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.

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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MOSI presents Einstein on Food & Wine 2015

Einstein on Food & Wine 2015 is a celebration of the senses that showcases the delicious and diverse cuisine of Tampa Bay alongside the palate pleasers of winemakers from around the country. The event will occur on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 starting at 8PM (GA).

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This year’s event will feature a tremendous variety of wine, a beer garden, celebration of the senses throughout the science center, samplings from top local restaurants, restaurant competition, live entertainment, and a charity auction all for a significant cause, the education programs at MOSI. MOSI being right across the street from USF, we at the Foodies Club want to offer our support!

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, the host sponsor, will feature more than 120 vintners with a variety of wines, including reds, whites, champagnes, domestic and imported. Delicious food and desserts from more than 30 different local restaurants will be featured including Texas de Brazil, Benedetto’s, Timpano, and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse along with a variety of food trucks.

This event is strictly for those ages 21+. If you’re interested in volunteering and of age contact Libby Hopkins, their Volunteer Program Manager at Libby.Hopkins@mosi.org.

USF Foodies Club members can receive a discount of $60 (normally $85) for the event by calling 813-987-6000 and mentioning you are part of the USF Foodies Group.

Einstein on Food & Wine is sponsored in part by Bay Area Medical Resources, Inc., Service Systems Associates, Macy’s, the Florida Education Fund, and Molly Demeulenaere.

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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Foodies Club FIRST Social @ Graffiti Junktion USF

Graffiti Junktion is a new burger bar that recently opened just minutes from USF on 56th Street. When we first checked it out during their soft opening, we just knew we had to have an event there…our first event for the Foodies Club at USF! The inside of Graffiti Junktion is awesome with designs covering all the walls. Sports fans can also enjoy watching the game on the various TVs spread around the restaurant and bar.

Specializing in burgers with names such as Iron City (Canadian bacon, egg, fries, American cheese, and onions) and Brotherly Love (peppers, onions, mushrooms, and provolone), most burgers are $10-$12 and served with french fries and are made fresh, never frozen. Wraps are also available for meat-conscious diners. Specials are held everyday of the week with Trivia Night Tuesdays and 1/2 off Appetizers Fridays from 4PM-7PM being two things that particularly caught our eyes.

Graffiti Junktion provided our members with complimentary samples of their Brotherly Love and Lone Star burgers, Graffiti wings, Turkey Graffito Wrap, Macho Nachos, and Zucchini Fries. Members were also able to order additional items at a 20% discount during our social. Some of the things members tried included the Buffalo Chicken Tots, Chili Cheese Fries, and Chocolate Cake.

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Our event was held in a private back room that can be rented for private parties or catering functions. Two dart rooms were available for play in the private room and the main stage setup is not too far from it as well. Music can also be played in the room or turned off depending on whether you are having a meeting or social function.

The management and staff were very friendly towards our group and we especially loved our waitress who handled our party that was moving around the room very well and who consistently made sure that we were having a positive experience.

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Our members used the hashtag #BullsLoveGraffiti to promote the event on Twitter and Instagram and to share their photos and feedback. On Twitter our tweets reached 7,167 people and 99,026 Twitter Timelines. See a full Twitter report on Hashtracking. See another report on Keyhole.

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We had a blast Graffiti Junktion USF and our members really enjoyed the food. The proximity of Graffiti to USF makes it a great contender for specials events and the assorted specials make it friendly towards college students. College students can also take comfort in the fact that Graffiti Junktion is open late from Monday-Sunday until 2AM.

Make sure to call ahead to make sure the kitchen is still open if you want to order food as the closing hours in the kitchen vary.

We are truly wishing Graffiti Junktion the best of luck at USF and hope everyone goes out to try them and give them a shot! We will be back soon!

Graffiti Junktion on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Name: Graffiti Junktion USF

Cuisine: American, Burgers

Address: 11401 56th Street Tampa, FL 33617

Phone Number: (813) 983-9000

Website: http://www.graffitijunktion.com/

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ue8XW4

3rd Annual Tampa Bay International Curry Festival

The 3rd Annual Tampa Bay International Curry Festival is coming up this weekend and tickets are on-sale now! Enjoy 2 food-filled events with a pre-festival VIP event on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 starting at 7PM at Marriott Westshore Tampa​ (1001 N WestShore Blvd. Tampa, FL). Dr. Kiran and Dr. Pallavi from Patel Foundation for Global Understanding and Georgetown Wesleyan University, USA (GWUA) will host Friday’s event.

