Home of Purdue Love is in the Air Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Home of Purdue Love is in the Air Contest 2018″ worth over $450! Congratulations to Jenny from Indianapolis, Indiana.

She shares, ”Thank you! I am so excited about the package.  I can’t remember the last time I won anything, and I was really hoping for this one. I had visions of Old Man Parker winning his major award when I opened my emails this morning.

My husband and I have a freshman nursing student and sophomore engineering student at Purdue. We spend a lot of time dropping off, picking up and attending football games but never have quite enough time to explore the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. We look forward to getting to know more about the place our kids adore!  And as parents of 6 kids, a weekend away is definitely something to treasure!”

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

Lafayette-West Lafayette Fun Facts

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Amelia Earhart

What is the most unique, fun fact you know about Lafayette-West Lafayette? Any interesting story you know that most people do not?  Please share as we love to learn about all the one of a kind stories there are about our area.

Check out the “Fun Facts” we have gathered that may be a surprise to you!

  • Did you know that Amelia Earhart prepared her plane for her last around the world flight at the Purdue University Airport? She was working at Purdue as a visiting career counselor for women at the time.
  • Buzz Aldrin on Moon

    Buzz Aldrin on Moon

    Did you know that the first (Neil Armstrong) and the last astronaut (Eugene Cernan) on the moon were both Purdue graduates? There are also 22 other Purdue alumni who are astronauts.

  • Did you know that Axl Rose, (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.), an American singer-songwriter, musician and lead vocalist for the hard rock 1980s band Guns N’ Roses, was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana?
  • Did you know that one of the greatest clowns of all time, Emmett Kelly and his persona of “Weary Willie”, choose to call Lafayette his hometown?
  • Triple XXX

    What is better than a bacon cheeseburger and onion rings?

    Indiana’s Oldest Drive-In: Since 1929, West Lafayette’s Triple XXX (named for the house brand of root beer) has been serving up the best old-fashioned burgers and fries around. Featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

  • Did you know that Indiana’s oldest bar is right here in Lafayette? Established in 1835 as the “Cherry Wood Bar” of the Lahr Luxury Hotel, and issued Indiana’s first liquor license. The “Cherry Wood Bar” was later renamed the Knickerbocker Saloon in 1874 when the areas first player piano was introduced. The Knickerbocker boasts a guest list including; President Grant, Mark Twain, Al Capone and even Neil Armstrong (though rumored not much of a drinker).
  • Did you know that Kermit the Frog was named after a Purdue professor of philosophy who was a childhood friend of Jim Henson?
  • Did you know that Sydney Pollack, an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films was born in Lafayette, Indiana? Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008)
  • Did you know that the Wabash & Erie Canal that passed through Lafayette was the second largest canal in the world? The only one longer was the Grand Canal of China.
  • Did you know that Annie Ellsworth sent the first telegraph message of “What hath God wrought?” at the request of Samuel Morse and then moved to Lafayette the next year?

Again, please share or comment on any fun fact you know about our community! For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette, please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: Brandy Clark Band & Love is Sweet Event

Brandy Clark Band

Brandy Clark Band

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

This Friday, February 16, Carnahan Hall Presents: Brandy Clark band plus the Fergus Daly Band. Brandy Clark began her musical career as a songwriter in Nashville and her songs were covered by a number of country artists with great success. For example, the Band Perry had a #1 hit with “Better Dig Two”. Then in 2013 she released her own album of her songs “12 Stories” which earned a place in many best album of the year, including American Songwriter, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and NPR. NPR music critic Ann Powers named the album her favorite of 2013. Powers noted that others share her sentiments, writing, “the top honor on many critics’ lists is going to Clark, a storyteller of the highest caliber.” 

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 7.14.15 AMKeep celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend at Imagination Station. To celebrate the holiday, kids will explore the science behind their favorite candies at the “Love is Sweet” event. The Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity of Purdue University has teamed up with Imagination Station to answer questions such as, “why are gummies so springy, and what happens to chocolate when it melts in your mouth?”. Families are invited to explore through the hands-on activities. This sweet event will be on Saturday, February 17th from 10 -3pm.

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

Love is in the Air at Home of Purdue

Bq4PncK9AvuzqH5xiqATpAL0vMpFc15Qff4RXQUOIqAWhat do you think of when you think of Valentine’s day? Roses, hearts, lace, wine, spending time and doing something special with the one you love? Do you still need to plan something special for that special someone? Well, I have a romantic date idea for you!

Start by getting flowers. Call your favorite local florist now. Don’t wait. This is one of the busiest times of the year for a florist. Don’t know where to go? Check out this list: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/pro_florists.html. Too late for a pre-made arrangement? Rubia Flower Market, Payless Grocery Stores, Target and Meijer all tend to have a good selection of pre-made bouquets to pick up the day of, you just may need to have your own vase to put them in if that’s the route you want to go. (Or just hand her the bouquet… I bet she has something that will work!)

