Celebrate National Fajita Day

IMG_2289It’s a day to celebrate with delicious Mexican cuisine! Why? It’s National Fajita Day! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to over 30 Mexican restaurants.  Yes, that is right, we have restaurants all over our two great cities serving fresh, authentic Mexican dishes.

Our office staff is divided when it comes to the best Mexican restaurant, so we want to hear from you! Share with us your favorite and why!  Also, if they make a scrumptious fajita and you have photos, please send to serickson@homeofpurdue.com.

Enjoy some of these local photos we took showcasing fajitas, Mexican food, and more!

Veggie Fajitas from La Hacienda

Veggie Fajitas from La Hacienda

Lindo Mexico Cuisine

Lindo Mexico Cuisine

6th Street Dive Queso

6th Street Dive Queso

Mama Ines Pastries

Mama Ines Pastries

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette and our local cuisine, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

 

Weekend Update: Summer Potters Market & 6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

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.

The 2017 Summer Potters Market is taking place this Saturday, August 19 at the YWCA. This special event will feature the artists who donate bowls for the YWCA Clay Bowl Giving Project which supports the YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. The Summer Potters Market features not only bowls but also a variety of other ceramics pieces by the same artists. On Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to 3 pm, you can shop for the perfect one of a kind pottery created by the Greater Lafayette Clay Guild potters. Enjoy shopping a wide range of handmade pottery – you’ll see varied and exciting clay works by Clay Guild potters. Styles are diverse and items range from Functional, Sculptural, Traditional, Contemporary, Stoneware, Porcelain, Earthenware, Raku, and more. Experimentation with new glazes and surface decorations will be evident.

In the evening, head to 6th Street Dive for great food and entertainment. 6th Street Dive Presents: Curio, a hell-raisin’ and soul-shakin’ rock n’ roll band from Chicago, IL. Their music is steeped in southern gothic lore by way of the Midwest. Heavily influenced by the growl of Chicago blues, the low-down and dirty swamp rock of Louisiana and the twang of Tennessee country, Curio conjures a sound that has as many influences as there are miles on I-55 from The Windy City to The Big Easy. They will be performing from 10pm to midnight.

6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

 

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

Did you know there is a Shrimp Farm in Indiana?

Shrimp 2 copyFresh Salt Water Shrimp, in Indiana, really? Yep, you read right! Fresh salt water shrimp are being raised and sold in the small town of Fowler Indiana, just north of West Lafayette off of State Road 18 in Benton County and the average person, just like you or me can walk in and purchase it! It is some of the cleanest and freshest shrimp you will ever find, especially in Indiana!

The shrimp are shipped to RDM farms when they are only a few days old and they grow in tanks that look a lot like above ground swimming pools, in three different stages- the nursery, intermediate and adults. They give a very interesting tour for a small per person fee for groups; it would be a great place for girl scouts, boy scouts, 4-H, church groups, etc. to visit to learn about shrimp. When the shrimp get to the last stage they are ready to be sold and eaten! Yum! Be prepared, when you go in to purchase the shrimp they are sold live and will still have the heads and legs attached. Nothing is ever sold frozen here. It does make the best shrimp and is great on the grill especially for kabobs. The shrimp is so large yet still tender. They don’t even need deveined and you really can eat them with out taking the shell off since the shell is so thin but I still prefer to take the shell off. The owners were telling me the last time I visited that there is a gentleman from the Chicago area that comes down to buy shrimp every month and before he even leaves the store he will pick up a shrimp and eat it head and all, just raw. Now that is sushi! That is a little extreme for me but if that’s what you like, go for it!

Shrimp copyShrimp prices are very reasonable and after visiting and tasting the RDM Farms shrimp, I won’t be buying shrimp anywhere else again. Go check it out, have a visit with the owners; they are very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about shrimp and their industry. The owners even give technical tours (for a fee) to those wanting to get into the shrimp business themselves. You’ve got to try this shrimp!

For more information about this business and others in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was shared by VLWL Director of Sales, Ashley Gregory.

Purdue Incoming Freshman Tips

Coming to a new school can be scary for anyone! Especially a big campus like Purdue. There are so many things that freshmen should know before studying here. I’m coming up on my fourth year here and I’ve written five of what I think are the best tips for incoming students!

Purdue Student Organizations

Go to the beginning of the year event, the B-Involved Fair, which advertises all of the Purdue organizations. Joining clubs and organizations on campus can really help make friends when you’re first starting here. This year it will be Saturday August 19 at the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center!

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The B-Involved Fair hosts my club, the Feminist Action Coalition for Today (FACT) each year! It’s always so much fun and it has clubs for every interest and passion.

