• December 17, 2014
  • Welcome!
    Welcome | (Logout)
  • RSS
  • Contact
  • Archives
  • About

Alligator

Chomp and Chew

Thursday 04/19/2012
Local bakery, Vine Bread & Pasta, makes organic bread
Updated: April 19, 2012 - 1:51 pm

The airy smell of fresh baked bread is overpowering even with the first step through the door of Vine Bread & Pasta’s newly renovated baking space.

Comments (1)
more »
Thursday 04/12/2012
Celebrate spring by picking strawberries, making jam
Posted: April 12, 2012

A great activity for this time of year is visiting a U-pick farm to harvest some of the best fruits spring and central Florida have to offer

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 04/05/2012
Celebrate National Soy Foods Month with tempeh
Updated: April 06, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Fermented soy beans cakes might not sound appealing at first.

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 03/29/2012
Fakeout Foods for April Fools' Day
Posted: March 29, 2012

Break out your banana peels, unscrew that salt shaker and hang the bucket of water on your door frame because Sunday is April Fools' Day!

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 03/22/2012
Half birthday a time to celebrate all things half
Posted: March 22, 2012

For me, this Thursday isn’t quite the same as all the others because today is my half birthday.

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 03/15/2012
Food and drink specials for St. Patrick's Day in Gainesville
Posted: March 15, 2012

This Saturday, finding St. Patrick’s Day food and drinks in Gainesville will be much easier than plucking a four-leaf clover.

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 03/01/2012
Healthy dishes inspired by Spring Break destinations
Posted: March 01, 2012

No matter where Spring Break takes you, healthy food options are always available.

Comments (1)
more »
Thursday 02/23/2012
Celebrate Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day with homemade biscuits
Posted: February 23, 2012

Show your pooch some proper pampering with this homemade dog treat recipe.

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 02/16/2012
Honey, bee mine: The health benefits of honey
Posted: February 16, 2012

Valentine's Day has come and gone, leaving you with a heart full of love and enough chocolate to last until Halloween. However, there is a better way to embrace sweetness if a passionate regret for not going to the gym on Tuesday is overwhelming the allure of those heart-shaped brownies still staring at you every time you crack open the refrigerator. Honey offers a whole range of health benefits including boosting energy, building the immune system and easing ailments.

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 02/09/2012
How to celebrate National Pizza Pie Day in Gainesville
Updated: February 09, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Take today to celebrate by biting into one of Gainesville's great slices.

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 02/02/2012
Do-it-yourself Girl Scout cookies: Samoas
Updated: February 02, 2012 - 11:57 am

Homemade Samoas are a bit time consuming but definitely cost effective, and they're currently convenient with Gainesville's unexplained Girl Scout shortage. 

Comments (0)
more »
Thursday 01/26/2012
How to celebrate national pistachio day in Gainesville
Updated: February 02, 2012 - 11:59 am

Today is National Pistachio Day, and it's about to get nutty!

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 12/02/2011
Reindeer peanut butter cookies are cute holiday treat
Posted: December 02, 2011

Can you hear it? It's the soft, subtle hum of holiday music echoing through department stores, grocery establishments and stereo systems in general. It is officially December, but we've already been "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" since the first stampede of Black Friday. Seasonal jams make me want to shake my "Jingle Bells" all day and night. In Florida, we can't build our own "Frosty the Snowman," but we sure can shout "Let It Snow" and pretend we live in a "Winter Wonderland."

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 11/18/2011
Learning where food comes from: classes, CSAs, farmers markets
Posted: November 18, 2011

One of the greatest pleasures one can experience is knowing exactly where the food he or she eats comes from. Much like the satisfaction of getting a paycheck after a strenuous pay period, consuming the food you have a connection to offers the same sense of fulfillment.

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 11/04/2011
Best restaurants for the Homecoming weekend
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

This weekend the Gators will face off against Vanderbilt for the annual homecoming football game and a chance for a homefield victory. One of the most exciting aspects of Homecoming weekend is the return of alumni who eagerly roam University Avenue reliving the unique thrill of a Gator football gameday.

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 10/28/2011
Best restaurants for local burritos in Gainesville
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

Tijuana Flats, Taco Bell, Chipotle, and Moe's are definitely successful Mexican chains for a reason. But, if you are looking to support local business with your burrito enthusiasm, check out these restaurants that wrap up the local Gainesville flavor.

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 10/21/2011
Occu-pie Gainesville
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

If you've been anywhere near Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville recently, you might have noticed that protestors have made the open area their temporary home. Occupy Gainesville, in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street in New York City, began on Oct. 12 and is still in effect.

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 10/14/2011
Chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm
Comments (0)
more »
In defense of peanut butter: chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

Creamy or chunky? You might need to put a bit more thought into your sandwich-spread alliance this season. Peanut butter prices are on the rise due to crop shortages that left farmers paying almost double for their peanuts.

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 10/07/2011
The Warehouse Restaurant & Lounge: an unexpected diamond in the rough
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

The unexciting area of south Main Street mainly features run-down industrial buildings and grassy patches of bare land. However, nestled on the corner of SW Main Street and Sixth Street is a large hanger-like structure that hosts a hidden gem. The steel-paneled building blends so effortlessly into the scenery that the uninformed restaurant diner might miss the swanky establishment altogether. The Warehouse Restaurant & Lounge conceals a sophisticated array of cuisine that effectively entices those with keens eyes and empty stomachs.

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 09/30/2011
Recipes for fall: pumpkin and chocolate chip bread
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

I always get super excited for autumn because the first day, September 22nd, falls (pun intended) conveniently on my birthday! Even though the leaves don't change in Florida, we still know how to celebrate the start of fall with an abundance of pumpkin-flavored products.

