Prosecco and Pizza

by jenna on October 17, 2009

Woooowheeee just got back from a major adventure. But first, here’s how my day began, per usual:


So, I totally need a desk but as of right now all I have in my empty living room is: a big world map on the wall, a quilt in the middle of the floor and a folding green chair. Said green chair has turned into dining room table/blogging station. Soon I plan to get a fold out couch and a desk but right now…’s all about the green chair. And the oatmeal.

  • 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup soymilk
  • 1/2 banana
  • dried cherries
  • pumpkin butter
  • sea salt
  • almond butter

Made some stroooong french press to go and headed to the farmer’s market downtown. Honestly, wasn’t too impressed….it was SO expensive! Did take some nice photos though.




I didn’t buy anything and then when I got home, Hardy called to see if I wanted to accompany him up to Alexander Mountain to take some photos. And so it began.



I wanted nothing more than to climb this tree. I LOVE BEING OUTSIDE!!!



Unfortunately I couldn’t wrap my mind around how to hoist myself up the tree (with a sprained ankle, mind you) and climb it. It was sort of falling apart. Booo





We totally made it all the way to the top (via car) and landed in Mercuryville…..population 2, baby. How awesome is that?


Just a new friend.

Anyways, we totally went a taaaad farther than we anticipated and ended up almost in Mendocino county after going through miles and miles of unpopulated (except for mountain lion, deer and Mercuryville) terrain. The gas light was on and grapes were rationed for snacks.



Nevertheless, we DID make it down the mountain and naturally ended up at Diavola, an awesome pizza place in Geyserville. Naturally, we toasted to our adventure with Prosecco.


And ordered a radicchio salad with sweet corn and shaved parmesan to split, which was awesome:


And a margarita pizza!


GREAT pizza. Everything about this was pretty much perfect and I have to say, the Prosecco went perfectly. Hardy and I are both huge foodies and lunch conversation went as follows: “what are your thoughts on truffle oil?” and “what’s the best food to pair with Riesling?” (I don’t want to hear any comments about “how I should really date Hardy” though please. Just to clarify a little bit: Hardy has a long term girlfriend and we are just friends. I have lots of friends that are guys. Thank you!)

Finally made it home after what ended up to be four hour California adventure across mountains, through streams, up trees and ending with prosecco and pizza. Not bad.

I have some house cleaning to attend to, some yoga to attempt to do (being careful with my ankle!) and then tonight I’m heading over to a new friend’s house for dinner. I hope everyone has had a great Saturday! :)

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Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) October 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I love Northern California- and you are bringing me back to lots of great trip memories with your pictures! My boyfriend is from Mendocino county and it is my favorite place on Earth to go visit. Let me know if you do go up there soon and want any tips…

P.S. I had pizza last night for dinner, but I after reading this post, I want it again. Now. Looks SO good!


Diana October 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Nice adventure you had :) That pizza looks great!


Diana October 17, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Also, I just noticed your new header. I love it!
Have a great (rest of) saturday!


Suzanne de Cornelia October 17, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Writing articles and starving–the pizza looks fantastic, and need to get out for my own mega-walk complete with deer and possible mountain lion sightings. If the farmer’s market wasn’t a total success, the photos were!


Britt October 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Looks like a great adventure with the perfect ending! Be careful with that ankle!


Ellen October 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

funny, i ended my night last night with prosecco and pizza as well! ha. the scenery looks just gorgeous! glad you were able to get out without hurting your ankle.


Lynn October 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Don’t know if my last comment went thru but just wanted to say I am glad yr ankle is better! It must be if you could hike up that mountain. Are you doing the race still? Goooood luck!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

That sounds and looks like a blast!


Evan Thomas October 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Great photos and great pizza!


Kelly October 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Boo you read my mind, I was totally thinking you and Hardy should date haha. But anyway, I have lots of friends that are guys too, I get it :) Still great to have a foodie friend and lots of adventures!


jenna October 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm


Exactly why I put that disclaimer in there. Every guy that makes it on the blog I do not have any intentions of dating…I do have guy friends! :)


Jolene ( October 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Beautiful photos … what’s prosecco?


Gina October 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Yup message loud and clear understood….none of our beeswax about your “potential dates” , particularly because it could just embarrass your new buddies who you are enjoying being able to relax and build friendships with.
We all should buttinski out methinks:) no matter how much we think we can matchmake…hee hee!
Speedy recovery re injury,but boy you haven’t slowed down your adventurous life at all 😉
That pizza looks soooooo scrumptious-I love authentic type margarita pizzas,but where I live ya can’t get ’em-boo!


katy October 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I also laughed at the no dating comment. I guess meddling is human nature, no? Do you have any recommendations for Prosecco–preferably under $10 or $20 a bottle?


Amanda (modernation) October 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

What a fun day and a perfect ending! Looks like the sun peeked through a little bit! It cleared up here in Sacramento and has been beautiful the last couple days. Hope it does the same for you guys!


