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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

As the semester winds down, make sure to really take it all in before you leave campus. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve created a list of the top places you must visit on your stroll down memory lane.

Take pictures at each stop, tag us, and use the hashtag #MUEats to be entered to win a Fuji Film Instax camera! (Must be following @MiamiUDining on Twitter to win. Winner will be chosen Tuesday, 5/9 at noon.)

  1. Your Old Favorite Dining Hall
    Take a trip to your old favorite dining hall and get all you care to eat like it’s first semester freshman year again.
  2. Dividends Salad
    Everyone loves the Miami University exclusive sweet herb dressing. Throw it on some of Trader Green’s fresh greens and salad fixings and snap a pic!
  3. Wing Wednesday
    Whether you’re getting your wings fix at Wing Bar, Garden Market, Dividends, Martin or Harris, there’s something special about celebrating Wing Wednesday! Celebrate by getting wings in your favorite sauce with a side of celery or carrots.
  4. Miami Ice Gelato
    Handmade ice cream on meal plan … what could be better? Get your favorite flavor and mix-ins. If you don’t have a favorite, try the Miami exclusive Red Brick Bliss ice cream from Young’s Dairy!
  5. The Q
    It’s only been here for this school year, but The Q has quickly become a fan favorite. Get your favorite barbecue dishes and sides. Don’t forget about the loaded nachos or barbecue flatbread pizza!
  6. La Mia Cucina
    La Mia is Miami’s very exclusive sit down restaurant. Get a chicken parm or a fresh panini and sit with your friends in this classic joint located right in Harris Dining Commons.
  7. Late Night Pulley
    Late night and Pulley Diner. Name a more iconic duo … I’ll wait. Got a hankering for mozz sticks at 2:30 AM? Get them from Pulley; open 24/7 and all on meal plan!
  8. Weekend Brunch
    Throw it back to freshman year Sundays recapping the weekend’s events with your friends in the closest dining hall over a delicious brunch spread. Bring your pals and reminisce on all the classic tales of your time here at Miami.
  9. Garlic Bites
    Make sure you bring some gum because once you start eating the garlic bites offered at various locations around campus (Garden Commons is a good start), you won’t be able to stop. These addictive bites of warm, garlicky goodness are sure to satisfy.
  10. Favorite Late Night Study Snack
    Up late studying? Grab your favorite late night study snack from King Cafe and relive the countless study dates you’ve had over the years!
  11. Favorite Ice Cream from the Market
    Whether it’s Ben and Jerry’s, Madisono’s Gelato, Halo Top or another one of your favorite brands, get your favorite pint from Market Street at MacCracken or Emporium and enjoy with friends to cool down on a hot, end-of-semester day.
  12. Scoreboard Market
    Scoreboard Market was a student favorite even before it underwent renovation with Martin Dining Hall last year. It has quickly become a student favorite again, offering all your favorite to-go food making it a great trip down memory lane, especially for those who are graduating. Mini corn dogs? Spicy chicken sandwich? Whatever you fancy, snap a pic and send it our way while you sit back and enjoy Scoreboard’s great variety of a la carte delicacies.

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New This Semester: Grilled Chicken Salad, Loyalty Deals & Limited Time Offers

In the final post of our three-part blog series, we breakdown three more of the new additions in dining services for this spring semester. Last week we took a look at the extended hours at Dividends, the new sushi on campus and Me to You baskets for Valentine’s Day. The week before, we introduced new breakfast combos and Red Brick Roast, a new coffee bar on campus.

This week, we introduce a new healthy dining option at Pulley Diner, February’s loyalty deals across campus and more limited time offers than ever before!


Grilled Chicken Salad at Pulley Diner

Pulley Diner is a staple of the Miami University campus, known for it’s diner-style menu offerings like burgers, milkshakes, spicy chicken sandwiches and much more.

Starting this semester, Pulley Diner is adding a new addition to the menu. The grilled chicken salad! This fresh, and tasty, new option is a great choice for any hungry guest, particularly if you’re looking for a healthier choice. Swing by Pulley Diner today and give it a try for yourself!

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Loyalty Deals

Who doesn’t love a free meal? With our new loyalty deals, you will have the opportunity to earn a free meal at many of your favorite locations across campus.

The way it works, is if you purchase a meal at a participating location, you will receive a loyalty deal card and earn a “punch” on the card. When you buy 5 meals (and get your card “punched” each time), you will receive your 6th meal for FREE!

