Finally Sushi!

I am just loooving the fact that I can wear my rainbow flip flops and a t-shirt outside right now….makes me think of home! 🙂 This California weather is so weird though…one day warm, the next day freezing and foggy. What gives?!

Anyways, this morning I did some cardio at the gym…a little elliptical and a couple minutes of treadmill hill walking. I honestly wasn’t feelin’ it much so I didn’t stay very long. At least I broke a sweat 🙂

I’ll tell you what I WAS feeling though……sushi! Sushi is one of my favorite foods and I haven’t had it since moving out west, so today I grabbed Rocky from the office and we hit up Jo-Jo’s in downtown Santa Rosa. It was awesome!

I had some green tea—


Wakame salad:


And then we split two rolls—a Santa Rosa Roll and a Volcano Roll. Rocky is the only other person who can really stand up to my crazy hot sauce fetish….I believe when I crashed on their futon for two weeks upon moving out here we had a hot sauce eating challenge….and who won that, Rocky??! 😉 (that’s what I thought.) Both rolls were delicious!



I’ve gotta say—even for me the Volcano Roll was incredibly spicy!! It actually had really thin slices of jalapenos on top along with sriracha sauce. I liked it!

Sabrina gave me the idea of baking an olive oil cake for Thanksgiving so that’s what I’m up to this afternoon. A little non-traditional, yes, but a citrus-scented olive oil cake is always a good thing. Plus, I already had all the ingredients on hand so I don’t have to brave the crowds at Big John’s today on the craziest grocery shopping day of the year. Score!

Off to tie on my apron! 😉

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  • lindsay
    November 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Gorgeous sushi!!! It is for sure one of my favourite foods 🙂 Have fun baking!!!!

  • Erin
    November 25, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Hmm, I’ve never heard of olive oil cake but it sounds interesting. Very Mediterranean! I’ll be curious to see how it turns out.

  • Jordan
    November 25, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Volcano rolls- yummy, one of my favorites!!!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    November 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Oh wow – that sush looks fab!! Let us know how your olive oil cake turns out – I’ve always wanted to make one!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    November 25, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE sushi – and THAT sushi looks amazing! I coudl serioulsy eat it everyday 🙂 The best lunch ever 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    November 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Looks delicoius!!

    Enjoy your baking adventure. Can’t wait to see what the olive oil cake is like…never even heard of it!

    Lots of love to ya, J!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    November 25, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Looks delicoius!!

    Enjoy your baking adventure. Can’t wait to see what the olive oil cake is like…never even heard of it!

    Lots of love to ya, J!

  • Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers)
    November 25, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, I love sushi. The stuff you had looks fantastic!

  • Mama Pea
    November 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Wise choice on not going out. Costco was a zoo. Someone almost mistook Lulu for a turkey.

  • amber
    November 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    you have to come try the OMG roll at my sushi place, super spicy! Love it!

  • Ameena
    November 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    The sushi looks amazing!!

  • Rachel @ Shedding It
    November 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Mmm olive oil cake sounds kinda fab…a little unconventional, but I’m all for going against tradition at the holidays!!

  • Lizzie
    November 25, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I am trying to like sushi (my husband loves it) but at the moment the basic California roll is all I can enjoy. I think it might be the texture thing I need to get past – it’s so good for you that I really want to like it!

    Thanksgiving is not a traditional holiday for me, but I just made some cornbread to take to my sister in laws . . except whenI went to tip it out onto a cooling rack it split so the top cameout, but the bottom stayed stuck to (what I thought was) a well greased pan – eek! Need to start again. I am pretty sure your olive oil cake is NOT going to do that! 🙂

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    November 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    It’s fun for me that I recognize many names of places that you go to, i.e. Jo-Jo’s. Sushi – yum!

  • Jolene (
    November 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    What a cool looking salad!! And that sushi – wowzers!!!!

  • Evan Thomas
    November 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    As unauthentic as it is, I could live off of brown rice Whole Foods sushi–love it!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    November 25, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    An olive oil cake feels very “California Thanksgiving” to me! Who cares– make your own traditions!

    Hope you have a great holiday!

  • Errign
    November 25, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Enjoy your baking Jenna & have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    November 25, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    That sushi looks divine!!!! Good luck with the cake, I hope it turns out well. I made a “healthy version” of pumpkin cheesecake and I am afraid it was a fail!!! 🙁

  • Erin
    November 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Oo you must show the olive oil cake! That sounds so interesting. Have a fun time baking!! I feel like Cali weather is much like New England weather in that you never really know what the weather will be like! You have to bring layers and an umbrella anywhere you go!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    November 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    That sushi looks amazing! I’ll bet it’s even better our in Cali!

  • Holly
    November 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    JoJo’s is pretty good! I would like to recommend Sushi Hana in Sebastopol – especially on the cheap sushi nights – Wednesday and …Sunday? Or Saturday. But definitely Wednesday! 🙂

  • Leah
    November 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I LOVE Sushi!! I had it for dinner the other night, and it was quite possibly the most excitement I’ve had all week!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    That sushi looks gorgeous!

