Weekend Update: Zoo Run Run & Gallery Walk

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.

Join the fun at Columbian Park Zoo this Saturday! You can get your daily steps in by participating in the Zoo Run Run. This 5K run/walk travels through the historic Columbian Park Neighborhood and offers a fun, inexpensive way to get you & your family up and moving! Mingle with zoo staff and some of your favorite zoo residents! Below is the schedule for the morning:

6:30-7:15am: Pre-Registration time
8:00am: Race Begins
9:15am: Race Results announced (winners only) and Awards Ceremony
9:30am: Kids’ Fun Run

If you’re interested in participating, you can visit their website for more information here.

Friday evening is one of Lafayette’s beloved annual events- The Gallery Walk! During each Gallery Walk, the local arts community collaborates with downtown business to highlight arts and culture. Experience local art, meet artists, and enjoy refreshments and live music as you stroll through Downtown Lafayette! You’ll be able to find more information on their website here regarding who will be participating and the exact location of all of the businesses! It’s certainly a special event that really celebrates this community!

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

Dining Divas Feast at Fishya

Mmmm! That’s the only sound you can make when your lips are happily stuck together with sticky wing glaze. And it’s an appropriate sound because they are positively delicious! ​

The Dining Divas and our guest Diana “E​ats A​nything” May visited the sushi and Asian fusion restaurant Fishya for lunch and were pleased with this addition to the Purdue West Shopping Center. The restaurant is rather large and divided into several areas, all with a calm and elegant Asian decor. We arrived early and were the only customers, warmly greeted by friendly staff members. But by noon, Fishya was filling up!

We started with the aforementioned chicken wings with Korean sauce ($7.95) and a generous portion of edamame ($3.95) from the shareables part of the menu. The wings were super crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. The sauce was sweet, nicely spiced, and seriously sticky. Bev declared them the best wings in town. ​

DIning Divas

Also on the large menu are soups, b​owls, h​ot p​ots, m​eats, lunch, combos, bento boxes, lunch​ rolls ​ (15 different ones all named after Purdue icons such as Hovde, Mackey, Armstrong, Schleman), b​asic r​olls, d​eluxe r​olls, n​igiri/ s​ashimi, d​inner s​ushi c​ombos, and a few desserts. Beer, Soju (a distilled Korean beverage), and s​aki are available.

Bev ordered the Spicy Pork Bento Box ($8.95) which came with miso soup, salad, rice, and a Hicks Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado, and cucumber topped with spicy crab and eel sauce). “The rolls are beautifully done and tasty,” she said.​”The pork is tender and has a kick to it, but it’s not overly hot.”​

Bento Box

Kay chose the Seafood Soon Tofu ($9.95), a spicy silky tofu soup with veggies and seafood. “It’s an unusual and tasty combination of tiny shrimp, clams, squid, octopus, zucchini, carrots, and lots of silky tofu,” she explained. “It’s hot both temperature-wise and spice-wise, which the waitress warned me about, but it was a bit spicy even for me who loves hot food, so be warned! “​

Diana had Chirashi ($16.95), which is an assorted chef’s choice of raw fish over sushi rice. “The fish is very cold and very fresh,” Diana said. “There’s no sauce on it, which I like. ” This dish had a mystery ingredient that we couldn’t identify.

Chirashi

Our server, said the Tomago is an egg! “It’s a beautiful presentation,” Diana continued. “​The rice is hot and the fish is cold which makes​ a nice combination. There are six​ varieties of raw fish. I would order this again!”