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Tampa Bay’s best Professional and Amateur Curry Festival Food Competition will take place on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at the Vinoy Park (701 Bayshore Drive NE
St.Petersburg, FL 33701) from 12PM-8PM. Enjoy live music and local entertainment, curry cuisine from around the world, dozens of vendor booths, children’s activities (including bounce houses), and an evening concert.

Chefs participating in the event include Chef Rosni Gurnani (FOX TV’s Hell’s Kitchen, winner of Food Network’s Chopped), Chef Sam Kumar, Chef Gaston, Chef Suman Roy, Chef Andrew Ashmeade, Kash D. Ramnarain, Chef Massimo, Chef Syed Asif Rasheed, Chef Vicky Ratnani, and Chef Jason Peru. Read more information on the chefs: http://www.tbicf.com/site/entertainment-schedule/chefs

The Patel Center for Global Solution and Dr. Kiran Patel are presenting sponsors for the event. Charity Partners include You Inspire, Derek Brooks Charities, Golfers vs. Brain Cancer, Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation, Georgetown Wesleyan University of the Americas (GWUA), and Save Abee, The Children of Tomorrow.

Win FREE tickets to the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival by entering our giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c9f54ff31/

Event name: Tampa Bay International Curry Festival

Date: October 4th & October 5th, 2014

Buy tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=curry+festival

Website: http://www.tbicf.com/site/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/InternationalCurryFestival

Free Coffee for National Coffee Day! #NationalCoffeeDay

College and coffee are a match made in heaven. Coffee gets us through some of the roughest mornings and also some crazy exams. Today is National Coffee Day.

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Here is where you can grab a free cup of coffee today in celebration of this foodie holiday.

Buddy Brew Coffee: Tampa’s local craft masters are offering a FREE Cup-O-Brew today in celebration of National Coffee Day.

Datz Dough: Known for their excellent coffee including their bacon and nutella lattes. Datz Dough is one of the coolest coffee shops in town. Today they are offering a cup of their drip coffee to customers for FREE. One per customer. No purchase required.

Dunkin Donuts: grab a FREE medium cup of DD’s new Rainforest Alliance Certified Dark Roast Coffee, limit one per guest.

Krispy Kreme: FREE 12oz cup of Krispy Kreme House, Decaf or Dark Roast coffee today. Guests can also receive a 12oz Mocha, Latte or iced coffee for $1 at participating Krispy Kreme US locations.

Wawa: FREE 16 ounce Wawa coffee when you sign up for their e-mail list: bit.ly/WawaCoffeeDay

Do you know any other places giving away freebies for National Coffee Day or celebrating? Leave a comment!

Check out the Lechon Bros food blog!

We at the Foodies Club pride ourselves on our members being active in the food community and supporting local businesses. Two of our members (and officers in training) started their own food blog recently called Lechon Bros. They love food including restaurants and cooking, expect lots of great posts from them. If you want to learn how to make a food blog or blogging in general, don’t worry we have some things planned this year to help you get started.

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Here are two of their first posts:

PAO Cafe: A new Filipino restaurant in Lake Magdalene/Carrollwood area that also serves Asian Fusion cuisine and comes from the PAO Filipino Food Truck.

Soul of Korea: An unassuming mom-and-pop Korean restaurant on 56th Street between University and Temple Terrace that serves quality Korean food at an affordable place.

You can check out their full website at: http://lechonbros.com. Like them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LechonBros

Graffiti Junktion Burger Bar Social – 9/29

Join us on Monday, September 29th, 2014 from 6:00PM-8:00PM for the Foodies Club FIRST Social of the semester at Graffiti Junktion Burger Bar USF (11401 56th Street Tampa Fl. 33617).  The USF location is the first location Graffiti Junktion has rolled out in the Tampa Bay area with more planned in areas such as South Tampa and 6 locations in Orlando. Food at Graffiti Junktion is prepared fresh and never-frozen.

If you would like to join us please RSVP via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/518993788234185/. Members who RSVP will receive free samples during our event and also receive 20% off any additional purchases at Graffiti Junktion.

We hope you will come out and join us!

-USF Foodies Club

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