Eclectic & Bohemian Scene – Star City Coffee & Ale House

Nestled in Downtown Lafayette is a unique and dynamic café known as Star City Coffee & Ale House. Star City is a combination of part coffee shop and part ale house which creates the perfect environment to savor the simple things in life. Whether you are a fan of a delicious pour over or prefer a draft beer, Star City Coffee & Ale House has something for everyone.

An eclectic, bohemian, and artistic scene is what you should expect when walking into this local Lafayette jewel. It is a relaxing and casual place to catch up with friends or catch up on some work while being fueled by Star City’s delicious Dirty Chai (my personal favorite). And do not hesitate to chat with the baristas as you will quickly find that they are knowledgeable on all things coffee and ale. These baristas love to help new guests with their drink selection or even pick the best cupcake flavor. So, when you become a regular at Star City you will find that the expert baristas remember who you are as they truly care for the people who walk in their door. (And occasionally some of those guests who come to Star City are on four legs!)

A few of the menu highlights include items such as the Star City Turkey Panini that includes turkey, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil, cream cheese and chives or for a breakfast option I recommend the open-faced Mediterranean bagel with feta, honey, tomato, and basil. Both are classic options for some sustenance, but if you are looking for a sweeter pick-me-up to drink I recommend the Lavender Vanilla Latte or the Nutella Latte. And for customers who are 21 and over, the Upland-Two of Tarts Tropical Gose has an unmistakable flavor of mango and passion fruit with a crisp, dry finish.

Whether you are a local to Lafayette-West Lafayette or planning your next weekend coffee crawl/beer tasting, then Star City Coffee & Ale House is an absolute must. For more information about this location and other restaurants in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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

Best Donut Shops in Greater Lafayette

Who says doughnuts can’t be both breakfast and dessert? West Lafayette and Lafayette have five great locations where you can satisfy your morning hunger or your sweet tooth with some delicious doughnuts. So grab your friends, your children or your grandchildren and make an outing out of visiting these amazing shops.

Mary Lou Donuts

Open since 1961, Mary Lou’s is one of the statement shops of Lafayette, and it is home to some of the best doughnuts in the area. It prides itself on freshness and quality, and inside its shop is a center of community for townsfolk and students alike.

The specialty doughnuts include the massive apple fritters and blueberry doughnuts, but they have more than 80 flavor combinations. The company offers many other services, including delivery and drive-thru, and it sports the only doughnut truck in the area. You can find the truck’s location by visiting the Mary Lou Donut Truck Locations Facebook page.

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The blueberry glazed doughnut I ate at Mary Lou Donuts.

I came for breakfast, and I tried the blueberry glazed cake doughnut, which has a true blueberry flavor with hints of cinnamon. It’s not too dense, but it’s definitely filling.

Address: 1830 S. 4th St., Lafayette, IN 47905

Hours: Monday through Saturday – 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday – closed

O’Rears Pastry Shop

This shop features specialty pastries including cupcakes, cookies and danishes, but they also serve fresh doughnuts. O’Rears most famous doughnuts include the fried cinnamon crunch doughnuts and the fried apple fritters.

Other doughnuts include the tiger tails (vanilla and chocolate twists), Bavarian cremes, French cremes and raspberry cremes. On weekends, the shop makes special lemon and chocolate-filled doughnuts. Most of their doughnuts are yeast, but they do offer a small selection of cake doughnuts.

O'Rear's Pastry Shop donut

The fried cinnamon crunch doughnut I ate at O’Rear’s Pastry Shop.

I came for breakfast and tried the fried cinnamon crunch doughnut, which was delicious! The cinnamon-roll-flavored yeast doughnut was topped with caramel icing, crushed nuts and butterscotch chips, and the flavors together made me want to melt in their goodness.

Address: 321 N. 9th St., Lafayette, IN 47904

Check out O’Rears famous neon sign! It’s shaped like a pastry chef’s hat.

Hours: Monday – 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday – 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday – 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Corlew Donut Company

Open only in the morning, this doughnut shop features a variety of cake and yeast doughnuts you can grab on-the-go because it’s not a sit-down restaurant. However, you can purchase coffee or bottled beverages from a refrigerated cooler in the shop to pair with your doughnut.

