The Bryant Food & Drink: Iconic Destination

Just about everything at The Bryant is locally designed and built– from the building itself to the items on the menu. Located on the site of the old Morris Bryant on Sagamore Parkway just past Morehouse Road, the name is an homage to that iconic restaurant which was a destination for families and office parties from 1951-1994.

The restaurant is flat-out beautiful, inside and out. The decor is appealing and contemporary with lots of interesting textures. It’s comfortable, roomy, and not too loud. John Christodoulakis, one of the owners, said KJG was the lead architect and John is responsible for the interior decor. He hired six finish carpenters for six weeks to make hundreds of wooden cubes (see photos) which are held together with 5-6000 screws and arranged in geometric shapes hung from the ceiling– strong enough “to swing across them like monkey bars,” he says, but he’s hoping his guests choose to behave. The outdoor area with a big fireplace, not yet open, looks inviting. It’s attractively screened to cut out surrounding distractions and let you focus on your own experience. The friendly and knowledgeable servers sport non-matching plaid shirts which lends a homey feel.

The owners are John Christodoulakis and his three siblings and their four spouses, and everyone is involved in the new venture. Other restaurants in the family are Christos, Cafe Literato, and Red Seven. The family is devoted to this community and has a mission to use local craftsmen, local beers and liquors, and local foods as much as possible. “It’s all about being local and supporting other small businesses,” John said.

Dining Divas Bev, Jo, and Kay were joined by Dining Divo John Collier who kept confusing his role with the band, Devo. When he wasn’t singing, “Whip it!”, he was enjoying the Warm Pretzel ($6), which was huge and served on a hanger accompanied by Bavarian sweet mustard and beer cheese. John and Kay agreed that it was better than any other baked pretzel they had tasted—light and chewy with a nice crispy crust and a great way to kick off our lunch.

Pretzel

Bev ordered the Brisket and Short Rib Burger topped with crispy onions, house pickles, dijonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and sharp cheddar on a potato bun ($11) with a side salad. (All sandwiches come with a choice of sides: fries, side salad, or soup for $2 more). Bev said her burger was tender and juicy and she loved the cucumber wasabi dressing on her salad. “The wasabi adds a kick to the creamy base,” she said. And she highly recommended the lamb burger and herbed cheese ravioli with candied walnuts, roasted corn, shallots, in a white truffle cream from her experiences on an earlier visit.

Brisket and Short Rib Burger

John tried the Wild Mushroom Burger ($13) which also featured the brisket and short rib mix that is a signature of The Bryant, and was topped with roasted shiitake, crimini, and portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and garlic aioli on a potato bun. John said his burger was cooked perfectly to his specification, not overdone. “The mushroom and aioli add a nice blend of flavor,” he said as he worked on the huge side of fries, that he declared delicious. The man loves his carbs.

Jo ordered the Impossible Burger, which is a meatless patty with dijonnaise, sharp cheddar, lettuce, and pickles, usually on a potato bun but she ordered it bunless. ($14). “I’m thrilled that it’s a veggie burger that doesn’t have a high carb count, like so many have,” she said. “It has a much better flavor than most veggie burgers and the dijonnaise was perfect on it.”

Kay, the seafood eater, opted for the Crispy Fish Sandwich ($10) and took the leftovers home to her husband, who, in spite of being instructed in the first rule of being a Dining Diva, that he could not use the word ‘good’, declared it good! (Our goal is to be more descriptive!)

A table near us ordered Birthday Cake milkshakes ($9), one of several signature shakes The Bryant offers. The others are The Fat Elvis (including peanut butter cups and bananas of course) and The Salty Cookie (cookies, candy, pretzels). The Birthday Cake is Instagram-worthy and the couple who ordered them licked the glasses clean.

Can you imagine taking down this massive shake??

We decided to end the meal with Donut Holes ($7), which are piping hot, shaken in a bag with cinnamon sugar, and served by Claire, our delightful server, with a caramel sauce. They were crunchy outside, warm and comforting on the inside, and so satisfying.