For the month of February, Americas, The Q, Bell Tower Market and King Cafe are our participating locations, so start earning towards a free meal today before the deal expires on February 28!

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Limited Time Offers

Limited time offers aren’t new to this semester with day/week/month-long specials being a part of our services prior to this spring, however, the scale of our limited time offers is new.

This semester, we have more limited time offers scheduled than ever before! Between specialty pizzas at La Mia Cucina to mini corn dogs on campus, we have an expansive list of special, limited time menu additions that you will not want to miss!

If you don’t want to miss out on any of the Oreo flavored items in March, the #Amerifried hot dog or any of our other tasty offers, you’ll want to follow us @MiamiUDining on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to keep up with the most current specials!

The chicken caesar wrap, briefly available at Americas, was a limited time offer over the first week of February.

The chicken caesar wrap, briefly available at Americas, was a limited time offer over the first week of February.

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What to Get Your Friends Based on Their Favorite MU Dining Location

Finding the perfect gifts for your favorite people is hard. We’re here to help. We’ve chosen some of the dining locations on campus and curated gifts to match the personality of each spot. Whatever your friends’ faves are, they’re sure to love these gifts.

Delish

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Plush Toy

Do they live for the grilled cheese and tomato soup specials at Delish? Then they’ll love this cute-as-a-button grilled cheese plush toy to keep them warm when the sandwich isn’t available.

Personalized Sandwich KeyChain

If you both like to customize your own sandwich at Delish, they’ll love this personalized sandwich key chain. Permanently record their favorite order, or just say something nice!  

Donation to the National Mustard Museum

If they like to douse their sandwiches in that spicy, yellow condiment, make a donation on your friend’s behalf to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin.  

Sundial

This Cheesy T-Shirt

If your friends are always down for a slice of pizza from Sundial, get them this punny shirt to wear the next time y’all meet up in Armstrong!

First Stop

Buttered Toast Pillow

Does your friend love breakfast food more than Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson combined? Fuel their dreams of delicious breakfast food with this pillow that’s just too cute to eat!

Pancake Backpack

If you give your friend a pancake backpack … they’ll probably want to get First Stop with you. But would that really be a bad thing??

“Is Butter a Carb?” Phone Case

Combine your friend’s love for Mean Girls and a buttered First Stop shortstack with this trendy phone case featuring a movie line everyone knows.

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“You’re My Butter Half” Pins

Give this gift to the buttered noodles to your chicken and pesto tortellini. If you and your friend strike the perfect balance, get them this carbo-loaded pin set!

Bell Tower

“Holy Guacamole” Phone Case

Help your friend protect their phone while they’re calling people to tell them that guac isn’t extra at Bell Tower!

Wing Bar

“I Got the Sauce” Sweatshirt

Everyone knows the best part of any chicken-based meal is the sauce. Show your friends they’re the best with this cheeky sweatshirt!

Americas

“Ranch Dressing is a Blessing” Tank

If your friend knows the best way to dress an Americas’ salad is with the staple of the midwest (Ranch), they’ll love this tank. Let them express what everyone’s really thinking with this great gift.

The Q

“BBQ Scented Candle”

If The Q was the Miami University dining addition you needed this year, this candle is the one for you. Get that delicious Memphis-style BBQ scent with this candle that supports a good cause!

Miami Ice

Alphabetical Dessert Print

If your friend is going to crave baked goods over break, keep them satisfied with this scrumptious print.

Donut Temporary Tattoos

Are Miami Ice donuts on the top of your friend’s favorite foods list? If the answer is yes, let them show their dedication, at least temporarily, with these fun accessories!

Coffee Laptop Sticker

If you can always find your friend studying by Miami Ice, let them show off their one true love with this chill sticker that reps their favorite hot drink.

Tea Hive

“My Puns are Koala Tea” T-Shirt

The jokester of your friend group, or just your tea-loving friend will appreciate this pun-loving shirt. It doesn’t hurt that it’s eco-friendly and super soft.

Robot Motorcycle Donut Dark Rider Metal Sign

Do your friends go nuts over donuts? If Tea Hive is the place to be for a quick treat among friends, they might like this funky metal sign for their dorm room!

Coffee and Tea Coloring Book

Help your friends de-stress with this coloring book they can work in while they sip on their favorite Tea Hive beverage.

Pulley Diner

Fry-Day T-Shirt

Does your friend rave about Pulley’s fries? Get them this shirt so they can celebrate everyday like it’s fry-day!

Burger and Fry Earrings

If you two go together like a burger and fries or Late Night and Pulley, get them these super fun earrings for under $15!

