Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Channeling my inner Bollywood

Every time I eat Indian food something funny happens. Well, besides my brow perspiring from the punjab heat, I swear my type 'O' negative blood turns Hindi positive! That joyful song from "Slumdog Millionaire" goes off loudly in my head, my pasty pigment changes to a lush caramel-ish toffee color, I am clad in a fine silk sari (green, of course) and my wrists are jangling with copious silver bangles. Alas, I am awakened upon leaving the restaurant to the bland reality check: Adrianne, you are merely an American mutt, a mixed up specimen of German, English, Irish, French and Cherokee. Kind of hard to extract any inspired sensual experience from that bag, boo...courtesy of Mom and Dad's collective gene pools I suppose. Hmmm.

Thankfully, on occasion, I do luck into creating flowers for an Indian bride and/or groom. The jewel tones, spicy hues and unexpected textures of the culture really flip my global lid.
Event coordinator, Kelly Aull of Mint Weddings brought 2 fine clients my way, Pamela and Craig...she being Indian and he, French Canadian and THEY = foodies! All the tables were named after exotic spices, so cool. Custom chocolates made with cardamom, chili and curry were abundant, while clove-spiked orange pomanders were placed on everything that stood still and don't get me going on about the cake - doi!! Artero Photography captured the event at the San Diego Natural Natural History Museum where the most beautifully dressed Indian women of every age swirled about the dance floor - a rainbow blur of brilliant turquoise, saffron yellow, marigold orange and watermelon pink. Aaaaaaahhh, such magic!

May my next dinner at "Monsoon" transport me straight to a steamy Bollywood movie set via a creaky bamboo rickshaw with sassy mango lassi in hand. I could get used to that.


1 comment:

  1. You are so full of vitality and energy, it is no wonder that exotic cultures enhance your inner passion for life and creativity. Keep doing what you do, it is contagious and a joy to be around.