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An Ode to our Hometown - St James

The inspiration for the July 2020 box - The Trinbago Street & Finger Food Box is our hometown - St. James. Growing up in St. James (a suburb of the capital city of Port of Spain) in the 1980s and 1990s, street food was a staple fixture on the Western Main Road on Friday and Saturday nights. St James was known as "the city that never sleeps" and Western Main road was the major thoroughfare and was always bustling with activity.A stone’s throw away from our home, along a 5 block stretch along Western Main Road there were street vendors for almost every classic street food you could think of. There was the corn soup and boiled corn lady. And...

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Callaloo Box Celebrates Juneteenth 2020

In celebration of Juneteenth Callaloo Box will be donating 15% of our sales from now through Sunday June 21st to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF).  The NAACP LDF ‘is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.’   Recent events have brought to the forefront an unprecedented national discussion on systematic racial injustices and inequalities that have always existed. Though the conversations and outrage started with the injustices in the criminal justice system, they have now expanded to highlighting the inequalities and systematic racism that permeate all areas...

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Chinese-Guyanese: A Cuisine for Celebration and Unity

We're so excited to welcome Khamini Harinarain Fennelly (fondly referred to as Kham) as a guest blogger on the Callaloo Box Blog. This month, we celebrate Caribbean American Heritage month in the United States.  We celebrate the diversity, shared cuisine and heritage of the many countries of the Caribbean.  Through food, we realize that we are more alike than different.  In her blog post, Kham shares her experiences of enjoying Chinese-Guyanese Food and the memories and nostalgia that it evokes. Anytime we get Chinese-American takeout I’m always a little bit disappointed because Chinese-Guyanese food has ruined every other kind of Chinese takeout for me. While Chinese-American food is the “standard” for take-out cuisine for many, Caribbean-American’s know that integrated cuisines...

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June 2020 - The Trinidad & Tobago Chinese Box

WHAT'S IN THE BOX? CHINESE PRESERVES   Some popular Trinbagonian Chinese preserved snacks. From the Chinese heritage of Trinidad & Tobago, it is a method of preserving fruit by drying the fruit then adding food coloring, spices, salt & pepper! Some commonly preserved fruit include mangoes, plums, cherries, pommecythere (golden apple) and prunes. Chinese Sauce Quick view ...   Sauce made from molasses, sugar, spices, salt and vinegar. This sauce will add that authentic Trinbago Chinese flavor to many dishes like Trinidad Chinese Style Chicken, Fried Rice or Chow Mein. Soy Sauce   Sauces made of garlic and ginger, caramel liquid and molasses. Used to flavor fried rice and chow mein dishes or to prepare marinades for meat or vegetables....

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