Cocktails & Tacos

by jenna on September 2, 2010


Whewwwww Texas!


Thank you so much to all who came out to my little shindig last night. I had a blast meeting all of y’all! We took about three hundred and fifty photos, but I think these can pretty much best sum it up. There were new friends, old friends, puppies, champagne, cowboy boots, chocolate chip cookies and sweet tea vodka. I couldn’t ask for more.















Thanks for such a warm welcome, Austin! I feel like I’ve come home….at least home to the heat and humidity. I hope I didn’t drip sweat on anyone too much last night; this misplaced Southerner has been away for way too long!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 2, 2010 at 9:13 am

That taco looks awesome!

This blog meet up looks like it was a lot of fun–love the carryout cookie boxes 🙂


Rachel September 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

What a fun get together! Still bummed I couldn’t come down from Dallas. Hope you got some good southern Texas hospitality. 🙂 And some good eats!


Rachel Wilkerson September 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

Awww everyone looks so great! So bummed I missed it — have a great rest of trip!


Madison September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

Suuuuuuuuuuuper cute picture of you and the boy!


Elizabeth September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

Love that dress Jenna! Where’s it from?


Kristiana September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

Love the puppies oh and the take out boxes! Very clever.

Your dress is the cutest!


Vicky @ eat live spin September 2, 2010 at 9:22 am

Looks like a fun time! Love your dress.


Jessica @ How Sweet September 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

What a fun meetup! Cocktails and tacos are 2 of my favorite things.


Tracey September 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

I love seeing pictures of you with Almanzo – the happy looks on your faces makes me smile, too! Stay happy!


Tricia September 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

Had a great time, thanks for arranging it!


Andrea September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

LOVE your dress. LOVE green! That looks like so much fun. Wish I could have joined you all!


BethT September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

The dress looks faboosh – and wrinkle free!


crunchy granola gal September 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

tacos, puppies, cocktails and pink chinese food container gift bags? how adorable. and fun. a+ meet-up, I’d say!


Chrissy (The New Me) September 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

Love the party favors! Wish I could have joined you, but I’m four hours away and it’s a bit of a hike in the middle of the week. Maybe next time! I do love Austin.


cara September 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

It was great meeting you last night! and the cookies were absolutely amazing!!


Erica September 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

What kind of sweet tea vodka did you use, may I ask? My friends had a bad experience with some kind of it, but it still sounds genius to me.


Tasha - the clean eating mama September 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

What a fabulous time! Thank you for sharing!


Angharad September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

Donde esta? I feel like I recognize this bar and was there last Autumn but I couldn’t be sure…what’s it called??
Also: I dripped sweat on everyone for a year straight when I lived in Austin. Summer there is not for the faint of heart. Love your dress!


Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

Looks like so much fun! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Austin!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

I love Almanzo’s face in that photo. Looks like you hosted a great shindig. Enjoy Texas s’more!


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

oh my gosh, i’m so jealous! you guys look like y’all had a great time 🙂 next up is denver, right? 🙂


Michal September 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

Looks like a fun night! Kind of funny to see Almanzo being the only guy. And was that drink just way too sweet for him?
I LOVE the chinese takeout boxes and am still looking for an excuse to buy a gazillion of them.


AngelaOSG September 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

I love your dress!

Oh and doilies are so charming!! I love using them to put a recipe on. So cute. 🙂


Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

It looks like you had a good time. Cute dress!


curious September 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

Love the dress! Is almanzo your bf? I used to see tons of pics of u and another guy, so now I’m really confused! 😉


Lisa September 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

The shredded meat in the taco looks delicious!


Liza (Health Nutting) September 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

Looks like so much fun! And I love your dress!


Rebeca September 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

I had such a great time meeting you, Adam, and all the ladies. The cookies were wonderful! I hope the rest of your trip is just as wonderful for you.


Chels @ Just Gotta Tri September 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

Looks like a blast. Your hair is getting long. It looks great!


megan @ whatmegansmaking September 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

Jenna, you look so happy. Whatever changes you’ve made in your life, on this blog, etc, seem to be perfect for you. Love seeing these pictures!


Janna September 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

That looks like so much fun!

LOVE the dress – good choice 😉


R @ Learning As I Chop September 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

What great photos! And what a great boyfriend for taking them for you!


