Hunters Pub offers beer, wings, football and more!

IMG_4205Beer, wings, football! Is this what you think of when one asks what you are doing on a Sunday afternoon in the fall? It is my husband’s go to statement! One place where they serve fabulous chicken wings and a diverse selection of beer is Hunter’s Pub. This bar and restaurant offers exemplary service with a true neighborhood feel. There are 3 locations throughout Lafayette-West Lafayette and they each have multiple t.v.’s for continuous football viewing!

Fall is one of our favorite seasons for two different reasons; football for my husband and football food for myself! I enjoy football, but I am not an avid watcher. If my hubby will take me to a fun restaurant with good food, I am sold! One such place is Hunter’s Pub. My husband says there is an art to ordering food while watching a game. First we have to order appetizers to munch on during the first half and when there is 2 minutes left in that half, we can order our entrees. Not one second before the 2-minute mark! Hunter’s Pub has such a wide selection of appetizers it is hard to choose, but their wings (as mentioned above) are wonderful. Their jumbo wings are juicy and perfect dipped in a bit of ranch. We usually alternate between ordering their loaded nachos, potato skins and schroomies (hushpuppy-like fritters made with portabella mushrooms, jalapeno peppers and 4 different cheeses and served with ranch). The best games are when we are with a bunch of friends and we order all three!

Onto the entrees! Hmmm…where to start?!  Many times I order a salad after downing so many calories in our appetizers. One would assume with the bar-like feel of the place, that they wouldn’t have a diverse salad selection, but they have 13 different salads on their menu!  My favorite is their black and blue salad, which features fresh romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, blue cheese crumbles and is topped with blackened chicken. It is light and refreshing. My husband wouldn’t be caught dead ordering a salad on game day! He is a burger kind of guy and simple at that. Their Hunters Burger is beef, bun and cheese. Simple yet yummy! (I usually nab a bite!) They offer 12 different burgers and are 1/2 pound of 100% ground beef. President, Jo Wade, of Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette shares, “I LOVE that they also have wonderful veggie black bean burgers that not many pubs include their variety on their menus. I truly appreciate that option when eating with my meat eating family and friends!”

Check out all these t.v.'s for football viewing!

Check out all these t.v.’s for football viewing! -At Southside Hunter’s Pub

Football season is here, and finding the perfect place to watch is so important. Head to one of Hunter’s Pub 3 locations and enjoy everything they have to offer. Great food, atmosphere and service all in one location!

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

Chumley’s – Football & Food Madness!

IMG_0731Happening Now!  Right now, the talk around town is about spending an afternoon or evening with friends cheering on our Purdue football team and/or Indianapolis Colts at Chumley’s Pub in Lafayette, Indiana, while snacking on loaded nachos and burgers!

I am so excited for this upcoming weekend!  My husband’s best guy friends from college and their wives or girlfriends are coming for the weekend.  They are traveling from all over the Midwest to spend the weekend with us and to tailgate and attend the Purdue football game against the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday.  They will all arrive Friday evening, and to follow tradition, we will all head to Chumley’s to eat pub food, catch up on everything new going on in each other’s lives, and watch sports.

IMG_1452Chumley’s holds a special place in my heart because it was the location where I met all my husband’s friends.  It was a great place to relax and get to know everyone, and I have come to truly love all his college buddies.  Chumley’s also has great food!  My husband and I go loco over their nachos.  We get them loaded and ask for double the amount of the cheese.  The only critical part is deciding if we want chili or chicken nachos.  Both are fabulous!

Burgers and beers are another part of Chumley’s that make it a “hot spot” in Lafayette!  With a selection of over 25 burgers, 50 beers on tap and 100 beers bottled, guests have many options to choose from.  Our friends like to think of themselves as “beer” aficionados, and they always try diverse beers that personally I have never heard of (but I am a beer novice!).  I know if they lived here they would join the Chumley’s Pub Passport Club, where visitors can sample 50 different beers from around the world and earn a Beer Club t-shirt and their name behind the bar.  They may have actually done this in college. I will have to ask this weekend!

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

Happy Thanksgiving! Weekend Update

Purdue Vs. IU (Boiler Up!)

Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope everyone has a joyous Thanksgiving tomorrow, November 22, 2012. Thanksgiving in our country means a lot of things to different people, but in overall it is a day of sharing and being with friends and family.  What do you do on Thanksgiving?  What does this special holiday mean to you and your family?

