Indy for the Holidays


Almost every year part of our holiday merriment happens in Indianapolis. It’s become a tradition. The visit is typically a winter wonderland filled with snow and single digit temperatures. Growing up in California, I did not experience that type of cold often, but since living on the east coast, I’ve adjusted my definition of cold. A secret about me – every time I emerge from a warm dwelling into the, let’s say, 2° weather, I automatically giggle. True story, no explanation, it just happens.

While in Indy, we visit family and friends for a few days, visit museums, theatre and other cultural events, and venture out on our own for a few meals. There are favorite restaurants we frequent with the family and those we frequent independently by form of habit and comfort. I’m a fairly adventurous person, though experimenting with food is not very easy because of my allergies. Though, every year it seems easier as vegan friendly options appear on menus and more vegan restaurants pop up outside of my metropolis.

This year the family outing was the Indianapolis Ballet performance of the Nutcracker at the Old National Center. The Nutcracker is one of my favorite ballets from childhood and it’s nice to see it when possible. Although I am grateful to live in NY where I have easy access to Broadway, dance, opera, and more, I love being able to take in and support local arts in other communities as well. Following the Nutcracker, we had a family dinner at Saigon Vietnamese restaurant, which is climbing my list of favorite Indy restaurants. It is a traditional menu but they always make sure my vegetable option is vegan.

While in town we also stopped at Cafe Patachou, which has a little something for everyone. It used to be a place we frequented for lunch but after trying their Vegan Cuban Breakfast, I’m always angling for a morning visit now. In the trying something new category – we went to the Sinking Ship for lunch. The website drew us in with its substantial vegan menu and the establishments snarky rules, including what will be playing on the TV and no kids allowed. They have a couple of locations, one of which might allow kids. The location we visited is a proper bar meant for adult beverages and adult conversations…It has a college vibe, good music and fantastic vegan comfort food. They do have a full menu for carnivores as well. Recommendations – chili mac, mac & tease, buffalo seitan wings, and star tots.

Until the next time…


2 thoughts on “Indy for the Holidays

  1. Sounds lovely, I’m so happy you enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyment filled holiday in Indi this year. We were happy to see you prior to the holidays even the the reason for your visit was difficult.

    We enjoyed a fun Thanksgiving with Kay and Mike, Julia and her beau stopped by a bit late, but we had saved a plate of food for them too.

    Christmas I baked Jim’s favorites banana breads, Apple and berry pies. Everything turned out well and we enjoyed our usual Prime Rib dinner. It was a lovely cozy day. I was happy knowing you all were doing your own family things and enjoying your holiday thoroughly too.

    This passed weekend Kay and Mike came for the weekend and we celebrated a 2nd Christmas with them. The weather made us keep to the dry indoors for our entertainment. It was wet and windy.

    Today was dry and and partly sunny so I spent the day putting most of my decorations away. The tree is down, ornaments away and everything in various rooms is cleared. The dining room table still has a group to be sorted and boxed and away. (Mostly breakable etc.)So I consider it 90% done. <>. I’ll finish tomorrow Happy 2017. Love ya Mom Sent. From my iPad :-)))


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