara for the a total of seven separate large music performances, with the emerald afternoon-event. Traditional cultural events took place in various locations waters, lush landscape and practices such as: seine hanging, across the island, offering a mixture of diverse culture of Tobago as a a boat christening and dirt-oven locations, and music genres. backdrop, giving crowds an bread making, launched the evening ‘Jazz in the East’ kicked off the experience of much ‘more entertainment, where popular local weeklong festivities in the norththan music.’ reggae artist Marlon Asher gave a east village of Speyside, known for its captivating reggae performance, with crowds magnificent dive sites and home to the largest singing along to hits such as “Fit & Strong” and brain coral in the western hemisphere. Many “Ganja Farmer”. The performances continued with visitors arrived early to spend the day in the picturesque Rhapsody Next Generation, a contemporary, state-of-the-art village and stayed to enjoy the evening show, where, big name steel pan, featuring lead singer Olatunji Yearwood, known for his on the soca circuit; David Rudder, headlined, supported by local 2012 hit “Call Meh”, among others. favourites Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy and Benjai.

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The final weekend of the ‘Jazz Experience’ headlined at Tobago’s famous, Pigeon Point Heritage Park. Crowds came to experience three consecutive nights of live music. Friday night kicked off the big weekend with ‘World Music Night.’ Local bands such as Five Miles to Midnight and popular soca artist, Destra, ‘loosened up’ audiences with such crowd favorites as Destra’s “Lucy”. While American Hip-Hop artist, J. Cole closed Friday’s show with a mix of some of his classic hits including “Dreams” and more recent songs from his 2014 album, “Forest Hills Drive”. Saturday gave audiences a double dose of Jazz entertainment. Patrons enjoyed a relaxed afternoon on the Mount Irvine Bay beach, listening to the sounds of mellow jazz crossover. For the second installment, Pigeon Point Heritage Park presented ‘Cari-Jazz’ fusion night, promoting the union and passion of Caribbean music. The crowds sang along to local Rapso group 3-Canal, before legendary Jamaican reggae band Third World blew audiences away during their performance of the memorable single “Now That We Found Love”. Sunday’s ‘Beach Jazz Fiesta’ wrapped up the festivities with afternoon beach vibes. The audience was treated to performances from local Tobagonian favorite, Adana, as well as internationally renowned R&B artist, Lauren Hill, who wowed with fan favorites “Doo Wop” and “Ready or Not”. The smooth, romantic sounds of American R&B artist Maxwell closed the show with a particularly outstanding rendition of his number one hit, “Pretty Wings.” This entrancing finale left audiences contently wearied after a full week of events, wondering what the Tobago Jazz Experience will have to offer next year, in April 2017.

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Pigeon Point Heritage Park The acclaimed and award winning Pigeon Point Heritage Park is widely known for its clear, calm waters and all the amenities that you can possibly ask for to enjoy a full day at the beach; including excellent food, cocktails and drinks, even shopping! The Park, however, has a lot more going on than just a beach excursion. A series of upgrades and projects over the last year has resulted in a facility that really is “More than just a beach …. ” Whether your next trip to Tobago is for business or pleasure, be sure to take time to visit the Pigeon Point Heritage Park! It’s much more than a beach!

Accommodation The Bungalow offers the only overnight accommodation at the park. This cosy unit offers three bedrooms, full kitchen, living and dining areas. All rooms are air-conditioned. Direct TV, WIFI and BBQ pit included.

Weddings Pigeon Point continues to be a favourite wedding location. In particular, the famous jetty with its thatched-roof offers an un-matched setting rivalled only by the many fantastic beach locations to choose from! The recently completed multipurpose facility called the Heritage Pavilion provides a facility that is second to none for larger weddings and receptions.

Conferences & Seminars Perhaps the most exciting addition to the amenities at Pigeon Point is the hosting of Conferences, Meetings, Corporate Dinners / Functions and other such corporate or social events at the Heritage Pavilion. With approximately 6,000 sq. ft. of function space, patrons have the added choice of having their meetings open-air or air-conditioned. The setting and view of the calm Caribbean Sea are unrivalled from this spectacularly designed, beach-front facility. A variety of catering and recreational options are found within the park to ensure your event is a success and easy to co-ordinate. For those with smaller requirements, a private meeting room caters to such needs, with appropriate break-out space.

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aribbean people enjoy high fashion, we revel in haute couture and being admired for our unique sense of style. That’s why Trinidad and Tobago has become one of the rising stars in the world of fashion, with many major local brands holding their own on runways from New York to Milan, London to Paris. Tobago Fashion Weekend is a forum for established and upcoming local labels. Each May, designers, stylists, jewellers, and other creatives convene at the city of Scarborough to launch their new collections. Recent shows have featured Dexter Jennings; Wadada Movement; Ris Anne Martin; Dominic Hutch; Shaun Griffith Perez; Amen Printing House; David Reid; Stacy Smith; JESwear; Zafrica; Marie Collette; DLR; Movement Bago; Fett; Iris Atsin; and Claudia Pegus. The event includes forums at which professionals can discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as special showcases where fashion students can debut their new lines. You’ll love the fashion shows, after-parties, and pop-up shops, where you can snap up a bit of Caribbean fashion heaven.

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If you’ve ever dreamed of a breezy, golden, sun-kissed destination wedding, Tobago is the place for you. It doesn’t matter if you plan to tie the knot with a more intimate flair with just a few friends and family members, or if your heart is set on a larger, more lavish celebration. Many villas, boutique hotels and resorts offer wedding packages or can put you in touch with a wedding planner. You can decide on an elegant indoor setting, or venture outdoors for a perfect sunset ceremony on the beach. The Pigeon Point Heritage Park even has a designated wedding venue. If you dare, why not have an underwater ceremony? It’s all possible. Make sure to book everything early, to ensure that your venue and support services are available when you want them. Don’t forget your transport and accommodation, especially during the high season. You’ll have memories to treasure forever: and the good news is, you’re already in the right place for the perfect honeymoon!

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un, sea, sand, sky, speed, all covered by sport in Tobago. The little island has big ambitions when it comes to hosting sporting events, with ample proof of its intentions already in evidence by its 2017 calendar. Offering a variety of venues - some manmade, others courtesy of Mother Nature - all within mere miles of each other, makes sporting disciplines on the island very accessible and event promoters equally enthusiastic. As such, every month of the year there is a major event and what better place to train than on the roads, trails and waves of paradise? Shaw Park, just outside the capital Scarborough, is the hub of sporting activity; it began with the cricket ground and has been turned into a complex housing basketball and tennis courts. Cricket continues the tradition of beginning the sporting year on the island, when the wide open spaces of Shaw Park hosts matches in the Nagico Regional Super 50 tournament. With the entire Caribbean present in Tobago battling for honours, it’s the chance to glimpse the West Indian world champions from 2016 in action against each other, hitting that ball into the cloudless sky... The domestic cricket season begins on the third weekend of January across the island, with all three formats - two-day competition, T20 and 40 Overs - providing stiff competition. It’s always worth stopping off, sipping a cold drink and taking in the action; the majority of the grounds may have the word ‘Recreational’ in their name, but the cricket is anything but that! With the sea always minutes away, it does not take long for the sailing faithful to start arriving to make best use of the winds early in the year. It begins with the Tobago Sailing Regatta on Pigeon Point beach; Dubbed the ‘Festival of Wind’ the 17th to 19th February sees Cruising, Racing, Laser, Optimist dinghies, kite-boarders and windsurfers flock to the shore to take part in individual and team events and then put as much verve into the liming afterwards. Tradition demands it. From wind powered to human powered, on the 24th of June, Pigeon Point hosts the Tobago Dragon Boat Festival, part of a number of regattas for one of the country’s fastest growing sports. The big motors then roll into town on 26th August as Scarborough welcomes the weary that have

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made the journey from Port of Spain in a ridiculously fast time given the open water route. Seeing the boats as dots that skim along the water in the distance that then suddenly appear across the finish line is worth the early morning rise; then it’s the continuation of the Great Race weekend festivities. The Marlin is synonymous with game fishing, its symbol adorning logos the world over. April is Marlin Madness month; the 7th of April kicks off four days of fishing that have historically garnered game fish in the region of 800 lbs. The bounty is given to local villages or released as part of conservation practice. The fishing season continues on May 12th with the Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament. As per the name, fishing enthusiasts from across the Caribbean and beyond gather in picturesque Charlotteville, to test their skills against the best that the island’s waters have to offer. The Sea to Sea Marathon on May 20th has nothing to do with actually entering the water, but that does not mean it’s a running race in the traditional sense. Participants start in the woods near to Bloody Bay, travel through the rainforest, Roxborough, Scarborough and then onto Rockly Bay. The forest-village-citybeach route takes runners from the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean in its 26.2 miles, all that’s left is to soak in the salt at the final destination and begin to soothe those muscles. One of the major highlights of Tobago’s sporting calendar is the Rainbow Cup Triathlon on 10th June. Beginning and ending

