We had a fabulous weekend in Nantucket! Matt was in the wedding party for one of his very best friends, so we made a long weekend out of the occasion and rented a house with some of the other groomsmen and their significant others. It was so fun being a guest at an island wedding after hosting one of my own.
We arrived on Thursday to partake in Halloween festivities. The males were pandas, so naturally the females were panda tamers.
I spent a lot of time with these lovely ladies while the groomsmen did their thing during the day. We enjoyed a stroll around town and lunch at a brew pub before we got dressed up for an incredible rehearsal dinner at Town Restaurant.
The scallops were out.of.this.world!!!!! I miss fresh seafood from the Atlantic!
The whole weekend was grey and rainy, but the sun peaked for like a split second right before the wedding. Despite the weather, the trees in Nantucket were beautiful and I found myself really missing the east coast.
The groom is so excited to lay eyes of his gorgeous bride here:
She was stunning!!!!
The reception was held at a waterfront hotel inside a cozy tent. We warmed up with butternut bisque and dark ‘n stormys during cocktail hour.
There was no wedding cake, but the phenomenal band made up for it. We danced every second of the reception, including between each course:)
I had a blast this weekend, but after the commute home, I’m quite happy to be back on the ground in Dallas!!
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Where do I even start? NYC is just so amazing. And the food, oh the food!!
I arrived on Thursday and was able to meet Matt for a quick lunch in Hell’s Kitchen. We dined at a Thai-French fusion cafe called Breeze and scored a little table right on the patio/sidewalk.
The spicy duck salad and peanut curry shrimp were both tasty and lighter than your typical thai food. Perfect lunch!
Matt had to get back to work, so I walked the afternoon away. Starting in Hell’s Kitchen, I walked down through Chelsea, and stopped in the market, and then walked through the West Village.
For dinner, I met a bunch of college friends at Empellon Taqueria in the West Village. The restaurant was dark and intimate, but the loud music made it a bit hard to converse. It was great to catch up though, even if we had to yell:) We enjoyed spicy margaritas, guac, and tacos. My three tacos – chicken verde, wild mushroom, and pastrami were all delish. It’s hard to beat Dallas when it comes to tacos though.
Friday was my actual birthday, so I slept in and took myself out for a day of exploration. I started with a run along the river and ended up back in the lower east side to pick up a cake.
I stumbled upon this incredible juice bar and had the best almond milk chai latte of my life. I may move to New York just for this latte.
Once Matt got off work, we kicked off the evening at Gramercy Tavern. We sat at the bar and had the most wonderful service! The bartender comped our first round simply because Matt had to stand up while I was sitting at the bar. Nice! I started with a little bubbly and the moved on to a fall bourbon special.
Since my favorite restaurants typically involve small plates, I picked ABC Cocina for dinner. It was exactly the vibe I wanted and all the food was fantastic.
Hey blog world.
I’m back from a split-second in Charlotte for a friend’s wedding. As soon as I landed on the east coast I missed it – it’s sooo green! And chilly! It’s fall somewhere, but definately not here.
The wedding took place at the Foundation for the Carolinas, an urban indoor-outdoor space in the middle of uptown Charlotte. Saturday’s weather was perfect and the blue skies were a gorgeous backdrop to the roof-top wedding ceremony.
All of the details of the wedding were very elegant and the menu consisting of steak and salmon, orzo, roasted carrots and parsnips, salad, and grilled focaccia was delicious.
I got lucky with an outdoor table and the view was awesome.
It became even more spectacular at dusk!
I stole a snap of the beautiful bride with her groom against this neat garden wall:)
My bridesmaids, now her bridesmaids:)
The only thing better than eating dinner on the roof of a building is dancing on the roof of a building!
We continued the party on the roof terrace at Ri Ra which reminded me of my college days. Only I can’t stay out that late these days without really feeling it in the morning!
Congratulations to the bride and groom, and thanks for a fabulous weekend and a fun college reunion!
As for Monday, I’m thinking of those affected by the tragedy in DC:( So sad.
Have you ever had the wrong time for your own party? I did that yesterday and was frantically running around to get everything ready an hour earlier than I had thought – so silly of me! Anyway, I apologize that my picture quality suffered as a result.
We had all of our Dallas buddies over for a party last night! I tried a few new recipes in addition to my usual pig-in-a-blankets, cheese platter, and salsa trio.
I can’t remember if i was inspired by a specific recipe or not, but I ended up with the avocado chicken salad and sweet potato combo above. I have a friend who can’t have dairy, so I made my usual greek yogurt chicken salad with avocado instead, and it was fabulous! I’ll have to make the sweet potato disks a little crispier next time, but I loved this overall.
This endive app was inspired by Kath’s jam post. The blue cheese and jalapeno went perfectly with a cranberry jalapeno compote I had in the pantry – I think I received it as a gift and it was great!
I’ve seen a bunch of recipes for zucchini fritters this summer, so I tried one using almond meal instead of flour. I thought they were just ok, but I’m certain they would have been much better if I had not thrown them together in 10 seconds and either burned or undercooked most of them. Whoops.
Dessert was fruit pizza and homemade chocolate bark.
It was one of those crazy nights that ended with a friend chugging the rest of the punch straight from the bowl, a late-night trip to the Ritz, and Matt and I finishing off the fruit pizza and doing tons of dishes at 2:30:)
And another party was going on over on the east coast for my nephew’s first birthday. A belated happy birthday to Mazen!Read More
We’re officially en route to Knoxville, Tennessee! On my last night in NC, I got to attend the lovely wedding of my good friend Brooke at the Carolina Inn in Chapel HIll. It was a nice evening for an outdoor ceremony because the sun had retreated behind the clouds. I loved that champagne was served right before the ceremony because we all mingled and got the party started before the ceremony:)
Brooke looked gorgeous and you could tell that the bride and groom were very much in love.
All my high school friends reunited!
The reception was held in a beautiful ballroom with a neat checkered floor and giant flower arrangements. It was very elegant.
Of course there was cake a lots of dancing!