This past Easter, due to a bunch of crazy scheduling conflicts (mostly my fault), Hubs and I ended up with my parent’s dinner reservation at a local French restaurant, Savoie's Fare. They had a set three course Champagne Dinner that included a salad, main dish and dessert.
Hubs ordered the Endive Salad for first course and fell in LOVE! He's asked a couple times since if I thought it was something we could easily recreate, so I broke down and made it this weekend when my family came over for dinner.
Here is the salad description from Savoie's Fare's Menu…
And here’s how I made it…
I’m not gonna lie, Hubs said my version was just as good or better than the restaurant salad! And he doesn’t lie about these things.
Have you ever recreated a meal from a Restaurant? Did it taste the same or better than the original?
Example: When someone says, “I care about this alot.” Instead a being all “Idiot, a lot is two words!” Just imagine he/she cares about that Alot.
“The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people's grammar. It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I'd normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.”
There are a bunch of other hilarious examples on her blog! So, if you need a good laugh I would head over there, like now, and read it all up.
Update: This made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes! It's pretty much how I feel everything I go to Cooking Light's website...
**All drawings in the post are by Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half
After our First Dance (P.S. there’s a video here, if you missed it) we sat down and went straight into the speeches. However, I want to show you the details first.
You may, or may not, remember our wedding had a birdie theme. Mr Frenchie was really nervous, once the themed started taking shape, that our wedding would have too many birds. (Is there such a thing?) I really tried not to go crazy, while Mama Frenchie kept finding more and more birdie things to add. I think we accomplished a nice balance of birdies.
Mama Frenchie found these birds at the last minute to jazz up our cocktail tables…
We had complete forgot that our cocktail area would have a few ‘belly bars’ scattered around. Two weeks before the wedding, when we remembered the tables, we were at the end of our DIY rope and couldn’t come up with a single creative thing to do with them. On a trip to Micheal’s, Mama Frenchie found these right after we’d decided to just leave the tables bear. It’s funny how a last minute addition can be such a hit. Here is one of the last things we added (those birds) with one of the first things we added, David Patrone.
Mama and Sister Frenchie worked their booties off executing all my birdie dreams.
Mama Frenchie found the cutest scrapbook papers at Tall Mouse, made templates and pretty much executed all the DIY goodness.
With only a week between finals and the wedding I relied a lot on my Mom and Sister to get all the DIY goodness done, and they ROCKED IT!
As you can see, we named each table after a bird. Some of the birds ‘matched’ the guests they were seated with, like the Oriole table for all my family from Baltimore, MD and the Penguin table for Sister Frenchie (she loves penguins). While others were locals birds or birds with names that fit on the wing. We also numbered the tables to make it easier for the guests (especially the elderly ones) to find.
When the guest’s found their table, we (or my DOC) had already laid out everyone’s place card. We color coded their names with their meal choice. Super original, I know! ;-)
Each place card had a Shrinky Dink birdie and was backed with the left-over envelope liners from our invitations.
There were a few other birds scattered around. Mama Frenchie found this white wooden bird cage, by pure luck, at a local vintage store and we used it as our ‘card box’. What’s a bird cage without a bird? We had to add a feathered friend to the top.
The extremely generous Mrs Gummi Bear, let us borrow her Ann Wood birds.
Mama Frenchie came through again a found this adorable nest for them to rest in. The nest sit atop a metal rod that she stuck in a pot of daisies, my favorite.
And last, but not least, the detail that started the Birdie theme, our cake topper!
We bought this topper before I’d chosen my dress, before Mr Frenchie bought his suit and LONG before Mrs Sea Breeze made my veil. It now sits in our china cabinet and every time I see it, I smile at how much it looks like we did that day.
Does your wedding have an obvious theme? or are you a little more subtle than we were?
After taking our portraits we met up with our bridal party and got ready to enter the reception.
After our guest were all seated, the lead singer of the band introduced the bridal party. Groomsman Joe and his wife, BM Jane.
I however love it!
Are you planning a choreographed first dance? Did you have to talk your partner into talking dance lessons? or get your father involved? ;-)