National Lasagna Day – Taste Buds Soar at La Scala

IMG_1855It’s National Lasagna Day and Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to local restaurant, La Scala, where their homemade Italian cuisine can make your taste buds say “thank you”.

IMG_1857What is your favorite Italian food? Are you a red sauce or white sauce person?  Odd question, I know, but my friends and I always describe ourselves by the foods we eat.  I am usually a white sauce person, but at La Scala I love their rich marinara.  My family are creatures of habit and we always start our meal with their hand breaded ravioli filled with white, creamy ricotta in a bed of  their tasty marinara and topped with a splash of their specialty basil pesto.  Then it is onto entree time and this is the part of the meal where I am conflicted. Do I choose their gnocchi (potato and pasta dumplings) created three special ways or does their classic meat lasagna made with their Napolitania (tomato cream) sauce, giant ravioli filled with spinach and cheese and finished in their basil pesto cream sauce, win the day?  Do I have your taste buds watering yet?  Their menu has a limitless selection of homemade, “Farm to Fork”, options.  I recommend going in a group, so you can taste and share all the delectable delights.  Their dessert menu also offers Italian favorites; tiramisu, directly imported from Italy, canolis and more!

IMG_0437La Scala has a majestic, outdoor eating area.  It is the perfect setting for a relaxing night where guests can eat gourmet food, drink fabulous cocktails, share fun stories with friends and family, while overlooking Lafayette’s beautiful 19th century courthouse.  You will be served food created by owner and Chef Francisco “Paco” Serrano.  This restaurant is locally and family owned, and diners can tell how they put all their passion into creating not only a comforting atmosphere, but into their hand crafted dishes.

Co-worker, Lisa, shared, “My girlfriends took me to La Scala for my birthday.  We sat outside and I had the lasagna and pasta with the basil sauce- LOVE it!  It was a perfect evening!

For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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Weekend Update: Hot Summer Nights Cruise-in & Car Show and Brew on the Bridge

Bicho Posing in the Giant Cottonwood TreeLafayette-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.

On Saturday, July 30 from 8-3pm head to the 30th Annual Hot Summer Nights Cruise-in & Car Show hosted by Lafayette Kroozers! Special celebrity guests from the movie American Graffiti will be here! Von Hotrod will be offering one free pinstripe, one color for any small item. A special showing of American Graffiti movie will be played Friday night at dark. Don’t miss out, located at Market Square by Arni’s!

Evening plans? Brew on the Bridge is back at Wolf Park on Saturday, July 30 from 7-10pm! Wolf Park is partnering with the People’s Brewery, South Street Smokehouse and the Miller Experience for a special outdoor concert in the park! Alcohol will be provided by People’s Brewery. Alcohol is $5 per pint and you must show I.D. to be served. Don’t drink? No problem! Come out, enjoy some BBQ and listen to some great music under the stars.  Other drinks available for only $1!  The band will perform starting at 7:30 pm. Will the wolves ‘sing’ along? You have to be at Wolf Park to find out!  Bring along your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the musical performance.

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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Pokemon Go has hit Lafayette-West Lafayette

Pokemon1The newest trend we all can’t stop hearing….POKEMON GO!

Lafayette-West Lafayette has joined the fun in full force! Pay extra careful attention when walking along the streets, you may run into someone with their face buried in their phone. We went out on a Pokemon adventure this week, as total newbies. We learned so much and had a blast!

A basic rundown of Pokemon Go- You hunt the characters and catch them using Pokeballs. You collect the balls by going to Poke Stops and picking them up. Once you have enough Pokemon, you can go to a gym and battle other people.

We spent the majority of our time on Purdue’s campus. There are Pokemon EVERYWHERE! It was neat to explore the different edges of campus. Our goal was to find a Pikachu while we were on campus but unfortunately that did not happen. Better luck next time.

Picture this, Cumberland Park in West Lafayette, you are heading out to shoot some hoops. Instead, you find the basketball courts full of people looking at their phones. A Pokemon Gym! Ah! Yes, finally a place we can battle one another.

Downtown Lafayette was also a great place for Poke Stops, gyms and to hunt the Pokemon. We loved to see the different art and attractions at the locations. The migration statue between Fourth and Fifth Streets was a great Poke Stop. Further down the Frank C Arganbright Geneology Center was a higher level gym.

Pokemon Go started as an April Fools Day joke put out by Google in 2014. A year and a half later, it has become quite the craze. Join in on the fun and share with us your adventures across our great community using #homeofpurdue.

