Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

I’ve Died And Gone To Gnocchi Heaven

Hello, Napa!

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We had a lovely, lovely day today as we explored the “other valley”. I know it’s crazy, but this is the first real time I’ve been to Napa! The past month and a half that I have lived in California have just been craaaazy and I honestly haven’t had that much free time to explore. But that’s why I am just loving having this time with my mom to really get out there and see and do all the things that I’ve been wanting to!

Before we headed out on our journey today, I had a quick lunch at home. This is a veggie burger on walnut sourdough bread with laughing cow cheese & hot sauce and…an Asian pear!

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+ beet, celery, apple and carrot juice!

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No need for lip gloss…my lips were stained pink for hours after this little cocktail. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, first up on the list of things to do in Napa was a wonderful tasting at Hill Family Estates. When you walk into a tasting room and see a wine stained surfboard leaning on the wall, you know you’re in good hands. Plus, they had animal crackers. Thank God.

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We chatted awhile with Ryan Hill, and he told us all about the history of the winery and the wines. I loved the fact that everything was so family orientated. We tasted a few and I have to say, surprisingly enough, my favorite was the Syrah! I’m usually not a big Syrah person, but I went crazy over this and now I’m kicking myself for not buying a few bottles of it. I might need to make a pit stop there tomorrow to pick some up…it was that good!

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Next stop: Bouchon Bakery…..obviously.

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It was one those things where, I went in, got totally overwhelmed by the beauty of all the baked goods and had to leave to gain my composure. Most of you have never eaten with me before. I’ll tell you this–you think you love food? I REALLY love food. As in, food excites me more than any other thing in the whole world. When I see or eat something good I just get this really big smile on my face and start freaking out. Sometimes, I embarrass people. I can’t help it. This is why I have the rule that I only will go on a date with someone that loves food (almost) as much as I do.ย  Because then, we have something to talk about.ย  You see, I talk about dinner while I’m eating lunch. You get it.

Anyways, Bouchon was so wonderful I had to leave. But then, I came back. I got a financier and a nonfat caramel latte and it was wonderful. Thank you, Thomas Keller.

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Next, I just had to SEE The French Laundry. It’s sort of like a historical landmark and I (almost) want to eat there as much as Chez Panisse. I probably looked incredibly suspicious roaming around outside with my camera and cookie but oh well.

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Thomas, I’ll be back!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And then………it was just about time for BOTTEGA!!!!!!!

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Okay guys, I KNOW I tell you “I just had the best meal of my life” about a million times but….this time it really might have been true. Tonight’s dining experience was without a doubt, the very best I’ve ever experienced. Ever. Everything about it was 100% perfect in every way. The food, the service, the wine…I almost tear it. It was just that amazing. Photos don’t do it justice! Thank you so very, very much, Bottega, for a wonderful evening!

Right when I arrived, I was poured a glass of Proscecco, which I adore, to wet my palate (my mom is the model here!)—

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And then the fun began! If you can believe it, I never even really saw a menu.

First course: raw tuna and mushrooms on a Himalayan salt rock:

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Second course: cauliflower soup with a perfect piece of fried pasta and proscuitto—

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I actually think this was my FAVORITE course. I told our server that I almost cried it was so good and I was totally serious…that little piece of pasta……melted my heart. And it was paired with a dry Italian white wine for absolute perfection.

Third course: wood fired octopus salad with olive oil braised potatoes, pickled red onion and salsa verde—

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Fourth course: potato gnocchi with duck ragu and ricotta gnocchi with tomato sauce—

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At this point, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. But there was more……

Fifth course: smoked and braised short ribs and lamb chops—

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One more thing…..

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chocolate souffle with hazelnut creme anglais and candied hazelnuts. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Okay. WHEW!!! Keep in mind that my mom and I shared mostly everything shown…but there was also a different wine at every course…so totally awesome–what a treat!

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A HUGE thank you to Chef Ryan, Michael’s sous chef!

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Michael, unfortunately, wasn’t there tonight….sad! I really wanted to meet him!

