Easter Weekend Update 2018

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 weekend is an extra special holiday weekend. Easter is this Sunday, April 1st. And don’t worry, none of these exciting activities are April Fool’s jokes!

Running from March 29th to the 31st is the Passion Play. It is presented by Faith Church, performed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy this musical that celebrates the Easter holiday. Call for free tickets or make online reservations on their websiteJoin the crowds for the annual presentation of The Lafayette Passion Play! With soaring live music and a company of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly celebration of the life of Jesus. You can catch the play on the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, March 30 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 pm

Secondly, on Saturday, March 31st, you can check out the Easter Eggstravaganza — a free, family-friendly holiday event. Celebrate with free games and activities for the entire family! Face painting, temporary tattoos, bounce houses, and more! Opening up the event is the amazing Skydiving Easter Bunny landing on site a the River City Church! He is bringing over 60,000 eggs to the Easter Egg Hunts! There will be multiple age-appropriate Egg Hunts at separate times: Ages 3-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 years, 10-12 years. There is a separate toddler egg hunt, which runs from 9am to 12pm continuously. Additionally, there will be a special hunt for children with special needs, which runs from 9am-12pm continuously. For more information and tickets, please visit their website here.

 

If you’re looking to eat out with your friends and family, there are some great Easter Specials happening in the area. The Four Points has an Easter Sunday Buffet from 11am to 2pm, with no reservations required. Call 765-463-5511 for details. The Courtyard by Marriott has an Easter Celebration on Sunday with two seating times — 10:30amand 1:30pm. Enjoy a delicious Easter brunch buffet with the whole family. Call to reserve your spot: 765-400-6840. (These are just two of the great restaurants you can visit for brunch!)

Celebrate with all of these unique things to do this weekend and more

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

Guacamole Flavor Explosion at Senor Tacos

Senor Tacos Combination Platter

Senor Tacos Combination Platter

Guacamole, salsa, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, and tostadas! Yum! Oh, I’m getting hungry! Time to go to Senor Tacos! Where you can get all this and more!

Walking in the restaurant, you will notice the colorful, engraved tables and chairs which are fun to look at while waiting for your food to come. Of course, you are welcomed by a friendly server who brings you chips and salsa right away. We aren’t big salsa people so we tried their guacamole. Oh, it was so good! Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of chunks. Yum! I could just eat a whole bowl of guacamole and be happy!

Senor Tacos GuacamoleFor my meal, I ordered a sampler that came with an enchilada, tostada and a taco. I loved the taco as it comes on a corn tortilla instead of a flour tortilla like most places. Be sure to ask for extra toppings though as it only comes with the meat, onions and cilantro otherwise. I don’t know about you, but I prefer mine with some lettuce and cheese. Still loved it though! They are quite small so easy to try a few different types if you like as well. The tostada was amazing too! It was loaded with toppings yet the tortilla was still crunchy on the bottom. Perfect combination of textures and flavors. The enchilada was good but I preferred the other items. Maybe I was craving the crunch that day. Plus, I was getting incredibly full by the time I got to that part of my meal.

I can’t wait to go back and try some more items! Just must remember not to eat all day when I go and maybe wear my stretchy pants!

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

Local Eats at Parkway Pizza

1a70120d55329444fcfec7348c4906a53074171f97623f4579fc10b114e598ddDo you ever crave delicious pizza, but don’t want to go with a chain restaurant? Parkway pizza is a local pizza delivery, carry out, and dine in restaurant in Lafayette. Located at 405 Sagamore Pkwy S Ste B-1, this pizza joint is at the center of your busy life.

The menu includes much more than just pizza. Sandwiches, gyros, calzones, and a whole variety of items are included in the menu. The full menu is sure to have something you will enjoy. After considering many different options I decided to go with a mouthwatering calzone filled with pepperoni and cheese. I was very happy with my decision.

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Corey had a meat lover’s calzone and Ashley had a deluxe pizza. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We decided to end our meal with fresh baklava. It was my first time having baklava and Parkway Pizza baklava exceeded my expectations! The baklava was very fresh and warm. It was a great treat to end our meal.

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After eating at Parkway Pizza, Ashley said “The hand tossed pizza crust is light and fluffy and the pizza is loaded with toppings. Best pizza I’ve had in a while. The baklava has generous portions and is perfectly sweet and flaky! My new favorite pizza place!”.

Head over to Parkway Pizza to get a taste of some of Lafayette’s best Pizza and Subs!

Weekend Update: Wine & Cheese and Wolf Park Easter Egg Hunt!

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.

