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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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Healthy Meal Substitutions Worth Trying

A common misconception with food is that in order to make smarter, healthier choices, you have to give up all your favorite meals. That isn’t necessarily true. If you get creative, and a little adventurous, you will find there are plenty of ways to still enjoy your go-to meals by substituting ingredients with other, healthier alternatives.

We found a couple meals that fit the bill with simple substitutions that can be made to add a fresh, healthy twist. These meal substitutions are definitely worth trying in your home kitchen.

Breakfast

Everybody loves to start the day with pancakes from First Stop or Pulley Diner. While you’re home for spring break, try a new twist on this breakfast staple. You can replace regular pancake batter with two bananas and two eggs for a gluten-free meal! Try this basic recipe with suggestions for common add-ins! Added bonus: bananas are high in fiber and antioxidants.

Lunch

If you’re a fan of Boneless Wing Wednesdays, you can switch it up a bit by replacing the chicken with cauliflower! It’s super easy to make this vegetarian dish and definitely worth a try. Just bake some cauliflower, cover it in as much sauce as you want and bake again. Here’s a recipe straight from the source. Replacing chicken with cauliflower makes this dish more vitamin rich, lower in calories, and gluten-free.

Snack

A great snack for the warmer months ahead is one that will bring with it a twinge of nostalgia. Throwback to childhood summers of pouring juice into popsicle trays, but now imagine an updated, more health-conscious version. Try replacing sugar-rich juice, found in the popsicles of your youth, with greek yogurt. All it takes is your favorite sliced fresh fruit, plain greek yogurt, and a natural sweetener like agave nectar or honey. The creamy and delicious treat will melt in your mouth … literally.

Dinner

Even fans of The Q can get in on this whole substitution thing. Barbeque pulled pork gets a healthy twist by replacing the meat with … fruit! Jackfruit can be prepared so that it has the texture of the average pulled meat. Adding barbeque for flavor and then using it on a bun, taco shell, or plate of nachos turns the fruit into a great meat substitute. This cuts down on cholesterol and calories and adds in more nutrients. It is definitely worth giving a try in your home kitchen!


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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.

La Mia Cucina

“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.

Staff Spotlight: Mary Parker

Mary Parker got her first food service job for the same reason many young adults do. She was 16, in high school and was looking for a job.

“I was just looking for a job to start getting out on my own,” said Parker. “I was always raised that you pretty much take care of yourself. You can’t depend on really anyone. You have to just go out there and make your own, and that’s what I was pretty much just trying to do, so I got the job here.”

Parker has now worked at Armstrong Student Center for three years, after being hired on full-time after graduating high school. She is a Food Service Assistant at Pulley Diner where she stocks food, monitors labeling and oversees student employees, among other responsibilities.

With work, and a small apartment that she shares with her nearly two-year-old daughter, she’s busy.

“I’m pretty much working, taking care of my family and living my life. I’m just making sure I’ve got everything I need to be able to live and to hopefully go to school one day. Take everyday one step at a time. So much going on, especially here,” said Parker, gesturing to the busy Pulley Diner seating area. “So much.”

When Parker isn’t working, she likes to find time for two of her favorites hobbies – reading and cooking – oftentimes pulling recipes off social media outlets like Facebook and Pinterest.

“I like to read because it’s relaxing, and I feel like an escape from the world, said Parker, “Cooking is just fun to me. It’s like an adventure because you have to make sure you’re doing everything right.”

Whether Parker is trying a new recipe at home, or working at Armstrong, she enjoys the challenge of building a meal from scratch, saying cooking is like a “work of art.” It should taste good but also should look good and be prepared with care. And when it all comes together, it doesn’t hurt to hear some kind words from patrons who take the time to share.

“It’s just something nice to me, to be able to make something,” said Parker, “One day someone told us, ‘You guys are doing a great job back there,’ so things like that too. When people actually show they appreciate what we do and actually notice it, it’s nice. It’s just the little things.”

Pulley Diner is one of the most trafficked dining spots on campus, which can make it a busy location for students and the staff working behind the counter. However, Parker recognizes the challenges students face and understands that their priorities aren’t quite so far from hers and her coworkers.