Kailey (SnackFace) September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

You+man=so damn cute!!!

I would LOVE to go to Texas some day. Don’t you love that no matter where you go in the world, you’re going to “know” someone because of blogging? I just think that’s amazing!


Therese September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Is that an Aggie ring I see on Almanzo’s hand? My husband is obsessed with his, too. I didn’t know what I was getting into with a guy who was so fiercely loyal to his school like those boys are!


Ellie September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Love the last picture. Such a cute couple! My best friend just moved to Austin and I can’t wait to visit


Tina September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Looks like so much fun! And those boots are so cute on them. I don’t think I could pull off the cowboy boots…even though I’m a born and raised Southern gal.


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Loooooooove your dress !! What a fun night. Wish I coulda been there 😉


Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Wow, I look so awkward in that photo with you and Mr. Almanzo in the focus…ay caramba!

It was fun 🙂


Lauri September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Adorable photos and I MUST know where you got that dress!!!!


Taysa September 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

Love all the boots and that green dress!

Reply September 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

oh your green dress is so pretty!!
of course i expected cowgirl boots <3 so cute!
please tell me you did some square dancing hehe. mmm shredded meat tacos, swoon <3


Sally September 2, 2010 at 10:07 am

Maybe it’s the man, the natural light, and the cute new dress, but you look extra gorgeous in those pictures girl! Texas suits you apparently!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 2, 2010 at 10:08 am

Sounds like so much fun! And I LOVE your dress!


Christine September 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

Looks awesome! As a Northerner the first thing I noticed about Texas was (I came back from Dallas 3 weeks ago) everyone is SO NICE! People are not that nice in the NYC metro area.

And all I did down there was eat tacos and drink margaritas. Yeah, It’s not so bad down there.


Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman September 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

Nothing like a nice refreshing glass (or jug) of Sweet Tea vodka….delish! Looks like a fun evening!


Jillian September 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

Thanks again Jenna it was so much fun! And it was really great to meet everyone!

I love these pictures! I was to busy talking to take any!


Faith @ lovelyascharged September 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

What a gorgeous dress! I <3 Anthro!!!


Kelly September 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

Love your new dress! And the puppies!


Jess @ MTL Veggie September 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

Your dress is super cute- I love anything green!
Looks like your party was a huge success- love the pic of you and almanzo 🙂


kristin September 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

your dress is too cute! and in the last pic of you and your man – you both look genuinely happy. makes me smile.


stefanie September 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

You’re so beauiful, Jenna! and the two of you look so happy together.
I’ve never commented here before, but I love reading your blog and really respect your relationship with food and life. Cheers!


Daisy September 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

I have the same dress!! It’s from anthropoligie for everyone who’s asking!


Deanna September 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

Looks like so much fun! Love that last pic of you two. And I’m super jealous you gave away cookies. I think your next adventure should be an Eat Live Run national tour! Perhaps surrounding your book launch? (Sorry, I’m in PR and think this way 😉 )


Brittney September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

Great picture of you and Almanzo at the end there 🙂


Katryn@rampantcuisine September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

Looks like a blast! Wish VA was closer to Texas! 🙂


The Healthy Apple September 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

Fabulous pic of you and Almanzo!!!!! So cited to see the rest of your Texan travels in Austin!!! I hope you get to visit the Whole Foods Market there too!!!


Lauren @ 40Apples September 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

What FUN!! And your dress is super cute 🙂


Sharon September 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

How fun! and that taco looks fantastic. Love the new Anthro dress too.


Sarah R September 2, 2010 at 10:45 am

Oh my goodness–you’re hair hasn’t gotten so long! It’s so pretty. You and Almanzo make a smashing couple 😉


Paula September 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

I just might need a life…I couldn’t wait to see a Texas post. lol Just another place I’d like to go someday. Two things:

1) Where were your cowgirl boots?
2) I immediately added tacos to my menu for next week!


Doc September 2, 2010 at 10:49 am

What a beautiful dress and you look amazing in it! Love the pics!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels September 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

Cutest party ever!

Oh and seeing these pics of you verifies how out of touch with my google reader I’ve been in August because I just thought “man her hair is realllllly long”


Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) September 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

Looks like you had quite the turnout at the blog event! Not to mention delicious tacos. I think Texas is worth visiting for the vairety of speciality hot sauces alone.


