Pancakes and Braaaaaains… !

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Located in The Alexander, Market Table is a fancier — and much tastier — brunch alternative to Golden Corral.

It seems like the older we get, the harder it becomes to go out on dates with your significant other. First, you get pets, which seem to take up more time than you initially anticipate; then you get responsibilities, like renovating the bathroom or building a table-turned crate for your dog; finally, you have kids and you can kiss your life goodbye for 18 (or more) years.

Caitlyn and I have made it through the first two phases, and those experiences have taught us to cherish our alone time out of the house. That’s why we were excited for being a tourist in our town this past weekend, going to a swank brunch, followed by a trip to a museum we had long been interested in visiting, the Indiana Medical History Museum.

Cookies AND gelato? Sign me up!

Cookies AND gelato? Sign me up!

First up, the brunch. Market Table at The Alexander Hotel — which housed us after our power went out for 2.5 days a couple weeks ago — is home to an exquisite brunch on weekends. It’ a buffet, but this isn’t your run-of-the-mill Golden Corral. Complete with made-to-order omelets, truffle mac and cheese, a dozen (or more) varieties of gelato, fruits, made-to-order pancakes (my favorite item there) and french toast, blood orange soda and more. You’ll be full all day, so don’t plan on dinner. At nearly $21 a person, its more expensive than other buffets, but it’s worth it, especially if you’re aiming to have a nice brunch out in a modernly-appointed dining room.

Much prettier than other brunch and buffet places, too.

Much prettier than other brunch and buffet places, too.

After a quick stop to Petco — OK, we can’t always escape the pets, even on Date Day — it was on to the museum. Built in  1896 as the Pathology Building on the old Central State Hospital for the Insane site on the west side of Indianapolis. The building is home to three clinical labs and a photography lab, all geared at supporting the study and research on physical causes of mental disease. Upon entry, guests are greeted to a room full of brains and organs in formaldehyde, afflicted with various trauma or diseases.

The Indiana Medical History Museum might be in a sketchy part of town, but it's still worth the trip.

The Indiana Medical History Museum might be in a sketchy part of town, but it’s still worth the trip.

The original amphitheater — including the seats — still exist, as does most the furniture and equipment, including the angled autopsy table, complete with holes for easy draining of bodily fluids (gross). Unfortunately, the hospital itself, including the “Seven Steeples,” one of the more beautiful bits of architecture in Indianapolis, was torn down decades ago and the land sold for development.

Diseased and traumatized organs set the mood for romance.

Diseased and traumatized organs set the mood for romance.

If you arrive on the hour, you can get a guided tour — the docents know their stuff. Best of all? Admission is only $7 a person.

What better way to spend a Date Day with the one you love than looking at organs and creepy medical history? That’s true love.

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