Getting Cool in the Desert

Last night we went to dinner with the Thermador folks at 5th and Wine in Old Town Scottsdale.

Totally my type of place. Wine, live music, tapas…..I love places like this because they just seem to have great energy. I stuck to water because I don’t usually drink very much when I travel. Except for Wednesday when I had a margarita at two in the afternoon.
Scratch that. Moving on.
I loved all the food at this place. Everything was on the light side and had a Mediterranean flair to it. Oh, and by the way, is it just me or is Scottsdale like super duper trendy? Girls were walking into the restaurant all dolled up like they were headed to Prom or the set of a Britney Spears music video. Actually, I thought I saw Britney herself several times. As for me, I just usually stick to the jenna-uniform of either jeans and a tank top or a sundress and rainbows.
I’m not cut out for such coolness! Someone take me home where I belong!
Anyways. The food.





Cheesecake squares! I have a very vivid memory of eating Sara Lee chocolate covered frozen cheesecake squares out of an ex-boyfriend’s parent’s freezer when I was eighteen. I forgot how good those are. I forgot how good cheesecake is! I honestly don’t think I’ve had cheesecake since I was in culinary school. For the life of me, I don’t know why.
Cheesecake might have to make a reappearance in my life. Along with hot wings.

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  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    July 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Cheescake is one of my all-time favorite desserts. My mom has a great oaty, nuty, coconut crust – mmm!

  • Laura L.
    July 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

    My husband and I love cheesecake so much we had it at our wedding last month instead of a regular wedding cake! Our guests loved it (and little did they know we just picked them up at Costco! haha).

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    July 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

    i would die of happiness i’m sure…how could you have a care in the world with a meal like that?! especially ones with cheesecake squares… 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    July 9, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I freaking love cheesecake. It is my favorite dessert!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    July 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I love that dress you’re wearing. Where’s it from?

    And also: Holy cow those cheesecake squares look good.

    • jenna
      July 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

      thanks! I got that from Jcrew about five months ago.

  • Evan Thomas
    July 9, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Cheesecake and bacon? How heavenly

  • Lisa
    July 9, 2010 at 9:13 am

    That looks good! I usually don’t order a cheese plate at restaurants because it’s such a scam. It’s way over priced and all they do is put cheese on a plate. 🙂 But once in awhile it’s a nice treat!

  • Becki @ HikeBikeEat
    July 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Jeans and t-shirts are my staple too. I need to change it up with some dresses -J Crew, here I come!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    July 9, 2010 at 9:19 am

    All the food looks incredible!! And I LOVE your dress!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    July 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Mmmm…cheesecake is da bomb 🙂

    Looks like such a fun “work” event!!

  • jamie
    July 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

    haha…i love the scottsdale comment. i live in az, and i almost never venture over there – it’s a little too much for my taste 😉

  • Courtney @ 3 Months
    July 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Ooooh, I’ll take that salad with the avocados on top – looks great!

  • Daisy
    July 9, 2010 at 9:34 am

    interesting take on Scottsdale! not that I have ever been, but it is fun to hear about the vibe in new places. food looks amazing! you and Tina look great!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    July 9, 2010 at 9:35 am

    The food looks amazing. Simple has always been my style, too–tho also get a kick out of seeing what the glitzy glamour girls are wearing to sparkle-up a place.

  • Maura @ theMOHdiaries
    July 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Scottsdale looks like so much fun. I’ll be heading out to AZ in October for wedding planning ish so I’ll have to see if we can roadtrip it over there. I’d love to people watch and see these Brit-wannabes!

  • Amanda
    July 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I’m with you on the trendiness! Sometimes I try to follow the trends, but I am really most comfortable in classic JCrew! Oh well, to each their own! I must say that you look absolutely beautiful in this picture (and all of your recent pics). It looks like you are really, truly happy and (hopefully you won’t take this the wrong way) that you’ve really settled at your happy/healthy weight. Keep doing whatever you’re doing! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    July 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

    OK you SERIOUSLY have to fix the cheesecake thing because really, what’s life without cheesecake?! Exactly.

