Tuesday, November 25, 2014

There’s still time to win BIG!!!

Attention all HDH Students.... HDH’s Dining Services Passport Program has had an EXCEPTIONAL turnout with over 20 students winning our first set of gift cards through dining on delicious eats all over campus. The GRAND PRIZE however has NOT BEEN CLAIMED and can be YOURS if you act fast!

What's the "grand prize"? Well, it just so happens to be a Markets to Go Certificate for the ENTIRE SUITE that completes their Passports together!


So, what are you waiting for?! Gather up your friends and head on out to check out the latest offerings at one of our 17 Dining Locations. Not sure what’s open or what you’re feeling? Then check out the HDH Dining Services Menu Pages (http://hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/) and see what menu tantalizes your taste buds!

If you’re hanging around town for the holidays, be sure to get a step ahead of the others and grab your friends to head on over to the Thanksgiving Feast at Café Ventanas. Not only can you get your Passport stamped, but you’ll also enjoy a delicious home cooked meal, just like mom would make!



For those of you heading home, safe travels and put your game face on when you return to dominate the Passport Program and win big when you return on December 1st! Let the games begin!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's World-Wide Vegan Awareness Month

Did you know November happens to be the month devoted to vegan living? Well, for those of you wondering what a vegan is, let me start there first!

Veganism is a dietary practice in which one chooses to refrain from eating any foods of animal origin or byproducts due to personal or health beliefs. Foods such as milk, eggs, fish, turkey, beef and cheese are excluded from a vegan diet, as well as ketchup, honey and some sugars depending on their source.  Living a vegan lifestyle is possible and can be a nutritious meal plan when you focus on eating a variety and the right kinds of foods. However, Vitamin B12 is of concern since it is primarily derived from animal sources, so oftentimes vegan’s will supplement with a vitamin.

So, how does UC San Diego accommodate our vegan population? In addition to daily offerings in the Dining Units, we also have an entirely VEGAN restaurant located on Muir College known as ROOTS.

Roots was a labor of love that opened over 3 years ago to make sure all lifestyle diets here on campus had a place to call home. Our menu ranges from soups and salads to bergers and fries! We also have some crowd pleasing favorites like the Pacheco Pass, featured below. This is a mouthwatering take on a stacked enchilada, with cilantro rice, our in house “berger” mix, and chipotle soy crème layered between fresh corn tortillas. Plus, it’s garnished with delicious avocados!


So, if you weren't in the mood for the traditional Thanksgiving Meal today as featured in our main dining units, today head on over to Roots and indulge in the numerous choices that we have in store for you!

Interested in learning more about a particular topic or planning something for your community? Feel free to email me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu or follow HDH on twitter & check Facebook for upcoming events featuring the Taste Buds!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It’s Almost Turkey Time!

With less than two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, HDH Dining Services is gearing up to give you a little taste of the holidays.  Our first official holiday recipe poll was a huge success and I am happy to announce our new featured Market Recipe Card debuting upon return from Thanksgiving Break is …. Classic Pumpkin Pie! Thank you to all those who voted, especially Karissa Aguiar, Katherine Chang, and Nathan Ng. Please contact me if you have not already done so to claim your prize!

To continue sharing the holiday spirit, I invite you to join Dining next Thursday, November 20th, for a traditional Thanksgiving meal served during lunch, featuring Carved Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Yams, Sautéed Green Beans, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Dinner Rolls.  Plus, we’ll be serving up Classic Pumpkin and Apple Pie’s to satisfy that sweet tooth! The Thanksgiving Feast will be feautred at: Canyon Vista, Cafe Ventanas, Oceanview Terrace, Pines and 64 Degrees.

For those of you sticking around campus the following week, I suggest you check out two great steals Dining Services has in store for you!
  • Café Ventanas Feast: The festivities begin at 11am with the traditional turkey feast starting at 1pm! Don’t worry; you can get your tickets at the door!
  • Market Grocery Bag: $10 for $20 worth of food!

Interested in learning more about a particular topic? Feel free to email me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu or follow HDH on twitter & check Facebook for upcoming events featuring the Taste Buds!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What’s your holiday favorite recipe?

Now that Halloween has come and gone, the holiday season is in full force! Even though we have a little over 6 weeks left of the fall quarter, before we know it we’ll be on winter break and relishing in the holiday festivities.

Because I for one am already am in the holiday spirit, watching Hallmark movies and baking pumpkin goodies, I thought why not debut a new MARKET RECIPE card based on YOUR vote for a holiday classic recipe! So, to get the ball rolling, please like the UCSD Housing and Dining Facebook page and cast your vote to see which of the 4 holiday classics you would like to see made available in your neighborhood Market. 
Ingredients will be brought in and available for you to purchase with your Dining Dollars to cook in your resident hall and share with your friends.
So... would you like to see:
1. Creamy Mashed Potatoes
2. Classic Pumpkin Pie
3. Old Fashioned Stuffing
4. Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole


Plus, if you vote now and leave a comment, I may just a have an early holiday present for you waiting in my office… who doesn’t love a little bit of Holiday Cheer?!

Good luck on mid-terms guys and I look forward to seeing your input!