Dessert/ Dinner

Dairy Joy

Thank you all for such kind supportive comments earlier! John let us know he is okay today and that was huge. Without going into details, we know now without a doubt that he is okay, he is happy and is with us all the time. Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself and wonder is this really my life?! It wasn’t supposed to be this way! Such is life. You gotta keep goin’ forward!

So on to tonight! I put on my favorite heels and met Lanie in Anthro before walking over to Restaurant BT together, which is right next door to my apartment.


We orginally were just going to have a cocktail but ended up eating a very yummy dinner! Take a look at this delicious cocktail list!


Can you  guess what I got?!


Nothing else but the Mango Passion Mojito Martini, obvi!!! I ADORE mojitos and this was, without a doubt, one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. It was very sweet from the mango and passion fruit nectars and just delicious. That’s a piece of dried mango to garnish (of course I ate the garnish)!

Today was actually the first of the new menu at BT where you could create your own Vietnamese style tapas plate so we ordered a small plate with a shrimp crepe, spicy prawn roll and tuna wrap to share while we sipped and chatted—





Everything was delicious!

At this point we had finished our drinks (mine tasted just a juice pouch and went down lightening speed) and we each ordered one more. This time I tried what Lanie had gotten, the Wild Orchid Martini

Hot dang! Wheras my first drink was a juice pouch and not strong AT ALL, this was the polar opposite. It had a strong floral taste and you could definitely taste the alcohol. I probably drank a little less than half of this….I have trouble drinking liquor drinks where I can taste the alcohol!

We then decided we needed food. Pronto. Lanie ordered chicken pho and I ordered a rice noodle bowl with pan fried tofu


It was delicious but I probably only finished half of it. I wasn’t starving after the drink and the appetizers but this tasted very good!

We each a couple more sips of our drinks and then I walked across the street home. Talk about convenient! I then proceeded to plunk myself down on the couch and make tea while wrapped in a blanket—



And then when Ryan got home we went out for ice cream at this fine Tampa establishment—


I ADORE places like this! Nothin’ but down home goodness. I got exactly what I was craving—a small vanilla dipped cone 🙂


I devoured it.

This afternoon I was feeling a migraine coming on so I made a BIG green monster to ward away the wiggies.


This bad boy contained 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla hempmilk, 1 spoonful raw almond butter and probably five cups of spinach. It was good but would have been better with a full banana, not just a half.

I’m getting in my jammies and headed to bed. Its been a long, rather exhausting day both physically and emotionally and I need some major zzz’s! See you in the morning1

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  • katie s
    May 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    That sounds incredible, Jenna, and I am so glad you can feel peace now that John has shown his presence. It’s incredible how these things happen. Those shoes are adorable and your food and drinks look AWESOME!! Keep on truckin, Jenna! We are here for you!

  • Emily L.
    May 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    On the upside: your feet and fingers look smokin’

  • Emily L.
    May 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    oh and p.s. i missed the little bear on your saucer my first read through, but WOW is that guy cute!

  • polly
    May 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    hi sweetie.

    yay for the boy lovin’ his greens. and for John at peace and your heart healing, too. yay for yummy eats and old fashioned ice cream cones and jammies. XXOO

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    What a delicious meal at BT!!! I have heard wonderful things about that place. And DAIRY JOY! I used to bike ride there as a little girl and still LOVE it!

    Glad you had such a profound experience today. Sounds like it was emotional yet healing. Such a special gift.

    Love you, J!

  • brandi
    May 22, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    cute heels, and that restaurant looks awesome!

    have a great rest of your night 🙂 dipped cones are my favorite!

  • Matt
    May 22, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    That place looks awesome!

  • emily
    May 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    sounds like a lovely friday evening 🙂

    and yes, love the shoes!

  • Gina
    May 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Yum, that sushi looks amazing! Great post, wonderful pics.

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    May 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Those shoes demand a martini! 🙂
    I’m liking the look of that cone. Yummy.

  • Bec
    May 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    sounds like a fun restaurant, love the heels!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    May 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Oh gosh – that martini list looks soooo amazing! Loving the food choices too 🙂 Good for you for getting out and having a fun night!

  • TorontoGirloutWest
    May 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I’m so glad today has been a good day albeit an emotionally draining one.

    And I’m so glad for the gift of peace you’ve been given! I’ll keep praying for you and your family! God will see you through!!! 🙂

  • Still Life in South America
    May 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    You look so cute wrapped up in a blanket. I have no idea how you fit so much into one day! 😉

    Have a wonderful weekend, chica.

  • Jamie
    May 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Jenna! Just wondering about the ice cream which looks SO good… do you get nonfat frozen yogurt or real ice cream? 🙂

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Super cute heels. 🙂 Where are they from?

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

    • jenna
      May 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm


      Thanks! They are from a beachy sandal shop I used to work at when I was in high school…..


