USVI Emancipation Day

Mocko Jumbies of the Virgin Islands

Q the Cruzan Foodie - March 12, 2021

Mocko Jumbies are one of the oldest parts of Virgin Islands cultural heritage. It dates back to a time when Africans were brought to the islands over 200 years ago. When we see them at cultural celebrations, they are an immediate reminder of Virgin Islands history, heritage and culture. Mocko Jumbies are traditional stilt dancers that dress in colorful clothing and their faces are covered …

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Let’s Make Caribbean Black Cake for Christmas!

Q the Cruzan Foodie - December 11, 2020
Caribbean Black Cake

Caribbean Black Cake is a must when celebrating Christmas in the Caribbean. This rum soaked fruit cake is wildly popular during the Christmas holidays throughout the Caribbean and the V.I. getting its black color from the molasses and browning process done during the preparation of this sweet treat. It’s not Christmas until you’ve had a slice! SEE ALSO: CHRISTMAS IN THE CARIBBEAN = WE MEKKING …

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TFTI Experience Atlanta with Cruzan Foodie

Q the Cruzan Foodie - October 22, 2020

I never imagined I’d visit the TFTI Experience Atlanta during my most recent visit to the city in October 2020. After all, being in a mall with thousands of daily visitors in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic may seem like a bad idea. However, I was thrilled to have a semblance of fun similar to life BC (Before Covid). What is TFTI Experience Atlanta? …

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Cruzan Foodie Fave: Tamarind

Q the Cruzan Foodie - October 8, 2020

There’s nothing quite like the sweet, tart taste of a fresh tamarind right off a tree! Tamarind is a special fruit that grows in abundance throughout the Caribbean during the summer. Wholly cherished by Virgin Islanders and Caribbean people everywhere, it can be used to make juice, stews, sorbets, chutneys, sauces, syrups and much more! Tamarind is housed in a pod-like casing where cracking it …

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(Re)Starting Your Fitness Journey

Q the Cruzan Foodie - September 9, 2020

One of the biggest challenges on anyone’s fitness journey is simply getting started. I can’t tell you how many times I have personally started and stopped and started again. It’s often due to life hiccups like getting sick, feeling discouraged, going on vacation, moving, etc. I’d end up pausing my workouts and meal prepping to manage whatever was happening at the time only to extend …

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Cruzan Foodie Fave: Peanut Punch

Q the Cruzan Foodie - August 28, 2020
Virgin Islands Peanut Punch Recipe

I am excited to share my peanut punch recipe with you today! This creamy, delicious beverage is a staple in most Caribbean countries and regularly enjoyed by locals and visitors. Growing up in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, the sight of a huge gallon bottle from the inside of the fridge filled with peanut punch was a promise of a sweet, rich dessert-like drink that …

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Island Mango Salsa

Q the Cruzan Foodie - July 17, 2020
island mango salsa

When mango season is in full effect, I love making this Island Mango Salsa. It’s a great way to liven up fish, tacos or chicken in a pinch. Thanks to my culinary master brother Jermaine, I’ve been able to add this recipe to my list of simple things I can make to impress my future husband! Fresh ripe mango, red onions, cilantro, garlic and lime …

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These Brands are Perfect Goya Foods Substitutes

Q the Cruzan Foodie - July 11, 2020
Goya Foods Substitutes

With the cancellation of Goya Foods due to recent comments made by the company’s CEO, it was only right for Cruzan Foodie to compile a list of Goya Foods substitutes. These brands are primarily small businesses that will be positively impacted by your purchase. The fact that these companies don’t praise leaders that shun immigrants and maliciously attack minorities for political gain is a huge …

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