10 Ways to Coconut Vodka

Tis the week of zero restraint, no qualms about extravagance and no tolerance for negativity. Tis the week of New Year’s Eve, also known as the eve of my birthday. Alcohol is all around, Ciroc coconut in particular. Have you ever had so much Ciroc Coconut you questioned the mixing potentials, the boundaries you never…

Our First Year Gone By

Last month marked the first anniversary of PalmTreeRow.com. In only twelve months this space has morphed from being a simple diary of my Caribbean American life to including cultural cuisine, West Indian music, immigration assistance and even a space for my art (writing, fashion and eventually my music when I muster the courage to share…

Calmly Crashing Your Party

Baron’s voice is in “chill mode”. He’s as calm as can be as he moves through this song but if you listen to the lyrics he is smoothly telling you “hi there neighbor, break out your babash and some food because we’re here to party for the holiday, and we’re not leaving.” Babash is homemade…

14 Holiday Etiquette Tips

It’s the time of year for extra mingling, fancy dinners and snazzy outfits. You might even find yourself in that particular setting, rubbing shoulders with some powerful people. Obviously you want to make a great lasting impression. Dining etiquette is a real thing. People notice it. People also notice when it’s lacking. If you’re attending…

Santa: Do You Ever Come to the Ghetto?

“Santa Claus do you ever come to the ghetto Santa Clause do you ever wonder why we suffer so Santa Claus when will you come to the ghetto Santa Claus we would like to see how your reindeer go”- Carlene Davis The message isn’t typical Christmas jolly chatter. It’s real though, isn’t it? Listen to…

Ah Want Ah Piece of Pork…

Vegetarians Please Calm Down; it’s ok to keep reading! The title of this post is also the title/chorus of a very upbeat Christmas song in the Caribbean.  While you’re certainly being bombarded this time of year with holiday images and festive sounds, believe that a Caribbean Christmas is far from the “same ole same ole”.…

PTR Kitchen: Bake

Regular white flour bake is a Trinidad & Tobago staple. It’s an extremely versatile hard dough bread. Eat it immediately with butter and melting cheese. Pair it up with some eggs and sausages or sliced avocado lightly sprinkled with salt. Bake is an affordable way to do authentic island cooking without paying for professional classes.…