Dessert/ Dinner

Elastic Waist To The Rescue!


And I’m completely stuffed and sort of feel like a whale.

I really don’t say “i feel like a whale” often, but tonight I sort of do. Let’s recap: I was STARVING when I got to the restaurant and immediately devoured a slice of bread and a couple pieces of calamari + a bbq shrimp. I was with a crowd that looooves wine and so my glass was instantly filled…and drank. I then ate a cup of french onion soup with lots of gooey melted cheese in it. It was really good–I actually didn’t finish it and gave it to one of our friends to finish. He loved it as well. For dinner, I ordered the petit filet (8 ounces) “dry”–thanks for the recommendation!!!!! I feel a little better knowing I didn’t have my steak swimming in a pool of butter. I ate about 6 ounces of the steak. And then there were sides…..I tasted the creamed spinach (AMAZING), the broiled potato and about a tbsp of mashed potatoes. After dinner I was quite full. But then, the dessert menu came….we all know what that means! We ordered a few desserts for the table—I ordered the white chocolate banana pudding with carmelized banana on top. To die for! Seriously, the best dessert I’ve had in a while. I probably ate about 1/3 of it. Strap on two glasses of red wine and you have one seriously full girl. I will be better tomorrow…I promise! It was a major splurge night….but worth it!





Okay…off to put on some elastic waist pjs and call it a night!

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  • Megan
    January 20, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Oh wow that dinner and dessert looks delicious!! I am so jealous, I want to have some banana bread pudding!!!

  • Kelly
    January 20, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Jenna- Is there a way to access the rest of your “Tips of the Week”? I just saw that and would love to see past ones! Thanks!

  • jenna
    January 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm


    Unfortunately there’s no “archive” for those…I sort of just delete the old ones every week and write a new one. Last week’s was about keeping your fruit on your counter instead of in the fridge for max flavor and the week before that was about setting up all your breakfast materials the night before to save time in the morning. That’s it! I just started it 3 weeks ago…I will be looking for a way to archive these though so people can read them all (not just the most current) in the future.

  • Laura
    January 20, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Liz, just curious is that ordering your steak “dry” tip exclusively for Ruth Chris’ or is that steakhouses in general?

    Jenna, glad to hear you enjoyed yourself!

  • Lindsay
    January 20, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Hey Jenna… I LOVE Ruth Chris’.. That is a great idea about ordering the steak dry! That dessert sounds yummy, I have always gotten the creme brulee there which is phenomenal and a nice splurge… I am going there in two weeks & will have to do that 🙂

    On a side note, I started reading your blog about 3 weeks ago after seeing it referenced either on eatlikeme or katheats and I love what you are doing! You have a very positive attitude towards food that is very enlightening!

  • Liz
    January 20, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Jenna! Glad you enjoyed your steak…I am defiantly craving it now! I am not sure about how other steak houses prepare steaks, but I know it is common for places to add butter because butter-flavor. Before I went to Ruth’s Chris I was checking the menu out on the website and saw that they recommend asking for it dry for a healthier option. I would just recommend casually asking waiter how they prepare whatever you’re ordering and adjust from there. I almost always have some kind of modification to prep or a side to make it the best possible:-p Hey…you’re paying right?

  • jenna
    January 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Lindsay and Liz,

    Ruth’s Chris WAS amazing……I think it was overpriced but we were celebrating and the food tasted great (probably all that butter!) I dont know how common it is for steak places to add butter….that might be a ruth’s chris signature. my steak tasted great though and I tasted Ryan’s (who did have the pool of butter!) and I really couldn’t taste a difference. It is ALWAYS a good idea to talk to the waiter to see how the food is prepared because they should know and you can save hundreds of calories that way. Another hint is to always order your salad dressing on the side. I never use the whole thing! Rarely even half! If the salad is good then you dont need to drench it in oil. I like to be able to taste the veggies 🙂 My dessert was to die for….but creme brulee is one of my all time favorites as well. I can’t wait to learn how to make it at school!

  • Ashley
    January 20, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I have worked in a steakhouse for the past 2 years and yes all steakhouses put butter on their steaks. And they often put more on after they cook the steaks if the steaks dont look juicy enough. Thats the nice thing about working in the restaurant businessyou learn all their dirty secrets haha!
    On another note Jenna it is nice to see that you can let yourslef go and enjoy a night out and not feel too guilty you are a great role model!