A Date Night in West Lafayette!

Heisei Jose Crunchy Roll

Heisei Jose Crunchy Roll

My husband and I have many favorite places around town (we eat out a lot more than we probably should!) but my favorite date night includes sushi at Heisei Japanese Restaurant, a walk around Cumberland Park (visiting the farmers market if it happens to be open during the warmer months) and Silver Dipper Ice Cream for dessert.

Heisei New Spider Roll and Ocean Roll

Heisei New Spider Roll and Ocean Roll


First dinner, Heisei is one of our very favorite restaurants! Lately you can find us there almost once a week.  It is different as they actually have floor seating. You sit in a room on the floor but they do a nice job dividing the tables so it still feels private. If you prefer, they also have tables and you can sit at the sushi bar. We recently sat at the sushi bar and it was very interesting watching them make our food and chatting with the sushi chefs about different things, it was a more personal experience. Besides the experience, we love their sushi! We aren’t too adventurous and don’t really get any with raw fish in it but what we do get is delicious!  My very favorite is the Jose Crunchy Roll. It’s asparagus, cucumber, kampyo, and avocado with both a spicy and a sweet sauce. A new favorite of mine is the New Spider Roll, it’s soft shell crab tempura, masago and a spicy sauce.  It comes out and has all kinds of yummy crab like what’s in the filling piled on top. It probably stands at least three inches tall!  If you are looking for something a bit different, try the Boiler Maki; it’s a large, deep fried roll with eel, crab, avocado and masago with their amazing sweet sauce drizzled on top.  A couple of our other favorites are the Asparagus Roll and the California Roll. Lately we have also tried and really enjoy the pork dumplings and I love the mushroom miso soup. We are always so full when we leave but it is oh so good!

West Lafayette Farmers Market

West Lafayette Farmers Market

After dinner we need to work off a little bit of dinner so we go around the corner to Cumberland Park for a short walk. I like Cumberland Park because it has a mix of walking trails. You can walk around the outside of the park watching people play basketball, baseball/ softball or sometimes soccer, walk through the neighborhood or you can walk in the woods if you’d prefer or a mix of all. I especially like going May-October on Wednesdays when the weather is nice as the West Lafayette Farmers Market takes place there. It’s great to get some of our grocery shopping out of the way while supporting local businesses and farmers!

Mini Monster

Mini Monster

After a walk, we go to our favorite Ice Cream spot, Silver Dipper. There are two Silver Dipper stores but we always go to the campus store because the owner, Dave is usually at that one and we are there on a regular basis and we like chatting with him. He of course knows all our favorites too, he can practically scoop our ice cream before we walk in the door. My husband loves the Praline Pecan and we both love the Zorreo ice cream. He usually gets one or both of those. I on the other hand like to switch things up a bit and get a little more adventurous with my ice cream.  The Zorreo is for sure my favorite; it’s a rich, deep dark chocolate ice cream (what they call Zanzibar Chocolate) with chunks of chocolate, brownie pieces and marshmallow swirled through it! I can just taste it now!  I also like to vary between the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Black Cherry, French Silk, Ultimate Oreo, Salted Carmel, Zanzimint, Raspberry Italian Ice, Haley’s Comet and seasonal flavors especially the Root Beer Float and Egg Nog flavors.  There are over 40 flavors and if you are like me and can’t make up your mind, don’t worry, they have mini scoops (3 mini scoops make up one regular scoop) so you can try several flavors. I really love their waffle cones as well. Plus, when you order your ice cream in a cone you are being earth friendly as you reduce the amount of waste you have, right? That’s what I tell myself anyway, it’s enough to put me over the edge and splurge. They only accept cash or checks.

When you are looking for something to do with your friends or significant others I hope you will consider doing these, some of my favorite things. Enjoy! (And leave some for me!)

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“The Zoo” Outdoor Art Exhibit

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the area’s newest outdoor art exhibit, “The Zoo”. This attraction draws everyone from art aficionados to those who love whimsy!  The pure splendor of these art pieces is something not to be missed. If you are looking for a fun activity this July 4th holiday, head to the Moses Fowler House and check out 22 life-sized animals sculpted from recycled materials. This special art exhibit is not to be missed!  “The Zoo” art is the work of artist Dale Teachout, a top finalist for the Grand Rapids Art Prize 2014. The exhibit runs June 5- September 8, 2015. Here is a short preview of photos to entice you!


Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this art exhibit and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

July 4, 2015 Weekend Update!

