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King Cafe – The Prime Study Spot

Tests, exams, and quizzes (that are actually tests). It’s easy to be overwhelmed by school work, which is why it’s important to have a study spot to beat the procrastination. Well there is a place you can essentially live at, food and all, during the unfortunate time of tests and late night studying?

The one and only King Cafe!

You might as well pitch a tent there because not only is it a floor below the library, but they have choices galore to satisfy your need for food, drinks, and snacks while studying. King Cafe has been around for quite some time and, boy, their options for food and drinks are amazing.

They are ready to serve you if you’re starving and want a big meal or just need a quick pick-me-up to keep your brain chugging along. King Cafe offers delicious make-your-own sandwiches and wraps, a variety of bagels, fresh salads, and even a pastry section if you’re feeling fancy. To-go snacks are a must have but don’t worry, King Cafe has got you covered with a variety of options.

As far as drinks go, they will keep your momentum going with refreshing smoothies, a number of Starbucks coffee drinks hot or iced, a whole fridge filled with bottled drinks and water, and did we mention coffee? We feel the caffeine kicking in already.

When you need a place to study that’s not your bedroom, with food and drinks along the way, go to King Cafe! Find a table and settle in to make your roller coaster of emotions a little less… hectic.


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Your Favorite Fall Drink

The leaves are turning colors on the maple trees, some falling slowly to the ground. The cool, brisk air flowing through campus. Jackets, pants, boots, and hats are coming out of hiding since early spring. Fall is upon us. With that being said, we need some things to fuel our passion for fall.

Some go to farms to pick out pumpkins, some go to haunted houses, but everyone loves to grab their favorite fall beverage that smells inviting and tastes delightful.

We decided to go to the delicious Maple Street Commons to poll votes asking everyone’s ideal fall drink. Who knew this question would be so hard to decide? Students found it difficult to pick from our options; PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), Chai Tea, Hot Chocolate, Maple Pecan Latte, Hot Tea, and Salted Caramel. We provided an option to write their favorite drink if it was not one of our options and let me tell you, there were some surprising results.

Who thought the most “famous” drink, the PSL, would be the top? We certainly did! But no, we had three others in the lead ahead of the PSL. Here’s the list all of you have been waiting for:

1st place: Hot Chocolate (23.9%)

2nd place: Chai Tea (22.4%)

3rd place: Salted Caramel (19.4%)

Honorary Members: PSL (17.9%)

                Maple Pecan (4.5%)

                Tea (3%)

                Other drinks (8.9%)

This was a close race all around, but it looks like hot chocolate is our big winner! Hot chocolate is a heart warming drink not just for fall, but for winter too! What’s even better is that we have all of these options throughout our campus. From King Cafe, to the Starbucks on Maplestreet, we can satisfy all of your beloved fall drinks that will prepare your heart for the wonderful season ahead.


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The Toasted Roll…Bagel?

Tradition has played a role in the hearts of Miami students ever since Miami was founded. Miami mergers, kissing under the Upham Arch, petting the turtle’s head at the sundial, the seal, and plenty more. But one of the best traditions for food includes the beloved Toasted Roll at Pulley Diner in Armstrong.

The tasty Tuffy’s Toasted Roll was named after Myrion Timothy “Tuffy” Potter, who opened an eatery called Tuffy’s Place in 1929. The warm, powdered-sugared rolls were a popular item on the menu back then and they continued when Miami brought it for all students to enjoy.

Now there is a new toasted roll in town. Just in the center of the main court in Armstrong is an a la carte location now called the Toasted Bagel. Not only do they have Toasted Bagels, which are phenomenal, but they made the bagel of all toasted bagels. In their dessert menu is a bagel of your choice, but Toasted Roll style.

This bagel includes your choice of bagel toasted with butter, cinnamon, and sugar then sprinkled with powdered sugar—Tuffy’s Toasted Roll style. Not only do they make it Toasted Roll style, but you get to choose which bagel you prefer to entice your taste buds. It’s a win-win . This savory, delicious, and satisfying bagel is new to the menu and is already one of the most popular food items.

The tradition of the Toasted Roll lives on in the new Toasted Bagel dining menu with a big twist to the original. If you’re looking for a sweet treat while also wanting to satisfy your hunger, buy one today! Or two. Or three and save one for later. Either way, you just cannot get enough.


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Homecoming Feast Recap

Over 900 people joined us for the Homecoming Feast in Western Dining Commons on Friday, September 15th. With favorites like Bang Bang Shrimp and a Brownie Sundae Bar with various toppings, those 900 people didn’t leave hungry.

It was great to have the cheerleaders and Swoop in attendance as we built excitement for the big game on Saturday night.

 

For those in attendance, Miami Dining had prizes and giveaways for everyone that simply liked or followed us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @MiamiUDining. It’s an easy way to win yourself some Miami gear or a chance at gift cards to Starbucks.

Our next special dinner is Family Weekend dinner on October 7th. Mark it on your calendars and plan to go! We hope to see you there. For other special announcements and event information, follow us on social media!


