I have had a whirlwind of a weekend with no time to relax at all. I got into MD around 9:30 on Thursday night. Then on Friday, we had the wedding tasting.
We tasted two salads. The first was a composed salad of organic field greens, grape tomato, grilled asparagus and fresh basil vinigrette.
The second was a baby organic leaf salad with portobello mushrooms, hearts of palm and a herbes de provence vinigrette.
I like the ingredients of the mushroom salad better but liked the basil dressing more than the herbes de provence one so the chef said he would make the mushroom salad with the basil dressing. Our guests will be given the choice of beef or fish for their entree.
The beef (I keep typing beer. I guess I don’t talk about beef normally.) was an herb marinated filet with chive scented potatoes, red wine reduction and cripsy fried leaks. Originally it was supposed to come with foie gras but I didn’t want the inhuman force feeding of ducks to be part of my wedding celebration, so I emailed the hotel last week and asked for it to not include that on the steak. I didn’t try it since I don’t eat beef, but I don’t think anyone missed the foie gras and they all said it was good.
The fish was an herb scented halibut with pesto and pea risotto and a roasted red pepper jus. It was very good.
On our reply card, we have a space for dietary restrictions and I wanted to make sure that the hotel would be able to offer a vegetarian meal should any guests request one. I was actually thinking that I might request one if it was good. So we sampled a garden vegetable strudel. It was okay. I think I’m going to stick with the fish, but I’m happy that we’ll have a vegetarian option.
The hotel also provides the cake. We sampled a vanilla sponge cake with white chocolate mousse and buttercream icing and a almond sponge cake with raspberry mouse and a buttercream icing. Honestly, I was unimpressed. The almond raspberry one was sickeningly sweet and the vanilla one was just okay. I guess wedding cake isn’t supposed to taste good though, right?
The weekend went by very quickly. In addition to the tasting, we also met with the officiant, had a dress fitting and got a trial hairdo (which I hated.) I also managed to have dinner with a friend. After dinner, we went to a bar where I ran into at least 5 people from my graduating high school class that I haven’t seen in, well, 14 years. So that was sort of interesting.
What I did not do all weekend was exercise. I brought workout clothes and everything but just could not find the time to fit it in. I hate when I get off track like that. I haven’t worked out since Wednesday. I could have done it tonight, I suppose, but I just wanted to relax.