7 yummy plates to try from YO! Sushi Tampa

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Looking for a fun, new sushi experience in Tampa? Look no further, as YO! Sushi offers many great sushi plates at a low, affordable cost, all while being served on a conveyer belt! Here are some of their best options.

1. The Ginza Roll

What’s better than sushi? Nothing! Just kidding, but all jokes aside the Ginza Roll is a classic roll with fresh salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber inside topped with a bit of caviar, teriyaki, sriracha and mayo.

2. Salmon Steam Bun

This Salmon Steamed Bun was a personal favorite among Foodie members! This plate included house-pickled red onions and kimchi marinated salmon all stuffed inside a soft Hirata bun.

3. Takoyaki

A native favorite! Octopus filled dough balls, topped with mayonnaise, bonito, and their pickled red onions.

4. Garlic Ramen

The Sesame Garlic Ramen literally speaks for itself- yummy sesame broth filled with ramen and topped with scallions, nori, garlic sesame oil and more!

5. Poke Bowl

The Poke Bowls are one of the newest additions to the YO! Sushi menu. You can choose from three different types: chicken, tuna, and tofu. These plates are also filled with sesame oil, house-pickled red onions, and more!

6. Chicken Katsu

The Chicken Katsu was one of my personal favorites as I am a HUGE chicken fan! This plate included a juicy chicken thigh lightly breaded with a Japanese panko and topped with a delicious fruity tonkatsu sauce.

7. Spicy Seafood Udon

Last but certainly not least, the Spicy Seafood Udon Noodle! This delicious bowl was filled with shrimp, salmon, squid and veggies inside of a spicy kimchi broth served with your choice of udon noodles or rice.

Foodies Club Give Back Day @ PAO Cafe

Come out the PAO Cafe for the Foodies Club at USF Give Back Day on Friday, March 27th, 2015 from 12PM-8PM! We’ll be fundraising for the Foodies Club and a portion of the proceeds will go back to the Foodies Club for future events.

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We’ll be curating a special menu just for the Foodies Club that will showcase different fusion food from around the world.

In addition, there will be an Open Mic @ PAO Cafe from 4PM-8PM! If you have singing talent then sign up! JAMMA will be performing!

Let us know if your org wants to throw its support behind our event!

Tickets will be on-sale for PhilFest 2015! PhilFest is one of the biggest Filipino festivals in the nation and showcases Filipino culture through food, dance, and cultural traditions. Don’t miss it!

Sunny Pizza opens across from USF near Boba House

The Foodies Club stopped by Sunny Pizza yesterday for a quick bite to eat. They recently opened next to the International “Boba House” on University Square Drive just minutes from campus and are accessible by the USF Bull Runner Route D.

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We ordered two San Francisco sourdough slices. The sourdough gives the crust an extra sour tastes that is reminiscent of a bread bowl. The cheese and toppings featured quality ingredients and you can taste that they use fresh tomatoes in their base instead of typical marinara.

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We also ordered a Jarritos Mandarin Soda. The total with the two slices was just $4.10 and Sunny’s currently has a deal for $1 slices as well as College Specials and delivers.

Sunny Pizza will be sponsoring us for our upcoming Foodies Club Meeting. Don’t miss it on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 from 5:45PM-7:15PM in MSC3709.

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Restaurant Name: Sunny Pizza

Address: 2770 University Square Drive Tampa, FL 33612

Phone: (813) 977-5500

Website: http://sunnypizzatampa.com/

Recap: Burrito Eating Competition + Social with Qdoba Mexican Grill

The Foodies Club at USF hosted their first burrito eating competition and social at Qdoba Mexican Grill located at 5001 East Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL 33617 from 5:00PM-8:00PM on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015. We would like to thank the people who came out to make this event a success!

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Six teams of four students competed to be eligible to win free burritos for a year*. Free samples of Qdoba’s menu including chips and salsa and quesadillas as well as Qdoba sunglasses were given to spectators at the event who cheered on participants.

The competition was held in relay format and the team with the lowest overall time score won the contest. All contest participants received a free entrée for their next visit to Qdoba Mexican Grill regardless of their placement.

