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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

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Starving Gator: Ivey's Grill

Starving Gator: Ivey’s Grill

I first heard of Ivey’s from my dad, whose coworker told him about this great breakfast place in Gainesville we needed to try. Located on 3303 West University Avenue, it’s close to campus making it a great spot to pick up a meal before or after class.  

The Starving Gator: Hogan's

The Starving Gator: Super-sized subs

Hogan’s will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first restaurant I fell in love with in Gainesville. Years before I became a student, my uncle– a proud Gator alumnus and an avid Gator football fan– told my family about this great sandwich shop he found in Gainesville. All it took was one bite of one of their sandwiches and I was hooked. To this day it remains one of my favorite restaurants in Gainesville and one of my regular places to head for lunch. 


The Starving Gator: Starbucks' secret menu

Have you ever been standing in line in Starbucks and heard someone order some unusual drink that is definitely not on the menu? Maybe they show their phone to the barista at the register and then the barista starts furiously typing on the register, creating what seems to be a pretty complex order. You, my friends, have just witnessed someone ordering from the Starbucks Secret Menu. With over 100 different recipes and growing each and every day with new recipes from Starbucks baristas and customers, this website is sprawling with interesting and unique recipes to try out. I have not had the pleasure of trying every item on this menu, but I do have some personal favorites. A word of warning though: Please don’t try to order any of these drinks by name only– instead show them the recipes which can be found on the website.


Starving Gator: Original Gainesville food truck rally

On July 26th, Gainesville will be having its monthly food truck rally at High Dive, with twelve different food trucks/stands in attendance. For the past few years, food trucks have been growing in both popularity and demand, with trucks offering specialty cuisine not found anywhere else. When grouped together, food trucks can be overwhelming with their wide array of culinary choices, so here’s a comprehensive guide to some of the main vendors at Gainesville’s rally.

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Swamp of Love: Making your long-distance relationship work

When you meet your high school sweetheart, it seems like nothing in the world could possibly go wrong; your head’s in the clouds and you’re never more than 10 feet away from your significant other during your free time. Life is perfect, that is, until you go to college. A lot of high school couples experience the awkward, “Okay so I got into UF and you got into FSU (are you sure he’s a keeper?) phase, and have no idea what to do. Almost always, they choose to break up without even thinking twice. Many people think that long distance relationships don’t work, but I’m here to tell you that they do if you take the right steps to make it that way.

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Swamp of Love: How to make your summer budget stretch

I would assume that most college students know the struggle of being broke. Between feeding ourselves and that dreaded monthly rent, we’re left over with hardly any money to have a social life (thank gosh for lady’s nights, am I right girls?). For some, this can put a damper on their dating life, but for others, it just means learning how to be creative. Luckily for you, I’m here to give you a few suggestions. 

Starving Gator: Peachvalley

The Starving Gator: Peach Valley Café

Peach Valley Café is a hidden gem of Gainesville’s dining. Located on 3275 SW 34th Street, it is a Southern style breakfast and lunch café that somewhat reminds me of a Cracker Barrel or Bob Evans. I’d never heard of it until I went with a group of friends to celebrate my friend’s birthday. 


The Starving Gator: New York's hidden gems

I’m spending the summer in New York City for an internship and, being the foodie that I am, I mapped a strategic plan of restaurants I wanted to hit months in advance. The fun part about the city though, is stumbling across little known places that often have the best food. My roommate and I made a goal for the summer to eat like locals. That is, hit the places where you won’t mingle with models and celebrities, but can still get good food at a good price. I’ve only been here a little over a month, but I’ve already found a few hidden gems that are definitely worth sharing! If you’re ever in the city, do yourself a massive favor and tryout one of these three picks: 


The Starving Gator: Healthy summer snack alternatives

It’s a cruel irony that Summer, the season of swim suits and short-shorts, is also the season of endless ice cream sundaes, barbecues and a plethora of other unhealthy food choices. I have a major sweet tooth, and once I start, I usually can’t stop. A small scoop of vanilla quickly turns into a triple chocolate brownie sundae with hot fudge and extra whip cream. Since I’ve been trying my hardest to make healthier choices recently, I thought I’d share some of my favorite healthier alternatives to our classic summer favorites. These are super quick, easy, and only require a few ingredients, so (unfortunately) we no longer have an excuse to conveniently call up Dominos. 