Our vegetarian eaters ate lighter than the rest of us. Margy chose the sweet potato roll ($5.95), which is tempura sweet potato and cucumber. “The sweet potato is really crunchy! I would order it again and also try their other tempura since they did this so well,” she remarked. ​ Jo had seaweed salad ($4.95). “It’s lightly dressed which I really enjoy,” said Jo. “It’s crunchy and I like the sesame seeds and pepper flakes. Despite the pepper, it’s not overly spicy. ” ​

Seaweed Salad

Our verdict is that Fishya is a welcome addition to Purdue West and the whole Greater Lafayette community. And we’re looking forward to more of those sticky wings! ​

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

Specialty Pizza at its Best – Midtowne Oven

Pizza, pizza, pizza! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to some pretty fabulous pizza joints, and there is one that is becoming a rising star in the area, Midtowne Oven. This restaurant that opened its doors in the past few years offers fresh and inspired flavors centered around the area’s only real wood fired oven. The menu at Midtowne Oven presents your palate exciting flavors featuring the finest high-quality ingredients. 

Our family loves pizza! We are a bit of pizza snobs when it comes to picking out what restaurants we feel offer the most delicious pizza. We want only the best! And in our opinion, Midtowne Oven is offering some of the best pizza in the area. Their hand tossed crust, homemade Midtowne pizza sauce, in house created mozzarella and fresh toppings all fired up in a real wood fired oven make a decadent pie! We always get pepperoni and ricotta on our pizza and it is superb. Better yet are the leftovers! Most pizzas left over taste like cardboard. I actually almost like this pizza better heated up the next day!

What compliments pizza? Appetizers! They have 4 appetizers to choose from; spinach artichoke dip, garlic dough, My Momma’s Homemade Meatballs, and Brussel sprout skewers. We have tried them all!  We usually fight over who gets the last garlic dough to dip in the creamy spinach artichoke dip. The Brussel sprouts are a healthier choice but with the creamy chipotle aioli and bacon they create a vegetable sensation.  I am saving my favorite for last, the My Momma’s Homemade Meatballs. What to say?  They are amazing! I like to boast I make the best homemade meatballs, but these have mine beat. We usually never order meatballs out, but my husband ordered their meatball sub a few months ago, and I begged him for more.  Now we usually order a couple appetizer orders to start our meal!  (Please note there are only 2 adults and 1 four-year-old in our party…that is how much we love them!)

We have tried a few entrees as well that are worth mentioning! The Grown Up Mac N’ Cheese is the perfect blend of cheese, bacon, tomatoes and crispy onions.  My father in-law ordered the Porchetta recently as well. It is an herb stuffed pork roulade crusted with crispy panko topped with almond romesco over parmesan risotto. Wow! It was amazing. So flavorful and the risotto is cooked perfectly.  It is so hard not to want to order their pizza every time, but these 2 meals make it difficult!

If you are on a budget and want to try out this restaurant, they also offer some great specials throughout the week.

  1. Monday: 1/2 price pizza
  2. Tuesday: 1/2 price wine
  3. Wednesday: 15% off all sandwiches
  4. Thursday: 1/2 price appetizers

Visit this restaurant on your next dining night out! You will be thrilled with your choice!  For more information about this restaurant and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

7 Splashin’ Locations at Home Of Purdue

It’s almost July 4th! What are you doing today to enjoy this national holiday? Are you hosting a BBQ or traveling to visit friends and family? Or maybe you are heading out to one of our many great outdoor recreation location in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Whether you are staying home or traveling, it is a great holiday to sit back and relax and enjoy the day off!

Fun at Loeb Fountain at Purdue University!

Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 2 outdoor aquatic centers (website: scroll to swimming section), Tropicanoe Cove at Columbian Park and the Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, as well as 3 outdoor pools, Castaway Bay, West Lafayette Municipal Pool and Vinton Pool. 2 splash water public art fountains, The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture and Loeb Fountain, are also open for water fun at Purdue University.  Kick off your shoes, grab your swimming suit and be prepared to have a blast!

Just chillin’ at Tropicanoe Cove!

Tropicanoe Cove is a favorite of many and has been creating laughter and fun for years.  Shouts and squeals can be heard from kids and adults making a great splash down the spiraling Banana Peel tube slide! (This is where you will find my husband who is a big kid at heart)! Looking for a more leisurely afternoon? Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik. Please note this is where you will find me! There are plenty of lounge chairs to catch the rays and enjoy the Indiana sun!