Kailani HowlsJuly 4 Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Saturday, July 4, from 1-5pm, watch as each wolf, fox and coyote enjoy a summer treat at the Watermelon Party with the Wolves. Each animal gets his or her very own cold watermelon, stuffed with treats such as pig ears, cheese, and dog biscuits. These unique treats provide environmental enrichment, giving their critters something to roll on, stuff their noses in, paw, lick, chew, scent-mark, and defend. Looking for evening plans on the 4th? Stay at Wolf Park and “Howl with the Wolves“.  As the sun sets and the air cools, the wolves get more active and spirited. Guests will have an opportunity to hear a more in-depth discussion of the wolf’s “trademark” behavior — the howl. You will have front row seats to a sing-along as Wolf Park’s expert wolf handlers enter the enclosure and interact with the main pack of wolves. Visitors will be encouraged several times during the performance to howl, and will be able to see and hear the wolves return the call.

Stars and Stripes Celebration 2008

Stars and Stripes Celebration 2008

Another signature event for the 4th of July is the Stars and Stripes Celebration. Please note this year’s event is taking place at Slayter Hill on Purdue University campus.  This annual festive fourth concert features music and entertainment from the Lafayette Citizens Band. The Indiana All-Star Show Choir will also be performing. Bright colorful fireworks will be blasted off at dusk. (The concert will end at approximately 10 pm followed by the 25- minute fireworks display.)

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Congrats To Our Water Adventure Family Fun Contest 2015 Winner

We have the winner of our Water Adventure Family Fun Contest 2015 worth over $450! Congratulations to Aaron and his family from New Carlisle, Indiana.

The contest question was the following:  We want to hear from you! Tell us why your family is deserving of this awesome package!

Aaron shared, “As a family of five it is hard to find inexpensive ways to have fun. Recently we made our first trek to the Lafayette/West Lafayette area and really enjoyed ourselves. The trouble was, with three small children and a 4 hour round trip drive, we didn’t have enough time to explore. If we won this it would be a great opportunity for us to stay for a night and get to visit all that Lafayette/West Lafayette has to offer. We would really like to howl with the wolves at night and this would give us that chance (staying late and then having a two hour car ride is not easy with three small children).”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in July!

Gets into Your Blood sort of Golf Course – Coyote Crossing

DSC03299We are excited to announce we have a new guest blogger, Larry Preo, who is passionate about the wonderful golf courses in our community. He is going to share why you should make Lafayette-West Lafayette your next “Golfing Destination“! Make sure you check back to our blog as he will be writing about each of our golf courses (8) and what makes each course so unique.  Larry shares:

cc15Every once in a while I find a golf course that seems to get into my blood.  By that I mean …  as soon as I walk off the 18th green, I am making plans to play the course again.  What’s that all about?  Coyote Crossing is one of those unique courses.  Not only is it a four and one-half star Golf Digest rated course, it is reasonably priced, easy to get to, and is managed and maintained in an outstanding fashion.  What’s not to like?

Coyote Crossing2Hale Irwin designed Coyote and did a super job.  This Championship course can be played, and enjoyed, by golfers of every skill level.  The five tee locations make the course challenging, yet fair.  I love it that Senior golfers, like myself, can play at about 5500 yards, whereas the Big-Hitters get to slug it out at approximately 6850 yards.  Bent Grass tees, fairways, and greens gives all of us a consistent feel and fair bounces.  Burnett Creek, which snakes throughout the course, keeps the golfer on his/her toes.  That said, I don’t believe the creek overly dominates one’s club and shot selections.  Add to Burnett Creek the four well placed ponds, and you’ll find yourself thinking carefully before wailing away when looking down these beautiful and challenging fairways.  Did I mention that I love this course?

I believe Coyote has a great combination of water, bunkers, well maintained fairways and rough (and some nasty-nasty long rough), change of elevation holes, and friendly rangers.  Oh, and each cart comes with the Visage GPS system.  You’ll find yourself thanking management for that critical addition to the golf experience, given that there is water on more than half the holes.  The Club House has a well stocked pro shop, kitchen, and bar.  One can order food and drink from your cart (GPS system) at the ninth tee box and pick it up at the turn on your way to the tenth tee box.  Very handy and user friendly.

The last four holes are a real treat.  You get the opportunity to play four very differently designed holes, as well as playing a par three, two par fours, and one par five.  Throw in water, well placed bunkers, wide and narrow fairways, and beautiful views.  That all comes together to make you feel good about finishing, regardless of your score.  What’s not to love?

DSC03288Coyote is tucked in just north of West Lafayette, with easy access off Interstate 65.  I can’t wait to play it again.  So, keep your head down and hit ‘em long.  Good luck and take care.