Corlew Donut Co.’s specialty doughnuts include the apple fritters and the tiger tails. Not to be outdone by the other flavors, their special cinnamon doughnuts having a variety of toppings including caramel icing, chopped nuts with chocolate icing, and cinnamon sugar.

Corlew Donut Company donut

The tiger tail doughnut I ate at Corlew Donut Company.

I tried the tiger tail for breakfast, which was ginormous; it’s the equivalent of eating two doughnuts. I ate it all in one sitting! Chocolate and vanilla flavors are intertwined in this yeast doughnut, and it is topped with glaze frosting.

Address: 1803 E. 350 S., Lafayette, IN 47909

Hours: Monday – closed, Tuesday through Sunday – 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Hammer Donuts

Hammer Donuts, like Corlew’s, is a place to grab a doughnut or two on-the-go because it’s not a sit-down shop or cafe. Tucked in the back of the Discount Den convenience store in the Chauncey Hill Mall near Purdue’s campus, a floor-to-ceiling glass case holds cake and yeast doughnuts made fresh for the day.

There are a variety of flavors to try, including jelly-filled, Bavarian creme-filled, cherry, red velvet and more. Their specialties, however, are the apple fritters as well as the cereal-topped doughnuts featuring Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, or Captain Crunch. No other shop in the area features these cereal creations; they definitely conquer breakfast and dessert.

Hammer Donuts donut

The strawberry glazed doughnut I ate at Hammer Donuts.

I came for a snack and tried the glazed strawberry cake doughnut, which was small but also dense and thick, and it was the perfect combination to make me feel satisfied.

Address: 135 S. Chauncey Avenue #1J, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Hours: Monday through Wednesday – 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.

Greyhouse is a modern-yet-rustic coffee shop bustling with people near Purdue’s campus. After a huge remodel, the company had its grand reopening in March, 2018. With its new look, it has a new menu that now includes doughnuts.

Many of the flavors cater to the season, such as the pumpkin spice glazed cake doughnut and the strawberry lemonade yeast doughnut, but Greyhouse does offer classic flavors like the glazed vanilla bean yeast doughnut, the classic old-fashioned cake doughnut and the double chocolate old-fashioned cake doughnut.

Greyhouse donut

The pumpkin spice glazed doughnut I ate at Greyhouse.

I tried the pumpkin spice glazed doughnut as another snack, and it was a spongy, dense cake that I enjoyed while sitting in the shop.

Address: 100 Northwestern Ave., West Lafayette, IN 47906

Hours: Everyday – 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

If you’re in the area, check out some of these amazing doughnut shops and find your favorite one for breakfast or just a sweet treat excursion.

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette food and shops, visit us at HomeOfPurdue.com

This blog was wrriten by Purdue University Student, Kayla Groen

Purdue Nightlife: Best Bars

Purdue Nightlife: Pick the Best Bar for Your Night out on the West Lafayette Town!

Purdue has quite a few bars near campus, each offering its own unique atmosphere and array of various drinks and food. Depending on what type of night you are looking to have, whether it be a laid back conversation with some friends while drinking a beer or a night full of dancing and rave music, Purdue has many places on campus that are able to provide you with whatever kind of night out you are looking for.

Harry’s: Harry’s Chocolate Shop has been around since 1919 when Harry J. Marack opened its doors to the public, thus making it the oldest bar at Purdue. Initially it was a soda fountain until Harry’s obtained a liquor license later in the 1920s. With so much history it’s no wonder Harry’s has established itself as a staple near Purdue’s campus. Alumni also tend to favor Harry’s as their hang out spot when they return to campus to catch up with friends. The atmosphere at Harry’s is very relaxed and not as chaotic as most people might imagine a college bar to be (until around 9 p.m. when the college students begin their late night festivities.) There are lots of tables to sit down at and enjoy a drink, burger, as well as engage in a great conversation with your friends.

wall outside of Harry's Chocolate Shop

The famous wall outside of Harry’s where many students, alumni, and visitors take photos in front of. #Harry’sChocolateShop #Purdue #Photogenicwall

