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Hi All!!

So last week after some encouragement from my cousin (Clayton) and friend (Bob), I decided to work on a personal project I wanted to for some time, but never had the time. Thank you Google and Lynda.com for helping me with Dreamweaver! I built and designed my website featuring my artwork, my architecture sketches. Here it is – http://art.vernellenoel.com/index.htm

I have been working on it non-stop since Tuesday (they don’t call me an Insomniac for nothing!). I am happy to now tell you all that it is at a stage that I can share it with you. It is still a work in progress, BUT things are working. I still have many, many more sketches to upload, but things are up and running.

I wanted to push all I can as I begin my PhD in Architecture this Fall at Penn State University… in case I forgot to mention it to you all. In a few days my priority will be my work (PhD research and study), so I wanted to give this all I can with the remaining hours I had. I am happy and excited for it all! I am particularly excited about my Sketchsperiments! Check them out!

Thanks again for all your encouragement and kind words! Oh I love the interweb – 😉

Vernelle Noel a.k.a Thinking Insomniac

http://art.vernellenoel.com/index.htm

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 My friend took me to Veni Mangé in Port of Spain, Trinidad last week for lunch. Here was my experience. Sign paying homage to Allyson Hennessy above.

“Veni Mangé came into existence in December 1980. The name Veni Mangé is French Patois for ‘Come & Eat’ Now located on the popular Ariapita Avenue, the restaurant is housed in old Colonial home, clay colored with demerara windows, local art, tropical plants, colorful décor and overhead ceiling fans. It epitomises Caribbean ambiance. Veni Mangé is run by sisters, Allyson Hennessy (deceased – pictured above), a Cordon Bleu Chef and sister, Roses Hezekiah.” – from Veni Mange website.

We were warmly greeted by Roses (I think it was Roses) who was the epitome of the Caribbean woman, beautiful, warm, felt like family, and a beautiful smile. She escorted us to our seats, asking us where we preferred and opening the windows for us to enjoy the breeze.

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 Coconut Bake

Before placing your order you are greeted by beautiful and delicious coconut bake! This is a Trinbagonian past-time. It was and still is one of the most comforting things for me to eat when I come home to Trinidad. My grandmother’s coconut bake was unforgettable. In addition to the bake looking so inviting, I loved the checkered towel it was placed in. Oh so homey!

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I ordered grilled shrimp in chadon bene sauce (chadon bene is a family to cilantro) and my friend ordered the West Indian stewed beef with dumplings. Our entrees were served with (pictured above) bhagi rice (from top left), potato salad and fried plantains, vegetables (which was really pak choi) and red beans. Oh it was a feast!!!!!!!!!!! It looked and smelled sooooooooooo good! But the pièce de résistance was about to arrive..

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Close up of the bhagi rice

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Potato salad and fried plantains

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Stewed red beans

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Pak choi

Now for the entrees…

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Stewed beef with dumplings. Five-finger a.k.a star fruit a.k.a carambola for decoration.

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Another view with some watercress too.

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This was my baby, my darling, just looking at this and my mouth is watering again…grilled shrimp in chadon bene sauce

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Now, if memory serves me right the menu said “grilled shrimp.” I didn’t taste the grill on the shrimp, BUT the shrimps was one of the most delicious tasting shrimps I have ever had! It tasted like a chadon bene ceviche or a shrimp chow! BEST THING EVER!!

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Another view! I ate my sides and left the majority of my shrimp for last.

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We left room for dessert. I had the rum trifle and my friend had the prune dessert with custard (I can’t remember the name).

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Inside the run trifle

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A closer view of inside the rum trifle.

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The prune dessert

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Inside the prune dessert

 The desserts were great! If I were Veni Mangé however I would place the trifle in a clear glass or bowl. The beauty of a trifle lies not just in its taste, but also in its layers. Glass dish – yes. I would also put a lighter layer of custard atop. The entire thing was a little too sweet and I felt the custard overwhelmed the delicious fruits and cake below a bit. I would do the same for the prune dessert. They were both great however. Now for the decor…

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The brightly colored furniture, windows, ceiling fans, demerara windows, colorful artwork depicting Caribbean life and Caribbean people. The seat covers are reminiscent of  the dresses worn by bélé dancers in the Caribbean.

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Brightly colored furniture and jalousie windows (with louvers).

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The artwork and plants…

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A close up of the painted table top and beautiful tile

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More of the interior

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 White painted ceiling, demerara windows, wooden floor and furniture at the bar

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A wall of famous Trinidadians

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Demerara windows

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View of Veni Mangé from the outside

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Exterior sign

I thank Rose and the young lady who waited on my friend and I. This was fantastic! The food was some of the best I have ever tasted. The service was PERFECT! I felt comfortable, they kept asking us if everything was alright and if we wanted anything else. I am a sucker for fantastic service and they gave it to us, all with that beautiful Caribbean smile and warmth.

  1. Food – GREAT
  2. Service – GREAT
  3. Ambiance – GREAT

Here’s a ink to the restaurant – http://www.venimange.com

Have a great one!

Thinking Insomniac.

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6” x 8.5” Pen, ink,  and Sharpie in Ryman sketchbook

I am in Trinidad for a few days and I felt the nostalgia of my time sketching the wonderful buildings in Port of Spain. I passed by the Sagicor Building and wanted to sketch it again. It’s a beauty!

Thinking Insomniac

 

 

Ponche de Creme (or punch ah creme) is a favorite from Trinidad & Tobago during the Christmas season. It’s an absolute delight! See you all next year, and until then,

Happy New Year!!!

2014 here we come!

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I did this sketch in November 2010 on my first visit to Boston..
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Have a great Wednesday everyone!

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Queen's Royal College - Clock Tower - Trinidad

5” x 8.25” ink pens, in Moleskine sketchbook

This is a negative sketch of the Clock Tower of Queen’s Royal College (Q.R.C.) in Trinidad & Tobago. Click here for more…
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Visual Recipe - Corn Soup

Today’s Visual Recipe is a Trinbagonian favorite, Corn Soup. It’s a bit cold where I am… probably going to rain today too.. so enjoy this if you can.. mail some for me if you can ;-). Click here to see my Visual Journal of yesterday.


Things happen for a reason

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

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Sketch of the inside of City Gate in Port of Spain, Trinidad

Above is an of the interior sketch of Trinidad’s main bus terminal, City Gate in Port of Spain. It is located at South Quay, Port of Spain and it is the hub for public transport between the capital city and outlying towns and villages.

Abstract Architecture of the day:

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Milner Hall - UWI, Trinidad

Above is a negative of Milner Hall at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad. Click here for more on Milner Hall.

I can’t find my paintbrush, so I hope to go get some today…

Abstract Architecture of the day:

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