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.

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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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10 Tips for Purdue Students during the Winter Months

10960527_1053783377980516_1827287570131289780_oWe all know college in the winter time can be full of struggles. Trying not to freeze to death walking in the below freezing temperatures, falling on the icy sidewalks, and trying to get a spot on the jammed packed city bus are only some of the daily winter struggles. If you’re not used to Indiana winters, this list could come in very handy for you. I came up with 10 tips that will help you have a happier, stress free, and warmer winter.

1. Set earlier alarm(s)

Let’s be honest, in the winter it’s much harder to get out of bed. You’re almost certain to push snooze on the first (and maybe second alarm). This can potentially make you late for class and/or be in an extreme panic filled hurry. So set your alarms earlier and set a few extra just in case. This will give you wiggle room to move slow and take your time getting out of your warm and cozy bed. If you’re a super overachiever and manage to get up early enough, you can hit the gym first thing in the morning. That will be sure to warm you up.

2. Get the City Bus app

City Bus offers a free bus tracking app where you can see exactly where your desired bus is at on campus. With the app, you can wait for the bus inside a building on campus until you absolutely must go outside.

3. Use the underground tunnels

Did you know Purdue is full of underground tunnels. Stay warm as you navigate from class to class using these special tunnels!

4. Who cares how you look, dress warm. 

Okay, some winter gloves aren’t cute, but neither is having ice cold hands. Wear thick socks and plenty of layers.

5. Put your phone in your bag during your walk to class.

Do you really need your phone while you walk from Mechanical Engineering to Class of 1950? Keep your hands in your pockets or throw on some warm gloves while you walk. There’s really nothing worse than showing up with hands so numb you can’t even write your name on your quiz.

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Greyhouse is going to be your best friend in the winter time. Waking up a few minutes early to get your morning coffee is totally worth it. Not only does it keep you awake, but your coffee is a great hand warmer for the walk to class!

7. Have chap stick ready at all times!

Don’t forget your chap stick! Buy a value pack of chap sticks and keep a stick in your book bag and in every coat pocket you can. There’s nothing worse than chapped lips in the winter.

8. Don’t Forget your tissues.. 

Nothing is more embarrassing that a runny nose with no option other than wiping your snot on your brand new $280 Michael Kors Parka. Grab some mini packets of tissues to keep right next to your chap stick.

belltowerstudents9. Always have a walking buddy

Walking from class to class in the ice cold can be a bit unbearable, but it’s not AS bad if you have a walking buddy to chat with on the way. This is also a great way to make friends while keeping your mind off of the fact that you can’t feel your face.

10. Avoid studying at home

It’s winter time, you’re cold and tired. Your bed is the worst study spot during these Indiana winter months as you will probably fall asleep! Study at the Union or Hicks instead. You’ll be more motivated, focused, and able to stay awake which makes it much more likely to be productive.

Being a college student on a large campus in the winter isn’t always easy. These easy tips can help make your winter that much easier. Don’t worry, spring break will be here before we know it! Boiler Up!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Winter Time Fun at Riverside Skating Center

Winter is here and if you’re like me you’re always itching for fun things to do in the winter months. Sitting inside, curled up in a blanket, watching Netflix is only fun for so long, right? If you’re wanting to get out of your house for a bit of winter time fun, Riverside Skating Center is just what you need. There’s no better cure for the winter time blues or cabin fever than a little ice skating with family and friends.

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My favorite part about Riverside skating is watching the Zamboni resurface the ice. As a little kid, I always wanted to be the one who drove the zamboni and made the ice look nice and shiny. I always wanted to be the first one to put my skates on the fresh smooth ice. Watching the zamboni do it’s thing is a satisfying show for all. If zambonis aren’t your thing, you can always head inside for a hot chocolate break until the zambonis duties are done. Its a win-win for everyone!