      I don’t even think they know the words “nonfat frozen yogurt” at a place like this. This is definitely old fashioned soft serve ice cream! Real thing, baby! 😉

  • Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    May 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    your night sounds like one of those nights that you need every once in awhile! some drinks, good food, ice cream, and of course a warm blanket to cuddle up in! glad to hear everything is better than it was this morning!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I am glad to hear you are at peace. 🙂

    Funky sexy shoes! 🙂

    Those martinis look incredible! I have to stop looking at them because I really want one now…haha

    HAve a great evening!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    May 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I am glad you are able to feel his presence! I continue to pray for you and your fam.

  • Jenn
    May 22, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    First of all…LOVE the SHOES!! I’m a shoe girl at heart:) And, I’m definitely going to try the green oats/Monster/oatbran (Polly/Jenna-style) very soon!

    And, I had to tell you about my snack I bought yesterday. I finally bought the dates and filled one (ok, a few:) with almond butter…heavenly!!! I had the lady at Fresh Market half the container of dates in case I didn’t like them.. NO WAY! That will have to become a staple for me:) Thanks, Jenna!!

    Have a great holiday,

  • Coco Knudson
    May 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I love those down home ice cream places. I’ve never had a dipped cone before but that looks mighty fine! As for those drinks…vavavoom good lookin!

  • Lindsey (fiteats)
    May 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I LOVE those heels!!!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Sexy shoes, amazing food, fun drinks, and a dipped cone? Sounds like a perfect night to me!

  • Sara
    May 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I have the same Cheers mug!
    Take care of yourself, Jenna.

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Love the heals and those drinks look great!

  • Caroline
    May 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Cutest. Shoes. Ever. Are they BCBG?

  • spicygranola
    May 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Those martini glasses are so cool! I have never seen metal ones before. The food and drink look amazing too. I love mango and passion fruit. Great shoes! I can’t walk in heels, but I wish I could for pairs like those.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    May 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    #1 love the shoes!
    #2 that ice cream cone looks FANTASTIC! yummmmm

  • Christie @ BeadLuvah
    May 23, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Glad you are feeling more at peace with John.

    It looks like you had a great, old fashioned fun night. You deserve it!

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 23, 2009 at 5:22 am

    That restaurant looks great! I love any dish using that rice paper…just something about it…or maybe its because they always fill it with veggies 🙂

  • sammy
    May 23, 2009 at 5:34 am

    A true gift for your family to have had a sign/message/feeling from John. There is nothing more special than feeling the presence and love from loved ones who have passed away.I too had a similar experience and it made me feel the love,harmony and joy from him,that he cared about us so and is happy and peaceful.But it is true words can never capture the essence of this miraculous experience.
    It is a beuatiful gift once can “hold on to” when the seas get rough and turbulent.Your brother is always there for you if you look in the right places.Peace.

  • Abby
    May 23, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Even though I have a collection that consists only of running shoes and a few fun pairs of heels, I love me some diva heels and trying them on always puts me in a good mood. What is it about the power of the pump? One of those mysteries…

    And could there be a more perfectly named place than “Dairy Joy”? I live about a mile from a Dairy Queen, but have yet to introduce myself to the goodness of my medium twist cone with sprinkles this season. I believe I will add that to my “to-do” list for the weekend…

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    May 23, 2009 at 7:27 am

    My in-laws live just around the corner from Dairy Joy! Last summer I brought my own gluten free cone. It was A-MAZING!

  • K
    May 23, 2009 at 7:57 am

    HOT, HOT SHOES! I’m in love!!

    Having just lost a loved one, isn’t it touching when you really do get a sign that they’re okay. Yesterday my aunt shared a dream with me that she had the night before and it left me so shook up but I know that my FM is in a better place. Hang in there Jenna, things will get better in time.

  • Stacy
    May 23, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Oh man! I love dipped ice cream cones! I haven’t had one in years but you just gave me a crazy craving for one!

  • Stacey
    May 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    That martini looks so delicious!

    Ok, I obviously need to hurry up and have a green monster! I always have those ingredients, but never thought to make a smoothie out of them!

    PS. You have now inspired me to get ice cream tonight, thank you!

  • Amy
    May 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    this may sound weird, but I was glad to see that you ate a dipped cone! I have been so amazed and impressed with your food choices day after day- if I could only do half as good!!! You are such an inspiration for healthy eating and I am slowly evolving into living a healthier lifestyle myself. I do, however, have my dipped cone moments and it made me feel better seeing that you do too! It’s not easy for me to eat perfect all of the time- alot of it has to do with developing new tastes for things (healthier things). Anyway- we all can use a dipped cone here and there, and I’m glad you did!

  • Karen M.
    May 24, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Super cute heels jen!
    You might’ve answered this already but where did you get them?