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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Weekend Update: Thanksgiving Market & “We Love the 80’s”

WL Thanksgiving MarketLafayette-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.

Thanksgiving is a week away! Visit the Thanksgiving Downtown Lafayette Market on Saturday, November 18, to stock up everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast! From 8am to noon, you can shop for bake goods, hostess presents, and seasonal vegetables. Get out and enjoy the cool air of fall and have fun envisioning your Thanksgiving feast!

In the evening, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra presents “We Love the 80’s” at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. When they say “we love the 80’s”, they mean they love ALL the 80’s. With the greatest hits from the biggest artists of the 1680’s, 1780’s, 1880’s, & 1980’s, this night will be, like, totally rad. Featuring music by Pachelbel, Mozart, Haydn, Grieg, Sousa, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and more!

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 3.23.02 PMFor more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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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Love in the Air – Wedding Planning Season

61557_609022013313_3163767_nLove is in the air! Did you know 33 percent of all proposals happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? (Wedding Wire) Are you one of those happy engaged couples, wondering what you do next? Here are five tips to get you started.

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  1. Attend Bridal Expos. At the bridal expos, you can visit with photographers, videographers, hoteliers, venues, tux and dress shops, bakers, caterers, and more. It’s a great resource to get you started and many have some great decorating ideas on display. The grooms enjoy going because there always seems to be samples, especially cake. Midwest Rentals puts on the “Bridal Affair” every January. 2018’s dates will be January 13th and 14th at Four Points by Sheraton in West Lafayette. Also, there is “The Classic Elegance Bridal Expo” every February at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.
  2. Didn’t find what you need at the Bridal Expo? Be sure to check out http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meeting-space.html for a complete listing of area venues, caterers, photographers, florists, and other service professionals you might need. It’s a wonderful resource. Contact Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, if you need help sorting through the options.
  3. Purdue University Banquet

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    Narrow down your long list of suppliers to your top 3 to 5 (or maybe less) in each category. Now set up appointments with those top selections to see the venues, sample food, chat with the managers or owners, etc. Then make your decisions based on what you liked the best.

  4. Find the perfect outfits, make appointments for alterations, haircuts, manicures, pedicures and if you’d like an up-do, any practice runs you may need. Don’t forget the appointments for the day of hairstyling. You want to look good for your special day.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
  5. Have out of town guests and need to find hotels? Contact Ashley! She can send out a request to all the hotels you are interested in all at once, gather rates and availability for blocks of rooms and provide contact information for you. She can also have welcome bags with local brochures delivered to the hotel you choose or available for pick up to provide to your out of town guests upon check in.

Follow these tips and you are sure to have a wonderful, memorable day. Remember don’t sweat the small stuff. Just have fun on your special day!

Enjoy a happy life!

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Arts and Entertainment Purdue Weekend Update

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.

Naugthon_Piano_13This Saturday, November 10, head to Purdue Loeb Playhouse for a wonderful musical performance by Christina and Michelle Naughton. They are an award-winning piano duo who have been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “paired to perfection.” Pianists since age 4 and performers of individual renown before they paired up at age 18, the identical twin Naughtons, now graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, are blazing their paths together.

Arts and entertainment abound at Purdue! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Purdue Department of Theatre presents: The Sins of Sor Juana at Pao Hall. Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz, one of the first published poets of the Americas, was born in Mexico in 1648, a poor and illegitimate child. She became renowned for her intelligence and ambition when, at the age of 12, she tried sneaking into the University of Mexico by dressing as a man. The viceregal court of New Spain heard about this phenomenal girl and invited her to join the court, where she developed an extremely close relationship with the vicereine. By all records Juana was a very attractive, complex, witty and difficult young woman. She wrote and read voraciously. Her circumstances and intelligence provoked admiration and envy. However, when she was 17, she suddenly and inexplicably left the viceregal court to join a convent. There are theories about failed love, fear of marriage and her sexual identity. In the convent, her focus was not God, but writing—and her work and poetry expressed a feminism centuries ahead of her time. For years while the church struggled to silence her she resisted and continued writing until, one day, she wrote a declaration in her own blood, vowing never to write again. She remained true to her word and died soon after. This play is a researched fantasy that explores the two turning points in this woman’s life.

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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Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017 Details

2017 Holiday Shopping Contest FB Cover2017 has been a fabulous year! To celebrate we are hosting our annual Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest. Enter today to win great prizes from all of these Lafayette-West Lafayette restaurants, shops, attractions and an overnight stay.