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Wildcat Creek Winery offers the latest in their “Perfectly Paired” series – this time, Perfectly Paired: Wine & Cheese! This classic combination is sure to wow the tastebuds. This Friday,

March 23rd, grab your tickets to this private event — offering a tasting of 5 wines, paired with a wide variety of local cheeses, including Fair Oaks Farms and Heritage Ridge Creamery. If you’re over 21, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this. For more information about how to tickets, pricing, and other questions, please visit their website! Tickets must be purchased in advance (either in person or overthe phone).

 

Easter comes early to Wolf Park! This Saturday, help the wolves and other animals of Wolf Park celebrate the holiday with their very own Easter Egg Hunt! Special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! Starting at 2pm, help the Easter Bunny to hide special treats for the wolves (marshmallow peeps, eggs, sausage, cheese and more). Following this at 2:30pm is a guided tour of the entire park. Explore and learn all about the animals and programs that the park has to offer. Finally, at 3:30pm, kids ages zero to 15 will have their very own egg and candy hunt! Learn more about the event and about Wolf Park itself here.


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

Savor Food and Spring at Town & Gown Bistro

If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your new spot! Town & Gown offers a small, intimate dining experience that everyone loves.

Enjoying Town and Gown

Enjoying Town and Gown

With spring weather approaching, we all want to take in the warm weather in the best way possible. At Town & Gown, you can enjoy the spring weather with their beautiful outdoor seating area. The flowers and shade trees make it a perfect area for any time of the day.

Town & Gown is conveniently located on North River Road, extremely close to Purdue’s campus. If you’re looking for a place to take mom and dad out for breakfast when they visit their favorite Boilermaker, this is the perfect place. You’ll certainly be their favorite after you treat them to a delicious, hearty breakfast at this restaurant.

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

I recommend their french toast which is sweet yet savory, perfectly cut and cooked bacon, and light, fluffy eggs. My co-worker has shared they have amazing biscuits and gravy. The biscuit has a hint of cheese in it and the gravy is rich rich and creamy.  Her 4 year old daughter loves pancakes and rates their pancakes a 10 out of 10. Town & Gown’s pancakes are HUGE and definitely share worthy!

Town & Gown is kid friendly and is also perfect for a date with your significant other. This is the place to go if you’re just wanting a nice cup of coffee and a place to relax. This establishment fits any mood you may be in.

Town and Gown is Kid Friendly!

Town & Gown is Kid Friendly!

Your needs are sure to be met upon arrival. Whether you just want a light lunch or come in with an empty stomach, you will leave satisfied. Town & Gown offers a full menu with enough items to please everyone. They even have vegan options! Choose from a variety of specialty wines, beer, and cocktails! And don’t forget about dessert!

Beautiful outside patio seating area

Beautiful outside patio seating area

If your a searching for a cute and cozy spot for a girls day, date night, or a quick lunch or breakfast Town & Gown will not disappoint!

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

Golf Stay and Play: Lafayette-West Lafayette

When you combine spectacular courses, Stay & Play Packages and a golf trail to “Dye” for, you have a perfect formula for a great golf getaway! Check out this video showcasing Lafayette-West Lafayette’s 6 spectacular courses.  Enjoy!

Weekend Update: Winter Workshops & “Little Women”

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.

With the weather slowly warming up, you might be looking for to do something more “outdoorsy” this weekend. Prophetstown State Park offers their Winter Workshop Series on this Sunday, March 18! For 1.5-2 hours, starting at 1PM, you can create your own walking stick. They’ll show you different methods of design for all ages! Walking sticks are wonderful tools for hiking and long walks – not to mention, they can be beautiful works of art, too!  All Prophetstown workshops will be held in the Visitor Center. In the event of poor weather conditions, the workshop may be cancelled; it will not be rescheduled. To ensure there are plenty of supplies for everyone, registration is required by the Wednesday before the workshop. To register or find out more about these great activities, call (765) 567-4919 or amanuel@dnr.in.gov.

 

Looking to enjoy some theatre? The weekend at t the Long Center for the Performing Arts, The Christus Homines Drama Troupe brings their production of “Little Women”! The stage adaption of IMG_4510Louisa May Alcott’s classic story celebrates the strength of family and the joy of caring for others. Performances will be Friday, March 16th, at 7 pm, and Saturday, March 17th, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children 3-12. Free for ages 0-2. We are also offering online ticketsales via Brown Paper Tickets.