Ambersnotebook September 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

How fun! I love the cowboy boots shot!


Sarah (Oc2Seattle) September 2, 2010 at 10:55 am

How fun! Looks like a great turn out and that a good time was had by all.


Charise September 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

That taco looks aamaaaaaazing! Austin is on my list of cities to visit – very jealous and looking forward to hearing more about your trip!


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 2, 2010 at 11:00 am

I love your dress Jenna! Where is it from?


Katie P September 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

I know it has already been said, but adorable dress and love the last picture! Have fun on your trip. Yay for football in the South!!


Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

Hahah! Almanzo among all those girls!! 😉

Wish I could have been there!


Megan September 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

Austin is the best and it looks like you had an amazing time!


Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

Love those little pink takeout boxes! Want that taco! 😯 Yum



Nicole, RD September 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

I miss the south…and my cowgirl boots!


Lauren at KeepItSweet September 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

great pictures and i love your dress!


Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries September 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

I am in LOVE with every single photo in this post. I have a golden retriever and think they are amazing! Also.. does that dress happen to be from Anthropologie?! 🙂


Suzanne de Cornelia September 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

Awwww–that is just adorable. The WHOLE thing. From the Golden Retrievers, to all the beautiful ELR readers (fun to see!), to the pink gift boxes, pulled-pork tacos (wrote down the ingredients I saw for shopping list–lime & cilantro I’m in) and you and Almanzo look GORGEOUS!! How FUN!!


Allison K September 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

I know this is going to sound wierd…but your hair is getting soo long soo fast!


Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

Looks like so much fun! Love your cute little dress!


Kacy September 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Looks like a really fun event! I love Austin! (Just don’t become a Longhorn fan haha).
Your dress is beautiful btw.


Jenny September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I want to go to Texas…
looks lovely!:)


Kelly September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

LOVE your dress! You are so pretty!! 🙂

I’ve always wanted to visit Austin!


Jen September 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I wish you and Almanzo the best for always. You two are very cute together. 🙂


eatmovelove September 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I love your dress. Green looks nice on you!

I like how all the photos focus on people! – friends and loved ones.


Shannon, Tropical Eats September 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

aw i am obsessed with the cowgirl boots shot!!!!!!!

the south missed you!


Maura September 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Loooove the cowboy boots. I need to own a pair. Looks like an amazing time 🙂


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I might be the millionth person to ask, but where’s the dress from? I LOVE it. So cute!


Stacey September 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Almanzo captured some good pictures of you. I love his pink cookie boxes he was carrying.


chelseY September 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm

It looks like you had SUCH a great time!!!!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) September 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Looks like an amazing time, and you look gorgeous!



Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I love the last picture, it’s so sweet. 🙂


Christie - Honoring Health September 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm

The pictures are so pretty, it looks like everyone had a great time!!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Ummm… that last pic of you and A is the cutest thing EVER!! <3


Catherine September 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

That dress is adorable, I definitely stared at it in Anthropologie a few weeks ago haha
It looks great on you 🙂


Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Looks like so much fun! I hear Austin is a fun city but I have only been there when I was a young girl and barely remember it!


Sahar September 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I LOVE your dress. You look gorgeous and glowing! Is the secret chocolate chip cookies? I hope so, because I want to get on that ASAP 🙂


Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Aaaww, adorable last picture!!! It looks like you all had a wonderful little shindig 😀


Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

What a great evening! You guys all look so relaxed and happy!


Caitlin September 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I love all the cowboy boots! I have always wanted a pair, but it seems so out of place in the Bay Area, California.


jessica September 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

it was so nice meeting you! and thank you SO much for the best.choc.chip.cookies.everrrr…twas so sweet of you to make them for us. hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation 🙂


Paige September 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

So glad you bought that dress from Anthro – I’ve been lusting after it for a while but strapless dresses just aren’t my thing. I’m glad it found a good home. 😀

Looks like you all had a great time! Lots of cowboy boots.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

That looks like such a fun night! And your Anthro dress is adorable! 🙂


Rachael September 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I love it when photos convey joy! And I’m hankering for my cowboy boots now…wonder if I could rock them in Cape Cod this weekend… 🙂


MoniMeals September 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

VIBRANT! Great pics. I actually want a pair of cow(girl) boots!