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on Grafton Beach, the event has mushroomed into an all encompassing affair, offering beginner’s distances, team events, sprint and the Olympic distance triathlons. Such is the popularity that registration is done almost a year in advance and the Grafton area is perfect with its wide beach allowing ample room for those changes in discipline for this truly world class event. Another global event held on the island is September’s Tour of Tobago cycling race and the UCI Tobago Classic. It’s a week of racing unlike any other, the former is a gruelling five- stage race taking athletes through the variety of terrain on offer - Tobago’s steep hills are notorious, at times surprising the international contingent with the severity and pace of the race. Organisers ensure the traditions of Tobago’s events are maintained, with post race liming every evening. Then it’s onto the big one; the Tobago Classic is the only road race in the region given a global 1.2 category status and the racing echoes this, 120 km in the heat (and sometimes rain), up to the centre of the island and back down the coastal roads. With the spectacular view spectators have, it’s little wonder that foreign networks keep returning to cover the event and it has become a major part of the sports tourism drive. What’s a beach without beach football? The island has wasted no time in taking the best of its surroundings and coupling it with the popularity of the global game. The Bago Beach Championship is the largest tournament of its kind in the Caribbean, attracting teams from Europe, North and South America. Naturally the skill on display under the lights is extraordinary, with teams giving their all for the prestige of being crowned champions. Turtle Beach is the perfect setting, with music, enthusiastic crowds and the uniqueness that a shot wide on goal ends up in the sea. There’s reason that so many golf bags are seen Dubbed the on the shoulders of passengers exiting the planes ‘Festival of Wind’, and boats arriving in Tobago, the island’s golf the Tobago Sailing Regatta courses are simply beautiful. They adhere to the from 17th to 19th February on highest standards and are in use all year round. Pigeon Point beach, sees Cruising, Some of the bigger tournaments are February’s Racing, Laser, Optimist dinghies, Scarborough Cup, which tees off at Plantations, kite-boarders and windsurfers June’s Chief Secretary’s Tournament, September’s flock to the shore to take part in South Caribbean Open and November’s challenging individual and team events with Tobago Open. as much verve put into the Those wonderful tennis courts at Shaw Park get a liming afterwards. full workout ; the Junior International Tennis Federation Tournament is held mid-August, showcasing the future stars, while the Tobago Tennis Open graces the modern outdoor facility on the 24th- 25th September. The Tobago Motor Rally on the 6th July takes competitors and their machines to the limit, along the trails and the subsequent tribulations of trying to negotiate the testing course. It’s all about healthy competition, but Tobago offers so much more than a superb location to play and watch sport; it also has that x factor: derived from camaraderie, love for the game and perfect playing conditions that force sports lovers to work hard and play hard on an island brimming with activity. Enjoy it all, Photo: Marcus Gomez Tobago in 2017!

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it the greens or immerse yourself in the big blue. The property is rich in history yet kissed by modernity. Enjoy a sundowner by the pool or just one more wave. Encompassing 154 acres of gently rolling greens, Mount Irvine Bay Resort is set on an old sugar and coconut plantation overlooking the jewelled blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and giving you all the space you need to breathe deeply, stretch fully, and unwind. The resort offers a range of services, including first class conferencing facilities that can accommodate groups from ten to two hundred people. With its lush grounds, nearby beaches, and unique charm, Mount Irvine Bay Resort is the perfect place to fall in love again and again. The resort has one of the most complete wedding services available in Tobago. The in-house Event Planning Team designs elegant weddings to suit every style. No matter how big or small the celebration, you can breathe easy, knowing every detail is under control. The resort boasts five bars and four restaurants including the newly opened Hummingbird Lounge, situated on the sundeck opposite the Mount Irvine Bay Resort Lobby Bar. This bijoux cafe features specialty coffees, teas, house baked goods, pastries, sandwiches, paninis and wraps. The Lobby Bar, located in the main lobby, complements the Hummingbird Lounge across the terrace. Here patrons can enjoy a glass of wine, a local beer, or even a refreshing cocktail. From lush celebrations to quiet weekends of contemplation, Mount Irvine Bay Resort caters to every need.

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cuba diving has a long history as one of the more popular marine activities in Tobago, making it a renowned dive destination and a growing niche market for the island. Divers from around the globe look forward to drift diving in the aquamarine waters of Tobago at these spectacular sites. The island’s prime location in the Southern Caribbean, 10-degrees north of the Equator and being situated along the northern edge of the Orinoco Delta, provides ideal conditions of warm waters, stable salinity and good visibility. Additionally, the marine life is exceptional, with an abundance and diversity of fish and coral reefs. Among these attractions are numerous species of angelfish, cobias, trumpet and butterfly fish as well as sharks, eels, rays, octopi, spiny lobsters and sea turtles, which thrive in Tobago’s nutrient-rich waters. There’s also a wide range of colourful hard and soft corals, which can be explored, even at shallow depths. The appeal of the island’s rich marine flora and fauna is evident by the existence of several scuba diving centres across Tobago; most of these are annexed to hotels, making it quite convenient to schedule underwater trips. Most operators are internationally accredited as PADI, DAN, and/or SSI as well as being members of ATDO, the Association of Tobago Dive Operators. Dive training and certification for various levels, from Open-water Diver to Rescue Diver, are available at most dive facilities. Also the dive shops are stocked with the equipment you’ll need to enjoy a tropical adventure.

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Tobago Frontier Divers Ltd.

Frontier Divers invites you to experience the best of both worlds with the only glass bottom kayak tour on the island. We would first explore the Buccoo Reef mangrove lagoon, then venture out to the world famous Nylon Pool, a natural forming sand bank in middle of the Buccoo Reef. Our last stop would be the Coral Gardens. We will provide snorkel gear, but for those who only want a peek, then you would be most comfortable viewing from the glass bottom kayak. Our trip ends with a tour along the pigeon point coast straight in to Store Bay beach. Tel (868) 683-7210, 631-8138, 631-5350 Address c/o Sandy Point Beach Club, Crown Point, Tobago, W.I. Email bigdougie1@gmail.com | www.tobagofrontierdivers.com

Safety is a priority at dive centres, where reinforcement of the rules is done both on land and in the water. In addition, the local Health Division has a Hyperbaric Chamber, in the rare event of decompression sickness or other dive-related medical conditions. Considering where to dive in Tobago? There are dozens of choices of dive-sites within three main geographical regions in the north, north-east and south-west. Areas like Speyside, Crown Point and Mount Irvine, standout with the features of each site ranging in depth, current, visibility, topography and biodiversity. The north and Caribbean side has varieties of dives sites scattered along the island’s length, especially at Mount Irvine, Castara, Englishman’s Bay and Bloody Bay, including the Wall, Sisters, Two Blokes and Scotch on the Rocks, which are among the more popular ones. Speyside in the Atlantic north-east is famous for having one of the island’s most colourful reefs, along with the largest brain coral on record, and for the density of dive sites like Angel Reef, Black Jack Hole, Japanese Garden and London Bridge, to name a few. While Crown Point on the south-west is ideal for beginners and “check dives”, with some sites being very suitable for an introduction to scuba training and refresher courses. Dive sites such as Kariwak Reef, Majeston Reef, Diver’s Thirst, Flying Reef and Stingray Alley are favourites.

Tobago Frontier Divers Ltd.

We are in an ideal location with two main advantages, these are, having most dive sites within 25 minutes off land and having access to both the Atlantic and Caribbean sides of the island. Tobago is one of the leading dive destinations in the Caribbean. We provide our customers with the best of both ends of the island as we offer special trips to Speyside, which is well known for visibility and the largest brain coral in our region. We also offer special trips to Sisters, which is known for hammerheads. We are a certified Scuba Dive Centre. Tel (868) 683-7210, 631-8138, 631-5350 Address c/o Sandy Point Beach Club, Crown Point, Tobago, W.I. Email bigdougie1@gmail.com | www.tobagofrontierdivers.com

Zoe Snorkelling Charters Enjoy the beauty of Tobago’s coastline from the comfort of the only jet boat on island, while we visit locations like the Coral Garden, Nylon Pool, Arnos Vale, and many more. Our captain will personally snorkel with you, showing off all of the reefs natural beauty. See why TripAdvisor rates us as one of the best boat tours on island.

