*This is Miami – post 4 – Guest post by my Grandfather!
Yesterday we went to an Indian Restaurant, unable to resist the prospect of the amazing flavors we had been missing since leaving Trinidad in January 2009 to begin a new life in Texas.
Danielle and Sandra (Danielle’s Mom) were with us. We had just sat down when Sandra said, “I hear a Trinidadian accent. I must go and ask her if she knows where to get a good roti (a staple Trinidadian food). All this time Danielle was rolling her eyes and mocking what her Mom would say in a Trinidadian accent, “What part of Trinidad yuh from?” And with that, Sandra got up and went to speak to the beautiful Indian lady, and sure enough, she was a “Trini.”
The minute the Indian lady turned around to greet us, I exclaimed, “I know you! You were Miss Trinidad (for the Miss Universe Contest).” You see, I never forget a pretty face! “Yes, I was!” she said, “but in ’95! 15 years ago!” Turns our she had moved to the US to 2 years ago. We couldn’t help talking about all of the foods we missed and Sandra compared notes about the best Indian Restaurants in the neighborhood and beyond!
We explained that Danielle had been a Miss Trinidad (Miami) not at all as prestigious a title, but a talking point nonetheless..Proof that Trinidadian girls are as beautiful as they are diverse, and believe me, you haven’t seen anything yet!
Tomorrow night, we will be back in Trinidad for two weeks, and yesterday was a preview in a way. Tonight, Kathleen (Granny) will cook stewed chicken, macaroni pie, and rice and peas, Trini “creole” style and Danielle will tell you all about that experience!
“Vive la difference!”
Update – Granny’s cooking.🙂