  • Stacey
    July 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Who knew it was a trendy place, you still look cute. The food looks so good, love tapas.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    July 9, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Haha if jeans is plain in Scottsdale…I wonder what my soffee shorts and basketball camp t-shirt are 🙂

  • Jennifer
    July 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I lived in Scottsdale for a couple of years…for the most part, it is definitely a “see and be seen” kind of vibe. Amazing restaurants and resorts though!! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    July 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

    You’re right about Scottsdale! I’ve been there a few times and it is super trendy.

  • S @
    July 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I’m all about tiny desserts: sometimes all you want is a bite! But am I seeing that right? The cheesecake has no base? What was it like?

  • Jessica
    July 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

    yep! scottsdale is super trendy! growing up in northern phoenix i can attest to that! though i am not trendy, never have been…that is why i live in the mountain town of prescott, az now! where anyone walk around in jeans and a cowboy hat or a dress with flip flops and fit right in—suits me just fine!

  • Allison K
    July 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

    two of my best girlfriends from college live in Scottsdale and it is DEF. very posh.

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    July 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

    You eat out so often! Lucky duck.

  • Mollie
    July 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

    This is what I have to say about cheesecake:
    OMG PLEASE do yourself a huge favor and eat some! It is well worth every calorie – I promise!

  • R @
    July 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I think I know what I’m making tonight….

  • Camille
    July 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Those cheesecake squares are rocking my life right now.

  • jenna
    July 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I like your classy ‘jenna’ style and I like cheesecake ALOT! 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    July 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I love your writing style lately. You are so funny 🙂

  • Clare
    July 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Feta on Falafel…okay!

  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run
    July 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I live in Scottsdale, and it is DEFINITELY trendy. And very plastic/fake at times. But I most definitely don’t have the time, energy, or desire to be that concerned about it. There are gerat places to eat, shop, stay here and I look to do in my own style. To each their own right?

    • Andrea
      July 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      I live in Arcadia area so basically Scottsdale. Totally agree with you on this Amy.

    • Dani
      July 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      Definitely agree with you as well! Born & raised in Scottsdale, Jenna’s take on it is pretty much right. I still love it though :]

      The cheesecake…craving some now!

      • Rachel
        July 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm

        I grew up in Scottsdale as well…over the past few years the vibe has completely changed. Tons of new restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops have sprung up which have attracted a much younger crowd. It’s great–definitely a fun, hip place to be. Plus, it’s gorgeous. I love going back to visit my parents…AZ is great 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    July 9, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Cheesecake is my favorite dessert, hands down. Those look amazing!

  • Tami Merritt
    July 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    LOL! I love the fact that you were in Arizona for such a short time and figured that out! I live southeast of Scottsdale and definitly stay away…’s like walking into a world of very few people that have just been cloned several hundred times. Did you notice the guys??? There’s a song about Scottsdale guys that is hilarious. Basically calling them all doushebags (sp?)

    • Kim
      July 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      What’s the name of the song? I must check it out. The guys in Scottsdale crack me up because they all act like they have money, but most of them are 35k millionaires 🙂

  • Megan (Braise The Roof)
    July 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Girl, I don’t know how you’ve gone so long without cheesecake! It is brilliant and wonderful and fun to dress up or dress down. It’s like the Mary Jane’s of desserts. I’m just sayin’. 🙂

  • Michelle @ NewLeafEats
    July 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Mmmm. Cheesecake. It’s a good thing we don’t keep it around and that it’s so expensive…

  • Nichole
    July 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I think you got cool with DESSERT:)

  • Kim
    July 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I live in Phoenix and I was wondering if you would comment about the people! I love to go there and people watch though!
    I’ve heard of 5th and Wine. I think I might make a trip there soon for the food….and the people. Cute dress!!

