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Arnis 50th (39)

Celebrating 50 years!

The original Arni’s Restaurant opened at Market Square in 1965. Since then, Arni’s has made a positive impact locally as well as state wide with 18 locations throughout Indiana. Arni Cohen, the original owner and founder of Arni’s, was known to be a very kind and active member of the community up until his passing in 2002. His two sons Brad and Kurt, who now own and run the company, have carried on the family tradition of community involvement and friendly service through the business. I know this first hand from being a customer through childhood and now working at Arni’s myself.

Great customer service!

Great customer service!

I was very fortunate to be given an internship opportunity with Arni’s during my sophomore year at Purdue. Arni’s works closely with Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism Program during career fairs and events such as the Purdue Black Tie Dinner. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work and learn about the industry through a very wide range of responsibilities. Arni’s offers a full bar service, catering, and of course dine in. With the size and popularity of Arni’s, this opportunity offered me more than I could ever imagine through everything from marketing, restaurant operations, and catering skills. Although my semester long internship ended in May of 2017, I have continued working at Arni’s as a hostess.

20140621_195744My favorite part about working at Arni’s is the history within the restaurant itself, the employees, and the customers. There are multiple employees who have been working at the Market Square location for almost as long as Arni’s has been open. These long time employees are a huge part of what makes Arni’s so special, memorable, and nostalgic for many of our customers. There are many regulars who have been loyal customers since the doors first opened in 1965. We see our regular customers weekly and sometimes daily. This type of loyalty is so special and rare, I am so glad to be a part of it. The Arni’s environment is full of nostalgia, from the building, the pictures on the walls, to the servers and pizza makers who make it all happen.

arnis - 3 pizzasI can remember going to Arni’s as a child and I never grew tired of the classic Arni’s pizza. Now as an Arni’s employee, I still love to enjoy an Arni’s pizza or a hot ham and cheese whenever I can. Arni’s is a Lafayette tradition not only for my family, but many families in Lafayette and surrounding areas. When Lafayette natives move away and come back to visit, Arni’s is often their first place to stop upon their arrival. I have encountered many people while working at Arni’s who try to time their travel just right to order a pizza as soon as they get into town or make a stop at Arni’s before they leave the area. Arni’s is a taste of home for so many, including myself.

Arni's Famous Junior Salad

Arni’s Famous Junior Salad

The type of service, history, and taste Arni’s offers cannot be taught, but happens with experience and a genuine sense of community. I know from being a customer and also an employee that Arni’s provides the type of dining experience every customer longs for. You will have a smile on your face from the moment you walk into the doors until the moment you leave after a great meal. Don’t just take my word for it, I’ll Meet you at Arni’s!

Emily, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

Taste of Purdue

Purdue’s campus is not only home to many famous scholars and outstanding athletes, but also home to some of the best food in the state. Now that classes are out for the summer, I felt it was perfect timing for a taste of Purdue day! I decided to take a whole day to enjoy some of Purdue’s most famous eats.

Triple XXX Breakfasts Rock!

Triple XXX Breakfasts Rock!

My first stop was at Triple XXX Family Restaurant on State Street. Triple XXX is not only a Purdue tradition, but a tradition for many throughout the country. Food Network’s Guy Fieri brought his show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” and had a taste of Triple XXX himself. As if that fun fact isn’t impressive enough, MSNBC crowned The Triple XXX Best Diner in the state of Indiana and USA Today added their burger to the 50 Best Burgers List. The burgers aren’t the only thing Triple XXX is known for, Thrillist crowned the Triple XXX root beer as the most iconic soft drink in the state of Indiana. Of course I can’t forget to mention the always incredible Triple XXX breakfast. I decided to try the Drew Bree’s First Choice which included two eggs, choice of chicken fried steak or their signature 100% ground sirloin, fried potatoes or hash browns, 2 buttermilk biscuits & sausage gravy. This was the perfect way to start off my taste of Purdue day. I didn’t leave hungry, that’s for sure. (Please note State Street in front of Triple XXX is under construction, so please check http://statestreetwl.com for traffic and construction updates.)

