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Pumpkin spice up your life with these easy DIY’s

We all know the traditional fall drink. Starbucks suddenly feels a little more crowded, and it’s like people suddenly rose from the ground at the mention of its name. Every store that sells coffee probably has some sort of variation of it, and you already know what I’m talking about. You guessed it – it’s the pumpkin spice latte. I’m about to show you the best way to get that same pumpkin spice experience without having to pay too much money out of your own pocket, and you might just gain some friends from sharing these tasty treats. The...

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A day on Sanibel Island

For FGCU students looking to get a unique experience from the typical Fort Myers Beach scene, Sanibel Island has cool places to eat, shop and visit. Once you’ve mastered the patience of getting over the bridge, there’s so much more to see of Sanibel than just the beach. As you drive down Periwinkle Way, the main road of the island, you can find nostalgia crammed in a never-ending store called Islander Trading Post Antiques. It holds items from past decades: cameras, creepy old family photographs, license plates from all states and advertisement props. Among the Flowers, a small cafe,...

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The best places to get an acai bowl

Ah-sigh-EE, the three-syllable word that troubles most of the human race. The acai phenomenon is similar to the gluten epidemic, everyone’s heard about it, but few actually know what it is. The nutrient-dense bowls incorporate the acai berry, found in the rain forests of the Amazon, with other fruit to make a smoothie-like texture. The bowls are usually topped with granola and tons of sliced fruit along with peanut butter or any other nut-butter. I went to the three closest places to get an acai bowl to find out which was the best. A few deciding factors went into...

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Naples restaurant provides a unique experience with organic food and clothes

Folk music plays in a courtyard where families have gathered to enjoy a meal in a hidden community of like-minded people. These people are the patrons of Food & Thought, a combination cafe, juice bar, grocery and clothing store in Naples. Each of Food & Thought’s components incorporates the ideas of simplicity, sustainability and self reliance while providing an inviting environment with live music. Food & Thought strives to provide organic services with a plethora of vegan options. The cafe’s order system is similar to Panera’s in which customers order up front and are given a number to sit...

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Zevia is a healthy alternative to traditional soda

Health fanatics typically turn soda down due to the perceived nutritional consequences for drinking the notorious carbonated sugar water. However, perhaps this trope is no more. Naturally flavored soda may be on the rise in America. Zero calorie, naturally flavored sodas like the Los-Angeles based Zevia taste just like regular sodas without all the extreme health detriments. The everyday 12 ounce Coca-Cola soda can contain 140 calories and have 39 grams of sugar and the same amount of carbohydrates. Zevia has zero calories and none of the sugar. Where the difference lies between Zevia and the everyday diet soda...

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Eat seafood on the water at Coconut Jack’s

Floridians know their seafood. In an area that’s packed with too many seafood restaurants to count, Coconut Jack’s manages to stand out, even to Florida natives who are used to high-quality freshness and an authentic atmosphere that won’t be met by just any seafood joint. The restaurant, located off of Bonita Beach Road, is tucked against the bay with a parking lot that’s frequently so packed, employees of the restaurant must park off-location to make room for its many customers. From the moment you enter the restaurant, the island vibe is clear in a way that leans toward classic...

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Fort Myers food fest fun

It was a foodie’s dream this past weekend all over Fort Myers with three different Food Festivals going on, on March 11 and March 12. Saturday’s food festivities kicked off at the Lee Civic Center for Fort Myers’ Beer and Bacon Festival. The event featured tons of creative “bacon-centric” dishes like bacon-wrapped meatballs, bacon cupcakes and traditional crispy bacon around every corner. If you were of legal age, there were over 80 kinds of craft beers to sample, including local beers from Fort Myers Brewing Company and brews from all over Florida ranging from places like St. Petersburg, Punta...

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DIY ‘mocktails’ add alcohol free fun

Mocktails have become a new party trend for people who appreciate unique flavors and want to avoid the next-morning penalties that come from a night of drinking. Try this new trend with the recipes below. The first mocktail is the Dark Invader. Just like the name, it’s a dark purple drink that sounds a lot like Darth Vader. Gather eleven blackberries, one and a half ounces of pineapple juice, one half ounce of vanilla syrup and ice. Then, combine one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a small saucepan and bring it over medium heat until...

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Narrative Coffee Roasters to brew coffee that ‘cultivates community and culture’

Narrative Coffee Roasters is an up-and-coming local coffee shop. Created by three friends, this coffee company has big plans for the Fort Myers area. Mason, the company’s graphic designer, has been living in Fort Myers since 2013. He loves the culture and is excited to see it grow. Clayton, the CFO, has had a passion for the art of coffee and has dived head first into the world of bean brewery. Caleb is a self-proclaimed roast master who has been in the business since 2010. He is passionate about the communication that coffee can bring. Eagle News reached out...

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FGCU alumni become their own bosses with Elements Real Food cafe

FGCU alumni Jenni Bier and her husband, Zack, knew they wanted to be their own bosses and leave the routine grind of their day jobs. Starting with a student loan, the couple turned the uncertainty of their future into the successful Elements Real Food brick-and-mortar restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. “With having barely any money at all to start a business, a food truck seemed like a viable plan toward entrepreneurship,” Zack said. “Even when we were in college at FGCU, Jenni was always interested in healthy food and that whole world. We’d always have potlucks with our friends...

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