Purdue App

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Download the Purdue app, which has information on dining courts, has directions/maps to campus, and a lot more! You can check out which dining court to grab lunch at, when your bus will arrive, and tons of useful information.

Residence Hall Tips

If you live in a residence hall, keep your door open! Especially during the first few weeks, it gives people an opportunity to see and talk with you. Plus, it helps cool down the building if there’s no A/C!

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I lived in Meredith Hall my first year at Purdue! It felt like a really close-knit community and everyone kept their doors open in order to meet other students!

Computer Labs

Learn where the computer labs are on campus. They’re a great, quiet place to get work done. It’s also helpful to know where they are for when you are printing notes and assignments.IMG_2232

CityBus

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Get to know the CityBus system! Hopping on the bus to get around campus can make student life so much easier. It can be a little confusing at first – but utilizing the bus system is a vital part of freshman year!

I hope that these tips will help new students here at Purdue. Getting involved on campus, learning your way around, gathering information about the dining courts and more, and making friends – these things are what college is all about! Enjoy your time here and Boiler Up!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin!

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Weekend Update: Farm Fun & Extension Gardens Open House

Chef Lauren talking at a Farm Dinner!

Chef Lauren talking at a Farm Dinner!

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.

Ladies enjoy a Farm to Table meal.

Ladies enjoy a Farm to Table meal.

This Saturday, August 12, enjoy a full day of fun at the Farm at Prophetstown. In the 1920’s many farm homes boasted a piano and a Victrola.  Home entertainment was still very popular.  Come out to the Gibson Farmhouse from 1-5pm for an afternoon of musical exploration! How had the radio influenced musical interest?  Who were the popular artists of the 1920’s? Try your hand at their player piano and listen to music from their Victrola. Following this musical day, stay for a five-course meal in the 1920’s Gibson Farmhouse, featuring fresh ingredients from The Farm. Socialize and make new friends!  Please note reservations are required for this event.

Enjoy the beauty of nature the following day, August 13, during the 2017 Extension Gardens Open House. Tour the Demonstration, Display, Idea, and Community Gardens! There will be children’s activities that include face painting along with hay rides to view the Community Gardens. A scavenger hunt will be taking place and hot dogs are free to all that complete the hunt! Light refreshments, lemonade and cookies, will also be provided. 

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

Fresh, Honest Food is Pure Eatery

Welcome Lafayette’s newest restaurant, Pure Eatery, to our hip and fun downtown Lafayette dining scene. This restaurant, which opened last month, is already making a hit! Pure Eatery features fresh, honest food and we can attest for the pure yumminess of the menu. Our staff recently visited and this what we foundIMG_6171!

First, as we walked in, we were graciously greeted by the host and taken to our table.  The exposed brick and ceiling give it a very open and urban feel. Bright paint, light hard wood floors and pretty artwork create a comfortable and happy dining experience. It is really a lovely dining establishment!  And this was the first floor.  They also have an upstairs that is similar in style as well as a large outdoor dining patio behind the building.

Now onto the good part; the food! For appetizers we ordered the spinach and asparagus dip and crostini’s with pesto. As soon as the appetizers arrived we dug right in and we didn’t even have a chance to get photos! I have never had spinach dip with asparagus and it was delicious. Many times spinach dip can be heavy and filling, but this dip had a lightness to it and was so fresh. And the pesto appetizer was so refreshing. It tasted like they had literally just picked the basil and made the pesto right before serving!  YUM!

Philly Cheese Sandwich

Philly cheese steak

The best part was the sandwiches! I ordered their Philly cheese steak which is a new item on the menu. (they have 2 other restaurants in the Indy area). If anyone from Pure Eatery is reading this, KEEP this on the menu!  It is one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten!  Succulent beef tips, roasted red peppers and onions, and an herbed cream cheese on homemade bread; this sandwich just melts in the mouth. If you are a dipper, I recommend ordering their homemade blue cheese to dip your chips in.

Grilled cheese

Grilled cheese

One of my co-workers, Lisa, ordered their grilled cheese. The sandwich includes swiss, havarti, provolone, tomato, pesto aioli, and one’s choice of sourdough or multigrain. She shared it was great and again the fresh pesto was fabulous!

Portobella

Portobella and spinach melt & salad

The portabella and spinach melt was another hit! Fresh portabella, spinach, provolone, garlic-parmesan aioli, on an Italian flatbread create a light and earthy sandwich.  With a lovely green salad on the side, how can one go wrong! Ashley from our office, really enjoyed it.

The prices! One thing I noticed was how reasonable the prices are. One can order a whole or half sandwich with a side and the prices are so inexpensive. (I do recommend ordering the whole sandwich, as once you take one bite, you will want a lot more!)