Tel (868) 681.4741 Address 54 Samaan Grove, Golden Grove Road, Canaan, Tobago Email info@snorkeltobago.com | www.snorkeltobago.com

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Blue Waters Inn Blue Waters Inn is the best kept secret in Tobago. We are surrounded by 46 acres of lush greenery, nestled in a private bay, and every room faces the turquoise waters of Batteaux Bay. This beachfront, boutique resort has everything you need for your true escape. Our luxurious rooms are literally steps from sea and sand, and our stunning infinity pool and hot tub look out onto Little Tobago island. We are minutes from some of the most exciting dive sites in the Caribbean, including our newly sunk dive wreck, The Trinity, which sits in our bay. We have our own state of the art PADI 5 Star IDC dive facility on site. Experience waterfront dining and a mouthwatering menu at AQUA at Blue Waters Inn, which is also a fully functioning conference centre and event space, catering to weddings and other special functions. We are a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner, for five consecutive years. Stay, Explore, Indulge! Tel (868) 660-4341, (868) 660-2583 Address Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago, West Indies Email bwi@bluewatersinn.com | www.bluewatersinn.com

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort The Magdalena Grand in Tobago has everything you want. This new ocean front resort gives you a choice of swimming pools, patios, beach, spa, tennis, 5-star PADI dive centre, and championship golf. There are six different choices of bars and restaurants, and the dining experience couldn’t be better. The resort’s 178 rooms, including 22 suites, have incredible views, and families love our kids’ club and playground, which entertain our smallest guests. Enjoy all the wonderful amenities of Magdalena Grand and escape from the everyday. Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort has it all. Discover the “True Caribbean”. Tel (868) 660-8500 | Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email info@magdalenagrand.com www.magdalenagrand.com

Crown Point Beach Hotel Set on seven acres of beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Store Bay, one of Tobago’s finest beaches. Within walking distance of the airport and the well-known Pigeon Point beach. Accommodation comprises studio, cabana and one-bedroom apartments. All rooms have an ocean view, kitchenette, bathroom, hair dryer, cable television and telephone. The The Simmer Down poolside restaurant and bar caters for all your food and beverage requirements. Recreational facilities include swimming pool, tennis courts, table tennis and shuffleboard, and there are free Internet facilities for our guests. From our grounds you can walk down steps that lead to Store Bay beach. Tel (868) 639-8781/3 | Fax (868) 639-8731 Address Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago. Email reservations@crownpointbeachhotel.com www.crownpointbeachhotel.com

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Mount Irvine Bay Resort Mount Irvine Bay Resort combines all the amenities of world-class accommodation with the unique charm of the Caribbean. Sit back and relax in the splendour of fully air-conditioned luxury rooms or elegant suites, complete with private bathrooms, balconies and complimentary Wi-Fi. If you’d prefer even more room to breathe, the spacious garden cottages are exactly the place.

Tel (868) 639-8871 Address 78-86 Grafton Rd, Mt Irvine Scarborough 901124, Tobago, West Indies Email info@mtirvine.com | Facebook Mount Irvine Bay Resort Twitter @mtrivineresort | Instagram @mtirvineresort www.mtirvine.com

Johnston Apartments The Johnston Apartments in Tobago are magnificently located on Store Bay Beach, moments away from Crown Point International airport, nightclubs, shopping and the island’s best food. This vacation destination is ideal in every way. You can relax and unwind in our spacious one-bedroom apartments overlooking the sea. Each room is fully air-conditioned and self-contained, complete with a modern kitchen. Cleaning services are provided daily. Whilst staying at Johnston Apartments, you have the use of Crown Point Beach Hotel’s pool, restaurant, tennis court and conference facilities. The natural and manmade wonders will make your stay unforgettable. Tel (868) 639-8915, 631-5160/2 (TOBAGO) Tel (868) 627-1927 (POS) | Fax (868) 631-5112 Address Store Bay, Tobago Email johnapt.tt@gmail.com www.johnstonapartments.com

Sandy Point Beach Club The poetry and romance of the Caribbean reveal themselves in glorious abundance at Sandy Point Beach Club, the only timeshare resort in Trinidad & Tobago…a vantage from which to witness the eternal courtship between sun and sea. Forty-six well-appointed apartments, ranging in size from studios to four-bedroom units, are each designed and equipped to ensure an enjoyable, relaxing stay in Tobago, whether you plan to scuba dive, golf, explore Tobago’s rainforest reserve or just kick back and relax in the sun or in the quiet sanctuary of your holiday habitat. Resort Tel (868) 639-0820/0877, 631-8975/ 8976 Fax (868) 631-8231 Address 68-70 Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email resort@sandypointbeachclub.com reservations@sandypointbeachclub.com www.sandypointbeachclub.com

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Surf Side Hotel Why more people settle for Surf Side: the nearby beaches – Store Bay and Pigeon Point; the surrounding restaurants and groceries; comfortable rooms, spacious kitchens, private baths, pools, cable TV, lavish porches; homely atmosphere; security; best location in Crown Point. Poolside villas. Similar accommodation at our associate company, PAR-MAY-LA’S INN, 53 Picton St., Newtown, Port of Spain. Tel (868) 628-2008 | Fax (868) 628-4707.

Tel Weekdays: (868) 639-9702 Tel/Fax Weekends: (868) 639-0614 (8:30 am to 8:30 pm) Address Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email surfsidetobago@gmail.com

Sunspree Resort Ltd. Sunspree Resort delights guests with luxurious accommodation, gourmet dining, and close proximity to some of Tobago’s exotic beaches. The resort is five-minutes’ walk from The ANR Robinson International Airport. This Caribbean getaway boasts 19 rooms, each offering a view of either our garden or our swimming pool. Different room and suite categories accommodate families of all sizes. Sunspree Resort is suitable for those who crave action and adventure, those interested in relaxation, or even those who are looking for romance. We even provide an idyllic paradise where all your wedding and honeymoon dreams can come true. Sunspree Resort has won a Certificate of Excellence 2013 from Trip Advisor. Tel (868) 631-5195/ 631-5196 | Fax (868) 631-5195 Address #40 Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email sunspreeresort@gmail.com www.sunspreeresortltd.com

Sugar Mill Suites

Under the brand name Sugar Mill Suites, Paradise Rentals Limited supports the management and rentals of Tobago Plantations Beach and Golf Resort properties. These luxury vacation rentals are ideal for tropical resort living. You can choose between our comfortable, luxurious modern “homes”, or elegant old-world condos and charming villas. All of them offer you the modern conveniences and the star-quality service you expect from a top-class resort hotel. Find out more about the Sugar Mill Suites, Condos, Villas and Bungalows to choose the right space for your stay with us… Life is always sweeter at The Sugar Mill Suites!

Tel (868) 631-1054, 639-8000 Address Lowlands, Tobago Email rentals@tobagoplantations.com www.sugarmilltobago.com

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Bellissimo Boutique Hotel Bellissimo Boutique Hotel is perfect for your escape to serenity. We provide a comfortable and affordable accommodation in scenic Buccoo, nestled centrally on the tropical island of Tobago. At Bellissimo, our clientele is afforded a choice of various room types, such as our Buccoo Belle Suites. Our amenities include kitchenette, LCD TV, cable TV, air-conditioning, mini refrigerator, microwave, balcony, and a swimming pool. At Bellissimo, romantic getaways, family vacations and group accommodations are just one reservation away. We are walking distance from the beautiful and untouched Buccoo Bay, the popular La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant, the famous Goat & Crab Racing Facility and local Sunday School event. Bellissimo is also minutes away from Tobago’s most popular beaches, the Mount Irvine Golf Course, the Seaport and Airport. We invite you to make your reservation at Bellissimo Boutique Hotel where Your Island Escape Awaits! Tel (868) 631-0976; 759-2093; 288-6798; 1 (305) 720-4630 Address #32 Buccoo Bay Road, Buccoo, Tobago Email bellissimoboutiquehotel@hotmail.com | www.bbhoteltobago.com

Miller’s Guest House Overlooking unspoilt Buccoo Bay, Miller’s Guest House has fullyairconditioned, budget-friendly, self-catering apartments, dorm beds, single, double and triple rooms with free WiFi to accommodate single travellers, couples, groups and families of all sizes. We offer an informal setting, breakfast-inclusive packages and tour booking service for various activities. Everything from island tours, reef tours, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, diving, snorkelling, horseback riding to yoga or even massage therapies. Our onsite Luvinia’s Restaurant & Bar offers scenic, waterfront dining and delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner plus a full cocktail list in the evening. Tel: (868) 660-8371, 631-0492, 772-5609 (Guest House) Tel: (868) 631-1349, 767-9574 (Restaurant) Address Miller’s Guest House, 14 Miller Street, Buccoo Point, Tobago, West Indies. office@millersguesthouse.com | www.millersguesthouse.com

Belleviste Apartments Belleviste Apartments consist of 20 apartments that are within walking distance of the airport and Store Bay Beach and close to Pigeon Point. We are ideal for family vacations or couple getaways where you can unwind, relax and reconnect. Each apartment is fully air conditioned, offering self catering facilities, cable TV, free WIFI, a private balcony, access to our pool area and BBQ facilities for outdoor cooking. Belleviste Apartments, your home away from home.

