Local Acts of Kindness Leave Mark on Purdue Family

Hannah and mom Rachel 1 week before Hannah became ill

Today is World Kindness Day! We want to share a story of loving kindness we heard from a Purdue parent who experienced the BEST of our community.  Thank you to Rachel Michelberg for sharing this story with us to pass on. It shows how the human spirit of kindness can leave a mark in a family’s life forever. Our world is brighter with these wonderful acts of kindness.

Rachel shares, “In November 2016 my daughter Hannah was in her sophomore year at Purdue.  She fell ill the weekend before Thanksgiving and was taken by a friend in the middle of the night to St. Elizabeth hospital. Her illness, which was thought to be either TB or pneumonia, progressed rapidly and the doctor advised me to come as soon as possible.  My husband and I flew out (from the San Francisco bay area) that night.  Hannah was in the ICU in an isolated room – we had to don gowns and masks upon entering.  She worsened and the doctors put her on a ventilator. As you can imagine it was truly terrifying – the antibiotics weren’t working and her lung x-rays continued to show worsening, severe congestion.  TB was eventually ruled out – she had a severe form of pneumonia.
The night Hannah went on the ventilator – the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — we took a break and went to East End Grill for dinner.  It was hard to relax but we told the server our story and asked if they were open the next day so we could have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner.  Soon after Scott came to our table and offered to make us a meal that we could pick up and have in Hannah’s hospital room (he would be coming in to the restaurant to cook just for us since they weren’t open.) We were flabbergasted by his kindness and gratefully accepted.  When my husband Richard picked up the meal the next day, Scott refused his repeated offer of payment.  So extraordinarily kind and generous.

Thanksgiving Dinner – Chicken, asparagus and lovely mashed potatoes. Scott even sent plates and cutlery.

I helped Hannah move into her studio in The Hub this past weekend for her senior year.  I took her and a few of her friends to the East End Grill on Saturday night and asked to see Scott.  He remembered us, asking – “you’re here from California, right?” I thanked him again, and he said “it’s just what you do,” – as if there was no question that this is the way people should treat each other.”

The staff at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette want to thank Scott at East End Grill as well for being kind and making us so proud to call Lafayette-West Lafayette home. Our community is positive, kind and a great place to be a part of. Living or visiting here, it’s fabulous!
Please share an act of kindness you have received? And remember, be kind!

Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Hyla from West Lafayette, Indiana!

She shares, “I’ve lived in the West Lafayette area for the past 7 years and some of these places I haven’t been to yet. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to patronize some local businesses and have fun with my friends. Thank you!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in November.  The theme will be Holiday Shopping & Entertainment!

Wagyu Burger-liciousness at East End Grill

Burger-liciousness is taking place all over Lafayette-West Lafayette this month! We have been featuring some of our favorite burger joints across town and enjoying every delectable bite. The featured restaurant today is East End Grill.

We are happy with our selection!

East End has 2 burgers that put it on our burger map.  First is the East End Burger. This burger is an 8oz prime beef patty with Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, pickle & baby greens. Ashley from our office shares, “The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing!”

East End Burger – check out that thick slice of fresh tomato…Delicious!

The Prime Valley Farms Wagyu Burger is the other burger that had our taste buds soaring. This burger is locally raised 100% full blood Wagyu Beef. It is on their menu throughout the year when East End Grill gets Wagyu beef supplied to them from a local farm, so it is featured on a limited time basis. (Fingers crossed it is served when visiting because it is an amazing sandwich.) This burger is served with a sweet tomato relish, creamy Saint-Andre Cheese and arugula. A co-worker and I ordered this burger. It will melt in your mouth with the dense marbling that makes it juicy and delicious! The relish, cheese and arugula give it the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It is one of the best burgers I personally have ever ordered out. Add in some of the East End Grill fries, and you are in burger/fry heaven!

Wagyu Burger -OH YUM!