Dessert; I am sad to say we were so full we didn’t order anything but their offerings were great; cheesecake and Lick ice cream.  This just gives us another reason to go back!

If you have dined at this new, delicious restaurant, please share your review! We want hear!

For more information about Pure Eatery and other restaurants in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Disc Golf in Lafayette-West Lafayette

_DRS5334It’s summer and you know what that means! It’s time to head outside and enjoy all of our fantastic local disc golf courses!

Purdue University has a great 18-hole course. It starts at that base of Slayter Hill Performing Arts Center and wraps around the intramural fields.

Faith Community Center offers a course designed for either 9 or 18-hole play. Discs are available for checkout at the front desk along with a course map and scorecard. There is no charge to play but there is a $5 replacement fee for any discs that are lost.

_DRS5642Murdock Park offers a fun but challenging 18-hole course. Eleven holes are through the rolling hills, trees, and mowed grass. Two par fours then lead you into a five-hole section of tightly wooded technical holes.

The Wabash Washout at McAllister Park is the newest disc golf course. It’s a longer more open course that is surrounded by cart paths and ponds. It’s a great place to challenge yourself and have fun with friends and family.

Get out and play disc golf this summer!  For more information about these courses and other recreational activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Amanda, Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Art in the Park & Purdue Graduation

19895030_1878575069073464_4835939974774910869_nWeekend 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.

Bring your friends and family to the final Art in the Park event at Armstrong Park this Sunday, August 6. The theme for this fun day is Carnival Day.  Art in the Park festivals showcase local and regional recognized fine arts and crafts, live art, music from local talent, a variety of foods from various vendors and fun activities for the kids—a unique art experience for the entire family! Art in the Park is a family-friendly event, free to attend, and open to the public. Carnival Day will feature stilt walkers and a fire show! Don’t miss it!

Engineering FountainCongratulations to all our Purdue Grads taking the annual graduation procession this Saturday, August 5. The class of 2017 will be walking and receiving this most prestigious degree from one of the best universities in the world. We wish to offer our highest felicitations on this success and wish you the best in your future.

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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Delight in Sweet Revolution Bake Shop

IMG_5850Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area? 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. Right now everyone is talking about Sweet Revolution Bake Shop, serving decadent desserts that will make your taste buds rejoice in delight!

IMG_5848Recently, our staff made a visit to check out this savory new bakery.  Here are our feelings on some of their specialty treats.

Ashley shared, “The oatmeal cream pie was enough to share. Wonderful, sweet icing in the middle surrounded by generous, soft oatmeal cookies.”

Rachel also had the oatmeal cream pie. “You have to try the oatmeal cream pie! It was as big as my hand with two soft oatmeal cookies with the homemade butter cream inside. I thought I was full from my lunch right before, but I just couldn’t stop taking bites! Not too sweet, and just the right texture!”

“I will be going back for the chocolate raspberry cupcake!  The cake was moist, it had this amazing raspberry filling and the buttercream icing was perfection topped with fresh raspberries.” Lisa gushes about her dessert.

 

Little pies!

Little pies!

Jo shared, “The chocolate stout cheesecake was to die for! So creamy and chocolaty, the crust tasted like a very thin, wonderful toffee too. I am absolutely sure it was not on my diet, but still worth any pounds gained from eating it. Last week my son Tyler stopped there and brought over treats for dinner. Marissa had one of their individual peach pies and it was so good she was sending photos to her dad (who lives out-of-town) telling him how wonderful it was, maybe even taunting him a bit with the deliciousness? I had another chocolate stout cheesecake and again ate every bite.”

IMG_5849Sara has tried many of their sweet treats and has a few favorites, “I am not a cookie person, but their chocolate chip cookie is so delicious, I keep going back for more.  They sprinkle salt on the top which makes it a bit savory on top of the sweetness.  And their key lime pie, oh my!  It has the perfect tartness and is a yummy dessert after a heavy meal to cleanse the palette”

Make sure you visit Sweet Revolution Bake Shop on your next dessert shop adventures in Lafayette-West Lafayette.  It will sure to be added to your favorites list!

Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers so many Indiana dining opportunities!  Check out all our great restaurants we have to offer at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Foodies Wanted Contest 2017 Winner

Amy and her daughter receiving their prize!

Amy and her daughter receiving their prize!

We have the winner of our “Foodies Wanted Contest 2017″ contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Amy from Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, ”What an awesome thing to end up winning these fun prizes on my 40th birthday! My family and I will love experiencing these restaurants and outings around our Greater Lafayette area!”

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