Breakfast/ Dinner/ Travel

Food Is My Friend

And…….I’m back!

I feel like Christmas vacation is just about over and I’m going back to school tomorrow! (I wish I was going back to school tomorrow). Anyways, we had a fabulous meal last night at my new favorite Sonoma County restaurant, Zazu! Zazu is 100% farm to table and everything on the menu is seasonal and delicious. Plus, it’s in like a little old house, which makes it all the cooler. We started out with a cheese plate, which was awesome.

I can’t remember the exact names of these cheeses but I know one of them was a mix of goat, cow and sheep’s milk and that was my favorite. On the plate as well was some local chestnut honey, stewed prunes (not a fan) and grilled bread. Faaantastic and a perfect pairing with some 2007 Barbara’s Pinot.
For my entree, I ordered the sea scallops on top of black rice. Best scallops I’ve ever had a restaurant, hands down.
Pictures seriously just don’t do it justice, especially since the lighting was dim. This was the perfect portion size as well, with four large scallops. I was in heaven.
No dessert cause I was stuffed! I love sleeping with a full, happy tummy :). And speaking of happy tummies, get a load of this:
Adam and I hit this spot up for breakfast before church this morning and let me tell you……awesome. Originally I was a little skeptical of The Red Rose Cafe but it reminded me of this amazing little spot I used to go to in Tuscaloosa and the food was great! I made Adam order the chicken wings and waffles just because it was chicken wings and waffles. Why not?
(Texas boys like to eat. Apparently)
While I ordered an egg white omelet with mushrooms, bell peppers and cheddar cheese (covered in hot sauce!) with a side of grits and wheat toast.
Look at all the FOOD!!
It was a little out of control. But so delicious.
And then, AFTER church, we decided pulled pork was the only necessary thing so we found another amazing place, this time in Sebastopol called BBQ Smokehouse & Catering. Talk about nostalgia for the South!
Take me home to Dixieeeee!
Ordered the pulled pork sandwich and ate it sans bun, but with a piece of cornbread instead.
+ sweet tea
And some baked beans:
I’m telling you, it just got me all worked up for the big National Championship game on Thursday in which Bama will DOMINATE Texas. Speaking of said game, this is a totally random call on the internet but I have to try regardless: if anyone has two extra tickets and wants to be my best friend forever, I will gladly take them off your hands. I would pretty much do anything to go to that game. Anyone, anyone??! 🙂
Okay, I swear I do more with myself then just eat although it wouldn’t seem that way from my blog (but heck, I’m a food blogger…it’s what I do). I’m about to go find a place to throw a large load of laundry in, clean my house and pull my life together a bit. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    January 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    You can take the girl out of the South, but not the South out of the girl 😉 Cheers!

  • Kati @ Living Well
    January 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    What a fun day of eats! I think it sounds so cool to be in a new place where you get to explore all kinds of new restaurants! I would choose the cornbread over the bun too :>

  • Evan Thomas
    January 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    That BBQ is droolworthy

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    January 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    That eggwhite omelet looks delish!

  • sherri
    January 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    ROLL TIDE!! a few of my friends are going to the game. they thought they might have to just tailgate but they all got tickets. it is going to be tough to find two tix at a reasonable price but you seem like a lucky girl… i think you’d have more fun putting on a good spread, drinking vino and enjoying the game with friends in front of a huge flatscreen. that’s what i’m going to do :).

  • Barbara
    January 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Ahh Jenna~

    Your blog rocks but TX is gonna win:)

    That food looks amazing!!!!!


  • Lauren
    January 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Have you ever visited Memphis, Tennessee?? I grew up there and I know I might be a little biased but they barbeque there is unforgettable!!! It’s always nice to hit up a barberque joint and get a tummy full so you can head home for a Sunday afternoon after church nap. Simply the best. We, unfortunately, haven’t found any likable barbeque here in Kentucky. So your pictures definitely make me want to drive 6 hours back to my hometown of Memphis and get some barbeque, baked beans and coleslaw!!!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    January 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try Chicken and Waffles! It looks so good. mmmmm!

  • Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar
    January 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    You had my addiction: baked beans. I can’t ever turn those down.

  • Rosey Rebecca
    January 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    A bbq restaurant for breakfast!? Talk about being from the south! All of your eats look delicious today! Especially that omelet!

  • Kristi
    January 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Mmmmm mmmmmmm, those baked beans look so good! Plus I like your shirt – what did you pair it with?

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    January 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Haha love the disclaimer at the end..I was thinking while reading how glorious the food in your life is. Yum yum yum.

    Can I eat with you for a day!? 😉

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday my friend!

  • christie, honoring health
    January 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    All that southern food looks fabulous. this makes twice I have seen pulled pork in blogland today. I might have to go find some!

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    you better believe those Texas boys love to eat…I should know, I married one! And, even though we are from Texas, I have to say…

    ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    can’t stand UT, so i’ll be cheering right along beside you 🙂

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    January 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Not interested in stewed prunes? I love those suckers.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I LOVE pulled pork! Just made a pulled pork nacho recipe and posted…omg it’s like my favorite food!

  • simpledaisy
    January 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Now that’s a breakfast:)
    Have a Happy Monday!!

  • Lindsey
    January 3, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I am from the south and go to Auburn University (War Eagle!…sorry..I just had to haha!) and I LOVEEEE BBQ!! I just had to comment since we share both share love for Alabama schools and wonderful, down home, southern goodness:)

  • Jenny
    January 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    haha I love all the Southern nostalgia going on in this post! Pulled pork sandwiches are so good, and seriously not served at enough venues…Glad you had such a great weekend 🙂

  • Kim
    January 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm


    Did you live in Tuscaloosa? I’ve notice you have mention Tuscaloosa a few times in the blog, so just curious.