The team times are as follows:

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1st place: Team Jamaican Hopscotch Mafia (Winners of free burritos for a year) 12 minutes 15 seconds 05 milliseconds

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2nd place: Team We Hungry 12 minutes 20 seconds 18 milliseconds

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3rd place: Team Uptown Funk 13 minutes 07 seconds 50 milliseconds

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4th place: Team Diversity from USF International Student Association (ISA) 14 minutes 10 seconds 39 milliseconds

5th place: FARM Squad 5 from USF FARM (Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals) 14 minutes 31 seconds 76 milliseconds

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Team Clean Eating: Timed out

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Team Jamaican Hopscotch claimed the winning prize of free burritos for a year with team members Jowel Antiquino, Matt Newman, Jason Russ, and Corey Atkins. The Foodies Club at USF would like to congratulate these students on their achievement.

*12 entrees per team member

Foodies Club 1st General Body Meeting of Spring 2015

Hey guys!

Come out to the 1st Foodies Club meeting of the semester on Wednesday, January 21st from 5:30PM-7:15PM in Marshall Student Center Room 3709. We will inform you of our plans for the spring semester and seek some input on what you want to do this year. We will also enjoy FREE food courtesy of sponsors in town.

Make sure you come out and feel free to bring your friends!

-Foodies Club

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RSVP: Foodies Club at USF Social with ISA @ Naga Tea

Hey Foodies!

Don’t forget to RSVP to our game night/boba social at Naga Tea for this upcoming Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 from 5:30PM-8:30PM. We will enjoy a game night with the International Student Association (ISA) at USF and sample products from Naga Tea. Naga Tea is a new bubble tea shop located at 10950 N. 56th St. Temple Terrace, FL 33617 that serves fresh, herbal, milk, and fruit teas.

Use #NagaTea for a chance to win a giftcard at our event on Wednesday! Must be present to collect!

Shoot us an e-mail at USFFoodiesClub[at]gmail[dot]com to secure your spot at the event.

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First USF Farmer’s Market of Fall 2014

Today the Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals (FARM) at USF held their 1st Farmer’s Market of Fall 2014. The Foodies Club helped promote the market because it supports the mission of growing the local food movement at USF Tampa. Local vendors came out and setup their stands along Sessum’s Mall (between Cooper Hall and the Rec Center by Pollo Tropical). The message was fresh and organic.

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We were excited to shop around and check out the vendors for the first market. The FARM Club was selling pumpkins from Bearss Grove for $3 and we couldn’t resist picking one up for some Halloween decorations.

One of the first booths we visited was Lutz Nutz Company which has been in business for over a decade and provided tasty nuts for people to eat. We sampled the Bodacious Blend, a mixture of cashews, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, shallots, garlic, and spices. It was great! We really liked how Lutz Nutz packages their nuts as well making them perfect for grabbing a gift for a friend or family member. The prices were also very reasonable compared to how much nuts cost at grocery stores.

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After Lutz Nutz, we made our way over to Grandma Grace’s Goodies. This vendor sells various jams, jellies, and salsas and has won awards at both the Florida State Fair and the Annual Strawberry Festival in Plant City.

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There was a wide variety of jams and jellies to choose from, but we leaned towards the Habanero Pepper Jam which is one of Grandma Grace’s award winners. Picturing the jam with cream cheese and crackers or a bagel was too tempting to pass up. The prices were very fair with a small jar at $4.00 and a large jar at $6.00. You can also receive $0.25 back if you return your jar after use. Pretty neat.

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A great eye-catch was these bees at the My Sweet Bees vendor booth. Raw local honey is always awesome to grab for things like fruit and cheese platters (don’t forget nuts as well). The local owner was very kind and allowed us to sample some honey while also showcasing some lotions and skin products that are used with the same local honey.

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We wandered over to Two Seeds in Pod afterward which sells organic heirloom seeds and produce. Free range happy hens were also on-sale.

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Overall, we had a really good time at the 1st USF Farmer’s Market of Fall 2014 and are looking forward to the next ones. The next dates will be 10/21, 11/4, and 11/18 so mark your calendars!

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