Photo credit: Steph Jones Photography
Welcome to The Inner Gourmet, a blog about food, culture, and culinary experiences. I created this blog in January 2010 to help inspire those who might find West Indian cooking a bit intimidating. I grew up in a Guyanese home where my mother prepared and cooked traditional foods. I spent a lot of time helping her cook, but after moving away from home, I quickly realized how much I missed her touch in the kitchen.  It was also apparent that without her physical help, I had no idea how to cook the traditional foods I loved so dearly. I slowly came to learn that I was not the only one facing this issue.  Many first-generation Caribbean-Americans who were born in America, but grew up with Caribbean parents, had no idea how to replicate the traditional dishes that became a daily part of their lives. I felt we needed a space online where people who wanted to learn how to cook, but needed measurements, could be inspired and encouraged to make the nostalgic foods they loved so dearly. 

I'm Alica, I was born in New York City, but my parents are from Guyana, a small country in South America. I grew up in Queens, NY, where I also attended college- I graduated from St. John’s University in Queens. Immediately after college I relocated to Rochester, NY for work. Moving out and living on my own at the age of 21 taught me how to be independent and meant that I had to cook for myself. Naturally, I missed home and one of the things I missed most was my mother’s cooking. After spending a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen, I learned that culinary arts was my true passion. A few years ago I left the corporate world to become a stay at home mom to my two boys. I currently reside in Florida with my husband and kids. 

Why "The Inner Gourmet"?
My goal is to help West Indian food look as a beautiful as it tastes. When we think of gourmet cuisines, we think of fancy and labor intensive dishes that are plated so beautifully, it looks too good to eat. I've always felt deep down that West Indian cuisine is gourmet. The time and process that goes into preparing our food is just as laborious as any other respected cuisine and we deserve for our food to be highlighted. 

Photography and Content Copyright 
The photography, text, and any other content on this site are property of Alica Ramkirpal-Senhouse, unless otherwise noted. No photographs, text, or content should be reproduced without first contacting me at innergourmet@gmail.com for permission of use. I have put a lot of time and effort into taking the photographs and creating content for your pleasure, as I do not benefit monetarily from this blog. Please be understanding and so kind as to not use any of this material without first asking, all it takes is a simple email. Copyright © 2010 by Alica Ramkirpal, all rights reserved.

If you would like to contact me with any questions or suggestions please do so at innergourmet@gmail.com