 

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

Dining Divas Swirl & Taste at Cellar 422

Cellar 422 Cheese and Meat Platter

Cellar 422 Cheese and Meat Platter

When Cellar 422 Wine Bar opened in September 2015 the owners/sisters, Michelle Wise & Marla Milner, wanted to offer something they felt was lacking in downtown Lafayette; a comfortable place to meet, enjoy a good glass of wine, and purchase a bottle to take home. Since then the menu has matured to include local and craft beers, appetizers and entrees, seasonal specials, and international cuisine.

For Michelle and Marla, the business is a real family effort. Ethan Wise, Michelle’s son, is the Cellar’s chef, trained in Santa Barbara at City College Culinary Program. The eclectic vintage décor and natural wood wine bar were influenced by Michelle and Marla’s parents and give the restaurant a familiar cozy feel.

Cellar 422 Diving Divas Group 2Best for small groups; the Wine Bar can seat 30, while the patio accommodates another 10 during warmer months. We chose to sit on the patio during our October visit. The exterior arched brick doorway and overhead string lights give an added charm to the space.

Our server, Colton, started us out with a large appetizer board that easily served our group of seven (Divas plus husbands Dan, Dick and Jeff). We combined the large cheese board with four cheeses, apple slices & green grapes, crackers and fig jam: $20, with the charcuterie board adding three meats and olives: $10.

  • Cheeses:

White cheddar, not too sharp; Gorgonzola camazole from Germany, with a smooth creamy blue cheese flavor; Gruyere from Wisconsin; and Butterkase from Germany, Bev’s favorite – smooth, highly pleasant cheese, soft, creamy and delish.

  • Meats:

Delaware fireball, definitely has a peppery kick said Jeff; Gin and juice (lamb persimmon orange), delightful taste, you can definitely pick up the orange; Sopressatta, a great basic next to the other two stronger flavored options.

DIning Diving Gigondas WineAfter taking Dan’s beer order, Colton lead us through an extensive wine menu offered both by the glass and bottle. It felt like a travel show with red and white wines from all over the world.

The four red wine members of our group selected one of Colton’s favorites: Fernandez Gomez (Crianza) 2013 from Rioja, Spain with red fruit, baking spices, soft tannin, balanced acidity and not overly dry. A very drinkable choice and good for a new red wine drinker. It was a great value at $20/bottle.

Our second shared bottle of red was The Ned, a New Zealand, Southern Valley, pinot noir, 2014. Bev reminisced about Eddard Stark (Ned) from Game of Thrones so she was biased to like it but it really was a good bottle of wine. Colton pointed out its flavors of “ripe cherries, and a reasonable amount of backgrounds of earth like a forest floor, kind of mushroomy and quite smooth.” Another good value at $28/bottle.

The white wine drinkers selected a South African Sauvignon Blanc- Rustenberg, “It’s a perfect drink for a warm night on the patio,” said Kay at $8/glass. Dick had the California Greystone Cellars Chardonnay at $7/glass. It was an incredible value for the experience, fairly dry and a generous pour!

With our appetizer plate emptied, we selected one last bottle of red wine to enjoy with our dinner order. Colton suggested one of their best, Gigondas, a French Rhone Valley blend, very potent, dry, with concentrated flavors at $42/bottle. This wine is slightly sweeter. “It’s a subtle, smooth and satisfying sip,” says Jeff. “I don’t like the French, but this is good,” added Brit Dick.

Salad, shrimp and tomatoes

Blackened Shrimp Salad

For dinner, Bev chose the blackened shrimp salad made up of arugula, roasted sweet corn, cherry tomato, bacon, shallots and sage dressing (gluten free) for $12. “I love the dressing– it’s inventive and refreshing,” she said.

Jo ordered the salsa verde swordfish with tomatillo salsa and sweet corn sofrito, roasted Anaheim chilies, poblano cream and toasted pumpkin seeds for $21. “It’s a beautiful presentation with the fish perfectly done,” Jo said, “and the pepper and pumpkin seeds and sauce are perfect for this dish.”

Salsa verde swordfish

Salsa verde swordfish

Dick ordered up the spicy shrimp mac & cheese which featured blackened seasoned shrimp, cavatappi, white cheddar Moran sauce, with panko crust for $12. “I don’t usually like mac and cheese but I love theirs. It’s spicy and fun to eat,” Dick said. “I’m not really keen on blackened things but it’s well done with tons of shrimp.”

Mac N Cheese

Mac N Cheese

Kay ordered the smoked salmon plate served with sliced cucumbers & cherry tomatoes, capers, garlic hummus, dill goat cheese and artisan crackers for $14. This is part of the appetizer menu but works well as an entree. The salmon is mild and tender and delicious. There are two spreads– a garlic hummus and dill goat cheese– both are good.  “That’s a hunka hunka salmon,” said Jeff.

