National Cheese Lovers Day!

Cellar 422 cheeseboardForget all the holidays you think you love. No, today is the best holiday of them all! National Cheese Lovers Day! Cheese lovers, we all can rejoice in this glorious day. Forget the 2017 dieting resolutions. Today we all can indulge in our favorite food, CHEESE!

This is a holiday that must be celebrated to its fullest. A great place in the Lafayette area to do so is at Cellar 422. This wine bar is the perfect place to compliment cheese. And lets face it, who doesn’t love wine and cheese? You just can’t go wrong.

Cellar 422 is one of the more recent additions to our thriving downtown area. This wine bar was opened by two sisters who have a passion for wine and a passion for sharing their love with others. The wine bar has a collection of different wines that you won’t be able to find at the local liquor store. They also have a great selection of Indiana crafted beers.

cellar-422-2016The menu served at Cellar 422 is one that will fill your cheese cravings! As a cheese lover, you can’t go wrong with the Cheese Board. There is always a different selection of cheese along with some yummy extras like fruit, crackers and jams. The warm Brie, served with bread, fruit and two different jams, has to be my favorite. Warm, melty cheese satisfies my cheese passion any day!

Check out Cellar 422 downtown Lafayette and cheers to National Cheese Lovers Day! For more information about other delicious restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Purdue Jazz Festival 2017

dsc_4963It’s back for another great year, the Purdue Jazz Festival.  Check out all the fun jazz events taking place this week!

On Thursday, January 19, head to the Long Center for the Performing Arts for the Greater Lafayette Jazz Showcase Concert.  Jazz bands from Benton Central High School, Harrison High School, Jefferson High School, McCutcheon High School, and West Lafayette High School will perform. There will also be a performance by the Purdue Jazz Band featuring festival artist-in-residence Tim Coffman, trombone.

The Purdue Jazz Festival takes place on Saturday, January 21. Featuring 98 high school and middle school bands from around the Midwest, this all day event, will have bands performing all over Purdue including the Purdue Memorial Union, Stewart Center, and Pao Hall. From 12-1:30pm, a special concert will take place at Loeb Playhouse. This concert includes the Purdue Jazz Band featuring special guest artists Tim Coffman, Ingrid Jensen, and David Bixler.

dsc_4955Please note all of these events are free and open to the public.

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

8 Spots for Winter Family Fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette

It’s winter time!! Looking for activities to make holiday break and this whole winter leave lasting memories? Put away your remote control and head out to enjoy all the local Lafayette-West Lafayette fun! Here are a few ideas for winter family fun!

Painting with a Twis

Painting with a Twist

Feel artsy?  Check out All Fired Up, a paint-your-own pottery studio, where you pick out an unfinished piece of pottery, decorate it to your heart’s desire, finish it with a glaze to be fired in the studio, and in less than a week, your pottery will be finished and ready for pick-up!

More art fun! Head to Painting with a Twist and explore your creative side at this art studio. With the assistance of a teacher providing step by step instruction, your blank 16×20 canvas will become a beautiful painting!

Prefer to enjoy the great outdoors? The Riverside Skating Center is open during the winter that caters to our winter sports lovers. Grab your winter jackets and head to Tapawingo Park to enjoy this attraction that is only open during the cold winter months!

Riverside Skating Center

Riverside Skating Center

Sledding fun! Bundle up and head out to either Murdock Park or Slayter Hill to enjoy an afternoon of sledding and laughter.

Golf in winter? Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow-in-the-dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as ice ball.  While there are monsters all around the course, none of them jump out at you!

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Elite Air

Bowling fever!  Lafayette-West Lafayette has 4 bowling centers all awaiting guests to enjoy this inexpensive, family fun entertainment; Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl, Market Square Lanes, Purdue Union Rack & Roll, and Landmark Lanes.

Burn off all that sugar filled, holiday energy this winter at our 2 trampoline parks, Elite Air Trampoline Park and Get Air Trampoline Park.

We lost Mission: Breakout, but had lots of fun!

We lost Mission: Breakout, but had lots of fun!

You have 60 minutes. Can your family break out? Mission: Breakout is an  escape game adventure brought to life. Players are “locked” in a themed room and have to work together with other players to solve clues, to work on puzzles, and to find the key to breakout before time runs out!

