Growing Up Trini

If you explore #GrowingUpTrini on Twitter you will recognize that there are certain things that you will be able to understand if you have a Trinidadian background. It is always fun to look back and smile at some of the things that unite us as Trinis.

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1. Christmas Tradition

As Trinidadians we do the same thing every year for Christmas. Trini Christmas involves cleaning your house inside out, repainting, and buying new curtains. In addition to the lavish meal that we prepare on Christmas day, traditional beverages such as sorrel, ginger beer and ponche-de-crème- (also known as ponche-a-crème) signify a true Trini Christmas.

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Credit - Mike Gifford via Flickr

2. Dhalpuri vs Paratha

You had to choose between dhalphuri and paratha (buss-up-shot or buss-up-shut) when you’re in the mood for curry.

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3. Fried Bake

Trinidadians know that contrary to its name a ‘bake’ can also be fried. Fried bake is the foundation for many Trinidadian dishes e.g. bake and shark and bake and saltfish.

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4. Some products are just known by a brand name

Dishwashing liquid = Squeezy

Powdered soap= Breeze

Bleach= Clorox

Nail polish= Cutex

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Credit - Breeze

5. Sunday Lunch Traditions

A traditional Trini Sunday lunch usually includes macaroni pie, chicken, calalloo, potato salad, pigeon peas and fresh salad.

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6. KFC does chicken right.

Area Code- 0777 saved your life on numerous occasions. There is a reason why KFC is our most popular fast food outlet.

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7. You know what chow is.

You completely understand the art of making ‘chow’ with anything- mango, pommecythere, pomerac, pineapple, plum, cherry, cucumber…

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Credit - Trini Chow via cravinggreens.com

8. Field trips to the zoo

A school field trip to the Emperor Valley Zoo was a big deal.

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9. Covering school books

You had to cover your school books with brown paper or plastic if you felt fancy. Or both if you want to splurge.

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10. Incomprehensible requests from parents

At some point in time your parents asked you to bring the ‘ting’ from the 'ting' and you have no idea what they’re talking about.

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