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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carla January 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

Hmmm.. a mysterious Professor that cooks you dinner and brings you to Florida for a friend’s wedding…. I think I see what’s goin’ on here…. 😉

meri January 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I am really having to live vicariously through you here- it is below zero here with the holidays over so nothing feels very festive… Looks like a great time there- I’ve never been to Key West. Have fun!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I know there is a lot to comment on, but I can’t get past the bacon bar. Please tell me you made a plate, if only just for fun.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist January 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Holy amazing! What a way to wed!

Yasmeen January 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I’m jealous! I’d love to go to an island wedding as at this time of year, escape the gloom for a little while

Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Nothing beats grilled mahi!!! Love that stuff! Like steak of the sea! And a BACON bar!? That’s EPIC. You must have been dying to try some! If I was vegan that might be the thing that turned me back LOL!

Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate January 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Can you say perfect wedding location? I, personally, would take key lime pie and s’mores over wedding cake any day. And I am completely with your sea over land meal choices…when in Rome (Key West), right?

PS. Laughing out loud at Carla’s comment. 😉

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

I can’t wait to catch up friend!!! eekkk! That dinner plate has me salivating. 😉

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm

I’m with Carla on this one. Something’s in the air and maybe more than just in Key West. I’m intrigued.

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli January 22, 2014 at 5:24 am

What a wedding FEAST! I think I would get along rather well with The Professor and his friends! Did you say guava bread pudding?! And omg, conch ceviche…I’m swooning!

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