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    How to Be Hot & Spicy Minus the Bitchy

    {Image: Victor's Photojournalism via http://www.maharaniweddings.com}

    I run a small Indian restaurant in a fairly large city. A huge part of our business if catering for weddings which mean I get to deal with crazy brides at least a couple times a week, if not more. 

    The one thing I don't understand is why brides won't listen to me when I'm explaining the spice levels of the dishes they want. We are a authentic Indian restaurant, and our food is spicy though we do give you a choice on just how spicy you'd like for it to be. If I, someone who's been doing this for 5 years now, am telling you that its not a good idea to order Chicken Curry hot, it probably isn't. It doesn't matter if you can eat it hot, chances are 99% of your guests can't and are crying after eating two bites.

    I, obviously, want to make as much money as I can from each event but I won't lie to you. If you give me a budget, tell me how many people are coming to your wedding & if you want meat, I can tell you exactly what you can afford. I will even substitute a dish for a bit higher priced one, if you treat with me respect. 

    My restaurant and I will always give the best possible for a event, no matter how you treat my staff and I. However, if you behave and are not a psycho bitch, then we will go out of our way to make your wedding day even more special.

    ~ Hot & Spicy

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    Reader Comments (5)

    This post made me smile :-D I like my food so hot I cry, but you're totally right. Most people don't!

    November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara {Burnett's Boards}

    I am an Indian bride and my mother is killing me with the spicy stuff. She wants to go really hot (poor caterer) and as much as I tell her that the people on my fiancé's side (he's American) will not be able to tolerate the heat, she is insisting. I feel like I am being nothing more then respectful to the caterer, but my mother is the one who is not behaving. I am getting so frustrated! Any advice?

    November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMalaika

    Hi Malaika,

    Oh my! You certainly have your hands full with your mom, don't you? Honestly, you are in a tough position. Talk to the caterer to see if they can prepare two levels of spice. I've done that in the past (even if it's just for the head table)... Then your parents get their spice, and everybody else can enjoy some awesome food without "crying after eating two bites."

    LMK how that works for you.



    November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBitchless Bride

    Just a thought, is it possible that this isn't about the spice but about your mom being passive-aggressive about you marrying someone of a different culture? If so, you may have bigger problems than the spice level. Do you have the kind of relationship with your mom where you can say, "Mom, I don't think you understand, if we only offer food this spicy it will seem disrespectful to our non-Indian guests. I really want to have both levels of spice so that everyone can try the food." If she blows up over this, you know where the real problem lies.

    November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarta

    Hey Marta!!

    Whoops! How'd I miss this one? That's an interesting point. Maybe it has nothing to do with the food at all... Perhaps it has to do with the marriage... And you're right, if that's the case, then they are in for a rough road and some spicy food.

    Thanks for your comment!


    November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBitchless Bride

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