The Journey Home

by jenna on September 28, 2009

Hello, hello!

Sorry for losing y’all there for a day but things have just been crazy as I’ve closed up shop in San Francisco and moved up to Sonoma County.

We had an awesome blog reader get together at the cutest little cafe ever yesterday morning!! I didn’t eat though since I was meeting another friend for brunch just a little later…it was so fun to meet everyone though!! :)

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Then, the BEST brunch ever at Zuni.

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I loooooved this menu and everything was seasonal and local…it was a dream!

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I ordered the crostini with heirloom tomatoes and poached eggs. OMG!

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This seriously might have been one of the best brunches I’ve ever had in my entire life!

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Iced coffee to drink:

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Real SF sourdough bread to nibble on:

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Delicious.

Around 2:30, Adam picked me up from Beth’s house, where all my worldly belongings were being stored at (thanks, Beth!!) and we made the trip back up to wine country. Stopped at a few absolutely breathtaking spots along the way for some photos!

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Adam tried his first Amazing Grass bar and loved it, obviously.

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I kept having to pinch myself….it was the first time I’ve ever seen the Pacific ocean!

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We stopped at a great little Italian restaurant, Pazzo, in Petaluma for an early dinner because Adam said this place had the best lobster bisque he’s ever had. It was pretty delicious!

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And for my entree, I chose shrimp scampi, my favorite. Also had an unpictured glass of pinot noir. Mmmmmm

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Phew! Long post!!! Now that I’m *almost* settled, things will start to get back to normal. It might take me a few days though so please continue to bear with me!! I’m racing out the door to go see an apartment that I’m hoping to rent…wish me luck!!!

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jen trinque September 28, 2009 at 8:01 am

Good Luck! This is so exciting and those pictures, especially the one with the deer, are incredible!

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skinnyrunner September 28, 2009 at 8:02 am

gorgeous pictures of the coast! good luck with the apartment, hope you find something you like and in a good price range!

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Angharad (Eating for England) September 28, 2009 at 8:06 am

Wow! I just caught up on your weekend – you must be exhausted!! Sounds like the best beginning to your big adventure. Really excited to hear how the job goes – good luck!!

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Angharad (Eating for England) September 28, 2009 at 8:07 am

Wowzers! Just caught up on your super busy weekend! It looked so fun and such an amazingly cool way to start your big western adventure! Have fun!

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Leianna September 28, 2009 at 8:08 am

Those are amazing and breathtaking pictures of the bridge and coast!
Lobster Bisque sounds delish!

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Krista September 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

that brunch looks absolutely delicious, i think i am going to have to try and recreate it at some point! all of your pictures are beautiful, thank you for keeping us up to date as you take on this new adventure. Good luck finding an apartment!

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Jennie {in Wonderland} September 28, 2009 at 8:15 am

Those pictures of the California coast are almost painfully gorgeous. I am seriously jealous!! Have fun setting up in Wine country!

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kristina September 28, 2009 at 8:17 am

hey jenna ~ where did you get your pink top w/the ruffles? it’s too cute! great photos btw!

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Ali September 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

Jenna- sounds like you are livin’ it up lady!
So glad to see you doing the things you truly love!

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Whitney @ Lettuce Love September 28, 2009 at 8:24 am

All of that food looks great! Hope you are loving the west coast — it is my dream to live there one day!

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

GORGEOUS photos! Beautiful scenery! Makes me miss cali! I’m going to be out in San Francisco in October — would love to plan a meet-up!

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brandi September 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

glad things are going well so far! It’s just beautiful.

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) September 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

Your photos are amazing – the Golden Gate bridge is such a beautiful sight. And those heirloom tomatoes look to die for, I will be sad when summer/early fall produce is out of season here in the Northeast….Good luck with your new adventures (and the half-marathon, of course)!

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MelissaNibbles September 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

Thanks for sharing the pretty pictures. Good luck!

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Brooke September 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

I am so jealous you are in San Fran!! I just moved to Vermont for college and originally from the Bay Area/spend every waking moment in San Francisco with friends and my family who lives there! I miss it so much!! You HAVE TO return to Zuni Cafe for their most famous dinner dish of this incredible breaded chicken! It is to die for!! And get the cookbook… my mom has been using it since I was born! :)

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Stephanie September 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

Congrats for your first time seeing the Pac Ocean – how exciting!! Looks like things are going wonderfully and your eats are just scrumptious looking :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

Those sights are absolutely breath-taking!

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Fattie Fatterton September 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

Oh my goodness, that brunch looks soooo good!! Well, heck,all of the meals look so good!

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Ang September 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

Wow, that shrimp scampi looks amazing! I love your pictures of the coast!

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JoyLuck September 28, 2009 at 8:51 am

Good luck Jenna! and Adam is so cute! (wink, wink)

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Julie September 28, 2009 at 8:51 am

Your life has been such a whirl wind this year, I’m so glad you had this amazing chance to move and basically start anew! Good luck with the apartment!

