No Words

by jenna on November 3, 2009

Heyyyy guys!

I’m resurfacing from food and drink coma over here. No words.

Here’s an interesting recap. Boring stuff first! ;)

Lunch yesterday of leftover fisherman’s stew + whole wheat pita!

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Pure bar in the afternoon….

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And then the Top Chef barbecue!!!

It was a BLAST. I had Adam’s lens on my camera and was snapping away but unfortunately was having technical difficulties taking pictures of food in the dark. Pardon the awkward shots…I tried!

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Kevin and Eli brought some down home cookin’ to Northern California and everything was delicioussss! We had chicken wings, sweet potato fries (the best I’ve EVER had), cornbread, collards, veggies, (ahem) Liar’s Dice and buttermilk tart. Holy, holy fooooood.

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Before long, Hardy was individually handing out tots and that’s when the night really got started. You know its a good night when you have tater tots and zinfandel. And outcast. Just saying.

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And look who made the journey—BethT!!!!

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Craziness.

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Before long, Outkast was blasting and then the next thing I know, I’m jumping in the Top Chef van with Eli, Kevin, Rocky, Adam, and Hardy and we are zooming to Cyrus.

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Okay, I don’t know if y’all know anything about Cyrus but you don’t just “go to Cyrus”. The place has two Michelin stars and is one of Gourmet’s top 50 restaurants in America. No, you don’t just go to Cyrus. I’ve actually never even been inside before. And I might never get a chance to go back. That’s how insane this place is.

What else is insane? Oh just the fact that Kevin gave me his last bite of foie gras off his plate and it might have been the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth…or the fact that I was drinking Booker’s bourbon on the rocks??! WHO DOES THAT?? It apparently was an amazing idea.

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I’ll also say that I really didn’t eat….I just tried a few bites of whatever was put in front of me (obviously). I had already stuffed myself with pure Southern goodness and we were really just at Cyrus because, well, it’s Cyrus and Eli and Kevin were too busy cooking earlier to eat anything and were starving.

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Thanks guy for a night I definitely will never forget!! Now I’m trying to gear up for the grand finale tonight…..an exclusive seven course dinner for 14 prepared by Eli and Kevin. The excitement starts at 5:00.

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I’m off to pull myself together and meet Kelly for the strongest coffee of my life. Then, I might just make it to Target and Trader Joe’s (been saying that for days, thank goodness it’s my day off!) and then go hang out with the big redwoods at armstrong woods. Wheeeewwwwwww!

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Paige November 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

You are living the life of a food rock star! You will definitely have lots of stories to tell your grandchildren… ENJOY!!! :)

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Estela @ Weekly Bite November 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

WOW!! What an amazing night!!!

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Julie November 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

You have the most amazing life.

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Julie November 3, 2009 at 8:53 am

You have an amazing life.

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OrganicAshley November 3, 2009 at 8:53 am

Wow Livin’ the Dream Jenna!! I’m so glad you are having a blast up in NorCal.
I always knew God had great plans for you! ;)

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Diana November 3, 2009 at 8:54 am

Sounds like you had an awesome time! And don’t worry if pictures don’t come out perfect for now, just keep practising! ;)
Have a great day!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 3, 2009 at 8:55 am

Seven courses!! OMG! I can’t wait to hear about it!

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greenbean November 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

a dream! you are living it!

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Lindsay November 3, 2009 at 9:01 am

Fun night – wow! So… I’m going to the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival and I hope to meet you! Are you staying in the city for the weekend?

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Stephanie November 3, 2009 at 9:02 am

Came out of lurking just to say how jealous I am!!! I luuuuuuurv Kevin and Eli from Top Chef! Live it up girl!

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Betty November 3, 2009 at 9:02 am

<3 Bookers :)

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Jodi November 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

I am exhausted just reading your blog. What a great experience you are having in Cali….I am soooo jealous. Can’t wait to hear about tonight!!

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Lizzie November 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

I love the passion you have for not only food, but trying out and enjoying many different kinds of food! I am very jealous of the sweet potato fries!! :) So glad that you are just loving life in CA!!

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Evan Thomas November 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

Can I have your life pretty please just for a day? Haha. Enjoy it!

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Lara November 3, 2009 at 9:06 am

wow, another huge food event on the schedule? Talk about a week of indulging. Everything looks great. LOL tater tots with wine.

