prttyldycamero asked:

My son named trinidad and I would love to visit there one day. What is the most popular food there?

Most popular? That’s tough. Trinidad is truly a gem for local cuisine.

For breakfast, I’d recommend doubles. Have a local take you to a good doubles man during morning rush hour. Try all the toppings. You should be able to put down 2-3, or maybe more if you’re starving. There is a doubles stand at Piarco airport, but it’s not very good.

A close breakfast second is bake and salt fish. Also a delight, but you need to go to a place with a counter. I’d recommend Pancho’s Snackette in town. They were written up in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/magazine/trinidads-chinese-fusion-cuisine.html

Lunch and dinner are hard to get wrong. Roti is a staple, and the Chinese food is a world away from what you get in America. If you get bake and shark, go to Richard’s in Maracas Bay. Accept no substitutes. Speaking of Maracas, there is an awesome lookout point and snack stand on the way into Maracas. Definitely stop and get pepper mango and whatever else looks good to you.

Seriously, it’s hard to go wrong. Just don’t drink the water. :)

Today is my 32nd birthday. 

Year 31 was about traveling and taking risks. I had to move beyond my comfort zone. Last year, I went camping in the Adirondacks, took 22-hour road trip to Miami, and hosted a Hackathon to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I started doing yoga and meditation. I learned how to live below my means and grew a savings for the first time in my life. I was blessed to visit 5 countries, and tomorrow, I leave to backpack through 10 new countries in Europe and Africa. 

This year, Year 32, is about finding love and affirming to others that they are loved. 

You are important, beyond important to me, but important to your communities and important to the world. You have an inner voice. It coaches you and guides you. That voice is your spirit. Listen to it. 

If you’re reading this, know that you are loved, and that I love you. You are beautiful, smart, talented, and unique. There is no one on this earth quite like you. You are a gift, you are powerful, and you inspire me day in and day out. 

Keep being more you, keep finding the God in you, and keep touching those around you. Know that you are never, ever, alone. I repeat, you are never, ever alone. If you feel that way, I promise you, I am here. Send me a message, call my phone, come by my apartment, and I will let you know, you don’t walk alone. 

Thank you for touching me, and moulding me, and making me into the person I am. Your words of encouragement, your smiles, your messages, and your friendship makes me into who I am today. You add salt and spice to my life. I would not be here without you. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you and I love the God in you. 

Ashé.

Today is my 32nd birthday.

Year 31 was about traveling and taking risks. I had to move beyond my comfort zone. Last year, I went camping in the Adirondacks, took 22-hour road trip to Miami, and hosted a Hackathon to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I started doing yoga and meditation. I learned how to live below my means and grew a savings for the first time in my life. I was blessed to visit 5 countries, and tomorrow, I leave to backpack through 10 new countries in Europe and Africa.

This year, Year 32, is about finding love and affirming to others that they are loved.

You are important, beyond important to me, but important to your communities and important to the world. You have an inner voice. It coaches you and guides you. That voice is your spirit. Listen to it.

If you’re reading this, know that you are loved, and that I love you. You are beautiful, smart, talented, and unique. There is no one on this earth quite like you. You are a gift, you are powerful, and you inspire me day in and day out.

Keep being more you, keep finding the God in you, and keep touching those around you. Know that you are never, ever, alone. I repeat, you are never, ever alone. If you feel that way, I promise you, I am here. Send me a message, call my phone, come by my apartment, and I will let you know, you don’t walk alone.

Thank you for touching me, and moulding me, and making me into the person I am. Your words of encouragement, your smiles, your messages, and your friendship makes me into who I am today. You add salt and spice to my life. I would not be here without you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you and I love the God in you.

Ashé.