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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French Dip

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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Mark Your Calendars for June 20th – The Taste of Tippecanoe!

Mark your calendars for June 20th, 2015! From 4pm to midnight is one of Lafayette’s biggest summer events right in our very own downtown! The Taste of Tippecanoe, “It’s ALL good!” This event has something for everyone. From food to music, this one night event features the absolute best from the Lafayette-West Lafayette area.

Grab a slice of pizza from Arni's!

Grab a slice of pizza from Arni’s!

Admission is $10, cash per person upon entering the gates. After that, you can purchase tickets for $1 a piece. Each vendor will then have a few different options for one or just a few tickets. This allows guests to easily make transactions with vendors without having to carry around a bunch of cash. Most vendors will offer a one ticket special that will be for a sample of their main dish. For example, one small scoop of ice cream or a mini bun with pulled pork on it. This gives you an opportunity to really get a “taste” of all that the Lafayette-West Lafayette has to offer!

IMG_2683This year three different stages will be set up that feature all different types of music. Music will range from rock to country to blues and many more! I highly recommend arriving as soon as you can in order to really get a “Taste” of all of the music! Local artists can really be the best performers and entertainers.

For those of you whom are of age, local wines and great summer beers will also be available for a few tickets to enjoy with all of your scrumptious “tastes”.

The night continues on with lots of friends, family and laughter. Once it becomes dark outside, last year it was at 10:45, the sky will be brightened up again. This time not with the sun, but with a spectacular fireworks show! One of the coolest memories of mine from attending last year’s Taste was sitting on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge over the Wabash River with some of my closest friends watching the fireworks. This was the best ending there could have been to end such a spectacular night!

IMG_2711Rachel, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern shared this blog. For more information about this festival and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Out to Lunch Divas Visit Green Leaf Vietnamese Cuisine!

Meatball Skewer appetizerWe’re guessing we might not have a Vietnamese dining option if this weren’t a college town. As it is, we can find food from around the world and GreenLeaf Vietnamese Cuisine (111 S. River Road, W. Lafayette) is one of the best—certainly one of the Out to Lunch Bunch favorites.  Having fallen into the dubious habit of ordering the same favorites over and over again at this restaurant, we decided that we would all order dishes we’d never tried.

The Feast begins!

The Feast begins!

Our waiter, Devon, is a fairly new employee of GreenLeaf, but definitely not a novice eater there! He has thorough knowledge of the menu and gave us some great recommendations.  A friendly, knowledgeable waiter is always a plus.

As you read on, you’ll see lots of menu items you may not want to try to pronounce but no worries—you can order them all by their number. Everyone does! The only drawback to that is when we someday get to Vietnam, we’ll try to order #24 and no one will have a clue what we want! To help get your brain around it, there are three main categories of entrée:  Bun, Pho (pronounced “fa”), and Com. The basis of Bun is rice noodles, Pho is noodles and broth, and Com is rice.  Each of these basics is offered with a wide variety of meat or vegetarian choices including beef, chicken, shrimp, shredded pork, pork & egg roll, tofu, even tripe.

Crispy Tofu appetizerWe decided to start with a few appetizers.  (Going away hungry is not an option for this group!)  Crispy tofu (Dau Hu Chien) is topped with chopped peanuts and green onions and accompanied by a delicious sauce made of soy, carrots, onions, and chili paste. (Margy loves this so much, she has tried to duplicate it at home, but to no avail.  She has to visit GreenLeaf to get her fix.)  We all loved this appetizer:  Bev said, “That’s the best tofu I’ve ever had”; Kay remarked, “I’m not a tofu fan, but this is delicious!”  We also tried one of the spring rolls (Goi cuon Dau Hu Chien), crispy tofu and vegetable wrapped in rice paper, and the meatball skewer (Nem Nuong), both served with peanut sauce.  The spring roll was crisp and refreshing, the meatballs nicely seasoned and lean.  The peanut sauce alone justifies ordering whatever it comes with. Crispy Tofu and Vegetables Wrapped in Rice Paper appetizer

