Dessert/ Dinner


(I wrote this last night but Ecto was NOT cooperating!!)

WOW, just got back from Food, Inc. Intense, intense, intense!! More on that in a sec 😉

This afternoon I was a snack monster and had some Trader Joe’s trail mix + cherries while plugging away online—

I love love the dried cherries in this trail mix. Oh wait, and I love the chocolate chips…and the peanut butter chips…and….everything 😉
Dinner was quick and simple pre-movie:
Annie’s + broccoli with veggies and hummus! I love this mac & cheese…and you know my secret? (shhhhh) I drop a little butter in the final product…..makes all the difference in the world.
And then I raced to the movie to get first dibs on seats since it was first come first serve and…free!! Actually, Anne drove me. Ryan raced back from work to meet the girls there but I felt sort of bad for him because it turned out to be more of a girls night than anything….there was wine! (Anne was a bad influence and “forced” me to order a large wine instead of a small…pshhh)
I think all movie theaters should offer wine, don’t you?! I love the cute little concession stand at the historic Tampa Theater!


Now to the movie. I really liked it!! I mean, it was incredibly intense but so educational and eye opening. I think all Americans should see this movie just so they can really understand where their food comes from. I’m not going to get into the whole vegetarian debate right now because if you have been following this blog you know I have been on both sides of the equation and I do see the pros and cons of both sides. However, I think this movie is a GREAT educational tool so that people can decide for themselves what they put into their body. Totally loved the appearance of Gary from Stonyfield….our sponsor! woot woot! A few times, Anne and I looked at each other in total horror……crazy, crazy stuff. I highly recommend reading Fast Food Nation while you are at it!
Right when we left the theater we were bombarded with different flyers. Anne loved it, obvi

Among the flyers was a coupon for a free taco from….Chipotle! Chipotle sponsored the free screening of Food, Inc. Doesn’t McDonald’s OWN Chipotle?!! Haha
Oh! And I forgot my movie snack!! I ate half of this dark chocolate coconut bar while watching chickens get hung. I don’t know how I had an appetite but I did…my appetite conquers all.
Also, at the theater I was RECOGNIZED! For the blog, of course. 😉 It was so funny and awesome at the same time! I was in the car with Anne and she was giving me a hard time about twittering and then lo and behold—Monica, a reader, races up to me and said she saw I would be at the movie on twitter! I LOVE to meet you guys…it totally makes my night!
Pajama time. Asap.

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  • Lauren
    July 31, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I was hoping you could help me out with a little dilema I am facing. In two weeks I am leaving to spend two weeks in Greece! I know, I am so excited! However, I am hypoglycemic and watch what I eat very closely eating 3 small meals and 2 snacks a day. I am worried that in Greece I will not have my usual options for asnack available to me. Is there anything you reccommend packing that would give me the balance of protein/complex carbs I need. I noticed you always packed great snacks to travel with.

  • Courtney
    July 31, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I don’t know if it will be coming to a town near you but another movie on the horizon is Fresh. I think it has some of the same folks behind it as Food Inc. and has more to do with sustainable agriculture. You can check out the website I ordered the movie because it would never come to my little town in NC!!

  • Jenna
    July 31, 2009 at 8:12 am

    i’ve been dying to see that movie but its nowhere near me…since i’m in the middle of nowhere!!! grrr….

    Was that bar you ate at the movie good? it looks good and I was just wondering where you got it/brand?

    Your dinner looks great! 🙂

    • jenna
      July 31, 2009 at 8:18 am


      I actually got the bar from a blog reader in the UK! I have never seen them in the states before….sorry!!


      I don’t think I EVER buy red meat. Seriously. The only time I ever eat it is when someone else has bought it and prepared it for me….but if I WERE to buy it, I would buy grass fed….but I really don’t see myself ever having the red meat urge enough to purchase it myself!

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    July 31, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I haven’t seen Food Inc. yet, but I’m very interested in watching it. I’m not a vegetarian, so I’m a little hesitant, but I think it’s a good idea to know where your food comes from. I eat healthy, but a lot of times, I would rather buy cheap(er) meats than go for organic, grass-fed meats because I simply cannot afford that all the time. I know you don’t eat red meat very often, but when you do, do you buy a certain kind?

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    July 31, 2009 at 8:25 am

    How cool to be “spotted!” 😀

    Can’t wait to see the movie!

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    July 31, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I am looking forward to seeing Food Inc as well but the only night it played in Richmond, I already had plans. I am hoping I can find it online or on DVD soon.

