Cheap Eats Near University of Florida at Gainesville

Nothing helps students at the University of Florida at Gainesville get good grades than feeding that college hunger. Whether you’re fixing a snack for yourself in your dorm room, seeking to satisfy a ravenous appetite in the middle of the night or sharing a dinner with a new friend, there’s no food supply shortage in Gainesville, Florida. Here are resources to cheap eats in and around U of F at Gainesville.

Midnight Run

Got the late night munchies? You can’t miss with Relish, a better burger experience than you’ve ever had before. Relish is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., and you can get much more than ordinary burgers. They serve up veggie burgers, salmon burgers and all the extras you crave.

Casual Meal with a New Friend

Your college life begins with meeting new friends. Why not get to know each other over a pizza? Locals will tell you, Papa Johns is the best pizza pie around Gainesville. Pick up, get delivery or dine in. The choice is yours. Open until midnight.

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Where to Find Locally-Grown Produce in West Palm Beach

One of the things that South Florida residents appreciate most is the year-round growing season. But the best time of year is autumn, when fall harvests deliver a bounty of fresh vegetables and fruit. From all around Florida, local growers deliver locally grown produce to food lovers in West Palm Beach. Here are the top three sources for the most healthy and flavorful produce that West Palm Beach has to offer.

Rorabeck’s Plants & Produce

Rorabeck’s is an open-air market that offers a splendid assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables in Lake Worth, Florida. Covered only by a permanent tent structure, this casual shopping mart also boasts a recently improved indoor cooler. At Rorabeck’s you’ll find uncommon South Florida favorites such as longanspitaya, cassava, jicama and more. Of course, there are also more traditional offers on display, such as avocado, pears, coconut, pineapple and beets. They also have a huge assortment of fresh herbs like rosemary, mint, watercress and thyme. The prices are incredibly affordable, the food is 100% locally grown, and the staff are always ready with a smile. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Western Beef

You wouldn’t expect a place named Western Beef to have much in the way of produce. When you walk through the front doors of Western Beef, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the array of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. With prices much better than chain store supermarkets, this store brings in the locals all hours that they’re open, which is 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Browse through overflowing shelves of fresh spinach, chives, kohlrabi, Swiss chard and much more.

 

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Where to Get Cupping Therapy in the Miami Area

Are you intrigued by the latest recovery method being used by the Rio Summer Olympics athletes? Are you interested in trying it out yourself? You might be surprised to know that cupping is actually an ancient Chinese medicine therapy that has been used for thousands of years. Recent anecdotal evidence is mounting that cupping is effective for muscle recovery, and the Summer Olympic athletes are proof positive that cupping is growing in popularity. If you’d like to get cupping therapy in Miami, here’s where you can go.

Coral Gables Acupuncture

The doctor will give you a free consultation to determine if cupping is appropriate for your condition. Based on what you need and your medical condition, the cupping therapy costs between $95 and $135 for sessions between ½ hour and 1 hour long. Call 305.446.3009 to make an appointment at Coral Gables Acupuncture in Miami.

Miami Center for Oriental Medicine

The Miami Center for Oriental Medicine only offers cupping therapy in conjunction with other treatments, so the price varies according to the other services you receive. Cupping is effective for a variety of conditions, so during your consultation appointment, the doctor will suggest suitable treatment options tailored to your specific needs. Call 305.265.5265 to schedule your consultation at the Miami Center for Oriental Medicine.

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Where to Buy Natural Pet Food For Your Cat in Lake Worth

Are you careful about what you feed your cat? In the U.S., nearly 30% of cats are overweight or obese, which makes weight control and nutrition a top priority for many devoted cat owners. In Lake Worth, Florida, there are several pet stores that support your efforts to feed your cat nourishing, holistic food.

Paws on the Avenue
561-588-6533
Since 1999, the friendly and knowledgeable owners of Paws on the Avenue in Lake Worth, Florida have dedicated themselves to helping pet owners find natural, holistic and organic food for their cats. Located on vibrant Lake Worth Avenue, the independently owned and well stocked, Paws on the Avenue pet store is open seven days a week. Brands you’ll find here include Earthborn, Precise, Natural Balance, and Acana, as well as a wide variety of grain-free cat food and freeze-dried raw cat food. If you need supplies or advice about supplements, you’ll find that here, too.

