A Bunch of Monkeys

I’m so glad that so many of you will be participating in Meatless in March with me! Yay! I just want to add that that is FINE if vegetarians and vegans want to join in as well….I will definitely include them in the end of the month cookie drawing (the cookies are vegan anyways). I’m looking forward to a fun and interesting month ahead.

Speaking of fun, today’s food blogger lunch was awesome! We went to Datz Deli, which is a traditional Jewish deli with an awesome menu and ambiance. Immediately once we sat down, we were brought out a complimentary monkey bread!


img_5233 I didn’t even have words for this….it was probably one of the top five best things I have EVER eaten in my entire life. Hot, soft and doughy…with tons of cinnamon sugar. All 10 of our jaws just DROPPED when she set this down at table. Here was my piece:


I also had another unpictured bite. It was sooooooo good.

And for my brunch entree, I chose “Jack’s Shrooms”, an egg white omelet with pepperjack cheese, onions, fresh basil and mushrooms. On the side I got fruit instead of hash browns and a piece of yummy thick toast with cran-apple butter.


And then our server brought out glasses of sparkling wine for each of us! Talk about VIP service! I guess she could tell something was up with all the camera lights flashing at the table 😉


I only had about half of mine though because I ordered my favorite blackberry italian soda 🙂


Here I am with my Caitlin and Meghann, my running rockstar girls….I am SO beyond proud of them!!!! I actually almost teared up reading their race day recaps!


Speaking of running, I am still totally on my runner’s high from yesterday’s race (which seems like a baby race compared to what those girls did!). I decided that I am DETERMINED to be able to run pain-free. I have been going back and forth with this dilemma for two long years now and I’ve had enough. Running pain-free is one of the best feelings and after yesterday I am totally motivated to beat this and get back there. I’ve never been a quitter and don’t want to start now. So, I sort of went a little out of control at Fit 2 Run this morning…….I got new shoes AND “compression socks”, which apparently squeeze in your leg muscles and prevent/reduce shin splints. Check it out!


The shoes are pearl izumi synchro infinities, and I got them because I have a marathon runner friend who told me she, too, was plagued by horrible re-occuring shin splints that flared up whenever she ran and these were like an instant godsend. I like my Brooks but they never helped with my pain at all, which makes me think that they weren’t the right shoe for me. Hopefully these will work!

I am off to the Y then home to get ready for work tomorrow! The weekend flew by way too quickly 🙁

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  • Rosebud
    March 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while, but never posted. (So, first, hi!) I’m Jewish, raised Jewish, so I know “deli-Jewish” but I’ve never heard of this delicious-looking monkey bread that has me completely intrigued! Does anyone else know of this or seen it before? I live in NYC so I won’t be going to that deli anytime soon…unfortunately…

  • Bec
    March 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Sounds like you guy had a lot of fun 🙂 That monkey bread looks amazing.

  • Betsy
    March 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Lunch looks delicious! And those socks are quite hot. 😉

  • Susan
    March 1, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve been getting shin splints too lately, I should look for some of those socks, thanks!!

    And *drooool* at the monkey bread….mmm…

  • Mel
    March 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Your meal at Datz sounds like it was tasty and fun! That monkey bread looks like it’s to die for!

  • Natalie
    March 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    You guys are all so pretty! Sounds like such a fun met up!

  • Matt
    March 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Damn that money bread looks good. Super jealous!

    Yay for running! It’s the best!

  • Heather
    March 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    congrats on the race! I hope the new shoes and compression socks are able to help you!

  • Emily
    March 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I love Monkey Bread, and it sounds like your was amazing!
    Best wishes for pain-free running!

  • kristi
    March 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Looks like a great blogger meet up! And yay for new running shoes and socks, hope they help you!! I’m actually starting to get more into running and have been thinking about a new pair of running shoes. I really like the ones you bought! hmmm…

  • kim
    March 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    what’s monkey bread consist of? Looks like a cinnabon. 🙂

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    March 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    OMG, i LOVE monkey bread!!!!!

    sounds like lunch was a blast, and awesome new running gear!

  • Sharon
    March 1, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Oh wow, monkey bread looks delicious!!

  • brandi
    March 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    oh I love Monkey Bread. We always have it at Christmas!

  • Hallie
    March 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    My boyfriend’s mom makes that bread every year for Christmas. She takes frozen bread/roll dough, lets it defrost over night, then bakes it in a bundt pan with a lot of butter, cinammon, and sugar. Healthy, it’s NOT, but incredibly delicious…yes! She also puts walnuts in between the bread layers sometimes.

    Good luck on meatless March! I know I couldn’t do it but I love cooking vegetarian meals so I’m looking forward to reading the recipe ideas.

  • Julie
    March 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Good for you for giving running another shot. You’re a strong lady so you can handle it!

    The blogger meet up sounded like fun and the monkey bread looks delicious!!

  • Katie
    March 1, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I think Datz is a riff on Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, but maybe not! Looks like you girls had a fun time.

    I’m a vegetarian (or pescatarian, really) but I’d love to participate in your challenge as well!

  • emily
    March 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    good luck with painless running! I’ve been praying for the same thing myself.

  • Ryan (Chasing Daylight)
    March 1, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I’m glad I got a chance to meet you today Jenna! I loved Datz Deli and I can’t wait to do another Tampa meet-up again. Hopefully I’ll be moving closer to the area after graduation (fingers crossed!).

    Good luck with the new shoes and compression socks! I had shin splints for 6 months when I started rowing in high school and they are THE worst. I hope they go away for you!

  • Greta
    March 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Monkey Bread = Happiness

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I LOVE MONKEY BREAD!!!!! I have a KILLER recipe for it, if you’d like 🙂

  • zestycook
    March 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Jenna – Send me some of that monkey bread please 🙂 pretty please

  • jenna
    March 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Your shoes look great!! sounds like such a fun day with cool blogging friends

  • michelle
    March 1, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Hey Jenna how is that almond butter??? The no stir kind???

  • Jen, a priorfatgirl
    March 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    OMG – I haven’t thought about monkey bread since I was in middle school. I think I’m going to be obsessed with it now, until I make some!

  • Fancy
    March 1, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Rosebud, I’m Jewish too and I was thinking the same thing about the monkey bread! I’ve heard of it before….but never at a Jewish deli?!?!? Looks delicious!

  • Rose
    March 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Love those new shoes – and the compression socks. You’ll have to let us know if they work well…

  • Caroline
    March 2, 2009 at 12:00 am

    What a fabulous meal!

    I am totally coveting those shoes:)

  • Lauren
    March 2, 2009 at 6:46 am

    The monkey bread looks delish! Sounds like the blogger lunch was fun – I had a blast at the Boston meet-up a couple of weeks back.

    Yay for the compression socks! Hopefully you can now run pain-free 🙂

  • Annie
    March 2, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Oh man. Shin Splints are the WORST. I get them a lot as well. You will have to keep us updated on how the sneaks and socks work for you!!

  • Alisa - One Frugal Foodie
    March 2, 2009 at 10:43 am

    ooh yum, that monkey bread looks to die for! I hope your shin splints fix up with the new gear!

  • Laura Brandon
    March 7, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Oh my gosh I want those socks! I get bad shin splints too! I hope they work for you!