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Summer Fun at the Farm at Prophetstown

Farm during a spring storm!

Farm during a spring storm!

Summer fun has hit our area and a must see attraction is the Farm at Prophetstown in West Lafayette, Indiana. Home to chickens, pigs, cows, horses and more, this farm will bring smiles to your face and enjoyment for all.

The Farm at Prophetstown is a real working farm! The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy farm/free range setting and crops are grown to be used to feed them throughout the year. Barn chores are done each day at 8 am and 3 pm and everyone is invited – especially children – to help in feeding the livestock, collecting eggs, and working in the garden.

Farm HoneyThis summer a plethora of special events are taking place at the farm from ice cream socials to specialty 5 course farm dinners to prairie parties. Their farm dinners are amazing! In June they featured a meal including smoked baby back ribs, sweet corn chowder, tomato basil tower, garlic beef tenderloin and a puff pastry with raspberries. The baby back ribs just fell off the bone and melted in my mouth! (Please note they have a vegetarian option also.) For a complete list of events check out the Farm’s Facebook page.

The animals- as we shared, yes, this is a working farm.  Check out these adorable farm animal photos. Share with us your favorite pic!!

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Gloria the turkey 2Farm 2015.4Please note: admission to grounds is included in the state park entrance gate fee. For more information about the farm and other attractions in our area, please visit www.HomeofPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: Tippecanoe County Fair & Aviators

4HFairSweeney-224x300Lafayette-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.

It’s county fair time in Tippecanoe County! Going on now through Saturday, July 23, grab the family for an afternoon or evening of fun. The county fair is a gathering to enjoy entertainment, music, competitions, art and of course delicious food! The Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair is a summer tradition. Please note admission into the fair is free. Support the community and enjoy summer like it should be at the 86th annual fair!

IMG_2852Head out to the ball field this weekend at Loeb Stadium to watch our local Collegiate Wood Bat Prospect League Baseball Team, the Lafayette Aviators. This weekend’s theme is “Princesses & Superheroes”. Friday, July 22, the Aviators will take on the Champion City Kings and Saturday, July 23, they will take on the Hannibal Cavemen. Friday’s game, they are featuring a “Friday Flick Camp Out” after the game. Enjoy popcorn, candy and a movie on the field. The theme will continue Saturday where they will be passing out superhero bobble heads and having a princess tea party along with a pre-game princess and superhero parade. Adults can enjoy a local beer during all the fun!

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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Midwest Hospitality Encompasses Scotty’s Brewhouse, West Lafayette

Loaded BBQ Nachos

Loaded BBQ Nachos

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University “Midwest Hospitality”.  To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest, visit Scotty’s Brewhouse for not only fabulous service, but delicious bar food!

Scotty’s Brewhouse holds many special memories in my heart.  I am a graduate of Ball State University, and Scotty’s original restaurant first opened in Muncie, Indiana.  This restaurant/bar was where I met up with friends to hang out, had my first beer, and would take my parents to dine when they visited.  My favorite memory is meeting up with my sister (who is 3 years older and was a senior when I was a freshman) and her friends and listening to their college tales of fun!  Scotty’s is so laid back and relaxing that this location holds the perfect combination of good food and atmosphere to make the night a fun one.

Burger and loaded fries!

Burger and loaded fries!

When I moved to the Lafayette-West Lafayette area six years ago, I was so excited West Lafayette claims its own Scotty’s Brewhouse!  I would almost say it is becoming an Indiana classic restaurant, where all the great cities in our state can now boast they have one.  I believe the reason they have expanded throughout the state is not only because they have good food, but when you visit this place, you always know you are going to have friendly, Indiana hospitality and service.

Friends eating at Scotty's

Friends eating at Scotty’s

Their menu encompasses everything from burgers (made a million different ways!) to salads to wonderful homemade soups.  A family favorite of ours is their dill chips.  It is the first thing we order every visit.  They have a mo’fo sauce (their signature sauce) they add to many menu options and it adds a kick to the meal that is wonderful.  My husband and I go through stages where we will eat something again and again until we can’t eat it for a year.  At this time Buffalo chicken wraps are our craving and the Mo’Fo Buffalo Chicken Wrap from Scotty’s is amazing!

Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  Midwest Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  We are  proud of our local restaurants that provide gracious and friendly service. For more information about this restaurants and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Out To Lunch Diving Divas Explore Peppercorns Kitchen

 

Shimp and walnuts

Shimp and walnuts

The Dining Divas can’t decide if Austin (our server) or the Walnut Shrimp was the hit of the day on our recent trip to Peppercorns Kitchen! Both were wonderful.  Peppercorns Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant specializing in Szechuan Cuisine, is the latest addition to Wabash Landing at 360 East State Street in West Lafayette and is much more spacious than you might guess from the front—and very attractive inside too.

Jo, Margy & BevTypically, Chinese meals are shared but half the divas have dietary restrictions so we headed down four separate paths all ending up in a happy place. Kay is still blissing out about that Walnut Shrimp. It’s listed under the Chef’s Special for $16.99* and as she says, “Boy, was it!”  She’s had excellent Walnut Shrimp and really not excellent Walnut Shrimp before and was anxious to see how this chef stacked up. We have a winner! This was a generous portion of large shrimp cooked perfectly in a very light sauce with toasted walnuts. In order to get your greens in, Kay suggests ordering this and a more vegetable based dish and then share both with friends. She’s not sure she can ever go back there again and not have a whole order of Walnut Shrimp all to herself. Better order your own if you’re dining with her!

Margy had the Salted Crispy Tofu for $10.50 and the tofu was cooked to perfection. The outside was genuinely crispy and the inside was tender as butter. It came with a small amount of sautéed peppers and onion and Margy would have liked it even more with a few dipping sauces. Bev skeptically tried it, never having gotten on the tofu train because of the consistency of the stuff, and was really pleased with it too!

Crispy tofu

Crispy tofu

Jo said the Eggplant Tofu ($9.99) was delicious! The eggplant and tofu were tender and cooked just right and it was blended with a tasty sauce. This was noted on the huge menu as not being a spicy dish but they were more than willing to accommodate Jo’s spicy desires, in the dish or on the side. She opted for on the side and received two different spicy sauces both of which made lunch even tastier.

Eggplant and tofu

Eggplant and tofu

Pork stir fry Bevs mealBev enjoyed the Beef with Mixed Vegetables ($13.95) with oh-so-tender beef and crisp sautéed veggies. In retrospect this was a really tame order. The menu includes Frog with Luffa, Pork Intestine, Blood and Ox Maw, Stir Fried Pork Lip, Dry Pot Rabbit and Entrails of Sheep Soup. Maybe next time! For now, she and the rest of the Dining Divas were happy with plentiful portion sizes, the obvious skill in the kitchen and the décor.

Peppercorns Kitchen has three private rooms (no charge) of varying sizes (10-30 people) with lazy susans on each table to facilitate sharing. They hope to have a full bar ready soon. In a VIP room, Bev, server, Margy & Jo

But back to Austin, our waiter. He’s been there since they opened and has tried just about everything on the menu, from pigs’ feet to organs. He patiently answered all of our many questions, knew or found out about tricky ones regarding dietary restrictions and was, just generally, a riot!

Peppercorns Kitchen is a wonderful addition to the area’s dining scene. Build up an appetite, gauge your sense of adventure and dive in!

Outside shot*There’s a less expensive lunch menu but we were ordering off the dinner menu. The lunch menu features 21 items for $8.95 (one is $9.95) and each comes with a spring roll.

Next up: La Hacienda in West Lafayette!

The Dining Divas; Out to Lunch on the Road Less Traveled consist of:

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

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Weekend Update: Zoo Run Run & Kansas at Dancing and Cruising in the Streets

3Lafayette-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.

Running shoes are a must for you to jog or walk your way through the Columbian Park Zoo on Saturday morning at the annual Zoo Run Run. This 5K run/walk travels through the historic Columbian Park Neighborhood and offers a fun, inexpensive way to get your family up and moving! Mingle with zoo staff and some of your favorite zoo residents! (The zoo is home to early 200 animals representing approximately 90 species.)

Dancing & Cruising in the Streets

Dancing & Cruising in the Streets

Put on your dancing shoes and have a fabulous night of fun on Saturday, July 16! Where can you find three stages of live music, a classic car show, a cruise-in and more? Dancing and Cruising in the Streets! This acclaimed festival is celebrating 25 years. To make it a rocking party, they are hosting national acts, Kansas and Jessie James Decker! Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’

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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Celebrate National Youth Sports Week in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Armstrong Park260615000817National Youth Sports Week is July 11-17, 2016. This week is focused on PLAYS- physical activity, living healthy, access, youth development and safety. This week is an awareness week as well as a time to promote those youth sporting activities all across the nation. In the Lafayette- West Lafayette area, we have many activities that occur focused on youth sports.

