Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2017

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Easily one of the most romantic dining venues in town, the Peninsula's elegant Lobby spoiled Jen and me for the foreseeable future. Believing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — well, until lunch anyway, we fueled up for our morning constitutional with several selections from the prix- fixe menu. Jen opted for proteins with a classic combo of eggs, bacon and sausage, while I went with the spa breakfast of yogurt, muffin and berries. Seated at a table next to soaring 20-foot windows overlooking the terrace, we reveled in the opulent ambiance that begets luxurious leisurely meals. The Lobby restaurant is also open for one of Chicago's best afternoon teas, featuring traditional cucumber sandwiches, scones, cakes and a vast array of interesting, unusual tea choices. To keep the glow going, we spent the next few hours simply strolling and shopping, ducking into the Merchandise Mart in search of inspiration for some renovation projects we're working on back home before retreating to the hotel for another French-leaning lunch of quiche and pinot blanc at Pierrot Gourmet. A leisurely walk along the lakefront was a perfect way to pass the breezy, warm afternoon. On a hotter day, we might have preferred a visit to the well-appointed Peninsula fitness center, pool and spa on the 19th and 20th floors where, after a workout with a view, you can pamper yourself with a bamboo massage, pedicure or an ultimate facial. e Lobby's signature burger, and a bottle of equally succulent Côtes du Rhône, proved a satisfying choice for dinner, preceded by a dozen sweet little oysters from the Pacific Northwest. After a relaxing single malt at the restaurant's supremely well-stocked bar, it was time for bed and a long, deep sleep. Chocolate, of course, is an essential element of any romantic getaway, and our Peninsula package paid ample attention to this detail with a private tour and tasting at Vosges Haut-Chocolat, where we were educated about the "correct" way to taste exotic chocolate. Let's just say I appreciated the meditative deep breathing aspects involved in proper tasting techniques more than Jen did, although we both swooned over the divine exotic truffles, especially the absinthe and banana pudding flavors. These intriguing creations are made of only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world by founder and chocolatier Katrina Markoff. is special tour, again exclusive to Peninsula guests, provides an extraordinary sensory experience. slmag.net 101

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