For more information about our area and other family attractions please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Great Indoor Recreation Activities This Winter!

Elite Air

Elite Air

Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean there is nothing to do around Lafayette-West Lafayette! Here’s a list of great indoor activities around the city to enjoy.

Bowling Fever!

Bowling Fever!

Bowling: We have 4 great bowling centers that are family friendly and always a good time.

  • Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl
  • Market Square Lanes
  • Landmark Lanes
  • Union Rack & Roll

Get Air Indoor Trampoline Park: Trampolines are everywhere here along with some obstacle courses and multiple foam pits.

Elite Air Trampoline Park: Come enjoy not only wall to wall trampolines but also dodgeball, slam dunk courts, a giant air bag, and more.

Climb Lafayette: This indoor rock climbing facility offers a great rock climbing experience for climbers of all skill levels.

Climb Lafayette

Climb Lafayette

Purdue Athletics: Come support the Boilermakers this winter in multiple sports like swimming/diving, basketball, and wrestling.

For more information about these indoor recreational activities, please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: Heywood Banks & Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society Concert

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.

55e61c46dacf2054302976Heywood Banks, 27th Anniversary Performance takes place this Saturday, January 14. You’ve heard him on the Bob & Tom Show…now here’s your chance to see him live at the Long Center for the Performing Arts! Heywood Banks is simply one-of-a-kind, almost impossible to describe, with a style his very own. Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon, with a show that appeals to college students, businessmen, yuppies, rednecks, punks, kids or your grandmother. Heywood intersperses his humorous observations of life with twisted, inventive, bizarre songs, sung and played in a variety of styles, from folk, to country to rock to pop, and way beyond. Come laugh until it hurts. Please note: Wacky Heywood costumes welcomed!

More artistic events abound this weekend! On Sunday, January 15, enjoy the beauty of music at the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society (TCMS) Concert at Purdue’s Fowler Hall. Celebrate the vision & artistry of the TCMS Founders. TCMS is 20 years old and they are celebrating the two people who founded the organization, Greg Kostraba and Konstantin Jakimow. Greg, Konstantin and the Sylvan Trio will perform music by Schumann, Martinu and Muczynski.

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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Fun Food Adventure at Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza

fb34Food Fun Adventure?!  What does that mean? It means a dining experience that is unique, entertaining and the flavors create an adventure of yumminess. Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza is West Lafayette’s newest pizza restaurant and they are offering a new way to experience pizza by letting the customers build their own pizza right before their eyes. This is done all within 5 minutes!

img_33473 step process to create your own signature pizza:

  1. Pick the dough. Choices include traditional crust, ancient grain crust or gluten free crust.
  2. Pick the sauce. Red sauce, alfredo sauce, buffalo sauce, olive oil, spicy red sauce and BBQ sauce are the options.
  3. Pick your toppings. 9 cheese toppings from blue cheese crumbles to fresh mozzarella to an herb ricotta. Every topping one could imagine is offered from egg beaters to grilled chicken to pineapple to Old Bay shrimp. To top it off, diners can pick from 9 pizza finishers that include ranch, sriracha, BBQ sauce drizzle, basil, pesto and more!

img_3351Recently, when visiting Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza with some friends, we walked up to the pizza making station, and were excited to create our own signature pies. I chose the traditional crust with red sauce and added spicy sausage, pepperoni, ricotta, fresh mozzarella and spinach as my toppings. The Lotsa team made the pizza right in front of my eyes.  Then they threw it in the stone fired oven and within a few minutes it was cooked to the perfect pizza crispiness. I picked blue cheese sauce and ranch as my finishers. The pizza was delicious. The only thing I would do differently is eating the whole pizza. I just couldn’t stop eating it and felt so full after! For my next visit, my goal is to eat half the pizza and order a side salad to compliment it.

fb29Lotsa Pizza offers pizza great and a really fun dining experience. For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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Winter Fun at Pappy’s and Purdue Bowling

If you are looking for an alternative activity to get you out of the cold, snowy weather on weekends, then look no further than Pappy’s Sweet Shop and the Union Rack and Roll. Both are located in the Purdue Memorial Union on the lower levels.