Larry retired as the Executive Director of the Purdue Alumni Association in 2004, after serving for 16 years in that role.  Prior to that he served as the Director of the Division of Recreational Sports (the Co-Rec).  While Larry also served as the Director of Athletics at St. Louis University he is a loyal Purdue Alumni who sweated it out on the football field and still bleeds black and gold.  He continues to spend some time working with the Alumni Association and volunteers for the board of directors for Honor Flight.

Weekend Update: 43rd Annual Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering & 2nd Annual Tippecanoe County Glass Trail Weekend!

Fiddlers 2014.5Weekend Update! It’s a weekend for the Arts! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This weekend, June 26-28, do not miss the 43rd Annual Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, located on the grounds of the historical Tippecanoe Battlefield. This event is a celebration of traditional music, food, crafts and continuous activities.  Music lovers will have the chance to clap, stomp and enjoy the sounds of old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music.  This is an acoustic music festival that has featured some of the most famous musicians of our time! Performers in 2015 include the following: Solas, Barefront Movement, Appleseed Collective, Red Tail Ring, Whipstitch Sallies, Fiddle River String Band, Kountry Kernals, Bahler’s “Golden Age” Band, Battle Ground String Band and Mark Lyons.

Sharon Owens, Inspired Fire, Glass Work

Sharon Owens, Inspired Fire, Glass Work

This weekend also features the 2nd Annual Tippecanoe County Glass Trail Weekend!  On Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, a slew of fun glass activities are planned all throughout Lafayette-West Lafayette.  Visit local gardens and see many artists at work demonstrating their particular medium at “Art in Bloom” in West Lafayette. Explore the beauty of the natural world at “Art in the Garden” and feast on a variety of work by local and regional artists. Discover Artists’ Own, an artist cooperative featuring a variety of mediums. Find the perfect artwork to compliment your home or office decor and shop for gifts. Explore Inspired Fire Glass Studio and Gallery, a fully operational studio that offers classes and sports an unusually diverse gallery of art from the truly local to the internationally inspired.  Demonstrations will be done throughout the day.  Examine the beautiful beads, jewelry and other glass work as well as the additional art displayed at Something Special of Lafayette.  Observe live demonstrations all day!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Perfect Mixture of Class and Casual, the John Purdue Room

DSCN1138The perfect mixture of class and casual, the John Purdue Room is a must for your dining bucket list! With the John Purdue Room being a classroom setting, it is often overlooked as a restaurant; however, it is one of the finest in West Lafayette! Located within Marriott Hall on Purdue’s campus, the nationally renowned Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) students run the restaurant with many of them learning the dining world for the very first time. However, what better way for a customer to experience a restaurant than from students who study the hospitality industry every single day and are the future for this field!

Diners can watch their food being prepared!

Diners can watch their food being prepared!

As a student myself in HTM, I can ensure to everyone that there is a large amount of effort and care put into each and every dish that comes out of JPR. Students are in HTM for a reason; we sincerely care about delivering excellent service to others and thoroughly enjoy providing irreplaceable experiences to all.  Whether you’re feeling lunch or dinner, the John Purdue Room is open for both meals throughout the school year with a new menu each semester.

The lunch option features students who are experiencing the lab for the first time. The majority of the students are sophomore and junior status. They are introduced to creating dishes in mass quantities, different types of equipment, and how to properly serve diners. If coming in for lunch, please keep in mind that many of these students are learning for the very first time, and they may be nervous. However, they work diligently to give the best possible service they can and take full advantage of the opportunity to learn. The practice you, as the customer, are providing the students helps them grow more towards their professional career. Leave a comment and grade on the comment cards so the students know how they did for the day!

DSCN1137Advanced senior level HTM students manage the dinner portion. The guests will experience a more upscale dining atmosphere with high-quality food surrounded by skilled students. The seniors are introduced to managerial experience in a fast paced restaurant environment and sharpen their skills in areas such as marketing, dish creation, menu engineering, and more. Ask your waiter or waitress about the special created personally by the students; it changes daily! Again, let the students know how they did. We are not able to improve ourselves without criticism from the most important part of the industry, our customers.

The John Purdue Room is even open this summer for their lunch menu! Opening June 22 and carrying on through July 30, the summer students will offer a brand new menu with the most contemporary dishes in the restaurant industry, Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will be working there myself this summer for my senior lab and encourage you all to come out and support my fellow students and I as we work hard to create an innovative menu with the highest quality of service. We appreciate the opportunity to learn and sharpen our skills to prepare for our future careers. We won’t disappoint!

IMG_5312If you’re looking for a quicker meal with cheaper prices, check out the options available right outside the doors of the John Purdue Room within the Marriott Hall Atrium. For a quick lunch, the Boiler Bistro is open for a quick bite to eat with a variety of options, featuring a new daily special every single day. Coffee is also available at LavAzza Coffee Shop to provide an excellent start to your morning or give you a pick-me-up later on throughout the day. There are many gourmet coffee options produced with care.