 

Greyhouse Coffee2015My next stop was right up the road at Greyhouse Coffee. Even after enjoying a hearty breakfast at Triple XXX, I couldn’t fight off my cravings for a hand crafted cinnamon latte. I ordered my latte and found myself a comfy chair to read a book and enjoy my drink. Greyhouse coffee is unbeatable and easily one of the most popular study spots on campus. The environment is unlike any other coffee shop on campus, which always draws me in when I need a nice quiet place to study. The service is great and Greyhouse is always full of friendly faces. I left Greyhouse satisfied and happy.

Bruno's Pizza

Bruno’s Pizza

By dinner time, I was starving and ready for something filling and tasty, so I found my way to Bruno’s! I started out with an order of Bruno Dough with a cup of cheese. Bruno dough is deep fried pizza dough brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with garlic butter. YUM! Although the Bruno Dough was delicious and filling, I still ordered myself a small pepperoni pizza. Bruno’s pizza is unlike any other pizza in the area. It has its own unique look and flavor that everyone is sure to enjoy.

I am an ice cream lover and my taste of Purdue day wouldn’t be complete without it. I made my way across the road to the Silver Dipper. The Silver Dipper is a classic ice cream shop that has been around since 2001. There’s a flavor for everyone, as this shop offers around 40 flavors of ice cream! On this particular visit, I decided to have a waffle cone full of munchie madness ice cream. In case you’re wondering exactly what the munchie madness entails, it is a sweet cake batter ice cream swirled with a salted caramel ripple and brimming with Oreos, M&M pieces and peanut butter cups. All of life’s sweetest treats in one cone, my dream come true!

Enjoying a banana split from Silver Dipper!

Enjoying a banana split from Silver Dipper!

Well, did I make you hungry? All of these spots offer a large variety of food options at reasonable prices. Purdue is a great campus for foodies of any age. Whether you’re planning a summer visit to campus, meeting friends for lunch, or just on a foodie adventure, you are sure to love all of these fantastic tastes of Purdue!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.  For more information about these restaurants and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Hats Off at Harry’s: Congrats Fellow Graduates!

IMG_1001Harry’s Chocolate Shop is known around the world as a historical bar. Opened in 1919 by Harry J. Marack during the Prohibition, it primarily served fountain drinks and lunch items while serving alcohol under law enforcement’s radar. Over the years, Harry’s has become one of the most well-known bars in Indiana – earning the title of one of the best college bars in America – and a campus favorite for Purdue students. It is a tradition for graduates to take a picture with a group behind the bar and with the painted brick wall outside of the bar. Some pose with their sororities and fraternities, others pose with their classmates on their senior bar crawl, but all scenarios involve a close-knit group of friends. Many Purdue traditions are accomplished at Harry’s.

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Bailey enjoying a cocktail at Harry’s!

As a graduating senior, I have fond memories of Harry’s. Before my 21st birthday, friends and family assured me that I absolutely had to ring in my new age at the historical “chocolate shop.” From the friendly staff to the famous, free popcorn every night, Harry’s atmosphere is unlike any other. I’d go as far as to say that one should not receive their diploma without first experiencing Harry’s; it’s one of the best and most unique parts of being a Purdue student. Many generations have “gone ugly early” as their slogan states and many generations after us will continue to experience one of the best parts of Purdue’s campus.

17904147_1516002438411611_1261812209097620214_nThe Chocolate Shop truly epitomizes Purdue. When you walk into Harry’s, you feel comfortable; like you’re in your own living room. I have yet to experience a dull time at Harry’s. In fact, some of my favorite memories from my four years at Purdue involve Harry’s; graduated friends coming back and catching up over a drink, After-School Club, and Breakfast Club with some of my closest friends. So, from me to all my fellow graduates: congratulations on thriving at

Fried Banana Peppers & Grasshopper

Fried Banana Peppers & Grasshopper

Purdue and I wish you good luck in your future endeavors. I hope to see you after the graduation ceremony at Harry’s to say our last goodbye. Ever grateful, ever true. Boiler Up!

Bailey, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog. For more information about Harry’s and other bars and restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Explore Celery Bog This Spring

Celery Bog ChapmanSpring is finally here, and I can honestly say that I’m not looking back! As a student, you learn to appreciate even a slight increase of temperature as you walk from class-to-class nearly every day. The winter has given me a bad case of cabin fever and bitterness towards Mother Nature, but the change of seasons has left me with spring fever, and I now look forward to the adventures this spring will bring!