Donut Holes

Ours was a work-day lunch for two of our merry band of munchers so we did not imbibe, but patrons will enjoy the broad list of Indiana beers from eight different breweries plus Indiana bourbons and whiskeys. Cheers to this welcome new addition to our local dining scene!

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

4 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Wabash Riverfront

All Fired Up

One great place to get unique gifts for your friends and family this year would definitely be at All Fired Up. At All Fired Up, they make the experience really simple so that even little kids or novice artists are able to create their own masterpieces. When you first walk in, you are greeted and the process is clearly 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. Your special someone will love seeing the time you put into making something that is meant just for them.

Dawson and Daisy

If you know someone trendy and stylish, you’ll want to pop into Dawson & Daisy for the perfect holiday gift! They have candles, clothes, accessories, adorable home wares, and much more! Among the racks, they even have some of the cutest children’s clothes in their “Little Buds” section!

Chances are, when you are shopping for holiday gifts here, you will be tempted to purchase all kinds of things for yourself! The shop itself is located at the Wabash Landing, and one of my favorite parts about it is the great smell inside! It makes for a very positive shopping experience. Your stylish friends will absolutely love a present from Dawson & Daisy!

 

Design Nook Interiors

Design Nook can help create your space into a masterpiece of beauty! This shop is full of  home good items that will make your space lovely and one of a kind. Shop for a perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season from a plethora of holiday decorations and/or accessories.  Or if you are looking to remodel your home, Design Nook has interior and exterior decorators, that have years of experience to assist. Help make your loved one’s house a home with beautiful home decor that will match their style!

Juniper

Did you know that you can shop local and still get high-fashion looks? Treat yourself or those you care about to a new outfit, accessories, and more that you’re sure to love! Juniper is a boutique with a large selection of junior, contemporary and women’s fashions. The shop sells everything from clothing, to jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Juniper has all the newest in-demand styles right now! Grab the perfect holiday outfit for your favorite fashionista here!

 

Sam, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Holiday Weekend Update Dec. 7-9, 2018

TrevorMahlmann5Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Holiday Tours at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. (December 5-9) A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 7, 8 & 9.
  • A night of dance and magic is taking place on December 7 & 8 during the Purdue Contemporary Company’s Winter Works.
  • Every year when the holiday season is near, you can expect an outstanding show from the Lafayette Jefferson Choral Department. The Holiday Show showcases all six choirs in the department. It is taking place December 7, 8 & 9.
  • 14 life-size outdoor scenes involving a cast of hundreds bring to life the significance of the baby in the manger at Faith Church.  The “Living Nativity” will take place on December 7, 8 & 9. You can either walk or drive through the nativity.
  • On Saturday, December 8, Purdue Bands and Orchestras present Tuba Christmas and Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz.  This holiday favorite concert is a must see! Continuing the tradition started by Harvey Philips in 1974 to honor his teacher and mentor William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, over 80 musicians will perform holiday favorites on low brass instruments. This concert is a campus-community partnership inviting low brass performers from the community to play alongside student musicians with euphoniums, sousaphones, and of course, tubas. Don’t miss this unique holiday experience!
  • Bring the kids to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at the Purdue Memorial Union on Saturday, December 8. Breakfast with Santa is the perfect event for celebrating Christmas with children and families! Visits with Santa are free. The breakfast, sponsored by Pappy’s, will occur at the same time in the Union South Ballroom.  Do not miss checking out the giant Purdue Christmas tree!

    Skate with Santa

    Skate with Santa

  • Skate with Santa will be held on December 8. Santa invites you and your parents to come out for a fun-filled morning.  You will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old elf himself!  This will be a great photo opportunity, so make sure to bring your camera!  To really enjoy this event, it’s recommended that children be of appropriate skating age and size.  Reservations are required.
  • Carnahan Hall Presents: Holiday Soiree on December 8. Holiday Soirée will have shopping options from local and surrounding boutiques which include: My Little Corner Boutique, Boutique LoriAnn, B Boutique, Urban Chique Boutique, and Whiskey Rose Boutique!
  • Come shop on December 8 with your favorite local vendors & artisans at the Holiday Market & Pancakes with Santa at Dayton Elementary School! Awesome gifts and stocking stuffers, perfect for gift exchanges, co-workers, friends & family.

