Glad to hear many of you love or would love to go to Vegas! It certainly is one of those places that, like it or hate it, you should probably visit at least once just so you can say you did. 😉
First things first: I made a Wedding Page. I can’t wait to populate it with more links!
Secondly, before I get to the food, I have a very special announcement.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMA BENDER!!!!!
Fun facts about my mom’s birthday:
- She was born on November 5, 1955. If you do the math, that means 11 x 5 = 55!
- As a result, my mom’s favorite number is 5!
- This also means that today, November 5, 2010, is her 55th birthday!
Now for some fun facts about my mom:
- She is THE reason our wedding turned out as beautiful as it did.
- She has always walked the line of mother and best friend perfectly. Think Gilmore.
- Listing her many talents would take days – e.g. awesome golfer, CPA, margarita maker… 😉
- I love traveling with her – next year, we have plans for another girl’s weekend!
- She is the best mentor I know – hardworking, creative and confident to boot.
I love you, Mama Bender! Hope your 55th birthday and 56th year are absolutely wonderful!
Now I’m not sure if I’ve officially announced this or not, but Bobby and I still have a honeymoon to look forward to! I won’t share all of the exact details quite yet but we are headed to San Francisco and Napa at the end of November! I’m excited to live vicariously through my Foodbuzz friends this weekend and hear all about San Fran – Bobby and I both have never been to either place on our honeymoon list.
To get us in the mood for wining and dining, I made us an Italian feast on Saturday night.
I started with three separate pans – one for the tomato sauce, one for the chicken and one for the veggies. There was also a pot of boiling water for the whole wheat shell pasta. Once the chicken was cooked and the veggies were browned, I combined those two pans into the simmering sauce pan.
Notice the kissing salt and pepper shakers? A gift from my new brother- and sister-in-law’s puppy.
The sauce was AMAZING! Once the pasta was al dente (my favorite), I divvied up the plates.
This was a real winner dinner if I do say so myself. Bobby seemed to enjoy it, too. Bon appetit!
Of course, you can’t have a true Italian experience without a little vino.
Polka Dot Riesling. Sweet and crisp. The coolness of the white wine was refreshing with the hot pasta.
Now I would LOVE to hear from you!
Ever been to San Francisco or Napa? What are your absolute must-sees and dos?!
Food bloggers and food blog readers always give the best tips. I will be taking notes!!