Over the past two months I’ve tried all sorts of restaurants in Gainesville. Some were great, others weren’t so good, but all of them contributed to a great summer experience. This is my list of the top five places I uncovered along the way.
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Every once in a while a restaurant sneaks up on me and provides quality food when I least expect it. I like to call them “sneaky good” spots. Outback Steakhouse is one of the biggest chains in America. Their commercials with the corny Australian accents and down-underism’s have until this point, kept me from eating at their establishment. It appears I was missing out, because Outback’s food is actually way better than I expected.
The final season of Dexter is almost halfway over already. Here are the highlights from the first four episodes.
Nothing beats a fresh bagel for breakfast. I’m not a morning person, never have been and never will, but a great meal before I start my day can make all the difference. Bagels & Noodles is great because they serve fresh breakfast with a lot of variety.
If you’re like most college students out there, you want to cook your favorite foods but you’re not exactly sure if you have all of the right tools to do so. Cooking is like painting, the inspiration behind the meal is the most important part, but after that you need your brush and easel to complete the piece. Here’s my list of the best and most necessary tools to aid you in your college cooking experiences.
I faced a pretty serious dilemma on July 4. I wanted to fulfill my duties as an American and consume copious amounts of barbequed meats, but had to do so without its most important component, a grill. Instead of shaming myself by eating hot pockets (what I usually do), I decided to try a local favorite, Adam’s Rib Co. I didn’t really know what to expect from a local chain, but I quickly realized that it was far from fast-food.
When Trader Joe’s opened in Gainesville this past December, fans of the franchise lined up hours in advance to show their support. Joe’s has gained a large following over the years because of their large variety of food, friendly service and low prices. They’re able to charge less than Publix because TJ’s makes all of their own food through their own Trader Joe’s brand.
If you're like me and hate to cook, there is finally hope. I’m not a very good chef. I don’t have the patience to stand around in the kitchen all day to make a meal, and I despise cleaning up after I’m done. I’m so bad that I don’t even make my own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; I buy Uncrustables. That has started to change ever since I learned to make easy dishes, with the help of my family-cooking expert.
There’s only one thing I know for sure about KC Crave - the food is fantastic. Other than that, this place is a bit of a mystery to me. After all, it’s not often that you see a two-story barbecue restaurant, complete with a live band, glowing neon lights and lounge area.
Over the summer, Gainesville is a desert wasteland. Or at least it feels that way with the unrelenting heat and most of the student body gone until fall. If you’re one of the brave souls who are sticking it out, here’s my list of the best places to chill out, and take a cold bite out of summer.
On May 18 some, of the best food trucks in Florida gathered in the High Dive parking lot for the third Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally. The event was packed with ten vendors, a bar/lounge area and a lot of hungry people.
I love pizza.
This summer, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Jamaica. It is truly one of the greatest sights in the world. It has beautiful white sand beaches and lush green rain forests, and if you look to the sky you can see giant green mountains filling up the horizon line. I stayed at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios for five days, and had an incredible time. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I definitely made the most of my short trip. To get the most out of your Jamaican experience, I recommend you do and see these four things.