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Red Zone

Debuting this semester, Red Zone is the go-to spot for a fun atmosphere and unique twists on traditional arena style foods. Red Zone is meant to pay homage and promote the RedHawk sports culture. When you walk in the door you are standing on repurposed flooring from the Withrow basketball courts and quickly feel the tradition that is Miami University Athletics.

For starters, you can try popcorn in various flavors, loaded French fries, mozzarella sticks, and more!

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For a bigger meal, the menu includes loaded hotdogs, classic hot dogs, loaded grilled cheeses, and various burgers. Whether it be a hot dog with mozzarella sticks, a grilled cheese with BBQ pulled pork and Mac & cheese on top, or a loaded hot dog with avocado, you won’t be bored with your meal.

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While you enjoy some delicious food, you can watch one of the many TV’s, play foosball, or pool. Red Zone is a great place to hang out with friends to break up the typical day or routine schedule. Located in the new East Wing of the Armstrong Student Center! Stop by today!

Red Zone is open Monday – Friday (10:45am to 9:00pm) & Saturday – Sunday (11:00am to 9:00pm)


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Café Lux Serving a ‘Top 25’ Coffee

Established in Columbus, Ohio in 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea Roasters was recently ranked within the Top 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America and is served at Café Lux in the Armstrong Student Center. Miami is proud to be partnering with a passionate company who’s mission is founded on the ideas of L.Y.F.E. (Leave you Feeling Energized) and L.O.V.E. (Leave Others Very Energized) — two mottos we can get behind.

Crimson Cup roasts small batches of coffee by hand, in-house, at their Columbus, Ohio facility. They’re committed to making the link between the coffee bean grower and customer smaller by promoting the Friend2Farmer direct trade program. The F2F program honors the hard work of international farmers by providing economic sustainability, agriculture development, and food security for them. This builds an intentionality and deep purpose behind every cup of coffee served.

Café Lux is a new addition to campus this semester and gives students a relaxing European atmosphere during a coffee or pastry break. Check it out!


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What is Falafel and Where Can You Get It On Campus?

Before the typical foods that are now staples in American cuisine, like the hamburger and french fry, there was a traditional Mediterranean dish called, falafel. With a distinct look and taste, falafel has made a name for itself over in America in recent years.

Falafel is made by ground up chickpeas and some spices (depending on what flavor you’re going for), then formed into a fritter or patty shape. What’s great about falafel is that it’s a meatless option for vegetarians that is full of nutrients like fiber, protein and folate. Chickpeas are also low in sodium and saturated fat.

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Call it a chickpea hushpuppy or whatever you want to call it, but falafel is unique in its own right. If you’re curious to try it for the first time or already a fan, it is now being served in a bowl and wrap at Haines’ Boulangerie on campus!

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Faculty/Staff Fall 2017 Update

From getting a fresh cup of coffee to grabbing a Traders’ Greens salad, here is your quick guide to new and revamped locations for Fall 2017.

Café Lux – East Wing of Armstrong Student Center – Opening 8/21

A European-inspired dining location that serves deluxe coffee, pastries and unique sandwiches. The coffee served is from Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea Roasters in Columbus, Ohio. Crimson Cup was recently just ranked within the Top 25 Roasters in America. Dining is excited to partner with this local, award-winning company to serve the campus. Try this new location for a quick meal and caffeine pick-me-up.

Red Zone – East Wing of Armstrong Student Center – Opening 8/24

Enter by way of repurposed flooring from the Withrow basketball courts and immerse yourself in Miami sports history while enjoying classic arena foods. Red Zone is rich with history and pays homage to the beloved sports culture here at Miami. This casual dining eatery has pool tables, foosball, TVs, and a laid back environment to break up your typical eating routine. Try one of the many hot dog combinations or the delicious Smokehouse Mac & Cheese sandwich and you’ll fall in love with Red Zone.

The Toasted Bagel – Armstrong Student Center – Opening 8/21

The Toasted Bagel (formally Traditions) will serve— you guessed it— bagels! The menu features bagel sandwiches, plain bagels, breakfast bagels, and the ever-popular Traders’ Greens salad bar. Their signature dessert, The Toasted Bagel, is your choice of bagel toasted with butter, cinnamon and sugar then sprinkled with powdered sugar – Tuffy’s Toasted Roll style!

Maple Grill – Maplestreet Station – Opening 8/28

Maple Grill, formerly Encounter, boasts an expanded menu including quesadillas and quinoa bowls, formerly from Americas.

Maplestreet Commons – Maplestreet Station – Opening 8/28

An all-new buffet-style location with a variety of delicious options to try. Stop by and visit this new addition to campus!

Western Express – Western Dining Commons – Opening 8/28

Formerly Tea Hive, this is a quick and convenient stop for a snack on the western side of campus. With a selection of sushi, egg sandwiches, muffins, hot or cold drinks, Western Express will surely have the variety so you can quickly get what you’re looking for.