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Jackie @ TritoLose November 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

Wow!! Words cannot even begin to express how jealous I am of your life right now! Kevin is probably my favorite contestant on Top Chef. All of his food looks fantastic. I can’t wait to hear what they prepare for you. Make sure to take lots of pictures. :) I am living vicariously through you!

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Amanda November 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

Whew! Your life reads like a fantasy book!! Hope you get some time with the redwoods to step back and reflect on how lucky you are (and how jealous WE are!!)

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Becky November 3, 2009 at 9:10 am

Looks amazing! I hope you guys had a DD for the night!

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Karla November 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

Jenna, can I PLEASE come live with you?!?

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brandi November 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

what an amazing experience!!! I love Kevin on the show – how cool to meet him and Eli!

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Paige (Running Around Normal) November 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

What an amazing night! That’s so cool you got to go to Cyrus!

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MelissaNibbles November 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

WOW. That is all.

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Jody November 3, 2009 at 9:15 am

I’m jealous! I LOVE Top Chef. Love the Northeastern sweatshirt too….that’s my alma matter.

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CW November 3, 2009 at 9:18 am

You deserve this! Enjoy every minute of it all!

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 3, 2009 at 9:20 am

Looking at that delicious BBQ made me full, can’t even imagine what the real deal must’ve been like.

Fois Gras is amazing. It sounds intimidating at first (“fat liver,” errr no thanks), but man, it’s the best stuff ever. I experienced it for the first time at this great French restaurant in the meat-packing district of NYC. It, like Cyrus, is a place that you don’t just go to. And if you do get to go, you’re usually breaking the bank for the fine dining experience. Worth every bite and penny though.

High five for the awesome night! Way to honor the glory of food! Can’t wait to read about the grand seven course finale!

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Tay November 3, 2009 at 9:21 am

Those sweet potato fries knocked me off my seat!! Have a fabulous day, and enjoy tonight!

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Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness November 3, 2009 at 9:23 am

You are a food rock star, indeed! Live it up, girl!

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BethT November 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

OK….I left too early! Daaaaaaaang! Shoulda crashed on yer floor :)

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Stephanie November 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

Umm most amazing night ever?! Yes please. So incredible, you are one lucky girl :) !!!

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Cait (Cait's Plate) November 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

Oh my gosh I’m so jealous! That food all looks so good! Glad you had a good night :D

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beerab November 3, 2009 at 9:29 am

OMG I’m so jealous!! I LOVE KEVIN AND ELI! Girl your job ROCKS!
LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY! *sigh* I’m so happy for you :D

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diana(mymarble rye) November 3, 2009 at 9:29 am

I am jealous. I want to be the camera (wo)man in your life. I also want to snuggle with kevin. Have a great night tonight!

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Anne P November 3, 2009 at 9:33 am

i heart you. can’t wait to visit and have dance parties ;)

calling you later for recap, part 2 when i’m not rushing into pilates class!!

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Runeatrepeat November 3, 2009 at 9:40 am

I am dying at how cool your night was!!!

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Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 3, 2009 at 9:41 am

seriously, you are living a dream life right now!

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Fitzalan November 3, 2009 at 9:44 am

Thank you so much for letting me live vicarious through you. Can’t wait for tonight’s recap!

Happiness Awaits

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sj November 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

i think you mean outkast, not outcast.

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Matt November 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

You have no idea how jealous I am right now!

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Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 3, 2009 at 10:03 am

omg those sweet potato fries look like the best ones EVER!

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 3, 2009 at 10:08 am

so amazing! and so happy i get to live vicariously through your adventures ;)

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Jenna November 3, 2009 at 10:26 am

wow! the pics came out great and all the food looks amazing!
jenna

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rhodeygirl November 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

Your night and the recaps of your time in Cali so far remind me so much of my (almost) year in Florence. Oh the memories! The only things I don’t miss are the drinks that made me decide dating a 40 year old at 20 was a good idea and of course the tight pants.

Happy to hear you are having a blast!

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Candice November 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

Girl… your life is FABULOUS :) Have fun!!!

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Sarah (Oc2Seattle) November 3, 2009 at 10:31 am

Have fun tonight – sounds like a great 3 days!

