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Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Aubrey Bocalan

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Aubrey Bocalan is a third-year journalism major. She is also pursuing a double major in Art. When she isn't writing, she's probably watching TV with her dog, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore Bocalan.


Asian supermarkets, restaurants and boba businesses are popping in ‘Gainesville’s Chinatown’

The sound of people speaking Chinese, Japanese or Tagalog layer over K-pop harmonies. The smell of Indian spices floats in from next door. It’s the sight, sound and smell of home. Located on the corner of Southwest 34th Street and Archer Road and nicknamed “Gainesville’s Chinatown” by some for its high concentration of Asian restaurants, there are more than 15 Asian businesses within a mile of each other.

José Nieves and Miguel Cardona sit in front of their food truck in Gainesville.

DJ's Cast Iron Burgers: Two Gainesville entrepreneurs set out to establish chain restaurant

Today, passersby can find the pair sweating it out inside the foodtruck of DJ’s Cast Iron Burgers. Parked on University Avenue, the latest ’80s tunes play from the speakers and mingle with the sizzling of burger patties. When they open the window to greet their customers, the smell of caramelized onions and hot peanut oil escape. The heat from their cast iron planks bleed out, offering respite from the rare Florida cold.

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Traditionally a meat- and dairy-heavy holiday dinner, Thanksgiving is handled differently by students with vegan and vegetarian diets.

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