Harry’s has an array of specialty drinks, as well as some delicious meals to choose from. One of the most popular drinks among students is the “Grasshopper.” This sweet cocktail has a mint flavor and is made with green creme de menthe that gives the drink its signature color. A “John Daly” is another highly requested mixed drink at Harry’s. It is a combination of iced tea, lemonade, and vodka.

grasshopper cocktail from Harry's Chocolate Shop

The “grasshopper” is a popular cocktail ordered by many students. This delightful drink tastes like you’re drinking melted mint chip ice cream. What could be better than that?! #grasshopper #mintchip #icecreamcocktail #Harry’sChocolateShop

Ordering food at Harry’s is also a must. Their quesadillas, chicken wings, and burgers are sensational and loved around campus. The prices are also very reasonable, with the average meal price staying at about $7.50. When making a visit to Harry’s be sure to plan ahead and arrive before 8 p.m. or you might have trouble finding an open table.

Location: 329 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3a.m. , Sunday: 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Inside of Harry's Chocolate Shop

A glimpse at the vintage aesthetic inside Harry’s Chocolate Shop. The popular bar near Purdue’s campus has an old time look and feel, as well as many stylish signs. #Vintage #Harry’sChocolateShop #StylishAesthetic

Brothers: If you’re looking for a step up from Harry’s in terms of a more exuberant atmosphere, then Brothers is the best option. There are still plenty of tables to hang out with friends, but the addition of pop music and space to dance around, if you choose to do so, creates the typical college-esque bar experience. Brothers is known for its great deals throughout the week on both drinks and food. With $1 double wells on Mondays and 25 cent wings every Wednesday, it’s hard to resist making a weekly visit to Brothers. The deals are also great for students who are looking to have a night out but need to stick to a budget.

Location: 306 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 5 p.m. – 3 a.m. , Sunday: 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Brothers bar sign

Brothers bar provides a great atmosphere for students and visitors to enjoy a drink and a riveting conversation with peers. #BrothersBar #Purdue #placetobe

Brothers bar view from counter

Don’t worry about missing the big game while enjoying a drink at Brothers. The bar is stocked with many TVs and lots of your favorite beer. #BrothersBar #BigGame #BeerFan

Where Else: Where else would you rather be on a night out at Purdue? The answer is in the question. Where Else! This bar has been near Purdue’s campus since 1997 and is one of the most energetic bars on campus. With a live DJ set most nights and a sizable dance floor, Where Else is the perfect place to bust a move while dancing the night away with your friends.

where else entrance door

Looking for a place to enjoy a drink and get your groove on? How about Where Else! The dance floor and drink deals are waiting for you. #WhereElse #getyourgrooveon #drinkdeals

Where Else also offers 50 cent beers every Monday night, which is the cheapest drink offer on campus and very popular among students. Don’t skip out on deals like this and make a visit to Where Else next Monday night.

Location: 135 S. Chauncey Ave, West Lafayette, IN

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. , Sunday-Tuesday: Closed

Where Else bar main floor

Students enjoying a night out at Where Else, while dancing with friends and relishing their drinks. #WhereElse #dancethenightaway #PurdueNightlife

Neon Cactus: Neon Cactus, called “the Cactus” for short, is the closest thing Purdue has to a club. With a ginormous lit up dance floor and constant upbeat rave music playing, it’s no surprise the Neon Cactus is one of the most popular bars on campus. Every Thursday the Cactus hosts “Thirsty Thursday,” which offers students the chance to get a 32oz mixed drink for $3.50. You can pick from many different options but the fan favorite is the “Long Island Iced Tea.” This deal is extremely popular and more often than not creates a line out the door, which can take hours to get inside. Make sure to show up no later than 10 p.m. on a Thursday night if you want to make it inside first.

neon cactus front sign

One of the best places to party in West Lafayette is the Neon Cactus. With their amazing drink deals on “Thirsty Thursday” and fabulous dance music, it is hard to resist. #NeonCactus #ThirstyThursday #dancemusic

Neon Cactus main dance floor

The Neon Cactus packed on a “Thirsty Thursday.” Everyone is having a great time dancing and savoring their $3.50 cocktails! #NeonCactus #cheapdrinks #bustamove

Neon Cactus is also known for the Piano Man, who performs classic hits on his piano in a separate room of the bar. Students sit down and sing along while they take a break from dancing around for hours. If you’re ever free on a Thursday night and in the area, then you definitely need to make a stop at the Neon Cactus.

