I’ve never been to an Indian wedding, but I’ve seen pictures of them and they are a feast for the eyes. I’m fascinated by the rituals and all the color: lots of bejeweled women draped in gorgeous saris, vibrant flowers in abundance … That’s why when I heard about this upcoming event—a “scintillating evening of fun and information, focused on the Bay Area Indian wedding market” —I signed up right away.
Hosted by Ranjan Dey, owner of the New Delhi Restaurant in San Francisco, this event will feature brief presentations on Indian wedding customs and culture, preceded by passed samosa appetizers and the restaurant’s signature Mango and Lychee Martinis. We’ll also get a sneak preview of Episode One of the upcoming PBS series “My India” With Ranjan Dey—The Great Mango Escape. (Wow, Ranjan, in addition to being a restaurateur, you’re also a TV star!)
This event is open to the public, so slip on your sari and join the festivities!
When: July 15th, 5–7pm
Where: New Delhi Restaurant
160 Ellis St.
To reserve a seat, register here.
Thanks to a recent California court ruling, same-sex couples are now flocking to local venues to formalize their commitments.
As a close friend of several gay couples who’ve been struggling for this opportunity for years, I was particularly touched to hear from a few locations who are clamoring to perform these special ceremonies: namely, the MacArthur Place Hotel in Wine Country and the Wildwood Retreat Center in the secluded Russian River area. Down the California coast, the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara was flooded with inquiries last month when the Supreme Court presented its decision. Same-sex couples might also want to check out the Wyndham in Orange County. After personally speaking with members of the staff at each of these places, I am confident they would create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all couples—not to mention a truly memorable event.
For a romantic “just the two of us” wedding, I particularly like the elopement package at MacArthur Place Hotel. It includes two nights in a deluxe suite, a complete wedding, bouquets and/or boutonnières, a small wedding cake, a bottle of sparkling wine with chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a blissful couples massage at their garden spa.
I’d really love to hear from our readers in both No Cal and So Cal about other locations specifically welcoming same-sex celebrants. Please add your comments to let me know.
If you’re like me, you have a shoe addiction. Come on, admitting it is half the battle. It’s mostly under control and it doesn’t really get in the way of my daily routine, so I’m proud to say I haven’t started a 12-step program yet. But when it comes to a big event—like a wedding or reception—I can’t resist getting new shoes and I admit to needing a little input from the experts to find the perfect pair.
Help has arrived! One of my favorite online shoe sources is Piperlime, mainly because it’s not totally overwhelming like some of those huge websites that make me feel more panicked at finding the right pair than impressed by the massive selection. Piperlime has a great collection of shoes and handbags (the gateway addiction, as far as I’m concerned) from the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, as well as other fresh, modern brands.
Now they’ve gained super powers with the aide of the highly respected and inspirational event coordinator Mindy Weiss. She offers useful tips for finding the right shoes for your event, and points you to great choices that would most likely suit women in all stages of their shoe obsession, from denial all the way to recovery.