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If you’re like me, trying different food while travelling is one of the best things in the world. Mr. Horseshoe and I were pretty excited to sample regional Hawaiian delights. Here are some of my food-related highlights of our trip in no particular order.
While not pictured, we really enjoyed our visit to Costco. We were super tempted by the large, fresh, and inexpensive bowls of poke…but there’s no way the two of us could have finished a serving size that large on our own. We did end up buying a big tray of Hawaiian sweet rolls, cheese, fruit, crackers, and some other small bites I can’t quite remember. I mentioned in previous posts that having breakfast/lunches from Costco saved us quite a bit of money. I highly recommend taking a trip to Costco if you have a membership—it is well worth it!
Eagerly awaiting our scampi
Mr. & Mrs. Eel took us to Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck for lunch on the way to the North Shore. We had no idea what we were in for…and what a treat it was. Mr. Horseshoe and I shared a large order of shrimp scampi and rice. Definitely visit a shrimp truck if you’re in Oahu. While the trucks can have a bit of a line and wait for your food, it’s well worth it.
Let Them Eat Cakes (Eight, That Is): Wedding Cake Buffet
Guys, I finally did it. I picked a wedding cake. Or rather, I picked wedding cakes. Eight of them, to be exact.
As you may remember, I was having a harrrrd time picking the cake. Blame it on my pastry-chef past—it’s not easy putting down a few hundred bucks on something I could do myself (and could do better, in some instances).
But believe it or not, we nailed down flavors—without EVER tasting the cake.
How? Well, I trusted my dad, mom, and sister to do it. And one day, my dad and sis went on a cake tasting, brought back leftovers for my mom, and sent Mr. W and me a VERY detailed email regarding each flavor, along with this shot of the tasting cupcakes.
Cupcakes at the tasting | Photo courtesy of my dad
Horseshoes Get Hitched: Fun Wedding Reception Games
Mr. Horseshoe and I were absolutely flying after our ceremony. We were giddy with excitement and had a lot of fun mingling with our guests during our cocktail hour.
Time certainly did fly by on our wedding day. I love this shot. | Photo by PMG Image
Dinnertime came upon us quite quickly, something I remember feeling thankful for as I was starting to feel low on energy. I, being a super classy lady, couldn’t resist plopping down on the ground for a quick rest while our guests were getting settled for dinner.
Because apparently it’s not one day anymore. At least, not when 75% of guests are coming from out of town, you haven’t spent a ton of time with your East Coast family in a while, and everyone’s excited for as much togetherness as possible.
Now, while that sounded a little whiney, I really am happy to get to spend lots of time with family. It’s the planning that’s got me overwhelmed. So what “wedding-related events” are we having?
Thursday Night: The World Champion Chicago Cubs vs. the almost-as-good LA Dodgers at Wrigley. Mr. W’s older son is a HUGE Dodgers fan, my dad’s a huge Cubs fan, and they’re playing each other. It’s a good chance to get Mr W.’s kid to one of the most classic stadiums in baseball, to relax, have a few beers, and just enjoy each other’s company. I think we’re booking a block of 10 tickets for my dad, my mom, Mr. W, W sons, me, and whoever else wants to go. First come, first serve. I know my buddy Mike is in. I’m hoping my sister will be able to make it. We’ll see.
Can’t think of a better place to unwind | Image via Fox Sports
Friday Day: NOTHING. I’ll be doing centerpieces and favors with Mr. W and a few family members/friends. We’re going to put together a list/map of our favorite things to do in Chicago and encourage guests to explore one of the greatest cities on earth.
Hope you’re not hungry if you’re planning to read this post! If you remember, we did our food tasting at the end of last year. We were very blown away by the different options that our venue had and didn’t really think we could go wrong with any of the food we could have ordered, but we really wanted to give our guests a Southern experience. We wanted them to get the Charleston feel to their whole trip to our wedding weekend, so our food was going to be a big part of that. Of course that included BBQ, mac and cheese, and other Southern delicacies.
We decided on doing stations and spreading them around the venue so that people could start at different stations and there wouldn’t be a backed up line anywhere. From our understanding, everything worked out great.
After some dancing and mingling with our guests, it was time for dinner! Well…breakfast. For dinner. Ch’yeah. Keep reading to see how our breakfast wedding menu went over.
Since our breakfast-for-dinner planning post was one of the most popular posts I wrote (you can read all about our pre-wedding brinner plans here!), I figured I would follow it up post-wedding and fill you in on how it actually went down, how it was received by our guests, and whether we would still have brinner at our reception if we could do it all over again. Spoiler alert: We totally, 100% would.
When I first wrote the “Breakfast for Dinner” post, I was still finalizing the breakfast wedding menu with our caterer and discussing the best options for what foods to serve to please all of our guests. Mr. C and I knew we wanted the traditional wedding foods served during the main mealtime, with some breakfasty hors d’ouvres served during the cocktail hour. While I didn’t get a chance to write a post on our cake plans prior to the wedding, we did end up hiring a small, local bake shop to make us a small cake, as well as finger-type foods that fit in with our breakfast theme.
We’re less than five months to the big day, but this week I’m taking a full-blown break from all things wedding. Why? It’s Thanksgiving!
Don’t we ALL have eating pants? | Awesome Friends image via hubpages
And those who know me know: Thanksgiving is my jam. I actually cook Thanksgiving dinner three to five times a year. And OK, three of those times are for work. I do food writing and I’m the crazy person begging the butcher for turkeys in August so we can have beautiful photos in October/November.
A few weeks ago, we took another whirlwind weekend trip to Chicago, where we did our catering tasting with Food for Thought. Now, I didn’t post about looking for a caterer, but for good reason—they’re the exclusive caterer for our venue. And they did NOT disappoint.
While we stepped away for a few minutes to take some more photos at the quarry site, our guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the patio. They had access to the bar, plus a few snackums. There was a large fruit and cheese display with a Craisin-encrusted goat cheese ball, a pecan-encrusted cheddar ball, and imported and domestic cheeses. We also had spinach- and feta-stuffed mushrooms, and shrimp and grit fritters for our meat-eating guests. Mr. Blue Moon and I didn’t get to try any of it until later, but I can tell you that even the leftovers our wedding planner sent with us to our hotel were the stuff.
As we wrapped up some final couple portraits, our planner got everybody inside for our wedding party’s entrance. We had decided to have everybody announced since they came from all over the country and our families had yet to meet some of our friends.
Mr. Blue Moon and I entered next, and it was a little bit unnerving since we had a first dance looming.