Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2018

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Incorporating a central bar, various seating and working areas welcoming to both solo travelers and groups, and Jute restaurant, the lobby is always buzzing with activity. e inventive and impressive cocktail menu includes tequila-based cocktails on-tap. Being LA, the traditional happy hour is appropriately named "Rush Hour". NanaWalls at the back of the space disappear to take advantage of the mild SoCal climate. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the cuisine at Jute is quintessential California: fresh, hyper-local, colorful and beautifully plated. Head chef Octavio Sabado had planned on being a rocket scientist and was accepted to the Naval Academy before a failed visual acuity test prompted him to take a different path. Super enthusiastic and intensely creative, he changes the bi-coastal inspired menu "more than seasonally," and places heavy emphasis on being vegetable forward (his Beet Wellington is a must-try). Complimentary beach cruisers make it easy to explore the area; Redondo Beach and its related attractions are just 4.5-miles away via a woodchip trail. Reward your efforts with lunch at e Strand House (thestrandhousemb.com), which offers 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and award-winning coastal California Cuisine. For newbie surfers, El Porto is a chill place to learn the "hows" and "whys" of surfing (onewaysurf.com). Toast your surfing success with a cold beer in the taproom at El Segundo (elsegundobrewing.com). Even if you walk in as a stranger, I guarantee you'll leave with new friends and a greater appreciation for craft brewing. After dark, be sure to sign up for a glow-in-the- dark golf experience back at westdrift. e pros are outstanding and made the experience a blast for a non-golfer like me. Cap off the day with a nightcap by the hotel's outdoor fireplaces. sl Located just four miles from LAX, room rates at westdrift start at $229/night. For more information or reservations visit westdrift.com. slmag.net 35 Talking craft beer at El Segundo Night golf at westdrift Beet Wellington at Jute

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