Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wedding Madness

I know, it seems WAY too early to already use that title in a blog post, but really, it has fit the first few months of wedding planning.  Even though our wedding isn't until the fall of 2011, B and I have already felt the stress that comes along with planning a wedding.  The difficult decisions are definitely right at the beginning of the process, as you have to deal with the most important questions right away-- the budget, the location, and the number of guests.  These are all huge, and stressful, decisions, which I am happy to say have all been decided!  The most difficult decision was the location.  B and I currently live in the DC area (obviously!), but my family is from central/western Pennsylvania, and his family is from the eastern part of the state, with other relatives spread across the country.  No matter where we have the wedding, someone will have to travel.  This made our decision easier and harder at the same time.  In the end, we decided on a DC wedding (yay!), for numerous reasons, but mostly because it is what we really, really wanted.

Once we had the big 3 questions answered, it was time to select a venue.  There are so many options here, so we were a little overwhelmed at first.  While our budget and number of guests helped us narrow down the choices, it also seemed to make the search a little difficult, as DC venues are generally very expensive and we didn't want to blow our budget.  B and I also have a very specific vision for our wedding- we want something elegant, different, and that could also host the ceremony.  After numerous venue visits across the DC metro area, we decided we definitely did not like the hotel ballroom option and basically had to start our search over.  After narrowing it down, we were left with three possible options- the Tower Club, DAR Constitution Hall, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.  Each venue was unique and beautiful, but one blew us away.  The Carnegie Institution has everything we were looking for and is a quintessential DC space.  It is perfect for our wedding, and when we went to see it, I could see myself walking down the aisle in their gorgeous rotunda.  I'm excited to say that we were able to book it and we officially have a venue and a wedding date! 

We are both so happy to have a beautiful venue (and to have the hardest decision made) and cannot wait to start planning the details.  Up next- catering!  Food is incredibly important to us, so this will be another big decision that will likely take some time and effort.  You will be sure to hear all about our catering search and many more details as we continue planning one of the most important days of our lives!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


B and I just got back from Kauai (Hawaii), where we enjoyed the sun, sand, and of course food for a weeklong vacation to attend the lovely wedding of two of our friends.  Kauai was absolutely stunning, they call it the Garden Island with good reason!  I highly recommend visiting, it was by far my favorite and most relaxing vacation (minus the confused roosters that run loose all over the island and crow at all hours of the day...).  We really enjoyed every part of the island and got to see much of it via a helicopter tour (highly recommend!) and a catamaran sunset sail to the Na'Pali Coast.  I could talk about Kauai all day, but since this is a food blog, lets turn now to that! 
Overall, B and I were quite surprised with the food selection in Kauai.  We expected great tropical fruits, and we weren't disappointed there.  However we searched for good seafood at the market and were disappointed with the small selection.  We did have great fish at both the wedding and restaurant we visited, so maybe we missed some hidden seafood market that us mere tourists couldn't find.  We ended up not doing too much cooking anyway, so we were in no way starved on our trip!  In fact, we stumbled upon the hidden jewel of Kauai (at least as far as food goes!) on a day trip to Hanalei Bay.  Nick's Taqueria is a little taco cart run by Nick, a surfer originally from Colorado that is only open from noon to 3 pm so that he can surf the rest of the day.  Normally I am not a food cart person, I just can't get past my germophobe anxiety when it comes to eating something out of the back of a truck.  However I was starving and there were no other options, so B and I gave it a try.  I'm SO GLAD we did.  It was by far the best pork taco I've ever had.  Everything is made fresh right there, no pre-made, pre-wrapped tacos that are just reheated and thrown at you.  It was definitely worth the wait!  I had no idea something so delicious could come out of  a food truck.  Is this what I've been missing all these years??  Nick's just may have changed my whole outlook on food carts!  If you ever go to Kauai, definitely make the trip to Hanalei Bay (which is one of the most beautiful spots on the island) and stop by Nick's for a pork taco.
Unfortunately B and I are back to reality on the mainland, but refreshed, recharged, and with a new outlook on food trucks.  If you ever get the chance, go to Kauai, you won't regret it!
Mahalo (thanks) for reading!