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Wedding Weekend in New Orleans

To say that we had a great time in New Orleans this past weekend would be an understatement!  Not only did we attend a beautiful wedding, but we also got to experience the city in multiple ways – restaurants, site seeing, nightlife, the casino, etc.  And I must say that New Orleans is a beautiful city with some of the nicest people!  Don’t be fooled – there’s more to NOLA than Bourbon Street!

We started our day super early on Friday.  And by super early I mean 3 am.  Vishnu really wanted to explore the city before all the wedding events started  This meant we had to take a 6 am flight out of Fort Lauderdale (30 minutes from Miami).  While the early start wasn’t so fun, I’m glad we planned our day that way and had the opportunity to see New Orleans.

After dropping our bags off at the hotel, we took a cab to Surrey’s Cafe.  Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait at all because we got there right as the restaurant opened.  And the food was fantastic!  I ordered the migas with seasoned spicy potatoes – such a flavorful dish.  It definitely hit the spot and surpassed my expectations.  Vishnu ordered the shrimp and grits  couldn’t say enough good things.  The grits were super creamy, and the gravy was slightly spicy and infused with great Cajun flavor.  We were two happy campers after this meal!

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Next, we walked.  And we walked and walked some more.  We walked down Magazine Street and Saint Charles Avenue, stopping to check out the Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery.  Then we made our way to Audubon Park and even got to see the Mississippi River.

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We were meeting friends for lunch at noon, so we hopped on the street car/trolley (I wish every city had this) and rode it all the way to Canal Street and the French Quarter.  We had lunch at the Gumbo Shop, where I had vegetarian gumbo and delicious garlic mashed potatoes.  The four of us also enjoyed two rounds of Cajun Bloody Mary’s.  YUM!

We then met up with two more friends at Cafe Du Monde for beignets and coffee.  Totally worth the hour long wait!

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We then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the sangeet/garba.  And boy did we garba (dance!).  A bunch of us started when the music started and didn’t stop until the very end.  Definitely got my steps in on Friday!

Later that night, about 20 of us headed to Pat O’Briens on Bourbon Street.  So much fun!  In fact, we didn’t get back to our room until a little past 3 am.

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The wedding and reception were on Saturday, and both were beautiful events.  Because of our late night/early morning, Vishnu and I took naps in between the events.  Thank goodness because between all the dancing we did at the reception and our night at Harrah’s Casino, we didn’t go to sleep until a little past 4 am.  Again, totally worth it because I won $100 playing Blackjack!

Thankfully, our flight home wasn’t until 11:15 am on Sunday, so we could sleep in a bit.  And then we slept some more when we got home.  And because I was still tired, I went to bed at 9:30.  I. Was. Exhausted.  So much so in fact that my legs literally felt heavy!

But we’re all rested now, and ready for our trip to Italy, which starts this THURSDAY!!

Have you been to New Orleans?

#ramantik Wedding

Annnnd we are back in Miami after an amazing weekend in Houston celebrating the wedding of our friends Rathna and Kartik!  And what a fun weekend it was.

As I mentioned in my last post, Vishnu and I flew to Houston on Thursday morning.  Thankfully, our flight was on time and uneventful.  We got to the hotel, checked in, and got ready for the first event…HOLI!  Rathna organized a holi event at a local park for those who wanted to participate.  If you aren’t familiar with Holi, it’s sort of like the color run but with everyone throwing colored powder at each other while running around randomly.  So much fun!

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The Sangeet was later that night – a pre-wedding event where guests eat and dance the night away.  Remember how I mentioned that Vishnu was dancing at this wedding?  Well, he did a great job!  I’ll try to share a video or two on my Facebook page when I get my hands on some!

After the Sangeet we practiced the reception dances a few times and headed to bed.  The wedding started at 7:00 am the next morning, and I wanted to get as much sleep as possible.

This was the first Tamil wedding I’d ever been to, and I loved it!  Indian weddings in general are so full of tradition, family involvement, and love, and all of that could be seen and felt on Kartik and Rathna’s big day!

