There is a taxi and tour company in Chaguaramas called Members Only. His owner, Jesse James, is the most happy person I have seen and an excellent entertainer. He, not only drives on the tours, but also have a very eloquent speech, that includes sound effects and DJ's style animation.
He offers different tours and services. The vegetable and fruit market on Saturdays, the movie town on Tuesday nights, The Angostura Bitters factory and steal pan tour, the leader back turtles, the taste of Trinidad and so more that we didn't have time to find out.
One of the fun things we did on the first week was the tour around Trinidad, tasting different kind of food. The bus picked us up at 9 o' clock, and from there on we started a trip that included history, sightseeing and a lot of food. We try 60 different kinds of food; traditional Indian food, local fruits and nuts and desserts. A lot of it was starchy, fried and spicy. Some Jim and I like, is a breakfast dish call doubles. This is a finger food that is served in a paper sheet, it consists in two fried split pees flour tortillas, filled with garbanzo beans and different sauces like green mangoes sauce and shadow beni sauce (like a cilantro sauce). It is messy, but very tasty.
On the list of all the things we ate, appears barbecue pig tale, salted fish, curry mango, Brazil nuts, milk fudge with ginger, mauby juice; made out of the bark of a tree, chicken gizzards and on and on and on.
The country side is beautiful and we went from the city to the coast and from there to the mountains. We stopped at a watermelon plantation, at a river's mouth, bakeries, a water park, a fruit stand, tasting, buying and eating. The last stop was in Port of Spain, at a Mexican restaurant for dinner. We got back to the marina at 9 o' clock, after twelve hours eating.
Next day we were still stuffed, we didn't have breakfast until three in the afternoon and it was just fruits. It took us two days to recover from that, but it was really interesting and fun.
|At a river's mouth|
|Little river fish for sale|
|Sale stand in watermelon plantations|