Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2018

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When it comes to on-site culinary experiences, Marquis Los Cabos obliterates the sub-par stigma frequently associated with all-inclusive properties. Frenchman and Executive Chef Thierry Dufour oversees the menus at the resort's signature Canto Del Mar restaurant and its other specialty dining o p t i o n s : Vi s t a Ba l l e n a s , Do s Ma re s , Pe r g o l a a n d Sa k k e restaurants and the Suspiro Bar. e buffet-style Vista Ballenas ser ves traditional breakfast offerings, regionally inspired Mexican cuisine for lunch and Italian-themed dinners, with seating inside the colorful dining room or oceanfront on an elevated terrace (their made-to-order omelets at breakfast are a thing of beauty). As much as I wanted to eat my way through the entirety of the lunch offerings, including stone-oven pizzas served up at Pergola, I found that the craveability quotient of the ceviche and guacamole at Dos Mares lured me back each day. Sushi and teppanyaki table service in a contemporary setting are found at Sakke, along with a lineup of craft cocktails exclusive to this outlet. For the ultimate dining experience, opt for the upcharge for Canto Del Mar. Chef Thierry has carefully orchestrated every act of this prix-fixe dinner theatre, from the Proven├žal blue walls and terracotta tile floors in the intimate dining room to the artfully composed plates. Adept and attentive service mirrors the elevated cuisine. A p u b l i s h e d d a i l y c a l e n d a r o f e v e n t s a i m s t o o f f e r something for everyone, and includes active pursuits such as oceanfront yoga, water aerobics, air rifle shooting, beach and pool volleyball, and free throw competitions, to culinary- focused diversions such as tequila and wine tastings and cooking demonstrations. It was interesting to watch how group activities made quick friends of strangers, who ran the gamut from honeymooners to parents with their adult children. A quick glance around the grounds evidenced that the most popular activity was congregating around a trio of pools: a large central one flanked by two with an infinity-edge. Because the surf is too tumultuous for swimming but quite spectacular for wave- Ubaldo Martinez, general manager of Los Tamarindos Heirloom tomato salad at Los Tamarindos 42 slmag.net

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