Dessert/ Dinner

El Nino

What a DAY! This El Nino was crazy and I literally ran around all day long. All good things though and I came home to a few really fun packages at my doorstep so its all good 🙂

Sipped on a soy awake tea latte for fuel—


Blueberry z-bar at the honda dealership (thank goodness for wifi!):


When I finally got home this evening I made a delicious meal. Pan fried some tempeh in a little coconut oil and topped it with leftover thai peanut sauce from last night, plus spinach and roasted kabocha squash:


Totally normal to wash your dishes in the bathtub….


But then I met Hardy for dessert at Cafe Gratitude! I had a cup of their raw mint chocolate chip ice cream and it was divine!


The ice cream was made with almond milk, almond butter, soaked cashews, agave, mint extract and raw chocolate chips. So good!


I’ve gotta catch up on a few emails and then I’m out. Tomorrow will probably be a late night (we are seeing Dumpstaphunk again!) so I need to catch my zzz’s while I can. 😉


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  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    January 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    That “ice cream” looks and sounds delicious! I am so intrigued by raw foods and must find some restaurants in Seattle. This year has definitely been crazy – all sorts of storms up and down the west coast!

  • Marissa
    January 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Oh boy! That raw ice cream sounds sooooooo goood!!!!!

  • Stef
    January 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    the weather in the bay area was ridiculous!! glad you had some yummy/fun things going on today though!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    January 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    That ice cream looks divine. That’s really funny you had to wash your dishes in the bathtub.

    Your tempeh looks yummy.

  • Run Sarah
    January 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    That ice cream looks delish!!

  • Sana
    January 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I hope your drains get fixed! Otherwise you may need a new bathtub!

  • Jamie
    January 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Is that really mint chocolate chip? Looks like coffee or something? I guess I am used to seeing the ice cream being green with mint pieces – I’m still jealous though!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    January 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    El Nino – welcome to Cali. That raw ice cream sounds incred! Hope your water is fixed soon. P.S. Do we get to find out what came in your fun packages? =)

  • alicia
    January 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I just found your blog, and have been skimming through the archives- I love it! I have to say, yours is one of the most balanced of all. Also, your pictures are amazing. I need to get back to California soon!

  • Lindsay
    January 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Is Healdsburg getting the thunder and lightning, too? Apparently earthquakes generally begin with a thunder-like bang and as I was reading tweets this morning, there were tons of people in San Francisco who thought the loud bangs might have been an earthquake. (You would think that the lack of shaking would have signified that there was no earthquake!)

  • Amanda@thgrainsofparadise
    January 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I remember two MAJOR El Ninos back when I lived in Cali…’83 and ’98. Flooding, mudslides, record snows, freezing temps, you name it! Then out of nowhere it just stops and it doesn’t rain for like 10 yrs. Gotta love my homestate….hahaa

  • Abbey
    January 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Jenna you rock! I must say, I’ve been reading your blog since last January and I just love it! I think it’s because you’re so honest in your blog entries and you seem like such a relatable person. Anyways, have a good night!! 🙂

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 20, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Catch up on those precious zzzz’s lady! I’m currently wide awake at 4:35AM for no reason other than my mind’s a circus that never stops. Cannot wait till tonight, when I can konk out early.

    Your dinner looks amazing! Love the peanut sauce/tempeh combo. Haha, I also love the resourcefulness of doing dishes in the bathtub. Hey, desperate times=desperate measures.

    Hope your plumbing issues improve!

  • The Paris Food Blague
    January 20, 2010 at 2:03 am

    raw ice cream, i’m intruiged!

    do you suppose there is any way to make it at home?

    a bientot!

    -The Paris Food Blague

  • Amy
    January 20, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Hi Jenna!

    In your last post, you mentioned doing double chatarungas during a yoga session – what exactly are those – a variation of it or literally ‘do it twice in quick succession’?