Thanksgiving in our family is really four days (Thursday through Sunday) of celebrating family, food and football.  On Thursday, we gather and eat a scrumptious Thanksgiving Feast with all the trimmings; turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry salad, yams, stuffing and pumpkin pie.  It is a day of merriment as our family catches up on major events that took place in our lives this past year, while NFL football plays in the background as a few cousins hoot and holler for their teams.

Black Friday starts at midnight and a few of our dedicated family members head out to take on the masses to find the perfect Christmas gift.  This year I believe Tippecanoe Mall, Target, Walmart, and the shops at Lafayette Pavilions are on the agenda.  Yes, there is a set “agenda” in place to where all the special discounts can be found.  I give “kudos” to those cousins who brave the crowds!

One of the best parts about Thanksgiving weekend is every other year our Purdue Boilermaker Football Team takes on IU at Ross Ade Stadium.  This Friday, November 23, we will join all the Boilermaker fans at the “Boiler Up at the Boiler Bridge Walk” cheer on our football team as they cross the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge lead by “special marshals”, a Purdue pep band, Purdue Pete, Purdue cheerleaders, and the Boilermaker Special.

Saturday, November 24, equals game day!  The day will start early with tailgating fun; a grill full of smoked savory treats, a cornhole tournament, and a pep rally and concert by the “All-American” Marching Band.  Then it is the official football “kickoff” and our Purdue Boilermakers will fight to beat the Hoosiers.

Thanksgiving is the busiest travel holiday in the United States, and people will be driving and flying to see loved ones.  Please feel free to stop by our Visitors Center on Sunday, November 24, to rest and get travel brochures and directions.  (Personally, we will recoup on Sunday after three days of constant activity.) Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving!

Purdue Homecoming Weekend Update

2 Great Cities, 1 Great Purdue Homecoming 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.

It is that time of the year again where students, locals, and alumni come together to celebrate “Homecoming” at Purdue University.  Put your Purdue sweatshirts on and head to the many wonderful, celebratory events taking place around this special time.  Purdue University has a committee of individuals who work all year long to make the weekend fun and memorable.

Start celebrating at the Boiler Up at the Boiler Bridge Walk, Friday evening at 5:45 p.m.   Join other loyal fans as they rally with the team.  Led by “special marshals”, a Purdue pep band, Purdue Pete, Purdue cheerleaders, and the Boilermaker Special, the football team will cross the bridge to the cheers of young and old!

Following this event at 7:30 p.m., you can head up Chauncey Hill to partake in or watch the “Boilermaker Night Train Parade & Pep Rally” with friends and family! The parade will feature walking units, vehicles and floats made by student organizations and local businesses.  This year’s theme “Once Upon a Homecoming” will be highlighted in the specialty floats!  Participants will include the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band; former astronaut Eugene Cernan, Purdue alumnus and the most recent man to walk on the moon; and will be led by acting President Timothy Sands.  Please note the parade starts at the corner of Columbia and Northwestern and ends at Mackey Arena.  Then you can holler and cheer at the Pep Rally as the 2012 Homecoming King and Queen are crowned!

Can you believe there is more entertainment at 9:15 p.m.?  Within the great Mackey Arena, “The Tip-Off Before the Kickoff” will be hosted by Purdue Athletics.  The schedule includes a performance by the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, introductions of both the Purdue men’s and women’s basketball teams, a performance by the student-athletes from both teams, shooting and slam dunk competitions and remarks by head coaches Matt Painter, Sharon Versyp and Danny Hope.

Homecoming day arrives on Saturday, October 13, with a celebration at Stadium Mall;  Purdue’s various colleges and organizations will have booths set up to partake and Purdue Bands & Orchestras Marching Band will perform at 10:30 a.m.  Join the crowd in ‘Hail Purdue’ and prepare to watch our Purdue Football Team take on Wisconsin at noon.  Purdue celebrates over 100 years of traditions.  Do not miss this significant event!

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

Purdue Football Season & Tailgating

Purdue & IU Fans - Ready for another competitive year of football!

Happening Now!  Right now everyone is talking about another fun Purdue football season where fans cheer and holler for our Boilers who take the field with confidence and endurance.  Football, fall weather and camaraderie all mix together to make Purdue football something really special.  There is a smell in the air, a sense of pride in your school, and nostalgia from years past that make the football season in a class of its own.

