The Weekend E.AT. – Wedding Style

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The two three FOUR-day weekend brought on celebrations in every shape and form. There was America’s birthday (more on that this week), blogs crossing paths (more on that too), and an Indian-Chinese wedding that allowed me to get the best eats from the East.

I know, I’m so artsy fartsy

If you’ve never been to an Indian wedding before (as was my case), here are some basic guidelines to follow:

  • Wear at least two different outfits; each day calls for something new and colorful.
  • The open bar is your friend, especially by day 3 when your feet are sore from dancing for days and you’ve lost track on how many people you have met.

Oh hay free alcohol

  • Speaking of dancing, there will be a lot of it. Prepare.
  • If you have figured out a way to elegantly use the restroom while wearing a sari, please contact me immediately. I must know your secrets.
  • Eat a lot and don’t be shy about it, because either an aunty will coerce you into eating more anyways, and/or you’ll just burn it all off busting a move on the dance floor.

Since this was a multi-cultural wedding, the food followed suit, which was a delicious treat and kept the culinary momentum strong throughout the festivities. Enjoy these photos and get ready for a jam-packed bender of a week!

Food fusions galore.

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Night 1 of the wedding consisted of a traditional Chinese dinner – broccolini, pork, noodles, steamed vegetables, and spicy shrimp. Even with a full plate, the meal was light and satisfying. I’ll admit that if this had been a regular dinner out, I would have consumed thrice the amount of noodles, but I did have to fit into a sari the next night.

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Paired with the Chinese dinner were gulab jamuns – a fried Indian dessert made from sweetened milk powder and soaked in syrup. To some, these can be cloying, but they are never too sweet for me, especially when they arrive warm and gooey.

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Crab-stuffed mushroom appetizer

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On the final night, the venue catered an American meal, so there was something for everyone to eat with ease. I tried to fill up on salad and salmon, but then I spotted lasagna and pesto pasta and that healthy notion failed pretty quickly.

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This was a perfectly created wedding cake – super light genoise with a key lime buttercream and strawberry accompaniment. After a full meal and before a night of dancing, this was a lovely dessert for the guests and the newlyweds to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Everyday I’m Hustling and Eating

(Clockwise from top) Mocha and toast with cinnamon butter from The Mill; cereal milk custard with Cinnamon Toast Crunch from Frozen Kuhsterd; Salted caramel and hazelnut ice cream with hot fudge from Bi-Rite. Basically, my neighborhood is the bomb.

In case you haven’t already figured it out, homegirl likes to eat.

Homegirl also likes to cook. Between cooking and eating, that’s a lot of food action going on, but hey, it’s not easy being hungry, and the competition for which restaurant will satiate this appetite is intense.

As the explosion of pop-up shops and food trucks show, bigger is not always better. These eateries are scrappy, and they do like E-40 says on his first album – be federal. “Big dreams, big ideals…” is the name of the game in the Bay Area; it’s the only way to stay relevant.

(L to R) Curry Up Now Food Truck (I know, I flaked on being adventurous with this one, but it’s so good!); various signs at the market; Budweiser beer stein; colorful parking meter maid – You may look fun, but you are still the devil inside.

The creativity of these dreams shined at the Treasure Island Flea Market this past weekend, where beer steins to merino wool socks to balancing wine barrels took the stage. It rained sporadically, but it was refreshing to explore the market in the misty air. I picked myself up this nifty sign for my room signalling one of the mottos of my life:

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I also had the pleasure of taking my roommate out for dinner at Martin Yan’s recently opened M.Y. China (Martin Yan, M.Y., get it?) You might remember Chef Yan from his PBS show, which is still on the air. His restaurant showcases Chinese street food in a classier setting, and it is pretty damn authentic, as my roommate declared, and I trust her, so you should too.

Knowing the sous chef doesn’t hurt either, as it led us to enjoy thrice the amount of food we would have ordered otherwise, leaving me satisfyingly comatose and our neighboring table aghast at how much we can eat.

(Clockwise from top left) Asian pear salad with goat cheese, walnuts, and shanxi vinaigrette; salt and pepper calamari; spicy seafood dumplings; squid ink snap noodles with seafood

This place is known for its noodles, so try to sit where you can glimpse the open kitchen and the cooks expertly slinging noodles. Our squid ink noodles with seafood were delicious – not fishy at all and not dripping with ink, as can sometimes happen. The noodles are delightfully chewy, a mark of being well-made.

Kung pao Dungeness crab with jalapenos and peanuts – I have now learned that I look like a trainwreck when I try to eat crab. If anyone would like to take me crab-eating be warned.

Rounding out the meal with dessert, egg puffs with chocolate, raspberry sauce, and whipped cream did me in. Apparently there is also a cake option on the menu, but don’t bother, because these are the real deal. Given my childhood obsession with eggettes (which I could nom on everyday if I had some condensed milk with them), I was ecstatic…or should I say, eggstatic.

On that pun, it’s clear that M.Y. China knows what its doing. It broke out of the clutter of mundane Chinese food and, like Bay Area music scene, it is hustling its way to the top.

Treat your game like the dope game, be more legal and claim more fame.