Cotton Candy And Fruit Is The New Hybrid You Have To Try

Cotton Candy And Fruit Is The New Hybrid You Have To Try

Certainly It's a yes from me.


Its that time of the year again and I couldn't be more excited.

Yes, I am talking about the time of the year when Cotton Candy Grapes make their ways to shelves across the US. I know you're probably wondering "Did she really just say cotton candy grapes?" I did, and they are indeed everything I am hyping them up to be!

After nearly 12 years of development, Fruit Geneticist David Cain developed this new hybrid fruit by the use of hand pollination crossed with millions of varying types of grapes. Creating something that tastes just like a cotton candy would but, with a slight hint of vanilla! Don't be fooled. They look like your average juicy green grapes. But, their immaculate sweet taste differentiates them from their tangy and tart counterpart.

Now here I stand, staring at the doors of my local Publix, just seconds from walking inside and purchasing the sweet treat when the produce clerk suddenly crushes all hopes and dreams I may have. Our conversation went a little like this:

"Oh my gosh, Hi! How are you, it's weird, I heard the cotton candy grapes were in but I'm not seeing them."

-"Oh yeah, you're probably like the fifth person to ask about them. Unfortunately, they won't come in until the end of the month.. maybe early April.

EARLY APRIL, I... I... I just don't understand.

- Yeah, last year we got them fairly late and they left soon after.. so I guess they're taking their time this year around.

But, you know what you should try... Sugar Kiss Cantaloupe .. It'll rock your world!

Have a nice day sir.

Here I sit .. hurt, confused and fairly belittled. All I wanted was a sweet delectable treat but what I received was a ton of disappointment. Maybe your luck is better than mines and if so... Head on down to your local Trader Joes, Publix or Costco's and try the cotton candy grapes for yourselves. Maybe their just as great as I describe them to be or a huge letdown. Either way, they are definitely worth the try!

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.


Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100 percent real" and that incoming freshman should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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The Ultimate Master List Of Places To Eat In Gainesville Before You Graduate

Better start now.


Now, my friends and I aren't allowed to say the G-word, but since I'm typing this, I'm not technically saying it out loud. Or else I would have to buy everyone shots. Mama is too broke for that.

Anyways, as I'm sure everyone is aware of by now (even if we don't want to be), graduation is rapidly approaching. And before we get all sad, that's not what this article is about. This is a happy article (yay!) that will hopefully make others happy (yay x 2!) because it is about FOOD!

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I started compiling a master document of all of the restaurants we needed to go to before we left our dearest Gainesvegas. I would love to share it with all of you. Now, this is a combination of places we literally die for and visit on a special occasion (hello, Bangkok Square) and places we still need to try. I left out the places I frequent, because I know I will be visiting them many times before I graduate (hi, MOD Pizza). Hopefully, I can introduce some new places to you and if I missed any, be sure to let me know. This is super important.

1. Bangkok Square

Get the panang curry. Its life changing.

2. Kabab House

I had never had Indian food until one of my friends took me here. Now I'm obsessed.

3. Yummy House

The best place to go to Saturday after a Friday night out. So many dumplings, so much sodium. Really does wonders to your body

4. Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza

Just a good Italian family restaurant. Get the garlic rolls and pizza!

5. Dragonfly

One of the first restaurants I fell in love with in Gainesville. Love the sushi, edamame and dumplings. Can't tell you how many birthday dinners I've been to here.

6. Bagels and Noodles

A true Gainesville classic. Amazing breakfast, even more amazing pho and pad thai.

7. La Tienda

The best Mexican food in Gainesville. Get the enchiladas verdes or the quesadilla. And obviously queso.

8. Satchels Pizza

Probably the best pizza in Gainesville. Really cool, funky atmosphere. Bring cash and get the salad (just trust me) and the biggest pizza possible.

9. Leonardo's Pizza By The Slice

Up there for the best pizza. Plus the rolls. Leonardos has been around forever and its still amazing every time.

10. Big Lou's

While we're here, (now I just want pizza) Big Lou's is another amazing pizza place, but I love it for the wings!

11. The Gelato Company

Every time my sister comes into town, she wants to come here. Its a little hole in the wall but the food is amazing. Get the Great Green salad or the Pollo Panini. Obviously get gelato too.

12. Maple Street Biscuit Company

I know this isn't a Gainesville-native restaurant, but the first time I had it was here so I'm counting it. It's amazing. I get "The Farmer" every time.

Places I Still Need To Try And You Do Too:

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If you have any more faves let me know!!!!! I'm on a Gainesville food tour from now until May 4!

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