No Big Deal

by jenna on July 7, 2010

Sometimes a girl just needs a margarita. Especially with an old friend from college and especially when traveling to the Southwest for work.

Previously, the boyfriend had banned me from tequila. I don’t want to talk about it. It involved a flying hostess stand. And my sanity. But, I really don’t want to talk about it.
Now that I am 25, I feel like it’s time to be more mature about things.

And, I mean, it’s not like I sit in bars every Wednesday at 2:15 in the afternoon and slam back margaritas or anything. I’m just a normal person with normal needs.
The guacamole here was pretty darn good, too.



Everything is fine. Just fiiiiiiiiine.

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Suzanne de Cornelia July 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

LOVE the ‘Shabby Chic’ like chandeliers…and the AMAZING Guac. Last night made Baha Tacos on handmade tortillas and pretty good guac on those too–but nothing like the arty hand-crafted above–how cool.


Becki @ HikeBikeEat July 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Are there any places in Cali that make the guacamole in front of you? That looks amazing!


Kalli@fitandfortysomething July 7, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Perfectly acceptable way to spend the day!


Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

“I don’t want to talk about it.” Too funny! I totally agree with your first statement that sometimes a girl just needs a margarita!


Evan Thomas July 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

That guac looks ridiculous. Are those pepitas? Genius.


Estela @ Weekly Bite July 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Anytime is the perfect time for a Margarita 🙂


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I love margs! I could use one everyday. 🙂


Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly July 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I have tried time and time again to read your posts without smiling…impossible. Can’t be done. Just can’t.


jenna July 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

hahaha that just made ME smile! 🙂


Cynthia (It All Changes) July 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Fresh made guac is great! Enjoy the time.


Kate July 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I know exactly what restaurant you are at! Fun, fun. I’m in Guatemala at the moment, not home, or I’d be begging to take you on a restaurant tour of Phoenix. You have got to hit up some hole-in-the-wall places outside of Scottsdale for the best food, please! Scottsdale is a little…ok a lot…faux Western, faux Mexican.

(Hope I’m right about where you are or I will feel quite silly!)


VeggieGirl July 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hell yes, hahaha 😀


Danielle July 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Tequila and I are good friends. Really, it’s the only liquor I drink. We have had some of the best memories together… glad you two (three with your friend) are enjoying yourselves as well 😉


Paige @Running Around Normal July 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

LOL The best of us have had bad tequila moments, girlfriend 😉
Glad you got to hang out with good food, good drinks, and a good friend!


Kate July 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Alright, just read further down and confirmed my guess that you are in Phoenix. I can’t help but make a list!

You should go to America’s Taco Shop on 7th Ave in Phoenix, or to Los Tradiciones, a restaurant connected to a huge Mexican Market on 16th St. and Roosevelt. Order the meat platter if you go there. It is incredible. Make sure to go in the market for some fresh horchata and a tortilleria, too.

Pizzeria Bianco has the best pizza in town, and Sierra Bonita uptown has some wonderful posole. The Farm at South Mountain is the best place for brunch, all made with local food. Get the Monte Cristo!

Finally, Sweet Republic ice cream all the way out on 92nd and Shea (actually not too far if you are in Scottsdale) was in Bon Apetit and has homemade ice cream with flavors like blue cheese and date that are just indescribable.

Alright, done now. Hope you can make it to at least one of these places!


Chelsey July 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I think you should do a post about that flying hostess stand. Please – I will love you forever.

That guac looks absolutely to DIE FOR!!!


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) July 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm

That guacamole looks insane! sounds like a great afternoon =D


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

2:15? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, Jenna. 🙂


Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Oh yeah, margaritas are sometimes TOTALLY necessary!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Margaritas + guac!?! Now you are just making me jealous 😉


Cathy July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm

i’m from scottsdale – but i can’t tell where you went! please tell!


jenna July 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

The Mission restaurant….highly recommend it!


Stacey July 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Wow that’s good looking guacamole.


Vaala ? July 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

You are SO cute! Your posts are always guaranteed to make my day so thank you 🙂


Lauren @ Eater not a runner July 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Guac made at the table is the BEST.


eatmovelove July 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

God…I need some of that smile and happiness..I am so lost right now in life. Can’t even make simple decisions.


Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm

That looks delicious! 🙂 I love making my own hummus and spreads… now to try and replicate that yummy lookin’ guac. 😉


Nora@LifeLifeEatRight July 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm

you are my idol haha!! Love margaritas! Have fun looks PERFECT!


