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Back in the Burg

Good evening!

We are back to Healdsburg safe and sound. I already miss the coast!


Sigh. Must go back soon!!
This morning, made the usual oatmeal for my dad and I:

Used 1/2 cup oats, 1 c water, 2 egg whites, 1 banana, 1 T almond butter and….a little brown sugar!
I did one last 60 minute yoga podcast facing the ocean…..Dave got me good this time! I’m telling you, the podcast from May 24th, 09 is the HARDEST one their is. Do it at your own risk of not being able to move later. Don’t say I didn’t warn you……
And then my dad and I ventured into the town of Gualala to grab some sandwiches to go. Gualala is quite the little surf town!

The weather was SPECTACULAR today!

Doesn’t he look like a movie star?! 😉
Naturally, I hopped a fence to get a better shot.

And, for lunch, had the same sandwich I had yesterday (mega veggie!) on a whole wheat baguette. It was HUGE….and delicious.
After a 2 hour road trip back inland, my parents checked into their hotel and I grabbed an all natural frozen yogurt for a snack. This is eggnog (flavor of the week) with organic gingersnaps!

And then, in the words of Christie and Alissa, we “let the wine tasting commence!”


I was stoked to have both my parents finally at Murphy-Goode.….where it all began!!!!


Next up: La Crema!

And tomorrow I’m going to take them to the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center…my favorite! 🙂
For dinner, we hit up one of my very favorite establishments again—-Scopa! You know you really love a place when, upon walking in the door, the servers know you by name. Yep, that’s Healdsburg for you.
We shared everything and first ordered the grilled calamari:

Roasted brussels with bacon and Parmesan:

Lamb’s tongue!!! (don’t knock it till you try it….it’s quite delightful actually)

My very favorite dish of the evening—polenta with braised pork shoulder, cabbage and sausage….the ultimate comfort food and probably the best polenta I’ve ever had!

And last but not least—carbonara!
Whew! It was quite the Italian feast but I stuck with water with my meal instead of vino for a change. I also might have eaten two mini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from the lobby of my parent’s hotel afterward. 😉
My house is a mess! Must go clean now.

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 27, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    He really does look like a movie star! 🙂

  • James
    December 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Jenna, You are so hot!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    December 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    The beach pictures are beautiful! What a great place to have an DSLR camera!

  • Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar
    December 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I think you’re the only other person in blogland who loves wine as much as I do =]

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    December 27, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Lamb’s tongue?! You are waaay more gutsy than I am and have a much stronger stomach 😉 Although, the carbonara looks wonderful! I find it very hard to make at home – can never seem to get it to taste as good as it does in restaurants 🙁

  • BethT
    December 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Your dad DOES look like a movie star! And I’m not afraid of the lamb’s tongue so much as the pink stuff on top…what is that?!

  • Amy
    December 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I thought “man, he looks like a movie star” when I saw the picture, and THEN I saw your caption. Too funny. Maybe he should hop down to LA for an audition or two while he’s out there! 🙂

  • missmolly
    December 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I miss the coast too

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    December 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Sigh. I miss the coast through your blog 🙂 Dinner looks delightful…thanks for sharing! Hope you have a successful cleaning of the house tonight!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    December 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Oh wow! I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so excited about veggie sandwiches and brussels sprouts. You know the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas”? Well, everything looks BETTER in California 🙂

    Lovely photos and food!

  • amber
    December 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    wow great pictures and wow amazing food!!!! Have a blast with the rents!

  • Jil
    December 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Ohh, wonderful photos!! The food looks amazing! And the eggnog froyo + organic ginersnap combo = genius.

  • Kristi
    December 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Wow! What an amazing meal and your dad does look just like a movie star! Thank you so much for your bog, Jenna! You have been such a great inspiration for me this year.

  • Whitney
    December 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Those Brussels look amazing! Yum!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    December 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Gaaaaaaahhhhh, so many things about this post that I love:

    1) Coastal prettiness
    2) Your dad totally looks like a movie star! One that’s a serious actor, I might add!
    3) That lunch and yogurt!
    4) Everything you ate at Scopa (Even the lamb’s tongue. The thought of it makes me wince, but I bet the tongue is super meaty and tender.)

  • ellen eats beets
    December 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Such beautiful photos! Makes me miss the coast soooo much

  • Karla
    December 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    You have the most delicious meals! I’m so jealous!