Now, plan dinner. Some people book reservations for Valentine’s Day weeks and months in advance so your first option or two may be booked or you’ll have to wait a long time to get in if just walking in. I’m not a huge fan of crowds or waiting in line. I’d be just fine having my date make me dinner on Valentine’s Day. It’s actually, really sweet. I know my husband doesn’t cook a lot and if he put forth the effort to plan a special meal, I would love it! Just be sure you clean up the mess too! Pasta is always an easy go to in my book and is so

La Scala Lasagna

La Scala Lasagna

versatile.  If you need help looking for a recipe just check out Pinterest ,you’ll find thousands! Don’t forget the wine too! Wildcat Creek Winery has some great ones if you need help! If we go out, one of our favorite romantic restaurants is LaScala Italian Restaurant. You typically have a short walk to hold hands and cuddle up together to stay warm, it is February in Indiana after all! Once inside, the lighting is low and sets just the right mood. Of course, again most of the dishes are pasta. Always a plus in my book! How can you go wrong? My favorite is the Seafood Giorgio. The roasted red pepper cream sauce is amazing. Bring me anything with that on it and I’d be happy!

Now for an activity. Well, you are right downtown, why not take a little stroll? Walk over the pedestrian bridge and then maybe try out some ice skating at the Riverside Skating Center. If your date skates anything like me you’ll at least get to hold her a lot as I am on the ice more than I’m on my feet, but I still have fun!

IceSkating171231005795Need to warm up a bit after ice skating? Try one of the many coffee houses nearby. I’m not a coffee drinker but love a good cup of hot chocolate or hot tea. Try Java Roaster, Star City Coffee & Ale or Greyhouse Coffee (might want to drive to Greyhouse, especially if it’s cold, but it’s worth it!).

The rest of the night is up to you. Hopefully this gives you some ideas and helps put you in the Valentine’s Day mood.

Enjoy! Ashley, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

Dining Divas Explore Poke Hibachi

poke-hibachiInside4West Lafayette has joined the national trend in offering the wildly popular Hawaiian dish, Poke (pronounced POH-kay). Poke is from the Hawaiian word meaning to section or to slice or cut and is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as a main course.  Think of it as sushi deconstructed in a laid back Hawaiian way!

poke-hibachiwhatPokeisAt Poke Hibachi in West Lafayette, you can now get poke bowls as well as grilled meats and fish (the hibachi part).  The Dining Divas, accompanied by poke expert Julia Zuchov (Julia went to college in a town with multiple poke options and is thrilled that it’s finally come here), tried it out on a beautiful day.  The decor is clean, modern, and whimsical. While there is some seating and a large stand-up table, poke bowls are perfect take-out food, and that’s what we did with ours.

Bar of food choices

Bar of food choices

Poke is often customizable and the West Lafayette version is no different. It’s like building a burrito in many restaurants where you order cafeteria style. Go through the line and select a base, toppings, sauce, and garnishes. The base can be organic rice, brown rice, or mixed greens. The raw fish choices are fresh salmon, ahi tuna, white tuna, baby octopus, kani (a food product made from fish) salad, spicy salmon, shrimp, lobster salad, and spicy tuna. Tofu is also available. Toppings include edamame, cucumber, carrot, corn, celery, pickled cucumber, pickled jalapeños, lettuce, peanut, white radish, and pineapple. For 50 cents more you can add either avocado, masago (fish roe), asparagus, cherry tomato, mango, seaweed salad, tamago (Japanese omelet), sunflower salad, or dry banana. The delicious sauce options are: ginger, yami, sweet wasabi, eel, spicy mayo, ponzu (like a citrusy vinaigrette), sesame, or fruit. Finally, the garnishes: sesame seeds, scallion, seaweed, tempura crunch, or ginger. If this seems daunting, seeing the bins of super fresh toppings and sauces makes it easy to design your own unique poke bowl. Regular bowls are $8.99 and large bowls are $11.99. We all ordered regular size and felt we could have handled the large!

The hibachi menu is smaller. Each grilled platter includes mixed vegetables, brown rice, and teriyaki sauce. Grilled meats are chicken ($8.99), shrimp ($9.99), steak ($9.99), chicken & steak ($11.99), chicken & shrimp ($11.99), steak & shrimp ($12.99), salmon ($10.99), and eel ($10.99).

Tofu

Tofu meal

Margy went simple with brown rice, tofu, and ginger sauce. She was impressed with the generous portion of tofu, and said, “The ginger sauce is hard to beat—it has plenty of spicy flavor.”