Location: 360 Brown Street, Unit 15, West Lafayette, IN

Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 8 p.m. – 3 a.m. , Sunday-Wednesday: Closed

piano bar at neon cactus

All that dancing calls for a break and there is no better place to go than to the Piano Bar to hear the Piano Man play some classic tunes. #NeonCactus #PianoBar #singusasong

For more information to plan your perfect night out check out HomeofPurdue.com to find additional articles on these bars and other nightlife options.

Shauna McAulay, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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.

10 Years to Celebrate Wine at Wildcat Creek Winery

http://www.wildcatcreekwinery.com/

Rain or shine, Wildcat Creek Winery is the place to go for a glass of wine or afternoon out with friends. The family-run winery proves perfect for a quick stop on your way through Lafayette or long day off.

A few minutes off Interstate 65 in Lafayette, this hidden gem is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Its advertisements mentioning a “friendly and welcoming Hoosier farmhouse appeal” couldn’t be more true as you are instantly greeted and invited in to sample wine with names like “Prophet’s Rock” or “Aunt Millie’s” (named after owner Kathy Black’s own grandmother).

Wildcat Creek art

History

Ten years ago, the owners, Kathy and Rick Black, retired and opened the winery out of their beautiful 1900s home. Every day, with the exception of Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, they offer tastings, winery tours, and a beautiful area to relax and enjoy a glass of award-winning wine. Over the years, the owners have seen and facilitated numerous occasions including marriage proposals, bachelorette parties, and seasonal wine releases.

As a growing attraction for locals and tourists, Wildcat Creek Winery uses its influence to support the community in everything they do.  They utilize Midwestern grapes and juices and support the area by selling locally produced goods in its gift shop, located inside with the tasting room.  They also partner with nearby organizations such as Lafayette Transitional Housing for fundraisers and giving back to the area.

Wine

Because it is such a small operation it is easy to imagine a quaint family run farm, but the quality of the wine is as spectacular as the location. They’ve won many awards (including 2012 Indiana Wine of the Year) and accolades from all over.  With a list of 13 wine varieties, it may be hard to pick, but they are well known for their semi-sweet Steuben and semi-dry Chambourcin.

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Tours and Tastings

Fortunately, for us non-wine experts, they are happy to explain and show how the wine is made and walk you through its history and quality.  If you’re lucky, they’ll even recommend a few of their personal favorites out of the dozen or so varietals they create with a food pairing.

Inside features an extensive gift shop and tasting room where they hold wine tastings and sell their wine along with local products. Each tasting is done with one of Wildcat Creek Winery’s trained employees, who are able to make recommendations and add snack pairings with the wines you chose.

Upon request, tours of the area explore the tasting area, outdoor gardens, winemaking, and bottling areas, as you learn how each area contributes to the winemaking process and makes the winery great. After a brief half hour tour to get a better understanding of what Wildcat Creek Winery is, guests relax at tables lining the backyard with a glass of Wildcat Creek wine.

While we might not think of Indiana as a top spot for wineries, Wildcat Creek proves us wrong with a warm atmosphere, beautiful location, and delicious wines. A visit to Wildcat Creek is more than a stop of the interstate with wine tastings, gift shop, sitting areas, and tours.

For more information about this or other events in our area, visit HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Purdue University Student, Margaret Cooper.

Purdue Football Fun: A Game Weekend Checklist

With Purdue football season underway, we’ve compiled a list of must-do game weekend activities. This checklist is full of traditions and experiences that are sure to get everyone from campus newcomers to Purdue football regulars in the Boilermaker spirit!

1. Go to The Den

Photo of a red, white and blue donut atop a Den Pop in front of the Discount Den store

Den Pops and donuts – what a delicious combination! Photo courtesy of @discountden

The Discount Den is a popular convenience store located in Chauncey Mall. It’s a great spot to pick up affordable Purdue attire, snacks, soda and more. Home of the iconic “Den Pop,” The Den is most known for its soft drink bar where you can create your own soda concoction. Also, be sure to grab some delicious Hammer Donuts! The Den is open from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.

