Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2017

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Dinner that night at the resort's upscale Boca Landing upped the ante with a few surprises on the menu. Brothy West Coast-style cioppino isn't something you would normally expect to find in Florida, but chef Matt Mixon's version is definitely worth sampling. Brimming with shellfish, this classic dish is fabulously evocative of the life aquatic. Equally accomplished, albeit a touch simpler, were the filet and the evening's special — a perfectly seared strip steak in anchovy butter. I'm a devoted fan of the notoriously salty fish while Jen is an avowed carnivore, so our highly attentive server had me at "anchovy" and my wife at "steak." All in all, flavors made in heaven. e paella, the best in Boca as we were reliably informed, is on our radar for a return trip. Nightcaps next to a crackling outdoor fireplace ended our already pitch-perfect meal on a even higher note. Waterstone's enviable location lends itself nicely to explorations of nearby Palm Beach's tony Worth Avenue. An architectural walking tour led by inimitable historian Rick Rose is the perfect way to discover the lay of the land before embarking upon a spree through designer shops, boutiques and galleries. Jen and I punctuated our excursion with a lunch of Caesar salad, pizza margherita and wine in the lovely courtyard at Bice Ristorante. Returning to the hotel, we discovered a significant aspect of the Waterstone's allure — its full-fledged marina. Jen and I spent a very pleasant couple of hours steering a duffy boat around the lake; captains are available for those who perhaps don't trust their own navigational skills. Although it was just the two of us this trip, we'd certainly feel comfortable bringing our kids next time, as the resort offers a wide range of children's activities both on the water and off, as well as kids' menus at its restaurants. Much has changed in the three decades since those Sunday brunches with my parents. I'm delighted to find that in the course of those intervening years, Waterstone has not only maintained its original high levels of comfort and service, but improved upon them. For most guests, I imagine Waterstone Resort & Marina represents the Florida dream: a sunny vacation in an elegant waterfront setting. For me, our visit was a pleasantly updated walk down memory lane. sl For more information about Waterstone Resort & Marina or to make reservations, call 561-368-9500 or visit waterstoneboca.com. slmag.net 103

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