Julia was bolder and ordered fresh salmon with jalapeños, seaweed salad, and spicy mayo on rice. “The flavors come from the surrounding ingredients and add to the fresh salmon taste,” she said. “I think it’s my new favorite! There’s nothing else like it in the area.”

Bev’s bowl was lobster salad on greens with spicy mayo and seaweed and declared it delicious. “The Dining Divas actually have some complicated dietary restrictions,” she said, “and just about anyone can eat here. It’s so customizable!”

Poke Hibachi Food

Poke Hibachi Food

Kay, normally our only enthusiastic fish eater, was skeptical of a raw fish salad in Indiana, but she was pleasantly surprised by the fresh spicy salmon on greens with avocado, edamame, white radish, spicy mayo, and seaweed– a delicious combination.

Jo was our only hibachi eater. She enjoyed the spicy salmon with greens and mixed vegetables. “The cauliflower and broccoli are extremely fresh and crunchy and add a wonderful texture to the spicy grilled salmon,” she said. “And it was made to order which is awesome!”

Jo also added, and we all agree, “It made for a great lunch, which was so enjoyable to eat outside on a nice day in the Village.”

Raw Spicey Salmon

Raw Spicey Salmon

One recommendation is that if you are with a group and some are having poke and others hibachi, let those getting the grilled food go first. It takes a bit longer than the poke bowls since it is cooked to order.

It’s going to take many return trips in order to try all those delicious sauces. Find Poke Hibachi at 112  Andrew Place, tucked behind Mad Mushroom. See you there!

Weekend Update: Heirloom Seed Library Resource & Evening of Romance

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

This Saturday, February 10th, from 1-3pm is the Grand Opening of Heirloom Seed Library Resource at The Farm at Prophetstown State Park. It is free to the public! Seed library patrons can choose DSCN2161from hundreds of varieties of heirloom seeds, some of which are organic.  Seeds are free, and seed saving instructions are available.  While seed library patrons are not required to donate back saved seeds, it is encouraged so the library can continue into the future. For more information, visit their website. The seed library opens this weekend and will then be open during the Farm’s regular winter hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 p.m. Celebrate the magic of a seed and know the pleasure of growing your own garden!

 

For an early Valentines’ Day celebration on Saturday, join the performance of the Purdue Jazz Band at Purdue’s Marriott Hall. This beautiful building is home to the school’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The “Evening of Romance” begins at 8pm and goes Jazz 2until 10pm. Tickets are available here. Please have your tickets printed for entry into the event. Doors open at 7:15, where hors d’oeuvre and dessert buffet will be served. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase using cash only! The dress code for this romantic event is business casual to cocktail attire. More information can be found on their website.

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

Date Night at East End Grill

Looking for unique place to surprise your valentine this year? East End Grill is the ideal spot for you and your date. The exterior and interior decor are unlike any other Lafayette eatery. You’re sure to love the industrial and modern feel within this dining area. This local establishment gives off the big city vibe without the hustle and bustle.

East End Grill is the home to one of my favorite date night experiences. From the beginning to end everything was perfect. The hostess greeted my date and I in the most professional, timely, and welcoming manner. From the moment we sat down we received excellent service. The waiter was friendly and helpful when trying to chose what to eat. Everything about the environment inside the restaurant made the date even better. I enjoyed the Cubano sandwich which was full of flavor. Of course, I had to try some of my date’s shrimp and grits. They were comparable to a dish we had in New Orleans, and I would say they were actually better. This is one of those places you don’t want to leave, even when the meal is finished.

Enjoying the Cubano

Enjoying the Cubano

The menu is truly one of kind and full of original flavor. The menu combines a steakhouse feel with a nice bistro twist. The lunch menu contains a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and delicious entree choices. The dinner menu offers some of the best food options in the area such as filet mignon and delicious pasta. You are sure to find a meal you’ll love that will have you coming back for more.

I can’t forget to talk about the full service bar. The wine list is always expanding, offering amazing choices by the glass or bottle. East End Grill’s main focus is on craft beer. The mission is to choose the best lagers and ales around. The bar team has created a cocktail list of classic drinks and modern drink favorites. Whatever your eating or drinking needs are, East End Grill is sure to be able to fulfill them.

East End Grill- "Our Cuban"The restaurant opened it’s doors in May of 2016.  Owner, Scott Trzaskus made it his mission to make East End Grill a place for the community to gather and that is exactly what it is. East End Grill is a welcoming environment from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave.

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East End Grill is located at the east end of Main Street, making it the perfect spot for a winter stroll down Lafayette. Enjoy the shops in the area while also enjoying the winter scenery. East End Grill is the place to be this Valentines Day!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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Be Sweet at Kathy’s Kandies!

Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! Do you have a special present for your Valentine? You must make a stop at Kathy’s Kandies, where a plethora of Valentine’s Day treats are handmade for this special day and all year long. Kathy’s Kandies owner Kathy, spends 12 to 18 hours a day making 12 different kinds of candy in over 80 different flavors. There is something for everyone!IMG_4858Valentine’s Day: this day means Hallmark cards, handmade local sweets and smiles.  Every year growing up my Mom always had a special Valentine’s Day present for my Dad, Sister and I. My Mom would choose our favorite chocolates, sugary sweets and pick out a silly, yet sweet, Hallmark card.  And we always received socks with little hearts all over them.  I am in my 30’s and she still puts together themed packages, only now she has husbands and grandchildren to add to the mix!

Past Romantic Getaway Winners!

Past Romantic Getaway Contest Winners!

If you are looking for delicious, handmade candy to add to your own Valentine’s Day present, Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to visit. Visitors have the choice of 12 scrumptious truffles, fudge, chocolate covered nuts or fruit, crème filled chocolates, gourmet popcorn, bark, pastries, cheesecakes, and/or the perfect Valentine’s dessert, chocolate covered strawberries (call to order these in advance!) And the list goes on!

Kathy!

Kathy!

This candy shop is a what kids (and lets be honest, adults) dream about!  Visitors walk into a bright, airy room filled with every candy one could imagine.  Kathy is behind the counter with a smile on her face greeting guests and fulfilling their sugar cravings.

Also, note Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to host a fun party! Get a group of your friends and family together and savor decadent desserts.  Death by Chocolate – this is one party theme! If there is one way to go, why not by chocolate!!!

Share with us your favorite chocolate or sugary treat?!  What special snack puts a smile on your face? Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Weekend Update: Swimsuit Skating and “The Old Golds”

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

There are always unique events going on in our community. This weekend, join in the fun  at Riverside Skating Center. “Dare to Bear” is a special evening event from 7pm to 8:30pm. This iceskatersatduskunique dress-up skating event has one special rule: you must wear a swim suit to participate. Parents may accompany younger skaters in regular attire. Admission fee is $5.00 and skate rental is $3.00.  Cocoa and pizza will be provided to all the survivors- while supplies last. Skating in your bathing suit this chilly weekend will definitely prove for an exciting experience and memory!For more information about the event and contact information, visit their website.

If you haven’t visited the Delphi Opera House, this weekend poses a wonderful opportunity! Friday night, February 2nd, at 7:30pm, the Opera House presents The Old Golds. They hail 17861816_1317396741673555_8390320004191797184_nfrom Lafayette, Indiana and feature former members of the Woodstove Flapjacks, The No-Ops, James Moon and the Third Floor Invention. Plus, a couple of fresh voices to their ever-expanding musical family. Their line up is as follows: Kim Strother on Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals, Matt Scherger on Guitar/Vocals, James Morrow on Guitar/Vocals, Kaida Richardson on Vocals, Ryan Puetz on Bass, George Buechley on Pedal Steel and David Harmon on Drums. Ticket information and more details are available on their website.

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

Super Bowl Madness Starts with D&R Market

IMG_7332Happening 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 the locals are talking about D&R Market, where the perfect Super Bowl spread is ready for this year’s super celebration!

IMG_7329Have you ever thrown a Super Bowl party?  Or joined in the celebration at a friend or family member’s house?  Did you eat scrumptious appetizers, finger foods and desserts?  I hope so, because when I think of the Super Bowl the first thought in my brain (and stomach) is food!  This annual event is centered around the great American sport, football, that brings together people from all over the United States and beyond.  Yet, truthfully, the food is what brings my family together to celebrate on this day!

IMG_7324Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana has a host of wonderful caterers.  One caterer that is sure to satisfy your guests is D&R Market.  Its menu features the best in fresh meats, gourmet products, wine and beer selections and fresh produce. Its famous smoked St. Louis pork ribs,and renowned broasted chicken are just a few of its many meat options.  Party trays include brie cheese topped with dried cranberries, dill and almonds, crab and shrimp dip, b/q meatballs and more.  My personal favorites include Mr. Pat Johnson’s Beef Brisket and baked beans.  Its brisket is slowly smoked for 14 hours in a smoker and served with the chef’s horseradish cream sauce. It is succulent goodness!  And the bake beans are the perfect complement. They are rich with b/q sauce and shredded pork is added to make them rich and hearty.  I keep a current top “3 things I crave” list and these beans are on the list!

IMG_7337For more information about D&R Market and other great local caterers, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com  And don’t forget—Super Bowl equals football, friends, family, fun and food!  Please share with us your party plans!

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