Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch/ Seafood

Busy and Fun


I have had such a jam packed day but, boy, was it ever FUN! Like I said earlier, I met up with Gina and her friend, Megan, at Whole Foods and we enjoyed an amazing lunch and some fun shopping as well!


I knew we would be eating a later lunch (around 1:30), so before I left the house this morning I snacked on a yummy yogurt:


And then I pigged out to my heart’s delight at the Whole Foods salad bar! I know we have a Whole Foods in Tampa, but its just not the same. The one in O-town is seriously state of the art. No wonder I was broke all the time when I lived only three miles from it! I picked all my favorites—quinoa salad, yuca, 3 fried plantains, black bean salad, spinach and gorganzola salad, cumin lime tempeh, whole grain tabbouli and a glob of hummus:


Of course my eyes were bigger than my tummy, which they usually are at mega salad bars such as this, and I couldn’t finish everything. I probably ate about 3/4 of it and then felt stuffed. With my lunch, I drank a yummy grape kombucha!

I brought the girls some homemade vegan spelt chocolate chip oatmeal cookies that I baked this morning out of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. Hopefully they enjoyed them! =)


And we wandered around the aisles for a little while, buying “necessities” before they hit the mall and I hit the road. I actually didn’t go crazy…getting only a couple things that Greenwise doesn’t carry.



Well Greenwise does carry cashews but those just looked good so it was an impulse buy! And yall know I can’t live without the infamous crunchy almond butter…!

I ran some errands in Tampa, including the bookstore, since I had a 40% coupon that expired today. I finally broke down and bought the new Wally Lamb book…...I’ve been on the waiting list at the library for months now for it and still no word. I couldn’t wait any longer!!


And then my mom made an awesome dinner! She made my favorite mountain bbq shrimp with a spicy dipping sauce (out of the Greenbrier Cookbook), RED rice with almonds and apples, roasted brussels and toasted homemade kalamata olive bread:


(I also had a nice glass of red wine!)

The red rice was amazing. The recipe was out of this cookbook:


Ahhhh Miravel. Take me back. My mom and I went for my high school graduation/18th birthday and it was the best weekend of my life. We still talk about it all the time and how amazing it was…..the food, the spa treatments………………..sigh.

After dinner I watched The Changeling with my parents because they never saw it in the theaters and it was on demand. I had half of this blondie that I couldn’t resist from Whole Foods today



Sadly, it was just meh. I had super high hopes for it and was SO excited to eat it but it wasn’t chewy like I expected and had sort of that grainy sugar taste to it. I’m not gonna lie; I totally washed it down with one of my mom’s twizzlers that she was snacking on during the movie. It somehow escaped the camera though!!  My dad ate the other half of the blondie….I think I need one of Miss VeggieGirl’s blondies to put it to shame! 😉

I have to say, it is WAY past this girl’s bedtime. I don’t even know the last time I stayed up til 10…how sad is that?!! I feel like I should be more tired right now, seeing as I have been up since 4:45, went running and drove across the state and back, but surprisingly I’m doing okay. I think I’m just getting used to less sleep. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing! Tomorrow is church with Sarah at 8:30, YOGA, and the baking of tons of super charge me cookies for a special project! 😉 See you in the a.m.!

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 21, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I have that cookbook too! I love it!! I need to whip it out though and make something from it. It has been hiding in the cupboard for too long!

    Glad you had fun in O-town!! And yay for that Grape Kombucha =) Love that flavor.

    Have a great Sunday tomorrow!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Love the Gina-Jenna meet up!! 😀

    Haha!! Well you’ll be trying a VeggieGirl blondie quite soon, no worries 😉

  • Katharine
    February 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Jenna!
    I have been reading your blog for a while, but have been sort of a “silent reader”. I really enjoy it–it’s so nice to see someone who eats what they want, when they want it. I just got back from studying abroad in Florence, Italy (SUCH amazing food) so I can totally relate to your “food philosophy” and how living in France really transformed your eating style. Anyway, on to the main reason I am commenting…where did you get that grey cardigan sweater?!? It is ADORABLE!! Anyway, have a great rest of your night and thanks again for a great blog! Take care 🙂

    • jenna
      February 22, 2009 at 6:40 am


      Thank you! I got that sweater from Anthropologie last July. I love it and it goes with everything!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    How fun!!! I went majorly overboard at the Whole Foods hot bar yesterday!!!

  • Meg
    February 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    What a fun day! Your vegan cookies look so good!

  • Shelby
    February 21, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Fun meet-up!

    Amazing haul from WF. Yummy.

  • Amelia
    February 21, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I bought that almond butter today too!
    Your salad looks delish. Glad the meet up was fun!

  • HangryPants
    February 21, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I see those Do Goods blondies and brownies all the time at WF because they are right on the salad bars! I always look, but never touch and now I’m kind of glad. Mystery solved.

  • Tyler (Raspberry Runner)
    February 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    your whole foods salad box looks so good!! sorry the blondie didn’t live up to your expectations…i bet your vegan cookies were way better 🙂

  • Sharon
    February 21, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Oh my gosh, awesome! And whoa, cookies look great!

  • Michelle
    February 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Ahh that rice looks fantastic!!

  • Natalie
    February 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Yay for another blogger met up! So cool to see you guys together. 🙂

    Awesome whole foods finds!

  • Alisa - One Frugal Foodie
    February 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    A blogger meet-up, how fun!

  • Anita
    February 21, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I really want to read that book… let me know how it is! 🙂

  • Ryan
    February 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Aw! Looks like you had fun! I was at that Whole Foods two weeks ago before Meghann’s birthday dinner 🙂 I love it!

  • Emily
    February 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Sounds like you had a super fun day! I need a visit to WF asap!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Not the Whole Foods hot bar didn’t look good, but your Mom’s meal looked a million times better! You can tell her I said that 😉

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    February 22, 2009 at 1:17 am

    what a great day! wf is so exciting when it’s a once-in-a-while treat. those salads are delicious, but they might as well be made of gold with the amount wf charges …

    you’re going to love that book. and once again, mom comes through with an amazing meal!

  • foodsthatfit
    February 22, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I love the Whole Foods salad bar, but it is so expensive! I really want to try that meusli that you found there! I have seen it on your page before and it looks so good!

  • Anne P
    February 22, 2009 at 2:49 am

    okay seriously… can i adopt your mom so she can cook for me!??!?! so jealous of all these amazing meals!! 🙂

    mmmm super charge me cookies… i have ALWAYS wanted to try those! they always look so good when you post pictures of them.

  • Sammie
    February 22, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Looks like a nice afternoon. Your mom’s meals always look so yummy.

  • Becca A
    February 22, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I love love love that flavor of Oikos!

  • Katharine
    February 22, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I had a feeling it was an Anthropologie find 🙂 Thanks, Jenna!