    Egg nog yogurt with gingersnaps sounds delicious!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    GREAT photos! Yes, in fact, your Dad does look like a film star. Am swiping your dinner photos for FB post with link/credit to your site!! Love that Calamari!! The brussel sprouts amazing, too.
    BTW–I went to UCLA so was 🙁 that the Bruins aren’t going to the Rose Bowl. I’ve gone to many Rose Parades and Rose Bowl Games…the Parade is amazing….fun to walk around where the last minute decorations are going on the night before. Anyway, here’s the carmelized onion-blue cheese burgers I’m fixing for the game. Champagne and Eggs Benedict for breaky with the Parade.

    Thanks again for the photos!! Was like a mini-trip.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 27, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    P.S. Went back for a second peek of ‘Dad’. Whoa! 🙂

  • CJ
    December 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Your dad totally looks like a movie star!


  • La
    December 27, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    every single one of your posts makes me drool. that pasta looks so divine.

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 28, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Your scenic pictures are incredible! It just makes me want a Rebel more & more. I stopped at The Goat today on my way home. I had to, just because it’s your fav. You can check out my mini review on my blog :o)

    – Hillary

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 28, 2009 at 12:24 am

    P.S. That is the best-looking sandwich I have ever seen!!!

  • christie, honoring health
    December 28, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Glad you arrived home safely!

    Thanks for the warning about the Dave Farmar, I will keep that in mind 🙂

  • kristin
    December 28, 2009 at 3:48 am

    hooray! i’m SO excited i landed at your blog a couple of weeks ago via carrots ‘n cake- love it! my husband & i made our first trip to CA last christmas with our destination being healdsburg, and we totally fell in love with everything there. we started out driving up the coastal highway from SF (stopping at stinson beach and jenner/goat rock), then cut across the russian river road. we spent a whole day in the armstrong woods – bliss – and just hung out in healdsburg (cafe gratitude, vin, ravenous). our fav vineyard was preston vineyards by far. thanks so much for posting such great pics and stories of healdsburg – it’s like getting to relive our favorite vacation all over again. =)

  • Madelin @ What is for Breakfast?
    December 28, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Jenna, I’m just loving your pictures at the moment and your dinner looks so yummy. Don’t know if I could do the lamb’s tongue though ;).

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    December 28, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Oh my gosh the food looks soooo good!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    December 28, 2009 at 4:51 am

    That picture of your dad really does look straight out of a movie. Beautiful pictures. Hope you get to go back soon!
    That’s awesome that the servers know you by name at Scopa.

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    December 28, 2009 at 4:51 am

    No wonder you are such a nice girl! your parents look so nice/hip! That’s why!

  • amanda
    December 28, 2009 at 5:12 am

    I love trying new foods! I will have to put lamb’s tongue on my list. Also I finally got almond butter!!! I love it!

  • candice
    December 28, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Your dad really does look like a movie star, leather jacket and all! Never had lamb’s tongue, though I’ve seen duck’s tongue before. 😕 Eggnog fro-yo and roasted bacon-parmesan brussels sounds amazing!

  • Jenna
    December 28, 2009 at 5:25 am

    The coast is gorgeous!
    And yes your daddies look like a movie star!
    Your Sammie and yog look delish!
    But dinner looks even better- glad you got to try all those unique foods!!

  • theemptynutjar
    December 28, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Your dad DOES look like a movie star Jenna. How beautiful everything is. I wish I had your physical abilities/opportunities, you are blessed!

  • Stephanie
    December 28, 2009 at 6:35 am

    your dad is totally a movie star! great pix too

  • eatmovelove
    December 28, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Before I even read your comment, I thought “Wow – movie star for sure!!” – hello Robert Redford!! 🙂
    Great food spread!
    I should check out these Podcasts, but I don’t know about 90 mins of yoga yikes…
    Jenna, is writing something you’ve always wanted/intended to do – or did you expect to go more along the lines of the cooking, etc.???

    • jenna
      December 28, 2009 at 7:40 am


      yep, I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was very, very young. 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 28, 2009 at 7:08 am

    We drink La Crema chardonnay every night!

    Great pictures! Glad you made it home safely.

  • Courtney
    December 28, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I have been mainly lurking lately, but came out to say that those pics are amazing…just beautiful…I could taste the salty air!
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Jenny
    December 28, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I truly enjoy reading about all of the beauty you’re experiencing in California! It must be really wonderful to finally share it with your parents too 🙂

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    December 28, 2009 at 7:29 am

    You’re so lucky to have parents who love all of the same things you do! And your dad totally looks like a movie star with the jacket and distinguished gray hair. 😉

  • Diana
    December 28, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Looks like a fun day. Your dad DOES look like a movie star in that photo…nice work! 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    December 28, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Okay, you HAVE to get the picture of your dad framed! It’s a classic!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    December 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Your Dad DOES look like a movie star! haha

    That pasta looks like something I need to be eating right now.

