Ariann Thompson

Tour of Siparia, Trinidad – the City of Sand

Sipari Mai

Sometimes tourists to our shores end up seeing and knowing more details about our islands than most of us locals!

Out of the four sites we visited during my recent trip to Siparia, I had heard about one and was pleasantly surprised to learn that another site was even a part of our history. The latter, mind you, has been a popular stop for tourists for years!

Thanks to my mother, who had to go to Siparia as part of a project she was doing, I learnt a great deal about this community and our islands’ history. I was pleased that Angelo Bissessarsingh, a historian among many other things, was there to explain each site turning our visit into a very informative tour!Keep readingTour of Siparia, Trinidad – the City of Sand

Machel Montano, K2K & Carnival Caribbean Beat cover photo shoot

Behind the scenes: Caribbean Beat cover photo shoot with Machel Montano & K2K Carnival

For the January/February issue (#113) of Caribbean Beat, Soca super star Machel Montano graces the cover wearing a design from the new Carnival band K2K Alliance.

Hair and makeup for the shoot began when most people are now rolling out of bed, creating a buzz of excitement very early in the morning at Marlon Rouse’s studio. Surrounded by three beautiful models also dressed in K2K Alliance & Partners’ innovative, fashion-forward costumes, the cover concept came alive as soon as photographer Marlon Rouse started shooting.

Here are exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs of the shoot.Keep readingBehind the scenes: Caribbean Beat cover photo shoot with Machel Montano & K2K Carnival

Shore Things Cafe & Craft, Tobago

Driving along the Claude Noel Highway in Tobago, I couldn’t help but smile as I thought about what I was going to order for lunch. When asked where we should eat that day I immediately suggested Shore Things and we were on our way there. Located on Old Milford Road in Lambeau, Shore Things is not only a café but a craft shop as well. The combination of the delicious food, friendly service, great atmosphere and beautiful shopping items makes coming here such a delight.

The craft shop offers a wide selection of items including local craft, jewelry, paintings and music CDs

Their menu includes salads, sandwiches, pizzas, quiche, crepes, and freshly made deserts, breads and fruit juices! As a vegetarian, I love restaurants that make sure to include a variety of non-meat options and this café does just that! I enjoyed the pumpkin soup, vegetarian chilly with rice and a refreshing glass of fruit juice. I made sure to save some room for their delicious carrot cake! Without a doubt visiting Shore Things should be on your list! Here are some photos from my visit.
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The Rock – Toco

When I was a child whenever I visited the rocky promontory at Galera Point, Toco, dubbed by locals as ‘The Rock’, I felt as if I was truly standing on the edge of Trinidad. I could almost see myself at the North Easterly border of the green ill shaped map of the island I had drawn in my primary school copybook.
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Caribbean Beat and Discover Trinidad & Tobago magazines partner with T&T Film Festival (ttff)

Discover Trinidad & Tobago editor Caroline Taylor hands over copies of Caribbean Beat magazine to Jonathan Ali, editorial director of the TTFF, at the Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook, one of the venues for TTFF screenings

Once again, this year Caribbean Beat and its sister publication Discover Trinidad & Tobago have partnered with the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (ttff). The annual festival is a celebration of the best new and recent films from and about the Caribbean and the diaspora. Films are being screened at venues around Trinidad and Tobago during the festival, which began on September 21 and runs until October 4, 2011.Keep readingCaribbean Beat and Discover Trinidad & Tobago magazines partner with T&T Film Festival (ttff)