Behind The Butter

dinner last night

Last night Adam and I celebrated our first anniversary! Naturally, we celebrated by stuffing ourselves with delicious food then passing out on the couch and watching two episodes of Grey’s. It was a perfect night, despite the downpour of freezing rain and the fact that Netflix was down so we had to figure out how to stream episodes from itunes.

For dinner, we went to Pazzo because it was the restaurant we had our first dinner together back in September of 09 when we were just friends and I had just taken the leap and moved from Florida to California. Adam was just a gentleman, helping me move and letting me stay on his futon when we hardly even knew each other.

For dinner, we shared a bowl of Pazzo’s famous lobster tomato bisque, which alone was worth the long drive in the pouring rain.

I had linguine with prawns, which was exactly what I was craving. It was tossed with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and feta cheese.

After we finished eating, I immediately ordered a slice of tiramisu. Adam told the server we were stuffed and needed a to-go box to carry the dessert home, but there was none of that. None of that at all.


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  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    March 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I have been craving nothing but seafood and this blog post isn’t helping! Glad you had a great anniversary dinner though 🙂

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    March 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Happy anniversary 🙂 I love looking back on that first year by literally revisiting our old haunts. And of course, tiramisu never makes it home! 😉

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    March 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations on celebrating your 1st anniversary! Your dinner looks so good…I am a sucker for Tiramisu… it is definitely my FAV dessert 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    March 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    What a lovely dinner! Happy Anniversary!

  • Hannah (Hannah LIves)
    March 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    That looks like a delicious meal, and the perfect way to spend an anniversary! Congrats to you and Adam!! I feel like we have been on the journey with you, I remember the move, and the extended slumber party very well! Happy Anniversary!

  • The Teenage Taste
    March 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Happy anniversery! Glad you and Adam had a great night. The food looks amazing – especially that tiramisu…YUM!

  • jen @ taste life
    March 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Wow, it’s only been a year that you’ve been together? It seems like longer, maybe because you’ve had so many adventures together 🙂 Congrats!

  • Evan Thomas
    March 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Happy anniversary, you two! Time really flies.

  • Lizzie
    March 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I *heart* anniversaries . .. . and anniversary dinners! Congratulations … on your choice of meal . . . oh, and also on celebrating your first year 🙂

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    March 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Happy Anniversary! and the meal looks delicious!

  • Jenelle Hamilton
    March 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    That soup looks delicious! Some of that would go down a treat right now, in cold, rainy NYC.

    • Baking 'n' Books
      March 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Rain? I thought you guys had snow…could be worse? 😉 I know, not really….

      I have never tried Tiramasu. Recipe on your blog?!!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence
    March 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    happy anniversary!

  • Kelly
    March 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Happy 1 year anniversary to you and Adam! 🙂

  • Angharad
    March 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Love it! Happy first anniversary – and here’s to many more to come! p.s. that’s how Dan and I spend every special occasion (which I know isn’t exactly rare, but still): fancy-ish dinner, too much food and wine, pass out on couch with netflix. Love.

  • Sana
    March 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    So perfect! Congratsss!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    March 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary to both of you!!! 🙂

    Wow, that pasta looks AMAZING, and sounds like such a perfect evening!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Congrats again on your 1 year! That’s exciting. Next thing we know, you’ll be posting engagement announcements 🙂

    The food looks splendid, I love La Crema, and I love tiramissu. A Perfect night 🙂

  • Heather @ Heather's Dish
    March 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I’m dying – your dinner looks so good! I love hearing yalls story too 🙂

  • Jenny
    March 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    This is cute! Sweet story:)

  • jenna k
    March 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    thanks for sharing this, jenna! and congratulations on one year together!
    i feel your pain about netflix being down. i was taking a break from writing a paper when i discovered it, and then i just kept wondering if it was back the whole time i should’ve been writing 🙂

  • Lisa
    March 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I LOVE lobster bisque!!!! Oh my god so jealous!

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    March 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I was so confused when you started dating Adam – FUTON adam! so mysterious for so long!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    March 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Beautiful! I’ve never ordered seafood out at a restaurant. I’ve always been a bit wary of it, but I think I just have to go for it now. Or maybe make a visit to California to try it 😉

  • Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude
    March 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Congrats! As the saying goes: time REALLY flies when you’re having fun! 🙂

  • Lisa
    March 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Happy Birthday guys! And what a lovely way to celebrate 🙂

    • Lisa
      March 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      “Relationship” Birthday (aka Anniversary) that is 🙂

  • Amber
    March 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I met you that day of the post you linked too! How fun!!
    Amber’s Notebook

  • melissa roby
    March 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    So happy for you both! It’s good to be happy! Tomorrow, my husband and I will celebrate our 11th yr. anniversary!

  • Katelin
    March 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Congrats you two! 🙂

  • Kristin Murdock
    March 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Love the La Crema Pinot Noir. Have you tried the Cardwell Hill? If you like the La Crema I am sure you will love Cardwell Hill, too. Congrats on the 1 year, Jenna!

  • Chase
    March 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    What a gentleman he is! May you guys have many more happy years together!

