Greater Lafayette Food Series: Barbecue

Greater Lafayette Food Series: Barbecue

Let’s take a trip South of the Mason Dixon line and taste what Greater Lafayette, IN has to offer in the Barbecue cuisine category. As it turns out, we’re really rockin’ it in this food bracket, and we’re not mad about it. Barbecue, when it’s done just right, is one of the best types of food out there. D&R BBQ Step into this deli style, fast casual restaurant for some of the best BBQ in Lafayette, IN. You can order a single plate for yourself or take it to go by the pound. Maybe even have D&R cater your next event. Any way, you’ll enjoy this spot for sure. According to the website, “D&R BBQ has been voted as the best BBQ restaurant in the state.” Burnt Ends are available on Wednesdays. Click here to follow along with more weekly and daily specials. D&R BBQ attaches to an actual market that carries a variety of items: a butcher shop, rare finds for fresh never frozen seafood, morel mushrooms when they’re in season, and more. Be sure to check that out when you visit as well! Revolution Barbeque Another fast casual experience with a modern twist. Revolution Barbeque offers the standard plates and sides you’re looking for in a BBQ spot, but they also offer daily specials such as a whole duck, giant turkey legs, poblano grits, and more. They also have a taco option that sets them apart! Desserts too from their sister store, Sweet Revolution Bake Shop. Pies and all the yummy things! If you enjoy sauce with your smoked meat, check out the Strawberry Habanero for a...
Greater Lafayette Food Series: Italian

Greater Lafayette Food Series: Italian

This post’s trip mentally takes us over the big blue Atlantic for some of our all time favorite dishes. Italian food standards stand the test of time and fuel our bodies with all the carb-y goodness. Bring on the pasta! Fortunately, Italian food isn’t distinctly carbs, and these Greater Lafayette, IN restaurants give an amazing, rounded menu for all your Italian dish wants and desires. Keep reading for some insight on our favorite local spots to grab this delicate art of a cuisine! Ciao! Bruno’s Take Out and Big O’s Sports Room $$ Bruno’s currently operates on a “take out only” menu and operation system due to COVID-19. On a regular bases, though, you’ll see this Greater Lafayette, IN staple crawling with transient students and Lafayette locals alike. It’s a “thing” here around town! Bruno’s is family owned and operated since 1955, currently offering Italian dishes in single servings or even family pans. Select an appetizer (Bruno Dough, you’re welcome), pizza, or and family pan of ravioli’s for the entire house. You’ll love this Lafayette, IN local business just like we do! La Scala $$$ La Scala is another local – frequented Italian restaurant, and it’s for good reason. These dishes are one of a kind. As a true chef – run kitchen, this literal farm to table restaurant uses local ingredients and competes for some of the best food in Lafayette. Here’s a quick example of one of La Scala’s best selling dishes: “Gratinee Del Mar- Shrimp and blue crab meat sautéed with asparagus and tomato in cream sauce with pasta.” Unfortunately, during this time, La Scala has...
DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts

There are so many people in our lives that we can go the extra mile for and lavish gifts upon for the Christmas season. There’s the immediate family who take up the bulk of the Christmas care, but what about the mail man or garbage/recycle crew and the frontline workers you know or have cared for you in a special way this year? Gift giving and delivery might look a little different for Christmas 2020, and that’s okay. There are online options to send a treat far and wide, but actually, there’s another route available. You can always send a DIY care package made with love. Mail it directly to a friend or family member far away or just set it out for the folks whom you want to say, “I appreciate you and your service.” Here are a few budget friendly DIY Christmas gift ideas to get your creative mind a-turnin’. Christmas Goodie Mason Jars This is one of the most versatile and unique wats to gift friends and family. You can do so much with a mason jar! Who knew? Christmas Cookie JarsChocolate Mug CakeStove Top Potpourri KitChristmas Morning Pancakes In a JarHomemade Soup Mix in a Jar Home Spa Treats At home spa treatments are a always a great idea for the well maintained people in your life. There are tons of ways to attack this beast! Here’s a short list. Lavender Tub TeaHomemade Bath BombsPeppermint Bath SaltDIY Hand Cream for Overwashed HandsRosemary Mint Shaving CreamHomemade Hand Sanitizer WipesSugar Scrub CubesCoffee Ground Body Scrub Hot Cocoa Bombs These trendy little golden gifts will have all the...
Practical Tips to Support Local Businesses

