Dessert/ Dinner

A Nice Break

I gave my “guns” (hahaha) a break tonight with a splurge evening :). Ryan found this ancient gift card to Maggianos that was at least two years old so we decided to dust it off tonight and head over there for a classic Italian dinner!

I started the night off with a glass of Chianti (the picture sucked so yall will have to use your imagination). For my dinner, I ordered my absolute FAVORITE: linguine with clams! Remember when I recreated it at home? This was better :). I ordered a half sized portion but it was still definitely big enough to feed two people! Here was my plate:


And when I was done with it:


Ryan ordered the most massive plate of lasagne that I have ever seen. I had a few bites and it was delicious though (and I really don’t care for lasagne that much)


Unfortunately, since my dinner was basically just a huge plate of carbs, I was not very satisfied afterwards. I could have cleaned my plate but had had enough pasta for the night.

So…………..I got an ice cream cone for dessert!


This time I ordered a kiddie cone size instead of a small, which I had last time and was absolutely enormous. A kiddie size was just one scoop and that was large enough. Chocolate almond of course!


Um yeah. It was absolutely amazing and I enjoyed every single lick but still managed to inhale it in about three minutes. I was like a very very happy five year old!

Ryan and I have been watching the opening ceremonies all afternoon and now we are watching the Olympics live. It’ll probably be an early night and we will be at the gym back at it in the morning! This afternoon I had a fage yogurt with 1/4 cup of peak protein granola (half of one of those little packs). It was the perfect combo of carbs and protein.



ps–Is it normal that Dexter likes to drink out ofย  our water glasses more than his own water bowl?


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  • Kristin
    August 10, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Mmm I just ate some chocolate almond soy ice cream! Delicious for sure.
    Is that bag suede? It looks cute!

  • Jordan
    August 10, 2008 at 1:15 am

    That’s so funny, I just posted a blog about Maggiano’s, too. We went last night. I haven’t tried the linguine with clam sauce yet! You should try dessert there. They have this amazing dessert [sorry if you’ve already tried it, heh] called Nonna’s Pound Cake. It’s this perfect homemade pound cake with the sugary crust that pound cakes should always have, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and caramelized bananas, creme brulee style. Yummmmm.

  • jenna
    August 10, 2008 at 1:16 am


    it’s leather. I got it on total sale from anthropologie a couple years ago. I am a total purse fiend and loooove it!

  • polly
    August 10, 2008 at 1:24 am

    If you are watching the Olympics, did you see the bit about Dana Torres? She rocks! That girl is 41 years old and has guns like yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    August 10, 2008 at 1:26 am


    Just watched her! Now that girl is ripped! We keep flipping back to tivo to watch the opening ceremonies and actual games. Gymnastics is coming up though and that’s my favorite!

  • Becca A
    August 10, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Cats definitely like to drink out of anything but their bowl. You have to fight my cat for the bathroom sink and he sits in the tub when the faucet is going and jumps out when the shower is turned on. He also sits in it dry and licks the empty faucet…I think its normal for his breed though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • kasondra
    August 10, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Jenna, I recently started a blog geared towards people struggling with eating disorders, including myself. I was wondering if you would add me to your blogroll. i find your philosophy wonderful and your blog extremely exciting and inspiring. thank you. i am excited to have found your blog and plan to follow it through the future! i hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! ~kasondra

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    August 10, 2008 at 2:15 am

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  • Chef Erin (Pumpkin)
    August 10, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Mmmm. Linguine with clams! My favorite dishes at italian places are gnocchi and mussels (or clams) fra diavlo. You’d like the mussels fra diavlo- its like linguine with clams, except with a spicy tomato sauce. Yum!

  • Andrea
    August 10, 2008 at 2:45 am

    love the pic with dexter… my roommate actually cooks real meals (linguini dinners, etc.) for her puppy so that’s nothing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Cecilia
    August 10, 2008 at 3:09 am

    hrmm, I’ll call dexter a ‘fancy’ cat! ;0) Ooooo I’m so jealous that you get to watch gymnastics on tv … do you know if they put it up on the net?!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 10, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Chocolate almond ice cream?! YUM!!

  • Jill
    August 10, 2008 at 5:30 am

    My cat only drinks out of water glasses if she has the option! Mmmm, I just got mussells from our farmer’s market, have you ever tried cornmeal to flush them out? It works like a charm!

  • Kristie
    August 10, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Wow, that is one MASSIVE mound of lasagna. It sure looks tasty though!
    And I can’t believe your pasta was only the half portion. Restaurants just serve up way too darn much food!

    That ice cream cone looks deeelish and has me hankering for some cold, ice creamy sweetness right about now.

  • erica
    August 10, 2008 at 5:32 am

    I now have a major craving for some soft serve!

  • C
    August 10, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Both of my cats like to drink out of people glasses. Once they discover it, I think they prefer it to the water bowl.

  • michelle
    August 10, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Hi, i notice you eat Fage yogurt! Do you like it and do you recommend to eat the plain and do add ins? I have the honey flavor in my fridge, anxious to taste it!!

    Great photos of your dinner!

  • Meghan
    August 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    My cat prefers to sip her water out of the bowl that my dogs get their water from, and yet she pretends to hate them…

  • jenna
    August 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm


    I gave a run-down on what I think about Fage on my last post’s comments. See there for more details! But yes…I recommend in eating it plain! ๐Ÿ™‚ The honey flavor though is great to wean yourself into it! That’s how I started as well.


    Sounds great! Unfortunately, I don’t currently have a blogroll though. I’ll still keep a look out for you!

  • TC
    August 10, 2008 at 12:48 pm


    I think it’s pretty normal for cats to want to drink water anywhere except their own waterbowl. I also have a cat for the first time, and she actually meows by the bathroom door to be let in to drink from the faucet. Cats are so odd, especially when you’re used to dogs!


  • Sonja
    August 10, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    My cat at home used to wait on the sink for us to turn the water on for her to drink! Yes, she is a bit spoiled… We eventually had to stop that though, too much hassle just for a drink! My ferret also looooves to drink out of glasses. She’ll tip them over trying to get into them! Aggravating when that happens, but so cute.

  • Lauren
    August 10, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Our car does the SAME

  • michelle
    August 11, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Thanks for the info on Fage…do you ever eat chobani (sp) yogurt! I like that a lot. I also usually go for the honey or maple or some sort of sweeter flavor but i am going to try the plain as well!!!

  • Mindy
    August 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Unless I’m done drinking out of my water glass, I’m not allowed to leave it laying around my sister’s apartment. Not only will her cat Nikita drink from it (by sticking her whole head into the glass), she’ll stick her paw in the water and then flick the water off. It can get messy, but cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tammy
    August 11, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Ohmygosh, our cat does the same thing. We can’t leave our glasses sitting out if we plan to drink out of them again because you never know when she’s going to help herself. They are too funny.