Re-Awakening of Spring- Bennett’s & Koehler Brothers Nursery

Bennett's

Bennett’s

Every spring is like a re-awakening of beauty! Flowers are blooming, the grass is turning green and people are getting outdoors to embrace the warmth after a cold winter.  This spring we are celebrating by visiting two lovely nurseries that have beautiful fresh flowers and expert botanists to help answer any questions you have. Whether you have a green thumb or not, a visit to these businesses, is like walking in a spring flower wonderland!

Shopping at Bennett's

Shopping at Bennett’s

  • Bennett’s has operated as a family horticultural business in the Greater Lafayette Area for over 100 years. The company was founded between 1870 and 1880 by William Bennett and his son and is currently operated by the sixth Bennett’s generation. An active nursery on 17 acres at the corner of McCarty and Creasy Lanes in Lafayette, Bennett’s can provide you with quality and selection in its large retail nursery, unparalleled garden center or in its full-service greenhouse and floral areas. Have any landscaping questions? All Bennett’s employees have been fully trained and can assist with questions about growing, design, etc. (Bennett’s is open 7 days a week.)

    Springtime at Bennett's

    Springtime at Bennett’s

  • Koehler Brothers Nursery is located in Dayton, Indiana, and offers a complete garden center and nursery. Professional landscape and design services are provided. Koehler Bros. is a landscape business that also is eccentric as they have a museum of art and purchasable antiques on their grounds. A general store, called Delphine’s, is located on the grounds and is owned by a local couple who sell antiques, rare finds and nostalgia. (Koehler Brothers and Delphine’s is open 7 days a week.)

    An alligator is alive at Koehler Brothers!

    An alligator is alive at Koehler Brothers!

This spring, get out and brighten your life with flowers!  For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette businesses, please visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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1869 Tap Room Open To Serve Boiler Country

Unknown copy 4Finally! Purdue has a bar right on campus in the basement of the historic Purdue Memorial Union. This great addition to the food service area of the Union will allow faculty, staff, students and visitors the opportunity to sit down together over an adult beverage.

The 1869 Tap Room opened for Homecoming Weekend in the fall of 2016. People’s Beer (locally brewed) is served on tap along with a selection of wines and bottled domestic beers. People’s works closely with the Purdue hops researchers in the College of Agriculture and with the fermentation specialists in the Department of Food Science.

Unknown copy 3The Tap Room will soon feature educational displays depicting the growing research that Purdue has done on fermentation science and hops production. This will educate patrons on the importance and relevance Purdue has on the world of Food Science.

An appetizer menu from Pappy’s Sweet Shop is offered during Tap Room hours. Hours are 4:30pm-9:00pm Monday through Saturday during the regular academic session.

Grab your coworkers and end your day relaxing and mingling over a great local beer right on campus.

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Weekend Update: Purdue Grand Prix & Purdue Bands Showcase

grandprix_dWeekend 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.

grandprix_bNot to be missed this Saturday, April 22, is “The greatest spectacular in College Racing,” the Purdue Grand Prix Race!  This event is a racing kart race held at Purdue University each year since 1958. Students from fraternities, sororities, residence halls, and other student organizations form teams and build a racing kart to compete in a 160-lap race around the Purdue University Grand Prix track. This year, in honor of the Grand Prix’s 60th Anniversary, two Alumni Races will also be held, where Grand Prix Alumni can return and race their original karts once again. Both will be featured on April 22, 2017. The Grand Prix is one of the most beloved Purdue University traditions and is a must-see year after year!

More Purdue traditions are to be celebrated this year at the Purdue University Showcase Concerts presented by Purdue Bands. Purdue Wind Ensemble, University Band, Concert Band, Collegiate Band, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, Purdue Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras all perform! Wow, that is a lot of musical talent and fun coming this weekend to Purdue. Check out Purdue.edu/bands for details!

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

Out To Lunch Divas Explore 6th Street Dive

The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch

What does comfort food mean to you? International or regional dishes? Childhood and family favorites? Or … maybe all of the above.

The Dining Divas and two guests sampled some authentic “Hoosier Texican” food recently at the 6th Street Dive Bar & Grill; corner of Salem and 6th Streets in Lafayette. What we found were two southern transplants redefining Tex-Mex comfort food with some family recipes that are sure to win you over.

