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The influx of immigrants from Puerto Rico and the Domini-
can Republic means that Spanish is spoken here as well. St.
Croix has the largest number of Spanish speakers.
Traditional Foods
Although you can find restaurants that serve
International cuisines, you will enjoy sampling
some traditional West Indian foods during your
stay. While some family-owned eateries serve
the most authentic dishes, you'll find a sprin-
kling of typical dishes on many menus. Another
good way to sample traditional foods is to join in the fun at a
typical West Indian barbecue, which is a weekly event at
most hotels.
Some island favorites include:
Roti - Islanders' favorite “fast food,” rotis are flavorful East
Indian flat breads filled with meats or vegetables. They re-
semble a wrap-sandwich and can be eaten while on the go.
Pate - This is confusing because it is not like liver pâté but
rather refers to a pita-style bread that is filled with spiced
meats, seafood or vegetables. The pate is baked or grilled
and served warm.
Fungi (fongee) - Made from cornmeal and ground vegeta-
bles (often okra), fungi is served as a side dish, primarily
with seafood.
Whelks - A seasonal seafood similar to escargot.
Conch (conk) - Another local seafood favorite, it is served as
an appetizer or entrée, in soups, fritters, salads and grilled.
Callaloo - A thick soup of okra, ham, crabmeat and greens.
Curries and Stews - Goat, mutton and chicken are often
used to make curries and stews with local vegetables.
Local fruits - Soursop, used to make ice cream, guava,
mango, pineapple, sugar apple, passion fruit and tamarind
are delicious.
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