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The distinct flavor of Caribbean culture will be on display at the annual “Taste of the Caribbean” culinary competition and festival next month in Miami, Florida.Chefs and bartenders from the region will take center stage June 26-30 to compete for honors at the Hyatt Regency hotel. Presented by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the event will host a gathering of culinary enthusiasts and experts.“The Caribbean is united in the promotion of the region’s indigenous flavors and products,” Josef Forstmayr, chairman of CHTA and chairman of Taste of the Caribbean, said in a recent press release promoting the event.
There’s nothing quite like a tasty stew. For Caribbean people chicken stew will do just fine. Try this meal, courtesy of Publix Apron Simple Meals Recipes: Ingredients: 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 tablespoon dry mojo seasoning 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 can chick peas (garbanzos), 15–16 oz, drained 1 (5-oz) package yellow rice mix 2 tablespoons sofrito 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
More than 240 spirits from the Caribbean and beyond will be available for sampling, along with island-style cuisine, during this year’s Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. The fifth annual event, a gathering of rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts in the world, will run for a week - April 15-21 - at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center. Last year, more than 8,000 rum enthusiasts attended the festival, according to organizers. This year’s event is scheduled to be held in a twice the size of last year's venue. Organizers are preparing for 15,000 attendees.
Shopping Smart: 10 ways to slash your grocery bill In today’s economy, you will be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t think they spend too much money on groceries. For many people, it is one of their top budget categories for their household.  And for many it is the one they feel they have the least amount of control over. There are many tricks you can use to help your grocery bill get smaller.  Some may work for you and some may not.
Most Caribbean people don’t think of cooking their food as a bad thing. They’re game for the occasional salad and veggie tray with dip, but the thought of switching to a raw foods-only diet sounds radical. What would you eat, exactly? Would your diet be balanced? Would you be getting proper nutrition?