Homemade BBQ chicken burgers

Going out to eat can take a toll on your wallet, and sometimes the food you eat out at a restaurant is too heavy and just leaves you feeling guilty. However, if you are in the mood for a juicy, delicious, burger but you can do without the guilt and bloated feeling afterwards, here is a recipe for homemade burgers that you will be sure to love. What makes this recipe so special is the fact that it is just as delicious as a regular beef burger, but it is healthier because it calls for chicken instead of beef and wheat buns. You can even make it with sweet potato fries if you wanted to stick to the healthier theme.  Check out the link below for a scrumptious, mouth-watering burger, that will leave you satisfied, but is actually secretly pretty good for you too!

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/04/bbq-chicken-burgers/#_a5y_p=1159322

A bit of Island taste

If you are in the mood for some Caribbean cuisine, then Reggae Shack Cafe at 619 W University Ave may have just what you are looking for.  The Reggae Shack is known for its delicious oxtail, but there are also a variety of other dishes such as their coconut shrimp, jerk burger, jerk chicken salad, and Down by de beach mahi mahi. On top of that, there is also a delicious vegetarian selection including vegan steak, brown stew tofu, and curry palm hearts that will leave you just as satisfied. Don’t think that they forgot about dessert! Desserts include, but are not limited to, a mango swirl cheesecake, rum cake, and vegan carrot cake with the option of adding ice cream for only 99 cents. Everything on the menu is under $15 and the Reggae Shack is open 11 am to 10 pm every single day, so check it out today! Their savory and exotic island flavors will be sure to please you and make you feel like you are right at your very own Jamaican vacation.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/reggae-shack-cafe-gainesville?nb=1

Cuban flavor in Gainesville

Spanish food is known for being spicy and full of flavor with delicious aromas that will excite your sense of smell. If you love beans, rice, and delicious slow cooked meats then Gainesville has a few Cuban restaurants that have just want you are looking for. Flaco’s Cuban Bakery and Coffee on 200 W University Ave has delicious breads and pastries that you can smell from a mile away, but when the sun drops and you are starving after a fun night on the town, not many places compare to their variety of hot pressed sandwiches. On the other side of campus is Mi Apa Latin Café on 114 SW 34th Street. Open from 7 am to 10 pm on Sunday through Thursday and 7 am to 12 am on Friday and Saturday, come by to try their delectable sandwiches, shredded beef, roasted chicken and Cuban pot roast. Whether you grew up eating Spanish food, or this will be your first time, you are bound to love their traditional Cuban cuisine.  (Ashley Mondesir)

http://www.miapalatincafe.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/flacos-cuban-bakery-gainesville

Shopping in Gainesville: Butler Plaza

After driving many miles on Interstate 75, you come across Exit 384 for Gainesville/Archer Road. Right after taking this exit, you come to a shopping plaza that is very well known among all of the locals and students of Gainesville, Butler Plaza.  Butler Plaza, also known as the “Miracle Mile,” is the largest retail center in the Southeastern United States. At this location, there are multiple different choices for anyone’s shopping preferences.  Anything and everything from bookstores to grocery franchises are located in Butler Plaza.  If you’re looking for something to cure your peaking interests, Butler Plaza is home to places like Michael’s, the craft and hobby store, Barnes and Noble, Pier 1 Imports, and one of Gainesville’s finest movie theaters, Regal Cinemas 14. The Miracle Mile is also home to many popular restaurants such as Chili’s, The Gainesville Ale House, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, and T.G.I. Friday’s as well as many fast food choices too. If you’re looking for daily necessities, there are multiple supermarkets such as Walmart, Target, and Publix all in one area! There’s also many choices for all of you just shopping for pleasure such as Payless Shoe Stores, Pac Sun and Old Navy. As you can tell, the Miracle Mile offers many different options for the local Gainesville population as well as the many tourists that come to Gainesville year round. From shampoo to text books to a slab of ribs, Butler Plaza has everything you could ask for in the convenience of one location.

 

written by: Leslie Cole