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from East End Grill or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Teays River Servin’ Rockin’ Good Burgers

It’s Burger Month in Lafayette-West Lafayette. We are heading to the best burger joints in town and sharing why we LOVE burgers.  Check out our latest review of Teays River Brewing and Public House. This restaurant opened this year and is rockin’ the burger scene!

BURGERS!! YUM!

Ultimate Beer Burger reviews:

Emily said, ‘I’m usually not a person who orders burgers when going out to eat, but this one sounded too good to pass up. The best part of this burger is the thick and creamy beer cheese. It’s a great addition to the already wonderful burger and toppings. The beer burger tasted like the cooks put real time and effort into its creation. I will for sure order this again! I would recommend to anyone, burger fan or not, they’re sure to love it!

“The Ultimate Beer Burger from Teays River is a mouthwatering 8oz. burger patty. The hop mayo, beer cheese, and onion jam add a distinct flavor to the already beer marinated patty. Once you take your first bite out of this burger, I promise you won’t be leaving anything on the plate,” adds Corey.

Beer Burger

Korean BBQ Burger review:

Ashley’s thoughts, “Wonderful burger! With the first bite, I noticed an explosion of flavor. The meat was juicy yet had lots of flavor. Black pepper and the vinegary slaw flavor stood out. It was very good. Get it with the chips and a side of beer cheese! YUM!

Korean Burger

Angus Steak Burger review:

Samm shares, “I had the Angus steak burger with the barbecue sauce.  The burger itself was thick, juicy and full of flavor.  The bun was lightly toasted, and the muenster cheese melted on top was the perfect pairing to the sweet and savory barbecue sauce.  I would definitely order this burger again!  I recommend the house chips as a side. They were a great complement to the meal.”

Angus Steak Burger

Black, Blue and Green Burger Review:

I had the Black, Blue and Green Burger. ” I love blue cheese and this burger definitely delivered on the blue cheese with the dressing and crumbles. The green olives and green onions were simple yet really made the burger shine adding a salty, fresh taste.  And the burger itself was so juicy and delicious on a dense, fluffy bun.”

Black, Blue and Green Burger

We were curious because they didn’t ask us how we wanted out burgers cooked and each one of us has our own way we like them cooked from medium rare to well done. But each one came out mouth-watering perfect! The owner shared they have a special meat ratio they have blended for them. The blend in our opinion is fabulous!!

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Teays River or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a fun gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

DT Kirbys -The Unusual Burger Creations

Lafayette-West Lafayette is celebrating Burgers this month! We are exploring the fun and unique flavors of all the burgers around town and this week we are featuring DT Kirby’s!

Do you ever have an unusual burger craving? Do your taste buds crave a burger with diverse flavors and toppings?  Look no further than DT Kirby’s burgers. They are sure to satisfy any crazy craving with burger creations one cannot find anywhere else! From burgers topped with appetizers galore to comfort burgers loaded with mac n cheese, there is something fabulous about each burger. Check out our reviews from our recent visit!

Burger Mania!

The Kirbside Burger, burger with friggin’ fries, onion rings, fried pickles, crispy chips, signature mushrooms and pepper jack cheese! All on a toasted pretzel bun…then add house sauce, lettuce and diced tomatoes. Samm shared, “I had the Kirbside Burger.  This was a flavor powerhouse! It was perfectly stacked and loaded with generous portions of home fries, onion rings, house chips, lettuce and fried pickles!  All this deliciousness was packed inside a fresh pretzel bun with just the right amount of salt crystals glazed over the top!  You can also include the house sauce and diced tomatoes, but mine was enough just the way I ordered it!”

Kirbside Burger- it’s massive!

The Grilled Cheese/ Cheese Burger, burger covered in awesome sauce, cucumber and with…2 grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun. “This is an impressive sandwich. It’s really enough for two or maybe three people to share! Two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun. I’m not sure what the awesome sauce is but it was good. Had a nice flavor almost like a light hint of taco seasoning? The cucumber was an interesting addition. I like cucumber so was good with it. Think I would prefer pickles though. I had the signature mushrooms on the side. They were very good! Sliced mushrooms that were lightly battered and fried. Served with the awesome sauce. I couldn’t eat everything. I’d definitely recommend sharing unless you are super hungry. You will need some napkins no matter what!” Ashley shared.

Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger

The Bacon Egg Burger, seasoned bacon on the burger, melted American cheese and topped with an over easy egg, Samantha’s review, “The Bacon Egg Burger from DT Kirby’s was everything I wanted it to be! It was deliciously cheesy, and the egg was such a perfect topping! If you want a unique twist on breakfast for dinner, you’ve gotta try this one!”

The Mac n’ Nap, pretzel bun…a 4-cheese mac, pepper jack, seasoned bacon on top of a ½ LB burger and pickle. “The mac n’ cheese is rich and creamy on top of a big burger and peppery bacon. The sandwich is huge and I could have just eaten the mac n’ cheese and bacon as a meal!” shares Sara.

Take a bite of this Mac’ N Nap

These are our reviews, but we want to hear yours! Have you been to DT Kirby’s? What did you think?  Or is there another burger place in Lafayette-West Lafayette you love?  Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

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

Burger Fever at Sgt. Preston’s

Burger fever is happening in our 2 great cities! We are hittin’ the road to check out the best burgers in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Our first stop is Sgt. Preston’s. We had heard they have an awesome Preston Burger, but we had to try their burgers ourselves and get the real rundown. Four of us went out, took on and conquered the different burger flavors at this local bar that is home to the largest patio in Lafayette!

Pre-burger excitedness for what is to come!

Samm shares, I had the Black & Bleu Burger.  The combination of the seasoning and mushrooms with the bleu cheese was absolutely perfect. The cheese in particular was mouthwatering. Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of the strong flavor of bleu cheese, you should give this burger a try. The flavors really bring it all together. Make sure you get it with the steak fries.  It’s the perfect complement to the burger!”

Black

Lisa says, “I always love a good burger and the Preston Burger, in my humble opinion, is the best in town. When I saw one of the monthly specials was a Caprese Turkey Burger I thought I need to try that. However, I like a good beef burger – no turkey for this girl. They gladly swapped the turkey burger for the real deal. It was covered in mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinaigrette and was amazing!”

Caprese Burger

Ashley had the Canadian Burger, which includes Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and weakness sauce. She reviews, “The Canadian Burger was surprising. The weakness sauce is a creamy horseradish type sauce and was a great addition to the burger and added a lot of flavor without being overwhelming. The burger was juicy and very flavorful with a sprinkling of cracked pepper and coarse ground salt served with a nice helping of cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato on a crisp bun.

Canadian Burger

My burger of choice was the Jammin’ Jalapeño Burger. This burger sounds hot, but really it is mild and savory! Angus beef, smoked gouda cheese, crispy bacon and sweet Jalapeño jam make for an interesting combo. The burger was cooked to perfection (medium just the way I like it) and was juicy and delicious. I recommend getting a side of the jam and dipping your fries in it…yummy!

Jammin’ Jalapeño Burger.

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Sgt. Preston’s or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018 Details

