Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Trinidad Carnival 2014--The Reviews: SCORCH









No matter the location- Trinidad, Miami, Barbados--SCORCH typically doesn't disappoint. And Scorch Carnival Saturday was no exception. Customer service was a 10. There were plenty of people around to make sure you were safe, fed, and intoxicated (or at least nice). They even upgraded the "Scorch Shot" by adding shot glasses for the folks who have a hard time taking that bottle to the head! If you came hungry (I usually forget to eat  regularly during carnival... so this is  important for me) you were able to choose from a variety of items like Cold Stone Creamery,  Corn Soup, Doubles, Phoulorie, Fried Chicken, Aunt Anne's Pretzels, Fire Stix.... Fire Stix...Fire Stix...yea so about those Fire Stix

I have to pause here to confess my absolute obsession addiction to Fire Stix. Last year during carnival I saw a few Fire Stix here and there. I think I may have even have had one  or two BUT this year at Scorch I realized how awesome they were. What  exactly is a Fire Stix? Made with the infamous Puncheon  (overproof) Trini rum this popsicle is about 20% alcohol by volume and DELICIOUS. (Special note for the Puncheon Girl who refused to give me more than one Fire Stix on Carnival Tuesday. I am not sorry for the side eye I gave you or the 10 Fire Stix I took 60 seconds later #addictionisreal )

This is how I spent most of Carnival Monday and Tuesday....obsessed with Fire Stix 
The best part of Scorch was no long wait or fight for anything. The Bars were well stocked and the bartenders were plentiful. 

Even the people on line look happy! 

My only complaint about Scorch was the stage. When I see a stage at a fete I expect to see performers. Now, I will admit I did not stay until the end of Scorch but while I was there the stage was filled with people who wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity for 5 minutes of carnival fame. You know the scene... women trying their hardest to show off their whining skills, selfie photo shoots, and a lot of random behavior. Now, let's not get it twisted  carnival is about all of that, but I don't need it on stage. After a while it became too much!

I give scorch a 9 out of 10.
My two wishes for the promoters:
1. Scorch should come to Brooklyn for Labor Day.
2. More entertainment -use the stage, hire a clown, rent a mechanical bull--some type of unique touch that will make Scorch Epic!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Trinidad Carnival 2014--The Reviews: AMbush

Hmmmmm....Where should I start?! Overall Carnival was AMAZING! People keep asking me about my experience and I know the few words I manage to utter do not come close to describing the EPICNESS that is carnival. You just had to be there!  Sure, there were some hiccups along the way but overall I can not complain, money well spent, carnival was an 11 out of 10.

Ok, so time for some deets. My first fete in Trini was Carnival Friday night a few hours after I arrived in Trini, Caesars Army AMbush.  This was one fete I was looking  forward to attending since its inception. After years of looking at everyone's pictures and reading the reviews I booked my flight (and took extra time off work) to ensure that the fete didn't miss me. Quiet as it is kept among those involved, my crew and I missed Caesars Army AMBush  this Crop Over (I blame Bliss). My Jersey is still clean, Caesar's Army cup unused, #sad. BUT NOT THIS YEAR!!!!

Rough Start--
When my crew and I arrived at the car park for AMbush around 4 am I was immediately concerned. Parking was unsupervised and the shuttle service looked more like a maxi stand in P.O.S, 6 Maxi's lined up already full with passengers but not moving. Around me were others like myself, Caesar's Army Jerseys, vests, cups, ready to go--but stuck.  Things remained like this for a while, with the only difference being more people arriving just to suffer the same fate. As the shuttle service began people began to rush the shuttles, the few police present seemed anxious, and the one person that seemed to be coordinating things was frazzled.  Maxi's were filling up with passengers  long before reaching the massive crowd which only added to the tension.  After about an hour of watching this go on walking down the dark road behind the Maxi's seemed like the only option for me. I am to small to fight people to get in a Maxi and I did not want to miss one more moment of this fete. So the journey began.  The whole crowd began to move at the same time. The walk to the venue was uneventful, once we arrived at the gates our arm bands were checked and we were "in ting". My advice... get there early and if you see a Maxi--don't ask questions-- hop in.

No coconut water, no scotch, no options. I could understand this happening in other islands but this is TRINIDAD--the land of scotch and coconut water--it is practically the national cocktail! No coconut water in Trinidad is unacceptable. AMbush is not a cheap fete, so I can not understand why there wasn't more variety in drink choices. Why should I have to drink  Fire Water--soda water and rum?   And after walking to the beginning of AMBush the mystery of it all is revealed. When I realized I was just going to walk back down the same path I already walked up I was disappointed but Caesar's Army had a few surprises in store that made up for it.

More on this pic later...
The VIBES in AMbush is the  only reason Caesars' Army will see me again! People came out to have a time and despite whatever else happened --they did. Something about the sun rising, paint,  colored powder, and soca music is intoxicating.  The highlight-- just when you thought  it was all over and it was time to look for your crew and go home you were greeted with Inflatable water slides, soccer fields, boxing rings, everything.  Aren't those toys for kids? YES, but they are SOOO much fun as an adult.

 I give AMbush a 8 out of 10. My 3 wishes for the promoters:

1. Please use the money you make from profits to hire more staff. There was a point when a friend of mine climbed on to the drink truck to get her own drink (see pic
2. Please have actual full size buses or more Maxis available. Waiting for an hour for shuttle service is unacceptable.

3. Scotch & Coconut Water. Man can not live on beer, vodka,  and rum alone.

Up Next--Scorch!

Until then...keep it kinky. ; )


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