As a follow-up to our previous post about Anthony Bourdain’s travels through Trinidad for “Parts Unknown,” here is another article [thanks again to Michael O’Neal] that includes a gallery of photos from the recent tour and program, showing scenes from his exploration of local foods, music, calinda (martial art), and people. Here are a few excerpts of the text; see full array of photos and more information at UPROXX.
[. . .] “Live together or live in the sea,” exclaims one of Bourdain’s Trinidadian sidekicks. Those words highlight how multiculturally mixed the island is — 35 percent East Indian, 35 percent African, with the rest a mixture of the two or descended from some other corner of the world. It’s a diverse place.
It’s also the industrial side of the Trinidad and Tobago dyad. Bourdain and his crew don’t shy away from showing the horizon full of cooling towers and oil refineries that stretch across the island. But even with that industrial miasma, there’s still a distinct tropical beauty and warmth in the episode.
Bourdain spends the bulk of the episode exploring Trinidad via its capital — Port of Spain. The city is home to around 130,000 people. Bourdain offers an entry point into Trinidadian life by sticking to what he knows best in highlighting a martial arts, some music, and plenty of food.
Bourdain partakes in some stick fighting with an expert named King David and then explores the finer arts of steel drumming around the city. In between those stops, there’s a lot of small bottles of lager and deliciously photographed food.
Bourdain seemed to bounce around a lot in this episode, eating with the people more so than eating at any particular restaurant. He enjoyed a lot of street food and a smorgasbord Middle Eastern spread at someone’s house.
One food Bourdain was implored to try was the local fried bread. “Doubles” are a mainstay of street cuisine on the Caribbean isle. They’re basically the Trinidadian take on India’s chana bhatura. That’s a piece of fried bread smothered in a very light chickpea curry, pepper sauce, and some mango. It’s delectable.
As Bourdain explored Trinidadian life he also partook in some ‘cutters’ (food that’s eaten to cut through the alcohol being consumed), the highlight being a luscious looking curried duck.
Bourdain also dropped into Port of Spain’s famed street food spot in Queen’s Park Savannah. He talked life in Trinidad and the wonders of Carnival over some deep fried snapper and rice at Jus Foods’ street stall. [. . .]
For full article and photos, see http://uproxx.com/life/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown-trinidad/
Also see previous post https://repeatingislands.com/2017/06/19/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown-in-trinidad/