It’s our annual Girlfriends Getaway Contest to Home of Purdue! This year’s contest is worth over $550! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Just a few miles from Purdue University campus and adjacent to Purdue Research Park, is the Four Points by Sheraton. Enjoy a good night’s rest on the plush Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed™, a Flat Screen Television with premium cable and plenty of free extras like wireless High Speed Internet Access.
  • Pizza, wings, submarine sandwiches, Arni’s junior salads, garlic bread; this and more are some of the fabulous food items you will find at Arni’s Restaurant.
  • Bruno’s Pizza: Established in 1955, this restaurant not only offers some of the best pizza around, but fine dishes such as Veal Cordon Bleu, Fettuccini A La Bruno (classic fettuccini with tender shrimp), and amazing manicotti with the perfect blend of cheeses.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes is serving up cupcakes with names like Scarlett’s Red Velvet, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Miss Princess, Cotton Candy, Wedding Cake, and Kentucky Bourbon Pie. These cupcakes taste just as good as they look.
  • If you’re looking for a place to take mom and dad out for breakfast when they visit their favorite Boilermaker, Town & Gown is the perfect place. You’ll certainly be their favorite after you treat them to a delicious, hearty breakfast at this restaurant.
  • Did you know the custard recipe from the Igloo Frozen Custard dates back to 1932??  It is sure to satisfy your next frozen treat craving!
  • Kathy’s Kandies owner Kathy, spends 12 to 18 hours a day making 12 different kinds of candy in over 80 different flavors. Wowza!  There is something for everyone, so make sure you make a stop at this yummy candy shop!
  • Head to Wea Creek Orchard in Lafayette, IN and pick some fresh peaches, nectarines, apples, pumpkins, enjoy a wagon ride, purchase some honey or apple butter, jams and jellies, etc.? You’ll have loads of fun!
  • Call all your besties and enjoy a full day chauffeured wine trail tour! How? Beyond the Vine Wine Tour offers this luxury service to enjoy Indiana wineries and not have to worry about your transportation!
  • So many wonderful upcoming performances are taking place at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette! Main Stage shows include: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Into the Woods, Intimate Apparel, and Time Stands Still.
  • Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a mixture of art and history. This attraction draws everyone from art aficionados to history buffs in one setting. The pure splendor of this mansion, that is located directly south of downtown Lafayette has visitors acclaiming its beauty with awe and excitement.
  • Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park, is 900 acres of restored prairie. It is a beautiful site full of wetlands, prairie, and open woodlands. See where Native Americans lived and hunted along the Tippecanoe and Wabash River, and visit the recreation of a Native American village.
  • Experience 18 holes of fun filled monster mini golf along with arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as Ice Ball at Monster Mini Golf. The whole place glows in the dark making it an eerie and spooky good time.
  • Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic local artists at Painting with a Twist!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!

Rainbow of Colors: 21 Petals

A rainbow of colors pop as you approach the field. Sunflowers tower high, looking toward the sun. A friendly bee buzzes from one flower to the next pollinating the beautiful flowers. A butterfly gently flaps its wings as it rests on a petal. Life is peaceful, quiet and calm here at 21 Petals, a new flower farm in Lafayette.

My family and I visited this farm and thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the experience. We have a 5 ½ month old and happened to forget the stroller that day, but it was no problem as it wasn’t too far to walk from the car. We just took turns holding her. The owner, Stefani warmly greeted us, welcomed us to the farm and explained the process. They provide the buckets and the pruners, and she explained how to cut the flowers. You can fill up the entire bucket, the size of a child’s beach bucket for one low price. We went off exploring, picking all of our favorite flowers as we saw them. There were quite the variety of sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolus, dahlias, celosia, cosmos and more in bloom while we were there. The flower selection changes throughout the season.  All the flowers are arranged in rows with plenty of grassy space in between for you to walk.

We were a bit rushed just due to our daughter’s schedule, but I would have loved to take a little more time, it was so relaxing and beautiful here. We filled our bucket and headed back to the barn. Stefani gathered up our flowers and placed them in a bag, then directed us to the barn to select a vase if we wanted (included in the price of the flowers). We paid for the flowers and took them home to arrange them. We were able to get two good sized vases full of flowers and could have split them up to have probably four decent sized arrangements. (We have cats who are very nosey and like to eat flowers, so we stuck to two and put them up high, away from the cat’s spaces!) What a fun experience! It’s so much more fun to pick them yourself than to go to a flower shop to purchase a bouquet and it’s more economical for sure!

Do you see our kitty??

We hope you will visit this flower farm on the south side of Lafayette and enjoy it as much as we did! You can find it on County Road 700 South between US 231 and County Road 100 East (Actual address is: 748 E 700 S Lafayette, IN 47909).

For more information about this flower farms and other farms in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.