No Carb Left Behind

by jenna on November 8, 2009


I have deemed today to be the “No Carb Left Behind Tour”, starting with the Foodbuzz Farewell Brunch!

Salad, frittata and truffled croque monsiurs. Everything was delicious!



And then, I grabbed Kath, Tina, Meghann and Beth and we booked it home to Sonoma County for a day filled with wine and photography!


Adam was our tour guide slash designated driver slash photographer 😉


First up: Matanzas Creek! BEAUTIFUL!



We tasted the most delicious wines…I adored the Chardonnay and Merlot and actually bought a bottle! Matanzas Creek also grows lavender, if you can even believe it. I was in heaven.



After an absolutely amazing experience at Matanzas Creek, we headed over to the next stop: Arrowood Vineyards and Winery!






Gahhhh!!!!!!! Breathaking.

Lunch was sort of skipped in exchange for grape products 😉 So, naturally, we headed to Sonoma to search for a VERY early dinner at the ripe hour of 4:30. 😉

Girl and the Fig!!!!!!!!

Amazinggggg lavender mojito!


Cheese. bread. Cheese. bread. Went along nicely with the No Carb Left Behind Tour.




I got a croque monsiur for dinner….it was probably the best I’ve had outside of Paris. Seriously!!


After dinner we went across the street to El Dorado Kitchen for dessert!!

And ordered……three desserts! There were six of us and we couldn’t decide. One S’mores tart, one pumpkin creme brulee and 1 “pie sampler”. yesssss




For the rest of the photos from today (and there were 500 of them!!! Check out Adam’s flickr account here)


Kath is staying with me tonight in my tiny little house and we are about to cuddle. 😉


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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsay November 8, 2009 at 11:04 pm

What a crazy weekend! Can’t believe you girls found the inner strength to do more wining and dining in Sonoma today! Impressive…


Maggie November 8, 2009 at 11:22 pm

For me it was more like “no dessert left behind”. Enjoy your night! It was nice to see you again :)


Diana November 8, 2009 at 11:52 pm

The food looks amazing and that place is beautiful. :)
It’s been an awesome/crazy weekend for all of you, congrats!


Nicole November 9, 2009 at 1:02 am

I love the last pic of all of the spoons about to dive in! The food looked amazing! I’m wiping the drool off my face now… :)


ellen eats beets November 9, 2009 at 1:47 am

looks like a crazy weekend full of delicious carbs and wine with good friends! glad you enjoyed it!


christie, honoring health November 9, 2009 at 2:58 am

What an amazing weekend! Everything looks delicious!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 9, 2009 at 3:31 am

What an absolute blast!!!


Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 9, 2009 at 3:40 am

What a food bonanza! Looks like a delicious ton of fun. I think these are some of your best food photos yet! Also, the pictures of Sonoma are outstanding. Beautiful!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 9, 2009 at 4:07 am

yeah those photos are super good . . . my bf just walked over and said oh man who’s blog is that, those are nice photos!


Caitie November 9, 2009 at 4:19 am

where are your boots from!? I looove them!!


Estela @ Weekly Bite November 9, 2009 at 4:32 am

Everything looks so amazing! What an awesome experience!


eatmovelove November 9, 2009 at 4:32 am

Great eating! I doubt you ate as many carbs as I…oatmeal, toast AND chocolate vitamuffins with cream cheese frosting all late last night…and not even hungry :(. Needless to say, I feel like CRAP today…if anyone has any suggestions on how you ‘deal’ with the physical/mental after-effects of such an evening please let me know – and yeah, I know – exercise and eat clean…but my mind is still ‘mad’ with myself. Argghhhh. Silly silly mind I know 😉


Anne P November 9, 2009 at 4:43 am

dammit, i wish i were there!!!! must buy a plane ticket…


diana(mymarble rye) November 9, 2009 at 4:49 am

Wowza. Next time I’m in Calif I HAVE to go to Sonoma!


Abby November 9, 2009 at 4:52 am

I know you realize it, but you are pretty much one of the luckiest women on the face of the planet. As hard as I try, I still cannot break into a career that allows me the freedom to do what I love (food-related, of course) and get paid for it! Plus, the friendships and food are unworldly…

You have such an amazing opportunity and I thank you for sharing it with us (even if it makes me so jealous!). Enjoy it to the fullest :)


Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 9, 2009 at 4:54 am

Love the two-in-one-day croque monsieurs! I need to recreate that sammie soon. And the more desserts, the better! I have dessert almost every single day – Life is too short not to!


Kristy November 9, 2009 at 4:54 am

What an amazing weekend!! I am jealous. All of the food looks so wonderful and your pictures are great. Congrats on your award! You deserve it.
I definitely need to go to California..


Paige (Running Around Normal) November 9, 2009 at 4:55 am

Beautiful pictures! All of the food looks so decadent. What a beautiful view you had the entire day!!


Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) November 9, 2009 at 4:55 am

Absolutely beautiful pics!! Looks like an amazing time with food and friends (what else do ya need?!?!) :)


Kasey @ Fit For Wellness November 9, 2009 at 5:02 am

What great pictures!!! Love the one with all the bloggers and their cameras :)


nic November 9, 2009 at 5:06 am

I’m soooo jealous!! Had no time over the weekend to read blogs so I’m catching up on all your fun at the Foodbuzz!!!
Glad to read that you had the time of your life!! :)
Give Kath a big hug and tell her that she needs to take a short look at my newest post!! *hinthint* 😉


Nicole November 9, 2009 at 5:18 am

You all are so beautiful and look like you are having so much fun! What a great trip!!


Kristin November 9, 2009 at 5:19 am

Oh boy… Carbtastic! Looks incredible!! =)



Felicia November 9, 2009 at 5:39 am

I might have to go on a “no carb left behind” tour myself one day. Looks delicious!

I love Girl and the Fig!! I went there back in May when I was out in Napa. Such great food. Wish that I had a pie sampler when I went though. :)


Caitlin November 9, 2009 at 5:50 am

mmmm that mojito looks fabulous!!
great pictures, Jenna!


Lu November 9, 2009 at 5:52 am

Sounds like a fun afternoon! Beautiful pictures, beautiful scenery. Congrats on your award by the way!


Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 9, 2009 at 5:53 am

All of that food looks delicious! I can’t say that I wouldn’t have left a carb behind had it been me. Your photos are breathtaking :-)


brandi November 9, 2009 at 5:57 am

wow – it’s so beautiful!

I’m so glad I got to meet you in San Fran! Hope you guys enjoyed your time in wine country :)


Leah @ L4L November 9, 2009 at 6:04 am

I love the pic of all you gals with your cameras! 😀


Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 9, 2009 at 6:30 am

You had me at “pie sampler.” You girls certainly had a fantastic weekend!


Ashley November 9, 2009 at 6:32 am

Hey Jenna! I’m new to your site and just wanted to say hello =) I met Kath a few months back while living in Charlotte but just recently moved to Colorado. Congrats on your foodbuzz award! What a fun category to win! I started a blog in May, when I opened my own granola bar business, “ota.bars.” I had to close when I moved to Colorado but hope, at some point to start it back up. I’ve always loooved cooking/design/photography [my background is in architecture]. Since being in Colorado, with no job, I of course started started a food blog “The Edible Perspective…” and hijacked my husbands camera 😉 Well, just wanted to say hi! Have a great week!


Jenna November 9, 2009 at 6:46 am

i am so jealous of your day yesterday! everything looks absolutely amazing :)


Evan Thomas November 9, 2009 at 6:56 am

Only bloggers would take pictures of other people taking pictures


Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

Wow, it looks like you all had a wonderful time! Your pictures are beautiful. I love the one of everyone with their cameras too. :)


Stephanie November 9, 2009 at 7:40 am

We have a lavendar farm near our house and I just LOVE it! They make this lavendar ice cream that is outta this world yummm :)


skinnyrunner November 9, 2009 at 7:49 am

love all your pictures! so cute. and a lavender mojito? sounds slightly weird but i love mojitos so i’d def try one!


Cait (Cait's Plate) November 9, 2009 at 7:52 am

All that food looks so amazing. And I LOVE the picture of everyone lined up with your cameras. Haha. I was laughing last night at all the pictures and everyone has their cameras strapped around their necks. Classic food blogger pictures :)


Krissy - Single Serving November 9, 2009 at 7:56 am

Sounds like you all had a fabulous time together! The food all looks so amazing.


Camile November 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

SO jealous that you live in California! The trip to wine country looks amazing and I’m officially jealous. I crashed last night, but I will e-mail you the pics I took tonight in case you want them for personal use :)


Joelle (The Pancake Girl)) November 9, 2009 at 8:23 am

I love that pic of you girls together with your cameras! I want a fancy cam too!!


mary ann November 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

lavendar + mojito = looooves it. sounds glorious and extra congrats on the awards!! y’all really are the best


Jil November 9, 2009 at 8:44 am

Ahh, your pictures are gorgeous!! So jealous! Looks like you had so much fun!


Tina November 9, 2009 at 9:11 am

Such an eventful weekend! Some times we just need allll the carbs we can get :)


Sarah (Oc2Seattle) November 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

Love Girl and the Fig! Great photos!


Jolene ( November 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Those fries! That sandwich! Ahhhhh jealous!!!!


Katie November 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Jenna, your photos are amazing!!! You must have a great camera. They are like professional pictures – so clear and vivid!!


maria November 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Let me know how the spin class goes! I have been hoping to try one at some point and have heard mixed reviews!


aubrey July 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I love your blog! I was so excited to come across it.
I am currently attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York. AND I am a total health nut, so reading your story is fun. Part of my culinary program is a 4 month externship. I am moving to Sonoma and will be working at the Girl & the Fig. I saw it’s on your places to go in the wine country. That’s so exciting!
I am pumped to move to Sonoma and live the wine country life style too. Thanks for the fun blog to read!


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