“We realize [students are] coming here to try to go to class, get something to eat and leave, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to help them get out in a timely manner,” said Parker. “We’re just the same as them. We’re working here to provide for our families, trying to pay our bills, just like they’re trying to do by going to school. They’re trying to soon provide for their own families and pay their bills to make sure their life is going to be okay and taken care of. We’re just like them. We’re not that different.”


The Hard Questions

Favorite dish to prepare? To eat?

Prepare – Omelettes. It’s an artistic sort of thing. You use just the right amount of each ingredient and it looks so pretty. 

Eat – Mein Street stir-fry. 

Favorite TV Show? Supernatural.

Cat or dog? Dog. My dad raised dogs and hated cats. 

Cake or pie? Pie. There’s more variety of flavors. 

What’s New on the Menu? – Armstrong Student Center

A new school year is just around the corner, with Move in Week underway, and we thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of the exciting new dining additions for this fall! What better place to begin, than with the central hub of the Miami University dining scene; Armstrong Student Center?

A hotbed of student activity, Armstrong has some wonderful new offerings, including a brand new station, that we are sure guests will love!

Pulley Diner

Pulley is returning, looking largely the same. A rotation of soups will be available, along with chili, which is always available. Guests can build-their-own omelettes from a selection of ingredients. Additionally, blueberries and chocolate chips are now available for your morning pancake creations. A featured cake or torte will also be available on rotation to satisfy your sweet tooth. Keep an eye on our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for possible dinner specials that may be popping up throughout the school year as well.

Emporium

The hours have changed slightly (it’s no longer open 24 hours), however, it’s still the Emporium you know and love.

Haines’ Boulangerie

You will notice an enhanced soup rotation (similar to Pulley’s), but otherwise, Haines’ Boulangerie remains largely the same compared to a year ago.

Miami Ice

Miami Ice’s gelato is still made in-house and oh so tasty. We’ve added Affogato to the menu, which is gelato topped with a shot of hot espresso… just let that thought sink in for a moment.

Mein Street

Mein Street is back and rolling as a campus favorite. You may notice a slight difference in the ordering process in an effort to better serve you. Definitely give the new Sweet Teriyaki Sauce a taste with your stir-fry.

Wing Bar

Wing Bar now offers three sizes of boneless and traditional wings (5, 10 and 15) and you can now purchase a tasty fried chicken sandwich there. Mozzarella sticks and onion rings are side options, along with dipping sauces. Definitely try the brand new Dagron Berry Sauce with your mozzarella sticks. It’s the brainchild of one of the staff members there and it’s delicious. Along those lines, also try the new Sweet Teriyaki Sauce on your wings.

Sundial

Sundial is returning with calzones, made-to-order custom pasta dishes and made-to-order stone oven pizzas, along with the standard pizza and pasta favorites. The big news with Sundial is that you are able to use the GET App to order ahead and skip the line for pick-up. You can use this mobile ordering feature for the custom pastas and the customizable stone oven pizzas, along with sides, drinks and more. This means you can enjoy Sundial’s specialty items with the convenience of walk-up service!

Download the GET App for Apple and Android, or order online here.

Traditions

Traditions is completely new, replacing Serrano this year (look for your taco/taco bowl fix over at Maplestreet’s Americas). The menu is a rotating menu with some healthier takes on traditional comfort food. Look for meats (grilled salmon, ham, roasted chicken, Ribeye steak, etc.), potatoes, veggies and prepared salads, among a litany of other tasty, healthy dining options!

Per usual, keep tabs on the latest happenings in dining by following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram! We are very excited to have you all back on campus and we can’t wait to serve you during the 2016-17 school year!

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?

Top 10 Most Popular Menu Items from Spring Semester

There are 11 different locations on campus, offering a wide array of food. From the epicenter of student activity at Armstrong, to King Cafe and Dividends, there are a variety of flavors available to students across the Miami University campus.

That got us thinking. What are the most popular meals on campus?

Without further ado, let’s take a look back at the spring semester and countdown the top 10 most popular menu items at our a la carte locations.

