Dinner/ Lunch

A Cajun Victory

oooohhhhhh boy.

Today we hit jackpot.


No seriously. Best.Brunch.EVER. If you are EVER in San Francisco (heck, if you are ever even on the west coast!), you MUST hit Brenda’s French Soul Food. Adam and I went all out….started with their signature watermelon sweet tea (we each had 2 big glasses):
A flight of beignets—crawfish, chocolate, apple and plain:

I ordered the goat cheese and shrimp omelet (made with egg whites) with grits and a biscuit:

Adam and I are both from the South and we both agreed that it was the best biscuit we’ve ever tasted. Definitely made with shortening, not butter, because it was oh so flaky!!!
We could hardly walk afterward but it was a big victory. So, so happy. And then, my mama got here!!!! 🙂 My dad is coming on Wednesday and I’m so excited. My parents are seriously my best friends. I heart them.
I just ate some chicken tortilla soup, random squash pieces and a few Kashi crackers with cheese for a light dinner:


And I’m about to get dressed and head back to the guys house for the hot sauce party. Lots of photos to come in the morning!

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  • Karla
    December 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve heard Brenda’s is delicious! I’ve yet to go though!

    Yay for moms and dads!

  • Kristi
    December 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Those beignets look amazing! I’ll be up there next week and definitely checking out Brenda’s!!

  • Evan Thomas
    December 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Those beignets look awesome!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    December 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    the jackpot, indeed!

    that place looks heavenly 😉 perfect spot to get you food-coma on!!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    December 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I’m not from the south but I loveee soul food. Everything looks delicious!

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    December 20, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    holy moly!! Delish! btw it looks like you are already losing weight! WTF!!! Have fun w/ your momma! Hope she isn’t scared off by your HOT party!

  • Jenna
    December 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    you and Adam ate cute together;) just sayin.
    Brunch looks fab! Hope ya have fun tonight!
    Can’t wait for the recap!!

  • Kara (@Kara's Marathon)
    December 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Looks like a great day so far! 🙂
    Do you have any suggestions to make grits more palatable for Northerners? I’ve tried them once or twice (at not-so-awesome diners) and wasn’t a fan, but I’m sure I’d love them if they were made right!

  • BethT
    December 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Told youuuuuu…..

    I don’t know much, but I know brunch.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    That all looks mouth watering! YUM!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad
    December 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I’m from the South too, and that watermelon sweet tea sounds so refreshing!

  • Lindsay
    December 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I am so happy to hear that your mom is in town, I do NOT know what I would do for christmas if it wasnt for my mom!!

  • Amy
    December 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I am so nosey, but r u and Adam together yet?? It’s happening, right?? He’s cute~

  • Sarah
    December 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I know you don’t like to get in to personal matters on the blog, but wowza that is a cute pic of you and Adam!

  • Sam
    December 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Brunch looks, how can I say this…. incredible? It seems like something that would be on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (Totally a good thing in my book!)

    Glad you enjoyed yourself.

  • Mel
    December 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    That brunch looks amazing! It makes me miss the South.

  • anon
    December 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    i suspected…now i think i know…you and adam are adorable together. you deserve a great guy and he seems like one from what you’ve told us !

  • Babycakes
    December 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    That pic of you and Adam is insanely adorable 🙂

  • VeggieGirl
    December 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Enjoy the HOT SAUCE party!

    Oh and your bracelet = may I borrow it? 😀

  • Erin
    December 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I love that almost all of your meals are called “the best ever.” It makes me so happy living vicariously through your food experiences! 😀

  • Shannon
    December 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Such a cute pic of you and Adam….Are y’all dating? 😉

  • katie
    December 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    okay girl you look SO GOOD for saying that youve gained weight- you are radiating!! i dont see any extra weight there!!

  • Lesley Lifting Life
    December 20, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Haha, hot sauce party … you’re braver than me … I am a hot sauce weeny!!