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Riverside Skating Center is right in the middle of tons of dining options which can make for a whole evening of fun. The skating rink is located almost walking distance from Scotty’s Brewhouse, one of my favorites. The location makes it easy to make a whole day of fun. Have lunch at Puccini’s, walk over to All Fired Up, do some shopping at Dawson & Daisy Boutique, have dinner at Scotty’s Brewhouse, and end the night at the skating rink. Sounds like the perfect day to me!

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This rink has become a Lafayette-West Lafayette winter time tradition. There’s no better feeling than drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate after a few hours out on the ice rink. So bundle up, grab some friends, and get out to the Riverside Skating Center before the ice melts!

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

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Crack the Code at Rugged Xscape!

If you’re looking for things to this winter I have the perfect place for you. Rugged Xscape is the ideal destination for your winter time group outing. It’s perfect for families, friend groups, work groups, or basically any group you could possibly think of. Rugged Xscape is Lafayette’s newest escape room experience. There are five different rooms, all with different fun and exciting themes. You get to choose from The Morgue, The Bank Heist, The Boiler Room, Terrorist Warning, and The Dean’s Office. All the rooms have ranging difficultly levels and success rates. No matter what room you choose, you are sure to have a great time with your group!IMG_1106Entering this experience is exciting and you’re sure to be entertained the whole entire time. Once you arrive you’ll check in and your game master will take you to your specific room. They will introduce the rules and what your ultimate goal is in your room. Once you’re in, you have 60 minutes to use your brains and put your heads together to find your way out. You’re sure to learn about your groups weaknesses and possibly witness their amazing problem solving skills. You’ll be given riddles, clues, and hints to help you find your way, but I promise it isn’t easy. Cracking the codes and solving the puzzles takes communication, observation skills, and problem solving skills. We were so close to making it out, but we ran out of time before we could complete the very last step that would have made us victorious.

Afterwards, Ashley said, “Rugged Escape was difficult but fun. We were so close to getting out! If we just had one minute more we would have done it! Excited to go back to try another room.” After leaving Rugged Xscape, Sam said, “I was very impressed! I will recommend this place to my friends and family! I am completely blown away!”

I can’t give away any major secrets and ruin the fun for you, but I can tell you that Rugged Xscape was an incredible experience and team bonding activity for myself and my co-workers. Honestly, I never thought that I would enjoy something like an escape room. Going into this, I was convinced this was not my cup of tea. After completing the The Morgue experience, I realized I was so wrong. Rugged Xscape is for any and everyone, no matter what your interests are. Everyone loves a good challenge to make your brain work in a unique way.

Ashley with her Rugged Xscape Goodies!

Ashley with her Rugged Xscape Goodies!

After we were done, Our game master gave us all bottled water and a goodie bag full of treats and coupons to other local businesses like Digby’s Pub & Patio, Professor Joe’s, and The Knickerbocker Saloon. The location makes it easy to walk right over to some of our favorite local restaurants. Rugged Xscape is something new, fun, and interactive for the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Head over to Rugged Xscape for the most interactive and exciting experience you’ll have this winter!

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

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Local. Fresh. Café Literato.

     Local. Fresh. Café Literato. Our staff was able to check out Café Literato, located on Northwestern Avenue attached to the Faith Community Center. We spent a lovely afternoon sampling just a few of the items from their menu.
Cafe Literato Sam Cafe Literato RacCafé Literato has delicious options – sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and more! I was even able to try a great gluten-free pizza. You definitely need to stop in and grab a bite, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

They serve a delightful Greek salad, absolutely loaded with toppings! Tomatoes, onion, feta cheese… Try it as an entree or get it as a side to another menu item. You can also order from a very wide variety of hot and cold beverages! There are smoothies, lattes, espressos and other drinks!Cafe Literato Salad

I think all of our staff would agree that this is a great, light-hearted place to visit. Good for people of all ages, students, visitors, and families alike, Café Literato is always a tempting option.

This blog was written by Purdue student and Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin! For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Shop til you Drop at Interior Objects

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Interior Objects is a wonderful shop located in the Market Square Shopping Center. Pottery, jewelry, knick·knacks, art, gifts for everyone & so much more!