I think this is the absolute definition of food coma. I need to put my elastic waist pj pants on right now and just float away to gnocchi heaven.

Gooooodnight!

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91 Comments

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    Amanda C
    November 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Just Beautiful! Thank you for sharing:-) Amanda C.

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 17, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Anthony Bourdain had an excellent YouTube w/he and his posse at the French Laundry…awesome vid. He’s so cool.

    All so fantastic looking….and your hair looks great, too!
    Northern CA spoils a person for everywhere else except Paris.

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    Sarah
    November 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    That souffle looks so good. Thanks for the fab pics and review, Bottega is now on my must go to list.

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    Nicole
    November 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Wow! I need to wipe the drool off my computer again because of your pictures!!! The souffle looked to die for!! So jealous!!! But still happy that you are having a great time with your mom!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Ashley
    November 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Ohhhh my. I can totally relate about the food obsession. Sometimes I just can’t get over a meal while eating it. Good thing the husband doesn’t mind! It’s so fun to have a dinner like that…I love when the food is SO SO good that you just savor every bite and hold it in your mouth a little longer than normal….mmm – I am newish to your blog and really love it. Bright + Cheery!

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    maren
    November 18, 2009 at 12:50 am

    wow everything looks so delicious! great that you’re having a wonderful time with your mom ๐Ÿ™‚

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    haya
    November 18, 2009 at 2:50 am

    oh napa is so glorious! my sister and her boyfriend went to french laundry a few weeks ago! it looks INSANE!!! boyfriend said it was hands down the best meal he has ever had in his life, and he frequents those fancy pants restaurants. the bill was almost $4000 for 6 people. holy cow. but what an experience.

    enjoy the rest of mummy time!

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    christie, honoring health
    November 18, 2009 at 2:50 am

    It looks absolutely amazing.

    And definitely go back and buy wine from that cutie ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    simpledaisy
    November 18, 2009 at 2:59 am

    What a life:)
    You are one lucky person!! those photos of Napa Valley look awesome~

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    Jessie
    November 18, 2009 at 3:02 am

    That meal looked amazing! It is awesome you are getting to share all of this with you mom.

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    Kim
    November 18, 2009 at 3:03 am

    I swear I could smell that souffle thru the screen! An acquaintance was discussing her recent meal of gnocchi, but I couldn’t understand what she was talking about b/c she kept referring to it as “nookie”, lol! Really enjoying your recent Cali adventures, thanks for sharing.

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    candice
    November 18, 2009 at 3:09 am

    OMG, all this amazing food… so jealous! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 18, 2009 at 3:40 am

    I get excited the exact same way about food. Love it so much, I think about it all the time.

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    Kerry
    November 18, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Hi Jenna, I have been reading for a while now but never commented. However, this meal is comment worthy – Holy amazing treat! Good for you, I hope you savored every bite and every moment with your Mom! Enjoy all your new adventures.

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    Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    November 18, 2009 at 4:01 am

    The Hill Family makes great wine! Just finished a bottle of Origin last night… YUM!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 18, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Wow!! What a day! Food coma indeed!!

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    J
    November 18, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Hope you get a little spa treatment while there too ๐Ÿ™‚

    And hope you guys get to do a little furniture shopping for your apt…I felt do much better when I finally got a little table in my place and sofa.WIsh I had a sofa bed though for visitors-that I will have to start saving for.
    Any readers out there have any good suggestions re nice quality sofa beds?Thanks all!

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    Allie
    November 18, 2009 at 4:33 am

    beautiful pictures and re-telling of your day!

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    Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats)
    November 18, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Just beautiful pictures as always! Animal crackers as a snacky at a winery? HECK ya!! lol ๐Ÿ™‚

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    eatmovelove
    November 18, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Those meals are so fancy beautiful – I am living vicariously through you! I love that you LOVE food – you are like a Julia Child (but prettier ๐Ÿ˜‰ )!
    BTW – have you read ‘Julie & Julia’ by Julie Powell – what did you think of her whole blogging experiment?? Anyone else have thoughts about it? I can’t believe she took on THAT cookbook lol!! I’d like to be able to pronounce the names of what I’m cooking!
    You’ve also reminded me to pick up another bottle of wine…I have a glass every night and ran out yesterday ! ๐Ÿ™

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    Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    November 18, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Wow! THe food, the wine, the vineyard look incredible! What a great trip with your mom!

