Thursday, February 27, 2014

Late night? Hit the Panda for Great Asian Eats!

Okay, so if you’ve been to the Kansas Union this week, you may have smelled the awesome aroma of that notorious orange chicken wafting through the air…. And if you followed your nose, it took you to Level 3, where you encountered Panda Express. Yes, you heard that right. After much anticipation, Panda Express is now open at the Union!

At 9:00 a.m. M-F and 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Panda opens its doors to feed a hungry KU community. That means those of you with 8:00 a.m. classes who skip breakfast can slide right in and feed your soul.

Within their shiny metal chafers, you’ll find an awesome selection of 15 different entrees, hot and ready to go. In addition to their famous orange chicken, some of their other stellar options include Bejing Beef, Teriyaki Chicken, String Bean Chicken and Broccoli Beef. (Those last three contain fewer than 250 calories!) A comforting rice, noodle or veggie side accompanies your meal, and appetizers can either round things out or serve as a tasty mid-day snack. TIP: You do not want to miss their Cream Cheese Crab Rangoons.

Organized as the ultimate takeout operation, Panda Express is set up to get you in and out with your meal fast. Take it to go, or enjoy it in any one of the comfy seating areas around the Union.

But here’s where it gets really good…. Panda is open late —till 7:00 p.m. M-F. So, whether you’re studying in the evening and are in need of a tasty energy boost or just looking to satisfy some Friday night fun food craving, Panda has your late night food fix.

Never been to Panda Express? Here’s your chance to sample it for free. Panda will be sampling on Saturday night at the Union Basketball Watch Party on Level 4—fun starts at 7:30 p.m., with tip off at 8:00 p.m.

Need more than a sample? Bring this blog to Panda and get a FREE EXTRA ENTRÉE OR APPETIZER with your meal purchase.

Om nom nom.
See you at the U!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ah, Valentine’s Day…

Whether you love it or hate it, it comes around every February 14th. Flowers, chocolates, cupids, greeting cards, kisses, lovebirds, hearts and lace, they all represent this complicated holiday steeped in fascinating history and mythological mystery.

If you’re the type who is “in love with love,” you’ll go all out on this special day.

If you’re the type who’d rather skip the whole month of February, you’ll just need to grin and bear it!

But if you have to acknowledge Valentine’s Day, before you head out for a high-priced dinner off campus, consider enjoying a special Valentine’s Day meal with KU Dining, and put the dollars you’ll save toward movie tickets, a bouquet, or a nice sensible gift, like a singing teddy bear!

KU’s three campus dining centers—Mrs. E’s in Lewis Hall, Oliver Dining in Oliver Hall and North College Café in GSP—will be serving a special menu for dinner on Friday, February 14th. Created with care by the chefs in KU Dining, you don’t want to miss out on a great line up of foodie favorites: grilled KC strip steak, golden brown butterfly shrimp, baked potatoes, fresh sautéed veggies, and a bountiful salad buffet.

After dinner, impressive dessert bars will round out the meal at each of the dining centers: chocolate fondue with fresh fruits, pretzels, marshmallows and brownie bites at Oliver Dining; fresh strawberry pie and decadent chocolate chunk cookies at Mrs. E’s; and Tiramisu, fresh strawberries and an ultimate chocolate mousse cake at North College Cafe.

Those who have a KU meal plan or KU Cuisine Cash are set. Guests of our residents can use a “guest pass,” a benefit of those who have dining plans, or they may pay the $9.50 door price, which is still one great deal.

What!? No valentine? Even if you don’t have a special someone this year, KU Dining wants you to be their valentine and join them for dinner, made with love!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

No meal plan? No problem.

Barbeque. Brick oven pizza. Burger and sweet potato fries. Big deli wrap. Pasta. Giant soup and salad bar. Vegetarian and vegan. Comfort food like meatloaf and mac and cheese…

Now, some of you may think that I’m generating those yummy food ideas as I stroll down Mass Street.

Actually, every one of those items—and more—can be found at Mrs. E’s. There are eleven different cafés under one roof at KU’s largest residential dining center, located in Lewis Hall on Daisy Hill. There you can sit and enjoy a great meal as you take advantage of one of the very best views on campus.

What? No meal plan? No worries! Bet you didn’t know that Mrs. E’s is open to everyone on campus. For one price at the door, you can have it all, and as much as you like of it, including beverage and dessert:
  • Breakfast: $8.50
  • Lunch: $9.50
  • Dinner: $9.50
Special diet, you say? Those with special dietary needs have a café all their own at Mrs. E’s called K-You Zone. This café caters to diners be they gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegetarian/vegan, kosher, Halal and more.

Off campus? We’ve got you covered! Students who live off campus can dine at Mrs. E’s for even less than the prices above by signing up for an affordable meal plan that entitles them to ten meals weekly at any of four residential dining halls. Faculty and staff, instead of using your credit card or cash at Mrs. E’s, if you use Cuisine Cash (which you can load onto your KU ID) you get a 10% discount every time you dine. To learn more about KU Dining’s campus meal programs: 785.864.7274.
And, if you weren’t already aware, Mrs. E’s went through a massive renovation last summer, resulting in a contemporary, warm and inviting ambiance with food options to please the palate of today’s sophisticated diner.

Residential dining is not what it used to be. Check out Mrs. E’s and all of the other great dining opportunities across campus. With 22 different dining options, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your craving.
See you at the U!