The Spice Necklace

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Late dispatch from Trinidad:
January 26, 2013:
The Velcro effect

When cruisers can’t seem to tear themselves away from a place, we blame it on the Velcro holding our boat to the bottom. For us, the Velcro is always super-strong in Trinidad, but this year it was worse than ever. It was January 21 before we finally sailed off – much to the astonishment of our Trini friends. “You’re leaving before Carnival,” they scolded, as if perhaps we didn’t realize the annual bacchanal was a mere four weeks away. In fact, the very day after the calendar flipped over to 2013, the island had shifted into Carnival gear – as even the quickest glance at any of the three daily papers made abundantly clear.

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I'm a former Canadian magazine editor turned writer, and with my husband, Steve, I'm cruising the Caribbean on our 42-foot sailboat, Receta, and writing about our adventures. Steve, a former magazine and book art director, takes the photos and is Receta's official food taster. Join us as we meander from island to island on a voyage of culinary discovery, following our noses (and our tastebuds) off the beaten path and getting involved in local life.