Dinner/ Lunch

Almost a Local

Hey guys!

Wow, I’m blogging at 12:30 a.m. Dedication 🙂

Busy Friday over here! I ran errands this morning before work and snacked on a little yogurt with puffins and jam before heading into work because I knew I wouldn’t get to eat lunch till later—


Held me over quite nicely!! Lunch was cottage cheese (~1/2 cup?) with a half cup of Nature’s Path granola, a mini muffin from work and a pear.




From the total depths of my black hole purse but really good! Don’t even know if I’ve ever tried this bar before but I liked the chew and crunch…and the simple wholesome ingredient list. I’ll have to be on the lookout for more of these…

So, you know you like what you do when you opt to stick around and hang out at work after work. Tonight was the last night of our live music series that we do on Fridays during the summer and I hung out for a little while with a glass of Viognier. The weather was peeerfect. Around 6:30, Julia (one of the girls I work with) and I decided to head over to the general store for a beer and then out to dinner. I haven’t had a beer in FOREVER but after drinking only wine for weeks, it actually tasted incredibly refreshing. Who am I?!


We made some friends at the general store and then the eight of us headed over to Ravenous for a bite to eat. Hardy was there to say hi and so was Eric…lots of fun! We got two bottles of wine for the table, a white and then a red blend…don’t remember names but I had a splash of both and they were good. I actually ordered the BURGER with gruyere, which I never ever do but I’ve heard it was awesome and (ok, let’s be honest) it was the cheapest thing on the menu.

But check it out!


Now THAT’s a burger. And the fries were these huge thick wedges...not really fried at all actually. I ate about 80% of this…it was really good and hit the spot. I probably eat burgers maybe twice a year and when I do, I make sure they are awesome.

And then after dinner we sort of hit every spot in Healdsburg. The guys we were with were locals and we kept running into more people that we knew…small, small town! First we went to the B&B, which is a fine local establishment. 😉 We played Liar’s Dice and danced. Very fun. Then, wandered into Scopa…. and everyone else was going to dance at Barndiva ,but at this point I was sooooo tired and called it a night.

Overall it was a fun night! I’m excited to get into my pajamas and crawl into my cozy bed. Have to work an event at work tomorrow but don’t have to be in until noon so there WILL be yoga in the morning (I thought there would be yoga tonight….oops).


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  • Mama Pea
    October 24, 2009 at 1:15 am

    A beer AND a burger? You are crazy, girl 🙂 What a fun night! I was wondering how your ankle’s doing. Hopefully it didn’t hamper you on the dance floor!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    October 24, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Glad you had a fun night! Have a great time at yoga tomorrow!

  • maria
    October 24, 2009 at 3:27 am

    You look so super cute with your beer. 🙂 A beer probably would be awesome after all that wine. I’d prefer the wine, though!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    October 24, 2009 at 3:44 am

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying your new job. Plus, it sounds like you have made all these good friends already – that helps the transition to a new place for sure.
    I hope the ankle is recovering.

  • christie, honoring health
    October 24, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Glad you had such a fun night!! Sometimes a girl needs a burger and fries 😀

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    October 24, 2009 at 4:07 am

    That looks like the ultimate burger! Yum! What a job you have =)


  • eatmovelove
    October 24, 2009 at 4:08 am

    I hear you on the beer. I’ve been drinking more wine since I moved because most of my ‘new’ friends do…but I bought a 1/2-case over the summer when I was cr-a-ving it and it was sooo refreshing – I almost chugged it!
    Enjoy your morning yoga! Do you usually do your own – follow a video or podcast? Any suggestions?
    I started the Yoga Training this weekend and am still feeling really unsure and ‘down’ , very nervous about it. Not sure if this is right or if I should just be practicing and learning on my own – since I don’t even think I want to teach it…oi.
    I’ll be blogging about it anyways so if anyone can provide advice over the next few days, please do enlighten me 🙁

  • Gillian
    October 24, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Now that IS a burger! Love that you do things right 🙂 And I hear you on the wine, I’m in France and I love the wine but miss my martinis (not a beer fan!)

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 24, 2009 at 4:24 am

    There’s nothing better than beer and a burger! Looks like a great time 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 24, 2009 at 4:41 am

    The burger with gruyere looks amazing!! I have never even heard of such. Sometimes I enjoy a beer, too. They can be refreshing.

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat)
    October 24, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Love the flavor of that Prana bar!
    Your burger looks delish; glad it was a fun night:)

  • Rebecca
    October 24, 2009 at 5:23 am

    I love how you make friends everywhere you go! That burger looks awesome! I agree, if you’re going to have a burger only a couple times a year, it better be good!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    October 24, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Glad you are feeling so at home in your new town!

  • Matt
    October 24, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Sounds like an awesome night! That huge chunk of cheese on that burger is seriously making my mouth water!

  • Diana
    October 24, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Glad you had a good time. And that hamburger looks good 🙂

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    October 24, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Burgers and beer are made for Fridays, glad you had a fun night out!

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    October 24, 2009 at 5:56 am

    if you are going to have a burger, it sure looks like you had an amazing one!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 24, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I’m sorry, is that a BALL of cheese on your burger . . . it looks like heaven!