Tel (868) 639-9351 | Fax (868) 631-8475 Address Sandy Point, Tobago Email bellevisteapartments@gmail.com www.belleviste.com

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Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort Ltd Amazing, fun filled vacations begin at Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort. Nestled on five acres of exquisitely landscaped property, the view of the ocean and coastline is captivating and warmly welcomes you to the warmth of island life. Its LOCATION on the south-western side of the island in the Crown Point area, five minutes away from ANR Robinson International Airport, and 10 minutes from beaches, historical sites and other amenities is unmatched. ACTIVITIES include diving, hiking, swimming, and relaxing spa treatments. Facilities comprise two restaurants, two pools – a free-form pool with a children’s pool - and a diving pool; and a Jacuzzi. Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort …..Your Tropical Destination. Tel (868) 671-9143, 671-0631 Fax (868) 665-9236 Administration Office 78–79 La Clave Street, Lange Park, Chaguanas, Trinidad, W.I. Tel (868) 639-8512-3 Fax (868) 639-9605 Address Crown Point, Tobago, W.I. Email tropikistbeachhotelresort@gmail.com | www.tropikist.com

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ADVENTURE ECO VILLAS

Plymouth

639-2839

adventureecovillastobago@gmail.com

AT GLENEAGLE’S

Mt. Irvine

639-7082

swcruick@hotmail.com

BACOLET BEACH CLUB

Scarborough

639-2357

info@bacoletbeachclub.com

www.bacoletbeachclub.com

BANANAQUIT APARTMENTS

Crown Point

639-9733

bananaquit.tobago@gmail.com

www.bananaquit.com

BELLEVISTE APARTMENTS

Sandy Point

639-9351

bellevisteapartments@gmail.com

www.belleviste.com

BELLISSIMO BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Buccoo

631-0976

bellissimoboutiquehotel@hotmail.com

www.bbhoteltobago.com

BEVERLY’S OASIS SUITES

Lowlands

639-7928

beverlys@gradstt.com

www.beverlyoasissuites.com

BLUE WATERS INN

Speyside

660-4341/2583/4077

bwi@bluewatersinn.com

www.bluewatersinn.com

CANOE BAY BEACH RESORT

Lowlands

631-0367

canoebay@yahoo.com

www.canoett.com

CHACONIA SUITE

Black Rock

291-8339

liz@tobagochaconia.com

www.tobagochaconia.com

CHIC THE BOUTIQUE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Bon Accord

631-8961

reservations@chictobago.com

www.chictobago.com

CHOLSON CHALETS

Charlotteville

639-8553

cholsonchaletsltd@yahoo.com

www.cholsonchalets.com

COCO REEF RESORT & SPA

Crown Point

639-8571

cocoreef-tobago@trinidad.net

www.cocoreef.com

CROWN POINT BEACH HOTEL

Crown Point

639-8781-3

reservations@crownpointbeachhotel.com

www.crownpointbeachhotel.com

ENCHANTED WATERS HOTEL

Buccoo

639-9481

info@kpresorts.com

www.enchantedwaterstobago.com

FOOTPRINTS ECO RESORT & SPA

Culloden

660-0416/0421/0118

footprints.resort.spa@gmail.com

www.footprintsecoresort.com

GOLDEN THISTLE HOTEL

Crown Point

639-8521/7060

goldenthistlehotel@gmail.com

www.goldenthistlehotel.com

GRANPARK RESORT LTD

Signal Hill

639-9873

granpark.tt@gmail.com

GREENFIELD HOLIDAY RESORT

Mason Hall

639-3516

sharonthom56@gmail.com

HALF MOON BLUE

Scarborough

639-3551

holidays@halfmoonblue.com

www.halfmoonblue.com

HIBISCUS HEIGHTS

Black Rock

471-5777

guestservices@hibiscusheights.com

www.hibiscusheights.com

HOPE COTTAGE GUESTHOUSE

Scarborough

639-2179

hcghtobago@hotmail.com

HUMMINGBIRD HEIGHTS

Scarborough

767-9111

drles213@yahoo.com

IRON HILL GUESTHOUSE

Whim

635-0725

pt6607@gmail.com

J & G’S TROPICAL APARTMENTS

Bon Accord

759-9776

jgapts@outlook.com

JOHNSTON APARTMENTS

Store Bay

631-5160-3

johnapt.tt@gmail.com

www.johnstonapartments.com www.kariwak.com

KARIWAK VILLAGE HOLISTIC HAVEN AND HOTEL

Crown Point

639-8442

kariwak@gmail.com

KS KONDO’S

Bon Accord

361-0299

kskondos@gmail.com

www.hummingbird-heights.com

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LE CHATEAU

Signal Hill

MAGDALENA GRAND BEACH & GOLF RESORT

Lowlands

MAN O’ WAR COTTAGES

Charlotteville

782-0363

lechateautobago@yahoo.com

www.lechateautobago.com

660-8500

info@magdalenagrand.com

www.magdalenagrand.com

660-4327

patricia@cel2015.net

MARIE’S COTTAGES

Mt. Irvine

639-0233

colin.a.peterson@gmail.com

MILLER’S GUESTHOUSE

Buccoo Point

660-8371, 631-0492,

office@millersguesthouse.com

www.maries-cottages.com www.millersguesthouse.com

MJ’S HOLIDAY VILLAS

Bon Accord

765-8602

mjvilla@rogers.com

www.mjaysvilla.com

MOUNT IRVINE BAY HOTEL

Mt. Irvine

639-8871

info@mtirvine.com

www.mtirvine.com

PAPA B’S INN

Carnbee

631-0838

papabstobago@hotmail.com

www.papabsinn.com

PLANTATION BEACH VILLAS

Black Rock

639-9377

info@plantationbeachvillas.com

www.plantationbeachvillas.com

RAINBOW NATURE RESORT

Goldsborough

660-4755

rainbownatureresort@gmail.com

www.rainbownatureresort.com

reservations@rovanelsresort.com

ROVANEL’S RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Bon Accord

639-9666, 639-0652

SANDY POINT BEACH CLUB

Crown Point

639-0820/0877, 631-8975 reservations@sandypointbeachclub.com

www.rovanelsresorttobago.com www.sandypointbeachclub.com

SANDY’S BED AND BREAKFAST

Scarborough

639-2737, 660-7748

sandy@tobagobluecrab.com

STORE BAY HOLIDAY RESORT

Crown Point

639-8810

store_bay@hotmail.com

www.storebayholidays.com

SULLIVAN’S COURT

Buccoo

639-0891

sullivanscourt_tobago@live.com

www.sullivanstobago.com

SUNSPREE RESORTS

Crown Point

631-5196

sunspreeresort@gmail.com

www.sunspreeresortsltd.net

SURF SIDE HOTEL

Crown Point

639-9702, 639-0614

surfsidetobago@gmail.com

www.surfsidehoteltt.com

TARA’S BEACHHOUSE

Lambeau

639-1566

info@tarasbeachhouse.com

www.tarasbeachhouse.com

THE HUMMINGBIRD HOTEL

Crown Point

635-0241

linda@hummingbirdtobago.com

www.hummingbirdtobago.com

THE SUGAR MILL SUITES

Lowlands

631-1054, 639-8000

rentals@tobagoplantations.com

www.sugarmilltobago.com

TOP O’ TOBAGO VILLAS

Plymouth

639-3166

camille@topotobago.com

www.topotobago.com

TROPIKIST BEACH HOTEL & RESORT

Crown Point

639-8512, 639-8513

tropikistbeachhotelresort@mail.com

www.tropikist.com

TURTLE VIEW GUESTHOUSE

Black Rock

639-1435

reservations@turtleview.com

www.turtleview.de

VILLA BEING

Arnos Vale

676-6165

info@being-tobago.com

www.being-tobago.com

VILLA LAGOONA

Bon Accord

632-5423

jeanstampfli@gmail.com

www.villalagoona.com

VILLA ROSE OF SHARON APARTMENTS

Bon Accord

631-8793

norasinanan@live.com

www.villasroseofsharon.com

VILLA SOLEIL

Plymouth

391-2073

hoveestate@gmail.com

VILLAS AT STONEHAVEN

Black Rock

639-0361

reservations@stonehavenvillas.com

www.stonehavenvillas.com

VIOLA’S PLACE

Lowlands

639-9441

violasplace22@gmail.com

www.violasplaceapthotel.com

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KAFTA’S Sample Menu Meats and Seafood Kafta Grilled, Seasoned, 100% imported Angus Ground Beef. Lamb Kebab Four cubes of premium lamb tenderloin grilled on a skewer. Fish Bites 10 pieces of fresh fish catch of the day fillet chunks, lightly breaded and spices. Veggie - Falafel Ten pieces of deep fried, miniature patties made of chick peas.

