My Grandmother used to own a store in Valpark Shopping Plaza in Valsayn. So for years (between the ages of 7-12 I should think), my summers consisted of running around the plaza trying to sell bazooka joe gum and dinner mints to people for .25 cents (can’t exactly remember why lol – guess my entrepreneurial spirit was in me from young!), doing cartwheels in Donut Boys for a free donut (I wonder if I would still get the same treatment ;)), and playing on the monkey bars at Mario’s Pizza.
All of this to say, I remember thinking it was so bizarre how my Trini friends used to put ketchup all over their pizza! I was reminded of this the other day when my colleagues ordered pizza for lunch. And with it came two large ‘containers’ of ketchup..
Well, I did some research on it..and it turns out that putting ketchup (not just any ketchup though,,but Mabel’s/Matouk’s ketchup) on pizza (and almost everything else – rice, pelau, bake and shark, pastelles..etc etc) is very march part of being a true Trini! So much so that if you don’t do it,, you must not be Trini!
So, do you put ketchup on your pizza?
And if you do, can you explain to me why you do it? Does anyone know how this became a popular practice in Trinidad? Please, do share. 😉