James Chapman - Celery BogOne of my first stops this spring will be a trip to the beautiful Celery Bog located in West Lafayette. It’s just a hop and skip away from my neighborhood, and I enjoy walking the paths that lead to the park as well as the actual park trails themself. The warmer the weather, the more I find myself more dedicated to go out for physical activity. The Celery Bog is hands-down one of my favorite locations in all of Lafayette-West Lafayette to go on a nice, refreshing run. There are numerous trails to choose from with stunning scenic views. Around every winding corner is a breath of fresh air and nature scenes. Looking for a time of relaxation? The Celery Bog offers tranquil atmospheres to those who need more leisure in their life. Along the trails, you can find frequent benches to take a seat and soak it all in. I even recommend bringing a book on a nice day. Keep your eye out for the cute and welcoming wildlife that resides within the bog’s woodlands such as adorable squirrels, rabbits, birds, and more!

IMG_7400Speaking of animals, the Celery Bog is an excellent park to bring your furry four-legged friends! Although it sounds funny to most, I often take my precious cat, Simba, for walks throughout the trails. I am not ashamed to admit that I am one of those “crazy cat ladies!” Ever since Simba was a kitten, I’ve taken him outside so he doesn’t learn to fear the outdoors. With a name such as “Simba,” he must live up to his exotic title after all (or so I tell myself)! I often see many other pet owners walking their dogs throughout the beautiful landscape, but I have yet to see another cat. I encourage all animal owners to bring their furry companions for an energizing day outdoors this spring!

SONY DSCThe Celery Bog is also a great place to bring the whole family! Bring a blanket for a lovely picnic in the open landscape featured by the parking lot or throw a football or Frisbee for a fun game that gets you out and moving! The Celery Bog also hosts a variety of events and workshops in their Lilly Nature Center to educate those of all ages about nature-like topics such as birds, bugs, geology, nature photography, and so much more!  Keep your eye on our online calendar of events for upcoming workshops and educational opportunities held at Lilly Nature Center.

IMG_7402The winter is finally behind us, and we get to look forward to brighter days. Break out of the cabin fever mentality and look for ways to spend your free time outdoors. It seems like it has been far too long since I’ve been able to enjoy the weather. I hope to see many of you at the Celery Bog! Cat lovers: start bringing your cats! Simba needs to make some friends. Enjoy the weather everyone!

For more information about this park and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Kaley, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Graduate, shared this blog.

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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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Cheer on Caleb Swanigan & Purdue Basketball

12237994_926022667478648_1928365583054578087_oCaleb Swanigan was born on April 18th, 1997, and from there had a rough road ahead of him before becoming a Boilermaker. He is a sibling to 5 other kids and is the son of a father who was a crack cocaine addict and a mother who didn’t have a steady job and was living on food stamps and welfare checks. He told his older brother he wanted to become a basketball player and his life completely changed.

As a 6’2”, 360-pound 8th grader, he was adopted by a man named Roosevelt Barnes. Barnes was a college football player for Purdue and later became a linebacker for the Detroit Lions in the NFL. After retiring, he became a very well-known and successful sports agent. When Barnes heard about Swanigan’s situation, he immediately took Swanigan in and officially adopted him.

Barnes and Swanigan worked every day to get Swanigan into the shape he needed to be in to live out his dream of being a basketball player. Between the workouts, diets, and schooling, Swanigan got to where he wanted to be, on the court for the Purdue Men’s Basketball Team as a Boilermaker.

Swanigan is beginning his sophomore year as a Boilermaker, but during his freshman year he had a personal record breaking season. Going into his freshman year he was already ranked 9th in ESPN’s Top 100 for the class of 2015 and was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, an award that hasn’t been given to a Boilermaker since Glenn Robinson in 1991. Those were only two of the many awards and titles he had when starting his first season with Purdue. He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team as well as a mid-season finalist for the Wayman Tisdale Award (nation’s top freshman) and early-season candidate for the Karl Malone Award (nation’s top power forward). He now has a school record after being named Big Ten Freshman of the week three times last season. Swanigan averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, setting Purdue freshman records for 282 rebounds and 8 double-doubles.

After a record breaking first season, it will be exciting to see the great things Swanigan will do in the next three years at Purdue and also after he graduates. Keep it up Caleb! All the Boilermakers out there are rooting for you!