Purdue football in my family is divided into two different seasons.  The early season (September through mid to late October) is harvest time for my husband.  If it is sunny and dry, he will be harvesting and cheering on our Boilers from a combine which thankfully has a radio. If the ground is too wet to harvest or it is raining, we head to the games to sit in the stands with thousands of other fans to watch our team hopefully defeat the opponent.

Being married to a farmer, we sadly never buy season tickets, but we always purchase tickets for the last game of the season.  Every other year the Boilers take on rival Indiana University at home for this last game.  Our best friends, who are huge IU fans, come up from Indianapolis for the game.  Their parents (who are Boilers!) always have a tailgate feast that is full of delicious fare ranging from brats to fried chicken to pulled pork and too many side dishes to count.  We play cornhole and throw around a football before it is time to enter the game.  It is usually freezing cold, but we sit in the stands all bundled up with blankets and hot chocolate and cheer!  This game is months away, but it makes me smile and feel warm inside thinking about it.  Crazy, I know, with colder weather on the way.  But there is just something special about sitting in the stands rooting for your team with thousands of others.  It is loud yet peaceful.

For more information about the Purdue football season and other sporting events in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Boiler Up at the Boiler Bridge Walk & Global Fest

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.

Football Season is back!  Friday night head to “Boiler Up at the Boiler Bridge Walk” at the John Myers Pedestrian Bridge as loyal fans rally with the team before the Boilermaker home football game on Saturday against Eastern Kentucky. Lead by “special marshals”, a Purdue pep band, Purdue Pete, Purdue cheerleaders and the Boilermaker Special; the football team will cross the bridge to the cheers of young and old. Weekly marshals, chosen from local youth groups, will huddle with the team and join the walk across the bridge. Put a face with a name, as the players will be wearing their jerseys for this up close and personal event. As they cross the bridge, players will have special giveaway items from local businesses for fans lining the way.

Looking for a relaxed and lovely way to spend a few hours of your day on Saturday, September 1?  Head over to the Morton Community Center for the special event, “Global Fest“.  This is a day of celebration as we embrace the many cultures in our community.   It’s a small (which kind of makes it nice), friendly street festival with great music, global food samplings and crafts from around the world just waiting to be purchased.  Lafayette-West Lafayette CVB President Jo Wade shares, “Always a great event for a variety of international food and entertainment. Walking through the classrooms full of international products/gifts to be purchased is always a treat.”

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

Football and Live Music

Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun 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.

Wow, how time flies!  This Saturday in West Lafayette is the last home Purdue football game.  Our boilermakers take on Iowa State.  Take part in all the festivities centered around this great sporting event throughout the weekend.  Don’t miss Boiler Up at the Boiler Bridge Walk on Friday, November 18, as the football team will cross the bridge to the cheers of young and old!  Grill hotdogs and hamburgers before the game on Saturday at Purdue Tailgating!  Share with readers your special “tailgating” recipes!

On Sunday, November 20, in Lafayette, don’t miss The Gourds: Presented by Friends of Bob Live Music. The Gourds bring their iconoclastic country/folk/Tex-Mex/Cajun rock to the stage at the Lafayette Brewing Company at 7pm.  Sit back, drink a locally crafted beer and listen to this honky tonkin’ good time band!

For more information about other great events taking place this weekend check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.comAnd don’t forget to share your recipes!!

 

Love Letters & Purdue Sports

The John Myers Pedestrian Bridge

Looking for a fun 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 this Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, check out the performance Love Letters by A.R. Gurney.  Take a good, heartwarming story, add two interesting characters, then take away all the typical theater effects and what do you have? Love Letters by A.R. Gurney. This unique, moving play focuses on the special life-long relationship between a man and a woman, as shown solely through the reading of their love letters to one another.  The theatrical experience takes place at the Lafayette Civic Theatre.

West Lafayette this weekend offers a wealth of Boilermaker cheer.  Friday, November 11 join loyal fans at the John Myers Pedestrian Bridge as we rally with the team before the Boilermaker home football game taking place on Saturday vs. rival Ohio State.  This event is lead by “special marshals”, a Purdue pep band, Purdue Pete, Purdue cheerleaders, and the Boilermaker Special. The football team will cross the bridge to the cheers of young and old. Weekly marshals, chosen from local youth groups, will huddle with the team and join the walk across the bridge.   In addition, on Friday our Purdue Men’s Basketball Team takes on Northern Illinois and on Sunday our Purdue Women’s Basketball Team takes on IUPUI.  It is a sporting weekend for all!

For more information about other fun events taking place this weekend please visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.