This year marks the 48th Colt World Series occurring August 5th-10th right here at Loeb Stadium. Youth teams from all across the world gather in Lafayette to compete in this annual tradition. Last year Puerto Rico defeated Greensboro, NC to win. Come on out to historic Loeb Stadium, also home to the Lafayette Aviators for this week long youth baseball tournament.

Concord_game2Did you know that lacrosse is growing at a rate of 30% in America right now? We now have our very own league known as the Tippecanoe Lacrosse Association. Visit them online to find out more about this rapidly growing sport for both youth girls and boys and to find their schedule.

Purdue University is home to a plethora of youth sporting camps during the summer months. Camps are hosted by coaches, players and athletics staff for many ages and genders. Softball, swimming, track and field, volleyball, basketball, soccer, football and wrestling are the current camps being offered. Be sure to tell your friends to visit PurdueSportCamps.com to find the best match for their youth!BikeFamilyAndrewAntonio

Many venues spread across our area that host youth sporting events all throughout the year. Indoor venues include Family Sports Center, Legacy Sports Club and Faith Community Center. Outdoor venues range from Tippecanoe County Parks, West Lafayette Parks, Lafayette Parks and more. Youth sports are important in every community, and we take pride in ours here in Lafayette- West Lafayette, Indiana.  Find what sport makes you feel confident and go out and play today!

Check out all things sports at HomeOfPurdue.com today!

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Outdoor Adventure Abounds in Lafayette – West Lafayette

On the banks of the Wildcat Creek, in Lafayette, you will find Clegg Memorial Gardens. Wildflowers, ravines, and natural surroundings make this a wonderful place to enjoy nature and take a breather from hectic schedules. Thirteen acres of bluebells, shooting stars, daffodils, redbud and dogwood trees greet the spring visitor. Summertime makes the shade a welcome relief as you travel the trails and, of course, nothing can rival the beauty of the fall colors.

Clegg Gardens

Clegg Memorial Gardens

Prophetstown State Park is located where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash River near the town of Battle Ground. Explore more than 10 miles of nature trails through tall grass prairie, wooded bluffs, alongside ponds, creeks and wetlands.

A wide variety of programs are offered from “Wildflowers of the Prairie” to “Birds of Prophetstown” hikes all year long.

Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park

Hiking the Wabash Heritage Trail is a great experience if you are a bird watcher, outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or enjoy wildlife or just taking a walk. It starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and follows the Wabash River for 18 miles to Fort Ouiatenon. A brochure is available listing parking areas, restroom facilities, picnic tables, and specific places of interest. Parts of the trail around Riehle Plaza and on the West Lafayette side are paved, and therefore easily accessible for all.

The West Lafayette Trail System consists of 27 miles of paved trails that connect with more than 10 miles of marked bicycle lanes. The Cattail, Northwest Greenway, and Wabash Heritage Trails have been designated National Recreation Trails by the U.S. Department of the Interior. These trails are managed for year-round recreation and use.

Lafayette’s Trail System consists of more than six miles of paved (and many more unpaved) trails within the city. Trails can be used for many activities including walking, running, biking, rollerblading and cross-country skiing.

2013 Century RideFOR WEB ONLY!Four off-road mountain bike dirt path trails are available: Haan Trail, McCormick Woods Trail, Murdock Park Trail and the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Trail. All except the Haan Trail are multi-use trails open to hikers, runners and mountain bikes.

Golf opportunities offer eight courses and eight different experiences. Challenge yourself to not one, but two, Pete Dye designed courses located right on Purdue University’s campus at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. These championship caliber courses have been home to many collegiate level tournaments including the Big 10 and the NCAA.

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

Hale Irwin worked his magic designing the ever popular Coyote Crossing Golf Course that boasts a 4.5 star rating by Golf Digest. A more traditional course can be played at the Battle Ground Country Club; this course is open to the public and is truly one of Indiana’s best golf values.

A quick and easy drive out of town will land you at the remarkable Harrison Hills Golf and Country Club. The rolling hills and mature trees will make you forget you were playing in the middle of corn fields in Indiana.

Three other unique courses open to the public include Edwood Glen Country Club, Golf Ravines, and the West Lafayette Country Club. Stay and play packages are available. Lafayette-WestLafayetteStayAndPlay.com

Visit HomeOfPurdue.com for more details on trails or golf in Lafayette – West Lafayette.

Catch the Vibe, Taste the Flavor!

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