Stephanie October 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

These pix are just breathtaking… and the food all looks so good! Maybe I am too used to the East Coast and should try to warm up to the idea that the West Coast looks amazing and would be an awesome place to live :) I love reading your adventures so far, you lucky girl!


Rebekah October 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I was also disappointed in CA Farmer’s Markets when I moved here. Very expensive and not any less expensive then going to the grocery store. At least you know things are fresh and local at the Farmer’s Market though. I came from Vancouver, WA and loved the Farmer’s Market there ‘cuz things were so much cheaper! Your exploring looked like fun too!


Jennie {in Wonderland} October 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

bahaha at the Hardy disclaimer. I loved that. You’re a celeb now, totally… people are setting you up with every guy who makes it on the blog!! :-) It’s great that you have friends there. When I moved to the UK, I had no one except my bf… it makes for hard going.

The scenery is gorgeous and the pizza isn’t too bad either. But what I’m really envious of is that SALAD! mmmm, good.


Jenna October 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm

nice adventure!
haha with the comments regarding hardy, i was thinking the same thing 😉
have fun tonight at dinner with the friends :)


Island Girl Eats October 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm

What a nice walk. Am soooo jealous! Looks like you earned your lunch!


Cynthia (It All Changes) October 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Random long adventures are super fun. So glad you two have a love a food and photography you can share.

How funny that the sign says population 2. Made me giggle.


Island Girl Eats October 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Great pictures. Looks like you earned you lunch!


Kristen October 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Your photos make that produce look pretty good!

When I spot an especially climb-worthy tree, I tend to overestimate my ability to get to the first branches!


Matt October 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Sounds like an awesome adventure!


Lindsay October 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Sounds like a fantastic day! It’s good to have friends you can share passions with!


Mom October 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Looks absolutely Awesome!! Wish I could have been there with you!


BethT October 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I have to say that there ARE cheap farmer’s markets in CA. There are several in SF that are not in the most glam locations, but they still have inexpensive and mostly organic/pesticide free produce. Just gotta know where to look.


Karla October 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Yum I love Prosecco! Sounds like you had a wonderful day… It is so beautiful up there!


Nicci@NiftyEats October 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Gotta love the population sign of 2…hilarious.


Andee (Runtolive) October 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Sounds like a wonderful day, I wish I had more foodie friends! None of my guy friends would even know what truffle oil was..


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

What a great farmer’s market! It’s always fun to visit those, even if you don’t buy anything.

GORGEOUS scenery pics… wow, that view is amazing. I’m so jealous! :)


Courtney (The Hungry Yogini October 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Ok, I’m sold. I’m moving out to Cali too. And Stacy, Patrick and Jen are coming too!?!? Can we live with you? 😉 But seriously…


maria October 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Population 2??? I thought my hometown was small! This one takes the cake!!! 😀

Looks like an awesome adventure for sure.


Leah @ L4L October 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Haha, love your disclaimer about Hardy. 😉


Chloe (Naturally Frugal) October 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm

What a fun Saturday, and that pizza looks amazing!

Farmer’s markets are expensive, but at least in CA you can be pretty sure that all the food is grown there. In my opinion it’s worth it to support local farms and economies. I usually buy about 1/2 my produce from the farmer’s market, and the other 1/2 from the store since they definitely don’t grow bananas in Seattle!


Alyssa October 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Those pictures are breathtaking! It must be great living in a place with so much beauty, and you are definitely enjoying it! And I’m definitely with you on the cold weather, the 403/30s here in MN are no fun, thought it is MN and I shouldn’t be complaining :)


eliza October 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm

hi Jenna, I just wanted to say that I read your blog religiously with my best friend since you began. We are so excited for your new life! We are both jealous of all your experiences! I would absolutely LOVE to work at a vineyard. you are a lucky girl and it is so great that you are really, truly living. I LOVE IT!!
c’est la VIE!!!



ellen eats beets October 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm

farmers markets are my ABSOLUTE fav!!


Sharon October 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I know this is crazy, and I know that you don’t know me…I ran a 1/2 marathon today and thought (when I was struggling) how much you would want to run if you could. You can do anything you want to I know it!!! Have a wonderful evening.


Jen(eatmovelove) October 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I just finished pizza for my dinner – mozza cheese, sauce, spinach, roasted peppers, and spinach on a thin-crust chewy dough – yum! Paired with red wine and chocolate for dessert…bliss:)
How’s your ankle? Are you able to walk fine? Do you do any x-training or are you not ‘obsessed’ with exercise like that?? haha. you seem to have a very good healthy balance. love it.


Julia October 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

What a great adventure!
I’m glad you were still able to enjoy it despite your ankle!
Have a great weekend!


skinnyrunner October 17, 2009 at 6:57 pm

sounds like a fantastic saturday! pizza looks delicious and i love prosecco. i went to a wedding a month ago and the favors were bottles of prosecco. it was really cute, and tasty.


Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Those photos are indeed breathtaking. The landscape, animals, food. It sounds like you are really enjoying California!

Have you ever tried apple butter in your oats? I need to find some pumpkin butter!


