Monday, August 15, 2011

Rhode Island and the No-Pants Wedding

I'm back!  You probably didn't even notice I was gone, did you?  This past weekend we were in Rhode Island for a wedding and I'm pretty sure it rivaled only our own wedding in terms of the aggressive moves on the dance floor and general debauchery.  This wedding featured a DJ that wasn't shy about playing the songs that we all memorized when we were in the 9th grade and then felt the need to "rap" right along whenever the song came on the radio.  Remember the song, "Regulators" by Warren G?  Yeah, they played that.  And I still remember all the words.  And I rapped right along.  Then, the strangest thing happened.  All of the groomsmen took their pants off.  And danced for the rest of the night in their boxers, dress shirts, and ties.  One even had suspenders attached to the top of his boxer briefs.  It was amazing!  I have no idea why this happened or whose idea it was, but everyone just went along with it and the party didn't skip a beat.  Then later everyone was having so much fun dancing (and laughing at the pants-less men), that we missed the last shuttle bus and had to walk the mile back to our hotel carrying our shoes.  That's my idea of a good party.

I've also never been to Rhode Island and totally fell in love.  Its so...comfortable there in the summer.  Its like only 80 degrees and not 150 like it is in Virginia.  You can sleep with your windows open!  And read outside without having to bring a sweat towel.  And guess what else?  They have lobster rolls there.  Even on trucks on the side of the road (which is genius, because one never knows when you'll need a lobster roll).  Now, lobster rolls aren't exactly on my new diet, but we walked around a whole lot, so I feel that the lobster roll and a half I had this weekend was justified.  Plus, its seafood (which is healthy, yes?)

We spent most of our time at Narragansett Beach (holy crowds, Batman!  Those northerners know how to pack it in) and the little coastal town of Newport.  Both were amazing.  I so want to go back, and not just for the lobster rolls.

Now I'm back and its time to get back to cooking my own meals.  First up is shrimp and veggie skewers.  And some pics from my trip!

Shrimp Kabobs
Source: inspired by a million different recipes, marinade a Cooking with Wine original

1 lb shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1/2 cup lite soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
few splashes rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon McCormick grill seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1 small container chunked pineapple
1 zucchini, cut into chunks
1/2 large onion, cut into chunks
1 green pepper, cut into chunks
1 yellow pepper, cut into chunks

Combine shrimp and next 7 ingredients (through salt and pepper) in a large ziplock bag.  Mix and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Thread marinated shrimp with pineapple and vegetables on metal skewers.  Grill on medium high heat for 7-8 minutes or until done.


  1. Welcome back. :) Sounds like a crazy wedding!

  2. Glad I wasn't paying for that wedding! Beautiful photographs, particularly the one of the moon/water at night.