Weekend Update: Taste of Tippecanoe 2017

TASTE of Tippecanoe 2015

TASTE of Tippecanoe 2015

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.

It’s back for it’s 36th year; the TASTE of Tippecanoe! Downtown Lafayette and the Depot Plaza come alive with food, music, fireworks and fun on Saturday, June 17.  This special festival features local food & drink vendors, live music, live art, and the biggest booms around!! Check out all the wonderful photos form year’s past. If you have any fabulous photos you want to share, please email serickson@homeofpurdue.com.

TASTE of Tippecanoe 2015 night crowdTASTE of Tippecanoe 2015 day crowdFireworksbyDave Schmidt2015For more information about this event and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Route 66 Diner Offers 1940’s & 50’s Dining and Food

oursideYou may be wondering, does Route 66 go through West Lafayette? What does it have to do with Indiana? The answer is no, it doesn’t go through West Lafayette and it has nothing to do with Indiana. Then why do we have a restaurant named after it? Well, Route 66 Diner and Triple XXX Family Restaurant have the same owners. They chose the name because Route 66, “the Mother Road” became official in 1926 and the Triple XXX Thirst Station in West Lafayette, opened in 1929. They wanted to stay with the same vintage feel for the second location.

IMG_3707[1]Route 66 has counter seats like Triple XXX but also have 40’s and 50’s style tables and is much more spacious than the X and can serve groups as large as 105 people. (Great for motorcoach groups!) They also accept credit cards, which is a plus for me as I hardly ever have cash!

IMG_0509Now for the most important part… the food! Route 66 serves the same food as Triple XXX but also offers great salads, soups and beer and wine as well.  If you go you must try their root beer, it’s some of the best ever and it’s served in a frosty mug! Besides the root beer, they are known for a couple different things, first if you are hungry for breakfast food, try the Drew Brees First Choice with Chicken Fried Steak. It’s two eggs, cooked to order, choice of either chicken fried steak or 1/3 lb. of their signature 100% ground sirloin, choice of fried potatoes or hash browns with sausage gravy and two grilled buttermilk biscuits. You won’t leave hungry that’s for sure! If you are more in the mood for a sandwich, try the Duane Purvis All-American (it was featured on Diner’s Drive In’s and Dives on the Food Network when they visited Triple XXX). IMG_0508The Purvis is a ¼ lb. of 100%, ground sirloin with thick, creamy peanut butter served on a toasted sesame seed bun with melted American Cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. If peanut butter isn’t your thing, try the Boilermaker Pete, a third pound 100% ground sirloin served on a toasted sesame bun with two slices of melted American cheese and grilled onions. More of a white meat person? Try the Leroy Loin (their breaded tenderloin) or the grilled tenderloin both are fantastic! Be sure to leave room for dessert too! Their pies are all fabulous and if they have the root beer cake it is a must try! All the sundaes and of course the root beer float is amazing too!

IMG_0511Next time you are in West Lafayette, looking for a good place to eat, give Route 66 Diner a try! Ashley Gregory, Group Tours and Meeting Manager, shared this blog.

 

A Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Dining Contest 2015!

A Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Dining Contest 2015! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a fabulous weekend that is full of fun entertainment and dining! You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $500 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

QUESTION: Arni’s is celebrating a milestone Birthday this year! How many years has Arni’s been in business?

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and pick a random winner from among the correct answers.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, October 12, 2015 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.

Latea: Hidden Gem of Wabash Landing

We loved Latea specialty teas!

We loved Latea specialty teas!

Calming, warm, and friendly, these are the three words I would use to describe Latea, one of West Lafayette’s newest tea lounges. Latea opened late last summer and has been a great addition to our area. Tucked into the shops at Wabash Landing Shopping Center, Latea, is located in the Wabash Riverfront downtown district. As an avid tea lover, I had been dying to try out Latea and I must say I was not disappointed.