Sample Menu Appetisers Gyros Beef, Chicken, Lamb & Shrimp. Garlic Chicken,Fish, Shrimp, Lamb and Beef. Side Items Steak Cut Fries Garlic Potatoes Parsley Potatoes Arabic Rice Fatoush Salad

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Sample Menu Vegetable Fettuccine Medley of roasted vegetables served on fettuccine pasta, drizzled with Alfredo sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. Caribbean Shrimp Butterflied and seasoned shrimp grilled and served with house sauce and two sides. T-Bone Steak A grade 14 oz T bone steak. Chargrilled as you like. Served with two sides and mushroom / onion wine sauce.

Side Items Steak Cut Fries Garlic Salad Pita Bread

A unique taste of Middle-Eastern food infused with local flavours. Authentic Arabic dishes with an exceptional blend of local seasoning like nothing you’ve experienced. We use only high quality, fresh ingredients, from grade A virgin olive oils to exquisite gourmet spices all directly from the Middle East. We prepare a variety of premium meats and seafood, lamb, beef, chicken, fish and shrimp. Our signature side dishes include, a Phenomenal-tasting Arabic rice, garlic potatoes, hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh and more. 100% Halal. We’re open everyday 10:00 am to 11:00 pm Tel (868) 631-8964 Address Pigeon Point Junction, Tobago Take Away, Pickup

APEX Bar & Grill

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A brand new corner food outlet, offering you an exciting new variety of Middle-Eastern tastes like kafta kebabs made with 100% premium imported Angus Beef, imported premium lamb kebabs, falafel, fish bites and gyros. Located at the corner of the entrance to Pigeon Point Road, Tobago. 100% Halal. Open everyday 10:00 am to 12:00 am and later on the weekends.

Tel (868) 631-5555 (pickup) Address Corner Entrance to Pigeon Point Road, Tobago, West Indies Take Away, Pickup

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APEX is the perfect spot for birthdays, anniversaries and meetings, “liming” or celebrating small weddings. It is a casual dining restaurant and bar conveniently located five minutes from the ANR Robinson International Airport, Tobago. Occupying the entire top floor of Shoppes @ Westcity, Penny Savers Compound in Canaan. The restaurant has a classy, spacious and inviting décor, where guests can relax in relative privacy. When next you are looking for a grab-and-go meal or a leisurely “lime”, over a three course meal, APEX is the obvious choice. Weekdays you can enjoy our signature events: Tuesdays – Cocktail Evening; Wednesdays (In Season) – Apex Got Talent Series; Thursdays – Wine Down Thursdays; Fridays – After Work “Lime”. Tel (868) 868-631-APEX (2739) Address Level 3, Shoppes@Westcity, Penny Savers Compound, Canaan, Tobago. Email soleildistributorsltd@gmail.com Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Reservations $$ Available for functions

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The Pasta Gallery

Bouvardia

Sample Menu

Rainbow Salad A mixture of cabbage, carrots and sweet peppers served on a bed of lettuce and garnished with asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes and beets.

Starters Tomato Bruschetta, Garlic Bread, Caprese Salad Main Course Baked Meat Lasagne Baked lasagne with Bolognese sauce, Mozzarella cheese, and Béchamel. Chicken/Shrimp/Mixed Seafood/Vegetable Alfredo Chicken, Shrimp, Mixed seafood, Vegetable or any combination served over fettuccine in a cream-based sauce with Parmesan Cheese. Linguine al Pesto Basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic and nuts. Shrimp Marinara Sautéed shrimp served over fettuccine with tomato sauce. Dessert Tiramisu, Cheesecake, Gelato. Gluten free and whole wheat pastas available.

Superbly located on the way to Pigeon Point, The Pasta Gallery features a unique fusion of restaurant and art gallery. Start with a refreshing salad or crispy bruschetta, then savour homemade sauce simmered to perfection over a hearty serving of pasta. While enjoying the ‘trattoria’ experience, don’t forget to take in the local art that surrounds you. Come and relax in our cool yet cosy atmosphere and relish the simple art of good food. Feel free to call ahead to place your takeaway order. Tel (868) 727-8200 (PASTA-00) Address Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point Facebook www.facebook.com/ ThePastaGallery www.pastagallery.net $ Dine in, Takeaway, Bar

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Sample Menu

Chicken Supreme Boneless breast of chicken, stuffed with seasoned bread and deep fried. Curried Shrimp Madras Specially selected shrimp, cooked in a subtle, yet richly flavoured curry, that complements the shrimp perfectly. Stuffed Eggplant Eggplant sautéed with flavour peppers, onion, garlic and tomatoes, sprinkled with cheese and breadcrumbs, then baked. Savour the enthusiasm of the rich, vibrant flavours of delicately prepared meals at Bouvardia. These freshly primed dishes are delicious and impeccable in taste. Bouvardia is committed to using the finest ingredients, thus creating the finest food. The staff’s passion complements every service provided, making Bouvardia one of the leading restaurants in the Southern Caribbean region. This oasis, nestled in Crown Point, Tobago, presents a naturefocused environment near the poolside, and sets the tone for every diner to leave feeling satisfied. “Experience Somewhere Different”

Reservations (868) 639-9666/0652 Address Store Bay Local Road, Bon Accord, Crown Point Email reservations@rovanelsresort.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner $$$ Open Daily

Kariwak Village Sample Menu Dinner Pumpkin soup with fresh dill Fresh garden greens with roasted sunflower seeds. Mahi mahi in a coconut herb sauce OR Baked chicken with cumin and coriander with savoury basmati rice, ginger mixed vegetables and grilled eggplant. Kariwak lime pie with homemade peppermint ice cream. Coffee, tea or Kariwak spice tea with bay leaf, cinnamon and ginger.

Opened in 1982, Kariwak is a cosy green oasis of a hotel with an absolutely fantastic restaurant known for its creative use of herbs straight from the garden. Everything is freshly prepared on-site, from the legendary Kariwak rum punch with fresh lime and passion fruit, to the homemade rosemary focaccia, served on weekends. Breakfast is a delight of local fruit, homemade yogurt and muesli, along with traditional favourites. Kariwak’s popular lunch and dinner menus are set daily based on what is freshly available. Generously-sized salads and sandwiches served throughout the day… buffet dinner and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Dinner: $200 to $230 TT Lunch: $95 to $105 TT Tel (868) 639-8442 Address Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bar

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Kali’na Restaurant

Pembois Restaurant & Terrace

Caribbean Fusion upscale dining

Salaka Grill

Ocean front and pool-side restaurant

All Day Dining Main Restaurant

Sample Menu

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Starters Braised Beef Short Ribs Red Wine Reduction & Fried Plantain.

Tobago Buffet Friday Night (other themed dinners on other days)

Main Course Cocoa Chilli Rubbed Pork Chop Sweet potato & grilled Vegetable Tower 10 Cane Rum Jus.

Crab & Dumplings Roti Station Accra Pholourie Baiganee Local Stew Provision and more.

Grilled Tobago Lobster with herbed Basmati rice, sautéed vegetables, flavourful shadon beni garlic butter sauce.

West Indies Wrap Spiced chicken breast | tomato crispy lettuce | scallions cilantro & mango chutney. Bake and Shark Coconut bake | chadon beni sauce. Chicken Roti West Indian curry sauce | “aloo” wrapped in dhalpurie pumpkin chutney. Guava Barbecue Chicken Breast Kebab Roasted peppers | onion | pineapple.

Magdalena Crab & Dumpling Let us surprise you with our chef’s creation of this traditional dish served with curry sauce, pickled vegetables.

Discover the unique Caribbean Fusion cuisine in an upscale and romantic environment in one of the top restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago. The chef features traditional Caribbean or Creole recipes prepared in a modern European way, as well as dishes from all over the world, refined with exotic Caribbean ingredients.

