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A Wedding Weekend


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Well...I have family in town for a nephew's wedding. They've never been to New Orleans itself, so I took them on a little tour and went out to eat for lunch, and I told them they MUST try Blue Dot Donuts! So....in all, with eating out, donuts, and a wedding, all in one day, I knew I'd need to be very careful while still allowing myself to partake of the goodies.

It's easy to control the donut treat and the eating out...it's the wedding food I was concerned over. H'orsdeuvres (sp?) passed around, a buffet line and cake...very easy to not be aware how much I'm consuming at a 3-hour party.

So, I set myself a challenge before the day began: 1. to avoid salty finger foods (incl cheese & crackers); 2. to avoid sugary finger foods; 3. from the buffet, to take a reasonable serving of ONE entree item plus salad (and to NOT go back to the line!); and 4: if I'm still "picky" after that, pick from the fruit tray. And finally, I've challenged myself to dance (not really a challenge, as I'd do it anyway)...

This is what actually happened:
Never got the donuts, by noon, Blue Dot was sold out and had closed for the day.
By the time we actually got to eat lunch, we were all starving(not having had our donut fix), and I ate a large burger with garlic/herb steak fries that could easily have been 2 meals.
There was going to be a long time between that lunch and dinner at the reception after 8pm, so I had a sweet snack (snack cake type of thing...bleh...waste of time and calories).
Then, we were all dinner hungry about an hour before we had to leave for the ceremony (2 hours before we'd get any wedding food), so I got a Chick-Fil-A Chargrilled & Fruit salad, only, I barely ate any of it, 'cause we ran out of time. Managed to eat the orange wedges & grapes, and most of the chicken, but none of the rest. It's waiting for tomorrow.
At the wedding, I succumbed to the pass-around gumbo (quite good), fried chicken tenders (too salty) and fried catfish (nice and light tasting fish), and spinach & artichoke on a pita wedge. All salty for me. There was no fruit tray, just a chocolate fountain I ignored (not worth the extra calories...it's not good chocolate).
The buffet was chicken alfredo pasta, sausage jambalaya & beef roast with gravy. I took a tiny bit of the pasta and about 4oz of the beef roast. The carver just couldn't understand that I didn't want a lot...and I hate to waste what's on my plate..........
And I had a thin piece of cake.
Oh yeah...and a frozen pina colada. Don't think I should count the alcohol itself, 'cause I'm not sure there was any!

I figure between dancing at the wedding and walking around the French Quarter for an hour and a half I've got my exercise for the day!

My new size 12 black skirt graced my wardrobe today...and I wore my Christian Siriano (sp?) heels (very high for me) for hours, even dancing, and didn't have to hobble home. :)

A fun time...will try to figure out tomorrow how to record all of today's stuff. It's too late right now.
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LAHUDSONCHEF 9/24/2012 11:23AM

    Yep, it was crazy and fun...and crazy some more! ;)

The one thing that really surprised me at the wedding, with as much as my sis-in-law said the food cost, is that the selection was very limited and there was no salad at all. Salad is a cheap filler that just about everyone would eat...for a hall not to have it seems really strange. And 3 meat-based entrees (one with pasta & cream sauce, the other with rice-jambalaya) with no vegetable sides - I mean, something's seriously missing here. So, in all, there was fried stuff, salty stuff and carb-y stuff. The only thing not any of those was the beef roast, but the gravy was salty.

I used to work in a reception hall, and kept thinking how they could've done things differently. The need to hire my former boss! hehehe

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WEBEZE 9/23/2012 2:11AM

    Wow what a day. Sounds like it was crazy and fun.

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