DSC_0360The ambiance of Latea immediately sets you at ease. The peaceful lighting, natural tones in the décor with pops of color, and relaxing back corner lounge, make the perfect setting for either unwinding or studying the day away. Even better than the relaxing atmosphere is the amazing customer service. When fellow Visitor Information Specialist, Maddie, and I stopped by we weren’t sure what to expect. Neither of us had tried bubble or milk tea before so there were a lot of questions to be asked. The staff went above and beyond our expectations to say the least. They let us try multiple different flavors of teas, explained the process behind the different types of drinks, and gave us recommendations based on what we told them we usually enjoy. They were never impatient with what seemed like, millions of questions we had and reassured us if we didn’t like what we ordered they would make something else totally free! When it comes to exceptional customer service this place is doing it right.

Latea

Carmel Iced Milk Tea

After finally deciding, Maddie ordered a Carmel Iced Milk Tea and for myself a Lavender Iced Milk Tea.  We were not let down. Although each had totally different flavors they were equally delicious. Maddie said, “My tea is like sipping ice cream through a straw. Sweet but not over powering, with just enough kick.” My drink was also perfect. With a subtle yet bold lavender flavor I can see why it is one of the most popular items on the menu!

Aside from endless options of tea drinks, Latea also offers a variety of cupcakes and pastries. I wish I could say we did not let our sweet tooth win but we had to find out if these cupcakes tasted as good as they looked. The answer? Yes! The dense creamy frosting and rich cake batter made to be the perfect pairing for our drinks.

Cupcake

Decadent Cupcake – Jelly cupcake

The next time you are looking for a place to relax, grab a friend and head down to Latea. From their specialty tea drinks to the friendly staff we promise you won’t leave disappointed. Latea is the hidden gem of Wabash Landing I am glad I found, and hope for you to discover sometime soon!

Terese, Visitor Information Specialist for Lafayette-West Lafayette, shared this blog.

From College Days to Family Days at Scotty’s Brewhouse!

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking aScottysbout Scotty’s Brewhouse, a local Indiana restaurant and bar serving decadent burgers, sweet and spicy wraps, homemade soups and refreshing salads. Local businessman, Scotty Wise, opened the original Scotty’s Brewhouse in Muncie, Indiana in 1996 and in less than twenty years nine brewhouses have flourished. This brewhouse is unique with its specialty menu that offers something for everyone, including gluten free options, low calorie and their own exclusive brews!

I have been a Scotty’s fan since my college days (ten years ago!) at Ball State University, the location of the first Scotty’s Brewhouse. This was a hang out for all my friends to grab a bite to eat and order a fresh, local beer. The atmosphere at Scotty’s is laid back, fun and the perfect place to spend time with good friends. When I moved to the West Lafayette area 5 years ago, I was so excited there was a Scotty’s located here. I am now a wife and mother and my life has changed a lot over the years, but this restaurant has stayed the same serving delicious food and providing wonderful customer service.

Gluten Free Options!

Gluten Free Options!

Ten years of eating at Scotty’s has provided me with a wide variety of food choices. My long time favorite is their mo’fo’ buffalo grilled chicken wrap with a side of bleu cheese dressing. The buffalo sauce is the perfect balance of medium to hot and the chicken is lightly grilled and juicy. They have a rocking bleu cheese dressing, which is good not only on their wraps, but to dip your french fries into! I highly recommend ordering their bar-b-q pulled pork nachos, which includes their thr3e wise men seasoned potato chips, white queso, bar-b-q pulled pork, corn, red onions and jalapeños. The pulled pork is sweet and meaty and with the queso smothered all over it is a heavenly delight. With our little one, we always try to order something healthy. Their kids menu features everything from a mini portion of soup and salad to gluten free grilled cheese sandwiches to mac-n-cheese. Our daughter loves the grilled cheese with a side of broccoli.  My husband and I always nab a few pieces of her broccoli! It is light, crisp and we assume they add a hint of salt or some spice because they make plain ol’ broccoli delicious!

Friends Visiting Scotty's!

Friends Visiting Scotty’s!