Moving on to the entrees.  Kay’s favorite on the menu is the Sauteed Shrimp Salad (Sa Lach Tom), a simple salad of greens, cucumber, onion, tomato, perfectly cooked shrimp in a dressing that makes it zing.  But today, she ordered Bun Xao Tom, rice noodles with shrimp.  This was a much more complex dish than the salad and included rice noodles, bean sprouts, cabbage, cucumber, lettuce, onions, and lots of cilantro topped with the perfect shrimp.  Adding the mystery sauce that comes with it as well as Sriracha hot sauce and hoisin sauce makes this meal a flavor feast.Sauces on every table

Margy’s favorite is Bun Dau Hu Chien, rice noodles with tofu, again made perfect with Sriracha and hoisin sauce, both of which are on every table.  But being a good sport about exploring the menu, she ordered Yellow Tofu Curry (Com Ca Ri Dau Hu Chien), a rich, tasty curry broth with tofu and potatoes that comes with ample rice in a nice presentation. Margy noted, “It sure is easier to eat noodles than rice with chopsticks!”

Bun with Sauteed Shrimp, sauces addedBev, having encouraged everyone to avoid something other than their favorite dish, couldn’t very well order her standby–Bun Cha Gio & Thjt Nuong—(rice noodles with egg roll and pork skewer).  Instead, she ordered Pho with Round Eye Steak (Pho Tai), a hot steaming broth with noodles and beef with hot peppers, sprouts, cilantro, and lime on the side to add as you wish along with the hot and hoisin sauces to personalize the dish.  It’s a slurpably good dish.  Bev recommends not wearing a white shirt.

Pho with Round Eye Steak

Jo got the Crispy Tofu Rice (Com Dau Hu Chien), which had a fabulous presentation and Jo reported that the taste was equally fabulous.  “It’s the sauce that makes it!”  (A comment we suspect all the menu items have in common.)  It was a nice combination between the warm rice and the cool, crisp lettuce, and of course the tofu is the best.

Have you had bubble tea? Invented in the 80s, this drink has become very popular. They’re a milky, fruity cold drink over “bubbles” made of black tapioca balls, served with a very wide straw so you can suck up the bubbles. We had three Bubble teas:  red bean with bubbles, honeydew with bubbles, and Japanese green with jellies (the jellies are made of rectangles of gelatin).   All were good, but our favorite was the improbable sounding red bean bubble tea.Bubble Teas

Not to be defeated, we decided to share one of the dessert items, fried bananas and ice cream topped with honey (Chuoi Chien & Kem).  The bananas were wrapped in a thin layer similar to a wonton wrapper and deep frying them made them mellow—a nice ending to a great meal!Fried Bananas and Ice Cream

In addition to tea, bubble tea, and soft drinks, beer is available as is wine by the bottle.

Sorry for this long blog but we have so many good things to say about GreenLeaf. We hope you’ll try and love it as much as we do!

GreenLeaf is open daily, Mon-Sat 11 am-9:30 pm, Sun 12 noon-8 pm.

Next up, we head to Chile Loco on SR 26 East for Mexican and Salvadorian food!

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A Day of Holiday Shopping in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Purdue Cheerleader Outfit!

Local shops offer holiday cheer and the perfect gift or compliment to a holiday party!  Yesterday I  spent the day out with my husband shopping for the perfect gifts while also picking up some much needed items for our holiday party we are hosting this weekend.  We got all our Christmas shopping done at local shops and we feel so thankful we got everyone crossed off our list.  I would like to share our great buys, and maybe it will inspire you to head out and finish your shopping at our great local businesses.

These are the awesome purchases:

Then I got everything for my dinner party while I was out too!

Baker’s Peak cake

Oh, I love the holidays!  I love shopping and picking the perfect gifts for loved ones, while also hosting fun holiday parties.  The holidays are a time to be merry!  For more information about these great locations visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Hello from Julia B. from Purdue & her experience @ Bistro 501

We would like to introduce Julia B. who will be a featured guest blogger from Purdue University.  Julia B. will be sharing her Lafayette-West Lafayette experiences this year!

“Hello to all who read these blogs!  My name is Julia B., and I am a graduate student at Purdue that will be a guest blogger.  I grew up in West Lafayette which makes the opportunity to share my favorite things about my hometown extremely fun. My grandparents, parents, and sister all went to Purdue which makes me a third-generation Boilermaker so I hope to help those interested in Purdue find enjoyable things to do as well!