2. Walk Around Campus

Photo of The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower in spring

The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower

Walking around campus during football weekends is a fun way to see many iconic Purdue landmarks. Additionally, it’s a great chance to take pictures with friends and family to remember the experience. Listed below are a few of the must-see spots:

  • John Purdue – Memorial Mall
  • Unfinished P – Next to Stewart Center
  • Campus Fountains – We recommend Loeb Fountain by Beering Hall and The Engineering Fountain on Engineering Mall
  • Bell Tower – Across from WALC
  • Neil Armstrong – Outside of Armstrong Hall

A campus walk also allows campus newcomers and alumni to see new changes and recent additions to Purdue. The most notable addition to campus currently is the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, located across from the Bell Tower.

3. Eat at Popular Purdue Restaurants

Photo of Basil Thai's curry pineapple fried rice in a to-go box next to a menu

Curry Pineapple Fried Rice from Basil Thai

Stopping in for a bite to eat at the most beloved Purdue restaurants will get you in the Boilermaker spirit.

One of the most known joints is Triple XXX, a diner known for its burgers and milkshakes. It opens at 5:30 a.m. daily for breakfast and closes at 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 p.m on Sunday. A crowd favorite is the Duane Purvis All American Burger, a classic cheeseburger with a sweet twist – peanut butter. The Drew Brees First Choice breakfast special is also an early-morning hit among the locals. 

Another classic restaurant is Bruno’s, a family-run pizza joint. First-timers can’t go wrong with the famous Bruno Dough and the Boilermaker Pizza. Bruno’s opens at 4:00 p.m. daily, so be sure to save this location for dinner.

Another hidden gem is Basil Thai, which is located in Chauncey Mall. The small Thai shop offers many delicious vegetarian and vegan options. The red curry and rice dish is one of the best items on the menu.

4. Ride on the Boilermaker Special

Photo of Purdue's Boilermaker Special, a black and gold locomotive, driving by a statue of John Purdue on Memorial Mall

The Boilermaker Special driving by John Purdue statue on Memorial Mall. Photo courtesy of @BoilermakerSpecial

Catching a ride on the Boilermaker Special, Purdue’s notable mascot, is an experience every Purdue fan should have. You can spot the locomotive driving around campus on game weekends. The Reamer Club offers free rides in front of Stewart Center from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Fridays before home football games. This is a great activity for kids!

5. Tailgate

Tailgating near the stadium on game day is a great way to catch up with old friends and get excited about the game. For details about purchasing tailgate spaces, check out the official Purdue Tailgating Page.

6. Go to Harry’s

Photo of rum and Coke drink and a purple suede purse with fringe sitting on the bar at Harry's

Grabbing a drink at Harry’s after the game is a must

With great drinks and free popcorn, Harry’s Chocolate Shop is the place to be on game weekends. It opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 3:00 a.m. daily. It tends to stay fairly packed all weekend, so expect a crowd. The Green Dragon is a go-to drink for frequent Harry’s customers. Filled with students and alumni, it’s hard to find a place with more school spirit in one location than this iconic bar.

7. Go to the Game

Photo of Ross-Ade stadium filled with fans during a game timeout at sunset

A packed Ross-Ade Stadium, full of fans ready to cheer on the Boilermakers to victory.

The most important thing to do on a game weekend is (obviously) go to the game. For more information about ticket prices and purchasing details, visit the Purdue Sports football ticket information page. While at the game, be sure to cheer on the Boilers and watch the “All American” Marching Band perform during halftime with the World’s Largest Drum!

Make sure to check out the Home of Purdue’s website for more information about upcoming Purdue athletic activities.

Alexis Murrell, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Living in Chauncey

What is it like to live in Chauncey, the downtown area of West Lafayette, situated between the Purdue campus and the Riverfront district? Natalie, Purdue University Graduate shares her experience living in Chauncey!

What to do, where to eat and where to hangout:

  • EATS
    • Fiesta
      • Fiesta is a Mexican restaurant local to Purdue’s campus. Living in Chauncey makes it easy to access delicious burritos and quesadillas. If you are looking for vegetarian or vegan options, Fiesta also offers some great alternatives. My favorite things to order is a burrito with vegetables and make sure to ask for the ranch sauce!