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, located in Indiana’s newest state park, provides entertainment for the entire family with pools, slides, splash stations and a winding lazy river. A great feature of the park is its effort to preserve the area’s past. There are glacier boulders and a wide range of native plants and trees that pay homage to the land’s history and tie in perfectly with the rest of the state park.

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

An adventure is waiting for you at Castaway Bay! Beach-like entry, water basketball, and a bubble bench are just a few of the features that make up this family-friendly aquatic center, located in Armstrong Park!

Three heated pools, a baby pool that is less than one foot deep, an intermediate pool that is 1 1/2 to 3 foot deep and a large pool that is 3 1/2 to 12 1/2 foot deep with two low diving boards welcome you at the West Lafayette Municipal Pool. Also, there are 3 shade structures to relax under on hot summer days!

The renovated Vinton Pool is located at 3111 Prairie Lane and features a beach-like entrance, double water slide, playful water geysers, large umbrellas and lap lanes. Pool rental is available after hours as well.

The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture (website: scroll to Purdue section), is a popular spot on campus. The concrete sculpture is 38 feet tall and has 280 colored lights to illuminate the water and stainless steel cylinder. When on, the fountain jets upward 588 gallons of recycled water per minute. Beware, the spray is mighty powerful but oh so much fun!

Loeb Fountain (website: scroll to Purdue section) was constructed in 1959 to honor Solomen Loeb, a local merchant, with money donated by Bert and June Loeb. It is located in the center of Founder’s Park where it was dedicated in 1994. The fountain is made of granite and uses 2200 gallons of recycled water per minute. All summer long, find school children running and laughing through the spray! Bring a picnic and enjoy summer at this fun Purdue water art piece.

Fly high!! Prophetstown State Park!

Make sure you head to one (or all if you are truly adventurous) of our water attractions! It will lead to a great summer! For more information about these water adventures and other outdoor recreation in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Taste the Hype at Azzip Pizza

When Lafayette and West Lafayette received word that Azzip Pizza would be coming to the area, no one could contain their excitement. After finally trying it for myself, I realized what all the hype was about. Everything from the name of the restaurant to the pizza itself is unique and wonderful.

The story behind Azzip Pizza is a very special one. Purdue’s own alumni Brad Niemeier is the founder of this new and amazing establishment. He graduated from Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism program in 2012. Azzip started when Brad won the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition at Purdue University. In 2013 Brad opened his first store in Evansville. There are currently 7 Azzip pizza locations and we are proud to have one right here in Lafayette.

What does the word “Azzip” even mean? Try looking at the word backwards. This simple yet fun name has a wholesome story behind it. You can get the details behind the name inspiration and more background information about Azzip here: https://azzippizza.com/2017/06/the-start-up/

You can order a specialty pizza full of your favorite flavors or keep it simple with a traditional cheese pizza. Whatever your taste desires, Azzip has it. Azzip has 2 sizes of pizzas called the “Little Zip” and “Big Zip”. The big zip is 11 inches and the little zip is 8 inches. The Azzip experience is laid back, quick, and gives you all the choices you need to create a great meal in a timely fashion. You choose your dough size and walk through the line selecting your sauce, meats, and veggies you want on your pizza. You can always choose one of the specialty pizzas referred to as “Azzip Picks” as well. The E’vil Pig is full of flavor and is unlike any pizza you’ve had before.  This pizza is loaded with sweet ‘n sassy BBQ sauce, mozzarella, slow smoked pork, red onion, and Grippos in a Ski reduction. What is Grippos and a Ski reduction, you ask? It is barbecue Grippos potato chips and a sweet reduction sauce made from local Ski citrus soda.

The environment at Azzip is very modern and exciting. Your Azzip experience doesn’t end when you reach the end of the order line. The Azzip staff takes care of you during your entire visit. Azzip is the perfect dining option for a easy and tasty lunch or a quick but relaxing dinner.