    Dickens

    Dickens

  • Friends of Downtown presents “Downtown Dickens & Christmas Village Market” on December 8. Enjoy a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Holiday Farmers Market, hay rides and of course, the Dickens and Victorian street characters announced and directed by town criers and a constable or two! Make sure you take advantage of the many “Dickens specials” by downtown restaurants and merchants.
  • Dickens at Duncan Hall is taking place December 8. The event includes live music, children’s crafts and tours of decorated rooms.
  • Christmas decorations in the 1920s included both handmade and commercially produced paper decorations. Learn how to make crepe paper rosettes and trees, jointed Santas, “snaps” and more at the Gibson Farmhouse on December 9 during “Christmas Traditions Craft Class”.
  • Pizza with Santa Claus at Midtowne Oven. Santa Claus will be taking time out of his very busy schedule to stop by for pizza and fun on Saturday, December 8 from 12pm to 2pm! Midtowne Oven will have some very special Christmas-themed pizzas and fun candy cane shaped garlic dough to celebrate his visit. Grab your camera and bring the kids in for lunch and a great photo that you can cherish for years.

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

5 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Arts & Market District

Artists’ Own

If your loved ones are interested in art, Artists’ Own is the place to visit this holiday season. 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. Featuring many different mediums and media for art lovers to enjoy, Artists’ Own is a hotpot of creative output. You’ll definitely have fun browsing all the different unique gift options here!

 

Two Tulips

Personalized gifts always make the occasion special. Two Tulips is an adorable boutique shop located in downtown Lafayette. Two Tulips offers a wide variety of services from invitations to home decorations to a huge selection of baby gifts.  When you walk into the store, it is bright, cheerful and puts a person in a really positive, happy mood. You can have stationary personalized for your friends who love sending letters or taking notes.  There are tons of cute gifts for every member of the family – from babies and beyond!

 

L.E. Originals

Lampwork Artist and L.E. Originals owner, Linda Elmore, uses her sense of design and masterful artistry to create jewelry and gifts out of different forms of glass such as empty wine bottles.  Not only is she creating pieces of art to be worn, but she is going “green” by using recyclable products. One very special gift available here for your loved ones is their photo beads. These one-of-a-kind beads can be printed with a photo of your choice, maybe even one of you and your loved one together! These make for a truly beautiful and heartfelt gift.

 

River Knits Fine Yarns

Do you know someone who loves doing crafts? River Knits is ideal shopping grounds for all things yarn, knitting, and crafts. There are rows and rows of awesome yarn skeins to choose from. Any color or pattern you’re interested in, you’re sure to find here. You can even sign your loved one up for some of the classes that are offered! You can check out which classes are currently running here.

 

Scout

Scout is a fabulous new location for this downtown district! This adorable and trendy shop is full of a rotating stock of vintage furniture, home decor and other items! You can view their website for their hours and more information here. If you are hunting for a gift for someone who loves making their home unique and cozy, this is definitely a great place to end your search! There are one of a kind items here that will win the hearts of many! Follow Scout on Instagram for updated photos of their stock and what the owner is up to!

For more information about these shops and other in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Sam, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Christy from West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “Thank  you so much!l! I am thrilled to have won this contest. Being new to the greater Lafayette area, I have tried to get out and try as many local spots as possible, but have not yet made it to all of the businesses who participated in this contest, so winning the contest means that I will be able to experience even more of what the greater Lafayette area has to offer! I am looking forward to using my contest winnings to discover more about the greater Lafayette area.”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in December!

Holiday Weekend Update Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018

Purdue Christmas Show

Purdue Christmas Show

Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • On December 1 & 2, enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the Purdue Christmas Show.
  • Holiday Tours at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. (November 28-Dec. 2) A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • The largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds on December 1.