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After the wedding was lunch and after lunch was nap time!  And nap we did…for almost 3 hours!  It was glorious!

And then, before we knew it, it was reception time!

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I can’t even describe how fun the reception was – everything from the program, food, dancing, etc.  I think it’s safe to say good times were had by all!

Congratulations, Kartik and Rathna!  I hope your wedding weekend was all that you dreamed it would be.  So glad we were able to end the 2014 wedding season with a huge bang!

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How many weddings did you attend in 2014?  This was our 8th and final wedding (or wedding related event)!

Weekend In Atlanta + This Week’s Plans

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was in Atlanta this past weekend.  I went home to attend a wedding and spend some time with my parents and sister.

Weekend snapshots!

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It was a great weekend – attending a beautiful wedding, seeing my in-laws, and celebrating my sister’s birthday with delicious cupcakes (we brought Vishnu in via Facetime so he could “be” there too!).

As fun as it was, I’m so glad to be back in Miami for a full four weeks before I have to travel again.  YAY!

Now that I’m home for an extended period of time, I took the time to plan out this week’s meals (lots of Indian food) and workouts (a pre-half marathon training week).

Date night #1 is even on the books.  Vishnu and I made plans to see Gone Girl on Friday.  SOOOO excited!  If the movie is even half as good as the book, it’ll be a great experience.

I also have grand weekend plans to go to Costco, Target, Ulta, and the mall.  It’s gonna be wild!

And you better believe sleeping in is on the agenda as well!

Well, that’s my weekend and this coming week in a nutshell.

Happy Tuesday!

Less Than 48 Hours in Atlanta

Vishnu and I made a quick trip to Atlanta this weekend.  And by quick I mean it was less than 48 hours.  But I’ll take what I can get!

We drove to Atlanta on Friday.  The 11 hour drive actually flew by as we were doing some prep work for Roshni and Samir’s wedding!  We got to Vishnu’s parent’s house at 8 pm.  After eating dinner, we sat and talked/watched TV for a bit before heading up to bed.

Our friend Anil’s wedding was Saturday morning, so we got up, got ready, and got going!  The wedding and reception were both so much fun.  The whole day felt like a college reunion of sorts.  Lots of eating, dancing, laughing!

On Sunday it was a little hard to rise and shine…my legs and feet were killing me!  Dancing in ~4 inch heels for hours makes for a rough next morning!  Regardless, we wanted to spend as much time with Vishnu’s parents and brother as we could so we sucked it up and got up pretty early.  Then before we knew it, it was time to head to the airport.

I’m not going to lie – this trip made me really homesick.  As much as I love living in Miami, there is nothing like home!  Thank goodness I’m going back in a short 2.5 weeks!

Now for some pics from the weekend…

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Annnnnd we’re back from wedding event #3 of the year!  As expected, it was an absolute blast.  The weekend was one big college reunion!  While it was great catching up with people we haven’t seen in years, I (and I think Vishnu would agree) am entirely exhausted!  Totally worth it though!

My plan for this post was to share some pictures from the weekend, but let’s just say someone changed a setting on the camera that caused 95% of the pictures to come out a little blurry.  And let’s just say that someone is me. Oops!  Lesson learned.

Anyways, here are a few decent shots we were able to get.

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How fun is this setting?!

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Most of these pictures are from the first event of the weekend (the garba).  Not sure why we didn’t take more pictures at the wedding itself.  I think both Vishnu and I are still getting used to our SLR.  I, for one, was afraid I was going to drop it or lose it.  And to be honest, we didn’t even bring our camera to the reception (the last two pics were clearly taken with an iPhone).  When Vishnu asked me if we should or not, I said no because I knew we would both want to dance.  It’s a little hard to boogey with that thing hanging around your neck!

I promise we’ll take better pictures at the next wedding we go to…which is only a little over a month away!

And finally, congratulations Naveen and Shaylee!  Everything about this weekend was beautiful, and we feel so blessed to have been a part of it!