10. Spicy Chicken Sandwich

The spicy chicken sandwich gets the countdown rolling at No. 10. Available at Pulley Diner, Bell Tower Place and Garden Market, as well as buffet locations on occasion, the spicy chicken sandwich is a tasty choice that students flock to. Keep tabs on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts next year so you don’t miss out on spicy chicken sandwich specials, like the one we had at Encounter this past semester.

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This spicy chicken sandwich was offered as a limited time special at Encounter earlier this spring semester.

9. Burger with Fries

This classic meal is available across campus, but Encounter, Pulley Diner and Bell Tower Place are the primary culprits for this ranking. Be sure to try a smash-style burger from Pulley Diner, or head over to Encounter for a local burger, fresh from Oxford’s Reserve Run Family Farm.

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Encounter is home to the Encounter Burger, made with Reserve Run Farm beef.

8. Chicken Fingers

You knew chicken fingers would find a way on to this list. After all, you can’t go wrong with chicken fingers! They can be found across campus, particularly at the likes of Pulley Diner and Bell Tower Place.

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Chicken fingers are offered across campus, but they are certainly a favorite at Pulley Diner.

7. 16oz Gourmet Coffee

Coffee is the life-blood of the college student and this ranking supports that thought process. Whether just waking up or preparing for a late study session, coffee is a go-to on campus. King Cafe, Miami Ice, Tea Hive, Garden Market and our new Starbucks (located at Maplestreet Station) are the primary coffee destinations, although it is available at other locations across campus.

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A number of campus locations can cure coffee-deprivation.

6. Deli Sandwich

Deli sandwiches were the sixth most popular item from the spring semester. Available at Haines’ Boulangerie, Delish, King Cafe and Bell Tower Place (along with different wraps at other locations), the deli sandwich has a wide reach. While all the locations mentioned allow you to customize your own, which is hard to pass up, be sure to try the deli stations at the buffet locations too!

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Yum. Delish.

5. Banana

Checking in at No. 5 is perhaps the most surprising of the top 10; the banana. Yep, that’s right, the banana was the fifth most popular item across campus during the spring semester. Bananas are smart choices when you’re looking for a snack or need something on your way to class and can be found all over campus. They are nutrient-rich and have been linked to a variety of health studies as a wonderful addition to any diet. Plus, they are a great source of potassium for those of you who are hitting the gym!

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Bananas are a great addition to any diet and can be found across campus at a variety of different dining and market locations.

4. RedHawk Water

We like to share with you the importance of drinking lots of water, so it’s good to see water amongst the top items from the spring. Like bananas, water is available across campus and is a great thing to get more of in your diet. Water could be even higher on this list, as this doesn’t even account for SmartWater or some of the other brands that are sold on campus.

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RedHawk water is another item that can be found across campus, particularly at our market locations like Market Street at MacCracken.

3. Dividends Salad

At No. 3, we have the beloved Dividends salad from — you guessed it — Dividends! Trader’s Greens salads are available at Dividends, Americas and Haines’ Boulangerie, but salads are also available at buffets. We’d be remised if we didn’t at least mention the popular dressing of choice; the delicious sweet herb vinaigrette that certainly helped the Dividends salad in these rankings.

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Trader’s Greens, the salad station at Dividends, is also located at Americas and Haines’ Boulangerie.

2. Pizza

Pizza makes the world go round, so it’s only fitting that it jumps in here as the No. 2 most popular item of the spring semester. Pizza is available at Sundial, Red Brick Pizza and Bell Tower Place, but is also available at La Mia Cucina, through LMC Pizza Delivery and at buffet locations (slices at Garden Commons and personal flatbread at Western Dining Commons).

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Pizza is a tasty staple of college life and it’s available across campus at Sundial, Red Brick, La Mia Cucina, LMC Pizza Delivery and buffets.

1. Stir Fry

And at No. 1 is… stir fry! Stir Fry is available at Mein Street, Bell Tower Place and Pacific Rim and is clearly a campus favorite. Stir fry can offer some great health value and is simply delicious. If you’d like to get a taste of the top item from this spring, it can be found at the above a la carte locations (Mein Street is open this summer) or is available at Garden Commons buffet as well!