    Christmas Parade by Dave Schmidt

  • Polar Express is coming to the Long Center on December 1! Hop aboard a Long Center theater seat and catch The Polar Express!
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on November 30 & December 1 & 2.
  • Learn how to make beautiful ornaments from real eggs during Egg Ornaments at the Farm event on December 1. Duck eggs raised right on the farm will be used.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on November 30 & December 1 & 2. Holiday Makers Market is a collaboration of many wonderful handmade items featuring several local artists.
  • Sport your ugliest sweater and cruise the streets of beautiful downtown Lafayette at the area’s premier 5K. Tis the Season 3.1 Ugly Sweater Walk & Run is taking place on December 1.
  • Come to Imagination Station for the holidays for their Holiday Lab on December 1.  There will be special stations set up to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Specialty popcorns, soups, maple syrup, honey, holiday items, baked goods, candy, potpourri, soaps, meat, jams/jellies, flower arrangements, and more can all be found at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market on December 1.
  • Nearby in Delphi, enjoy Old Fashion Christmas at the Canal.  The special atmosphere of Christmas in the 1850s is there for all ages to enjoy. Take a guided tour of the seasonally decorated Reed Case House with its 1850s ambiance. Get tour tickets at the Canal Center. Fill your list with hand-crafted things to buy of one-of-a-kind gifts. Hum to the Christmas music in the air.  Take a moment and enjoy your hot apple treat or other food offerings—or buy home-made cookies to take home. Overall, nineteen crafters will be presenting authentic old-fashioned goods for sale.
  • Santa is at the Tippecanoe Mall all weekend long! On December 2 bring your pets for their “Photo with Pets” event.
  • Head to Linden for their Christmas 2018 Open House at the Linden Depot Museum. The museum is featuring the 1837 Nooris 4-2-0 steam engine being built for the 25th anniversary.

Haan Mansion

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

3 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Chauncey Village

Amused Clothing

Amused Clothing offers true vintage items that you won’t find anywhere else. They have everything from vintage flannels, crew neck sweatshirts, Purdue wear, costumes, fun throwback items and much more. This thrift/vintage shopping feel is right on Purdue’s campus. The inventory is always changing so you can make a habit out of going. Amused is perfect for Halloween and costume parties. If you want the most original costume, you’ll find it here. Head down the stairs and visit Amused Clothing to give you or loved one’s wardrobe a little bit of a cool vintage vibe.

 

University Book Store

The University Book Store is one of the main places around that you can get your Purdue staples. There’s not just textbooks here! Sweatshirts, jerseys, t-shirts, pajamas, home decor, accessories and beyond! Located right on Purdue’s campus, the UBS is a great place to go shopping for your favorite Boilermaker or sports fan. Check out how soft that jacket above looks… Who could resist something so cozy – and with our favorite letter on it! We all know that Purdue fans proudly wear the school’s merchandise everywhere we go. Build up your friends’ closet with more black and gold!

 

Von’s Shops

One of Purdue’s most iconic locations is Von’s Shops. It has been a Chauncey Village favorite since 1968! There are so many awesome things in Von’s to chose from when on the lookout for a perfect present. Comics, jewelry, books, accessories, beads, music and clothes– these are just some of the great finds at this store! If there is someone in your life that loves books or comics, you will find one suited for them at Von’s. You can explore the rows of books and vinyl music. Grab your loved one’s favorite album and surprise them this holiday season!

 

Samantha, VLWL Intern, shares this blog. For more information about these shops and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Shop Local, Shop Dawson & Daisy

The end of freshman year of college usually brings bittersweet goodbyes, anticipation for three months of no class attendance and exams, and hopes of working out hard enough to lose the “Freshman 15.” For Gabby Gary, on the other hand, the summer after her freshman year was spent building her own business from the ground up. Fast forward, Gabby has graduated from Purdue and has the full-time job of owner and chief buyer of Dawson & Daisy.

West Lafayette Storefront

Dawson & Daisy’s West Lafayette store is located in Wabash Landing Shopping Center.

