As I mentioned in my last post, the purpose of my va-key-tion was to attend the wedding of one of The Professor’s long time friends.
After a Cuban-spired rehearsal dinner, where the black beans and rice were subtly seasoned and the rum-glazed plantains were positively addictive…
–and it was hard to tell whether the caramel flan or the guava bread pudding was more decadently delicious–
–I was, quite naturally, excited for the remainder of the weekend’s dining.
(And not just because I was seated at the Benedict Cumberbatch table for the beachside reception.)
I’ve heard of mashed potato bars…but a bacon station?
(With maple syrup and bleu cheese for dipping…)
I, however, was much more focused on the
four five multiple servings of conch ceviche I consumed.*
*And yes, I DID tell the waiter to come to me first every time there was a new batch brought out…
As well as obtaining drinks the bartender created with malibu, Captain Morgan’s, grenadine, and orange juice after I declared the need for something “islandy and fun.“
A little dancing before dinner (and much more afterwards) worked up a bit of an appetite for this creatively unconventional starter salad featuring peppers, mango, and cucumbers in a sweet vinaigrette.
Instead of surf-and-turf, I had requested just surf, so two pieces of grilled mahi mahi with a tropical pico and (not enough ) plantiains and sauteed squash were on my dinner plate.
S’mores on the beach and (two, I confess) key lime tarts were happily received alternatives to wedding cake.
More dancing, revelry, and fun with sparklers closed out the night on the beach, but a (very random, yet) very fun cover band at Sloppy Joe’s kept the night rolling on.
And as if that wasn’t enough, there was brunch the next day, where custard-covered berries, baked French toast, fresh fruit intended for drink garnish [;)], Caesar salad, and a vegetarian egg bake made for a beautiful plate (and filling send-off meal).
I was sad to say good-bye to the warm weather and island time, but hopefully I’ll get to live like a
cheeseveggie burger in paradise again soon…