  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    January 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    What good southern food! Now you’ve got me craving a BBQ sandwich. Please never stop blogging about the food you eat! We all love reading about it! 🙂

  • JenniferfromLaJolla
    January 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I am a Georgia Bulldog and will be rooting for Bama. I think they take it to Texas the same way my dawgs took it to
    Texas A & M.

  • Danielle
    January 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    That is some good lookin’ BBQ!

    Good luck finding tickets for the championship game!

  • Matt
    January 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    ROLL TIDE! I will be at the game!

    Is that breakfast place you were talking about called “The Waysider”? If it is, I freaking love that place!

  • Christen
    January 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Hi, Jenna. I found your blog earlier in the fall and am a huge fan! I live in Tuscaloosa and was wondering which restaurant you are referring to in your post. If I haven’t been, it sounds like I need to go!

  • candice
    January 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Mmm, three-milk cheese sounds intriguing. I know of a place in my area that serves “chicken and waffles”… except with quail instead of chicken. Hahaha, I’m sure you do more than just eat! Just that food is such a fun part of life 😉

  • Leah
    January 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I LOVE grits! I spent a couple weeks in Alabama a few years ago and they became my new favorite thing. Of course you cant find them here to save your life.

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    You’re a food blogger, so we expect you to eat. That’s what were here for =)

  • Jil
    January 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Alllll of that food looks absolutely amazing, and I agree with you on “stewed prunes” — I know they are good for…uhh..gettin’ stuff movin…but I cannot get myself to like them. I’ve tried so many times, too. All that BBQ is making me crave it!

  • Karla
    January 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Wow those are some AMAZING eats!
    When I think of BBQ is when I miss eating meat!

  • Sha
    January 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    My son goes to Bama. Roll Tide!!!!!!!

  • Rachel
    January 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Almost too much yum to handle in one post 🙂

  • Jenna
    January 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Glad you had a nice dinner last night!
    Breaky looks great but your BBQ lunch looks even better!!

  • Carly
    January 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    HOOK EM HORNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    January 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Mmm, eventhough I rarely eat meat I always make an exception for good pulled pork. There’s a place in NYC called Dinosaur BBQ (I believe it has origins in Syracuse, NY) and the pulled pork is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. So jealous of your baked beans and corn bread! Mmm.

  • Ellen
    January 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    i have to say, the idea of chicken and waffles for breakfast makes my stomach turn but that corn bread looks GOOD. wow.

  • Ellen
    January 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Hook ’em, Horns!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    I was in Sonoma for a wedding earlier this year, and they had a “rehearsal dinner” bbq at a restaurant/general store called the Cheese Factory. Have you eaten there? It might be another good place for Southern nostalgia food 🙂

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    January 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Nice! Chicken and waffles! There’s a place in the city that sells chicken and waffles and my boyfriend and I always want to go there…I think you just motivated me 🙂

    Happy Sunday!

  • Jessica
    January 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    One word for your eats today: YUM! Have a great day! 🙂

  • Nicole
    January 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    All that food looks amazing, I need to get back to Cali! And checked out the menu from the red rose cafe, talk about cheap but good eats, living in NYC I forgot such things exist!

  • eatmovelove
    January 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Nothing wrong with eating 🙂 Nice recap. Here’s to getting your life in order…I need a bit of that myself….:(
    How is your ankle doing by the way – update please ?! 🙂

  • emily
    January 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    That bbq looks divine! I don’t eat pork but pulled chicken always amazes me with how tasty it is.

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    January 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Mmmmmmmm scallops are the best!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    January 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Those waffles and omelet look amazing.. not so sure I could stomach a side of chicken at breakfast, though.. Happy 2010!

    January 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Oh wow that food all looks great. We used to have a chicken and waffles place here, I loved it!

  • Claire
    January 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Awesome restaurant find! I hope that Bama does dominate on Thursday, as I will be watching the game with a bunch of midwesterners! 😀

  • Heather (The Single Dish)
    January 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    The scallops look amazing! Yummy

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    January 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Thank for the vicarious experience–can almost taste those yummy plump scallops. It all look great…the chicken and!

    I posted on my FB re anyone w/extra game tickets. Thought wd mention in case you and ‘the boys’ are looking for soup recipe one winter night–made this Marseille Provencal Bouillabaisse last night. Delish. And made me want to run right back to M.F.K Fisher’s ‘Two Towns in Provence.’ Aft her time there lived in St. Helena, as probably know. Thought of you re the Bouillabaisse as as peppery-hot Rouille.

    Good luck with the game tickets!

  • Kelli
    January 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I love your blog, but I gotta say it…. HOOK ‘EM HORNS!!!

  • Kara
    January 4, 2010 at 4:47 am

    You are my absolute favorite blogger, but my Horns are totally going to beat Bama! GO TEXAS!

    BTW: I definitely get your love of Southern food. I used to live in Massachusetts and missed comfort foods like grits, gumbo, and BBQ like crazy!

  • Carolyn
    January 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

    As usual, looks delicious! I myself had some yummy barbecue last Friday. 🙂

  • pam
    January 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Waffles in the mornin’ and bbq for lunch what a delicious day!!
    Happy New Year, Jenna! I wish you all the best 🙂

  • Nicci@NiftyEats
    January 5, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Gotta love BBQ as a Southern Gal, especially pulled pork! Oh, and I think you got it backwards about Bama…Texas will be DOMINATING Bama! lol 🙂