about SKINI TRINI

This online space was created as a platform to share the delicious food of my beautiful twin islands, all made with love and wholesome ingredients. Today, it has evolved into a happy space, where I share not only the tastey recipes of Trinidad and Tobago, but inspiration to create a healthier and happier you: mind-body-and-soul. Skini Trini offers you, my treasured readers, informative recipes, travel tips and recommendations, holistic living advice, access to conscious skincare and makeup brands, and the motivation and support to live a life of purpose and peace. 

 

where i come from

I have lived all my life in the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. We are the southernmost islands of the West Indies, with a colorful history of European colonization, slavery and indentureship, that have given birth to a diverse culture of many creeds and races living in harmony under the Caribbean sun.

"Trinis" as are we commonly called, are often referred to as the happiest people on earth, given our laid back lifestyles and partying ("feteing") customs, which we happen to take very seriously =). But don't get me wrong, aside from our inviting and relaxed nature, we work hard, and are committed to the growth and development of our nations, rich in natural resources such as oil & gas, fertile arable land, and favorable tropical climate.  In fact, Trinidad and Tobago has a vibrant energy sector, and enjoys the third highest GDP per capita based on purchasing power parity in the Americas, after the United States and Canada.

 Pigeon Point Beach Location: Tobago, West Indies

Pigeon Point Beach
Location: Tobago, West Indies

We are famous for our "Carnival"- a two day street parade in which locals and tourists unite to masquerade the streets of our nations' cities, adorned in the beautiful costumes created by talented local designers. The origins of this festival dates back to the time of slavery. The French plantation owners held elaborate masquerades and balls, which were mimicked by the African slaves, in their own humble means, by a celebration they called "Canboulay" (from the French cannes brulées, meaning burnt cane). 

 Tan Tan and Saga Boy.  Designed by Peter Minshall  Carnival Band: TANTANA,1990

Tan Tan and Saga Boy. 
Designed by Peter Minshall
Carnival Band: TANTANA,1990

My country is a melting pot of cultures, races, food and smiles. Her curiosity makes everyday day an adventure- by exploring the lush rain forests, expansive beaches and historical monuments, while her warmth relaxes and invites. No matter how far I may wander, she will always be my home. I love you T&T

 The Gingerbread House Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies

The Gingerbread House
Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies