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DB the Chef

27 Aug

Over the weekend, DB, myself and six of our lucky friends, had the experience of a lifetime.  DB was given a gift certificate to one of his favorite restaurants, Benihana, for its “Be the Chef” experience.

For those of you who are not familiar with Benihana, it is a Japanese hibachi restaurant where your food is cooked in front of you on a teppanyaki grill.  It’s not just food, it’s entertainment.  DB and I have probably been more than 50 times in our lives.  In fact, we’ve started a tradition with Mr. and Mrs. Smooth and celebrate each of our birthdays among bowls of legendary fried rice, flying shrimp tails and rousing renditions of their fake birthday song.  Just look at our refrigerator door!

Seven times! And that’s just our fridge.

Anyway, DB did a wonderful job as an apprentice chef at the Benihana in Midtown.  After a short lesson, we gathered in a private room with DB and his very patient partner in crime/ real chef, Pedro.   We made sure he was outfitted with the proper materials, including hat, apron and knife tool belt.

He had a lot of patience.

DB pulled out all of the usual tricks with ease.  He did struggle a little bit on the onion volcano, but his dedication is there.

Next came the shrimp.  Benihana chefs are masters at catching shrimp tails in their pockets, hats, you name it.  DB worked with what he had.

But he really shined on his pride and joy, the fried rice.  This is an item of food DB can’t live without and his attention to detail really shined through with this menu item.

In the end a great time was had by all and we were seriously stuffed.  You passed with flying colors and we couldn’t be more proud of you.

The Elite Eight

Between this graduation and the THC Hall of Fame, my future husband is having quite the summer.

xoxo db2be

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A Few Things

25 Jul

There are a few things I really enjoy:

1) Puns

2) Unique beers

3) Great PR stunts

4) Exclusivity

Luckily, Boston Beer Company (they make Sam Adams) is bringing all four of these to life on Thursday with the limited-edition launch of Brewlywed Ale to celebrate brides, grooms, couples, those recently engaged and recently married.  It’s too bad we already have The Mezzanine locked in or we could head up to Boston for an impromptu ceremony since a justice of the peace will be available.  They will even foot the bill for your reception if you show up with a valid Massachusettes Marriage License.  DB and I visited the brewery last year and it’s a fun place to spend a few hours, so I imagine they would throw quite the wedding.

The 750mL bottles are $14.99 each and can be purchased in a case of 12.  Only 350 cases of the beer have been brewed.

According to the blog post, Carley Roney, Co-Founder and EIC from The Knot, said brides and grooms today are more daring than they’ve ever been when it comes to giving beer a seat at the wedding table.   DB and I love interesting brews and we hope we can share our favorites with you on our special day.

I’ll drink to that.   L’Chaim!  xoxo db2be

This would not go over well.

26 Jun

A wedding party in Shelbyville, Michigan was posing for pictures on a dock when the whole thing just broke, sending them into the water.  The bride was completely submerged in Gun Lake (who names a lake Gun Lake??) while everyone else seemed to keep their heads afloat.

“It makes for a good story,” Maegan, the bride, said. “We’ll be telling our grandkids.”

Watch the video below.  I don’t know if I would be quite as chipper.  xoxo dbtobe

Quotables

21 Jun

Real Simple Magazine (a favorite of DB-to-Be), often features really interesting and inspiring quotes with pretty art in the magazine.  In fact, I actually tore out a page in the magazine several years ago and carry the quote around with me.  I laminated it and just displayed in my new office.  The quote is:

“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.” – Attributed to Elsie de Wolfe

One of the many blogs that I follow, The Indigo Bunting, was asked by Real Simple to design some templates for their most popular quotes and of course, my favorite quote made the cut.  But for the sake of our wedding blog, I thought this one could become a new favorite.

You can check out the full collection here.  xoxo db2be

Check it out

30 May

Look … our wedding venue made a national TV appearance tonight during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals (it’s the building in the middle). Go Devils!

Weekend Getaway: The Hudson Valley

28 May

Danielle and I stayed in New York for Memorial Day Weekend, but last weekend we had an exciting trip to New York’s Hudson Valley. Here’s a quick recap of what we did:

Our first stop was the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. Unlike other presidential libraries we have been to (for our rousing recap of the JFK Library, click here), this one is particularly interesting because you can also visit the president’s home.