Good News!

    • Traders’ Greens salad bar is now available at The Q (opening 8/28) and Bell Tower Market (opening 8/24)
    • Starbucks at Maplestreet Station is fully operational for Fall (beginning 8/21) after being closed due to construction
    • Several a la carte locations and all buffet-style, commons locations will display nutritional and allergen information for each item directly on their menus. We’ll continue to add this feature to other locations as the semester progresses
    • Don’t forget about the Faculty/Staff discount at all buffet-style, commons locations. We’ll see you at lunch for $8!

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Top 10 Dining Changes for Fall 2017

Summer is almost over and the school year is quickly approaching! A lot has been going on this summer with some new changes to the dining facilities here on campus. Here are the top 10 changes for dining this fall.

1. Nut Friendly

We removed all nuts from our facilities and no longer use nuts in production of food. Pre-packaged nut items will still be sold in the market locations.

2. Rebrand Buffets as “Commons”

To help you better navigate dining styles on-campus, all buffets have been rebranded as “Commons.” The locations are: Bell Tower Commons, Western Commons, Garden Commons, Martin Commons, and Maplestreet Commons.

3. Vegan Made-to-Order Meals

Your Miami Chefs have developed several vegan options that are cryovaced (vacuumed-sealed) and frozen in individual portions. You can choose from four options including spicy roasted cauliflower, artichoke and potato casserole, three sisters vegetable stew, and a quinoa bowl with mixed vegetables. To enjoy one of these vegan meals, visit the Comfort Thyme station at Garden Commons.

4. Nutritional Update

New to our team is Ashley Blust, a full-time registered dietician. She is part of several projects to that will make nutrition more accessible. This includes showing allergens, diet preference identifiers, and nutritional information on menus at both a la carte and commons locations.

5. Maplestreet

Maplestreet Commons, an all-new buffet location, will feature pizza, a deli, paninis, custom stir fry, pasta, burgers and allergen-friendly options. Encounter will be relaunched as Maple Grill with an expanded menu including quesadillas and quinoa bowls, formerly from Americas. The Q will be introducing dessert items that can be served traditional or smoked. Looking for something on the lighter side? The Q now offers a made-to-order salad station.

6. Western Express

Western Express, formerly Tea Hive, will be your go-to spot for grab-n-go sandwiches, salads, and sushi. Start your day off right with breakfast sandwiches and fresh pastries.

7. Bell Tower Market With a Fresh Look

Look forward to more options at Bell Tower Market. Stir fry to-go and a full Traders’ Greens salad bar will provide more convenient and nutritious items for a quick meal. Bell Tower Market will continue to offer hot breakfast sandwiches, pizza, customized deli sandwiches, coffee, and smoothies!

8. Armstrong

Three new locations will debut this fall at Armstrong Student Center. Cafe Lux—Envision the perfect cup of coffee in a European-inspired venue. Accompany your drink with a rotating selection of pastries, soups and sandwiches. The Toasted Bagel (formerly Traditions) offering a variety of breakfast sandwiches. Red Zone—Enter by way of repurposed flooring from the Withrow basketball courts and immerse yourself in Miami sports history while dining on arena favorites. Have-to-try items: Avocado & Turkey Club, Schnecken (Cafe Lux); (The Toasted Bagel); Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwiches (Red Zone). Miami Ice will be your go-to place for gelato, ice cream, shakes, smoothies!

9. New Coffee Blends

Established in Columbus, Ohio in 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea Roasters was recently ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America and is served at Café Lux in the Armstrong Student Center. Miami is proud to be partnering with a passionate company who’s mission is founded on the ideas of L.Y.F.E. (Leave you Feeling Energized) and L.O.V.E. (Leave Others Very Energized) — two mottos we can get behind.

A student taste test helped select a custom blend from Rooted Grounds Coffee Co. (owned and operated by Miami alumni). Now you can enjoy a cup of Miami Grind at Garden Commons, Red Zone, Miami Concessions locations (excluding Goggin), and through Miami Catering.

10. Enhanced Website

The Places to Eat section has been revamped to give more information about each location. This includes a staff listing with contact information, daily menus for commons locations, and a la carte menus in both English and Chinese. In each dining operation, you will find a QR code and link to connect you directly to these menu pages on our website.


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QR Codes for Campus Dining

QR codes are placed at campus dining locations for those who might want to check the menu before going in and using a swipe. These codes can be useful if you’re allergic to something or just not in the mood for a certain menu item that’s being served.

How can you use QR codes?

According to the most recent reports from Apple, a QR code scanner will be integrated into the iPhone camera with the new iOS 11 update this Fall. Until then, downloading a free QR code reader in the App Store or Google Play store will have to do. Once you have download the app, you can scan any QR code you see at dining locations on campus and it will immediately direct you to that location’s menu online (which is updated daily with the newest menu).

The QR codes provide an alternative and efficient way to get the menu in your hand before entering a location. Download a QR code reader app today and get scanning!


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