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    July 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    That cheese plate looks divine. I live for cheese plates. Really.

    Hope you’re enjoying your trip! Cute sundress.

  • Julie
    July 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    That’s why they call it “Snobsdale”. 🙂 I’m just kidding. I actually really like it there. I think I went to the most beautiful gym I’ve ever seen in my life in Scottsdale. I wish I could remember the name. It’s totally worth the day pass.

  • Ashley
    July 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    My old roommate used to buy those frozen cheesecake squares. Oh they were so good to steal!

  • Teresa
    July 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Awww you look so cute and pretty ! Your thin, but you look even thinner. Your lucky you can eat whatever you want.
    Those square cheesecakes look awesome..yum yum

    • jenna
      July 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks, but I definately cannot eat whatever I want! I wish! 😉 As is, I eat very healthfully about 80% of the time and work out hard 5x per week.

      • Teresa
        July 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm

        Yes you are very right. You work hard to achieve a healthy physique like yours. You inspire others to do the same. Thanks

  • Gara
    July 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I read your blog everyday and donated to your biking event. If you would be so kind, could you please vote for this charity through Chase Community Giving?

    My niece has been diagnosed with this horrible disorder and I’m actually running 1,000 miles to raise money for research. My website is I definitely look to your blog for inspiration for posts!

  • Sharon
    July 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    hmmm….is the way Britney Spears dresses considered trendy?? I thought it was just skanky…lol! I much prefer the J Crew/Anthro aesthetic that you wear any day. You and your friend both look gorgeous and appropriate, as far as I’m concerned 🙂

    Gorgeous food-it all looks really good!

  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    July 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    What a fun place with some delicious food:) And the closer you get to L.A. the more Britney’s you see! I even spot some in northern CA once in while 🙂

  • Lola
    July 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    You are so stylish Jenna, seriously!!! Sundresses are the way to go!
    By the way your hairlooks gorgeous, so shiny! how did you manage to go blonde-brown-blonde and keep your hair looking healthy? I went blonde and then by mistake I went brown.and I’m trying to go blonde again but I’m afraid my hair will be killed in the process hehe.

  • emily
    July 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I live in scottsdale and u def see that vibe.. but there are places you can go that u can wear jeans and tanks.. i do all the time.. but its also nice if you feel like getting all dressed up with the gals, u can.. and drinks are usually free by the douchbags lol.. jk..

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    July 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Is that dress from JCREW?? I think I almost bought it, haha.

  • ag.
    July 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    WOW…those all look amazingly delicious! yummm… great photos!
    i wish i was eating there right now!

  • Stephanie
    July 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    OMG! I could have been in the same restaurant as you last night. A wine group that I belong to was doing a blind tasting there last night! Now I wish I would have gone. 🙁

  • Radha
    July 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    How great to see 2 of my fav bloggers together. So beautiful!
    I love cheesecake and don’t it often. Loving your blog! Thanks <33

  • peabody
    July 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I lived in Scottsdale for most of my adult life. Couldn’t take the fake people anymore, or the heat. So I moved to Seattle.

  • Heather
    July 10, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Jenna! You are glowing in your picture! Your beauty shines from the inside out. [:

  • Ashley
    July 10, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Girl, your hair is gettin’ long!!!!! I just cut all my hair off and you’re making me miss it.

  • Kimberly
    July 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Oooo, yum! And you’re right…I moved from Scottsdale to NorCal and when I go back I see a lot of…sequins. It’s almost like a uniform! 🙂

  • Chandra
    July 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Scottsdale is a scene, but its also fun. The rest of Arizona is so hyper casual we need someplace that’s a little more high-end. 5th & Wine is decent food (yummy salads & bruschetta) but the service has been so-so every time I’ve been.

  • Carley
    December 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Haha welcome to Scottsdale darlin! Yes people do tend to take their appearance pretty seriously here but I agree jeans are always a win!