  • Shaina
    March 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Yay! Happy anniversary! That shrimp looks marvelous … and lobster tomato bisque?!?! Yes please. Mmmmm.

  • Amelia
    March 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    I often wonder if we were related in another life? You and Adam sound very similar to Kevin & I…Grey’s Anatomy, passing out on the couch, and of course tiramisu. 🙂

  • Ruth
    March 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Happy anniversary! Tiramisu is my all time favourite dessert, an that looks like a good one!

  • Jess (Sweet Potato)
    March 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Nancy~the wife of a dairyman
    March 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Glad to hear Pazzo is still serving up good food, it’s been over a year since I’ve been there…..and I don’t have nearly the drive you do…..but I do have two kids and that’s probably the reason:)

  • staceyhealthylife
    March 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    How cute, dinner looks amazing. Happy anniversary, it’s so nice to see someone so happy.

  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life
    March 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Seems like ya’ll had an awesome night!

  • Urban Wife
    March 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary and best wishes for many more in the future! That dinner (especially the lobster bisque) looks amazing! Maybe you will be sharing a recipe for lobster bisque somewhere in the near future? 😉

  • French Heart
    March 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Gorgeous photos, looks delicious….but most of all so sweet and romantic….and all came about because of many leaps of fate. Was thinking about that because blogged about Elizabeth Taylor today, looked at her photos when young and impossibly beautiful. All the heartaches she endured….and the courage it took to be the heroine in her own life.
    You do that, too. Be proud.

  • Stephanie Clement
    March 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm


    Okay, so I’m going to be totally honest with you: I don’t read your blog *as much* anymore. I’m really into the newest exercise crazes and healthy food fads (only because I totally do the laden-butter-baking and subsequent eating, on my own!). But I always enjoy real-life posts like this!! Just wanted to let you know that 1) my fiancee totally reminds me of (the little I know of) Adam! Anywhooooo for “streaming” [the not so legal kind] check out….juuuust sayin’. Adam will probably die…I personally love that my Matty can download any girl movie in less than an hour or so! Check it out…you’ll likey-likey!

  • Michelle
    March 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I made shrimp scampi and pasta the other night too — we ate al fresco. My scampi photo just wouldnt come out how I wanted though… it’s a hard dish to photograph. Well done.

  • Ida
    March 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Happy anniversary! Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate

  • M
    March 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Blessings to a very sweet and well suited couple (from the little bit we think we know about you, anyways!!)

    I have faith that you two will last much longer than one and two year anniveraries….
    (I see some beautiful bambinos in your future-but hey, that;s just me! 😉

    Whatever the journey and path your relationship travels, many of us wish both you and Adam a happy and healthy life .

    I am a romantic at heart and am still looking for my “Adam”!

    Thanks for sharing a wee glimpse into your personal life.

  • Rosey Rebecca
    March 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Only you could make food sound romantic. 🙂

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    March 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Sounds like a perfect evening 🙂

  • Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine
    March 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Looks like you guys had an AMAZING time! 🙂 awww Love is in the air! And I agree the tiramisu is too good to leave for later. :D. I wish you guys many more years together.

  • Cyndie
    March 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Well, THAT explains why my fiance and I could NOT get Weeds to work on Netflix last night. (BTW, watch Weeds after you finish Grey’s. It’s addicting.)

    It was our one year anniversary last weekend! Happy anniversary, you guys!

  • Laura
    March 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    oh jenna, love these pictures.

    happy one year to you both.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Haha…love it! I don’t think I could’ve put off eating that Tiramisu either. It looks to die for! Happy Anniversary!

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    March 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Sounds like a great way to celebrate to me! 🙂 Great pics and the tiramisu looks divine!

  • Pam
    March 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Happy anniversary! I am new to your site and I love it! Thank you for sharing your love of family, friends & food.

  • Kiran @
    March 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary! The foods looks delish 🙂

  • notyet100
    March 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    ummm even i luv seafood…

  • Keri
    March 24, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Congratulations on your first anniversary…
    btw~ I just downloaded The Paris Wife on my book reader. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    March 24, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Ha! Love the dessert ending 🙂 Looks fabulous. The view included!! Love your guys’ story <3

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    March 24, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Happy anniversary! Your dinner looks DIVINE – so yummy. I love tiramisu.

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    March 24, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Happy anniversary! Your dinner looks amazing!!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    March 24, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Happy anniversary Jenna! The very best way to celebrate :).

  • Monique Gagnon
    March 24, 2011 at 6:50 am

    a. i LOVE La Crema and b. I read the post that you linked in this post and it’s so funny to see how much your blog style and voice has changed… as much as i’ve loved your blog from the beginning, I love it even more with your new voice/style… you’re almost a bit fiesty at times and it’s just great!! not to mention the receipes are to die for:)

  • Kelli H
    March 24, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Happy anniversary! It sounds like a great date to me!

  • Susan
    March 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    I’ve heard that bisque is supposed to be amazing! Pazzo was on our list for restaurant week, but we never made it down there.

  • Katie @ peacebeme
    March 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Great you guys have found each other.
    I love anything with the word “linguine” in the name!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    March 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Happy Anniversary! mmm your pasta looks delicious – my favourite!
    Heidi xo

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