Emily October 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Your day sounds amazing, Jenna! Beautiful pictures! :)


polly October 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm

hello love!!
Did you get my yoga pose ideas? :) Just a fun sequence if you are in the mood for some yoga shmoga. 😉 Love ya and hope your night was fun. I pray that tomorrow is a joy-filled day, even if no race. Massive hugs, my sweet friend. I think Hardy sounds like a way cool friend. XOXO


Amanda October 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm

It sounds like you have such wonderful friends out there who can take you on spontaneous adventures, so that you don’t have to feel alone for too long! That is so important!! And for them to be fellow foodies and wine lovers is a great perk. Now, they just have to do yoga :)


Jil October 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm

What a wonderful way to spend a day!! The farmer’s market food looks so good — it’s always so disappointing when farmer’s markets are expensive. Great pictures though!!


taylor October 17, 2009 at 8:21 pm

That tree is so neat! I couldn’t tell just how big it was til you were in the photos. 😉

I love how you guys discussed truffle oil, the local morning radio show had a 20 minute conversation about it on the air Friday. No one seemed to be able to pinpoint what it was – or the difference between black and white, is it or is it not a mushroom, how pigs find it, etc. Interesting stuff!


Still Life in South America October 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm

haha! How did you read my mind about Hardy?!? I didn’t actually realize he has girlfriend. 😉

What a lovely walk (and snack)!


Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises) October 17, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I’m glad you were able to have some adventures despite the ankle sprain. Make sure you’re letting it heal properly – you don’t want it to affect your running later on. I went to some great physical therapy when I sprained my ankle – maybe worth looking into?


BroccoliHut October 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Totally digging the slippers:)


Jenny @JennyLikesToRun, on a mission to run a marathon for charity! October 18, 2009 at 12:14 am

I love the photos :) You’re really talented with photography.
What I love about Farmers Markets are the bright, vibrant colours of the foods. Even seeing it makes me feel better because it emphasizes how much better that food is for you than mass-produced store bought crap.
I love the adventures you go on :) Going up that mountain seems really interesting! you seem to live a highly fulfilled life 😀


Zahra October 18, 2009 at 3:07 am

about the hardy thing.. i didn’t even think about it.. well you mentioned it.. but you havent mentioned this about any other times you’ve gone out with guys as friends… hmmm.. stay single and enojy it for a while! the right guy who is also single will show up when you’re too busy having fun being single


Susan October 18, 2009 at 4:02 am

Man, I hate it when farmers markets are really expensive. I went to the one here yesterday and almost bought a loaf of bread – until they told me it was $7!! I’m sure it was tasty and made with love and all, but I also need to pay my bills 😛

Looks like such a fun hike! Some trees were grown to be climbed!


Madelin @ What is for breakfast? October 18, 2009 at 4:08 am

Awesome photos! Your slippers are really cute by the way!


Shannon October 18, 2009 at 4:58 am

What a beautiful place. You’ve settled in and made friends so quickly. That’s really nice to see :)


Angi October 18, 2009 at 5:16 am

I think there are a lot of us girls that find soul brothers….Hardy is yours!

Get some furniture girl! Now that you are in apartment deux, you need to make it home.


Paige@ RunningAroundNormal October 18, 2009 at 5:51 am

Those pictures are breathtaking. I love when you post about the views you are surrounded by. So beautiful. Have fun with yoga! Hope it goes well:)


Stacey October 18, 2009 at 6:32 am

I know what you mean about needing a desk! My boyfriend live in a small trailer and we have to share one! His homework things are always everywhere so my lap is usually my desk haha :)
Beautiful pics and beautiful food as well, haha :)


WendyF October 18, 2009 at 7:39 am

I wondered about that place on my way back from Hopland, now definately will have to try it. Too bad the farmers market is expensive up there. You might want to consider CSA boxes, that you can get from the farmers .


Kasey @ Fit For Wellness October 18, 2009 at 7:43 am

What amazing views! It’s awesome that you already are making so many friends in Cali :)


Katie S October 18, 2009 at 7:53 am

Amazing pictures, can I come move in with you?? Haha. I love those slippers and that quilt on your floor….. is it anthro?? It looks veryyyy familiar hahaha.


Tina October 18, 2009 at 8:13 am

Haha population 2?! That’s awesome. I haven’t had pizza in soooo long, that looks great.


KatieTX October 18, 2009 at 8:29 am

Love the disclaimer…Gotta love when people assume your guy friends are dates…Happens to me all the time too!


Emily Eats October 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I second comment # 50! They made mew smile too :)


Emily Eats October 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

…Sorry, comment # 51 re your very cool slippers!


Kimberly October 19, 2009 at 10:29 am

I don’t know how pricey it is, but I’ve heard that Sebastopol (which is very close to you!) has the best Farmer’s Market around. I’ve been to the one in Santa Rosa and was impressed, though sadly it ended in August. I got the BEST garlic dip there done by a local company. Must try to remember the name…


Michelle October 20, 2009 at 9:37 am

Mmmm your bowl of oats sounds fancy and looks lovely! Such a unique angle…gotta admire your fuzzy leopard print slippers though. 😛


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