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After a few days of long meetings, the ladies of Here Comes The Guide refueled and toasted a job well done with a delectable dinner at Cantinetta Luca, a sister venue of L’Auberge Carmel. The bistro is designed around the concept that Italian dining is a celebration of sharing, simplicity and family—and as co-workers who consider each other family, we warmed to this notion immediately.

Cantinetta Luca Wine RoomWhen we arrived, the main dining room and bar—oriented around an open kitchen and a wood-burning stove—were bubbling with energy. We were greeted by Giuseppe, the charming General Manager, and whisked away to the Wine Room. This semi-private dining space has a vaulted brick ceiling and windows that look into the wine cellar; the other walls sport oversized and whimsical Italian-themed paintings. Large enough to hold a reception for 50 yet still cozy and intimate, the Wine Room can be set up for an elegant wedding reception, a family-style affair, or a lively rehearsal dinner.

Cantinetta LucaAnd then there’s the food! We started off with the meant-to-be-shared appetizer platter that was so generously arranged for us. Everything was fresh (they make all their pasta and the salami is aged in-house) and perfectly seasoned. I loved that the chef offered an original culinary twist on these dishes while keeping with Italian tradition. The service was swift and accommodating, and the relaxed ambiance provided the perfect antidote to our grueling work schedule.

If you’re going to be in the Carmel area, take the time to stop and enjoy this lovely gem. You’ll be thankful you did.

Julia Posted by Julia on Nov 24, 2008.
Filed under Food and DrinkLocationsReceptionsRehearsal DinnerRestaurants

Add a Little Voodoo to Your Wedding…

Even though I’m usually a total foodie, I have a not-so-secret addiction to doughnuts. I have doughnut magnets on my fridge. I call my cat “Alice Donut” as a nickname. I know every doughnut shop within a five mile radius of my apartment.

Googly Donut Magnets from Glamorous WhimsyIt’s only natural, then, that I would eventually find Voodoo Doughnuts. In addition to offering treats suitable for a bachelorette party, this Portland, Oregon institution is also a quirky wedding venue. A “coffee and doughnuts reception” sounds like music to my ears. If anyone is planning a destination wedding at Voodoo, send us pictures (and send me a Portland Cream doughnut!).

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Weddings at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon

Julia Posted by Julia on Oct 31, 2008.
Filed under Bachelorette PartiesBridal ShowersOff BeatReceptionsStuff We LoveWedding Ideas

Do you take Party A?

After the CA Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal, the words “bride” and “groom” disappeared from marriage licenses and related legal forms.

I have to admit, this was something I didn’t even think about! Personally, I was too busy celebrating the fact that now more people had the right to get married, like the fashionable couple Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler (congrats to them, by the way!). 

What do you think? Is having gender-neutral terms a huge step toward equality for couples, same sex and not? Do you wish we would go back to the traditional terms “bride” and “groom”, like recently married couple Rachel Bird and Gideon Codding do? Or do you not care if Party A marries Party B?

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Julia Posted by Julia on Oct 22, 2008.
Filed under In The NewsTrend Watch