  • MMiller
    November 25, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Over the past year, my husband and I have decided we love sushi!!! There is a plave in Fort Myers and Naples Florida that has an all you can eat at lunchtime everyday from 11:30 until 2:00! For $12.95! It is so awesome! Volcano rolls are one of our favorites, although ours don’t look anything like yours! When you come back east for a visit, you should make the drive down! I’d love to meet you there for lunch! It’s funny, because a year ago, I would have told you I didn’t like Sushi! Glad you got to have some today! And again, have a great Thanksgiving!

  • candice
    November 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    California weather seems to keep you on your toes. 😉

    That wakame salad looks sooo yummy! I love wakame, oh yeah… That volcano roll looks interesting. The “volcano roll” I’ve eaten is basically a mayo explosion, but this is actually spicy?! Haha 🙂

  • Light Delight with TouTou
    November 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Oh the pictures of sushi looks fantastic! I always love the presentation of those sushi and that’s why I use the sushi picture as my header!

  • Chelsea
    November 25, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Oh, Jenna, just wait until it’s cold all morning and then hot in the afternoon and then cold again at night.

    Or maybe that’s just the crazy weather we get in the south of the state.

    Welcome to California! 😉

  • ellen eats beets
    November 25, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Loooove wakame salad. I go out for sushi just so I can get it!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    November 25, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    YUMMMM – beautiful sushi!

    Probably wouldn’t of been able to handle the spicy-ness, though!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 25, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I love olive oil in baked goods! I make a mean olive oil-dried apricot-walnut granola. It’s addictive-ly salty, savory, and sweet all in one 🙂

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Have fun with the olive oil caked, that recipe sounds really interesting and yummy!

    That sushi looks outstanding, particularly the salad and volcano roll. Holy whoa, that’s good spicy.

    Yes, the CA weather can be erratic. In general though, it’s much better than NYC weather, where it can change drastically within the span of a day or even minutes.

  • Jenna
    November 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    glad you enjoyed some sushi! i never know what to order when i go out for sushi, there are sooo many options to pick from!

  • cyndi
    November 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    What is better than sushi? Nothing can top the purity of texture, flavor and delectability. So good! My husband and I eat sushi once a week and have been for the last 8 years – I wouldn’t miss it!

    You are living a wonderful life girl!

  • Katy H. @ These Beautiful Feet
    November 25, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I really wonder how you eat such spicy food!! It amazes me, I am actually quite impressed. Sometimes even medium heat foods get my mouth so spicy it’s hard to enjoy the actual food. So again, I’m impressed. Oh and you out “heated” a guy?? Way to represent the girls well! Happy Thanksgiving, I hope it’s wonderful!

  • Tania @ Moment Anew
    November 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    That sushi looks so yummy! I think I’m going to have some later this week!

  • Jackie @ TritoLose
    November 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I don’t think I’ve had olive oil cake! I look forward to the recipe – at some point! (Whether it’s in your book or on the blog!)

  • *Andrea*
    November 25, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    the (new?) pic of you on the blog inupper right corner is so pretty! you’re such a gorgeous gal and independent. keep the faith this week. so sorry for your brother’s loss 🙁 you have such an amazing spirit.

  • Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests)
    November 25, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Yay olive oil cake! I hope it turns out as delicious and yummy as past ones!

    Happy Thanksgiving friend!

  • Devan
    November 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    sushi AND hot sauce!?? YUM!

  • Brittany
    November 25, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I love sushi as well- those rolls look amazing!

    Although I’ve never had olive oil cake before it sounds great- can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    Happy Early Thanksgiving Jenna!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    November 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I love things hot but I think that would be too much.

    I’m glad you are getting in the holiday spirit even though you are away from your family. Have a happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Woman&Warrior
    November 26, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Jenna girl, you got walk on up 4th Street and check out Tex Wasabi–it’s a bit of the South meets Sushi. I tHink you might love it or hate it. Depends on if you are purist-sushi lover, i think… Anyways, I stop there when I’m in downtown Santa Rosa.

    Anyways, hi and welcome to California. I’m a regular reader from the Bay Area and am so happy you moved here to Nor Cal. There’s a lot to check out! Blog on, sister!

  • christie, honoring health
    November 26, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Yum, that sushi looks awesome!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Marina
    November 26, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Sushi looks amazing. That olive oil cake sounds really interesting, let us know how it turned out 😉

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    November 26, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Have a happy thanksgiving!!! Don’t feel down. You are blessed in so many ways. Your family’s love will be with you no matter where you are!

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    November 26, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Remember your family loves you no matter where you are. You are blessed so don’t feel bad! smile! 🙂

  • April
    November 26, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Mmmm…I think I would rather have sushi than turkey 😀

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    November 26, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Olive oil cake sounds perfect for Thanksgiving! Hope you have a great one!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    November 26, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Jenna!

  • Kathleeen
    November 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I’m convinced that good sushi makes the world a better place indeed. Happy Thanksgiving!