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What is strEATS?

Follow MU strEATS on Twitter to keep up to date with the availability and location of the strEATS food truck!

Guess what’s coming back!?

Miami University’s official food truck ‘strEATS’!

The mobile dining destination returns to Miami’s campus this fall, offering students a truly “on-the-go” option. Students who have been fortunate enough to experience strEATS before, have a sense of what the food truck is all about, but for those who are just getting on campus, it’s time to get acquainted. 

Mobile dining from a vehicle isn’t a foreign concept, having roots that date back to specially modified chuck wagons that people served food out of back in the 1860s. However, the modern food truck craze didn’t really take hold until 2008 when trucks began serving gourmet food with social media playing a key role in the process. Over the following years, the food truck gained more popularity with more and more people diving into the unique dining concept with college campuses shortly following suit.

The idea of a food truck is simple. Offer convenient, high-quality food to those who want to grab something quickly, using Twitter to inform customers of the truck’s changing location. People are busy and have places to be. A food truck helps customers get a high-quality, delicious meal without having to dine-in and the convenience of the food truck allows that meal to be offered at different locations around the city, town or – in our case – campus.

And… that’s where strEATS comes in.

StrEATS first hit the road in March 2012, based on the food trucks found in big cities across the country and other college campuses. Since it’s appearance, students have loved to stop by the red and white food truck and pick up a quick bite to eat, whether heading to class, a study session or just meeting up with friends.

Now, in order to know when strEATS is out and about and where the truck is located, you will want to follow MU strEATS on Twitter. There, tweets will be sent out whenever the truck is on campus, serving the students and staff that need a quick meal. On Twitter, followers will be updated with the hours and where you can find the truck. Then, look for the truck at the tweeted location, place an order and enjoy! StrEATS accepts student meal plans, credit cards and debit cards, which helps simplify the ordering process for students and gets them on their way quickly.

StrEATS will be available across campus this fall in a variety of locations. That said, we would love to hear some suggestions from you. Be sure to keep an eye out for the strEATs truck on your way to and from class, but also monitor MU strEATS on Twitter to make sure you always know when the food truck is out!

Cultivating Community at Harris

Last night we hosted a Cultivating Community event at Harris!

This event featured local produce, meats, and cheeses in Harris’s already delightful repertoire. Menu options included vegan peppers with rice filling, roasted local cauliflower, maple bacon cupcakes with local bacon, roasted chicken quarters and much more!

 

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Some tweets from the night—

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 3.24.35 PMSami Chalupa: Best meal I’ve had yet from @MiamiUDining local community food at Harris!

 

Meagan Westrick: So much yummy food!!!!! @MiamiUDining

 

To stay updated on all of the yummy events, follow Miami Dining @MiamiUDining!

Happy Wednesday!

As a special treat to get you through this week, stop by Maplestreet Station for a delightful breakfast. (At any point in the day!)

 

Patisserie (hours: Monday-Friday 7am-10pm; 9am-4pm on weekends) is where you should be if you long for the chic, luxurious feeling of dining in Europe. It is reminiscent of the finest Parisian cafes—perfect to sip, nibble, relax, and study in. If you want to surprise a friend or significant other, get a pastry to go, packaged in a pink box and tied with ribbon.

 

 

First Stop (hours: Monday-Friday 8am-9pm; 10am-7pm on weekends) is a great place for breakfast during the week and an even better for brunch over the weekends. Hey, even if you want breakfast for dinner, First Stop is your place. It is restaurant style, which means you sit down and order your food from a server. While you wait for your meal, enjoy your coffee or juice.

Not Just for Athletes!

Martin Hall is located on North Quad, out in the direction of Millet. This dining hall is right behind Brandon Hall on Talawanda Road and, again, features many tasty options.

 

Like Harris, Martin Dining Hall also has a Sonora Stop (burritos, nachos, tacos, etc.) and Miami Traditions (traditional home cooked meals). However, Martin also has a Pastato with lots of pasta options and baked potatoes. At Martin Winning Seasonings there are healthier dining options. (Athletes, this is the place for you!). Martin Hall also has Scoreboard Market where you can place an order via kiosk for hot sandwiches and sides, custom-made! And finally, Hawk’s Nest is where you can get your soft pretzel and pizza needs met at a to-go window located on the lower level of Martin.

 

Martin is great whether you’ve just run steps at Yager or if you’re planning a nice walk in the formal gardens post-meal. Get yourself some.

 

Hours:

Breakfast Express: Monday-Friday 7:30am-10:30am; closed weekends

Martin Buffet: Sunday-Thursday 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-2pm

RA Andrea loves Super Brunch

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Peabody RA, Andrea, gets interviewed about her super experience at Super Brunch.

 

Is there one quote you’d want someone to take away from your experience?

“Super Brunch, I’m intrigued.”

 

 

 

Have you heard anything about this event? If so, what?

 Yeah! I heard about it last week. My friend sent me a snapchat “BUFFET!”

So because of that I was excited.

 

What are you most looking forward to this morning?

I’m excited to see how much they have to offer. I think I might be most excited for french toast, that’s my favorite.

I’m looking forward to free refills on drinks too!

 

Walk from Peabody to Western Dining Commons. While you’re walking please count the amount of wingspans it takes you to get from one place to the other? It might help to pivot your feet to do this.

About 50 of wingspans.

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Describe the first thing you smell when you walk into Super Brunch?

