Road Trip Hits: Florida Edition

Road Trip Hits: Florida Edition

There Are Places That Everyone Will Love
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Summer is almost here and that means that it's the time for road trips and new memories with friends. Where do you go? From the nature lovers to the foodies, there are places for you to visit right here in Florida! Here are the top five spots nature-wise to hit on your next road trip!


1. Coral Castle: Homestead, FL

Coral Castle was constructed by Edward Leedskalnin allegedly after the love of his life broke his heart. The legend has it that he built this Coral Castle all alone by excavating, carving, and erecting around an incredible 2.2 million pounds of coral rock.


2. Ravine Gardens State Park: Palatka, FL

Ravine Gardens State Park is considered a botanical garden with incredible hiking trails and nature walks. There are two ravines located on the site and numerous pathways to investigate the beautiful nature.


3. Florida Caverns State Park: Marianna, FL

Florida Caverns State Park is the only state park in Florida that offers cave tours to the public in order to view the limestone stalactites that still remain. The park is also a campground where hiking and fishing occur. However, it's the cave tours that make this state park a real hidden gem in Florida!


4. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: Delray Beach, FL

Visiting the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a visual experience that is designed to be individual to each person who visits the area. There are six gardens located here that all draw on influential and prominent Japanese gardens to create a zen space for anyone who visits.


5. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park: Key Biscayne, FL

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has the oldest structure in Miami: a lighthouse constructed in 1825. The beach where the lighthouse is situated on is the seventh on the "Top 10 Beaches in America." There are also guided tours that are focused on visiting this hidden gem of a lighthouse!


Food-wise, there are many hidden gems that deserve special attention and that are a must for any Florida road trip! Here are the top five restaurants!


1. VERO Italian Restaurant: Miami, FL

VERO Italian Restaurant serves authentic and tasty Italian cuisine and pizza. The restaurant is found in downtown Miami and its rustic decor combined with its authentic food take you to a small Tuscan village in Italy.


2. Chucherias Hondurenas Restaurant: Holly Hill, FL

Chucherias Hondurenas Restaurant was opened seven years ago and this quaint restaurant offers a cozy vibe that serves fusions of Spanish, Caribbean, and Central American cuisine. The food is always vibrant and full of flavor.


3. Visa O-1: Miami, FL

Visa O-1 is a newer hidden gem near Miami Beach, FL. They make traditional pizza pies and also specialty pies such as the Star of Luca Pizza that has a delicious ricotta-filled crust. Crispy crust plus a beautiful smooth sauce plus gooey ricotta equals a mouth-watering pizza!


4. The Avenue Eat/Drink: St. Petersburg, FL

The Avenue Eat/Drink should be on the road trip stop list for every burger lover! With creative names like Gunslinger or The Goodnight, The Avenue Eat/Drink has a burger for whatever mood you're in, including the Mac+Cheese Burger which combines everyone's two favorite foods: mac and cheese and a great hamburger.


5. Mojo Donuts: Hollywood, FL

Mojo Donuts opened its doors in 2013 and has been making incredible donuts with every flavor imaginable ever since! From Cotton Candy to Maple Bacon to Salted Caramel Cheesecake, this is a must-stop for any road trip!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.

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The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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