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    Pam
    November 18, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Beautiful and Yummy at the same time! So glad you both are having such a wonderful time…..Waving Hello to Jenna’s MOM!
    Enjoy!

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    caitlin
    November 18, 2009 at 5:00 am

    yay reading about bottega was fun because the husband and i ate there on our honeymoon! we loved it too! we also got the same dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kristie Lynn
    November 18, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Love the juice in a wine glass. How sweet that you got to share such a great meal with your mom! ๐Ÿ˜€

    And also, when I read “Gnocchi Heaven”, I just think back to my time in Buenos Aires. Seriously I don’t think I ever ordered bad gnocchi there, and none that I have ordered back in the States have compared yet.

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    Paige (Running Around Normal)
    November 18, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Napa Valley looks incredible! Those meals look absolutely decadent! And you and your mom look beautiful as always:)

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    Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    November 18, 2009 at 5:01 am

    I am eating breakfast at the computer and wanting your dinner – it all looks so incredible. The presentation is gorgeous and the food looks mouthwatering. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    November 18, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Haha I feel like you were writing about ME in your I Love Food spiel… I found my favorite ice cream in an out of town grocery store several days ago–and literally FREAKED out and just couldnt stop smiling. My friend walked away from me during this ‘episode’ haha

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    November 18, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Holy Moly. THAT is a meal!!!

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    Katherine
    November 18, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Everything looks lovely, but I particularly love the picture of the veggie juice!

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    amanda
    November 18, 2009 at 5:19 am

    I love gnocchi, hands down. Been 1/2 Italian it is hard to find a place that makes them great. All the food at this place you went to looked amazing. I love the whole multiple course meals that the Italians love to do.

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    Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    November 18, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Jenna, I seriously think we need to go out to eat together, because I am the SAME way. My parents have gotten used to it, but my boyfriend is still adjusting to my incredible love of food… I think he is a bit overwhelmed by it, as are many of the people I happen to share my meals with!

    Maybe we’re not ‘normal’ per se… but amazing food is amazing, and why should we think any less of it?
    Looks like you had a wonderful visit to Napa!

    xo
    K

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    Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    November 18, 2009 at 5:25 am

    WOW. you look like you had some good eats and an awesome tiem with your mother…small point id like to make- i love asian pears haha… anyway i love your little paragraph about your love for food haha i get made fun of by people for how much i adore food…i should show them this excerpt then maybe they will stop making fun of me hahaha

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    Erin
    November 18, 2009 at 5:30 am

    That meal looks amazing beyond words. Oh my gosh!

    I’m the same way about food — it drives my family crazy but I can’t help it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests)
    November 18, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I am so jealous of this meal. It looks absolutely perfect.

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    Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests)
    November 18, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Also, I don’t understand how you remain so coherent and normal after so much wine. I would be super wasted haha

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    Liz
    November 18, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Jenna, I completely share your food obsession. I once was telling a friend of mine about the lunch I had (don’t remember what it was-but I was excited) and she stopped me and said: Do you know you always tell me about your lunch?

    So..yeah. I share your obsession ๐Ÿ™‚ AND I think about dinner during lunch. In fact, I tend to plan dinner during lunch because I’m thinking of all the food I wanted to make for lunch but couldn’t because I don’t care to be the size of a sumo wrestler, haha.

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    Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    November 18, 2009 at 5:37 am

    I love what you said about how you react to food, I am the same way! I actually get frustrated when people don’t like stuff as much as me, ha ha. Glad you enjoyed everything!

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    emily
    November 18, 2009 at 5:42 am

    I loved that you said you had to leave the bakery! That’s how I get. When I’m somewhere with lots of great options I start to almost have a panic attack!

