The two three FOUR-day weekend brought on celebrations in every shape and form. There was America’s birthday (more on that this week), blogs crossing paths (more on that too), and an Indian-Chinese wedding that allowed me to get the best eats from the East.
If you’ve never been to an Indian wedding before (as was my case), here are some basic guidelines to follow:
- Wear at least two different outfits; each day calls for something new and colorful.
- The open bar is your friend, especially by day 3 when your feet are sore from dancing for days and you’ve lost track on how many people you have met.
- Speaking of dancing, there will be a lot of it. Prepare.
- If you have figured out a way to elegantly use the restroom while wearing a sari, please contact me immediately. I must know your secrets.
- Eat a lot and don’t be shy about it, because either an aunty will coerce you into eating more anyways, and/or you’ll just burn it all off busting a move on the dance floor.
Since this was a multi-cultural wedding, the food followed suit, which was a delicious treat and kept the culinary momentum strong throughout the festivities. Enjoy these photos and get ready for a jam-packed bender of a week!
Food fusions galore.
Night 1 of the wedding consisted of a traditional Chinese dinner – broccolini, pork, noodles, steamed vegetables, and spicy shrimp. Even with a full plate, the meal was light and satisfying. I’ll admit that if this had been a regular dinner out, I would have consumed thrice the amount of noodles, but I did have to fit into a sari the next night.
Paired with the Chinese dinner were gulab jamuns – a fried Indian dessert made from sweetened milk powder and soaked in syrup. To some, these can be cloying, but they are never too sweet for me, especially when they arrive warm and gooey.
On the final night, the venue catered an American meal, so there was something for everyone to eat with ease. I tried to fill up on salad and salmon, but then I spotted lasagna and pesto pasta and that healthy notion failed pretty quickly.
This was a perfectly created wedding cake – super light genoise with a key lime buttercream and strawberry accompaniment. After a full meal and before a night of dancing, this was a lovely dessert for the guests and the newlyweds to satisfy their sweet tooth.