Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2018

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After our long day of traveling, we cozied up to watch an episode of the FX miniseries "e Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story." We joked that we were cramming for a side trip we'd arranged, but, really, we were mesmerized by the breathtaking, tragic story. Afterward, we went for a brisk walk, then dinner in the club, where I was presented with the best wild-caught salmon I have ever tasted. Lightkeepers' Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo's progressive and effortless style was evident in his preparation: the fish was simply grilled and served with a garnish of snap peas, roasted corn and cucumber verjus. Cakebread Chardonnay proved to be the perfect match. And for dessert: Keez Beez Honey Rum Cake, made with raw local honey, Mount Gay Special Edition Rum and coconut sorbet, rounding out the exemplary meal in style. So impressed were we with the entire experience that we indulged in a tasting menu on the veranda at Lightkeepers the following evening. We enjoyed a spectacular meal that included grilled Spanish octopus with saffron aioli, crispy pork belly and black mussels for appetizers, followed by fabulously fresh Florida yellowtail snapper and branzino. No dinner would be complete without a cocktail or two, and in this realm, Lightkeepers excels, with a list that combines tradition with innovation, matching ingredients that look highly improbable on paper, but harmonize into a symphony of flavor on the palate. We lost track of time, in that lovely way that vacations have of spinning seconds into minutes. We reveled in the 1,200-foot golden sand beach, where a modest daily resort fee covers two chaises, an umbrella and kayaks. Feeling your feet in the sand and seeing the ocean for the first time on a midwinter trip is magical. It took us about two minutes after we'd kicked off our flip flops to climb into his-and-her kayaks and tool around the ocean for an hour or so. Back on terra firma, we enjoyed more of the resort's attentive and gracious service, ordering cocktails before meandering up to Dune Burgers On e Beach. Here, we indulged in creative and expertly prepared burgers, including the Signature (ground bison, foie gras and all the accoutrements), along with peel-and-eat Key West Shrimp. 96 slmag.net

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