This past week-end I was invited to a wedding at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. We drove six and a half hours to the lodge where we’d stay for two nights. The place was breathtakingly beautiful! Our friends, Andy Holycross and Ioana Hociata spend many week-ends up there and wanted to have their wedding at this fantastic place.
The exact location of the wedding was approximately 30 miles away from the lodge in the National Forest, of which 13 miles was a dirt road that ends sat Marble Point View, a bluff overlooking Marble Canyon, a vast beautiful desert with no visible man-made obstructions. Think of John Ford movies.
Marble Canyon View at Lower Elevation
Jay and Carp
Jay, Carp and Bruce, friends of the groom, did the cooking. They brought up fresh meats: elk, bison, venison, and cooked them on their home-welded bar-b-ques. I don’t know about the chicken but the meat was all natural, hormone-free. They also prepared delicious potatoes cooked with onion, apples and fresh mint; cold jalapeno black beans; and hot black beans. The bride’s Romanian family, sister Julia, and mother, Simone, took charge of the appetizers and desserts. There was an incredible array of cheese, sausage, vegetables, dips, and homemade chicken dolmas. And the desserts included a variety of traditional Romanian delights.
This was a wedding! This was an event to breathe in, celebrate, dance, eat, drink, eat some more, and take joy in. This was an event that was special. It was a day to let your hair down and take pleasure in and have no regrets about it. Practice healthy eating habits daily to stay healthy, happy, and strong. Think about the events in your life, and when a true occasion for celebration comes along, enjoy it to the fullest and have no regrets about it. This is a day when it’s right to break your healthy eating habits.
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