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The Starving Gator: Gigi’s Cupcakes

I first heard about Gigi’s Cupcakes by word of mouth. I was still in high school, living in St. Petersburg at the time, when the sales clerk in a store in Tampa was raving about the cupcake store up the road. Curious, my mom and I tried it, and we fell head over heels in love with their cupcakes.  

"i made a cake today using eggs" by indrarado, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Swamp of Love: Recognizing when it’s time to break up

We all dread the words, “We need to talk.” It’s the universal code for, “Hey this just really isn’t working out, maybe it’s better off if we’re friends.” Unfortunately, break ups are a part of life and sometimes we wait too long to have the conversation. We’ll search for that right time to do it, or wait our partner messes up so our reasoning is even better. The reality is though; it’s never going to get easier. You just have to recognize when it’s time to call it quits, and do it.   

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The Starving Gator: Nutella cake-in-a-mug recipe

The two things I love most in the world are 1) instant gratification and 2) Nutella. I hope most of you can agree with me on this. I love to bake, but sometimes the idea of collecting all those ingredients, dirtying all those pans and then having to clean up all that mess is just too much to undertake. Thankfully, there’s a magical land called Pinterest that makes our lives a million times easier. I get almost all of my recipes on Pinterest, because it’s that good.


The Starving Gator: How to satisfy the late night sweet tooth

Imagine this: it’s 11 o’clock at night, you’re studying and the only two thoughts on your mind are sleep and satisfying your sweet tooth. Out of luck for both? Wong! While I can’t do anything to help you sleep (keep pushing on, weary student), I can help you satisfy that insatiable sweet tooth. There are two words that every Gator should know: Midnight Cookies. 

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Swamp of Love: Being all by myself isn’t a bad thing

The name of this blog is called “Swamp of Love” so naturally most of you will assume that my articles will be about falling in love, or how to keep your relationship spicy (as if, I’m about as spicy as a bowl of sautéed spinach). Here’s a game changer: This week, I’m going to tell you why being in a relationship isn’t always the best situation, especially while you’re in college. 

"Cake pops for Tola's birthday 23 Feb '12" by Ayca Wilson, used under CC BY 2.0

The Starving Gator: Cake Pops The Lazy Way

The two main things that keep me from cooking every night have to be 1) lack of time and 2) lack of energy.  Since I’m all about anything and everything that can make my life easier, I’m starting a new series called “(insert food item here) the lazy way”. This basically means I’m going to give you a bunch of little tips and tricks that make seemingly difficult foods much easier.  Sounds fun, right?  This week I decided that I’m going to start with everyone’s new favorite treat, cake pops. Cake pops are adorable and delicious, but look like they take a lot of effort. Truthfully, if you follow any old recipe on the Internet, you really are in for a daylong ordeal. Fear not though, because I have a few tips to make your cake pop experience ever sweeter.  

"sushi creativo" by KimonoClub, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Starving Gator: How Do You Roll?

On June 18, How Do You Roll?, located on 1802 West University Avenue, will be celebrating “International Sushi Day” with a free Cali roll (a seaweed wrap with white or brown rice, krabstick, avocado, cucumber and sesame seeds) with any purchase. 

"Young couple and Kissing..." by Craig Allen, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Swamp of Love: Sometimes you really need to make a move

Unfortunately, those of us that are young and in college have the mentality that just like in the fairy tales, our soul mate is going to appear out of thin air and sweep us off our feet. Well, I’m here to tell you that life in fact is not a fairy tale, and your soul mate is just as hopeful as you are. 

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