Wedding Planning Date Night (No Bridal Magazines or Glue Guns Involved)

Since deciding on a restaurant to host our rehearsal dinner, Mr. Wallaby and I finally made the trek back to The Woodlands to attend our rehearsal dinner tasting! Yup, that’s right—I definitely didn’t think there was such a thing as a “rehearsal dinner tasting” when we first got engaged, but when Américas Restaurant offered us a tasting before we mailed in the deposit, we raised our hands. Free food—heck yeah!*

To fill you in briefly, Mr. Wallaby and I scored a great deal at Américas—Janine, the events coordinator, allowed us to serve a lunch menu instead of a dinner menu, which will be saving us money big-time. She even threw in free soft drinks. Although the meal would still be a significant cost for Mr. W and I, we loved this restaurant and wanted to offer some old Southern hospitality for our out-of-towners who would be arriving the day before the wedding. Américas serves Southern American fare, and the menu that we chose is named after Iguazu Falls, an incredibly stunning waterfall on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

Here is the mouth-watering “Iguazu menu” that we’d be serving:

Appetizer: Plantain chips and chimichurri

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Americans appetizers…. mmmmmm. Personal photo.

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Mr. W chowing down on some plantain chips. He’s usually pretty health-conscious, but when he tried one of those, he was like dayyyyummm. Personal photo.

First course: mixed greens with manchego, house herbed crostini, and cilantro dressing.

Main course: choice of pollo ahuacatl (grilled chicken breast with organic grilled quinoa, grilled asparagus, and avocado mousse… yes, avocado mousse!); the Churrasco (their signature, center cut certified Angus beef tenderloin, seasoned with chimichurri and chargrilled, served with crispy yucca cake, pickled onions, and bearnaise sauce); or crispy pork carnitas (slow roasted pork, achiote shrimp, mole, and arroz con rajas). Our waiter mentioned to us that a lot of the ingredients are local, including Texas grass-fed beef. The localvore in me smiled :)

Dessert: choice of tres leches cake or delirio de chocolate cake (chocolate truffle cake with chocolate mousse and truffle ganache).

Ok, so you might notice I stopped taking pictures after the appetizer…That’s because this is a really nice, classy restaurant, and it was packed when we went in for our tasting. I felt really sketch taking too many pictures, so I put my phone away and dug in. And it was mmm-mmm good. Mr. W and I were super excited to share this meal with our loved ones, and we hoped all of our out-of-town guests feel comfortable and taken care of. We did snap one more sneaky picture of me making a cheesy toast to our date night and probably some other lovey-dove ramblings:

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Cheers! Personal photo.

Did any of your venues/vendors provide a surprise tasting? Have you and your significant other had some fun breaks from wedding planning?

*Mr. W always likes to point out that this isn’t exactly free…He and I are paying a pretty penny to host the rehearsal dinner at Américas, so the tasting is just a nice benefit.

BLOGGER

Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:53 pm

    um… YUM. everything sounds delicious!

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    misssemi 156 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:27 pm

    Mmm! Mr. Semi & I have been to Americas – it is delicious! Your out of towners are in for a treat!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:37 am

    So awesome that they included a tasting for you guys! Your guests are going to love this.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:01 pm

    That’s awesome that you were able to get a “free” tasting!! Everything sounds OMGdelicious.

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