    I know what chatarunga looks like (though sometimes I wish I didn’t 🙂 and was curious about what distinguishes typical chatarunga from double.

    Thanks for continually motivating me to keep up a regular practice with your posts!

  • simpledaisy
    January 20, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Your ice cream looks delicious ans so does your dinner!!! That’s too funny about doing your dishes in the bathtub:)

  • michelle
    January 20, 2010 at 3:13 am

    sorry for the double comment yesterday -computer issue. Ah well, the ice cream looks delicious. Have a good one!

  • christie, honoring health
    January 20, 2010 at 3:32 am

    That ice cream looks delicious!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 20, 2010 at 3:34 am

    That raw mint ice cream sounds incredible.

  • Karla
    January 20, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Haha I love the dishes in the tub!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad
    January 20, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Sorry about your plumbing…Washing dishes in the bathtub doesn’t sound too fun…

  • Jil
    January 20, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Sorry to hear your plumbing problems didn’t get taken care of yesterday!! 🙁 booo. But your eats look delicious!

  • Jenna
    January 20, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Yummy ice cream!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    January 20, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Raw mint choco ice cream? I’d be curious to try — after all, it’s my favorite flavor! 😉

  • rachael
    January 20, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I would love to try that ice cream! You think they’ll deliver to the east coast;)

  • Rosey Rebecca
    January 20, 2010 at 4:49 am

    That ice cream sounds awesome! I think it’s totally fine to wash your dishes in the bathtub! 🙂

  • amanda
    January 20, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I love mint chocolate chip ice cream….that kind looks even better!

  • alexe
    January 20, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Just wondering, does kabocha squash tastes like acorn squash? I’m new to the “squash world” but I’m looking forward to try more new food! I can’t seem to find tempeh in Quebec though, is it possible to make it?

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    January 20, 2010 at 5:00 am

    I could use a soy awake latte right about now 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    January 20, 2010 at 5:06 am

    The soy latte looks wonderful right about now. :mrgreen:

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 20, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Hey, no fair! What are the fun packages?!?

    Your bathtub/kitchen sink reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer starts COOKING in his shower…at least you’re not there yet, right? 🙂

  • theemptynutjar
    January 20, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Have a nice day Jenna. If you want some snow and cold, I can send you some…

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    January 20, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Haha what’s wrong with the kitchen sink?
    Your raw ice cream sounds soooooo good

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    January 20, 2010 at 5:29 am

    That tempeh sounds amazing! I’ll bet that’d be a good combination for tofu, too.
    That ice cream looks divine! Almond milk and soaked cashews? YUM!

  • Jolene (
    January 20, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I love coming home to packages on the doorstep – and you got a few!!!!! Lucky you!!!!

  • Sarah (Finding My Balance)
    January 20, 2010 at 5:56 am

    That raw ice cream certainly sounds intriguing!

    I had a similar drain fiasco and had to do all my dishes in the bathroom, too. Life could be weirder… 🙂

  • brandi
    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 am

    that ice cream sounds divine 🙂 hope you’re having a good morning!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 am

    mmmmmmm ice cream 🙂

    hope you have fun tonight! dumpstaphunk is an awesome name!

  • Casey @ Spicy&Sweet)
    January 20, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Oooh…that ice cream looks delicious!! Washing your dishes in the bathtub is much better than not washing them at all, which is probably what I would have done if I had a plegged-up sink :).

  • Caitlin in MD
    January 20, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I LOOOVE Dumpstaphunk!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    January 20, 2010 at 6:14 am

    why in the heck are you washing your dishes in the tub?!??

  • Haleigh
    January 20, 2010 at 6:22 am

    I am completely intrigued by that ice cream!