Leanne July 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

That guac looks amazing – fresh guac made right in front of you, I’ve never seen that. Then again, I live in Wisconsin. A margarita at 2 pm on Wednesday sounds like a good day to me. 🙂


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm

i don’t know about everyone else, but i kinda want to hear the tequila story…just sayin’ is all 😉


lola July 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

looks so good! now i want a margarita too =) i think i may have actually been to that restaurant when i was in scottsdale last spring. is it called the mission? i loved my meal there!


Liz July 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Holy guacamole! That stuff looks good!!


Camille July 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I can tell this Tequila story is one I absolutely want to hear!


Crunchy Granola Gal July 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

ooooh molcajete guac made at the table. love. and i agree – margaritas are necessary for survival. no doubting that!


emilie July 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm

your blog always emanates such a wonderful lightness :). also, i too have been banned from mr. cuervo…but i think i’ve still got a few years to wait until i try for a do-over on that one.


Marion July 8, 2010 at 6:55 am

You read this blog too?? Smaaaall world! Hello Dallas friend.


emilie July 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

waaaHEY! small world indeed! it’s been ages! hope you’re well :).


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Did they make the guac right in front of you?!?


Jessica July 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

hahaha very normal needs! That guac looks pretty tasty.


S @ July 7, 2010 at 11:06 pm

OK, a good man is hard to find and all that, but no tequila? Really really? Isn’t a life without margaritas a life half lived? And does anyone else love Strictly Ballroom?


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

That looks like some pretty darn incredible guac!!


Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 12:56 am

I for one would like for you to talk about it…a flying hostess stand story sounds quite entertaining Jenna. 😉


Allie July 8, 2010 at 3:46 am

haha- why do crazy things always happen when tequila is involved. glad the restaurant emerged intact and that guacamole!!! oh wow!!!


Kristin (Salty Tooth) July 8, 2010 at 4:16 am

I’m also banned from tequila. Let’s just say the reason why is gross and involved a shameful walk to the dry cleaner!


Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life July 8, 2010 at 4:19 am

That guac looks AH-MAZING.


Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 8, 2010 at 4:30 am

Mmmmm margaritas and guacamole. You really can’t beat that combo.


Courtney @ 3 Months July 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

I love guac and that one looks so good!!!


Katherine July 8, 2010 at 4:40 am

I would love to be a server at that restaurant! looks so fresh and good


Brynne July 8, 2010 at 4:58 am

Tequila should never be banned from someone’s life. It is much too necessary at times.


style'n July 8, 2010 at 4:58 am

it doesn’t get much better than a nice cold margarita and some gauc!


Kelly July 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

Margs (or martinis) and girlfriends just go together perfectly!


Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 8, 2010 at 6:28 am

How cool! They make the guac right in front of you??

I’m auto-banned from Tequila … Just thinking of it .. ew. 😉


Corinne (breathe and savor) July 8, 2010 at 6:39 am

love love love mexican places that create the guac table side.


Daisy July 8, 2010 at 6:46 am

well said. that margarita looks awesome. love tableside guac!


Rebecca July 8, 2010 at 6:50 am

That guac looks awesome! I don’t really like tequila but I had a watermelon habanero margarita at a Mexican restaurant once and it was heaven. Sweet and spicy at the same time!

In other news: I’m having an Amazing Grass giveaway on my blog and I know that you love the stuff:

Enjoy your conference!


Julie July 8, 2010 at 7:53 am

I have been a lurker for about a month now and I really enjoy reading your blog! I just have to know one thing. You seem to eat out enjoying delicious meals and cockatails a lot. I know you work out a ton, but how do you stay so thin?!! 🙂


jenna July 8, 2010 at 7:54 am

Well, I’m really not “so thin”. I’m pretty average. I just try to balance everything out. Yesterday I had a cocktail mid-day so I didn’t have any wine or anything with dinner. And when I’m at home I work out 5-6 days per week.


Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks July 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

Ummm, is that guac being made in a mortar and pestle? Ummm, I want to live in Scottdale. :D.


Allison K July 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

I am now STARVING after reading this post, and dying for some freshly made guac.


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

Haha tequila and I are notttt friends…in shot form at least. However in margatitas… well I just can’t say no! Oh and that guacamole looks amaaaazing!


Kelly July 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

That is a massive pile of guac! Yum! No one here is judging you for margaritas in the early afternoon. We’ve all been there and taken full advantage, and if we haven’t, then we missed out. 🙂


Lisa July 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I’m really curious about what the costs are for the Thermador products. Are they the kind of appliances you can have at home in the typical 20/30 something kitchen, or are they for more professional kitchens?


Jaclyn January 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

That is quite the guacamole tower!!


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