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And stir fry reigns supreme! Available at Mein Street, Bell Tower Place and it can be ordered at Garden Commons.

Welcome Back! – What’s New this Spring?

Welcome back! After a brief hiatus for winter break and winter term, everyone is back in Oxford ready to begin spring semester. While many worked, relaxed or watched the winter weather make an abrupt 2016 introduction, we were hard at work on a variety of exciting additions for this coming semester! The buffet halls are the biggest source of excitement on campus, including Harris Dining Commons, Western Dining Commons and Garden Commons. Here are our biggest announcements:

1. Extended Hours at Harris

For some, the breaks in buffet hall hours (especially between lunch and dinner) were a source of frustration. Now, in order to account for students whose schedules don’t always play nice with buffet lunch hours, we are extending the hours at Harris Dining Hall. Monday through Thursday, Harris will be open from 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM and then will be open again from 11 AM until 8 PM, remaining open through lunch and dinner. This – compared to closing from 2 PM until 5 PM last semester – will give students a buffet dining option outside of standard lunch and dinner meal times!

It is important to mention that not every station will be available from 2 PM until 5 PM, with the “hot” stations needing time to cook and prepare food for the dinner service, but that brings us to the next exciting announcement…

2. The Deli Bar

Harris is adding a Deli Bar! Students will now be able to stop by Harris and build their own deli sandwich at the new Harris Deli Bar. The new station will offer a variety of sandwich toppings and even a daily “party dip” option (spinach artichoke dip… etc.), providing students with a customizable healthy option for lunch, dinner and, now, the time in between. The Salad, Soup and Fruit Bars will also be open throughout the new extended hours, offering even more healthy options throughout the middle part of the day. However, if you’re more interested in grabbing some ice cream, that area will be also available during the extend time to satisfy your sweet-tooth.

To go along with the addition of a Deli Bar at Harris, Western Dining Commons is adding a Deli Bar as well. Much like the one at Harris, students will be able to pick from a variety of deli options and make their own sandwich their way. The Western Deli Bar will only be open during standard hours of operation, as Harris is the only buffet hall extending their hours.

Students who call Garden Commons their “home” dining location needn’t feel left out though, as their Deli Station from last semester returns with only minor revisions meant to make the station more prominent for students who are looking for the custom, deli sandwich experience. Be sure to give that a try the next time you’re at Garden!

3. Menu Additions

This semester, our focus is providing and exposing students to an increased variety of healthy options. That includes more vegan and vegetarian entrees at buffet halls and other new look items like composed vegan/vegetarian salads available at buffet salad bars.

New vegan breakfast items will be available at the different buffet halls (like vegan muffins). Other accommodations have been made for those looking to keep up their healthy eating New Year’s resolutions like making meatless options more accessible and offering more veggie side dishes at Campus Grill locations. Vegan crumbles and tofu will be available at breakfast upon request, as will other vegan/vegetarian alternatives. Kale will be making an appearance on campus this semester and hot cereal/oatmeal dishes will be available at our buffet locations for breakfast.

Now, don’t fret meat-lovers, your favorites are still available. In fact, the Campus Grill locations are introducing a new daily “specialty item” which will be a hot, unique sandwich like a Philly Cheesesteak or a Meatball Sub, which rotates daily. The Campus Grill will also be rotating through a variety of different chicken dishes and even different types of fries.

4. Location Specific Additions for the Buffets

Harris: Miami Spice will be open at lunch. On Saturdays, Harris will be serving made-to-order omelettes and Harris will serve crepes on Sundays.

Western: Mashed Potato Bowls will be available once again at the International Station (when you first walk in on the right) on rotation with tacos, burritos and more. Be sure to check MyTray to see what is being served when. There will be more pizza flavors and the Grill & Roast station will offer more items this semester.

Garden: Made-to-order pasta will be available over at Caio, offering students the opportunity to customize their pasta dishes. Additionally, more specialty pasta sauces will be available. Whole wheat pasta will also cycle in at that location. Look for a couple new stir fry recipes at Zen Garden.