        Fiesta!

    • Noodles and I
      • Noodles and I isn’t a restaurant that everyone is aware of, but offers some amazing Asian cuisine. The cute hole-in-the-wall restaurant, right across the street from Maje Sushi, offers a small interior space to order quickly and eat in. My favorite thing to order at Noodles and I is vegetarian Pad Thai. Another favorite of students around Chauncey Square is Chicken or Vegetable Pho, make sure to add the sauce on the table for extra flavor!
    • Poke Hibachi
      • The first poke hibachi place to come to Purdue’s campus, Poke Hibachi! Located a couple stores back from Mad Mushroom, the poke restaurant offers fresh poke bowls with your choice of toppings. It’s a quick and healthy dining option!

        Poke Hibachi

    • Maje Sushi
      • Personally, I think Maje Sushi is the best sushi around Purdue’s campus. I may be bias since it is located right in Chauncey mall, but the sushi is fresh and they have a lot of different options, even for vegans and vegetarians. Next time you go in, try the mushroom roll… it is to die for!
  • COFFEE SHOPS / HANGOUT
    • Greyhouse
      • Greyhouse, being newly renovated in March of 2018, offers a wide variety of space to hangout, chat with friends or catch up on your work. The atmosphere inside of Greyhouse is relaxed and aesthetically pleasing. They also offer a wide variety of coffees, teas and food options like there famous crepes and newly added donuts!

        Greyhouse

    • Vienna
        • Vienna, which is located right next door to Greyhouse, is another local option for a nice hangout spot. The unique atmosphere makes Vienna special to Chauncey mall. They also offer a wide variety of food options, like breakfast sandwiches and vegan pastries!

    • Red Mango
      • Looking for a smoothie bowl? Red Mango is my favorite place, and probably only place in the West Lafayette area, where you can find smoothie bowls along with frozen yogurt and smoothies! My roommates and I love to grab a smoothie bowl during the warm months and take a walk around Purdue’s campus.
  • SHOPS
    • Underground Printing
      • If you are looking for a store to find unique Purdue apparel and not sure where to go, Underground Printing has got your back. I stumbled into Underground Printing a couple of days ago on a whim and was pleasantly surprised! Located right next to Lotsa Pizza, they offer old school Purdue sweatshirts, Harry’s gear and anything in between. You can even place a bulk order with them next time you stop in!
    • Vons
      • Vons is one of the only stores close to Chauncey Mall that is unique to Purdue’s campus. Located close to Jimmy John’s, Vons is home to a large variety of unique gifts. Looking for records? Vons has them. Looking for a cool poster? Vons has that too. Looking for spirit rocks, clothing or anything else? Vons has got you covered! Vons has everything from incense, music and even books. It’s worth the trip inside (and p.s. dogs are allowed inside too)!

        Vons

For more information about Chauncey and our other fabulous, fun districts in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Savor Ramen at Yatagarasu

Yatagarasu, a new Japanese ramen shop in downtown Lafayette, is bringing a new vibe to restaurants in the Lafayette / West Lafayette area. On Monday, I went to dinner with a  friend where we tried both the Spicy Ramen and the Vegetable Ramen along with ordering a pot of the seasonal tea.

Spicy Ramen

I would say that Yatagarasu is relatively casual, with an aesthetically pleasing interior and inviting atmosphere. The sitting area is pretty small but cozy enough to bring a date or a couple of friends. Located at 533 Main Street, it is a great location central to downtown Lafayette.

Vegetable Ramen

The menu is short and concise, making it easy for us to pick out what we were craving. Being a vegetarian, I was pleased to see that they offered a vegetable ramen option. On the other hand, my friend was looking for something with complex flavor and ordered the spicy ramen. The ramen itself was packed with flavor and you definitely got your money’s worth. The size of the meals were large, enough for leftovers in my opinion. The flavor of the ramen had depth and dimension, and was delicious!

The restaurant also seems to be bringing a lot of guests. For a Monday night, the restaurant was pretty packed but on the positive side we did not have to wait for our table. With our meal we ordered a pot of the seasonal tea: cherry black tea. The tea was served in traditional Japanese tea cups, which I thought was an appealing touch.

