Carnival Report - Saturday evening at the Village
Sunday, May 01, 2011
DH and I arrived at the Carnival Village a bit after 7 PM - musicians were setting up, food booths were open, parents were wandering around with small children since it was still early. Little boys ran around throwing various popping and exploding things at each other (small exploding bags, little popping cap things) - little girls ran around with silly string or bubble machines.
DH and I have a routine - wander once around, looking at all the booths and menus - select a likely booth for food, buy something, wander through the rides and games and laugh at how cute the little kids are - wander around the food again, see who we know - go back to the children's area and buy some of the popping things and throw them at each other for a while, giggling hysterically (some adults watch and laugh, others look at us as if we're crazy). Then we go through the kids area, because the teens are now arriving - and we go around the food, and the kid area, and the food area one more time. A bit of dancing in the middle, maybe another lap - by now, we've wandered around for over two hours, and we're pretty much finished.
Last night, I found a booth with roti - a Trinidadian and East Indian dish, a special wrap that is essentially two layers with dried bean or pea flour in the middle, then the wrap filled with curried vegs and meat/chicken/fish. I love roti, especially chicken, with a bit of hot sauce. But last night's roti was extremely disappointing, since the wrap used was just a plain old tortilla. I don't mind tortillas for burritos or something - but it just tastes wrong for a roti. I ate maybe 1/4 of mine, and threw it away. And while I normally hate wasting food, well, I do feel virtuous for not forcing myself to eat something yucky.
Then DH discovered the deep fried oreos. Normally we laugh at the bizarre deep fried items one finds at these things - but, well, we tried one order (3 oreos, each dipped in sweet batter and then quick fried, and served with powdered sugar) and wow those things were good! So we shared two orders - which meant I ate 2 and DH ate 4. I have no idea how to track those calories, so I left them off - and I will valiantly try to never eat them again. But wow, tasty and horrendously unhealthful!
We got home by 10 PM, with the sounds of Carnival drifting up the hill all night long.
Today we have the boat races, more village activities, and the Brass'o'rama tonight - brass band competition at the stadium - always good music!