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 09/23/2011
A guide to buying local in Gainesville
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

If you haven't figured it out yet, Gainesville is a great city for food. Unlike other chain-ridden college campuses around the state, Gainesville has a local flair and food culture that make it obviously unique.

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 09/16/2011
Recipe: orange and blueberry muffins
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

Can a blueberry muffin be improved?

Comments (0)
more »
Friday 09/09/2011
The five best tailgate burgers
Updated: November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

The UAB game is upon us and that only means one thing - another opportunity to get your tailgate on. You might think you're the tailgating titan, but using meager Bubba Burgers does not constitute as truly tailgating. Breathe easy, readers! Here are five grill-worthy burgers that will make you into an impressive tailgater in no time.

Comments (0)
more »

Recent Blog Posts

Local bakery, Vine Bread & Pasta, makes organic bread

The airy smell of fresh baked bread is overpowering even with the first step through the door of Vine Bread & Pasta’s newly renovated baking space.

More From Recent Blog Posts

Thursday 04/12/2012
Celebrate spring by picking strawberries, making jam
Posted: April 12, 2012 - 12:15 am

A great activity for this time of year is visiting a U-pick farm to harvest some of the best fruits spring and central Florida have to offer

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 04/05/2012
Celebrate National Soy Foods Month with tempeh
Updated: April 06, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Fermented soy beans cakes might not sound appealing at first.

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 03/29/2012
Fakeout Foods for April Fools' Day
Posted: March 29, 2012 - 12:15 am

Break out your banana peels, unscrew that salt shaker and hang the bucket of water on your door frame because Sunday is April Fools' Day!

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 03/22/2012
Half birthday a time to celebrate all things half
Posted: March 22, 2012 - 12:15 am

For me, this Thursday isn’t quite the same as all the others because today is my half birthday.

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 03/15/2012
Food and drink specials for St. Patrick's Day in Gainesville
Posted: March 15, 2012 - 12:15 am

This Saturday, finding St. Patrick’s Day food and drinks in Gainesville will be much easier than plucking a four-leaf clover.

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 03/01/2012
Healthy dishes inspired by Spring Break destinations
Posted: March 01, 2012 - 12:15 am

No matter where Spring Break takes you, healthy food options are always available.

Comments (1)
read more »
Thursday 02/23/2012
Celebrate Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day with homemade biscuits
Posted: February 23, 2012 - 12:15 am

Show your pooch some proper pampering with this homemade dog treat recipe.

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 02/16/2012
Honey, bee mine: The health benefits of honey
Posted: February 16, 2012 - 12:15 am

Valentine's Day has come and gone, leaving you with a heart full of love and enough chocolate to last until Halloween. However, there is a better way to embrace sweetness if a passionate regret for not going to the gym on Tuesday is overwhelming the allure of those heart-shaped brownies still staring at you every time you crack open the refrigerator. Honey offers a whole range of health benefits including boosting energy, building the immune system and easing ailments.

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 02/09/2012
How to celebrate National Pizza Pie Day in Gainesville
Updated: February 09, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Take today to celebrate by biting into one of Gainesville's great slices.

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 02/02/2012
Do-it-yourself Girl Scout cookies: Samoas
Updated: February 02, 2012 - 11:57 am

Homemade Samoas are a bit time consuming but definitely cost effective, and they're currently convenient with Gainesville's unexplained Girl Scout shortage. 

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 01/26/2012
How to celebrate national pistachio day in Gainesville
Updated: February 02, 2012 - 11:59 am

Today is National Pistachio Day, and it's about to get nutty!

Comments (0)
read more »

Seven tips to ensure a green Spring Break 2012

While you're partying, don't forget these simple things you can do to be sustainable.

Beer Chat: the return of summer seasonals

Come summer time, it’s hard to find an excuse to not crack open a beer.

Local bakery, Vine Bread & Pasta, makes organic bread

The airy smell of fresh baked bread is overpowering even with the first step through the door of Vine Bread & Pasta’s newly renovated baking space.

'Project Runway’s' Mondo Guerra shows America (again) that he’s 'in'

Recent winner of the Lifetime hit show “Project Runway All Stars,” Mondo Guerra is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

Superhero blockbusters will dominate summer — again

This is yet another summer of superhero films. The predictability of Hollywood would be excruciating if there wasn’t so much to look forward to this summer.

End your semester by finalizing your travel plans

Whether you’re staying in town, heading to another state for an internship or vacationing the globe, planning out your itinerary is probably the most important step in vacationing with ease.

The Lineup


Contact Blogs Editor Cara Chiaramonte at [email protected].

Monday

  • Freshmen Ask, Seniors Answer: The Baby Gators' guide to their first year as a part of the Gator Nation. Submit questions at: bit.ly/1wplkli.
  • For Your Entertainment: Your source for all things entertainment three days a week, from music, film and television reviews to how to survive music festivals.
  • The Professional Gator: Advice on how to make it in the real world as a young professional.

Tuesday

  • Gainesvillista: The latest in fashion for men and women, combined with beauty tips for looking your best.
  • When Life Gives You Lemons: Tips to guide you through the ups and downs in the journey of life. 

Wednesday

  • Now That's Justice: A unique take on social issues of every kind — from women's rights to racial issues to LGBT affairs.
  • For Your Entertainment: Your source for all things entertainment three days a week, from music, film and television reviews to how to survive music festivals.

Thursday

  • Swamp of Love: A look at relationships and dating in Gainesville and advice on how to deal.

Friday

  • The Chomp: Restaurant reviews, food news and features written by the hungry blogger for the ravenous reader.
  • For Your Entertainment: Your source for all things entertainment three days a week, from music, film and television reviews to how to survive music festivals.
  • UFitness: The latest in fitness and wellness trends from tips on how to get through that detox to the newest fitness craze.