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Erica Corbett, GLOB Image Editor

EricaCbestMUGErica V. Corbett is a 15 generation Florida native out of St. Augustine, our nation's oldest city. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B. S. degree in Chemistry and a biochemistry sub-specialization.  Erica has called Gainesville her home for 20 years and spends most of her time renovating a historic home downtown and raising her four children, including a set of twins as well as a couple of rescued Boston Terriers and a cat.  Erica is passionate about health and nutritional medicine, animal welfare, music, photography and traveling. "I have really enjoyed updating the Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Instagram page," Erica says. It's exciting how the fellow instagrammers enjoy the images we provide and the links to the GLOB restaurant reviews." Erica added.

Dr. Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD

NSfinalprofilePICDr. Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD (registered dietitian) is an Assistant Professor of Health Outcomes & Policy at the University of Florida. Her research is focused on understanding factors that contribute to the development of obesity and on developing effective prevention and treatment programs for obesity. Her specialties include nutrition, obesity, weight management, health disparities, and she has presented her work at both national and international conferences.

Dr. Cardel is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Obesity Society, and The American Society for Nutrition (ASN), which recently awarded her the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators. She has received a variety of other awards as well,including the President's Diversity Award at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), Charles Barkley Young Investigator Award, UAB's Outstanding Woman Award, The Obesity Society's Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award finalist, and a National Cancer Institute CURE Program Grant. She is passionate about interdisciplinary obesity research and is co-founder and chair-elect of the Bio-behavioral Research Section for The Obesity Society.

Beyond her research and clinical work, Dr. MC (as the GLOB Master likes to call her) is an adventurous foodie who will try anything twice and has enjoyed exploring all of Gainesville's culinary delights since her recent move in August 2015. Her favorite activities include spending time with her family and friends, hiking, traveling, reading, eating cheese and bacon, laughing until her belly aches, and essentially anything that involves being in or near the water.

You can read more about Dr. MC on her FaceBook page.

Melissa D. Kahan, Correspondent

EDITOR's NOTE: Melissa Kahan has left the GLOB's world wide offices. Relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina our Eating Adventurer is off to pursue new professional goals, and objectives while continuing her search for the ultimate, flakiest, buttermilk biscuit she has ever enjoyed. We are already missing Melissa, and we will keep her profile alive, and her great restaurant reviews available for your consideration.

- Mike Sanford, January 2, 2017

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MKmug0117I have been raised to be a food lover since my mother fed me my first lamb chop at age 3. I have constantly been searching for the hottest food spots wherever I go: the more eclectic and intriguing the menu, the better. As I head into my fifth year in Gainesville, I search high and low for the buried treasures and cream-of-the-crop eating establishments to tantalize my taste buds. And I will try just about anything at least once. I plan on navigating my way through all of the local ingredient-using, recently-opened and well-cultivated restaurants, among others. And with that, I have dubbed myself the GLOB's resident Food Adventurer. You will probably know me by my brunch features, and other foodie, restaurant features.

I am a born-and-raised Floridian, despite how I seem to forget the intervals of blistering heat and torrential downpours that encapsulate the majority of the year in the "Sunshine State." I graduated from the University of Florida with a Journalism degree. I live, breathe and - now at the GLOB - eat all that writing entails, from the nitty-gritty groundwork and uncovering hidden gems to exposing the vast realm of online and traditional media with the written word. Although I have journalistic experience with various media outlets, from newspapers to magazines to online media, I have found my passion in marketing, as it encompasses all that I love in journalism with the creative and strategic planning and interactivity of marketing communications. I am also very familiar with managing multiple social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and so on, as well as using InDesign and Photoshop.

Aside from all that is journalism, I have been a dancer since I was about 10 years old -- just for fun of course -- and I hope to get back into it since I have graduated. Fitness in general, from strength training to Zumba classes, has become my major vice, along with good food and good company. Also, despite my current distance from the beach, growing up in south Florida has made me a lover of lazy days by the water and boating on the open ocean.