Interior Objects View from AboveStep into Interior Objects, and you will immediately be tempted to buy everything in sight! There is a wide variety of objects just waiting to take their place in your, or a loved one’s, home.  It is a specialty boutique specializing in beautiful homewares, lifestyle items and one of kind decorations. This is also another one of our community’s local businesses that offers good old Hoosier hospitality! You can be sure that as soon as you enter, someone will greet you with a smile and direct you towards whatever interests you.

Interior Objects Cooking ItemsVisitors and local residents alike can find great pieces to add to their homeware collection! There are dishes, serving platters, utensils, aprons, tools, decorations, and so much more to pick from. There is also an exclusive collection of Scott Frankenberger pottery. He is a local artist who creates beautiful items such as mugs, vases and plates.

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Every time I visit I want to purchase about everything at Interior Objects! My personal favorite items are pillows, place-mats and glasses with beautiful designs – Indiana-themed, and Purdue-themed in particular! It is definitely a challenge to escape without finding something you love and purchasing it.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist Intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Deliciousness Awaits at Walt’s Other Pub

Consistently deliciousWalt’s Other Pub in Lafayette is a place you just have to plan a visit! Visitors and locals alike can find something to enjoy among their many menu options! There are sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, steaks, and more!

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One of my great shames is that up until recently, I had never visited Walt’s Other Pub. As a fourth year Purdue Student, I am so sad that I have missed out for this long! Luckily, my job here lets me get a taste of all of the great places that our community has to offer.

My coworker Emily and I took our lunch break there only a couple of weeks ago. And wow, was I impressed! We tried their new pepperoni stick appetizer! It was a delicious calzone-like dish and served with two dipping sauces: cheese and marinara. But our meal didn’t stop there, of course! For our entrees, I tried the French dip sandwich. It was served with waffle fries and a savory au jus sauce! Emily got the meat lover’s flatbread pizza – with a variety of toppings including sausage, pepperoni, salami, ham, applewood bacon and lots of yummy, melted mozzarella cheese on top!

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Delicious Flatbreads!

I don’t think that anyone can have a bad time at Walt’s Other Pub! There’s so many options for everyone. It has a local, community atmosphere and is a staple of the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. You can come with the family, for a business meeting, for an event, and basically any other event that calls for great food! Another bit of good news is that they are opening a second location! West Lafayette will have its own Walt’s Pub on the corner of Yeager and Kalberer. It is set to open this Fall.

Walts.Indoor Logo 2I definitely can’t wait for an excuse to eat there again and check out the new location. This blog post was shared by Purdue student & Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Sam Martin!

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Please Your Senses & Closet at Dawson & Daisy Boutique

IMG_9704If you’re looking for a new and unique addition to your closet, Dawson and Daisy Boutique is just what you need. The boutique is an aesthetically pleasing dream and unlike any other shop in West Lafayette. From the perfect decor, to the open layout, to the wonderful smells, this shop is sure to please your senses and your closet.

Dawson & DaiDawson and Daisy carries a variety of unique clothing, jewelry, beauty products, and home wares. The location is extremely close to campus, so it’s a great spot for that last minute formal dress or birthday gift you may need. The store also offers small succulent plants that are perfect for your dorm or apartment. You are sure to find something unlike anything else inside this boutique.

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Dawson and Daisy is owned by Purdue student Gabby Gary. The boutique began online and quickly grew into something bigger. In May of 2017 Gabby moved her boutique to Wabash Landing right next door to All Fired Up in West Lafayette. This prominent location is perfect for any girls day. Grab a bite to eat at Scotty’s Brewhouse, get creative at All Fired Up, stop in at Dawson and Daisy to treat yourself (or maybe someone else), hit the movie theater, and then Bruno’s for dinner. Dawson and Daisy is a great addition to the perfect mom and daughter day.