Details about all the local places that donated:

  • Homewood Suites by HIlton – Lafayette has undergone a complete renovation including a sophisticated new lodge/lobby area, front desk and business center. Guest room renovations include new TVs, kitchenette appliances and case goods along with new carpet and wall coverings.
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Bring the family out for an afternoon of skating fun at Riverside Skating Center!
  • The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra offers visitors a glimpse into magical evenings of music and entertainment. Enjoy listening to the beautiful tunes of uplifting music in a performance you will never forget.
  • A warm gallery creating one-of-a-kind beautiful jewelry.  From fun to whimsical, functional to fashionable, Linda from LE Originals is creating art with love and imagination.
  • Having trouble creating your space? Let Design Nook guide you through their design process to create a beautiful new space.
  • Think of Artists’ Own as a “headquarters” for artists working in Lafayette. It’s a well-known gallery where local artists can showcase some of his or her favorite pieces for anyone to purchase.
  • Enjoy a little recreation and competition at Monster Mini Golf, an indoor glow in the dark monster themed 18 hole mini golf course and arcade.
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” Have you heard this saying before? It is something that can be heard at least once a week at Social Media Specialist, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salads, garlic bread and more!
  • Bruno’s not only has delicious pizza, but order their fried shrimp and/or catfish entrees and you will leave completely satisfied. In addition, their Swiss menu and decor will make your dinner very memorable.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Give your taste buds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • East End Grill: One of Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Decadent frozen custard served in a very retro/old timey diner feel with vintage art that decorates the interior walls and bright, neon lights outside proclaiming its name. This is the Igloo Frozen Custard!
  • Nine Irish Brothers serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting! Every dish at Nine Irish has a unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspiration.
  • Light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails. Where? Town & Gown Bistro

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com.   Good luck!

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Made in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Attention all art lovers! You may be surprised to know how many talented artists are located right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette. I explored our area to see what great finds are being crafted by our local artists. From jewelry to paintings, check out below five of the coolest things made here:

 

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Beads, vases, jewelry, and other art pieces – Inspired Fire’s master artistry is primarily done by owner and operator, Sharon Owens! Not only can you purchase these items, you can also learn to make some yourself. Inspired Fire offers group and individual courses that teach you how to make glass creations yourself! This studio is such a unique experience you really can’t miss out on!

Photo Beads at LE Originals

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LE Originals is located right downtown Lafayette on Main Street! Filled with handmade pieces of jewelry and art, LE Originals is a must-see for Lafayette creations! Amongst all of the lovely necklaces, bracelets (and more!) is the patented Wearable Art Jewelry! Create a piece of jewelry accented with a bead that bears a photo of your choosing. This is something you LITERALLY can’t get anywhere else!

 Scott Frankenberger Porcelain

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Scott Frankenberger has been part of the Lafayette-West Lafayette artist community since 1974. He makes his gorgeous (and functional!) pottery pieces in his studio, Crossroad Pottery Studio. Dinnerware, teapots, platters, bowls… Scott creates one-of-a-kind items that are sure to amaze your guests and make them ask “Where in the world did you get that?!” – And you can proudly say right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Dennis Wischmeier Paintings

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“Blue Lake Shore” depicts the views of Lake Michigan located just hours from Lafayette. This beautiful landscape painting is hung in the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette! It was painted by local artist, Dennis Wischmeier. This gallery room in the museum is home to several of his wonderful landscapes! It is a striking showcase of the four seasons, each one a beautiful perspective of our state!

Artists like Cherry Delaney at Artists’ Own

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Artists’ Own showcases stunning works from artists both local and not! There is always an interesting and engaging new exhibit to visit there. Cherry Delaney is just one of so many local artists which house their art in Artists’ Own. She shows and sells handmade jewelry there! In fact, Cherry has been creating these pieces for over 20 years! This talented artist uses the Japanese-style Kumihimo braiding, and clay, to craft these unique items!

So, art lovers… What are you waiting for?

This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin!

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Weekend Update: Holiday Farmhouse Feast & Lafayette Master Chorale Performance

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, November 4, partake of a lunch of great food and laughter at the Holiday Farmhouse Feast at The Farm at Prophetstown! Enjoy a homemade meal in the 1920’s Gibson Farmhouse, featuring fresh ingredients from The Farm. This will mark the last farm-to-table dinner of the season!  The meal will be buffet/family style and include ham, fried chicken, traditional sides and dessert. Socialize and make new friends, visit the farm animals and feed the chickens! It will be an afternoon of merriment and fun!

Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Dinner

The evening of November 4, the Lafayette Master Chorale begins the season with the elegant Requiem of Gabriel Faure. With its soaring melodies and dramatic harmonies, this piece remembers those who have gone before. Combined with Arvo Part’s Da Pacem Domine, Faure’s luscious Cantique de Jean Racine and Peter Lutkin’s beloved The Lord Bless You and Keep You, the gentle but powerful music is sure to leave you with a feeling of serenity.

Lafayette Master Chorale

Lafayette Master Chorale

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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