The eggs and potatoes. Smelled familiar and inviting.

Were you able to find a variety of breakfast options? or Were you able to easily navigate through your choices at each station?

Yeah. There were so many options, I didn’t get a chance to try them all. Next week I can eat something that I didn’t try today.

 

How is this brunch compared to 1809 (assuming you’ve had the 1809 brunch)?

Lavish, like 1809, and really good quality.

Crepes are a must. I would only eat crepes at 1809, so it was really critical that Super Brunch served crepes too. That might be one of the options I try next week.

 

Are there any comments on Super Brunch that you’re hearing while you’re here?

“The silverware is nicely wrapped here!”

“Good orange juice!”

“Yes, FRENCH TOAST! I had a feeling it would be here!!”

“I didn’t think the flowers were real until I looked closer. The flowers are a nice touch.”

 

What is the food you are most enjoying? Why?

I’m enjoying the breakfast potatoes with the peppers and onions and I like the mushrooms and onions in the eggs too. I like the variety. I like vegetables, I like omelets. Combined, it is awesome. The variety adds some nutrition to my regular diet.

 

Overall, how is your dining experience been at Super Brunch?

Positive. I’m pleased with the options. I wish it was like this every day!

Good variety, good space, and I enjoyed seeing a lot of people there in the morning. I like that it’s a new thing I can try on campus and because I can customize my options, I can eat something different every time I go.

 

How many students are still in pajamas while eating here? What’s the most unique pair of pajama pants you can see?

People are pretty casual here. Maybe not PJs, but pretty much every other student was dressed like they just woke up. Lots of comfortable clothes at Super Brunch today.

Actually, my friend, Albert is rocking the most unique pair of pajama pants I’ve seen here. Iron Man PJs.

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American Cuisine

Today’s places to explore are both inspired by American cuisine (don’t forget to get your Dining Passport stamped at each!):

 

Americas and Delish (in Maplestreet Station, on Maple Street, near the Center for Performing Arts, and across the street from Minnich Hall).

 

Where to go for lunch:Delish2

Delish is a modern American sandwich shop. There’s a build-your-own sandwich line and enchanting grilled cheese sandwiches that will get you hooked. Great for lunchtime combos of soups and salads and sandwiches, if that’s what you prefer.

 

 

tacoWhere to go for dinner:

Americas serves up tasty seafood of the northeast as well as spicy flavors of the southwest. There are weekly specials and even a Trader’s Verde salad concept, similar to Dividends. This restaurant is good for both sit down and for carry out options, which means Americas could be an option for either lunch or dinner. (Though we would encourage a sit down meal here since Americas has one of the prettiest dining rooms.)

 

 

Exciting news on Americas menu!1

Every week options:

Mission Style Burrito, Four Chees Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Chips and Queso, Beef Brisket Sandwich, Chicken and Waffle, BBQ Ribs

 

Rotations (options that will be featured at some point in the semester):

Cincinnati Chili Dogs (Woot! Woot!), Chimichanga, Po Boy Sandwich, Crab Cakes, Bratwurst, Potato Casserole, Fish Taco, Philly Cheesesteak, Saratoga Chips with BBQ, Cheese Curds with Ranch, Enchiladas, and more.

 

Get out there and try something new! And don’t forget your Dining Passport!!

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Hours Americas: Monday-Friday 11am-9pm; closed Saturday; Sunday 5pm-9pm

Hours Delish: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 11am-4pm; closed Sunday

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A Place to Explore: Haines’ Boulangerie

Haines’ Boulangerie is on the west side of Armstrong Student Center (literally the center of campus), behind Bishop Woods, next to Culler Hall, in front of Upham Hall, within site of the famous seal (avoid walking on this!). Campus map.

 

If you can find any of those places, you can find Armstrong. If all else fails, find Spring Street and walk up or down until Armstrong is in sight—be sure to stay on campus!

 

Hours for Monday-Friday 7:30am-9pm; 8am-8pm on the weekend

Pro-tip: Boulangerie: “a bakery that specializes in baking and selling bread” [boo-lanzhuh-ree] according to Dictionary.com. Boo-lingerie might be helpful too. Good luck.

 

The Boulangerie features Panera-like eating options—flatbreads, paninis, soups, salads. This restaurant is not only super tasty, but also has a few vegan/vegetarian, low fat, and low calorie options. And also, lots of half combo options to choose from—half-sandwich, half-soup, half-salad.

 

For breakfast, try one of our smoothies, parfaits, or pastries!

 

Happy first day!

For students, both old and new, there are so many dining options on-campus this year. While change can be intimidating, it’s also very exciting. Through this blog, we will guide you through your dining experience this semester. Be sure to check back often, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook for more updates and information.

 

Don’t forget about the Dining Passport challenge that officially starts today! Pick up your Dining Passport from your first year RA or at the HOME Office (in the basement of Shriver).

 

Get your passport punched at:

  • Delish
  • Americas
  • La Mia Cucina
  • strEATS
  • Bell Tower
  • Martin Buffet
  • King Café
  • Tea Hive
  • Grill & Roast (Western Dining Commons)
  • International Station (Western Dining Commons)

 

To view a map of these dining locations, click here.

 

Once completed, turn your card into the HOME office. You will be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a $250 gift card towards a new bike or one of two $100 flight vouchers.

 

HINT: find two locations that are close together and visit them both in one day!