For more information about Purdue Sports and the Lafayette-West Lafayette area visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog was shared by Amanda, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

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Fall Fun on Purdue Campus

purdue-band-1Fall is my favorite season at Purdue. The leaves are starting to change colors and anywhere you walk you can see gorgeous hues of red, orange, and yellow dotting the trees. Once these leaves fall to the ground, I particularly enjoy the crunch sound that they make beneath my feet. If it wouldn’t look so odd, I would probably jump in piles of leaves if I could! I can also finally break out my ankle boots, sweaters, and scarves that I have way too many of. Even though in Indiana sometimes we seem to skip straight from summer to winter, the three or four weeks that we get of fall are by far what I love most about Indiana weather. The temperature is just right.

purdue-band-4The fall season offers a lot of fun activities on campus. By the time fall hits, the semester is well underway and many Boilermakers are experiencing their first round of exams. Campus is busy with Boilermaker football games such as Family Weekend and Homecoming festivities. The marching band practices every afternoon until 5pm speading their tunes around campus. The Farmers’ Market sets up right on Memorial Mall every Thursday, bringing wonderful smells to campus. Breakfast Club is on Saturday mornings and so much more!

belltoweratsunset-arihoodMy favorite activities to watch out for on campus to help relieve stress are all the PSUB events, free with a student ID. If you search PSUB events online there are a ton that pop up. Flicks at Fowler happen on Fridays and Saturdays in Fowler Hall in the Stewart Center. Newly released movies that haven’t come out yet on DVD are shown. Free concerts also take place on Slayter Hill or Elliott if the weather doesn’t cooperate. One of the last free concerts featured MISTERWIVES. I also really enjoy the free activities that the Purdue Student Union Board organizes. If you search PSUB events online there are a ton that pop up. The one event that is happening next month that I am super excited for is the Mystery Dinner Theater on November 18. You can expect me to be there with my friends that night.

campus-baskets-walk-2014So these are the reasons why fall is my favorite on campus. There are plenty of other activities throughout the academic year, but there’s just something about this time of the year that I will always be fond of. From activities on campus mentioned above to pumpkin and apple picking and going on hayrides off campus like at Exploration Acres, there is always fall fun to be had!

Jordan, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern shares this blog.

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Explore John Purdue Room, HTM Classroom

Special Dinner - Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

Special Dinner – Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

IMG_7671We all know most of the restaurants on Purdue’s campus, but one may come as a surprise to many. Marriott Hall may seem like just a normal classroom-style building, but it houses the Hospitality and Tourism Management students. Their classrooms are not just desks and whiteboards!

The John Purdue Room, a full-service, student run restaurant is housed in Marriott Hall. During an HTM student’s education they are required to take two different restaurant labs during their time at Purdue. They are put into roles that stretch their learning of the restaurant business; from mangers to servers to cooks to dishwashers.

The day-time lab runs from 8:30am-2:50pm. This time frame preps for lunch, serves lunch and cleans up before the next shift begins. During these seven hours’ students rotate from front of house servers, managers, and cooks.

Lunch is served from 11:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, so this makes the perfect place to bring a guest to show off all the fine things Purdue has to offer. Here they can get a light salad, sandwich, or a more filling entrée. Make sure to try the John Purdue Plate since it is always changing and you get to try different items every time you go back.

The night time lab runs from 3:00-9:50pm. During this lab, students are given more responsibility since they know the basics of the restaurant and how it should be run. Every week a front of house and back of house manager are picked to run the “staff.” They also are in charge of designing and preparing a three-course special that is served throughout the week.

Dinner is served from 5:00-7:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday, but make sure to call in advance because seating is limited. The menu consists of some heartier meals like slow braised beef short ribs and crispy fried buttermilk chicken. Each menu item is also paired with a wine for your convenience. Make sure to try starting off with the creamy potato soup, then getting the Maple Leaf Farms house made duck pasta for your entrée and then finishing with one of their amazing daily desserts!

Check out their Facebook to see their many events that they hold as well for an extra special date night!

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

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Hello —- > Ni Hao. (Chinese Greeting from Taylor!)

Purdue. Opportunities. Successes. Love.