New owners, Brandon Stevens and Nick Williams, are from Shreveport, Louisiana and Fort Worth, Texas respectively. But both have spent half their lives in the Hoosier state and bartending for the last 15 to 18 years. Operating in the former Varsity Clubhouse Bar since Labor Day, the revamped restaurant/bar interior is a breath of fresh air … literally. Gone are the pool tables, smoking and juke box. The retooled décor of reclaimed wood and metal, friendly service, and a menu with their unique twist of Tex-Mex and Midwestern favorites, is a winning combination with a growing following.

Queso!!

Queso!!

We kicked off lunch with an order of Dive queso fontanero for $8, a layered dip with queso, fresh pico, sour cream, fresh guacamole and your choice of chorizo or chili con carne (on top or on the side), served with made fresh to order tortilla chips hot from the deep fryer. You think the description is a mouthful? Wait until you try this dip. Dan, one of our two guests claimed, “I would come here again just for the queso!” We all wager you’ll never go back to plain chips and jar cheese dip again. Fair warning!

Kay's Knucklehead Burrito

Kay’s Knucklehead Burrito

Kay, our seafood lover, fooled us and passed on the blackened fish taco special (sounds great, right?!). Instead she ordered the knucklehead burrito for $8.50. The Dive’s breakfast burrito is loaded with scrambled eggs, tater tots, cheese, fresh pico and your choice of bacon or chorizo. Why the unusual name? According to the menu, “Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day knuckleheads!” Kay rated it “Really delicious and it’s a lot of food– it’s a big breakfast.” We suggest you bring a friend.

Jo ordered the garden salad for $3 and added sour cream & house made guac for $3. “This is an ideal low carb salad. The guacamole is awesome!” Jo’s special tip of the day: add the Dive Dip on top (You know, the appetizer dip in the paragraphs above), “It makes an EXTRA good dressing.”

Margy is already a regular. Her “usual” is the veggie taco; “The best in town!!” But today she opted for the beer battered stuffed avocado for $10.  It’s a house specialty, Texas favorite and an avocado lover’s dream.  Lightly battered and fried, it’s served on a bed of lettuce so it’s almost like a salad.  It includes chicken or chorizo and black beans but because everything here is made to order, it can also be made vegetarian on request.

Deep Fried Avocado

Deep Fried Avocado

Bev's Taco Salad without Chips

Bev’s Taco Salad without Chips

Bev ordered the taco salad. Typical? Not so fast! The taco salads here can be ordered with beef or chicken for $9 or with steak or pork for $10. Bev chose hers with ground beef in taco seasoning.  Again, made with fresh to order chips, the salad includes all the usual veggies, cheese, sour cream and house made guac.  Bev added a side of queso and the homemade hot sauce to make it a really flavorful, delicious salad! “It’s huge and I won’t get through 1/2 of it.”

Dan, guest #1 and Jo’s main man, ordered fish & chips for $8.50. “Very good coating on the fish — a lot of it, there’s like six pieces here!”  The breaded catfish fillets are fried to order and served with a house-made tartar sauce. “Not a big chunk of fish but instead long strips.  The batter is light — not real heavy.” Dan gave his lunch a Hoosier two thumbs up.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Erin, guest #2 and hungry co-worker of Bev’s, chose the hand-spanked cheeseburger for $9.  The sandwich comes with two 4 oz patties and seasoned fries. “Love the seasoning on the fries. The burger is really juicy. It’s kinda big though!” Get Erin a to-go box, no one is leaving hungry today!

The 6th Street Dive is open seven days a week with both food and drinks available from 11 am-3 am including sandwich specials, and soup of the day (need I remind you it’s made from scratch?). Carryout is available. The Dive boasts about their house-made hot sauce and salsas including a mango infused salsa the day we were there.  The menu includes many of Brandon and Nick’s personal favorites. “… food we loved growing up from our mom’s and grandma’s kitchens. We are sharing a taste of Texas made fresh, from scratch with our friends in Yankeeland! Cheers!”