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    Jessie (Vegan-minded)
    November 18, 2009 at 5:43 am

    I am the same way about food! I just get so excited to try new things and eating in restaurants is one of my favorite forms of entertainment. Most of my family members are the same way, so I don’t really feel weird about it. Going out with friends is another story altogether though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    November 18, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Wow Wow Wow . . . your dinner looks amazing!

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    Kelly from Bridges and Bites
    November 18, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Wow you’re getting to experience so much while you’re out there! It all looks absolutely wonderful. Syrah is my favorite wine so I’m glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Theresa
    November 18, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I’m surprised no one seems to have mentioned how completely hot Ryan Hill is ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do love food, but I think that was my favorite pic!! Looks like you had a perfect day!

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    Emily Eats and Exercises
    November 18, 2009 at 5:49 am

    That looks like an amazing gourmet meal! I love lots of little courses. I want some of that dessert please…

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    Alison
    November 18, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Looks amazing! I’m so jealous!

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    diana(mymarble rye)
    November 18, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Gorgeous photos!!! Don’t worry about embarrassing people with your love of food! My friends know my weakness and always end a proposition with “…well…there will be food”.

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    Lisa
    November 18, 2009 at 6:05 am

    That souffle makes me want to fly to CA for just that one dessert! I am so happy that you and your mom are enjoying great food, God’s beautiful land & great wine! Enjoy your time together!

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    brandi
    November 18, 2009 at 6:06 am

    what an awesome meal! everything looks delicious, especially that dessert ๐Ÿ™‚ what a fun night with your mom!

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    Kailey (SnackFace)
    November 18, 2009 at 6:07 am

    What an absolutely incredible day!! You must be having the best time sharing all this with your mumsy! You two are too cute!

    The food looks spectacular. Like, there are no words!

    Unrelated, Ryan Hill is hotttt.

    Haha OK, I’ll try not leave inappropriate comments. Anyway, so glad you had a joyous day with Mama!

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    Carolyn
    November 18, 2009 at 6:15 am

    You’re making my mouth water at 9:15 in the AM.
    P.S. I agree with the pp, Ryan Hill is H.O.T.T. (hot!).

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 18, 2009 at 6:24 am

    You really made me happy with your description of how much you love food, bc I thought I was the only one who had such seemingly silly reactions to great food/restaurants. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you had a great day!

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    laura dishes
    November 18, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Ha I totally did the same thing with French Laundry! We wanted to go there but didn’t request a reservation in time, so I just walked around the property like a crazy person!

    The thing I loved most about Bottega (other than the food) was that Michael Chiarello was actually walking around and talking with guests!

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    Amanda (modernation)
    November 18, 2009 at 6:33 am

    What a great night. Glad you ladies had such a special evening! Isn’t Bottega the best? I love it. When you go go back (because I know you will) get the Polenta Under Glass. It is amazing! One of those dishes you can’t help but make noises while eating. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    justrun
    November 18, 2009 at 6:38 am

    That meal looks amazing! Whenever I get to have a meal like that (with the wine!) I find myself wishing I could eat like that all the time. But I guess it’s a good thing we can’t– I don’t have enough elastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenna
    November 18, 2009 at 6:43 am

    wow! all those courses look absolutely amazing! especially the DESSERT!! you are so lucky jenna ๐Ÿ™‚
    jenna

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    Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    November 18, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Looks awesome!

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    Bec
    November 18, 2009 at 7:00 am

    I am the same way about food, I just love it and can rave about my best meals ever for hours! It looks like you and your mom have been having so much fun together, can`t wait to read about your next adventure!

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 18, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Oh man, so many things about this post that I love! I’ll try and list them in the order they appeared:

    1) Your healthy lunch cocktail. Looks beautiful in that glass and very invigorating.
    2) That Ryan Hill character is kind of a babe. Just sayin’.
    3) Animal Crackers with wine. Adorable.
    4) Every single course of your outrageously amazing dinner. In particular, the fried pasta and lamb chops.

