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How Trini are you?

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..

Trinis love Ketchup

My colleague putting ketchup on his pizza.. Now that's serious..

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!

Mabel's Ketchup Trinidad

Local Trinidadian Ketchup..it's sweet taste is what distinguishes it from other 'more acidic' ketchups.. lol. yeah.

Trinis put ketchup on everything

The Trini Test

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Trinis put ketchup on everything

One Trini recalls what she misses about Trinidad..

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Trinis put ketchup on everything

From a Trinidadian travel guide

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Trinis put ketchup on everything

One of Outlish Magazine's 8 ways to spot a Trini

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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. 😉

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