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This is the place to be if you want something unique, but close to home. Dawson and Daisy offers a variety of styles of clothing from dresses, sweaters, swim-wear, and much more.

For more information about this shop and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.  Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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“Boiler Up” on a Den Pop and “Hammer Down” on a Hammer Donut

IMG_0361Just when you thought being a Boilermaker couldn’t get any better, it does! We now have a place to get FRESH donuts on campus for a reasonable price! Hammer Donuts is a small, but mighty donut shop inside the famous Discount Den in Chauncey Hill.

As soon as you walk into The Den you will see a beautifully painted mural painted by Lafayette’s own Elaine Nygren. The mural displays colorful donuts and sprinkles with a Purdue hammer hitting the wall. It’s the perfect back drop for a donut shop. It gives Hammer Donuts an artsy and colorful feel.

Hammer Donuts has teamed up with local businesses such as the Neon Cactus. On Thursday nights you can bring in your cactus cup and fill it up with donut holes for only $4.99. The Hammer Donuts Instagram is sure to make you hungry for a fresh hammer donut.

Hammer donuts can also fulfill your catering needs. The bright pink donut boxes are a great addition to your early morning meeting or staff breakfast. Hammer donuts does it all.

Purdue’s campus has had fro-yo options, Chinese food, AJ’s Burgers, Brothers Bar, and everything in-between that a hungry college student needs, except donuts! Now our campus is officially complete and just in time with State street opening and students returning for the semester.

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These donuts aren’t just your average donuts. Owner, Tate Schienbein, a 2017 Purdue Grad, makes the donuts from scratch using his own family recipe. The donuts are freshly made right there inside the Den every morning! The donuts look and more importantly, taste amazing. In addition to the amazing donuts, Hammer Donuts serves coffee from Lafayette’s own Copper Moon. This business is already on its way to being a Purdue tradition.

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The menu includes classic donuts, specialty donuts, and donut holes! My personal favorite is the specialty Lucky Charm covered donut. Hammer Donuts is the perfect compliment for the legendary Discount Den. How exciting is it that we can now “Boiler up” on a den pop and “hammer down” on a hammer donut! As Tate says, “Boiler Raised, Hammer Made!”. Head to 135 S Chauncey Ave Suite 1J in West Lafayette to give these delicious donuts a try for yourself.

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

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Five Free Fall Things to Do in West Lafayette!

Whether its exploring the outdoors, playing a game, or learning some history – there is so much to do in West Lafayette! Take advantage of the cool, beautiful fall season and check some of these free activities out!

1. Play Chess at Founder’s Park

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Enjoy the cool autumn weather outdoors at Founder’s Park on Purdue’s campus! Nestled amongst the classroom buildings of the school is this park comprised of over two acres of walking, biking, and relaxation opportunities! You can visit the Loeb Fountain which recycles up to 2,200 gallons of water per minute! You can also enjoy a game of chess with a friend on the stone chess tables offered there.

2. Armstrong Hall

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Ever wanted to meet Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon? At Neil Armstrong Hall on Purdue’s campus, you have that chance! In front of the building, there is a statue of his likeness, as well as imprints of his shoe prints. Dreamers can come here and imagine themselves becoming an astronaut.

3. Celery Bog

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Feel the crunch of the falling leaves under your feet at the Celery Bog in West Lafayette. Hike the trails or stop at the Lily Nature Center to learn more about the wildlife there! Visiting the bog would be a great way to spend the day with your family or on your own!

4. Black Cultural Center

The Black Cultural Center provides purposeful, holistic, scholarly and co-curricular programming designed to strengthen understanding of African American heritage. Each season they offer a Cultural Arts Series. For example, last fall the BCC featured book signings, painting galleries, even a lecture from famed Purdue faculty member Roxane Gay.
5. West Lafayette Library

The West Lafayette Public Library is a full service public library serving the residents of West Lafayette, Indiana since 1921. Spend a cool autumn day picking from one of the hundreds of fantastic novels offered here! There’s nothing better than a day spent outdoors reading.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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