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Friday, March 7, 2014

Road Trip: Indianapolis, Pt 2 - Le Peep & Indy Cars

Similar to my Cleveland series of blog posts - each week I'm going to be sharing a little bit more of Indianapolis with you! Thanks to the folks at VisitIndy.com for the hospitality. 

Speaking of hospitality - we had a great room at the Comfort Suites City Centre, which was just a few steps from Lucas Oil Stadium (the home of the Indianapolis Colts - woohoo!). I'm sure these rooms book up fast just because of the proximity when it comes to NFL or NBA games - and I can see why. Spotless and comfortable with a friendly staff. This was a great place to stay!

They also have a handy little room off the front desk for snacks/drinks. They aren't cheap (of course) but I have to say - it was nice not having to search for dollar bills to use in a vending machine when I wanted that 8am Coca-Cola!

But off to breakfast we went, the folks at Le Peep provided us a gift certificate for breakfast (thanks much!). We had a long touristy day ahead of us and needed sustenance. Le Peep is much like First Watch - breakfast & lunch - lots of options ranging from artery clogging to healthy. Le Peep has six locations around Indy - we went to the downtown spot near our hotel. (Everything is downtown in Indy - it's so awesome!)

Larry got the HitchHiker ($7.50) - sausage, green pepper & onion on top of home fries and then ladled with country gravy and cheddar jack cheese (he left off the eggs). He enjoyed every bite - and usually isn't one to finish his breakfast - but this was gone! I snagged a bite of the gravy and it was good! 

I went for the Omni Omelette ($8.95) which was ham, sausage and bacon with veggies (lots and lots of veggies) and Monterey Jack & Cheddar cheeses - topped with sour cream. The omelette was HUGE and there was a ton of veggies inside - things like carrots and celery (um ok?). Although some of the veggies were a bit odd - I liked it. But with the hugeness - I could only eat half. I knew I'd be walking a lot and didn't want to be weighed down too much with it all. 

Why Should You Go? If you're looking for a good, big breakfast in Indianapolis - it's a great option. I'm sure there are homier or fancier - but we both enjoyed Le Peep a lot. The food was good and we were definitely NOT hungry 3 hours later when lunch time rolled around - we just kept going and going! 

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Then for another sports-filled day - we headed to the Dallara Indy Car Factory which is just down the street from the Speedway. 

You couldn't take pictures on the Factory Tour - but we did take some pics of the cars sitting out in the open area. If you're into Indy Car or racing - it's probably more interesting. We took a quick buzz around. Larry ooh'd and ahh'd at the big motor they had on display. This was a pretty cool car - it would be fun to drive that!

Larry got into the fun as well. In the main front area there are a couple of interactive areas for kids - but he's just a big kid anyway - right?! He hopped in and took a spin. It is NOT easy getting in and out of those - I didn't even try...here. (later...different story)

The Factory Tour is top-secret - so no photos at all. It was okay - but they weren't really doing much and it's really small - so there just isn't much to see. Again - if you're a race fan - you might enjoy it.

After that we went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame - unfortunately there was snow abound so we were not able to take the grounds tour around the track. (bummer) That said - we buzzed through the museum area.

How would you like to drive that? I loved seeing how the Indy Car has evolved over time! As long as there have been men - there's been a need to race each other I guess. :-)

They have a car on display that you can get in and have your photo taken (for a fee) - there weren't any other visitors that day so the docent came over and took our photo using our camera (thanks!). I did get in the car - let me say - getting out was not fun. I definitely went to Zumba when I came home. Larry of course hopped in and out like a bunny. #jackspratt 

All in all - this HALF of our day was great! (yeah - that's only half of the day). While we aren't big racing fans - it was still interesting to revisit history. The raceway itself is HUGE - we drove around it and it's massive - pretty amazing. 

We are well on our way to #loveindy. Still to come...a brewery, more food and Lucas Oil Stadium!

Disclosure: Thanks to VisitIndy.com for coordinating our visit and providing most of our activities and accommodations. 




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