Saturday, May 17, 2008

mere formalities

Good morning! The formal was a lot of fun last night, I haven't been able to dress up like that in a long time. These past two nights may have been mini-splurges but I'd say they were worth it! But I'm getting ahead of myself, before we could sit down there was a nice happy hour. It was great time to meet his friends and enjoy a glass of white wine. And for accountability, I also had another with dinner.

I don't drink often or excessively when I do, but others took full advantage of the open bar and were already tipsy ;) btw, I'm on the left.
There were also a great deal hors d'oeuvres. I was actually quite hungry since I irresponsibly forgot to have a snack so I really packed our plate full. I ate all the water crackers (4) with about an ounce of brie (my favorite cheese) and as much veggies, if not more, than you see on the plate. There were raw zucchini, cucumbers, and carrots. Oh and above the plate is my friend's drink, Jack & Coke.
After a good deal of mingling and dancing we sat down for our first course: a Spring Fresh Salad with dried fruit and candied walnuts and a Mushroom Soup Souffle. I ate all of the salad (it was much tinier than it looks) and 3 spoonfuls of soup. It was good but not great, so I decided to save my appetite for what was to come.

I was happy I did! Next was a scrumptious but huge bowl of Penne Marinara. However, to continue my pacing habit I only ate as much as you see in the picture, a little less than half. I also ate the bread that they provided each person with. Oh my gosh, so good!

Finally, we got to the main course. Mine was a Vegetable Risotto. I obviously wasn't too hungry by then. Nevertheless, I ate the roasted vegetables on the side because I couldn't resist and tried the risotto even if I've had better. This is my after picture :).

About an hour and a half later, once the food had settled and we danced some more, they served dessert. It was a cute little sampling of 3 yummy items: Chocolate Mousse, Fudge Truffle with Caramel & Almonds, and Creme Brulee. I ate the majority of the truffle, a third of the mousse and only small bite of the creme brulee. As you can tell, I have quite the chocolate fixation! :) Like I've said before, it was a good time and I'm glad that he invited me. I have another busy day today with my cousin's first communion but I will be back later to show you some more pictures. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend as much as I am!

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