I know, I know, spring break has been over for a few weeks now, but I’m just now getting caught up with posting about all the awesome stuff we did. So you know what’s in store and what we’ve already covered, here was the plan: First we drove up to Ormond Beach and spent the day with my mom and her man, Chip. We went to Bike Week and enjoyed some amazing (albeit corporate) BBQ. The next day Jesus and I hung around Ormond and watched movies, acted like real retired people. It was very nice. We drove up to Gainesville from Daytona, a nice two-hour drive through the Ocala National Forest. We stayed in Gainesville two days, during which I tattooed for about fourteen hours, ate a lot of food, bought bikes, and hung out with my friends Jessa, Wayne and Rachel. So, first, since I’m waiting for breakfast as I’m writing this, here’s what we ate in Gainesville!
As soon as we pulled into town, we unpacked our stuff and our Lucy. SN: Lucy, my five-year-old Red American Dickwhipper (this is the breed we have made up for her) traveled with us for the entirety of our Spring Break trip, chilling in Ormond with Loki when we were there, doing a lot of sleeping and forest-watching during the drive to Gainesville, then instantly becoming besties with her miniature doppelganger in Gainesville, Rachel’s little girldog Lily. After unpacking, we headed out with Jessa to The Jones Eastside. I had the tempeh quesadilla made with “local organic tempeh, black beans, green peppers and a rosemary asiago queso served with caramelized onions, ripe avocado, salsa fresca and sour cream.” Jessa had the Jones Rancheros, and Jesus had a water buffalo BLT, made with locally raised water buffalo! Everything was AMAZING.
The original plan for the evening was for me to tattoo Jessa while the boys made deep-dish pizzas to bring to a party that one of Jessa’s friends was throwing for Pi Day (3/14). After our leisurely lunch at the Jones, shopping for pizza ingredients, and doing Jessa’s tattoo, we didn’t have time to make it to the party but we still enjoyed the “pizza pi” that Rachel, Wayne and Jesus made. Pictured is the deep dish with pepperoni, sausage, ricotta and mozzarella. NOT pictured was the squash, mushroom, ricotta, and mozzarella veggie “pi” the non-carnivores enjoyed. Both were delicious!
Gator Dawgs, a hot dog and hamburger place in Gainesville, was pretty much Jesus’ White Castle a la Harold and Kumar. The past two times he’d visited Gainesville, a hot dog from Gator Dawgs had eluded him, so this trip we made it a priority. First to be destroyed was the Heart Attack Dawg, a deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with cheese sauce and fried onions. To make up for lost Gator Dawgs opportunities, he also tried the Peanut Butter Burger, a 1/2-lb. burger topped with peanut butter, mayonnaise and bacon. Not to be outdone, Wayne ordered the Fat Ass Burger, another 1/2-lb. chunk of beef, but sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. All of Gator Dawgs hot dog and hamburger creations can be modified for non-meat eaters with vegan meat and bread substitutes. I had a veggie dog topped with tater tots.
But wait, there’s more. Right next to Gator Dawgs is Karma Cream, where they serve a variety of baked goods, teas, and both dairy and non-dairy frozen desserts. I had something chocolatey, vegan and orange. Here’s a few pictures of my friends and I hanging outside Karma Cream!