California Wedding: A Real Barn Burner With Family, Friends And Food

As some of you may have noticed, I've been away from this blog for a little while, and there is a reason. My hubby and I were on a very special holiday in California the last 10 days. We were there for our long awaited wedding party (We registered in NYC last year, but we didn't have a party for family and friends until now). This trip was about, family and friends, great memorable food, and celebrating our marriage and  the joys of everyday life.

This was my first trip to California, and I fell head over heel in love with it. The weather, the people, the scenery. And at the heart of it  the family and the love for great fresh food

We had a family barbecue on Mother's day, and Mum Alaina and Grandpa Al both made some pretty amazing food from their family recipe book. Mum Alaina made fresh pasta salad, chunky potatoes egg salad. Healthy and tasty. Grandpa Al made his signature barbecue beans and barbeque chicken and ribs. They were so delicious that I threw my wedding diet out of the window!

While in Linden, I had a chance to taste some of California's best agricultural offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have to say, I have never tasted anything as good as the cherries we picked from the trees.

We had our rehearsal dinner at Tarantino's restaurant at Fisherman Wharf in San Francisco, The food was delicious with views to match. All the seafood was fresh and juicy. I tried their Mahi Mahi and it was meaty and perfectly cooked! Everyone was happy with their meals. They even gave us a complementary wedding cheesecake.

As for our wedding, we had De Vinci's for catering and the food was really good. De Vinci's has been a local favorite for 30 years, and they are famous for their handmade ravioli. They provided a variety of food at our wedding and their chicken was amazing. My favorite was the Italian salad with ranch and Italian dressing with the beans. It tasted really awesome with the sauce from the raviolis mmmmm

I have been to many incredible places in my life but i can honestly say this has to be the most amazing trip of my entire life. It was filled with love.

Rehearsal Dinner At Tarantino's
Tarantino's best: Scallops with rice, Mahi Mahi, crab cakes, seafood platter
Judy Anderson's Yogurt chicken with fresh Asparagus
Grandpa Al's barbecue beans and Chicken, Mum Alaina's salads

Here is a recipe of Grandpa Al's BBQ sauce for chicken and ribs

  • 6 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 9 drops Hickory Smoke Liquid
  • 3/4 cup Oil
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 6 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 3 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 3/4 cup honey
  1. Blend all ingredients well,
  2. Pre-cook 2 Ibs pork baby back ribs
  3. Boil in water for 40 mintues
  4. Pre-cook chicken pieces- bake in 350 F for 30 minutes
  5. Baste ribs and chicken with sauce. While grilling baste often with the sacue
Husband Says: "What can I say really? Most amazing trip ever? Yes. Great food? Most definitely. I have to say, you people don't know how lucky you are to get a chance at this chicken and ribs recipe. It is a true family creation that's been perfected over decades by our family master BBQer, grandpa Al. You owe it to yourself to give these a try.  This recipe have never been made outside of the family, so if you do try them, know that you're also taking part in our family food tradition, and probably for the first time."
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    Tina Bk
    May 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM delete

    What an amazing time you had in California! Kind of neat that it was done sometime after the wedding. Sometimes the days around the wedding can be too hectic to enjoy things. This does kind of make it stand out and much more special.
    The food does look amazing and I am sure it was fantastic seeing everyone all together at one time. Also, thanks to Grandpa Al for letting you share this tasty recipe.
    Your time in California will definitely be remembered for years to come! Thanks for sharing this with us.

    May 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM delete

    Wow, I was wondering where you were :)Glad that you had an amazing time in California!!And why not since you had the whole family with you!Nothing beats that!
    The food also looks so so delicious and a lovely recipe of Grandpa Al's barbecue sauce!Have to try it sometime :)Thanks for sharing such a memorable visit with us Carmen :)

    Jenn Kendall
    May 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM delete

    what an awesome trip you had! and that barbecue sauce sounds incredible! yum!

    May 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM delete

    Wow, Carmen! So, so exciting and a beautiful event to cherish, and do the wedding party after a year with family and friends. A lifetime of memories. My daughter did the same thing and they did their wedding party in Como, Italy the following year they were married, with my son-in-law's family!
    What a fabulous trip you had in California. I was there last November, in San Francisco, and visited the Fisherman's beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing your grandfather's barbecue sauce for ribs, and chicken. I bookmarked it to save it...although I use almost the same recipe from the seventies! Yumm, I love it with just the little bit of the liquid smoke to capture the outdoor smoked flavor!

    May 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM delete

    What a great party you had. You look lovely in your dress and the food looks fab, so fresh and tasty. Mouthwatering really.. X

    May 30, 2012 at 2:51 AM delete

    What an amazing idea, having this party a year after!
    Everything looks wonderful, you all seem to have a great time and eat really good!!!

    July 4, 2012 at 1:31 AM delete

    You guys looks like you enjoy the trip.. The food was so mouth watering, it looks very delicious..

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