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Peach Shake-Up – Locally Grown Gardens, Indianapolis

Peach Shake-Up Locally Grown Gardens Indianapolis

On my way back from Louisville we stopped in Indianapolis for lunch at Locally Grown Gardens, a local produce market and restaurant. We enjoyed the sun at our picnic table and a deliciously sweet Peach Shake-Up – homemade lemonade with chunks of freshly picked peaches and peach purée served in a 3-cup Mason jar.

The Dish to Get at Pasteur – Edgewater, Chicago

Pasteur Chicago Dining Room

Pasteur is beautiful and airy with high ceilings, white table clothes, rattan chairs, dark chocolate leather banquette, gold celestial-ringed chandeliers and serves traditional Vietnamese.

Here’s what you are getting at Pasteur – the Bo Luc Lac, Pasteur’s signature beef steak and commonly known as Shaking Beef. The beef is Continue reading

Must-Stay Hotel: Cotton House in Barcelona, Spain

The unassuming entrance gives no hint to the gorgeous history meets modern design behind the giant carved wood doors in the Cotton House, a luxury 83 room boutique hotel in the heart of Barcelona. Built in 1879 for a Spanish family before being sold to the Cotton Textile Foundation, the first two floors retain their original design and are full of color and ornate detail. From the giant wall of framed mirrors that meets the marble floor of the reception, the calming effect of dining among the dozens of cotton bolts in different white hues in the Batuar restaurant to the rooftop pool and my personal favorite, the suspended spiral staircase – the Cotton House is one of the most beautiful and visually interesting hotels in Barcelona.

I arrived at 9:30am with no expectation of checking in but simply to store my luggage while I spent the day touring. However, between being offered bites of the chocolate-covered strawberries, the staff apologized for not having the room ready and offered to upgrade the room.

There are eight room grades and I ended up getting upgraded twice to the Cotton Room level complete with a balcony facing the terrace, king-size bed and huge walk-in shower and full bathtub. In contrast to the colorful opulence of the public areas the hotel room is elegantly simple with warm white tones covering the room, soft white leather chairs and headboard, impossibly soft bedding and backlit drawings of cotton that line the wall giving the room a warm feel.

You can sneak a peek here:

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