  • mary ann
    December 28, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I conquer with the lambs tongue! I also bet Kevin would ROCK a version of that polenta pork shoulder dish, no>? I love living vicariously through your gorgeous eats, sights and adventures. I hope Im the FIRST to buy your book!
    PS what did you sip at SOPA? Did you find a nice red that paired well with the diversity of your courses or did you change it up. Definitely NOT a wine snob here, I just started working in a wine shop and love to hear about surprising, well balanced vinos.

    • jenna
      December 28, 2009 at 9:44 am

      mary ann,

      I sipped on water 🙂

  • mary ann
    December 28, 2009 at 8:43 am

    i think i spelled conquer wrong… concur? essentially, i agree, hehe

  • Emily
    December 28, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Looks like you’re having such a great time with your parents, Jenna! I’m definitely going to download that Dave Farmar podcast, too. He loves those chatarangas.

  • blueberrybabe
    December 28, 2009 at 9:35 am

    JENNA! where can i get the Dave podcast from 5/24/09? i can’t find it anywhere online. And it is not in my itunes podcasts either 🙁 do you have a site with a bunch more free ones?! thanks.

    • jenna
      December 28, 2009 at 9:44 am


      its available on itunes!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    December 28, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Looks like you have had an awesome Christmas Jenna! Absolutely gorgeous scenery and delicious food enjoyed with family – what could be better?? Enjoyed the re-cap :O)

  • Sarah
    December 28, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Your Coast pictures are incredible – totally makes me miss the beach!

  • Allison K
    December 28, 2009 at 10:15 am

    It looks like you had an incredible time with your family, great photos!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    December 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I love how adventurous an eater you are, Jenna – you are a true foodie! I feel the same and am always up to try something new… you never know if you like something unless you try it!

  • Carolyn
    December 28, 2009 at 10:41 am

    What a good looking family you have! 🙂

  • blueberrybabe
    December 28, 2009 at 11:00 am

    jenna- i still can’t find it on itunes :(. at any given time i have 12 free podcasts available to me. as new ones are added the older ones dissapear… is this the same for you? what about other people?


  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    December 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Love your pictures! And that sandwich looks delish 🙂

  • Lauren
    December 28, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Wow-everything looks incredible. I’ve eaten a lot of weird things, but never lambs tongue. The scenery is gorgeous!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    December 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Your pictures look SOO amazing! I want to be at the coast too!!

  • Maria (realfitmama)
    December 28, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Those ocean pictures are amazing and the veggie sandwiches you keep finding are KILLING me!!! I can only get veggie sandwiches like that when I make them myself. Keep up the awesome work. I’m following in some writers foot steps myself (also my dream since I was a little girl!)

  • Jessica
    December 28, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I love the picture of your dad. He looks more like a model, for a Nautica ad or something. Haha.
    All your other pictures are awesome too! That sandwich…I WANT! Hope you had fun!

  • eatmovelove
    December 28, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I love that Jenna…did you ever think it was never going to happen? The writing? Was is hard for you to break into? Did you have a definite idea of what you wanted to write???

    I have so many ideas but never get anywhere because I don’t know what to follow…and I have to work full-time and have no choice with little time…(I don’t mean to have excuses! really, it’s just how it is though…)

  • rori
    December 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I’m with the other person who commented above. What is the pink stuff on top of the lamb’s tongue….that’s not the lamb tongue is it?!? My mind is imagining all sorts of delicious horrifying stuff….cuz that’s what I do….

    • jenna
      December 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm


      Those were pickled red onions…yummmmy!

  • brooke
    December 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    How do you incorporate the gg whites in your oatmeal?

    • jenna
      December 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm


      I just add the egg whites when I add the water on the stove. Works like a charm!

  • bridget
    December 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    i can’t find the podcast from 5/24/09 either and I subscribe. hmmm. Love Dave Farmar.

  • Kelsey
    December 28, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Jenna! Just an oatmeal question – when you use egg whites, how do you cook your oatmeal? Thanks!

  • Ellen
    December 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I recently tried putting vanilla soy milk in my oatmeal instead of water, and it seemed to really enhance the flavor. Do you prefer water or milk in yours? Also, do you use Blue Diamond almond butter on your oatmeal? I use MaraNatha but it won’t drizzle on oatmeal the way yours does!

  • rori
    December 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    OHHHHHH! Thanks…..I feel so much better.

  • Rocky Slaughter
    December 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Okay, I might have to cave and actually go to Scopa sometime.

  • Erica
    December 29, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    The 90 min download sounds great but I can’t find any Dave in May of 09. Hmm. Am I looking in the wrong place? Please help.