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Sara Nickel November 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

I live vicariously through your blog! It is such a joy to find an avid foodie and read about your philosophy. P.S. Bookers is not so bad! I was introduced to Bookers through my husband. Good bourbon brings out the best of Southern food and good times.

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Jil November 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

ahh that looks like so much fun!! and so delicious! have so much fun tonight, it sounds amazing!!

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Marcia November 3, 2009 at 10:47 am

living. vicariously. through you.

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Marlow November 3, 2009 at 10:48 am

What a great night! I know everyone has been writing this BUT I LOVE Kevin and Eli!! Eesh, you are one lucky lady! :)

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Kath November 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

CYRUS!! So glad you got to experience it :)

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Amanda @ Cakes and Ale November 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

Kevin is by far my fave on Top Chef… you are getting spoiled, I love it! I would have never been able to stop eating those SP fries, that’s for sure!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) November 3, 2009 at 10:58 am

Just the thought of eating at a restaurant with Michelin stars gives me goose bumps. Enjoy it lady!

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Carly November 3, 2009 at 11:01 am

SO jealous. Kevin & Eli are my favorites on Top Chef! Lucky gal!

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Jenny November 3, 2009 at 11:10 am

What even goes into a 14 course meal!?? Unbelievable!

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Megan (BitesoftheApple) November 3, 2009 at 11:14 am

OMG!! I think you and Kevin could be a food-loving match made in heaven. ;)

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Krissy - Single Serving November 3, 2009 at 11:17 am

So amazing and so, so jealous!! Everything you write about lately sounds like a once in a lifetime type thing!

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Liz November 3, 2009 at 11:27 am

I’m so jealous of you!!! I am obsessed with Top Chef – and my husband and I always root on Kevin. Lucky girl!!!
On a side note – I’m happy to see that your letting lose a little and enjoying life. That’s what it’s all about anyways:)

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Justy2003 November 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

What a fun evening. Moving out to Cali has brought you tons of fun adventures! I’m glad you’re enjoying it all…you deserve it!

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Shannon, Tropical Treats November 3, 2009 at 11:32 am

May I jump in your shoes for just one day please ? Your new life in Cali looks AWESOME! Loving all of that delish food girly oh my gosh

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm

hmm, southern food is the best! i just had collards and pineapple the other day – surprising combo, but so delicious! and i love sweet potatoes in every form (fires, baked, mashed, etc), what are your thoughts on sweet potato pie?

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laura dishes November 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Can you tell us something bad so I can wake up from this dream I’m having when reading your blog?! It sounds like you are having so much fun… your surroundings are so beautiful! :)

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on the rocks November 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

so exciting! take a million pictures because you will never want to forget any of this!

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Tracey @ TropicalHappiness November 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Looks like you are having sooooooooo much fun! :) CA suits you well! :)

I love love love your green scarf… where is it from?

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

amazing!! i wish something like this would have happened to me when i decided to just pick up and move to dc!! haha. lucky lucky girl!

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Suzanne de Cornelia November 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Jenna, Have said before as a fellow moon-child who also recently lost a beloved brother and had a sporty/’rock star’ life of national travel and tons of glamour at your age [and on and on]. I know that moon-children require peace, quiet, and alone time to restore, too. So while all the glamour IS fun, I appreciate that everything comes with a price-tag. Just sayin’. Be good to yourself. Nature and the Transcendentalists have been my salvation–to thine own self be true.

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Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) November 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Your life is my foodie heaven!

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Brie (The Fit Bride) November 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Oh my god, so jealous! Looks like an awesome time!

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Katie November 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm

WELL don’t forget us little people miss rockstar ;) Your truly living life now and it’s great to see someone get that opportunity.

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Susan November 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I would LOVE to go to a place with a Michelin star – crazy!!!!

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen November 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

What a fun night!! It’s so much fun for us to read, but that means you are having even more fun. The more time I spent in the blog world, the more I realize how neat it really is. I can’t describe it, but I think it’s great to have such a detailed journal of your life. I wish I’d had something like this back when I lived in Hawaii. Makes me want to get to scanning pictures so I can share some travel pics on my blog from “way back when.” ;)

I can see so many benefits to journaling my food and cooking journey!! It really helps me to keep my food related thoughts straight, continues to inspire me…and how fun that it’s interactive so others can join you on the ride! It’s amazing!!