  • daintyvegan
    December 20, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    The chocolate beignet looks so good.. although I’ve never heard of a beignet before. I’ve led a very sheltered life.. haha.
    Have fun at the hot sauce party!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    December 20, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Oh wow, that brunch couldn’t look any better! Next time I’m out in the Bay Area I WILL be hitting up Brenda’s French Soul Food! Can’t wait for the pics in the AM!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    December 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    AHHH CRYSTAL HOT SAUCE! I am so so so pumped right now. That is straight from my stomping ground, and I just did a post on it. Hope you loved it, cause it’s my FAVORITE.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    December 20, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    You do a great job of keeping yourself busy. I admire your ability to keep on truckin’, even when you’re tired and want to be in bed. Oh, and I agree with Jenna, you and Adam do look adorable together. Is there something you need to share??

  • Michelle@Eatingjourney
    December 20, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    you need to get a job as a food critic and invite your blog readers along (hint hint) then you could travel the world.

  • Deanna
    December 20, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Ok, I’m with the rest of ’em….what’s up with you and Adam?! If you’re not entirely wanting to divulge your whole love life, could you at least please give us a clue? If you’re not dating Adam, can you just tell us so we can stop speculating?! I know it’s really crazy but I think we all are dying to know what’s *really* going on in Jenna-land!!!

  • Alison
    December 20, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    that picture of you and adam is so cute! what a fun non-posed shot. just darling.

  • Ameena
    December 20, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Very cute picture! You guys look great together.

  • Stephanie
    December 20, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    everything looks amazing!

  • CalliNae
    December 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Haha, don’t you just love how people are tryin to guess if you and Adam are dating? Oh gosh. Technology 😉

    I LOVE San fran. I just applied for a summer job there, so cross your fingers. If I get it? That watermelon tea looks a lil bit like heaven.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    December 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    The beignets are amazing looking. I love good, flaky, biscuits. I’m always on the lookout for one that’s flaky and melt-in-your-mouth delicious 🙂

  • Chelsea
    December 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I need to make a trip to the city-that looks delish! You know, it’s so far away and all (20 minutes). YAY for your ‘rents!!!!

  • Mindy
    December 20, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I agree with all the other comments–you and adam look cute together ;D

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    December 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Does that cheese ever look YUMMMMMMMY!!!

  • Laura
    December 20, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Love how happy you look in the candid shot. And, randomly, you have great eyebrows! 🙂

  • candice
    December 20, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Well, now I know what beignets are. 😀 Goat cheese + shrimp sounds SO good! And love for grits and biscuits is a given. I haven’t had southern food since I was in the south, haha.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    A flight of beignets? You just made my Louisiana heart swoon.

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 20, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    U R 2 cute. Can’t wait for the hot sauce recap : )

  • christie, honoring health
    December 21, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Sounds great, can not wait for the hot sauce party recap!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    December 21, 2009 at 4:28 am

    I’m not from the South, but now I kinda wish that I was given that you all seem to know how to eat! Man, that food and tea looks amazing!

    From what I can tell, you don’t have any weight to lose! You look amazing.

  • Naina
    December 21, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Omgod Jenna, you look so stunnin’ in that pic of you and Adam! Seriously u eat the most faboulous food and look like a size 2! jealous!(well actually i’m the same way with less fab food :)) I wish i turned out that good in pics though! Oh, Jenna i wuz wonderin, HOW TALL R U? u look pretty tall n i wuz just wonderin.

    P.S. U AND ADAM NEEED TO B TOGETHA (as everyone already said)

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    December 21, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Those beignets! Wow – looks fabulous. And you look so cute:)
    Have fun with your mama!

  • Jac
    December 21, 2009 at 5:28 am

    i’m so jealous of the biscuits. hard to find them here in malaysia. practically only one place sells it.. and it’s a fast food chain..

  • skinnyrunner
    December 21, 2009 at 5:52 am

    those beignets make me want to go to san fran right now! you always seem to find the best restaurants!