GLOB's FREE LUNCH CONTEST For 2 v2

Is it toppings or crust that makes pizza special?

Welcome to the 2nd week of the  GLOB's ASKED/ANSWERED Free Lunch for 2 Contest. Today's FREE LUNCH question is:

"Who makes the best pizza in the Urban GLOB?"

Your Answers can be posted in a comment window until midnight Wednesday night. GLOB staff will select a prize winner from the comments submitted. Please be sure your comment:

- Includes the name of a local restaurant in North Florida.
- Explains creatively why this restaurant is the best answer to the question in 50 words or less.
- Is posted on one of the GLOB pages before midnight Wednesday.

The winner of the ASKED/ANSWERED Free Lunch for Two Contest wins two free lunches from the CHOW NOW Food Truck. This $20 dollar value can be used at any of the CNFT locations in the next 30 days.  

Again, to qualify to win the ASKED/ANSWERED Free Lunch for Two Contest, you must add your answer to this page comment window or any of the 600 plus GLOB pages on Wednesday by midnight. CONTESTcertificateART

Thursday morning, we will announce the winner by posting the winner's name on the GLOB home page and announcing it in the Daily GLOB email on Thursday.

The winner will be notified by email in time to have lunch at the usual CHOW NOW Food Truck Thursday location behind UF's Emerson Hall Alumni Offices. The GLOB's Free-Lunch-for-Two certificate will be honored for 30 days at any CHOW NOW Food Truck location, and the CFNT locations for the whole week are available in the GLOB Lunch Planner

Contestants can enter more than one comment, BUT each contestant can win a GLOB contest no more than once a month.  Inappropriate or offensive comments will not be considered and will be deleted.

Happy lunching, and good luck!

- Contest winners will receive two CHOW NOW Food truck entrees, a drink and dessert certificate valued at $20.
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Lynn Dirk, GLOB Staffer Emeritus

LYNNmug052015The Gainesvile Lunch Out Blog's Content Editor and Staff Writer is a medical writer/editor who LOVES soup and word play of all sorts--except Scrabble.  In fact you can find her list of all the ways Bananagrams (yea!) is SO much better than Scrabble (boo!) at a story on Bananagrams at NPR.org (9th comment down!). 

She has lived in Gainesville since 1969 minus 2 years.  In fact, as a UF student, she lived at 121 NW 15th Terrace, where, instead of luxury apartments, there were barracks that in the student ghetto in the pic , and can trace the development along 34th St. from the time there were cow pastures on both sides of the road to when there was a very large yellow billboard with big red letters proclaiming "Cheese n' Crust Superstar" (oh, Leonardo's, how you have enriched the history of Gainesville!).  The sign was located right about where UF's UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute now stands.

Speaking of Leonardo's, Lynn wonders if this happens only in Gainesville: Certain locations that start off as restaurant establishments just cannot seem to find a restaurant that works. For example, the spot where Leonardo's by the Slice currently resides was, for many years, the death knell for any restaurant that tried to occupy that space, until finally Leonardo's made it work. Recently, the same thing was happening at the corner of SW 13th St and SW 16th Ave across from Steak N Shake, but Shands has purchased that property, so that's that.  Another spot was 203 SW 2nd Ave, but The Jones BSide will no doubt be a very long-term occupier of that location.

Last but not least, Lynn wishes that restaurants would include on their appetizer list a dish called "vegetable crudités" -- and it would be really fantastic if that came with bagna cauda so her eating out experience could start with a bagna, and not a whimper.  The recipe for bagna cauda (from Joy of Cooking) follows for your "eatification":

Place in a heavy pot: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup olive oil, 8 smashed anchovy filets (or maybe anchovy paste would work just as well), 2 cloves of garlic pressed. Simmer about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add: 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper. Serve with a platter of young vegetables, cut to bite-size, peeled and seeded, if necessary, and thinly sliced if the vegetables are fibrous. Good vegetables to use are: carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini, cauliflower, and broccoli.  

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