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.  For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Out to Lunch Divas Visit Maru Japanese Sushi Restaurant (and More!)

Sushi creators and raw fish

Sushi creators and raw fish

What’s better than a college town filled with restaurants from around the world? A college town in summer when you can easily park and get a table at those great restaurants!

Tucked away in West Lafayette’s Village (111 N. Chauncey Ave) is an enormously popular sushi place called Maru, the latest destination for the Out to Lunch Bunch. Our advice is to go early during the school year – before noon (Maru opens at 11) to get a table and perhaps hear yourself think. It’s a small place and bustling when full. Lines form at lunchtime during the school year but with good reason! It’s much calmer in the summer.

Our Maru table of food

Our Maru table of food

We figure 50% of you will quit reading when we use the “S” word but hang in there. Even if you’re not a sushi (still with us?) fan, you can find things you’ll enjoy on the menu. Read on!

Gyoza (mandu)

Gyoza (mandu)

We started with bowls of miso, which was just the ticket for Margy’s cold as were the bottomless glasses of hot barley tea, an unusual, earthy brew that was almost like broth. We also received several small dishes of “accompaniments” – red beans and white radish, which were interesting. Then we moved on to several appetizers. First, Gyoza (mandu), five beef and vegetable dumplings, available fried or steamed, for $4.95. They were delicious fried and might have been even better steamed which is how we’ll try them next time. Next, we tried stuffed soft shell crab for $8.95. The body of the crab was lightly fried tempura-style and filled with a mixture of crabmeat, carrot, green onion, mayonnaise and Sriracha hot sauce. This was fabulous! Kay thinks on her next visit she’ll just order several of these for her meal.

Vegetable Pancake

Vegetable Pancake

Finally, for our vegetarians, we tried the vegetable pancake for $8.95.This wheat-batter pancake chock-full of vegetables was beautifully presented and very good–lightly crispy with a soy-based sauce. See? We’re only through the appetizers and we figure we still have the attention of the non-sushi eaters out there!

Bev’s entree was the most stunning visually–the bulgoki lunch box for $9.95. Bev says these lunch boxes always remind her of grade school cafeteria trays, but with much better food. This one featured sweet, thin strips of beef, nicely done, two pieces of sushi, a square of pan-fried tofu, a salad with a spicy (maybe horseradish) dressing, and “some strange thing in the corner.”  Strange, but tasty! Back to that first inclusion of the “S” word – Bev is not a fish eater but enjoys sushi rolls with crab or shrimp. These non-fishy sushi rolls are a great way to dip your toe in the water, and the lunch box is a good way to try a few pieces of sushi without centering your entire meal on it.

Lunch Box

Lunch Box

Teriyaki Tofu

Teriyaki Tofu

Back to non-sushi. Margy and Jo shared two vegetarian entrees. The vegetable udon lunch special, $7.95, was a huge bowl of noodle soup with vegetables. The noodles were enormous – we’d hate to meet one in a dark alley – the vegetables were cooked just right, and the texture was great. It was more than enough for two. It was very mild; Jo and Margy doctored it up a bit with Sriracha and some of the other many sauces on our table. The other vegetarian entree was tofu teriyaki for $9.95, which seemed more appetizer-sized. It consisted of 4 slices of pan-fried tofu, which were soft and a little crunchy on the bottom drizzled with house-made teriyaki sauce. Delicious.

Hurricane Roll

Hurricane Roll

See how well we did without eating sushi? Well, Maru is positively known for its sushi and we’ve all enjoyed it over the years. On this day, Kay had the hurricane roll, $6.95, with the unusual combination of deep-fried tuna, crabstick, avocado and peanut butter – surprisingly scrumptious.  This roll had no rice, so we surmised the peanut butter was taking on the role of sticky rice and holding things together. There are pages of sushi rolls to choose from so we encourage you to explore the menu and try something new.

Done!Looking at the table when we were done, we were grateful not to have to do the dishe – there were dozens of them, all empty of course!