Fun fact we learned on the tour: FDR saw a relative burn to death when he was a child (okay, so that part of the fact is not so fun), so he was deathly afraid of fire. The entire house was elaborately renovated to make it easy for FDR to escape in his wheelchair in the case of fire and the former president would regularly have fire drills.

This is FDR’s house

The next stop on our tour was The Culinary Institute of America, which was also in Hyde Park. This school was absolutely gorgeous, with red brick buildings overlooking the Hudson River. Visitors can eat at the several restaurants on the campus, which are run by the culinary students. However, on the weekends, some of the restaurants were closed, and the ones that were open were pretty pricey for lunch. So instead we went to a student-run culinary fair, with foods the chefs-in-training had prepared from various world cuisines. My favorite were the homemade German pretzels with spicy mustard.

Danielle at the CIA

Our first day finished off with an impromptu trip to Woodbury Commons (obviously, Danielle’s favorite part of the trip) for some outlet shopping, followed by dinner and drinks.

The next day started with brunch at the historic Thayer Hotel in West Point. This brunch was awesome. It had everything from eggs made-to-order to steak to penne a la vodka (Danielle’s favorite item on the buffet was the fresh-made waffles with Bananas Foster on top). Plus, it came with unlimited champagne/mimosas. The price was a little steep at $35 a person, but it definitely was worth doing once, especially on a nice day when you can eat outside overlooking the Hudson River.

The Thayer Hotel at West Point

On the Thayer Hotel balcony overlooking the Hudson River

The next stop on our trip was a tour of the West Point campus. We really enjoyed this. The school is absolutely beautiful, with old buildings and amazing views of the Hudson. This prompted a great debate about whether or not I could get into West Point. After learning that a large part of the admissions process was a physical fitness test, we decided I definitely would NOT be admitted.

West Point campus

At West Point, overlooking the Hudson River

From West Point, we headed to Kykuit, the home of the Rockefeller family in Tarrytown, NY. This was an awesome tour. I highly recommend it to anyone in the New York area, even though it’s a little pricey at $26 per person. Obviously, as oil barrons, the Rockefellers built a pretty nice mansion. But probably the coolest part is that Nelson Rockefeller, the former governor of New York and boss of Henry Francis, decided to decorate the historic home with lots of modern art – from Picasso to Miro to Warhol. In fact, the basement of the house is a modern art gallery that rivals any museum I’ve ever been to. There’s also a private golf course on the property that only Rockefellers can use. So obviously a new life goal of mine is to befriend a member of the Rockefeller family.

Kykuit

After a dinner with my aunt and cousins, we headed home. But we had a great time touring New York’s Hudson Valley and hope to do it again sometime!

-db

Lots of Press for Downtown Newark

11 May

Downtown Newark, site of our wedding, has been getting lots of good press lately.

Today’s Wall Street Journal had a great feature on all the development going on in the city, particularly around the Prudential Center (home of the New Jersey Devils):

The New Jersey Nets have played their last basketball game in Newark, but property developments in the shadow of the Prudential Center, the Nets’ former home, give no indication of a loss.

Downtown Newark is seeing a spurt of activity, with new developments totaling hundreds of millions of dollars hitting the ground. Projects in the immediate vicinity of the Prudential Center, which opened in 2007, include a Courtyard by Marriott hotel—the downtown’s first new hotel in 40 years that is slated to open in September.

Mentioned in the article is the momentous opening of Dinosaur BBQ in Newark. If you haven’t been to one of these yet, I suggest you stop by for lunch on our wedding weekend (don’t eat too much though, because we have LOTS of food at our wedding). Local blog Gothamist gave an inside look at the new BBQ joint:

 The restaurant pays homage to the building’s history—the space has housed a haberdashery, a lighting plant and Newark’s first spirit and wine bottler, among other things—with original mosaic floors and a bar counter made from wooden beams recovered during construction. Salvaged wood on the walls and table lends a rustic, homey feel to the space, while lampshades made of tin cutouts of pigs add a touch of suicide food.

If you make it to Dinosaur, make sure to check out the specials. I love their Texas Red Chili (no beans!), while Danielle is a huge fan of Roasted Poblano Soup.