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Updates and Caribbean Vegan

Hotel de Ville lit up at sunsetDear Reading Public,

Once again I have been remiss in regular posting. I am glad that after 4 1/2 years there is sufficient content to provide results for the searching Divali (Diwali) celebrants. And extra glad I updated my hosting package before the surge :-)

As always, the dreaded day job took over in the last month. You know, paying the bills to provide for that upgraded hosting :-) I did get a trip to Brussels though. And got some gorgeous photos, which I am in the process of uploading to Flickr. Although I did have my D80 the last time I visited in June 2007, it was brand new to me, and I have to admit I was scared of it. Settings? Manual Focus? Size? It was so big, how did one carry it about? And I only ever posted a few photos from that trip. This time around, even though I am no expert, I know how to (try to) get colour in waning light – capturing the light in the sky AND the lights in the building. Of course, I realise I want faster, sharper lenses, but it was nice. These are 2 of my favourite photos so far from the trip – taken about 15 minutes apart.

Grand Place at sunset I’ve also updated my Caribbean Cuisine page – you know where I highlight all the Caribbean food bloggers I have found in the last 4 years. I’ve discovered a couple bloggers by way of Twitter (you remember I started chirping a few months ago) – Macafouchette and Kimberly Parris. And then there are a couple other diaspora bloggers with Guyanese roots The Inner Gourmet and Wendy’s Kitchen. There are also 2 Trini bloggers – one Chillibibi, who wants to showcase oldtime Trini food and does indeed have a recipe for that schoolyard favourite of mine –  and Belly in Hand, who’s reviewing good places to eat in T&T.

One of my favourite parts of blogging, and being part of this whole online Caribbean world, is seeing exciting developments firsthand, like Taymer Mason’s new book Caribbean Vegan. I had discovered Taymer’s blog back when she was blogging as a Barbadian Vegan, but she changed the name to reflect a wider Caribbean and of course the fact that she wasn’t in Barbados any more (but in the French West Indies, so still very much Caribbean). She was writing her book then and it’s now published (with photography by another longtime Caribbean food blogger, Cynthia of Tastes Like Home) and I am eagerly awaiting my copy. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I do have my moments of meat-free living. And in any case, so many of our Caribbean foods are suitable for vegetarians or vegans – roti and doubles for example. So I’ve been very excited about this book. Coming soon, I hope to do a giveaway for this book, so keep an eye out for that! And congratulations Taymer!

Yours sincerely,

Chennette

PS – I know better than to make any promises about regular posting!

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4 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Thanks :-) and glad to see you are posting again. Missed you.
    ~Melissa (Belly in Hand)

    1. ~Melissa on November 17th, 2010 at 1:51 pm
  2. Hi Melissa – you’re welcome! Now if only my internet at home would cooperate with posting!

    2. Chennette on November 18th, 2010 at 12:37 pm
  3. Those two photos are National Geographic ready :)

    3. aka_lol on November 20th, 2010 at 5:29 pm
  4. thanks aka :-) I really liked photographing this square in the evening and went out again on my last night to try, but it was raining. 9 degrees Celsius and rain…not conducive to leaning up against a wall and pointing the camera up

    4. Chennette on November 20th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

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