Encounter

Hambag

Don’t burgle burgers, steal hearts with this quirky purse.

Burger Phone Case

Your friends will be able to protect their phones while they’re texting you about the great burger they just ate at Encounter with this festive case.

Starbucks

Coffee Bean Necklace

If your friend loves coffee almost as much as you love them, get them this beautiful necklace so they can wear their heart around their neck.

Coffee-Themed Poster

Does your friend constantly wish they could be swimming in a pool of coffee? This print might be exactly what they need to motivate them to achieve their dreams.

5 Classic Food Pairings and their Origins

Inspired by National Best Friends Day earlier this week and the countless people who shared pictures and kind words about the peanut butter to their jelly, we wanted to dive into one of the great discussions of our time; classic food pairings.

After all, regardless of how long you’ve been attached at the hip with your bestie, these foods have been putting up with the other for longer (presumably) and to much success.

So, let’s get started with some of the top #friendgoals (as it relates to food) around.

1. Peanut Butter & Jelly

Peanut butter and Jelly is arguably the gold-standard in terms of food pairing, going back to early childhood for many. Some might say it’s the greatest invention since sliced bread, but that would be incorrect. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich’s origin dates back to 1901, when it was first published by Julia Davis Chandler. Even though peanut butter was considered a delicacy at the time, kids latched onto the sweet combination, thus beckoning the evolution of the PB&J into the sandwich titan it is today.

Sliced bread? The process of slicing and wrapping bread wasn’t invented, at least on a commercial level, until the late 1920s by Gustav Papendick, which allowed kids to make their own PB&J without needing a potentially dangerous kitchen knife. There was no stopping this food pairing after that.

Nowadays, students can stop by our dining locations like the markets, Bell Tower Place or King Cafe during our PB&J Specials to enjoy their own creative take on the classic pairing!

Source: SeriousEats

2. Bacon & Eggs

What’s “breakfast” to you? For many, it’s the power couple that is bacon and eggs. This pairing has its roots in the 1920s when the Austrian-born Edward Bernays was brought in by Beech-Nut Packing Company to help create demand for bacon, which they sold.

Bernays, also known as the “Father of Public Relations,” went to his own agency’s doctor, asking if heavier breakfasts were a healthier option compared to the light morning meals of the time. The doctor said yes and wrote to 5,000 other doctors, asking them to confirm his findings. Major newspapers and magazines published the study, urging the public to eat heavier breakfasts, featuring the bacon and eggs combo, for their own health, which is where this food pairing truly got its start.

Bacon and eggs are available throughout the campus. Both can be found at Pulley Diner and First Stop, but our buffet locations also serve bacon and eggs intermittently as well.

Source: The American Table

3. Macaroni & Cheese

The origin of macaroni & cheese dates back a little further to the late thirteenth century in southern Italy, with the first modern form of the recipe appearing in the 1769 book The Experienced English Housekeeper written by Elizabeth Raffled.

Mac & cheese in North America, however, can trace its origins back to the early European settlers and even Thomas Jefferson. As the story goes, Jefferson was rather infatuated with macaroni & cheese, even attempting to make his own macaroni noodles to pair with imported Parmesan cheese, making for some of the earliest forms of modern macaroni & cheese on North American soil. Some sources claim that Jefferson’s daughter, Mary Randolph, is the true inventor of the dish after taking up hostess duties of the house following her mother’s death.

Years later, in 1937, Kraft took this tasty food pairing and ran with it.

Macaroni & cheese is another item found at various spots across campus, especially during special events, but also intermittently at other locations!

Sources: Food52 and CliffordAWright.com

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4. Hamburger & French Fries

Hamburgers and french fries are certainly among the top food “besties” and are deserving of recognition on a list about food pairings. The origin of this combo is traced back to the early 1900s, specifically 1921, with the opening of the first White Castle in Wichita, Kansas.

Serving fast hamburgers, White Castle was in need of quick finger food to pair with their fast food offering. Around this same time, soldiers from WWII were back from Europe, craving the fried potatoes that were sold as street food in Europe. The quick and easy “meat and potatoes” combo was ultimately a match made in heaven, resulting in one of the more celebrated food pairings.

On campus, the hamburger and french fry combo is a popular meal and is one that is widely available at our dining locations. For those looking to enjoy this food pairing, check out Encounter for fresh, local beef patties, or keep your eyes peeled at most of our other locations!