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    Krissy - Single Serving
    November 18, 2009 at 7:24 am

    That all looks absolutely heavenly. There is nothing better than a truly unforgetable meal – the kind you talk about years later. I know exactly what you mean. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tania @ Moment Anew
    November 18, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I just don’t know what to say anymore. That looked SO, SO good!

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    Evan Thomas
    November 18, 2009 at 7:25 am

    You’re making me miss my mom’s homemade gnocchi sooo much!
    By the way, I’ve just recently given amazing grass bars a try and I think i’m in love. You’re partnered with a great company!

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    Jessica
    November 18, 2009 at 7:31 am

    That sounded so amazing and I felt like I was there for every course! Beautiful pictures. : )

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    Lindsay
    November 18, 2009 at 7:32 am

    I would have cried with joy after eating that too…. WOW what an incredible meal!!!!!

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    Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    November 18, 2009 at 7:34 am

    ughhhhh I am so incredibly jealous. I have a thing for Thomas Keller. I need to make the 8 hour drive to Napa. It has to happen!
    So glad you enjoyed everything!

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    hemp jogger
    November 18, 2009 at 8:01 am

    CA is doing something wonderful to you girl! this blog has jumped to the top of my faves. i can feel your passion through your writing, your pics are gorgeous, and i can tell you truly appreciate every living moment. its so refreshing and entertaining. keep on keepin on. i dig.

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    Therese
    November 18, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Ok that man=super handsome! Lucky girl to be hangin with him ๐Ÿ™‚ Also every occasion calls for animal crackers!

    Second your meal at Botega meal looks amazing. I want to tear that lamb chop right off my screen!!!

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    skinnyrunner
    November 18, 2009 at 8:25 am

    wow! what a meal. that salt rock is so cool looking. id love to eat at the french laundry. i think everyone including non-foodies like me, would die to eat there!

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    devon
    November 18, 2009 at 8:30 am

    You should definitely check out Quintessa in Napa. I absolutely LOVE that place!

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    Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    November 18, 2009 at 8:34 am

    That looks like the most incredible meal! SO jealous, gnocchi is my favorite food ever ๐Ÿ™‚

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    A@ Please Don't Eat Me!
    November 18, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Hi Jenna, I dont really comment that often but this post struck me! lol
    i LOVE how passionate you are about food!!! i get like that around baked goods, but regular food im so-so on.. but you cry over italian.. oh i love it!!! that food did look really delish though, totally worth the extra emotion!!!!!
    come to my house the next time you are in boston, my grandmother makes a mean gnocchi ; )

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    Still Life in South America
    November 18, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Wow. Just WOW. I am in awe of your Napa food extravaganza.

    It would be my dream to eat at French Laundry and Bottega, and I would be just as goofy about the food once I arrived.

    Your mom is so lovely!

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    Katie
    November 18, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Jenna – thanks for the pictures of Napa! My husband and I honeymooned there, and even though that was just about a year ago, seeing the pictures brought back happy memories! Love it!

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    Anne
    November 18, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Go to bouchon bakery and get the chocolate cork. It is like a bite (maybe two) of pure chocolate perfection. I could drive there for one right now!

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    Julie
    November 18, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Wow, Jenna, you NEED a food network show, like, yesterday. You would be the most amazing and enthusiastic host ever.

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    Sarah
    November 18, 2009 at 8:58 am

    I’ve read your blog for awhile, but I don’t comment very often. I just wanted to say that I’m so glad you’ve expanded your food horizons! Awhile ago I couldn’t imagine you eating proscuitto, ribs, or duck. Way to go.

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    Christine
    November 18, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Wow. Sounds like quite a meal! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a 5 course meal. On the to do list it goes ๐Ÿ™‚ Napa valley looks beautiful! I wish I wasn’t thousands of KMs away.

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    Kimberly
    November 18, 2009 at 9:55 am

    The food looks amazing! I absolutely LOVE Bouchon Bakery. My friend and I used to take a break from school to grab lunch there, and called it our little slice of heaven. Their Tuna Nicoise is to die for!

