Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

NOLA, Palo Alto

The rehersal dinner was at a really fun restaurant in Palo Alto, NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) and the good times started rolling even before we left the hotel, as wedding invitees gathered to car pool and head down the highways to the dinner. We had instructions, but we were following the car in front of us, and so had a great adventure en route. Everyone finally got there just fine, the music was loud, the crowd was hoppin’ and the food was fabulous.

Hurricanes waiting on the table to greet the guests:

The appetizer plates (I couldn’t get to it fast enough to take a photo before some had disappeared!)

We started with soups and salads, but I forgot to take photos (there is a lot of visiting going on at these events!) so here is some fabulous jambalaya:

And what’s left of delicious king salmon:

I was honored to sit with the bride’s mother, originally from Tehran, and oh! what great conversations we had. The whole purpose of the rehearsal dinner is to give the families time to get to know one another a little, to provide a network for the young marrying couple, to give support. Our weddings are GREAT affairs – now I am going to brag a little. Our young generation of marrying age has chosen such fine mates. The bride in this wedding is a pistol; she and Earthling are so well matched, so good to each other and so good at supporting one another. And I love her mother! We had a great time visiting with each other.

And then – oh my – the desserts! Beignets and bread pudding:

People were scraping the sauces right off the serving plate, not wanting to waste a single tasty bite, they were that good!

This morning, the bride, my sister the groom’s mother, my mother and a host of attendants are off to the hairdressers to get hair and nails and make up done, the whole wedding ritual. I am thankful to be a minor character today – I have packing to do, and with the new packing regulations, I am in a world of hurt. I know if I need to I can buy another suitcase, but I am hoping I will not have to do that.

Last night was a truly great evening, (Thank you, Sparkle and MarinerMan!) and as good as it was, as delicious and fun filled as it was, it was just the prelude to the big event today. πŸ™‚



Hi there,

I noticed you wrote about our restaurant, Nola, on 5/25/2008 ( We really appreciate the mention! Recently, we created a new site that lets our customers order online with their desktop or smartphone. It’s an exciting addition to our restaurant, so we’re reaching out to you to ask for a small favor…

If you could help us by adding our new website ( on your post about Nola, we’d really appreciate it! I know you wrote this post a while back so hopefully it’s not too much trouble!

Again, thanks so much for supporting our restaurant by mentioning us on your site. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Thanks there!

Your fans at Nola


May 25, 2008 - Posted by | Community, Eating Out, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions, Marriage, Mating Behavior, Travel | , ,


  1. Yummmmmm!
    from the tone of your post I can tell you are having great time πŸ™‚

    Comment by Ansam | May 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Mardi gras beads! quite the vixen arent u πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Mrm | May 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. *stares at pictures* @_@

    Comment by 3baid | May 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. Why do you do this to me? Why!!!

    Comment by Purgatory | May 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. Mabrook to the ‘so well matched’ couple! πŸ˜€

    I want a piece of that dessert now 😑

    Comment by Yousef | May 26, 2008 | Reply

  6. looks so yummy πŸ™‚

    Comment by Amu | May 26, 2008 | Reply

  7. πŸ˜€ haha of COURSE there was jambalaya. But my father told me that it was much less spicy than the groom’s signature version!

    what a fun dinner – and what a hoot of a theme!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | May 26, 2008 | Reply

  8. Ansam, I AM having a great time.

    Mrm – blame my sister, Sparkle, the Sweet-Potato-Queen!

    3baid – you would love this place

    Purg – You’re just jealous! I like that!

    Oh Yousef, I think that dessert all disappeared. People could not resist! It was SO good!

    Amu – it WAS yummy! All of it!

    Little Diamond – it was a very mild jambalaya, compared to Earthlings!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 27, 2008 | Reply

  9. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation πŸ™‚ Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Seismological!

    Comment by Seismological | June 19, 2008 | Reply

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