Category Archives: Cuisine – Foods

Guyana: Coronavirus hitting businesses hard – Cuban shoppers gone

The COVID-19 impact on Shanta’s Puri Shop

Fears over the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been taking a toll on Guyana’s business sector as many of them have either closed or scaled back operations.

Many Chinese-run businesses in Guyana which depend on all-week shopping by Cuban traders, have closed their doors, so too are several local businesses and fast food enterprises. It is estimated that each Cuban comes to Guyana with at least US$3,000 to purchase clothing, electronic equipment and electrical appliances to take back to Cuba to sell.          Continue reading

CUISINE: From Pakistan to the Caribbean: Curry’s journey around the world – CNN

Kate Springer, CNN • Updated 23rd January 2020 – CNN

Trace curry’s journey around the world | CNN Travel

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It might seem counter-intuitive to eat CoCo Ichibanya’s relatively mild, sweet Japanese dish in the land of curry.
But the move underscores the sheer variety and complexity of curry — a word that’s long been misunderstood.
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Curry is not a single spice, nor is it related to the namesake curry tree (though the leaves are used in many dishes in India).
The catch-all umbrella term refers to a “spiced meat, fish or vegetable stew,” either freshly prepared as a powder or spice paste or purchased as a ready-made mixture,” writes Colleen Sen in her book “Curry: A Global History.”
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Guyana SPEAKS: Guyanese-British poets and storywriters: London UK: 26 January 2020

Dear Friends,

Please join Guyana SPEAKS on Sunday, 26th January 2020 at the Classic in Tooting Bec (2pm-5pm) for a unique celebration of Guyanese-British poets and storywriters with Elly NilandBrian Reid and Maggie Harris. A flyer is attached.
Do you have a favourite Guyanese poet?  Do you write poetry of your own?  If yes, and in case we have time at the end of the programme, please bring along some poetry that you’d be happy to share with the audience.  We’re hoping to be able to make this an interactive event!

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Guyana Ottawa Cultural Association – Guyana Together Gala – February 29. 2020

Guyana: Don’t Mess with Christmas and Independence – by Francis Quamina Farrier + 2 Videos /Photos

– by Francis Quamina Farrier

Folks stop me all the time to share some of the things which bother them as citizens of The Cooperative Republic of Guyana, asking me to write about whatever the issue is. John’s issue was about two special days on the Guyanese calendar – Christmas and Independence. Since we are now in the Festive Season I was not surprised that he wanted to bare his soul about some of what bothered him regards this particular year-end Holiday.

“Too commercialized”, he blurted out, regards the Pre-Christmas commercial activities as one of those “Music Carts” went by blasting “All I want for Christmas is You” by Maria Carey. Incidentally, after twenty five years, that very popular Christmas song has finally reached Number One on the charts this year, 2019. Deep inside, I thought to myself that the commercial activities at the end of the year which includes the Christmas Holidays, are all part of the culture of many countries around the world, including our own Beautiful Guyana.        Continue reading

“Confession” – Poem by Tunisian American Poet Leila Chatti – by Rosaliene Bacchus

– by Rosaliene Bacchus – Three Worlds One Vision ~ Guyana – Brazil – USA

Tunisian American Poet Leila Chatti – Photo Credit: Leila Chatti Website

My Poetry Corner December 2019 features the poem “Confession” by Tunisian American poet and educator Leila Chatti, published in the anthology of poetry Halal If You Hear Me: BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3, edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo.

Born in 1990 in Oakland, California, Leila Chatti is one of four children of a Tunisian father and American mother. Her parents met when her father came to the United States to study for his PhD. Her father, the only one of seven children to leave Tunisia, maintained a close relationship with relatives by having his American-born family spend the summers with them.

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Guyana 50th Republic Celebration and Cultural Awards event – Toronto – March 21, 2020

…..   Awards recommendations by February 14, 2020

Guyana 50th Republic Celebration Cultural event on March 21, 2020 in Toronto.

The Steering Committee for Guyana’s 50th Republic Anniversary Celebrations in Toronto, Canada was formed under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Toronto.

The Guyana 50th Republic Awards Committee was developed to recognize achievements of excellence and leadership in the Guyanese diaspora in Canada and to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations who contribute to the development of Guyana and to the continuation of our Guyanese heritage, community and culture in Canada.

Awards
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Guyana: ” Small days is still on my mind; Small days is a good good time”- By Geoff Burrowes

Small Days: Guyanese Folk Song  

Video: Guyanese Artist Marlon Jardine ” The King of Folk ” sings Folk Songs of Guyana. Former Musical Director/Bass Guitarist of “The Yoruba Singers” M.S. (Band)

— By Geoff Burrowes

I was born 77 years ago in a quaint British colony on the Northern Atlantic coast of the South American continent. Since it was British we were the only English speaking country in South America. As a colony, all of the important decisions regarding our welfare and administration were made in London and dictated to us through a colonial administration, headed by a governor, who was therefore the big sahib in British Guiana (BG). Continue reading

Students serve Caribbean cuisine at industry showcase in NYC

By Tangerine Clarke
Kat Taveras, program manager for Food Education Fund, a non-profit, (forefront) with students, after lunch at the Food & Finance School showcase in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC
Eleventh grade students of Food & Finance High School, a culinary-arts institution, served fine Caribbean style cooking, on Thursday, Nov. 21, to impress top restaurateurs, at a showcase in the school’s Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan location.                Continue reading

Guyana SPEAKS: Bourda Bazaar – London UK – 8th December 2019 (11am-4pm)

Dear Friends,

The Guyana SPEAKS year comes to a close with our third Bourda Bazaar.  This event offers a unique opportunity to shop Guyanese-style, and nostalgically draws its inspiration from Bourda Market in Georgetown, Guyana.  Traditional Guyanese foods and drinks, hot and cold, will be on sale along with adult and children’s books (many heavily discounted), arts and crafts, creams and oils, jewellery and clothes and much, much, more.          Continue reading

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