oh hey september!
after the weekend that was west indian day parade, i thought the first post back should be about my favorite trini spots in brooklyn. when i first moved to the city after college, i was living with my ex-boyfriend’s trinidadian parents, so my yankee palette was bust wiiiiiiide open. i’ve lived here for seven years now and these are the places i hold dearest since they were breakfast, lunch, and dinner for my first few months in the city.
my great-grandfather and i bonded over the kitchen table over a loaf of bread, the toaster, and a tub of butter. he died many years ago, but going to conrads and picking up a fresh loaf of bread always reminds me of those mornings with him. when you walk in the place, it has the warmest smell. it’s the “grandma just baked a boatload of pie for christmas” smell. the lines are usually a fool, but it’s always worth the wait. besides my beloved bread, conrads also offers every baked good you can imagine. save yourself from heartbreak and always buy two of whatever you’re ordering.
the moment i got to brooklyn, i was knighted with a roti. for anyone unfamiliar, roti can be best described as a west indian burrito. whenever someone wants to try it for the first time, i take them to the king of roti, ali’s roti shop. most famous places have crappy food and just ride off of their legacy, but after seven years, ali’s has never failed me. the service is quick, the guy at the counter is beyond gorgeous and offers up some of the best customer service you can find. they fill the roti skin until they are nearly bursting and honestly, i don’t know how i finish in one sitting. ali’s has two locations, utica ave and fulton, but i prefer the latter. they never run out of food aaaaaand again, bae at the counter. i’m always chasing two things: good food and bae. ali’s is a one stop shop.
so there are days when ali’s is randomly closed or my boo isn’t working the counter and i’m forced to find roti elsewhere. i initially ran to the arms of trini guhl on nostrand + atlantic, but once they decided to start nickel and diming, i had to find another back up plan. insert gloria’s caribbean cuisine. as much as i love ali’s, i have to admit that the curry boneless chicken at gloria’s reigns supreme. it’s spicier and the seasoning is caked on instead of the usual gravy style found at most roti spots. the customer service is pretty average, but the staff is really quick with fulfilling orders. another plus for gloria’s is that you can order via seamless. i honestly can’t think of anything better than being sprawled out on the couch pantsless inhaling a massive roti. can you?
there are times in life when having the itis is not beneficial to my existence. in those moments, i depend on my little friend, the double. doubles are essentially a mini channa (curry chickpeas) sandwich. it’s small, but they truly get the job done. it’s pretty impossible to make a bad double, but nobody makes them better than a&a doubles shop. the place can fit no more than 2 customers at a time, but the doubles and bake are bursting with homemade love. a&a is only open from 6:30am to 3pm, but it is totally worth being late to work in the morning for.
i think i’ve gained about 80 pounds just writing about all of those food, so i think i a workout is in order in the form of a good wine. press play on one of my fave jams below and try keeping your hips still.