    All bets are off with dirty dishes and no dish washer 😉

  • marian
    January 20, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Jenna- I live in Atlanta and have been reading your blog for a long time and I think you are so fantastic. It has been so funny to me that you know Hardy!- a real testiment to what a small world it is! I went to college with him and of course, also live in Atlanta. Hardy is TRULY one of the most memorable and unique people on this planet and it just tickles me to my core that you know him too- he’s certainly larger than life! I love your blog btw, & you radiate so much good, happy energy–! : )

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    January 20, 2010 at 6:32 am

    that ice cream looks really good. I wonder if it would be easy to make?

  • katherine
    January 20, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Mmmm I love raw ice cream. Next time you’re in NYC, you have to go to Pure Food & Wine and have their raw mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s seriously the best ice cream I’ve EVER had.

  • Jenny
    January 20, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I feel like El Nino has moved into Mississippi…the weather is downright scary this morning!

    Hope you get your water fixed!

  • MMiller
    January 20, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Wow, as with everyone else, that ice cream does really sound good!
    I was going to suggest you wash your dishes in the bathtub! And for a really good rinse, boil a big pot of water and dip for a final rinse or pour over the dishes once clean! When I didn’t have a dishwasher I used to do my silverware by putting them all in a pot of boiling water with a little soap!
    And I would definitely be eating out more! Go over to the guys house and cook! You cook them and you a meal and leave them the dishes! And use more paper products! It’s only for a few days!
    Have a great day Jenna! Stay dry and safe in that weather!

  • Sophie @ yumventures
    January 20, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I’ve never had raw ice cream, but I can never say no to mint chocolate chip 🙂

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    January 20, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Raw ice cream, sounds great! Min choc chip is my fav flavor, so I bet it was delicious.

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    January 20, 2010 at 7:14 am

    The icecream looks so good! Actually, that’s a really good idea to do dishes in the tub! I wonder why I’ve never thought of that. [when the sink gets crowded with dishes, there’s no where to drain pasta, prep produce, etc.]

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    January 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I’m in love with raw ice creams. I know a girl who has a business making those and they are incredible. She even has raw sauces!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 am

    That tempeh sounds devine, I am going to have to brave up and try cooking my own. I don’t know why it makes me nervous, but I just tried it recently for the first time and loved it!

  • Laura Georgina
    January 20, 2010 at 7:40 am

    The mark of a lady is being able to do dishes in a bathtub gracefully thanks to yoga practice. So a (very resourceful) lady you are!

    I hope your plumbing gets fixed soon 🙂

  • Sarah
    January 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Can’t believe the crazy weather you guys are having!

  • Chelsea
    January 20, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I didn’t even know it was El Nino this year, I just thought we were getting a bunch of rain. I learned something new today.

    In college, I lived in a “Studio” apartment that didn’t have a kitchen sink so I had to do my dishes in the shower-it was awful!

    I hope your sink gets fixed soon!

  • Katharine
    January 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

    The raw ice cream looks delicious – and sounds so intriguing! I need to start venturing into raw foods. 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Wow that raw ice cream looks awesome

  • Ellen
    January 20, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Be sure to put a strainer or something in the tub drain so food doesn’t clog it up! Just saying.

  • Evan Thomas
    January 20, 2010 at 8:29 am

    That ice cream sounds awesome! I’ve gotten into raw chocolate; I think ice cream is next 😉

  • Olga @ Healthing It
    January 20, 2010 at 8:53 am

    That raw ice cream looks INCREDIBLE! Maybe STOGO in NYC should work on making that flavor 🙂

  • Anne P
    January 20, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Whyyyyy didn’t we get that ice cream when we went there?!?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 20, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I’m really curious about the fun packages!!

    And your dinner looks so good, as usual. I’ve been looking for that squash everywhere but I can’t find it 🙁

  • Kristy
    January 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Pampered Chef stone? They are totally my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E!!

  • Maggie
    January 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I love Dumpstaphunk!! My boyfriend and I met at one of their shows over two years ago and now my boyfriend (who’s a musician) is playing a show with them next week!!! Their shows are so fun!