IMG_5321The relaxing, inviting ambiance added with students who are passionate about the field that strive for dining excellence is the perfect equation for an experience that will leave you wanting to come back for more. Not only do you obtain a high quality meal with exquisite service, but you also are helping students expand their knowledge and gain more real life experience to prepare them for what is to come in their successful futures. Your presence is greatly appreciated, and the service you receive in return reflects that. Call in to make reservations at (765) 494-6845, but walk-ins are always welcome! On-the-go options are also made available. I hope to see you this summer!

Kaley, Purdue University Student and Visitor Information Specialist for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, shared this blog.

Water Adventure Family Fun Contest Details

Buccaneer Bay

Buccaneer Bay

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our Water Adventure Family Fun Contest 2015 to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, June 15 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth $450!

  • Fountains, a basketball goal, fun statues such as alligators, palm trees, and cannons that spray water, and even a pirate ship with double water slides to race your friends! Where? Buccaneer Bay located at the Best Western hotel serving wonderful costumer service.
  • Enjoy meeting the farm animals at the Farm, hike the many walking trails and embrace the utter beauty of nature at Prophetstown State Park.
  • Wolves, foxes, coyote and bison inhabit Wolf Park and visitors can watch and learn how they behave and interact.
  • The most beautiful ceramic pottery can be found at Grateful Heart Gallery. One can enjoy viewing all the artistic pieces and can also purchase them!
  • Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove!
  • Experience 18 holes of fun filled monster mini golf along with arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as Ice Ball at Monster Mini Golf
  • Bruno Dough

    Bruno Dough

    Bruno’s is famous for its “Bruno Dough” but even better yet is the friendly wait staff who make your visit fun and relaxing.  They have every kind of pizza pie from pepperoni, deluxe to peanut butter and jelly!

  • Triple XXX or Route 66 offers some of the best burgers (The Duane Purvis All American is a fave! in the nation), in a retro style diner atmosphere. Don’t miss all the fun jewelry, handbags, specialty candy and more at Route 66!
  • Homemade truffles, cake balls, peppermint bark, pies, popcorn and more can be found at Kathy’s Kandies, a kids (and adult) Neverland of sweets!
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” This saying can be heard at least once a week at Social Media Specialist, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salad, garlic bread and more!
  • Nine Irish Brothers serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting! Every dish at Nine Irish has a unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspiration.

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=6536 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, June 22, 2015 at 12pm.  A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner.

Weekend Update! Subietown Color 5K Run/Walk & Kids Dat at the Canal

Wabash & Erie Canal Boat

Wabash & Erie Canal Boat

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Become a Monet painting this weekend! On Saturday, June 20, participate in Subietown Color 5K Run/Walk at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Rec Center. This is a wonderfully fun event where people come dressed in white… walk/run/skip/dance/roll 3.1 miles… and leaves looking like a Monet painting. All proceeds of this event benefit Special Olympics Indiana. Bring the family to participate in this family friendly event that is for a good cause!

Canal Days 2014.4It’s Kids Day at the Canal! Located 30 minutes northeast of Lafayette, Delphi, is home to the Wabash & Erie Canal. Plenty of fun is in store for the younger set during the second annual Kids Day at Canal Park in Delphi. For example, “Uncle Fred” will be giving electric safety demonstrations sponsored by Carroll/White REMC at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the Delphi Fire Dept. will be bringing fire trucks and their Fire Safety Smoke House once again this year. A Carroll County Sheriffs Department K9 officer will also be on hand to demonstrate canine law enforcement skills at 2 p.m., and Delphi Police Department will have child ID kits available. There will be all kinds of equipment and machinery that the kids will be able to climb in, crawl over, and honk the horns like a tractor, semi truck, ambulance, police car and some big equipment from the US Aggregates stone quarry. A visit to Canal Park wouldn’t be complete without a climb aboard the replica canal playboat in front of the Interpretive Museum and a free ride on the working, replica canal boat, the Delphi. Kids ride free on the Delphi when accompanied by a paying adult (two free kids per adult). Entertainment for the day includes a Center Stage Dance Company show at 12:30p.m.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Water Adventure Family Fun 2015 Contest

Water Adventure Family Fun Contest 2015! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a family fun weekend with your loved ones. You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth $450 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special family. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

QUESTION: We want to hear from you! Tell us why your family is deserving of this awesome package!

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and choose the most unique and descriptive.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, June 22, 2015 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.