Each morning we feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The menu changes daily, so you will enjoy different hot items every day or choose eggs made to order. It’s the most popular breakfast on the island. Pembois is also open daily for lunch and dinner.

Salaka offers a delicious selection of pizza, salads, grilled fish, and meat or vegetarian dishes for a relaxing lunch poolside, overlooking the ocean. At night, Salaka Grill turns into a romantic seafood grill with a catch of the day and seafood pasta, along with seafood tapas and antipasto. Try our homemade pizzas.

Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email info@magdalenagrand.com www.magdalenagrand.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email info@magdalenagrand.com www.magdalenagrand.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email info@magdalenagrand.com www.magdalenagrand.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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CJ Simmer Down

Poolside Restaurant and Bar Sample Menu Tropical Salad Local Greens tossed with roasted nuts, pineapple and toasted coconut served with Pineapple Vinaigrette. Vegetable Crepe Charred Grilled Vegetables wrapped in a crepe with Thyme, drizzled with Red Pepper Coulis. Surf ‘n’ Turf Strip loin steak done to your desire, topped with local shrimp finished with Garlic Butter Sauce. Lobster Thermidor Sauteed in White Wine Cheese and Creamy Mushroom Sauce. Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin Tender Slices of Pork Loin served with a Port Wine Sauce.

Perfect for families and all who seek the ultimate in laid-back dining. Seated poolside with breath-taking views of the picturesque Store Bay. You will love the international cuisine brought to life by vibrant Caribbean flavours. So if you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere with great food and big smiles then CJ SIMMER DOWN is where it’s at. Opening Hours: Daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner – 6:30 am to 10:00 pm Tel (868) 631-5241 For reservations (868) 639 8781\3 ext.308 Address Crown Point Hotel, Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email curlynjohn@gmail.com $$$ Catering available

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Steakhouse & Bar Sample Menu Bar Menu Beer Chilli; Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail; Chicken Wings; Irish Pot Roast Lamb Stew; Grilled 10 oz. Burger and Veggie Burger. Signature Steaks Grilled Ribeye Steak with Classic Steak Butter; Cajun Steak Fettuccine; Backyard T-bone Steak 14 oz. Ribs Baby Back Ribs 1/2 Rack & Full Rack Seafoods Grilled Honey-Ginger & Barbeque Sauce Jumbo Shrimp; Catch of the Day. Desserts Signature Cocktails

REVS Steakhouse & Bar offers you a unique experience for a great night out in Tobago. While offering you a wide variety of prime cuts from our Steakhouse menu, we also offer lighter bites at the bar for the not so hungry!!! Whether you relax in our beautiful ambiance on the outdoor decking in your own private booth, soak in the atmosphere in our unique themed bar indoors, or sip on one of our signature cocktails, while watching a sports event on multiple TV screens, REVS offers you the ultimate liming experience!!! Tel 639-9792/ 789-9620 Address #196 Shirvan Road, Buccoo, Tobago, West Indies Email revstobago@gmail.com $$ Dinner and Takeaway

Caffe Mia Italian Bistro & Bar Sample Menu Oh Calamaro Mio! - Calamari (squid tubes) cooked in garlic, wine and parsley - Trio of Bruschetta - Penne Pasta tossed in Italian sausage, bacon, broccoli, cream and white wine. - Rack of Lamb in a red wine Jus’ served with Italian style sautéed potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables - Fillet of fish, cooked in capers olives and white wine or tomato sauce served with a complementing pasta.

Caffe Mia offers you an exciting take on Italian cooking. From its freshly prepared bruschetta to its home – made desserts, the Italian tradition runs deep. Choose from our menu, or from one of our delicious daily specials, we’ll let you decide. Drop in for a cappuccino and stay for tea, or just sip cocktails on the patio. Whatever your taste, our large selection of Italian wines, imported beers and sumptuous cocktails guarantees you’ll have a great time. With its Roman ambiance and Caribbean warmth, Caffe Mias’ edge has always been the authenticity of all that it has to offer, together with its keen sense of service, in all its bare simplicity. So treat yourself to one of Tobago’s most enjoyable dining experiences and make it one you remember. Open Hours: Sunday 12:00 noon-10:00 pm Traditional Sunday English Roast, (Last Sunday of Every Month, Reservations Required). Wednesday to Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Monday & Tuesday: Closed Tel (868) 683-6909 Address #4 Hibiscus Drive, Hampden Lowlands, Tobago Email caffemia_tobago@hotmail.com

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The Seahorse

Restaurant & Bar Sample Menu Creole Crab Cakes – Seafood sauce, red pepper coulis. Bruschetta Trio – Tomato, fennel, feta; Smoked Salmon, horseradish cream, capers; Chicken liver paté, candied orange peel. Lobster Thermidor – Classic sauce of cheese, white wine, cream and snipped chives. Blackened fillet of Grouper Wilted greens, mashed potato, warm lemon herb vinaigrette, chilli oil. Tournedos Seahorse – 10 oz. Tenderloin steak, roast garlic mashed potatoes, seared fois gras. Roast shallots, Red wine sauce. Slow Braised Pork Belly – Crackling, spicy shrimp & Madeira sauce.

Intimate al fresco dining under the stars, a gentle breeze, the soothing, eternal sound of the surf. Fabulous food before you, leatherback turtles nesting on the beach. It’s no wonder the Seahorse Inn is Tobago’s premier beachside fine dining restaurant. We were acclaimed best value small inn & restaurant in leading UK publications the Daily and Financial Times, Evening Standard, Express, plus Options and Wedding & Home magazines. Open for dinner 6:00 pm daily. Tel (868) 639-0686 Address Grafton Beach Road, Black Rock, Tobago Email seahorseinntobago@gmail.com www.seahorseinntobago.com We Cater for Weddings & Functions $$$ on or off premises

Aqua Blue Waters Inn Sample Menu Batteaux Bay Shrimp Salad Grilled blackened shrimp served over mixed greens with mandarin oranges, strawberries, pecans, sliced apples, blue cheese crumble and apple cinnamon dressing. Tuna Tartar Yellowfin tuna, chopped and mixed with sesame seeds, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Topped with avocado and wakame seaweed salad. Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Seared bacon wrapped filet mignon, combined with a creamy gorgonzola sauce offered with oven roasted fingerling potatoes and chef’s choice of vegetable. Cedar Plank Salmon Fresh atlantic salmon broiled and served on a cedar plank and topped with with roasted corn/black bean salsa and wasabi aioli.

AQUA is located in the eco-chic resort, Blue Waters Inn, in Speyside, Tobago. AQUA offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with an intimate view of the dazzling turquoise waters of Batteaux Bay. Enjoy an inclusive day with us, take a dip in the Infiniti Pool or stroll our beach with a fresh cocktail in hand, and finish with a mouthwatering lunch on the beachfront deck. In the evening, we transform into an exquisite dining experience, where you can choose to savour our fresh and fabulous menu under the stars, or seated in our elegant indoor space. We cater for Weddings & Special Events. Tel (868) 660.4341 Address Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago www.bluewatersinn.com

Café Coco Sample Menu Rack of Baby Back Pork Ribs Served with spicy or regular sweet potato fries and coleslaw. Duo of Grilled Chicken Breast & Leg Served with garlic mash, fresh salad and vegetables and a rosemary flavoured tomato sauce. Papa John Shrimp Linguini Medley of shrimp & linguini in a garlic sauce Surf & Turf Lobster Tail and Rib Eye Steak OR Rib Eye Steak and shrimp, sautéed in garlic and herbs. Served with your choice of sides.

Café Coco is the most spectacular restaurant and bar in the region, with seating for 200. It features waterfalls, fountains, marble bathrooms and hand-painted tiles, all synchronised to create an exotic atmosphere of charm and beauty amidst impeccable landscaping. Our chefs, from their open kitchen, offer a wide range of reasonably priced dishes, carefully selected to excite every palate. We offer a perfect venue for weddings, graduations, birthday parties and other group functions.

Reservations (868) 639-0996 Fax (868) 639-8574 Address First left off Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email reservations@cafe-coco.biz www.cocoreef.com $–$$ Lunch, Dinner

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Shore Things Café & Craft

Daytime verandah café and craft shop Sample Menu Caribbean Crab Backs Delightful blend of crabmeat and local herbs in a delicate crabshell. Taste of Tobago Grilled Mahi Mahi or baked chicken with creole sauce served with vegetable rice, stewed peas and salad. Bacon and Mushroom Quiche Always a favourite. Pizza Whole wheat base dressed with tomato sauce, grilled eggplant, roasted bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, cheese and a choice of chicken, fish, shrimp or chilli. Coconut Cream Pie A sweet pastry shell filled with coconut custard, topped with a light whipped cream… decadent. Creole Rum Punch ‘1234 easy does it’…spiced with nutmeg and Angostura Bitters.