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Mellissa September 28, 2009 at 8:53 am

Happy Apartment Hunting and if it gets too stressful have some more wine ;)

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christie, honoring health September 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

Beautiful photos!

Good luck with the apartment!!

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Evan Thomas September 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

Mmm shrimp scampi. I’ve seen the Pacific once when I was in Costa Rica–such a fun time. Welcome to your new home! They’ll have to be a house warming blog post

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Megan September 28, 2009 at 9:01 am

Ah, good luck with the apartment!!! Have fun today :)

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angieinatlanta September 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

Ah! So jealous you get to live in such a beautiful area! Lucky girl!

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Allison R. September 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

Once you get settled into your apartment, you’ll have to give a video tour! :)

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Denise September 28, 2009 at 9:04 am

Jenna,

Amazing pictures!! It’s reminding me of when I first moved to Hawaii. I joined the Navy at 19, found myself in Orlando for bootcamp for 2 months, Great Lakes, Illinois (where I met hubby) for 5 months (training) and then off to where I was stationed. Training was hard (machinist mate school…think pumps, valves and the steam cycle…nothing that was ever remotely pertinent to my life, but was the quickest way to an adventure back in my day…hehe), but I somehow managed to get top of my class.

Why am I telling you this? Because that meant I got “first pick” of my orders…….where I was to be stationed the next 3 years of my life. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii!!!!! Your post today/and photos took me back to those days (July 1990). It was before cell phones were in every hand, email and the internet. Forget about texting, facebook, laptops, tweeting & blogging. No idea of what was to come!!

Which meant I felt really ALL ALONE!! my best friend at the time got second pick of orders and came out with me, and it was a beautiful place to land (much like you are now), but it was still far from all my family, friends and everything I had known up to that point. Fast friends are made on a Navy base, especially when there are only a handful of women your age at your command. I had some great adventures checking out the island, all the beaches, parasailing, and your pictures of the coast remind me of the rocky and craggy mountains which seemed to step out into the ocean. Mountains and oceans meet…who knew?

You’re in for a great ride, but I know you are missing the familiar. And that’s okay! To your benefit you have all the great technology I didn’t, as well as your faith. Huge blessing!! God has His hand on you and what a great place to be. I wasn’t a christian yet back in my Navy days. Believed in God but didn’t KNOW HIM personally. Sorry for the novel. Thanks for letting me reminisce. Reminds me I need to get some of my Navy photos scanned and on facebook. ;)

Denise

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Danielle September 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

Oh my gorgeousness! Your new home is absolutely beautiful Jenna! Best of luck with getting settled and finding an apartment :)

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Nicole September 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

Your brunch looks amazing! I’m glad that you are settling in just fine in Cali! It looks beautiful there!

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Rachel September 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

Those pictures are goregous! I’m so jealous of your adventure. It’s awesome to have friends like Beth and Adam that can help you! It’s be scary moving somewhere without knowing anyone.

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Danielle September 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

Oh my gorgeousness! Your new home is too beautiful Jenna! Best of luck with getting settled and finding an apartment :)

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Jen (Running With Cake) September 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

I am so excited for you and your new life adventure! Good luck apartment hunting!

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Denise September 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

Jenna,

Amazing pictures!! It’s reminding me of when I first moved to Hawaii. I joined the Navy at 19, found myself in Orlando for bootcamp for 2 months, Great Lakes, Illinois (where I met hubby) for 5 months (training) and then off to where I was stationed. Training was hard (machinist mate school…think pumps, valves and the steam cycle…nothing that was ever remotely pertinent to my life, but was the quickest way to an adventure back in my day…hehe), but I somehow managed to get top of my class.

Why am I telling you this? Because that meant I got “first pick” of my orders…….where I was to be stationed the next 3 years of my life. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii!!!!! Your post today/and photos took me back to those days (July 1990). It was before cell phones were in every hand, email and the internet. Forget about texting, facebook, laptops, tweeting & blogging. No idea of what was to come!!

Which meant I felt really ALL ALONE!! my best friend at the time got second pick of orders and came out with me, and it was a beautiful place to land (much like you are now), but it was still far from all my family, friends and everything I had known up to that point. Fast friends are made on a Navy base, especially when there are only a handful of women your age at your command. I had some great adventures checking out the island, all the beaches, parasailing, and your pictures of the coast remind me of the rocky and craggy mountains which seemed to step out into the ocean. Mountains and oceans meet…who knew?