A side benefit is I finally have a place for all my recipes (when I’m done getting them all in). Neatly archived and easily accessible from anywhere, anytime….this has been a much needed organizational tool. Have a wonderful night tonight. I’ll be at work.

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen November 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

What a fun night!! It’s so much fun for us to read, but that means you are having even more fun. The more time I spent in the blog world, the more I realize how neat it really is. I can’t describe it, but I think it’s great to have such a detailed journal of your life. I wish I’d had something like this back when I lived in Hawaii. Makes me want to get to scanning pictures so I can share some travel pics on my blog from “way back when.” ;)

I can see so many benefits to journaling my food and cooking journey!! It really helps me to keep my food related thoughts straight, continues to inspire me…and how fun that it’s interactive so others can join you on the ride! It’s amazing!!

A side benefit is I finally have a place for all my recipes (when I’m done getting them all in). Neatly archived and easily accessible from anywhere, anytime….this has been a much needed organizational tool. Have a wonderful night tonight. I’ll be at work.

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen November 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm

What a fun night!! It’s so much fun for us to read, but that means you are having even more fun. The more time I spent in the blog world, the more I realize how neat it really is. I can’t describe it, but I think it’s great to have such a detailed journal of your life. I wish I’d had something like this back when I lived in Hawaii. Makes me want to get to scanning pictures so I can share some travel pics on my blog from “way back when.” ;)

I can see so many benefits to journaling my food and cooking journey!! It really helps me to keep my food related thoughts straight, continues to inspire me…and how fun that it’s interactive so others can join you on the ride! It’s amazing!!

A side benefit is I finally have a place for all my recipes (when I’m done getting them all in). Neatly archived and easily accessible from anywhere, anytime….this has been a much needed organizational tool. Have a wonderful night tonight. I’ll be at work.

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen November 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Jenna,

What a fun night!! It’s so much fun for us to read, but that means you are having even more fun. The more time I spent in the blog world, the more I realize how neat it really is. I can’t describe it, but I think it’s great to have such a detailed journal of your life. I wish I’d had something like this back when I lived in Hawaii. Makes me want to get to scanning pictures so I can share some travel pics on my blog from “way back when.” ;)

I can see so many benefits to journaling my food and cooking journey!! It really helps me to keep my food related thoughts straight, continues to inspire me…and how fun that it’s interactive so others can join you on the ride! It’s amazing!!

A side benefit is I finally have a place for all my recipes (when I’m done getting them all in). Neatly archived and easily accessible from anywhere, anytime….this has been a much needed organizational tool. Have a wonderful night tonight. I’ll be at work.

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen November 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Jenna,

What a fun night!! It’s so much fun for us to read, but that means you are having even more fun. The more time I spent in the blog world, the more I realize how neat it really is. I can’t describe it, but I think it’s great to have such a detailed journal of your life. I wish I’d had something like this back when I lived in Hawaii. Makes me want to get to scanning pictures so I can share some travel pics on my blog from “way back when.” ;)

I can see so many benefits to journaling my food and cooking journey!! It really helps me to keep my food related thoughts straight, continues to inspire me…and how fun that it’s interactive so others can join you on the ride! It’s amazing!!

A side benefit is I finally have a place for all my recipes (when I’m done getting them all in). Neatly archived and easily accessible from anywhere, anytime….this has been a much needed organizational tool. Have a wonderful night tonight. I’ll be at work.

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Kris November 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm

How fun! I was exhausted by the time I got to the end of your blog – what an evening. Have fun tonight. I’m soooooooo jealous.

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dorothy November 3, 2009 at 1:21 pm

you living it up!! so jealous of all the fab foods your eating but you deserve it :)

i think im most jealous of the sweet p fries gaaah

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Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm

That made me feel stuffed just reading it! How amazingly yum and fun was your night?? Awesome! :)

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angela November 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Wow! Sounds super fabulous!!! Lucky, lucky you!

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Danielle November 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I love the tots and Outkast! Love it!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm

7 Course Dinner!!!!! WOW!!!!

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Jess November 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Gah!

Kevin is my favorite Top Chef contestant and I have been rooting for him from the beginning. Feel FREE to pass that along!

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Whole Body Love November 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

What an awesome night! Your life is a foodie’s dream ;)

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Jac November 4, 2009 at 6:48 am

sweet potato fries!! I WANT!

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