Risotto

Pesto Orzo & Meatballs

Jeff opted for the pesto orzo & meatballs with artichoke hearts, parmesan, pine nuts and arugula for $18. “Anyone can make a meatball but these are a cut above,” said Jeff. With a crisp exterior and moist inside, Jeff was pleased by its hearty flavor. “The dish is balanced beautifully by the pesto orzo, and tender artichoke heart, with a nice crunch from the pine nuts. It’s delightful.”

Dan decided on the ginger pork gyoza featuring ginger marinated pork wonton dumplings, steamed napa cabbage and ponzu for $8. “Very tasty,” Dan said between bites. “The light noodles with the ginger sauce makes for a nice flavor. It’s excellent.”

Margy opted for the risotto alla mulligatawny including Granny Smith apples, curried, red lentils, parmesan and toasted almonds for $14. “Incredible,” Margy reports, “There is a little sweetness because of the apples but it’s also savory. The chef was not timid with the spice.” A new favorite for Margy!

“Did anyone leave room for dessert?” Colton smiled. We soon learned all the desserts are house made and include a truffle board, cheesecake of the day, and crème brulee. In the end we shared a slice of dark chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for $6. “Wonderfully creamy” said Jo. “The dark chocolate and peanut butter mix is just awesome on a very thin crust. It’s not overly sweet.  It’s fabulous.”

Dessert!

Dessert!

Altogether, it was a delightful experience. Everything was very well prepared and presented. The food prices were reasonable and in line with other restaurants in town. Our final impression? Wonderful, but next time, dessert first!

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

Be Reclaimed at Sacred Grounds


Located two miles from Purdue campus, and just a short drive from downtown Lafayette is a hidden treasure known as Sacred Grounds [Reclaimed].  It’s a quiet and cozy coffee shop that is the perfect environment to spend time on homework, catch up with friends, and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

drink3Sacred Grounds is not your typical coffee shop; it is a non-profit coffee shop with a purpose. By partnering with Harvest Bible Chapel, Sacred Grounds has created a space that promotes community, builds ministry, and encourages relationships. With more plans for re-purposing space upstairs into a Reclaimed House for Women, this coffee house and café truly cares for the community and those who live in it.

One of the central themes surrounding Sacred Grounds is the “reclaimed” aspect. Everything in the shop has been reclaimed from somewhere else, and this gives a homey and natural feel. The furniture is vintage and distressed, and the lights are antique. Exposed brick reveals the history of the building, and all of the décor combined sincerely showcases a welcoming and vintage coffee house that is open to all. Feeling welcome is a common aspect of spending and enjoying time at Sacred Grounds.

ReclaimedWith a student discount, a stage for live music, and a heart for the community, Sacred Grounds is an excellent choice for anybody looking to drink hot, fresh coffee, enjoy a tasty lunch, and spend quality time with friends and family. It genuinely is a one-of-a-kind coffee house.

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

Weekend Update: Easter Comes Early & Live Music

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.

Getting excited for the Easter? Even though it’s not until April 1st, the Easter Bunny is coming to town starting this weekend. Hop on down to the Tippecanoe Mall and welcome the Easter Bunny Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Facebook 2131-fb-118702231488640_1738469802845200for the holiday season! He will be available 11am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 10am-9pm Friday-Saturday, and Noon-6pm on Sundays. The Easter Bunny takes a carrot break from 3-3:30 daily. Even better, there is an option to book a reservation for meeting this adorable furry guy! Visit the website for more information about booking a time slot!

If you’re looking for some live music this weekend, there is plenty to be found in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders from Chicago will be playing a show at American Legion Post 492 on this Saturday. The show starts at 7PM and is FREE to the public. You also don’t want to miss out on the lasagna being served from 4-6PM. Song writer, guitarist, and singer Dan Whitaker created the Shinebenders to convey his songs in the beloved format formerly known as country. The group has been around since 2004, where they got started in Chicago and now have the chance to travel all throughout the midwest! The Shinebenders include fellow Chicago music veterans Tom Mioducki on 27336196_1621175467947831_6395004929427890563_nacoustic guitar and vocals, Earl “T-Bone” Powers on upright bass and Eric “Chase” Niffenegger on drums. Their latest album, Anything You Wanted To, was recorded by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago and released Fall 2017. The album brings together western swing, rock and roll, country-jazz and hillbilly songs to create DWSB’s one-of-a-kind sound. For more information about the band and the show this weekend, visit their website.

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