Down de Islands

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A culinary travel adventure in Trinidad and Tobago

Date: August, 1992

In Which We Take a B-Wee,
Lime About, Eat Congo Peppers,
Meet Shadow Bennie, and
Solve the Riddle of the Mystery Tombstone

After island-hopping to Barbados and Grenada, our B-Wee (BWIA) flight landed at the Piarco International Airport outside of Port of Spain.  My mind was asking the four most important questions of a visitor: Where do I sleep, where do I eat, how do I get around, and where do I buy beer?  Fortunately, all of those questions were soon answered.  We were staying at the Kapok, a friendly hotel adjacent to the beautiful Queen’s Park Savannah–a 200-acre park in the middle of the city.  We were eating out twice a day, every day.  Because of the narrow, streets and crazed drivers in Port of Spain, we were taking taxis everywhere.  And the local favorite beer, Carib, was available at corner markets.  Cheap.  That was a good omen, I thought. For the full story of Down de Islands, plus recipes, go here.