Pet Supplies Plus
561-968-5775
Pet Supplies Plus has several locations, and one of them is in Lake Worth, Florida.
This franchise store has natural pet food brands for your cat like Merrick, IAMS, Goodlife and Royal Canin. Bulk packages are available, but you can also buy single serving sizes that will allow your cat to sample different flavors and textures. Pet Supplies Plus is open from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Pet Calls Animal Hospital
561-443-2097
If you’re doing your grocery shopping at Winn-Dixie in this strip mall in Lake Worth and want to pick up some high-quality natural cat food, stop in at Pet Calls Animal Hospital. Though it’s technically a veterinary hospital, they also carry a modest range of dry and canned natural cat food. You’ll pay premium prices, but if you’re in a time crunch or need professional help choosing the best brand for your cat, it’s a convenient place to get your cat’s supper.

 

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Labor Day Road Trips Within 100 Miles of Miami

Miami is a destination in itself, but if you currently live there, you probably also like to trek outside this exotic South Florida city. Why not take advantage of this coming Labor Day to take a road trip to Key West? It’s only 3 and a half hours via Route 1 down the coast, and it’s a drive full of interesting stops along the way.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The first island you’ll come to is Key Largo, made famous by the 1948 Bogey and Bacall movie of the same name. Look for the signs to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on your left-hand side at mile marker 102.5. There’ll be a parking fee of $8 per vehicle which you can pay by cash or card.

The park offers an array of activities to jump start your Labor Day adventure. If you have time, you can go out on a boat and take a snorkeling tour. Or, you can snorkel from shore where you’ll still see some interesting marine life. Veteran visitors report that the boat snorkeling trip is well worth it, however, and you’ll see much more diversity in the crystal clear waters further out.

If snorkeling’s not your thing, opt for a glass bottom boat tour, or scuba tour. Kayaks and paddleboards are available to rent, too.

There’s a dive shop along the short boardwalk near the beach that’s worth stopping in even if you don’t plan to dive. They have lots of fun souvenirs, as well as an array of swimsuits, sandals and sunglasses.

Keep driving south on the Overseas highway until you reach…

 

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How to Train Like an Olympic Athlete in Miami

The Olympic athletes instill pride in the nations they represent. But they also inspire local athletes to push harder, train better and go for the gold in their own way. Olympic athletes work hard to train and prepare for the championship competition of their lives. Do the Olympics inspire to reach your optimal physical condition? Then check out these training spots in Miami that will challenge you and help you achieve your peak physical shape.

Bommarito Performance Systems (BPS)
Bommarito Performance Systems is a center with locations in North Miami and Davie, Florida for serious athletes. Athletes like Michael Phelps, who compete as a living, are likely to be seen here. They definitely push the limits to get athletes to reach beyond. The Bommarito Performance Systems center offers a tri-fold system for success, including training, nutrition and general fitness. Here, you can avail of an Olympic running track, a 5,000 square foot weight room, and both an indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Athlete’s Edge
Athlete’s Edge is located on the campus of Saint Thomas University in Miami. Don’t be shy. It’s open to members and you don’t have to be a college student to be a member. If you’re interested in being faster, this is the place for you. They train serious athletes (can you say Miami Dolphins?) to improve their skills in speed, acceleration, stamina, deceleration, change of direction, explosion, power, and reaction. Sound like the place for you? Get started by going to their site and scheduling a performance evaluation.

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Olympic Park Guide: Los Angeles Coliseum

Los Angeles has twice hosted the Summer Olympics inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. If you’ve ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of champions, this is the place to go.

History

The first Olympic games held at the coliseum took place in July and August 1932. These were the second Summer Olympic games ever held in the U.S. In July and August of 1984, the XXIII Summer Olympics were hosted at the coliseum. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum bears the honor of being the only place in the entire world that has ever hosted two Summer Olympics.

Football and More

Today, you can visit the coliseum and watch your choice of two football teams. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home of the University of Southern California football team, the Trojans. Or, you can buy tickets to watch the famous Los Angeles Rams play on the same grounds as the champions.

Tour the Coliseum

If you’d like a close up and personal tour, you can do that, too. Historic tour tickets are available through the USC website. You can do a self-guided tour Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or opt for informative guided tours that run Wednesday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Haunted Locations in South Florida

South Florida and West Palm Beach have many locations where ghost hunters can find their prey. From an old funeral parlor to an ancient English pub, there’s no shortage of apparitions that will give you goose bumps and send you running.