You’re in for a great ride, but I know you are missing the familiar. And that’s okay! To your benefit you have all the great technology I didn’t, as well as your faith. Huge blessing!! God has His hand on you and what a great place to be. I wasn’t a christian yet back in my Navy days. Believed in God but didn’t KNOW HIM personally. Sorry for the novel. Thanks for letting me reminisce. Reminds me I need to get some of my Navy photos scanned and on facebook. ;)

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LisaM September 28, 2009 at 9:10 am

Jenna!
Welcome to California! I grew up in San Diego but my moms family is from marin, so I have spent lots of time in the Bay Area/ SF. In Napa, there is an INCREDIBLE all vegetarian restaurant called Ubuntu. It is housed in the bottom of a yoga studio and it is absolutely incredible. You will have to visit, although maybe for a birthday or celebration occasion. Another place I love is called Fraiche, an all natural yogurt shop in Palo Alto. It is the tart type of yogurt, but it is organic and made in small batches in the store.
Enjoy your new life and be well, I look forward to reading about your adventures!
Lisa

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Rebecca September 28, 2009 at 9:15 am

Brunch looks awesome! I’m so jealous that you LIVE in California now! I might just have to follow in your footsteps and move out there!

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Denise September 28, 2009 at 9:17 am

Jenna,

Posted a lengthy comment and it hasn’t shown up. I’m new to this, hopefully it wasn’t too long! Disregard if it comes in more than once.

also…too funny you can see your reflection in Adam’s glasses. Did you notice that? ;)

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Susan September 28, 2009 at 9:21 am

Don’t worry about getting regular posts up! We understand your life is pretty crazy right now!! Those photos are goooorgeous. I’ve only been to California once and I’d love to go back!

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Anne Marie @ New Weigh of Life September 28, 2009 at 9:22 am

It looks so beautiful there! I hope you are enjoying life!

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kay (eating machine) September 28, 2009 at 9:24 am

wow, it looks gorgeous there!
i’m going to SF and Ukiah in a month, and seeing all the california posts is getting me excited!

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) September 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

Girl! Those pictures are breathtaking! I can’t believe you LIVE there now!!

Good luck with the apartment hunt!!!

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Paige September 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

Oh my goodness, those pictures ARE breath-taking. You are so lucky to be embarking on this journey!

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BethT September 28, 2009 at 9:35 am

Where did you see that deer?? I don’t think I’ve seen a single one since moving here! Glad the weather was so nice for your drive.

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katie September 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

Looks gorgeous! I lived in SF for awhile and think it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to go back as soon as possible (especially since I have new restaurant ideas!)

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Maggie September 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

It was so fun meeting you (again) yesterday! Next time you’re in the city you should definitely try the food @ Bread & Cocoa – the oatmeal rocked and I bet you would have loved it. Looks like you had a pretty awesome brunch though!

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Katie September 28, 2009 at 9:38 am

Gorgeous photos! I lived in SF for awhile and just fell in love with its charm and beauty. Can’t wait to go back as soon as possible (especially armed with new restaurant picks!)

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Whit September 28, 2009 at 9:44 am

The views are all so gorgeous, and all the food just looks amazing. Good luck with this next adventure!

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Kristen September 28, 2009 at 9:47 am

Ah, it’s so nice to see pics of you on the left coast! Welcome! :-)

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Krista September 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

Hi Jenna,

I’m so glad you are loving SF and wine country. I love Zuni, and you need to try the roast chicken with panzanella bread salad next time- to die for! I work as a pastry chef here in the city at Boulevard restaurant…you should definitely try it! Good Luck with your apartment search!!

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Kristen September 28, 2009 at 9:57 am

Ah, it’s so great to see pics of you here on the left coast! Welcome! :-)

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Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life September 28, 2009 at 9:58 am

Good luck Jenna!! I am sure you will find the perfect apartment!!

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Michelle September 28, 2009 at 10:00 am

Welcome to our beautiful state! It’s so nice to have you in norcal!! Good luck with all that lies ahead!

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Morgan September 28, 2009 at 10:04 am

Jenna! I go away for a few days and you’ve pack up and moved across the country! Congratulations on the move and best of luck with the new job. This is such an exciting time in your life!
And PLEASE go to Ubuntu and review the food!!!!! I’ve heard such good things about the restaurant!

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Jenna September 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

totally understand if you are not back to normal yet. i mean you did just move to the other end of the country! you have been on the go go go! good luck today with the appartment looking!
jenna

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing September 28, 2009 at 10:21 am

The scenery pics are absolutely gorgeous!! What an amazing place to be living :O). Glad you are enjoying so far!

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Jessica September 28, 2009 at 10:24 am

WOW girl I am so jealous. CA is my dream place to live … I don’t think I’ll ever move there though sadly! But I better go on vacay there a ton!
Anyway . . .
I’m excited to see more about your new job and new home!
Grats again lady!
-muffy

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devan September 28, 2009 at 10:32 am

Beautiful scenery! looks so amazing :)
that brunch sounds incredible. The menu for Zuni sounds perfect. delicious :) Glad you are enjoying yourself!!

