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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When Life Gives You Lemons, Use Them.

Most people might be familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some flavor to foods. However, lemons are super useful in the kitchen and around the house and the following list will hopefully make you want to stock a few in your kitchen.

Prevent Browning

Potatoes and cauliflower tend to turn brown when boiling, especially when you’re having company for dinner. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the cooking water. You can also squeeze some lemon juice on apples to prevent them from browning while they are cut.

Clean Your Microwave

This clever lemon hack will eliminate the stench of crusty food in the microwave and make it easy to wipe down. Simply mix 1/2 cup of water, the juice of two lemons, and the leftover lemon rinds in a bowl and microwave on high for three minutes. Let that combination sit in the microwave for five more minutes before wiping down the sides of the microwave. The steam from the lemon water will loosen the gunk inside your microwave and make it easier to clean.

Keep Guacamole Green

Just imagine. You’ve made guacamole hours before a party and it turns brown before everyone can feast their eyes on the green goodness of it. To prevent this, sprinkle a pretty good amount of lemon juice over it to keep the guac fresh and green. The lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados.

Refresh Cutting Boards

Onions, fish, garlic, raw meat, and so many other smells all on your cutting board. To get rid of the smells that linger on your cutting board, cut the lemon in half and rub it all over the board to eliminate those odors. You can also mix the lemon juice with water in a squirt bottle and spray it all over the board and wipe it down. Keep that squirt bottle under the sink for when you decide to cut raw fish on the cutting board.

Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp

Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for an hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.


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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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Why Snacking Is Good For You

To some people, the word snacking is associated with the act of eating processed and high calorie chips, cookies, ice cream, and candy bars. There is a difference between effective snacking and having a junk food snacking binge between meals. We are all guilty of splurging but eating smaller portioned snacks in-between meals is way more beneficial to your overall health.

Hunger is the main motivation behind snacking but factors like location, social environment, time of day, and food availability contribute as well. In fact, people often snack when there is appetizing food around, even if they’re not hungry. A recent study took a group of 55 adults and monitored their snacking habits to find that temptation and hunger were the reasons for eating unhealthy snacks. Replacing those unhealthy snacks with healthy options can make a difference when it comes to weight, metabolism, and energy.

 Good snacking may prevent you from overeating at meal time

Most of us get hungry about every 3 to 4 hours. So, if there’s a long stretch between meals, you’re likely to get hungry –– which is why a snack is appropriate. Without a healthy snack, there’s a good chance you’ll just make up for it by overeating at your next meal and eating more than you would have if you just had a small snack to help you get there.

If you increase your healthy snacking, you might reduce your overall calorie intake

Balance. That’s the biggest thing when thinking about snacking and planning what you are going to eat. If you have a snack to carry you to that next meal that you don’t eat as much at, then your overall calorie intake might be less if you plan correctly.

Gives you an opportunity to incorporate healthy food items into diet

It’s hard to eat healthy all the time. Snacking can help your diet become more well-rounded. Sneak those vegetables, fruits, and natural proteins in during snack time and your daily intake of those necessary vitamins and nutrients will be fulfilled.

Some healthy snack ideas to fill the gap between meals

  • Mixed Nuts
  • Greek Yogurt and Mixed Berries
  • Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
  • Veggies and Hummus
  • Piece of Fruit
  • Smoothie
  • Trail Mix

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5 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Whether it’s used as a remedy for a cold or a weight loss tool, apple cider vinegar can be used countless ways. It’s been around for hundreds of years and is sworn by those who use it. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made from the grinding and fermenting of apples. The best ACV is generally unpasteurized, fermented, and naturally rich in enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids.

Salad Dressing

An easy way to consume Apple cider vinegar is putting it into a salad dressing. Salad dressings tend to be less in calorie and fat if ACV is included. Check out this recipe to make your own and learn the benefits of including it in your recipe.

Sore Throat

Next time you feel a sore throat coming on, try gargling with apple cider vinegar. Mix it with a bit of warm water and gargle every few hours. The acid in the vinegar coats the throat and creates a germ-proof environment.

Heal Sunburns and Bug Bites

If you find yourself with a sunburn, you can use apple cider vinegar to help healing, prevent blistering, relieve the pain and decrease the redness. Just combine a half cup of ACV with four cups of water and then dip a clean washcloth in the mixture and apply it to affected areas. Use the same method for helping the itch and pain of a bug bite.

Digestion

Raw apple cider vinegar has countless benefits, but drinking a shot of it everyday diluted in water will boost your digestion and improve your gut health. To see the best results, intake a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water around 15 minutes before a meal to stimulate digestive juices for better breakdown of your food.

Detox Your Body

Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic boost which can help detox your body.  It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation. Taking a ACV shot in the morning will kickstart your day. Those were a lot of big words, but basically it will help you get rid of bad things in your body and help you feel a lot better when it is apart of your daily routine.


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