Pictures inside and outsideThe 6th Street Dive is a bar and grill serving only those 21 and over, with Nick’s favorite selection of bourbons, margaritas proudly made from scratch, daily drink specials, and an impressive beer list. Their beer selection includes your classic favorites and a rotating selection of both regional and national craft beers. Our server and seasoned bartender, Joe Wilson, says it is the widest variety of bottled beers he’s seen in town. You can follow Joe and his updates about the Dive on Facebook at Joe Wilson’s Bartender News

Are the Bar and Grill options not enough to lure you north of Union Street? Did we mention the Dive has a fun, neighborhood atmosphere we felt as soon as we walked in? Whether you go earlier for lunch, meet friends after work at the tables in front of the garage door/window on a nice day, or stick around with the late crowd to enjoy the growing live music scene of local and regional bands playing most Friday and Saturdays; you will feel right at home.  I know we did.

Kay Conner, photographer, seafood superstar
Margy Deverall, author of Lafayette articles, dedicated vegetarian
Beverly Shaw, author of West Lafayette articles, bring on the beef (or chicken or pork)
Jo Wade, founder of this food blog, very veggie

MANcation 2017 Contest Winner

UnknownWe have the winner of our “MANcation 2017″ contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Terryn from Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “That’s awesome! Thank you so much! What a way to start a Tuesday!! We recently moved back to town after living elsewhere for about 12 years, so I’m honestly thrilled to have such a great excuse to check out lots of local businesses!!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in May, 2017 The theme will be “Fun, Food & Festivals”

Easter Update: Eggstravaganzas of Fun!

Shop local at the Lafayette Farmers Market!

Shop local at the Lafayette Farmers Market!

Easter 2017- what are you doing this Easter to celebrate?  Are you taking your family to visit the Easter Bunny?  Do you attend a religious service to celebrate your faith?  Or host a family gathering with all your loved ones?  This year there is a host of fun events taking place about this holiday.  Check out all the fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Also, you

Come out on Saturday, April 15 from 9am-1pm for the Lafayette EGGSTRAVAGANZA  Egg Hunt at the First Assembly of God. This free event will feature a 60,000-egg hunt (eggs dropped by helicopter) for kids 4-12, free games and giveaways.

Eggs, inflatables, carnival games, live music, cook out, the Boilermaker Special and more!  Where?   Eggstravaganza, sponsored by Connection Point Church is taking place from 1-4pm on Saturday, April 15.

On April 15, shop for your Easter treats at the Lafayette Farmers Market Pre-Easter Mini-Market.  This is the first peak at the Lafayette Farmers Market featuring baked goods, honey, tie dyed items, natural handmade soaps and bath salts, persimmon pulp, meats, dried fruits/nuts and more. 8am to noon on 5th Street, between Main and Columbia streets.

file0001389789587The McAllister Center is presenting a Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday from 11-3pm.  Bring the family for face painting, sidewalk chalk, games and an egg hunt for ages 3-7.

Visit the Tippecanoe Mall and meet the Easter Bunny for the entire Easter season! The bunny will be available this weekend for the perfect photo opt!

Enjoy an Easter Musical, Passion Play, presented by Faith Church at the Long Center for the Performing Arts taking place April 13-15.  With soaring live music and a company of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly celebration of the life of Jesus.

Also please note: If you are celebrating Passover please contact the Jewish Community of Greater Lafayette, at http://jfgl.org. They are a great source of information!

For more information about these events and activities taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Camping Season is Here!

AOK Campgroun

AOK Campground

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many great camping facilities!  Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 6 different campgrounds?   It is officially springtime in Indiana and that means to get out your camping gear and head to one of these campgrounds to enjoy the beauty of Lafayette-West Lafayette.

  • Big Fish ‘n Campground – this campground features 70 sites with unlimited overflow.  Amenities include disposal, electricity, firewood, fishing, fishing supplies, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, showers, and swimming.
  • Kendo Lake – this campground features 60 sites with unlimited overflow. Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, firewood, fishing, fishing supplies, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and swimming.
  • Lafayette AOK Campground – this campground features 125 sites.  Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, firewood, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Prophetstown State Park – this campground features 110 sites. Amenities include recreation, disposal, electricity, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Ross Camp – this campground features 15 modern & 4 primitive sites.  Amenities include recreation, disposal, electricity, fishing, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground – this campground features 130 sites.  Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, fishing, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, showers, and Wi-Fi.
The beauty of Prophetstown!

The beauty of Prophetstown!

Each of our campgrounds is open all year long and many are located near a body of water.  Are you headed out this spring to take in the warmer weather?  If so, share with us your favorite campground and what makes it so special.