Pappy's

Pappy’s

Pappy’s has been around since 1927 and is a favorite among college students and locals alike. The diner features menu items like grilled cheese, burgers, fries, chicken tenders, breakfast items like buttermilk pancakes or biscuits and gravy, and my favorite, soda fountain creations like  shakes, malts, cones, and sundaes all made with ice cream using the original Purdue Creamery recipe. You can never go wrong with a vanilla milkshake.

Purdue Bowling

Purdue Bowling

After you are done eating at Pappy’s, check out the Union Rack and Roll. Located on the very bottom level in the Union, here you can find bowling lanes and billiards. You can pay by lane or by game for bowling (this does not include shoe rental in the price) and rent by table for billiards. Some themes that the Union Rack and Roll has each week consist of Xtreme Bowling, Unlimited Billiards, Thrifty Thursdays, and Sunday Fundays. Xtreme Bowling is their newest theme in which there are glow-in-the dark pins and bowling balls set up to use from the hours of 9 PM – 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. If you have done Cosmic Bowling before, this is very similar.

This fun winter weekend activity will surely be a hit with both college students and families. So head on over to the Union, grab a milkshake and bowl a strike or two.

For more information about these fun winter activities and more in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was shared by Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist, Jordan.

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Weekend Update: Nutcracker & Purdue Basketball

nutcracker-snow2014aWeekend 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.

We love the weekend after New Year’s because the annual “Nutcracker” performance takes place. On January 7 & 8 the Lafayette Ballet Company presents the full length ballet of the Nutcracker. Music by P.I.Tchaikovsky, and luscious period costumes and sets highlighted by the exuberant dancing of the young Lafayette Ballet Artists along with guest artists and graduates. Don’t miss this night of merriment!

It’s January and that means we are in the middle of one of the greatest sports in history, basketball! Purdue basketball rules the area with its competitive fun. Cheer on our Lady Boilers on Saturday, January 7, as they take on Penn State at Mackey Arena.  The following day, our Purdue Men’s Basketball Team takes on Big Ten rival Wisconsin. Fill the stands at Mackey and applaud our teams onto victory!

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

Fine French Cuisine – Bistro 501

Dessert Spoons

Dessert Spoons

Taste buds soar at Lafayette’s one and only French restaurant, Bistro 501. From hand cut pommes frites, to the famous croque madame (or at least famous to me!), to epicurean desserts like the pot au chocolat, this restaurant serves it up decadently and deliciously!

One of my favorite ethnic restaurants in town is Bistro 501. Why? The food, service and ambiance make every visit memorable. I love food and every dish I have ordered at Bistro 501 has been fabulous. Just a few of my recommendations include the French onion soup, pomme frites, chicken pot pie and fish & chips. Their pomme frites are fresh cut fries lightly salted to perfection. I love blue cheese and I suggest ordering their homemade blue cheese dressing to dip them in!

Croque Madam

Croque Madame

Quiche and salad

Quiche and salad

Always great service! Bistro 501 wants guests to really enjoy their visit. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and great at making suggestions. They create an atmosphere of comfort that makes diners not feel rushed but very relaxed.

dsc00484Welcoming ambiance. When one walks into Bistro 501 they are greeted by a very French countryside decor along with a smiling host or hostess. Located in the historic Lahr building, the high ceilings and openness make the restaurant feel spacious and very comfortable. Cushy seating allow for a pleasant visit where one can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of chardonnay.

Make sure you visit Bistro 501 in 2017 for a dining experience that will be unforgettable. For more information about this restaurant and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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New Year Resolutions 2017

Jo biking!

Jo biking!

It’s almost 2017! Wow, how the time has flown! A new year means so many exciting opportunities to make a resolution or two for a change one wants to make to improve in his or her life. What New Year’s resolution(s) are you making this year?

We thought it would be fun to share some of our Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette staff’s special resolutions for 2017. Enjoy!

Sam shares, “My resolution is to make more time to see my family.”

“To get all my family photos organized!” is Lisa’s resolution.

Jo has a few, “My New year’s resolutions are: 1. Continue losing weight until I am to my goal weight. 2. Get stronger, as in lifting heavier weights, increasing my endurance and stamina (specifically for bicycling). 3. Finding time to bicycle more and longer distances.

“My resolution is to tame my shopping habits and save up money to take another trip overseas!”, shares Rachel.

My own is to try to take my 3 year old to as many local events and festivals so she can enjoy the culture of our community and have memories that will last a lifetime.

Share with us your resolutions!