About this blog
Welcome to The Inner Gourmet, a blog about food, culture, and the stories that make these recipes come to life. I created this blog in January 2010 as a means to document my passion for food, as well as help inspire those who might find Caribbean cooking a bit intimidating.  I grew up in a Guyanese home where my mother prepared and cooked all of our meals, including traditional Guyanese foods.  As a young child, 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, like myself, 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 like myself who wanted to learn how to cook, but needed measurements, could be inspired and encouraged to cook the nostalgic foods they loved. 

About Me 
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My name is Alica Ramkirpal-Senhouse. 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 where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Immediately after college I was offered a sales job that was located in Rochester, NY. Moving out and living on my own at the age of 21 taught me how to be independent. Naturally, I missed home and one of the things I missed the 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. I decided to apply to the Culinary Institute of America and while awaiting their decision on admission, I took a job as a chef in a local restaurant where I was living.  I loved working as a chef, but what I didn’t love so much were the hours and knowing that my busiest days were on the weekends, that meant I had limited time with family and friends and would be missing a lot of important events. Besides that, I really missed interacting with customers. How could I couple both of my passions for food and business? I applied to graduate school at the Simon School of Business in Rochester, NY. I was truly at a crossroads, culinary school or business school?  I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Marketing and use it to work in the Food and Beverage industry.  Although I was accepted to The Culinary Institute of America I had decided to delay my enrollment.  I have not taken culinary school off the table.  Who can ever tell what life has in store.

Photography and Content Copyright 
The photography, text, and any other content on this site are property of Alica Ramkirpal, 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.  Thank you for visiting The Inner Gourmet!