Come and experience the gracious hospitality of Shore Things Café & Craft. Select a light snack or not so light lunch in our casual outdoor café overlooking the Atlantic. Browse a selection of local handicraft while sipping a cool drink serenaded by the sounds of birds and waves. Our breads and pastries are baked fresh on site. Come and indulge….naturally. Open Monday - Friday 11 am to 6 pm Reservations recommended December to April. Reservations (868) 635-1072 Address 25 Milford Road, Lambeau, Tobago Email shorethingstobago@yahoo.com www.shorethingstobago.com Lunch, Tea

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Ciao Café & Ciao Pizza Tradizional Cucina Italiana

La Cantina Pizzeria Authentic Italian Pizza

A variety of pastas and antipasti

Sample Menu

Authentic Italian pizza

Meat Pizzas Pizza Pollo – Chicken, Bell Peppers, Onions, Mozzarella. Mexico – Bacon, Onion, Black Beans, Pepper Flakes, Mozzarella. Boscaiola – Bacon, Mushrooms, Mozzarella. Haway – Ham, Pineapple, Mozzarella. Rustica – Pepperoni, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella. La Cantina – Spicy Ground Beef, Pineapple, Mozzarella. Parma – Parma Ham, Mozzarella. Vegetarian Pizzas Italia – Bell Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Mozzarella. Pugliese – Onions, Olives, Mozzarella. Greca – Feta, Tomatoes, Mozzarella. Contadina – Eggplant, Spinach, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Mozzarella.

Sample Menu

Homemade desserts A TASTE OF ITALY IN THE HEART OF TOBAGO Come enjoy the view and indulge yourself at this authentic Italian Gelateria in the heart of Scarborough. We offer two experiences at one location — Ciao Café has a full bar featuring international beer, and offers freshly made espresso. Why not try one of our freshly made Panini sandwiches made in our Italian Deli and finish with a dessert and caffè? At Ciao Pizza you can explore our menu of traditional pizzas, pastas, salads and Italian antipasti and more. Finish your meal by tasting any one of the 20 flavours of our very own artisan-made gelato. Be sure to ask about our range of authentic Italian wines available – but keep checking our stock, as we have only what’s good and in season! We accept local and international credit cards, Euro and US currency. Opening Hours: Ciao Café: Monday – Thursday from 9:00am to 11:00pm; Tuesdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm (seasonal); Friday to Saturday from 9:00am to midnight; and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 4:00pm to 11:00pm Ciao Pizza: Open Monday to Saturday from 11:55am to 2:00pm for lunch; from 6:00pm to 10:00pm for dinner; and on Sundays and public holidays for dinner only. Closed on Tuesdays.

Reservations (868) 635-2323, 639-3001 Address Burnett Street, Scarborough, Tobago $$ Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway

La Cantina Pizzeria, Tobago, our first and dearest, is the quintessential beach pizza bar, fueled by the raw energy of Crown Point, beach-goers, tourists and locals alike. Board shorts welcomed. Tel (868) 62-PIZZA (74992) Address RBC Compound, Crown Point, Tobago Email Pizza@LaCantinaPizzeria.com Facebook /LaCantinaPizzeria Instagram /LaCantinaPizzeria Lunch, Dinner

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Fast Facts on Trinidad & Tobago Located at the gateway to the Caribbean, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for its industrialised, energy export-driven economy; vibrant culture, and multiethnic society. T&T is a leading regional economy with a population of 1.3 million. It has an international presence in the oil and gasbased energy industry, and a profitable and productive services sector. T&T is also pursuing a policy of economic diversification and is investing in several other sectors.

and Government following elections every five years. The local government body in Tobago is the Tobago House of Assembly and its seat is in the capital city, Scarborough. Head of State: President Anthony Carmona. Head of Government: Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley. Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly: Chief Secretary, Orville London. http://www.thepresidency.tt/ http://www.opm.gov.tt/; http://www.tha.gov.tt/

exception of Haiti, do not require a visa. http://www.immigration.gov.tt/ Work permits are required for business stays beyond 30 days. Visa extensions can be obtained from the Immigration Office at 67 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, while work permits can be obtained from the Ministry of National Security, Temple Court, 31-33 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. www. nationalsecurity.gov.tt, www.ttbizlink.gov.tt; www.investt.org

Geography and Location Trinidad – Once part of the South American mainland, Trinidad is situated 12 km (7 miles) northeast of the coast of Venezuela, and is separated from it by the Gulf of Paria. Trinidad has three mountain ranges: the Northern Range, the Central Range and the Southern Range. The highest point, El Cerro del Aripo, is 940 metres (3,084 ft) above sea level. About 40% of all land is undeveloped forest and woodlands, although the island is experiencing rapid development. Trinidad’s Pitch Lake is the largest natural reservoir of asphalt. Total Area: 4,828 sq km (1,864 sq miles) 81.25 km long by 57-73 km wide (50 miles by 35-45 miles) Location: Latitude 10.5° N Longitude 61.5° W Tobago – Tobago lies 34 km (21 miles) northeast of Trinidad. Of volcanic origin, the island is a single mountain mass, although the southwest is flat or undulating and coralline. The highest peak, the Main Ridge, reaches an elevation of about 576 metres (1,890 ft). The coastline is broken by inlets and sheltered beaches, and there are several uninhabited islets. Total Area: 300 sq km (116 sq miles) Location: Latitude 11.5° N Longitude 60.5° W

Banking Number of Commercial Banks: 8 Number of Branches: 133 Prime Lending Rate: 7.5% (2014 estimate) Number of Automatic banking machines (ABMs): 254 Bank Hours of Operation: City Centres – Monday to Thursday – 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Friday – 8:00 am to noon & 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Bank Hours of Operation: Shopping Centres – 10:00 am or 11:00 am to 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm Exchange Rate: TTD 6.72: USD 1 (June 2016)

Transportation Airports – Piarco International Airport is located about 45 minutes from the capital city, Port of Spain. Trinidad and Tobago’s national airline, Caribbean Airlines, serves Toronto, New York, Miami, and popular regional destinations. International and regional airlines that fly to Trinidad and Tobago include American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, United Airlines, LIAT and several charter flight companies. International flights are also available direct from Tobago’s ANR Robinson International Airport. http://www.tntairports.com/ Major Airlines T&T National Carrier: Caribbean Airlines (868) 625-7200 American Airlines (868) 821-6000 British Airways (800) 247-9297 Copa Airlines (800) 271-2672 United Airlines (868) 624-1737 LIAT (888) 844-5428

Climate Trinidad and Tobago has a tropical climate. Daytime temperatures average 310C (870F) and are moderated by the northeast trade winds, while nights are a cool 210C (690F). The islands have two distinct seasons: dry, from January to May, and wet, from June to December. There is a short dry period around mid-September called Petit Carême. Trinidad and Tobago are just outside the usual path of hurricanes and other tropical storms, but Tobago can experience inclement weather as a result of such weather systems. Time Zone Greenwich Mean Time: Minus four hours In US Winter: Eastern Standard Time plus one hour (EST +1) In US Summer: Eastern Standard Time (EST) There is no daylight savings time. Government Trinidad and Tobago’s government is a parliamentary democracy. The head of state is the President, who is elected by an Electoral College of members of the Senate and House of Representatives for a five-year term. Executive power, however, is vested in the Prime Minister

Meeting Places and Conference Centres Trinidad and Tobago is one of the top five Caribbean meeting and conference destinations. T&T is host to over 84,000 business travellers annually. The Tourism Development Company Limited comprises a Convention Bureau department within its organisational structure. http://www.tdc.co.tt/ Business Hours Offices: Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Government Offices: Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (City Centres): Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Retail (Shopping Centres): Monday to Saturday – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Telecommunications Trinidad and Tobago’s telecommunications sector has shown strong growth over the last years. TSTT provides both landline and mobile telephone services. International direct distance dialing is available nationwide and on public payphones. International phone cards are sold in many local shops and pharmacies. With broad coverage throughout the islands, mobile phones are an easy and available option. Wireless Internet services are readily available at hotels and cybercafés. International Access and Area Code: 1-868 https://tatt.org.tt/ Immigration, Work Permits and Visas Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago must possess valid passports and return or ongoing tickets for successful entry. Most Commonwealth countries do not require visas for entry, except Australia, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cameroon, Fiji Islands, Mozambique, Uganda and South Africa. Visitors from several other countries are allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago for periods of up to three months without a visa. Holders of CARICOM passports, with the

Seaports There are two main seaports: the Port of Port of Spain handles dry and general cargo, break bulk, containers and passenger traffic, while the Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Ltd. (PLIPDECO), is mainly a bulk port for industrial commerce. There are two fast ferries (T&T Express and T&T Spirit) and one conventional ferry (Warrior Spirit) travelling the inter-island route daily. Port of Spain Ferry: (868) 625-4906/3055 Tobago Ferry: (868) 639-2417/4906 The CARICOM Jetty, which is located at the Port of Port of Spain and operates the Passenger Inter-Island Ferry, receives, stores and delivers CARICOM cargo and multipurpose containers for trade within the Caribbean region. A water taxi ferry connects Port of Spain and San Fernando. Scheduled sailing times are Monday to Friday. Tickets cost TTD 15 one-way and can be purchased at the Water Taxi Terminal located at Flat Rock, Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando or the Cruise Ship Complex, Port of Spain. Free parking is available at both ports. There is a Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) shuttle service, which costs TTD 3 through the city of Port of Spain. For further information visit: www.nidco.co.tt or call 624-5137 (POS) or 800-4WTS (San Fernando).