  • lauren (athlEAT)
    December 21, 2009 at 6:18 am

    omg. that food looks incredible. I need to take a trip to san fran just to try that place.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    December 21, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Sounds lovely. I’ll definitely remember that for next time I’m out there. I love me some San Franny!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    December 21, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Love the photos-so cute!!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    December 21, 2009 at 6:58 am

    That chocolate beignet looks fantastic!! Hope you and your mom are having a blast :O)

  • Katie
    December 21, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Hot sauce
    Hot sauce

    OMG this place looks delicious!

    Happy New Week,


  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    December 21, 2009 at 7:26 am

    OH MY GOSH! That chocolate beignet looks SO GOOD!! Yay! So glad your family is coming!

  • Mackenzie
    December 21, 2009 at 7:34 am

    HOLY MOLY~ totally jealous of your majestic looking beignets!
    hahaham is it also a southern thing to be obsessed with hot sauce? I literally put it on everything,that and barbeque sauce 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    December 21, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I love your blog. That chocolate beignet looks amazing. If there were somewhere in my area that sold beignets, I’d be there right now. The watermelon sweet tea sounds great, too. I’ll have to save that idea (we’re covered in about two feet of snow right now!) for summertime.

  • laci
    December 21, 2009 at 7:47 am

    sounds like so much fun!
    merry almost christmas 🙂

  • Katie
    December 21, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Your hot sauce party sounds really fun, what a great idea. My boyfriend just got me a collection of hot sauce for christmas. I couldn’t be happier!

  • amanda
    December 21, 2009 at 8:06 am

    OMG I love cajun food. The hotter the better if you ask me

  • Emily
    December 21, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Brunch looks amazing. I’ve only had beignets once in New Orleans, but they were delish.

    I love your bracelet, Jenna. Is that a map pattern I see? 🙂

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    December 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

    A chocolate beignet! Yum!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind
    December 21, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I definitely feel ya on the parents = best friends thing. My parents are my best friends, too!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    December 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I want to smother my face in that chocolate beignet. Also, even though I am a Chicagoan, I’ve got great love for the grits. My sis lives in N Carolina and makes a mean batch.
    PS Gotta concur with the others – that pic is very cute.

  • Jil
    December 21, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Ahhh, that chocolate beignet looks amaaaaaazing!! I am just so, so so so so sooo jealous!

  • Freya
    December 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    A friend (another reader) and I are going to SF in January and we are already planning this place into the schedule. Looks OUTRAGEOUS! Like, beyond outrageous.

  • Gab*
    December 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Yum!! I love going out for brunch. So nice that your parents are visiting for Christmas 🙂

  • Carolyn
    December 21, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I have some of that hot sauce in my fridge. It’s fantastic!!

    • jenna
      December 22, 2009 at 7:13 am

      Guys, I would really appreciate keeping some parts of my life private for right now. I share a HUGE chunk of my life with you and ask that you respect my wishes in return. Thanks!

  • Sarah
    December 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Lol, then maybe you shouldn’t have posted the lovey-dovey picture. Surely there was another one that would have inspired less commenting.

  • Brooke
    January 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Alright, can you stop looking at him with those love eyes? Like, whatever, stop lying to yourself.. you are in love with him. We all know you fed him bites of those beignets and then licked your fingers. He touched your thigh as you sipped your sweet tea with delight. Everyone is talking about it. And now you can delete this comment and tell Rocky I will makeout with him if and only if he seduces me with free wine and cheese and I can sleep on your floor with D-exter.

    • jenna
      January 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      hahahahahahahahaha brooke, i heart you.

  • Tracie
    June 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    My sweet husband and I were just in San Francisco and because of this post, we ate at Brenda’s. Best. Biscuit. EVER. Funny that while I’d read this post before going, I didn’t really pay attention to what you’d ordered. Yup, I got the goat cheese and shrimp omelet, too. Oh so good! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!