5. Elsewhere

Haines’ Boulangerie: Kale has been added to the menu and there is a new Chipotle Chicken Salad Wrap that deserves your undivided attention.

Sundial: Tortellini Tuesday is a thing! Tortellini will be offered at Sundial on Tuesdays, which is always a good thing.

Pulley Diner: You can now order a veggie side instead of fries. In the early going, we recommend that you ask for the substitution when you order.

First Stop: First Stop is now opening at 7 AM on weekdays. Between 7 AM and 10 AM, students can grab a quick To-Go breakfast sandwich with a coffee as a part of our new combo!

Armstrong Palooza Selfie Contest!

The Class of 2019 is busy over the next couple days. Miami University’s official Freshmen Move-In Day takes place tomorrow, followed by a flurry of activities like residence hall meetings, the First Night Block Party at the Rec Center Quad tomorrow night and other events to help you explore everything that Miami has to offer.

On that list of events is the exciting Armstrong Palooza on Friday night (starting at 8 PM) where the Armstrong Student Center is hosting fun activities like corn hole, performances, mini-golf and so much more. During the event, Miami University Dining will be offering a “Taste of Armstrong” where the incoming freshmen class will have the opportunity to try some delicious free food from the different eateries in the Student Center. Plus, we have our own sweepstakes opportunity…

Let us introduce you to our first ever Armstrong Palooza Selfie Contest!

First things first, here’s how you play…

  1. Attend Armstrong Palooza on Friday, August 21. It starts at 8 PM.
  2. Take selfies at up to all seven Armstrong dining locations (Serrano, Haines’ Boulangerie, Pulley Diner, Sundial Pizza Company, Mein Street Mongolian & Asian Grill, Miami Ice and M Emporium). If you only take one at Pulley Diner, for example, that is fine. Share it with #MUDiningSelfies on Twitter and you have been entered to win! However, if you wish to increase your chances of winning, you can take and submit a selfie from all seven locations found in Armstrong. Just be sure to keep the sign(s) clearly visible in your selfie(s) to qualify.
  3. Share those photos with us on Twitter using #MUDiningSelfies. Watch the spelling though. You can’t be entered if we can’t find your selfie!
  4. For example, Ellen would get 12 entries for this photo, assuming it met the other criteria.

    For example, Ellen would get 12 entries for this photo, assuming it met the other criteria.

    Take group selfies (technically called “usies”) to increase your odds of winning! For each person who participates in the selfie with you (looking at the camera and well aware they are in the photo), you will receive one additional entry, increasing your odds of being randomly selected to win! For example, if you take a selfie with your new roommate in front of Sundial Pizza Company (Sundial’s sign clearly visible in the photo) and share it with us using #MUDiningSelfies on Twitter, then that photo counts as two submissions for the person who shares the photo. If you take the same photo with three friends, that counts as four submissions for the person who shares the photo and so on. Basically, get out of your shell and meet some people to increase your odds of winning! The more people participating in your photo, the better! Of course, you can also just take an individual selfie, share it with us and hope the odds are in your favor too!

  5. A winner will be chosen, at random, from those who qualify. The winner will win three free meals to be used anywhere on campus, courtesy of Miami Dining, and a free t-shirt! Selfies must be shared on Twitter by 11 PM on Friday, August 21 to be considered.
The randomly selected winner will receive three free meals and a t-shirt!

The randomly selected winner will receive three free meals and a t-shirt!

Rules
  1. When taking a selfie at an eatery, the sign of that dining location must be clearly visible in the selfie.
  2. You only get one entry per dining location and it is the first photo submitted/tagged. No redos!
  3. You can submit up to seven selfies, one for each dining location in Armstrong (Serrano, Haines’ Boulangerie, Pulley Diner, Sundial Pizza Company, Mein Street Mongolian & Asian Grill, Miami Ice and M Emporium).
  4. For each person who participates in the selfie with you, you will receive one additional entry, increasing your odds of being randomly selected to win. However, for those people to count towards your odds, they must be participating in the selfie with you (looking at the camera and well aware they are in the photo).
  5. Photos shared between 8 PM and 11 PM on Friday, August 21, 2015 are the only photos that will be considered and counted as entries.