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Index A/B

A.S. Bryden & Sons Limited 19 & 43 Abraham Tobago Realty 157 Acajou Hotel 88 Ace Bar Services 107 Acroplis Medical Centre 54 Adam’s Bagels & Speciality Breads 135 Aioli 114 Al Haaq 134 ALAMO 7 Alicia’s Palace Guest House 90 Angelo’s Italian Restaurant 124 & 125 Angostura Limited 65 Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection 65 Apex Bar & Grill 186 & 187 Apsara 129 Aqua Restaurant 175 & 191 Arabian House 122 & 123 Aripo Cottage Eco Resort 65 & 96 Art Gallery (TAG) 155 Ashley Furniture Home Store 38 Atherly’s on the Sutton 124 Banquet & Conference Centre 106 Beauty Studio M 57 Belleviste Apartments 180 Bellissimo Boutique Hotel 180 Birkenstock 40 Blink|Bmobile Inside Front Cover Blue Waters Inn 174 & 175 Bmobile VISA Prepaid Card Inside Front Cover Bois Cano 91 Bombshell Bay Hotel & Villa Resorts 71 Bouvardia Restaurant 188 Brianna McCarthy 50 Brookside 39 Burger Joint 132

C/D

Café Bistro Mesoreen 187 Café Coco 191 Caffé del Mare 130 Caffe Mia Italian Bistro & Bar 190 Capil’s and Co. Ltd. 41 Cara Suites Hotel & Conference Centre 90 & 91 Caribbean Discovery Tours Ltd 71 Caribbean Estates, Land & Villas 157 Casa Mariposa 71 Chaquacabana Resort & Beach Club 88 & 89 Chaud 114 Chocolate VSOP Nightclub Ltd 105 Ciao Café & Ciao Pizza 192 CJ Simmer Down Poolside Restaurant and Bar 190 Clifton Hill Manor Restaurant 128 Coco Reef Resort & Spa 179 Courtin 55 Courtyard by Marriott 92 & 93 Craft Creators 45 Crews Inn Hotel and Yachting Centre 96, 130 Crown Point Beach Hotel 174 & 181 Dazza 42 Dolce Desserts 135 Dufry Trinidad Limited 44

E/F/G

El Cid Day Spa Ltd 54 El Dorado Rum 19 El Pecos Grill 132 Excellent Stores 19 Eye for Design Flower Shop Weddings and Services 155 Face and Body Clinic 55 FarmaVita 55 Fashion Optics Limited 40

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Fens of Marabella Fernandes Fine Wines and Spirits Fiesta Plaza Flavours Restaurant Flowers to Treasure Limited G Spot Food Truck Gasparee Island Vacation Resort GCG Events Germaine de Capuccini

45 43 41, 102 128 107 133 88 107 55

H/I/J

Hakka Restaurant & Bar 124 & 125 Hand Arnold (Trinidad) Ltd 39 Healing with Horses Foundation 149 Hilltop Restaurant 116 Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre 92 & 93 History of West Indies Cricket Through Calypsoes 46 Holiday Inn Express & Suites 94 & 95 Hong Wing & Sons Ltd 13 Horizons Art Gallery 50 Hyatt Regency Trinidad 54, 86, 87 & 116 I-DEACOR by Anne 46 In Joy Tours 64 Irie Bites 133 Island Days 155 Island Investments 157 J. Malone Irish Pub & Restaurant 131 Joe’s Pizza Italian Restaurant 130 Johnston Apartments 176

K-S

Kafta’s 186 & 187 Kaizan Sushi 127 Kali’na Restaurant 189 Kapok Hotel 90, 91, 120 & 121 Kariwak Village 188 Kariwak Village Holistic Haven & Hotel 181 Katrina Inglis 50 Kava 120 & 121 Kitchen Korner 45 La Cantina Pizzeria Italian Pizza 122, 123 & 192 La Soledad, The Estate 107 Le Grand Almandier 94 Lighthouse Restaurant 130 Lime Inn 128 Live Green 54 Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort 1, 174 & 189 Malabar Farms Gourmet Shop 43 Mariposa Gardens 71 Massy Motors 7 McDonalds 132 Medulla Art Gallery 50 Mi Casa Fine Home Furnishings 21 Michel-Jean Cazabon 2, Cover Miller’s Guest House 180 More Sushi 118 More Vino 118 Morsels 126 & 127 Mount Irvine Bay Resort 169, 176 & 177 MovieTowne Mall 41, 102, 103, 106 & 161 Moyogi Garden Centre 44 Muffin Mornings Coffee-House 135 National Car Rental 7 Nazim Baksh 2, Tobago Cover 137 Nichossa Restaurant 134 Nigel R. Khan Bookseller 21 Noor 42 Normandie Hotel 86 North Deck 65 Old Havana Cigar Bar 102 On Location Art Galleries 50 Pasta Gallery 188 Pembois Restaurant & Terrace 189 Pigeon Point Heritage Park 162 & 163 Playa del Este 92 Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) 67 Rainbow Resort 149

Rattan’s Car Rental 149 Ray Cool 40 RBC Royal Bank 3 Regent Star Hotel 96 Republic Bank Limited 82 & 83 Rest & Relax Back Care and Sleep Specialist 45 Revs Steakhouse & Bar 190 Rizzoni’s Ristorante Italiano 118 & 119 Romance Garden 107 Rovanel’s Resort & Conference Centre 179 Royal Hotel (1978) Limited 94 & 95 Ruby Tuesday 116 & 117 Ryan Williams 50 Salaka Grill 189 Sandy Point Beach Club 176 Sherman’s Auto Rentals 149 Shoes and More Birkenstock 40 Shoppes @ Westcity 154 Shore Things Café & Craft 192 Siam Nightlife 101 Signature Selection 41 Skewers 186 & 187 SkyWay Duty Free 43 Soalheiro 43 Soongs Great Wall 126 & 127 Spa Esencia 54 Stressless Ekornes 45 Subway 120 & 121 Sugar Mill Suites 178 Sunspree Resort Ltd 178 Surf Side Hotel 178 Sweet Beet Juice Bar 126

T/Z

T.G.I.Friday’s 114 & 115 Tablespoon Coffee & Dessert House 134 Tamnak Thai 129 Taryn’s, The Panyol Place 133 Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago Inside Front Cover Texas de Brazil 118 & 119 The Aripo Cottage Eco Resort 65 & 96 The Art Gallery (TAG) 155 The Banquet & Conference Centre 106 The Courtyard by Marriott 92 & 93 The Face and Body Clinic 55 The Heritage Pavilion 162 & 163 The Hilltop Restaurant 116 The Normandie Hotel 86 The North Deck 65 The Pasta Gallery 188 The Regent Star Hotel 96 The Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant 131 The Royal Hotel (1978) Limited 94 & 95 The Seahorse Restaurant & Bar 191 The Sweet Beet Juice Bar 126 The Tourism Development Company (TDC) 75 The Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau 75 Tiki Village 91, 120 & 121 Tobago Charms 155 Tobago Frontier Divers Ltd 171 Tomley Roberts 51 Tourism Development Company (TDC) 75 Trader Jack’s Restaurant 131 Tradewinds Hotel 86, Outside Back Cover Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau 75 Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Insititute 116 Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Transport Servce Association (T&TTTSA) 71 Tropikist Beach Hotel 181 & 182 Unicomer (Trinidad) Limited 38 Villas Are Us Ltd 157 Vintage Imports 21 VIP Platinum Cinema and Lounge 102 Waterfront Restaurant 116 Wet Swimwear 40 WiRide 64 Zoe Snorkelling Charters 171

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