A Key West Wedding

by Sarah on January 3, 2014 · 11 comments

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.IMG_20131230_165245_414 (800x449)

After a Cuban-spired rehearsal dinner, where the black beans and rice were subtly seasoned and the rum-glazed plantains were positively addictive…IMG_20131229_190750_846 (800x449)

–and it was hard to tell whether the caramel flan or the guava bread pudding was more decadently delicious–IMG_20131229_203526_002 (800x450)

–I was, quite naturally, excited for the remainder of the weekend’s dining.IMG_20131230_174022_563 (800x450)

(And not just because I was seated at the Benedict Cumberbatch table for the beachside reception.)IMG_20131230_174127_496 (800x450)

I’ve heard of mashed potato bars…but a bacon station?IMG_20131230_174224_115 (800x450)

It happened.

(With maple syrup and bleu cheese for dipping…)IMG_20131230_174240_512 (800x449)

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…IMG_20131230_174325_526 (800x450)

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.IMG_20131230_180254_070 (450x800)

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.

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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.IMG_20131230_192532_538 (800x450)

S’mores on the beach and (two, I confess) key lime tarts were happily received alternatives to wedding cake.IMG_20131230_203607_181 (800x450)

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.IMG_20131230_223928_766 (800x450)

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).IMG_0965 (533x800)

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…IMG_0817 (800x533)


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