Source: Huffington Post

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5. Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is another tremendously popular food pairing that is a fixture of many households. While spaghetti and meatballs is considered an Italian dish, this combo is really American. Certainly the concept of noodles, marinara sauce and meat has Italian roots, but “spaghetti and meatballs” really got its start in the late 1800s and early 1900s with Italian immigrants coming to America. U.S. meat quickly took hold of the dish, combined with noodles and canned tomato sauce, called “sailor sauce,” because it was one of the few items available at local grocers. Since then, this food pairing has become a fixture of American households.

On campus, Garden Commons serves made-to-order pasta, but other locations rotate through different types of pasta. La Mia Cucina is always a good bet for some tasty spaghetti and meatballs too!

Source: Escoffier

Other Great Food Pairings

– Hummus & Pita

– Milk & Cookies

– Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

– Coffee & Donut

– Chips & Salsa

So, what do you think? What are your favorite food pairings?

Introducing La Mia Cucina Faculty & Staff Lunch

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Starting February 29th, La Mia Cucina will begin opening during lunch service for Faculty & Staff who would like a little escape from the hustle and bustle of the campus life. The new Faculty & Staff Lunch will offer delicious Italian food options and, perhaps more importantly, a convenient parking location to go along with it.

Made-to-Order Stone Oven Flatbread Pizzas, sandwiches and more will be available in the confines of the Italian themed eatery Monday-Friday from 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM during Faculty & Staff Lunch. During that time, La Mia Cucina will only accept cash and credit (and will not be accepting meal plans), although the 10% off Payroll Deduction will still apply, if applicable.

We can’t wait for you to join us for lunch!

How to Find La Mia Cucina

La Mia Cucina is located in Harris Dining Center on South Quad, conveniently located next to the new Faculty & Staff Parking Lot.

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La Mia Cucina Lunch Menu

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Super Bowl Sunday Dining Specials

Even if you don’t care for football, Super Bowl Sunday is essentially a food holiday with different limited time offers and Super Bowl specials. As you might expect, we have our own fair share of offerings across campus, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday (check the dates on the graphics below for availability).

Big Game Bakery Treats - Available at all campus markets

Big Game Bakery Treats – Available at all campus markets

Party Size Wings available at Wing Bar

Party Size Wings available at Wing Bar

Pick-up Only Pizza Specials from LMC Pizza

Pick-up Only Pizza Specials from LMC Pizza

Steak Dinner Special at La Mia Cucina

Steak Dinner Special at La Mia Cucina

What’s New on the Menu? – Bell Tower, La Mia Cucina, Dividend$, King Cafe (2015)

This “What’s New” covers a variety of dining options. We have already checked out Armstrong and Maplestreet Station, but now it is time to see what is coming this fall to Bell Tower, La Mia Cucina, Dividend$ and King Cafe.

Bell Tower

Most of Bell Tower’s menus remain the same from last year with a couple neat additions. First of all, Bell Tower is a location impacted by the campus-wide introduction of turkey sausage. It will be offered for breakfast. However, the station that will be adding the most to the menu this fall is the Campus Grill station. A seafood specialty item has been added with calamari, fried to order, and fried tempura shrimp being available on alternating weeks for those who would like a taste of seafood. Mini corn dogs are back and better than ever at the Campus Grill. They will alternate daily with onion rings. Also, a Philly cheesesteak sandwich will now be served at Bell Tower from this station.

The Pizza Pi station also is getting a few exciting additions to the menu with dessert pizza slices now available. There will be apple dessert pizza and cherry dessert pizza offered at Pizza Pi on alternating weeks to satisfy your sweet tooth!

La Mia Cucina

The big news here is that La Mia will be taking over pizza delivery from Sundial. This doesn’t impact the pizza itself, but will help streamline and improve service. La Mia will begin the fall offering seven different pizzas to focus on timely, and high-quality service.

Additionally, La Mia will now be open until midnight, in part, to cater to its new role as a pizza delivery service.

Dividend$

There is hardly anything changing at Dividend$ for the fall. Motz Monday, Corn Dog Tuesday, Wings Wednesday, Calamari Thursday and Chilly Cheese Fryday will exist in their entirety (Monday-Friday), which is always fun. Also, a steak and egg panini will be offered daily during breakfast while a steak and roasted veggie panini will be available for lunch daily. Both panini’s were offered last year, but this will be the first time they are both served daily (last year they were served on a rotation).

King Cafe

King is unchanged, still offering you sanity in the form of caffeinated beverages while you study for that exam you conveniently ignored until the night before.