Abbey September 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Cute picture of you two! Is his real name Almanzo? Seems like an alias.


Katherine September 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Great pics! Looks like it was a fun time.


diana@mymarblerye September 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

i missed it!!! But can I just say that You are seriously growing into a woman before my eyes…you’ve really changed in a year and it’s really amazing!! 🙂 Enjoy Texas!


Pure2raw twins September 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

What a fun time!!! Austin is one place I hope to visit.

Love your dress!


sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

awww looks so fun! and i LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress. gorgeous!


Jaclyn September 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

WOw, looks like fun!! I love tacos…and especially sweet tea vodka!


Paige @Running Around Normal September 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm

What a fun night! I agree with everyone else- adorable dress.
Everyone looks like they’re having a great time:)


Sana September 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

You and Adam are sooo cute :)! Have a blastyyy!


Candice September 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Like everyone else – I love your dress and I seriously have to get some cowboy boots now!

So glad you’re having a great time!


M September 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm

So lovely to finally see a pic of you and Adam together!
Sweet couple 😉


Jessica@tastyandtrim September 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

You’re gorgeous! I love your dress too!


Allison September 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I love Almanzo’s Aggie ring. I go to Baylor (just an hour and a half from Aggie Land) so I know all about those! Austin is one of my favorite cities in Texas; so many great places to eat with fun personality!


Rosebud September 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

You honestly have the best dresses!


amanda September 3, 2010 at 2:38 am

It is funny because I didn’t even have to read the headline of your blog post to know you were in Austin, TX. I love Austin, TX and if I could I would so move back there in a heartbeat!


LisaR September 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

You and Almonzo….adorable!!


Danika September 3, 2010 at 5:53 am

Sooo adorable!!
Now PLEASE take us all out of our misery and tell us where did you find that beautiful dress ?? !!


Stacey September 3, 2010 at 6:20 am

Aw! Looks like ya’ll had fun <–I inserted ya'll because ya'll are in Texas and it's very Texas-like 😀
Love the green dress BTW!!!


Marie September 3, 2010 at 6:22 am

Looks like it was a success! Cute dress, cute man, delicious food 🙂


Lauren @ Running Examiner September 3, 2010 at 6:24 am

Looks like a wonderful time! On a more superficial note, your hair looks beautiful–love the length and color!


Christina September 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

Beautiful pictures! You and Adam make for a gorgeous couple!


Allie September 3, 2010 at 7:15 am

I dream about going to Austin!! So glad you are sharing it with us so I can live vicariously through you!


Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 3, 2010 at 7:54 am

This post made me smile from ear to ear. You look so happy and beautiful in all of the pics, and I absolutely love that last shot of you and your boy. Too cute! 😀

So glad you had a blast!


Camille September 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

What a lovely little party! I love the “Welcome Home” sign!


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble September 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

Yum! The tacos look amazing and it looks like y’all had a lot of fun!!


Ann September 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

Ohmygosh. I just discovered Arnold Palmers (sweet tea vodka and lemonade) last weekend. Sooo delicious! Deadly since you can barely taste the vodka haha


Jen September 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

I wish I was in Austin! I went last summer with my best friend and the two of us are dragging the rest of our friends there to celebrate our 40th birthdays next year. If you have a chance, some of the best food in Austin is found at food trucks. Two that I highly recommend are The Mighty Cone (on South Congress), and Torchy’s Tacos. I dream about Torchy’s! You can’t go wrong with the trailer park taco and fried chocolate chip cookie dough! Enjoy your time in Austin 🙂


David September 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Your boyfriend is an Aggie, Gig ’em!


sassy molassy September 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Super cute Anthro dress selection, btw. Looks like a great partay!


Katie September 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Sounds so fun!! I love your dress too. Green is one of my favorite colors to wear!


ACH September 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I love that Anthro dress! Unfortunately it was a little big on me, and Anthro + alterations is a bit out of my budget right now!


Tori @ September 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

You had me at golden retriever! Love it! Great pics too BTW!


Annie@stronghealthyfit September 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Love your dress- looks like a lovely trip so far 🙂


Brittany September 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit Austin, but now I really want to visit Austin. 🙂


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