On my trips around town I will focus on food, drinks and events I find myself able to take part in.  Some reoccurring characters in my blogs will be very good friends of mine and my boyfriend, Ryan.  My favorite things to do around town center around sushi and Thai food, antique shopping, video games and friendly, inviting bars.  My blogs may center on my interests, but my intention is to bring all of West Lafayette and more to those who are interested in reading.   I look forward to sharing!”

Julia B.’s shares her visit to Bistro 501:

“Whenever my family has something to celebrate, we find ourselves at Bistro 501.  Their menu changes with the season, so calling for lunch and dinner selections is the best route for information.  Their wine list is the best part of the website and a reason in itself to go to Bistro!  Bistro 501 was a recent selection for my mother and me after a late movie.  We ordered the sweet corn blueberry crème Brule, which is now my favorite summer dessert.  It is a seasonal product and may not be offered other seasons or until the chef decides to pull this recipe out again!  For a very nice evening out with someone special (like a wonderful mom!), Bistro 501 is a treat for special occasions or a beautiful lunch.  Also, this French restaurant is a perfect date night restaurant.”

1st Annual Beers Across the Wabash and Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival

Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival

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 and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This is the weekend of festival fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  On Saturday, August 25, from noon to 4pm, come out to taste an assortment of ales and lagers from 30 Indiana Breweries during the 1st Annual Beers Across the Wabash.  D&R Market, Lafayette Optimist Club, Sgt. Preston’s and Big Cheese will be providing delicious food to partake while sipping your beer.  There will be seminars featuring beer and chocolate and cheese that will be educational and entertaining.  Visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of the Wabash River as they stroll across the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge.

After tasting the diverse beer selections, walk down to 5th and Main Street, downtown Lafayette, for the Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival taking place from 4pm to midnight. There will be three stages of hot jazz and cool blues along with delicious tastings from local eateries.  Not only can you rock to the music, but folks usually cannot help but sway and dance to the tunes.  (My husband had to pull me off the dance floor two years ago!)

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

Taste of Tippecanoe & Tough Mudder

Entertainment at the Taste! (Photo taken 2011)

Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or are you a local looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Is anyone as excited as we are for this weekend’s main event, the Taste of Tippecanoe?  There is a host of fun entertainment including the following: live music on multiple stages, food booths by local restaurants, fireworks, children’s activity area and beer and wine gardens.  Enjoy the fun this Saturday, June 16 from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, downtown Lafayette!

In Attica, Indiana, this weekend check out the competition, Tough Mudder Indiana 2012! Tough Mudder events are hardcore, 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $2 million dollars raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.  Come to Attica to watch this amazing competition.

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

La Scala Italian Restaurant

We love specials!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!    Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to local restaurant, La Scala, where their homemade Italian cuisine can make your taste buds say “thank you”.

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

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

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

Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water.  Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, delicious food, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard.  For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

 

D&R Market

Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, area? Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. Right now the locals are talking about D&R Market, where the perfect Super Bowl spread is ready for this year’s super celebration!

Have you ever thrown a Super Bowl party?  Or joined in the celebration at a friend or family member’s house?  Did you eat scrumptious appetizers, finger foods and desserts?  I hope so, because when I think of the Super Bowl the first thought in my brain (and stomach) is food!  This annual event is centered around the great American sport, football, that brings together people from all over the United States and beyond.  Yet, truthfully, the food is what brings my family together to celebrate on this day!

Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana has a host of wonderful caterers.  One caterer that is sure to satisfy your guests is D&R Market.  Its menu features the best in fresh meats, gourmet products, wine and beer selections and fresh produce. Its famous smoked boneless pork ribs, fresh salmon fillets, and renowned broasted chicken are just a few of its many meat options.  Party trays include brie cheese topped with dried cranberries, dill and almonds, crab and shrimp dip, b/q meatballs and more.  My personal favorites include Mr. Pat Johnson’s Beef Brisket and baked beans.  Its brisket is slowly smoked for 14 hours in a smoker and served with the chef’s horseradish cream sauce. It is succulent goodness!  And the bake beans are the perfect complement. They are rich with b/q sauce and shredded pork is added to make them rich and hearty.  I keep a current top “3 things I crave” list and these beans are on the list!

For more information about D&R Market and other great local caterers, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com  And don’t forget—Super Bowl equals football, friends, family, fun and food!  Please share with us your party plans!