Cherry Black Tea

If you are not a fan of ramen, they do offer some other options, appetizers and even dessert. As for the drink menu, they offer a selection to choose from.

Next time you are planning a restaurant date, girls night or just want to explore something new… make sure to try out Yatagarasu! Natalie, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

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

Ultimate Summer Things To Do at Purdue

If you’re remaining on campus for the summer, or living in the Lafayette area, you may be searching for things to do this summer. Luckily, there are always things waiting to be discovered here in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

If you are a student, or a parent/loved one of a student, you may be interested in attending Purdue Summer Residential Classes. The classes offered, dates and the prices can be found here. These classes are created by the GERI, the Gifted Education Resource Institute. Students from 5th Grade to 12th Grade can participate in these summer camps that cover a wide variety of topics ranging from Criminology to Leadership 101.

A classic Purdue summer activity is doing a fountain run! It is a tradition for students and campus visitors to run through the water fountains on campus. Not only that, it’s a great way to cool off on hot summer days! The two main fountains to visit are the Engineering Fountain and Loeb Fountain. Have a blast running through though the water with your friends – also great for kids!

Another Lafayette must-do in the summer heat is Igloo Frozen Custard. This frozen custard stand has been around since 1932. Enjoy all of the great flavors of custard, sandwiches, burgers, and more! Explore their menu on their website. There’s no better way to spend a hot day than seeing just how many scoops you can eat!
 Igloo Employees
If you are a current Purdue student, there’s always the productive way to spend your summers: taking classes! Catch up on your curriculum, get a hard class out of the way, or take a fun elective. There are so many summer courses offered through Purdue, online and in person. Take a look through all of the courses on the Think Summer website. I’ve taken classes every summer while I’ve been studying at Purdue and it’s really paid off!
There are also two must-see’s in the Indiana heat. Waterparks! The first is Castaway Bay, which is located in Armstrong Park. Beach-like entry, water basketball, and a bubble bench are just a few of the features there. More on the hours, admission prices, etc., here. The second waterpark, Tropicanoe Cove, is located at Colombian Park and Zoo Make a day of it – stop by and see the animals, explore the park and jump in the pool. There are water slides, a lazy river and other great aquatic activities. Either of these are perfect choices for a day in the sun.
 
As you can tell, there are so many things to do and see in Lafayette-West Lafayette in the summertime. Don’t spend your free time bored, staring at a screen – get out there and do something! Educate yourself or your kids, enjoy some delicious frozen custard, and cool down in the water – this and so much more to explore. For more information about these attractions and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog is shared by Samantha Martin, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

Sweet Renovations at Greyhouse Coffee

Greyhouse Coffee is a spot loved by many Purdue students and visitors. Being one of the only local coffee shops around Purdue campus, this restaurant attracts long crowds and hungry students. After being closed for a short couple of months for major renovations, Greyhouse re-opened its doors in March of 2018.

I was able to check out the inside of Greyhouse for myself and it is truly stunning. They added more setting options, a brand new ordering station with a central location and a welcoming design. They still offer their classic lattes, teas and crepes but make sure to check then out in the coming weeks for the addition of gourmet donuts. My go-to drink at Greyhouse is the Masala Chai latte with almond milk. The caffeinated drink is a good alternative to drinking coffee, with spices like clove and cardamom that isn’t too sweet!

Greyhouse Coffee is conveniently located at 100 Northwestern Avenue, right on the corner of a multitude of restaurants in the West Lafayette area. Although they are known for their amazing coffee and lattes, they also offer a variety of tea options and smoothies. For food, they offer crepes, cakes, macaroons and gelato. They are known around campus for their variety of sweet and savory crepes, offering both regular and vegetarian options like the rooster crepe which is a local favorite!

During the warmer months, Greyhouse has outdoor seating. The renovation introduced some new indoor setting space as well to accommodate the students and guests who wish to study or sit and enjoy a drink on a chilly day. They are conveniently open from 7 AM and close at 12 AM; during some holidays, hours may change.

Make sure to stop on over and check out the new renovation for yourself! Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Natalie, shares this blog.  For more information about Greyhouse Coffee and other coffee shops in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.