Winter Wonderland Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Winter Wonderland Contest 2018″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Michelle from Indianapolis, Indiana.

She shares, “I am just very happy and excited! I will take lots of photos and share!”

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

Weekend Update: Scott Greeson & Friends Christmas and Christmas at Linden Depot

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.

Come out to Battle Ground, Indiana, this Saturday morning before Christmas to enjoy breakfast and music! Scott Greeson and friends will be playing Christmas music from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Eye Opener Cafe​. Savor a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy, hash browns, eggs and more while you get into the holiday spirit with Scott’s holiday music.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, explore trains at the Christmas 2018 Linden Depot Museum event. This weekend the museum is featuring the 1837 Nooris 4-2-0 steam engine being built for the 25th anniversary. Shop for the perfect holiday train gift at the museum as well as purchasing a Linden Depot Museum ornament with a donation of $10 or more.

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

Winter Wonderland Contest Details 2018

It’s our first ever Winter Wonderland Contest to Home of Purdue! This contest is worth over $550! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Just minutes from Purdue, enjoy a great night’s rest at Hilton Garden Inn – West Lafayette. Swim, exercise and rest all at this fabulous hotel!
  • Have you heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” Have you heard this saying before? It is something that can be heard at least once a week at Director of Communications, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salads, garlic bread and more!
  • Indiana’s Oldest Drive-In: Since 1929, West Lafayette’s Triple XXX (named for the house brand of root beer) has been serving up the best old-fashioned burgers and fries around. Featured on Food Network’s series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri.
  • If you live in a house divided, with some people looking for worldly eats and others insisting on American fare, this is the place for you. Where? Parthenon Greek American Grill serving both Greek and American eats!
  • If you’re looking for a twist on your typical comfort food, try Digby’s BBQ Pulled Pork Mac. Mac and cheese and pulled pork seems like it could be a strange combination, but it’s amazing!
  • Delectable cupcakes await at Gigi’s Cupcakes! Scarlett’s Red Velvet, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Miss Princess, Cotton Candy, Wedding Cake, and Kentucky Bourbon Pie are just a few of our favorites.
  • To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest, visit Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl, where you can find great bowling and family fun in a smoke free environment!
  • Tour the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Lafayette Symphony Orchestra: Be swept way on a musical adventure when you attend a lovely performance by this local group of musicians.
  • 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!
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Come and skate at Riverside Skating Center this winter and embrace the season!
  • With songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is the six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical with high heels and a huge heart. Do not miss this awesome performance on January 17, 2019, at Purdue Convocations.
  • You have 60 minutes. Can you breakout? Mission: Breakout is an escape game brought to life. Players are “locked” in a themed room and must work together with other players to solve clues, to work on puzzles, and to find the key to breakout before time runs out! Think you’ve got what it takes?
  • If you want to throw a party for you and your loved ones, have a specific painting you’d like to do, or just want some privacy, Painting with a Twist has a party room specially for these occasions!

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

Holiday Weekend Update Dec. 14-16, 2018

Holiday Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Holiday Tours at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. (December 12-16) A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.

    Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art

  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 14, 15 & 16.
  • 14 life-size outdoor scenes involving a cast of hundreds bring to life the significance of the baby in the manger at Faith Church.  The “Living Nativity” will take place on December 14, 15 & 16. You can either walk or drive through the nativity.
  • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette brings you “A Christmas Carol” on December 14, 15 & 16. This version of John Jakes’ nationally successful stage adaptation not only tells the Dickens story faithfully but also allows young audiences to enjoy the real magic of theater; watching the actors create the scene and costume change as the show moves along. Charles Dickens is introduced at the beginning, starts to tell the story of Scrooge’s redemption, then brings it alive with the help of the others in the cast!
  • Grab some popcorn and snuggle in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra presents a special movie edition of Holiday Pops with seasonal classics and songs from your favorite holiday films on December 15.
  • Every year, Santa stops by Wolf Park to deliver treats to all the good little canines at the Park. Join the fun on December 15 and help decorate a tree with edible ornaments for the wolves. Then, join everyone in the conference center to enjoy drinks and crafts, and to tell Santa what you want for Christmas.

    Timber at Wolf Park

  • Donuts with Santa is taking place at the McAllister Recreation Center on December 15. Join Santa and his helpers for breakfast, holiday crafts and games. Write a letter to Santa and grab a picture with him before he heads back to the North Pole!
  • The Lafayette Master Chorale presents its Holidays Concerts on December 16. Lessons & Carols concert at 4pm: Experience the beauty of word and song with the time-honored traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols in the beautiful, candlelit First Baptist Church. Join all of our choruses for favorite carols with organ, brass quintet and timpani as our community celebrates all the joy the holiday season has to offer. Holiday Fanfares concert at 7:30pm: From the introductory notes of familiar Christmas carols to the vibrant fanfares in John Rutter’s Gloria, you will be energized by the brass octet and Master Chorale in an evening filled with both exuberance and beauty. New and familiar holiday selections will leave you full of joy and wonder.

Selfie at McCord Candies!

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

The Bryant Food & Drink: Iconic Destination

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

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

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

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

Pretzel

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

Brisket and Short Rib Burger

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

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

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

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

Can you imagine taking down this massive shake??

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

Donut Holes

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

Kay Conner, author and photographer, seafood superstar
Margy Deverall, author of Lafayette articles, dedicated vegetarian
Beverly Shaw, author of West Lafayette articles, bring on the beef (or chicken or pork)
Jo Wade, founder of this food blog, very veggie

4 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Wabash Riverfront

All Fired Up

One great place to get unique gifts for your friends and family this year would definitely be at All Fired Up. At All Fired Up, they make the experience really simple so that even little kids or novice artists are able to create their own masterpieces. When you first walk in, you are greeted and the process is clearly explained to you. You then pick out the pre-made pottery piece that you want to paint. The great thing about All Fired Up is that they have so many options of pottery pieces to choose from. You have the opportunity to chose from mugs, bowls, plates, and so much more. Your special someone will love seeing the time you put into making something that is meant just for them.

Dawson and Daisy

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

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

 

Design Nook Interiors

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

Juniper

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

 

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

Holiday Weekend Update Dec. 7-9, 2018

TrevorMahlmann5Holiday Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

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

    Skate with Santa

    Skate with Santa

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

    Dickens

    Dickens

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

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

Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018 Winner

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

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

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