  • Jenna
    October 24, 2009 at 6:19 am

    glad you had a fun night out and the burger looks fab!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    October 24, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Way to “seize the carpe”! Glad you had a fun night with friends, I’m pretty sure that’s what Friday’s are designed for. As lovely as candlelit yoga after work sounds, I gotta admit, I’ll take a burger, beer, and good company over it any day.

  • Morgan
    October 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

    I tried the same bar yesterday. It was good!
    You really are living the life in CA!

  • Felicia
    October 24, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I wish that I could keep my burger eating to only twice a year! Looks delicious. 🙂

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 24, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Glad you had a fun night!

  • Evan Thomas
    October 24, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Yum! A big burger is the way to go

  • Sandy
    October 24, 2009 at 7:53 am

    It was so fun to meet you last week. Now that I have seen your new hometown I can picture the atmosphere of where you live and work. What a wonderful opportunity and I know you have lots of things going on that are exciting. We loved the area and would really enjoy getting into town for the restaurants and night life but after our full days biking we were pretty wiped out after dinner. I can’t wait to come back and experience all of it again.

  • Tina
    October 24, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Oh that burger looks good! And I love potato “fries” like that. Thick wedges are soo much better than tiny sticks.

  • MMiller
    October 24, 2009 at 8:05 am

    You certainly have transformed to a “local” quite quickly, and nicely too I might add! I’m glad you found some great friends to hang with! I am so glad you are enjoying your life in CA! I think your brother would have loved what you are doing! And he looks down and smiles at you every day!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Courtney
    October 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

    What a wonderful night! It seems like your new adventures are treating you very well. And Gruyere on a burger…YES PLEASE!!

    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Lindsay
    October 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Wow, there is definitely no shortage of fun (and delicious) places in Healdsburg, is there??!

  • BethT
    October 24, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I’ve actually heard of Ravenous – a coworker says that’s here fave place in Healdsburg!

    Have you been to Barndiva at all yet? I’m still waiting for your review of their brunch so I can lick the screen…

  • Alison
    October 24, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I’m loving reading about your new adventures in California!

  • LisaM
    October 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Im from California myself (San Diego area) but all of my extended family live in Marin county/ Sonoma. I LOVE visiting up north! ANYWAY I wanted to tell you about an absolutely amazing frozen yogurt place, Fraiche. Fraiche is in palo alto and they serve organic, house made fro-yo. It is the tart kind (like pinkberry) and they have toppings like dried figs and homemade granola. Only in northern CA right?
    You should check it out if you find yourself coming back from San Francisco or something. Makes a nice break from golden spoon!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    October 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Beer and a burger = perfection 🙂

  • Sam
    October 24, 2009 at 8:58 am


    now, there can be bacon on everything!

  • Carolyn
    October 24, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Sounds like you’re having a blast. I bet you’re going to look back on these times as some of the best! 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 24, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Hanging out with lots of friends makes it a blast!

  • Jil
    October 24, 2009 at 9:34 am

    So not only are you eating incredibly and have an incredible job…and an incredible place to live in…. You also have an incredible social life/circle. Show ’em girl! You CAN have it all!! 🙂

  • skinnyrunner
    October 24, 2009 at 9:34 am

    that burger looks heavenly. so do the wedges. i wish i ate burgers only twice a year. hehe

  • Julie @savvyeats
    October 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Gruyere is my favorite cheese!

    Its funny when you’re a food & fitness blogger. I actually got fries with my veggie burger last weekend instead of a side salad, and my friends were astonished that I went with the less healthy choice for once 😉

  • maggie
    October 24, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Delicious!! Have a great day Jenna!



  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    October 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Hey, are you ever going to reveal what the NYC trip was all about??

  • Gabriela
    October 24, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Woww I’m a vegetarian and that burger still looks delicious! Must be that mountain of cheese…looks soooooo good. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I also limit myself to a couple of organic burgers a year and make them special. I love them with carmelized onions and gorgonzola cheese, and the one pictured looks fantastic, too.

    Re ‘Almost a local.’ It’s a true gift to fit in and make the most of everything–as you do.

  • Jenny @JennyLikesToRun, on a mission to run a marathon for charity!
    October 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Awww I love the sound of your work! It sounds like such a nice job. I love to hear that you’re really enjoying yourself living there 🙂
    Wow, now THAT’S a burger. I’m impressed!
    Have a fantastic weekend!

  • faith in food
    October 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    OMG JENNA YOU HAD SAFEWAY COTTAGE CHEESE!!!! you are definitely a west coaster now. i LOVE cott chz, well when i used to be able to eat it and have tried every brand out there, and lucerne is by far the best (imo), i miss it so much now that im on the east coast. i would eat about 2 of those HUMONGOUS tubs you can get a week :p i’m glad you’re enjoying CA!

  • Emmanuelle
    October 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Oh the cheese, the cheese! And those… fries?!

  • Susan
    October 24, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I’m a sucker for ordering burgers when I’m out at places that are known for them! I can’t cook a good burger at home, so I relish in every bite 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    October 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    HAHAHAHA! I love that you enjoyed a beer! Welcome to the dark side! I am a huge beer girl!!!

  • rebecca
    October 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    oh wow great burger and cute blog