Practical Tips to Support Local Businesses

There’s no question, current government mandates and regulations to help keep ourselves and others safe throughout this pandemic have taken the largest financial toll on small and local businesses. Unfortunately, many have had to close doors for periods of time (or permanently) while the remainder have made serious changes and major accommodations to keep their doors open. Community efforts and camaraderie are at an all time high, though. The Greater Lafayette Commerce, Friends of Downtown, and other organizations have made efforts to serve and make small businesses accessible with events such as, “Fresh Air Eats” and “The Great Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.” As individuals, we also have a choice and part in the matter. We can speak with our dollars and where we spend them this holiday season. Whether you’re just out for the day running errands or knocking out Christmas gifts for the family, there are local services to fit your needs. Here are just a few suggestions on how to support local mom and pops in Greater Lafayette, IN. We have many “Small Business Spotlights” throughout our blog highlighting some local businesses of all sorts. Check those out if you need some inspiration or knowledge of what’s around town! Eat out at Local Restaurants While you’re out, eat at local spots. We have an amazing variety and selection of delicious, unique food options, and we’re here to tell you that these places are worth the stop. Buy Gift Cards It’s the season for spoiling those with local gift cards. This can include restaurants and specialty specific shops such as Flourish Art Studio and Bask Aroma. Share on Social...
Christmas Lights around Greater Lafayette 2020

Christmas Lights around Greater Lafayette 2020

What’s the best socially distanced activity ever? Visiting Christmas light displays around Greater Lafayette, IN! Here’s a little list of places to check out and explore. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Greater Lafayette, IN Oaklawn Acres (Rossville, IN): Hundreds of light strands are on display at this local favorite! They’re just down the road from Cottrell’s Christmas Tree Farm. *There will be no Santa this year. Open Sunday – Saturday from 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.Holiday Festival of Lights at TPA Park (Frankfort, IN): A CROWD FAVORITE! Over 1 million lights on 89 acres with music and more.  Open every day until January 1st, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. Santa will be at the TPA Park during open hours from December 7th until Christmas Eve. Stop by the concession stand for a bowl of soup or a cup of coffee daily from 5pm to 9pm.The Alexander Lights (Mulbery, IN): This is a personal home decorated with thousands of lights dancing to music! Lights are on every night all night long from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Music broadcasts on 107.3. According to the Facebook page, here’s this year’s show order:“Shout for Joy” from Disney’s Candlelight Processional“Little Drummer Boy” by For King and Country“Carol of the Bells” by Pentatonix“I Saw Three Ships” by Blackmore’s Night“Reflections of Earth/We Go On”, music from Walt Disney World’s Epcot laser, lights and fireworks show“Christmas with a Capital C” by Go Fish“Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen“Wizards in Winter” by Trans Siberian OrchestraOur Holiday Light Show (Avalon Bluff; Lafayette, IN): Personal home with a very entertaining light display! Click here to view their website. This year, this light display will run...
Christmas Events around Lafayette 2020

Christmas Events around Lafayette 2020

Christmas events and community festivities in Greater Lafayette, IN are a huge part of what makes this season so amazing in our area. While 2020 continues to offer change to our normalcy, there are many things to embrace in that change. Some allotted group sizes might be smaller, and some events might be outdoor only, but for the most part, events are still happening, and most importantly- memories are still being made. Here is a list of fun options….. Ongoing Christmas Season Events Santa Photo Experience (Tippecanoe Mall; Lafayette, IN): “Things to know before you go:Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Click here to make your reservation. For everyone’s safety this will be a socially-distanced experience for our guestsSanta and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visitGuests are required to wear masks where mandated by local health authorities and government agencies” Living Nativity (Faith Church East; Lafayette, IN): “Beginning with the biblical account of creation and ending with the prophecy of Christ’s second coming, 14 life-size scenes address the reasons for and result of our Savior’s time on earth. Involving a cast of hundreds, these scenes depict the significance of the baby in the manger and bring to life the message of salvation… The 2020 Lafayette Living Nativity will be slightly modified to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There will be no walk-through offered. Guest will drive through in their own cars, while listening to the narration in the comfort of their own vehicle (English, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese)… The Living Nativity takes place two weekends in December on Friday-Sunday nights (weather permitting).December 11-13 @ 6:30-8:30 pmDecember 18-20 @...