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natalie September 28, 2009 at 10:33 am

I love the ocean. Those pictures are so pretty. what a fun new adventure! i’m sure you will love it!

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Amanda @ Cakes and Ale September 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

Lobster bisque – sounds excellent! You went from one great seafood locale to another!

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Shanon September 28, 2009 at 10:36 am

Amazing! I’m so jealous, I think I need a trip to CA :)

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Barb September 28, 2009 at 10:43 am

Jenna, you are too cute! Good luck with your new job & city!

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linda September 28, 2009 at 11:04 am

Nice meeting you and Kath yesterday for breakfast – too bad time was so limited as there was barely enough time to talk with everyone.

Good luck with your Napa adventures and I’ll be sure to bring my friends to your winery for a tasting and to say “hi.”

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Julia September 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

Just take it easy with bloggin’…we will wait:)
Take care and good luck with everything!

xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

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Teresa September 28, 2009 at 11:15 am

Wow, so much going on! You must be running on adrenaline at this point. What with all the lack of sleep and so much activity!

Seriously your pictures are making me miss my city (yes I call SF my city). I loved living there and I’m so happy that you love the city as well. I hope that Sonoma welcomes you with open arms.

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shawna (balancing me) September 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

WOW! Stunning photos! And good luck on what craziness the next few days bring you :)

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K September 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

Wow!! Those pictures look like they’re from a postcard – amazing!

Good luck getting settled and discovering your new home :)

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Cynthia (It All Changes) September 28, 2009 at 11:59 am

It must be so strange to see the “other” ocean after seeing “ours” for so long. Your photos are breath-taking.

Can’t wait to join you on this journey via the blog as you go on so many new adventures :-)

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Alicia September 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Hi Jenna- it’s Alicia from the blog meet-up. Yay! I’m so glad Zuni was awesome, it is definitely on my list of places to try.

Good luck with the apartment and have a wonderful time getting settled in!

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Pam (Highway to Health) September 28, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Those picutres are awesome! What an amazing place! good luck settling in!

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Chloe (Naturally Frugal) September 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Awwww, I LOVE Peatlum and here’s why: Outlets. Tons of ‘em. So next time you have a chance you should head down there and hit them up.

This is making me miss SF!

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Lizzy September 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Good luck today Jenna! I’m so excited that your finally getting settled in! :) you are such an inspiration!

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Courtney September 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Congrats on the move! This post is full of beautiful pictures of food and sights! Looks like you have a wonderful place to land on your own two feet. And face first into the fabulous food!!
Have a blast!

Courtney
Adventures in Tri-ing

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Krissy - Single Serving September 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm

That brunch looks absolutely amazing. So much fun and excitement for you these last few weeks. Good luck with the apartment!

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MarathonVal September 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm

What beautiful photos you took!! You must be thrilled to be making a new home in such a gorgeous location!!

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Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

SF might just be the most stunning city on the globe. Then again I lived there for 5 yrs and I grew up visiting my Grammy & Grampy there, so I’m biased! :-)

The scampi was…covered in garlic- yes?! YUMM!!

Can’t wait to see where you will settle.

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm

That breakfast looks insanely good … I want to try it!!!! I don’t think I will be able to find anything like that where I live though.

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Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 28, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Just coming “out of hiding” to wish you best of luck on your new adventures!

Beautiful pics and delicious food!

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Ashley September 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm

mmmmm… you’ve got me salivating over here! Especially over that lobster bisque! yummo! What beautiful pictures those are of SF! Such a great town.

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Suzanne de Cornelia September 28, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Zuni…a fave…so many great places in Northern Ca.

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Gab* September 29, 2009 at 5:29 am

Gosh, it’s so beautiful around San Fran! I went there with my family when I was a kid but I don’t really remember much! I must get back one day. Good luck settling in, hope you find somewhere soon! It’s so much better once you’re all unpacked and have your own space.

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Nan September 29, 2009 at 9:12 am

This quote I read today really moved me.I think I will go and look for a book of quotes by Rumi…..thought it might be meaningful to you too at this busy time….
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival: A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice — meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi

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Nanette September 29, 2009 at 9:14 am

This quote I read today really moved me.I think I will go and look for a book of quotes by Rumi…..thought it might be meaningful to you too at this busy time….
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival: A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice — meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi

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Nane September 29, 2009 at 9:14 am

This quote I read today really moved me.I think I will go and look for a book of quotes by Rumi…..thought it might be meaningful to you too at this busy time….
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival: A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice — meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi

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Nans September 29, 2009 at 9:16 am

Tyring to post this ,but having problems!!
This quote I read today really moved me.I think I will go and look for a book of quotes by Rumi…..thought it might be meaningful to you too at this busy time….
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival: A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice — meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” – Rumi

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