Maru has a full range of sushi, sashimi, Japanese and Korean specialties. They don’t serve alcohol. Open daily: Sun 10am-10pm, Mon-Thurs 11am-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 11am-11pm.

Next up, Taco Rico!

 

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Weekend Update: Third Friday & Taste of Tippecanoe

Taste of Tippecanoe

Taste of Tippecanoe

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This weekend is a wealth of fun, downtown Lafayette! On Friday night, June 20, several downtown Lafayette businesses stay open late and restaurants, retail shops and galleries host specials for children and adults. It’s Third Friday, a night to take the family out and enjoy everything our downtown has to offer. My husband and I are always looking for fun, family friendly events to take our 11 month old, and this is the perfect event because we can grab dinner out and take her on a stroll through our wonderful shops!

Downtown Lafayette and the Depot Plaza come alive as the Taste of Tippecanoe reigns Saturday, June 21, from 4pm to midnight. This culinary and musical celebration for the arts features four music stages running continuously. The sounds of rock, jazz, gospel, world beats, Americana and blues & funk will fill the evening air. Enjoy a wide variety of musical styles to suit every musical taste. Savory and sumptuous offerings of barbecue ribs and gourmet wraps, homemade ice cream remove comma and all manner of international fare, from sushi to Mexican to Cajun to Thai, or even just the best pizza in town…all your tastes can be satisfied in one place! Don’t miss one of Lafayette’s most delicious festivals!

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

Café Literato brings the traditions of Europe to West Lafayette

Brick over fired pizzas!

Brick over fired pizzas!

Whether grabbing an espresso or latte on the run or if you have something more laid back in mind like lingering over the aromas of freshly baked brick oven pizza and a sparkling bottle of Pellegrino, the treasures you’ll find at Café Literato will leave you wondering if you’re in West Lafayette or if you have somehow been magically transported to some alternate dimension where the flavors of Greece, Italy and France have all been blended together in some sort of heavenly melting pot.

The first thing to strike you when you arrive is the distinctive, metropolitan design.  It’s upscale decor is a fusion of urban, vintage and industrial styles and makes you feel as though you could kick off your shoes and read a book while chowing down.

IMG_3716Decisions won’t come easy with the array of choices on the menu.   For starters, there is a vast array of hot and cold tea’s, coffees, espressos, lattes (including an almond milk latte), smoothies and Ghirardelli hot cocoa.  Couple any of these with a yummy, melt in your mouth pastry and you have a breakfast of champions.

IMG_3711There are also eight different salads haling from Italy, Greece, more traditional American and even a hint of South America.  My favorite is the Greek with chicken, of course.   Not a fan of rabbit food?  Perhaps a sandwich for lunch is more your style.  Choose from eleven delectable creations; but don’t come in here looking for a run of the mill ham and cheese.  Oh no.  That will never do.  Try a Rustic Ham and Cheese Panini with Black Forest ham, smoked cheddar, fontina, muenster and garlic aioli on Italian country Panini.  That is how Literato does ham and cheese.

IMG_3739Now to what you really want to know about…PIZZA.  I am the mother of a 17 year old boy.  I know pizza.  I prefer brick oven to most any other kind of pizza and Literato rivals any other brick oven pizza in the area.  It’s the first fragrance that hits you when you walk in the door and if this is what you order, it’s the thought that lingers on your lips when you leave.  Crispy, tender and buttery crust with toppings that mingle unique flavors together to create a one-of-a-kind experience for patrons.  What is my favorite?  Thanks for asking.  I order the Italian Sausage and Peppadew but I have them add sun-dried tomatoes.  Don’t miss out on the sun-dried tomatoes!  You will thank me.

IMG_3677Next time you are on the west side stop in at 1920 Northwestern Ave. They also take orders to go.  Just call 765-588-3701 or for more information and a full menu visit http://www.literatocafe.com/.

Amanda Gordon, Sports Marketing and Recreation Manager, shared this blog.