Our campgrounds are not to be missed on your next visit to our area. For more information about these sites and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Happy National Beer Day

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People’s Brew

Craft beer. Yes, Lafayette- West Lafayette is obsessed with this craze alongside the rest of the world. We won’t settle for the same old big names anymore. Craft beer lovers will travel and spend a lot of money to find their next favorite brew.

Lafayette, Indiana is home to People’s Brewing Company. This brewing facility located on North 9th street offers a tap room right on the facility. They bottle their beer and it can be found in many local bars as well. Probably the most well-known beer is the Moundbuilder IPA. This American Style India Pale Ale is hoppy, yet smooth and is available year-round.

LBC

LBC

Lafayette Brewing Company offers around 10 different beers at all time to satisfy all palates. The Black Angus Oatmeal Stout is full-bodied and sweet and is one of their few flagship beers.

Both local breweries offer beer to go on Sundays! This is the only way you can take beer to go in Indiana on Sundays! They also offer tastings and the staff is knowledgeable to help you find your perfect brew.

Drink at the Pint

Drink at the Pint

A few other suggestions for some great beer on National Beer Day is The Pint where beer milkshakes are available, 6th Street Dive which now has Yuengling on tap, Sgt. Preston’s where you can sit out on the large patio, and 1869 Tap Room located in the Purdue Memorial Union. Also, do not miss Lafayette’s newest brewery, Thieme & Wagner, located downtown Lafayette and decorated with over 150 years of brewing history.

Beer lovers, celebrate beer this weekend as well at TAP for TAF Craft Brew Fest.  Now in its sixth year, the event offers the opportunity to sample beers from Indiana brewers, enjoy an amazing view of our city, and support the arts in North Central Indiana

Weekend Update: TAP for TAF Craft Beer Fest & Spring Fest

Cricket Spitting at Springfets

Cricket Spitting at Springfest

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.

IMG_0358Craft Beer Lovers and/or the Craft Beer-curious that are 21+ this event is for you! Join fellow Tippecanoe Arts Federation supporters at the TAP for TAF Craft Beer Fest! TAP for TAF is an event highlighting the growing interest in craft beers and craft microbreweries. This special event takes place at the top floor of the 2nd Street Parking Garage in Downtown Lafayette on Saturday, April 8 Please note non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Families, couples, any and all, head to Purdue University for a day of science, agriculture, entomology and more at the annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education; Spring Fest! This free event, taking place April 8 and 9, is a great opportunity to learn about animals, art, astronomy and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. It’s part education, part entertainment, and all fun! Make sure you head to the cricket spitting area…it is an activity you will never forget!

Springfest

Springfest

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

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It’s Patio Time, Head Outdoors!

Digby's Patio

Digby’s Patio

It’s that time of year again, patio time!  Spring is here and outdoor patios are coming alive with laughter and fun times.  Check out Lafayette-West Lafayette’s unique patio locations.

  • Digby’s: Enjoy the amazing view of our beautiful courthouse while feasting on Velveeta loaded french fries, duck egg roles, wings and more!
  • La Scala: Their motto is “Fresh Farm Food From Our Farm and Other Local Farms. Taste the Difference,” and this is exactly what you will get when you visit. Enjoy farm fresh food in their beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the courthouse.

    Enjoy La Scala's Fresh Food and Outdoor Dining!

    Enjoy La Scala’s Fresh Food and Outdoor Dining!

  • Nine Irish Brothers: A gathering place of friends and co-workers, family and teammates, and visitors alike, who can sit back, enjoy a pint of Guinness and eat traditional Irish fare. Do not miss their large outdoor patios at both their Lafayette and West Lafayette locations.
  • Red Seven: Sit and admire views of both the courthouse and Riehle Plaza at this hip and trendy restaurant downtown Lafayette. Red Seven not only serves exceptional food, but the customer service is friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Scotty’s Brewhouse: Enjoy their outdoor patio in Wabash Landing as you devour everything from burgers (made a million different ways!) to salads to wonderful homemade soups.
  • Sgt. Preston’s: Pass through an old canal dock as you enter Preston’s extensive outdoor patio and enjoy your food and drink during a beautiful day. Live music is a regular occurrence on Saturday nights. During the summer months, Preston’s is open on Sundays and features a fun atmosphere with outdoor games.

    Sgt. Preston's Patio

    Sgt. Preston’s Patio

  • Town & Gown: Flowers galore can be found in this beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. Smell the fresh flowers as you feast on light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails.

For more information about restaurants and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.