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    Betsy
    November 18, 2009 at 10:03 am

    My boyfriend may love food as much as you – instead of talking about food while eating, he completely shuts up and blissfully enjoys his food. He even shed a single tear the other night when we ventured to Delancey (the blogger Orangette’s restaruant) and enjoyed their Crimini pizza. Oh you food lovers, you never fail to entertain.

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    Michaela
    November 18, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Bottega is one of my favorite spots in the Valley! You should also try Ubuntu if you have a chance.

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    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    November 18, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I love visiting family-run wineries so much. You just get such a better perspective of the love, hard work and attention that went into the wines… I feel like you can almost taste it!

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    Nicole (dishin')
    November 18, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Wow. I’m impressed with your meal – and now hungry!! Glad it was a great time!!

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    Michelle
    November 18, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    OK, forgive my comment, but heck…

    Is the cute guy at the winery single??? I say go back, buy some wine and perhaps leave your number?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tara
    November 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Delurking to say that I absolutely love your blog and the energy you convey through your writing and pictures. It’s awesome – and contagious!!

    Also loving how amazing your meals have become. You’re coming into your own, darling. Not many people have the opportunity to sample (or appreciate!) the kind of food you’re enjoying these days and I’m always excited to see what you’re going to be eating next. This meal looks like it was amazing. I need to get myself to Napa!

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    Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write
    November 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Hm. There’s a Bouchon in Vegas. I wonder if its a chain?…

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    Tiffany S.
    November 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Yeah, I’m lining up in the Ryan Hill is a babe camp and if you are both single, you’d make the cutest couple ever.

    Don’t mean to jinx anything, just sayin’.

    I’m sorry, was there food on your post?

    And I’ve already said it but your mom is so cute. I’m glad you’re having such a great visit together!

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    jenna
    November 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    thank you so much for sharing this amazing experience!! it looks down right awesome!!

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    hungryforbalance.wordpress.com
    November 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! I couldn’t be more jealous! What a beautiful meal and I image quite tasty as well! Isn’t good food fun?!

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    Carly
    November 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Yah!
    I am so happy you were able to go to my families tasting room. I hope my brother showed you a good time… Did he tell you that we used to grow our organic produce for the French Laundry?… My neighbor Peter Jacobsen still grows fresh fruits and vegetables for them… We should get a group and go to the French Laundry, so you can blog there food! It is a once in a lifetime event and I am so lucky to have already gone, but of course would love to go again.
    Isn’t the Clark Syrah amazing? I am a Riesling girl but the Syrah truly blow me out of the water the first time I tried it.
    Bottega’s fish, pasta and lamb chops are my favorite… I am glad you died and went to heaven after an incredible meal… Can you imagine growing up in Yountville and eating like a princess every day… I must say I am one lucky girl… and yes a guy that appreciates wine and food as much as you is a must!
    I absolutely love your blog it is contagious. I can’t wait to see your next meal and foodie adventure… Keep up the amazing work ๐Ÿ™‚

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    CaitlinRose
    November 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    what a crazy small world. I went to high school with Carly (commenter above me) and Ryan hill. Hi Carly! Caitlin Connell here!

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    Lindsey
    November 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I love reading what you write about your food experiences… I could never anunciate how amazing food is the way you do!

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    lauren (athlEAT)
    November 19, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I am SO SO jealous. What an amazing meal. and um, can I live your life for a day?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    alicia
    November 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Oooh, I’m a major foodie as well. I haven’t tried the French Laundry but it’s on my list of restaurants before I die. I did go to Per Se in New York for my honeymoon this june though and it was an experience that I will not forget for a long long time.
    I told my husband that I have to eat at Per Se during our honeymoon and I didn’t care if I had to eat at the kitchen if they were fully booked. Due to God’s grace, we managed to get a 5.30 pm dinner slot on the first day on our honeymoon. Despite being jet-lagged, we had the best meal of our lives. ๐Ÿ˜› Needless to say, I had to eat at bouchon bakery on my last day.

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