The Riddle House

The Riddle House was built in the 1905 by Henry Flagler’s employees for use by “The Gatekeeper,” who was the overseer of Woodlawn Cemetery, which was across the street. It also served as a funeral parlor for the dead before they were laid to rest in the cemetery. Constructed of reclaimed wood, the house was brightly painted and subsequently given the moniker, “The Painted Lady.” One of the cemetery workers, a man nicknamed “Buck,” was killed in town one night during a drunken brawl. Buck was reported to have roamed the grounds and porch of the house long after his own demise.

In 1920, it was taken over by a man by the name of Karl Riddle. During his ownership, one of his employees, named Joseph, hanged himself by the roof rafters. From notations in Karl Riddle’s diary, his family had difficulties keeping employees. Between ghostly apparitions and hearing the sounds of chains, no one wanted to remain on staff. After Karl Riddle died, the city of West Palm Beach donated the house to John Riddle, the nephew of Karl. In 1995, the house was moved to Yesteryear Village, a historic village in remembrance of times past in West Palm Beach. During reconstruction of the house in its new location, workers reported that their tools were thrown asunder, and windows from the top floor would break instantaneously. Work was delayed for six months because no construction crew could be convinced to enter the house.

You can visit the Riddle House on its current site at the South Florida Fairgrounds Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. As seen on the Travel Channel TV show, “Ghost Adventures,” one walk through the house is enough to give your spine chills.

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Pokémon Go Tips: Where to Hunt for Pokemon in South Florida

Do you have what it takes to capture all 151 Pokemon characters in South Florida? These tenacious little creatures are hiding out all over South Florida, and it’s going to take a good detective to find and collect them all. Join one of the fastest growing augmented reality games to hit the world and start your hunt for Pokemon in West Palm Beach and the rest of South Florida today. Following are the top five places in West Palm Beach and South Florida where budding Pokemon trainers should start hunting their intrepid Pokemon prey.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach
4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL
Tel: 561.495.0233

It’s hard to imagine that such a serene, tranquil place as the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida could be a hideout for Pokemon characters. As you walk along the paths taking in the beauty of Zen gardens, bamboo trees and waterfalls, a Pokemon could be trailing you when you least expect it. Most areas at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are open to the public. Just be mindful of the real world wildlife, such as turtles, birds, and iguanas. Hours of operation everyday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Monday. Adult admission is $15.

Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale
555 SW 11th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Riverwalk in Riverside Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a great spot to capture Pokemon characters that love water, but you will also find Pokemon landlubbers. This is a great spot for the entire family to play Pokemon Go in South Florida. There are bike and walking paths, kiddie playgrounds, and plenty of trees for shade. Make it an all-day hunt and bring picnic supplies, or stop at one of the many food vendors for nourishment on the Pokemon Go.

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Authentic Tiki Bars in South Florida

If you’re visiting South Florida, you won’t want to leave without visiting at least one tiki bar in the area. If you’re a resident, read on to find out where you should be sipping your next island cocktail in South Florida. Tiki is steeped in Polynesian history, but here in South Florida, your tiki bar experience will be steeped in drinks like Piña Coladas, rum punches and Mojitos.

Lava Tiki Bar & Grille
Crowne Plaza Hotel
4000 South Ocean Dr.
Hollywood, FL
Tel: 954.454.4334

You can’t miss the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. It’s just at the corner of East Hallandale Beach Boulevard and A1A. Coming from the west, make a left on South Ocean Drive, otherwise known as A1A. The fabulous Crowne Plaza will be the first property on your left. Drive in on the left side of the hotel and park in the back parking lot, where you’ll immediately see the expansive view of the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s also a massive swimming pool where you’ll see hotel guests relaxing on floaties, swimming and sunning on the abundant poolside loungers. The tiki bar is poolside and overlooks the pool and the waterway. Don’t worry. From any seat, you’ll be able to appreciate the water views.

The Lava Tiki Bar & Grille serves up tasty frozen blended drinks, but the bar is fully stocked so feel free to order your signature drink. The knowledgeable bartenders will do right by it. If you want to try something exotic though, give the Volcano Runner a taste. Made with two types of premium rum, brandy and a mix of fruit juices, this gives a standard rum punch a run for the money. The menu foodisn’t fancy, but it is mouth-watering tasty. Everything is done just right, including the Crowne Steak Sandwich, which you’ll want to request extra napkins for before you dig in.

Visit any day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. No reservations needed. The tiki bar faces west, so if you get there around sunset, you’ll get to see the sky turn amazing colors. On Friday nights, the Lava Tiki Bar & Grille in South Florida offers live music from local bands, but every night is a party at this picturesque South Florida spot.

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