Wedding: Accommodations and transportation to Newark

Here are few suggested hotels near the ceremony and reception:

Venue hotel: Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark, NJ (formerly known as Hilton Woodbridge)

To stay at the hotel where the venue is, please call the hotel directly at 732-494-6200 or book here and ask for Lin/Pathi block. Unfortunately you can no longer book through Hilton directly.

Surrounding hotels:

There will be no transportation provided from hotels to the venue, however, the venue has 2 private parking lots.

1) Renaissance Woodbridge

15 US Hwy 1 South,

Iselin, NJ, 08830

2) Residence Inn Woodbridge

2 Regency Pl Woodbridge, NJ, 07095

3) Holiday Inn Express

874 Route 1 North Avenue, NJ, 07001

Getting to the venue:

From Newark Airport:

For those who are flying into Newark, you can take a shuttle (Air Train) to the NJ transit from the airport (Trenton bound) to Metro Park station. There, the venue will be providing complimentary transportation to and from the train station to the hotel. To book the complimentary transportation, please call ahead (732-494-6200). Below is a schedule of the NJ transit with Newark Airport and Metro Park stations highlighted.

NEC Train schedule weekdays

NEC Train schedule


Cake Tasting @ Cake Fiction – Union, NJ

One of the designs we stared at for awhileGive us cake!

One of the events we both were really excited about was the cake tasting. After all, cake is the most enjoyable dessert on the planet. After several hours of searching for wedding cake designs and weighing our themes, we were able to decide on one thing: a red cake to go with our Chinese-Indian themed wedding. That was it. These days, wedding cake designers offer 10+ cake flavors and cake fillings that all sound delectable, making it difficult to decide on one particular combination. And that’s only for the interior of the cake! The most difficult decision was the actual design that represented both our styles. Siddharth’s style is all about bold and colorful designs with embellishments. I, on the other hand, look for simplicity and clean lines (very plain-jane).

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Bluefin Sushi – East Norriton, Pa

Sushi Platter @ Bluefin

2820 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton PA 19401

Moving from Malvern to Blue Bell has its perks – notably, a whole new batch of restaurants that we have yet to explore. Siddharth stumbled upon Bluefin while running a couple of errands. Located in the Northtowne Plaza in East Norriton (at the intersection of Dekalb and Germantown), Bluefin is not necessarily in a spot that would be expected to have great sushi. We did find some favorable comments on Bluefin on Chowhound (best site for reviews from people that are in the know!), so we went in hoping for the best.

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Mid-Autumn Festival, 中秋節

Greetings, blog readers and happy mid-autumn to all. The mid-autumn festival is a holiday in China/Hong Kong that celebrates the harvest of the fall crops and the time when the red moon is the brightest of the year. Of course, here in Northeast, it coincides with the very beginnings of the beautiful changing colors of leaves.

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Ciao – Ithaca NY

2 Hickory Hollow Lane
Ithaca NY 14850

Italian restaurants sometimes seem like a dime a dozen, especially in a town like Ithaca. However, a good Italian restaurant with exceptional prices in Ithaca is a true gem. In comparison to a lot of other cuisines, going out for Italian food has never “knocked our socks off” – in terms of complexity of flavors, we’re usually able to make it best at home! With that mentality, we didn’t have high expectations about Ciao, but we decided to try it.

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Berry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Summer on east coast is hot, hot, hot and a great way to keep cool is with some homemade ice cream. This past weekend, we chose to celebrate the summer heat with some fresh blueberries and strawberries. And a great way to compliment your homemade ice cream? By sandwiching them between two shortbread cookies! This was our first time making ice cream sandwiches and they are a cinch to make if you have some patience (or just a weekend) but we promise, they are worth the wait. Make a few to serve at your next summer BBQ!

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Baked Corn Pudding

Who doesn’t love sweet corn? In addition to the traditional corn on the cob, corn can be incorporated into a lot of dishes, even desserts. Here, we made corn pudding – kind of a cross between cornbread and bread pudding. We call this a baked corn pudding because the texture is fluffy and cake-like on the one hand, but it is also gooey and thick like pudding. This unique texture is what makes this item (you could even eat it as a side dish for your next Thanksgiving!) so good and will keep you asking for seconds. Did I mention that the recipe is quite simple and there’s no way you can screw it up?

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Dessert Pick: Lemon Bars

Citrus flavored dessert are very versatile for guests. They are sweet and sour, tangy and tart at the same time. Sometimes I wished I lived in California or Florida and had my own lemon or orange tree! Today, I picked Martha Stewart’s recipe for lemons bars to try. These are absolutely delicious and refreshing and ridiculously simple to make with just a hand mixer! Make these to share for your next dinner party. The beautiful lemon color makes for a great photo and summertime dessert centerpiece.