This isn’t your normal pizza place. Your experience will be full of color, speed, quality, and satisfaction from beginning to end. Don’t just take my word for it, go check it out! Azzip Pizza is located at 105 Farabee Dr S suite B in Lafayette. Check out this new addition to the area.

Emily, VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Hello Summer! Home Of Purdue Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Hello Summer! Home Of Purdue Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Nicole from West Lafayette, Indiana!

She shares, ”My family and I are super excited to win this contest! We plan on having a fun-filled summer with all of the certificates and my son is already hoping he gets to see another cow give birth at Fair Oaks Farm! We’ve lived in West Lafayette for 2 years, and we have yet to discover some of these places, so it’ll be a nice chance to explore our community!”

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

Luxury and Comfort at DoubleTree by Hilton

Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area? 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. Right now visitors are talking about the lovely, new, upscale hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton.Enter a magnificent world of elegance and beauty as you arrive at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette. Upon entering their front doors, your senses will come alive at the lovely ambiance. A contemporary chandelier, full of bright, twinkling lights shines on you as you head to comfy chairs in front of a gas lit fireplace. The fireplace is encased in white marble with gorgeous artwork of local attractions welcoming guests to a modern and cozy setting. The high ceilings, gray and brown muted tones and huge windows make the space airy and happy. It may be the newness, but there is also a smell of luxury and beauty in the air.

The decor is exceptional, but even more impressive is the service. The smiling staff welcome guests and go out of their way to assist in any way. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette hosts a Star Award Program that is designed to recognize great customer service at our local attractions and hotels. Since DoubleTree opened its doors in the fall of 2017, multiple nominations have come in for this friendly staff! Plus, as soon as you enter this hotel, the staff gives visitors a warm, chocolate chip cookie! What is better than that?!

Looking for a comfortable night’s sleep? When you enter your room, you will be in a personal sanctuary where you will be able to unwind and relax from a long day. Each room features a 50-inch TV, one king bed or two queen beds outfitted with cozy linens, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Kick off your shoes, take a nap, and when rested throw on your swimming suit and take a leisurely swim in their heated swimming pool and whirlpool.

The best news is you don’t even have to leave the hotel to grab food!  Enjoy dinner and breakfast at the Made Market, with menus that focus on fresh and healthy American fare and enjoy your favorite cocktail in the Made Market Lounge. They also offer grab-and-go options and daily room service to suit your busy schedule!

Make sure you visit DoubleTree by Hilton and enjoy the luxurious side of Lafayette on your next visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette. For more information about this hotel and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Hello Summer! Home of Purdue Contest 2018 Details

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Lafayette-West Lafayette Hello Summer Contest 2018″ to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, June 4, 2018 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $550!

  • The Courtyard by Marriott conference center features over 5,500 square feet of meeting space, perfect for your next special event!
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th Anniversary in 2015 nd is known for their infamous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand-tossed pizzas!
  • daughter 2014Where 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!
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your spot! Please note the pancakes are ginormous and sharing worthy.
  • Beverage Heaven…  the Igloo Frozen Custard is known not just for their frozen custard but also their fruit drinks and flavored sodas.
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove!
  • More water adventure can be had at the West Lafayette Municipal Pool, home to 3 heated pools.
  • The Farm at Prophetstown is a real working farm! The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy farm/free range setting and crops are grown to be used to feed them throughout the year.
  • 45 minutes north of Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to one of the United States largest dairies! Find cheese, adventure, cows, hogs and more at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • Prophetstown State Park is located in the historic town of Battle Ground. This state park, which served as a home to Native Americans for many years, is named after The Prophet, who was brother to Native American chief, Tecumseh. As Indiana’s newest state park offers hiking, biking, camping, interpretive Naturalist Services, and is home to an outdoor aquatics center!
  • You have 60 minutes. Can you breakout? Mission: Breakout is an escape game brought to life. Give one of their three uniquely themed rooms a try.

Brunodough2013Go to HomeOfPurdueBlog.com to enter! Entries will be accepted through Monday, June 17, 2018. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in August.

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.