Inspiration

While Gabby’s family currently resides in the West Lafayette-Lafayette area, she was born in New Orleans and moved around a lot throughout her childhood. While she has had many “hometowns,” Gabby says that the south is where she feels most at home. That is why in Dawson & Daisy’s Instagram bio the boutique is described as, “unique with a southern edge.” The unique part comes into play with the quantity of items that Gabby stocks in the store to ensure that every customer feels special in the clothes they purchase from Dawson & Daisy since they won’t see 10 other people wearing the same thing.

History

Dawson & Daisy originally started as an online-only operation run out of the Gary’s home. During the summer after Gabby’s freshman year at Purdue, the Gary’s had vacation plans that did not allow Gabby ample time to also have an internship. She decided to explore her passion for fashion that summer when she realized that it was absolutely possible for her to start her own online boutique. After a year of growing a loyal customer base, Dawson & Daisy became a brick-and-mortar boutique in May 2017. Six months later, it moved to a larger retail space in Wabash Landing Shopping Center in West Lafayette. In December 2017, she opened opened a Broad Ripple Bungalow location.

Merchandise

Originally, the store was going to just be called, “Daisy.” However, Dawson joined the picture when Gabby knew that she wanted a boutique that would cater to both women and men. The Daisy section offers women tops, bottoms, and dresses perfect for going to class or for your next date night. The Dawson section offers men comfortable t-shirts, sweatpants, and accessories. The home decor sections offers candles and signs to accent your living spaces. Finally, the beauty section features bath products and makeup to help spruce up your self care routine.

For Gabby, as chief buyer, trends are not important when she is deciding what to carry in her store. She explains, “I am all about classic style…I try to buy things that will extend your hard-earned money.”

D&D Fitting Room

It’s all in the details when you visit Dawson & Daisy… even the fitting rooms are aesthetically pleasing!

The Boutique Experience

Imagine having an entire boutique to yourself and an associate to act as your own personal shopper during your entire trip. That is the experience you have when you step into Dawson & Daisy. In addition to having unique, one-of-a-kind items, Dawson & Daisy hopes to differentiate itself with outstanding customer service that matches the South’s standards of hospitality.

One of Gabby’s favorite memories with a customer was when she helped a mother and a daughter pick the perfect outfits for the daughter’s senior pictures. It took some trial-and-error, but Gabby could tell that her attention to detail and determination to find the perfect combination made the daughter feel incredibly special. That is the experience that Gabby hopes every customer has when they visit one of Dawson & Daisy’s boutiques.

Candles

Currently dreaming about this West Lafayette-themed home decor

How to Shop

Dawson & Daisy is located in the West Lafayette Wabash Landing Shopping Center between Panera Bread and Scotty’s Brewhouse. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. You can also shop online or through the store’s instagram page.

For more information about this shop and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Purdue University Student, Lauren Pannell, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Turkey Toss and Small Business Saturday

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.

Wolf Park is wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! That includes all of the animals that live there. What are these beautiful animals there thankful for this year? How about an ENTIRE turkey a piece! At this event, every wolf receives their favorite ‘fowl’ treat! Are you strong enough to throw a turkey over the fence? Do you want to see the wolves tear into their Thanksgiving dinner? Stop in to Turkey Toss this Saturday, November 24th from 1-5PM. Find out more information about this fun holiday event on their website here.

It can’t be overstated how important shopping local is to a community! Not only will you find the most unique items, but it supports the local economy. Support the shops in downtown Lafayette by coming out for Small Business Saturday. Did you know that when you spend $100 at a local small business, $68 stays in the local community? Mark your calendars for this Saturday, the 24th – the day after Black Friday. Continue your holiday shopping and support downtown Lafayette businesses, which offer so many great choices for your loved ones! Join the fun for special promotions, giveaways, and live entertainment throughout the day. Also, enjoy the FREE Hay Wagon Rides between 11th Street and Riehle Plaza with frequent stops! Shop small and give back to our great city!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.