Carnival remains both a spectator festival as it is a player's festival, all happening on the streets and mobile for the most part. Food from our diverse ethnic backgrounds in a rage and better still, the portables - Rotis, Wraps, Sandwiches and Burgers (to name a few) all available from vendors on the streets, but holding its own not only at Carnival but all year round is a Trinidad and Tobago favorite - Doubles.
|A Doubles - Skillfully Wrapped in Paper|
Doubles is of Indian origin and gets it's name from the two (double) fried dough 'flat breads' called bara each about palm sized, which holds the curried chick peas filling. This messy sandwich of sorts is usually dressed with tangy chutneys, hot pepper sauces and cooling cucumber and coconut preparations. It is eaten with the hands and best when hot (not warm).
|Curried Chick Peas (or Garbanzo Beans)|
Vendors are all over the country, in most every neighborhood, selling at make shift road side stands or out of car trunks (seriously). Some have been an established family business for years, perfecting family recipes and gaining loyal followers while putting generations through school.
|Wildly Popular - Soft Bara and Delicate |
Chickpeas in a Sea of Curry Flavor
To find out where to get the best I thought may have taken time, effort and the fielding of much fierce debate - turns out not. Though the average citizen may enjoy and recommend his neighborhood doubles man's offerings, he will also agree that three vendors rise to the status of Best in all the lands: U-Wee, Medford Boys and Sauce. Don't take my word, poll the forty-six thousand fans of the Facebook page 'I Love Doubles' or the thirty-six thousand strong of 'I love Doubles by Trinbago' (we did) and see for yourself. The three names topped the list.
|U-Wee Doubles & Roti Shop near to the |
University of the West Indies (UWI)
Campus in St. Augustine, Trinidad
U-Wee (my favorite) is for those who like a thick bra, filling with body and great condiments (thick too) :)
|Medford Doubles: Located on the Main Road |
Opposite the Medford Gas Station
The boys near the Medford flyover in have a yellow bara, not too thick not too thin and flavorful curried chick peas (channa as we call it). Their pepper sauce is wicked good. Have it slight if you are not accustomed to spicy foods.
|Soft and melt in your mouth fried |
dough called Bara (Medford's)
Sauce (d Original) is at a busy junction in Curepe (North) Trinidad. Theirs is thin bara and slightly 'runny' curried chick peas but really tasty. The hot sauce is nuclear but addictive. Take it ever-so slightly.
|Famous 'Sauce' in Curepe, Trinidad|
Doubles remains very affordable ($3TT - $4TT) on average, with a few exceptions: D Doubles Den also in Curepe is one such extreme selling larger bara and choices of curried meat and fish to go with the chick peas for around $15TT - something new for the adventurous.
|If you want meat....|
|D Den is the Doubles place for you. |
A Spicy Chicken Doubles