Taylor, past Visit Lafayette- West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue Graduate, experienced the whole Purdue college package. Starting her Freshman year, she rushed Pi Beta Phi, declared her hospitality and tourism management major, welcomed the college world that offered opportunities of a lifetime, and blessed Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette as an outstanding worker. Her Senior year, Taylor had the chance to work abroad in CHINA! With her smarts, generous personality, and love of adventure, she spent 7 months as a Management Trainee in a 5 star hotel, V-Continent Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel, located in Beijing, China (situated closest to the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium.) Below, Taylor shares her experience through amazing photos!

China welcomed me with a GINORMOUS burger!

China welcomed me with a GINORMOUS burger!

Showing some love with my staff! Fun can be had across the world!

Showing some love with my staff! Fun can be had across the world!

Lovely view of the V-Continent, where I learned, lived and worked!

Lovely view of the V-Continent, where I learned, lived and worked!

 

Adventures abound with trips to Thailand!

Adventures abound with trips to Thailand!

Celebrating my last day...tears yet excitement to see my family, friends and dogs back home in the states!

Celebrating my last day…tears yet excitement to see my family, friends and dogs back home in the states!

Oh China! I love you! Enjoying a boat ride on the Red Sea!

Oh China! I love you and will miss you! (Enjoying a boat ride on the Red Sea!)

Taylor shares, “I never would have imagined a small town Indiana girl like myself ever having the opportunity to not only travel abroad, but actually live and work there for 7 months. Purdue has allowed me to experience and learn things that I never could have in a classroom. My job at Visit Lafayette – West Lafayette has also prepared me in ways I never expected. These 4 years I have learned, laughed, and loved. Travels and diversity at home and abroad have opened my eyes to our amazing world! I am heading off to Austin, Texas, and so excited for what the future brings!”

We want to wish Taylor every success!  Taylor’s experiences will lead her to share how wonderful Purdue and the Lafayette – West Lafayette community is to all her future friends in Texas!

It’s Spring Break! Visit All Fired Up

IMG_3552It’s Spring Break time! This sounds awesome until you realize that you’re stuck at home with the kids all week with nothing to do. Well, don’t worry! I have the perfect activity for your family to do that is right here in West Lafayette. Ever heard of the create-your-own pottery studio called All Fired Up? All Fired Up is located near Purdue’s campus in Wabash Landing. I’ve been to All Fired Up multiple times and can testify that it is just as fun if it is your first experience there, or if it’s your tenth time going. The great thing about this activity is that it gives your kids the chance to be creative.

IMG_3555At All Fired Up, they make the experience really simple so that even little kids are able to create their own masterpieces. When you first walk in, you are greeted and the process is explained to you. You then pick out the pre-made pottery piece that you want to paint. The great thing about All Fired Up is that they have so many options of pottery pieces to choose from. You have the opportunity to chose from mugs, bowls, plates, and so much more. Also, if you go around the holidays, they have special pieces that go along with said holiday. For example, I went on Valentine’s Day last year and a lot of their pieces incorporated hearts. After you find the perfect piece, grab a table! You are then ready to pick out your paint colors and begin personalizing your pottery piece. They have so many beautiful colors to pick from! Even if your entire party chooses the same piece of pottery to create, it is still easy to personalize all of the pieces. Once you are done painting your piece, you turn it in to the staff and they will get it ready to fire in the kiln. It takes around a week to two weeks for them to finalize your piece before you can pick it up.

IMG_3554On the other hand, if you’re looking for an escape from the kids for the night, All Fired Up offers the perfect setting for a Girls Night Out! On the first Tuesday of every month, they host a Wine and Canvas Party night. This is the perfect way to relax and unwind if you are into crafting. They have an excellent instructor who demonstrates how to do the painting for the evening. So don’t worry if you are not Picasso! There is plenty of help during the night to give you instructions so your painting can look like it should. There have been a variety of paintings included in these wine and canvas nights. Sometimes they paint beautiful flowers, fall landscapes, or even replicate famous paintings. They are always open to suggestions! So if you think of a good topic to paint, you should share it with the staff and it may be featured in an upcoming wine and canvas night.

All Fried Up also offers private parties. Whether it is for kids, adults, or both, it is destined to be a great time! The staff is really good with people of all ages. They love helping people create the masterpiece that they see in their mind. Some of the paintings that have been done before for kids’ parties are Christmas trees, horses, owls, zebras, and frogs. This is a great idea for birthday parties too!

If you have never been to All Fired Up, I highly recommend stopping by and checking it out! It is the perfect activity for Spring Break, a birthday party, or even a Girls Night Out!

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