  • Stepf
    July 31, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Actually Chipotle WAS partially owned by McDonald’s back in 1999, but that’s no longer the case. McDonald’s has nothing to do with Chipotle. They don’t use rGbh in their dairy and all the pork is antibiotic free, and I think a good portion of the beef and chicken. Read up on it–as far as “fast food” goes, it’s one of the good ones, which is why it was a sponsor of the film.

  • Jess
    July 31, 2009 at 8:48 am

    McDonald’s doesn’t own Chipotle anymore.

  • Meghann
    July 31, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Derek went to that showing last night as well! I am waiting to hear his opinion on it.

    And I think its funny the movie does raise a big vegetarian debate becuase when I saw the movie I don’t think it promoted vegetarianism at all, in fact I thought it promoted supporting your local farmer by eating meat from them. Also the guy in the beginning (totally forgot his name) is one of the ‘ecperts’ and he orders a hamburger. But whatever I will get off o my pedestal now. I don’t know why this annoys me so much. :/

  • Meghann
    July 31, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Derek went to that showing last night as well! I am waiting to hear his opinion on it.

    And I think its funny the movie does raise a big vegetarian debate becuase when I saw the movie I don’t think it promoted vegetarianism at all, in fact I thought it promoted supporting your local farmer by eating meat from them. Also the guy in the beginning (totally forgot his name) is one of the ‘experts’ and he orders a hamburger. But whatever I will get off o my pedestal now. I don’t know why this annoys me so much. :/

  • devon
    July 31, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I’m really unsure how I feel about this movie. I still have a bad taste in my mouth after reading “Skinny Bitch”. I do not like having a vegan agenda shoved down my throat.

    I feel like I have an awareness of where my food comes from. I rarely eat out. I’ve cut my meat consumption to a few times a week. I try to be considerate of what I eat. I swear, if Morningstar Farms could make a tasty “filet mignon”, I’d be a vegetarian in a heartbeat 😉

  • AshleyP
    July 31, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I love the Tampa Theatre!! So tacky elegant 🙂 Have a great day!

  • Heather (LilyBeans
    July 31, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I see that someone let you know that McDs no longer owns Chipotle (thank God!) but here is the article and reference if you were interested!
    p.s. I also loved the movie!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    July 31, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Looks like a fun night!

    I agree with Meghann above – there are more options than just becoming vegetarian or eating mass-produced meat. Google “meat CSA” and the name of the town you live in and there’s a chance you’ll be able to find a local farm that sells drug-free, grass fed, free range meats of all kinds. Yes, it’s more expensive than the corporate crap, but it’s soooooo much better for you and the environment!

  • Anne P
    July 31, 2009 at 9:53 am

    haha what a fun night! … minus the whole sad dead animals part. i’ll call your landline later 😉

    oh and i’m glad to see mcdonalds no longer owns chipotle!!

  • Kori @All Things B.
    July 31, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for your review Jenna! I’m headed to see Food Inc. today and I’m hoping that I don’t learn anything new since I’ve tried REALLY hard to educate myself on this topic! Crossing my fingers! I am a person who is mostly meat free for many reasons like my budget and taste preferences, but I do enjoy responsibly raised meats and animal products (dairy, eggs etc) when the mood strikes. I like to think that we could all just eat what we like and coexist in a harmonious and healthy planet like described in Barbara Kingsolvers- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. They eat meat, but buy from local producers or raise their own animals and care for and respect them as living things, not just a ‘product’. I saw that you enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible, so I wonder if you have read this book? It sounds like its right up your alley!

    And thanks to the commentor above for clearing up the chipotle/McD’s ownership deal, this is a peeve of mine because I LOVE chipotle and they really do have higher standards of food and responsible business practices including how they treat their staff and suppliers. They should be commended! I hope that as they grow, they don’t change like like many chains have in a negative way.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    July 31, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Glad you had a fun night! That movie really does sound interesting, and I can’t wait to check it out myself.

    Haha, I love that about your “appetite conquering all.” Soooo true! 😉

  • Hangry Pants
    July 31, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    LOL – a million people already told you Chiptole is not owned by McDonald’s anymore. I think their pushing Food, Inc. in many cities is their way of clarifying that for all of us. 😀

  • Amber
    July 31, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Ominvore’s dilema is another great red on this topic as well! highly recommended !

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    August 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I saw Food, Inc. at Tampa theater last Saturday and enjoyed it too! It wasn’t anything I didn’t already know and I thought they could have perhaps focused more on the health issues involved with eating that crap, but still well done!

  • Laura Brandon
    August 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I watched Fast Food Nation and was disturbed for at least a month. There is NO WAY I will be watching this movie. I do think you should know where your food comes from but I can’t handle the imagery.