Breakfast/ Dinner

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Wine


First of all, a huge PRE-congratulations to my Florida marathon girls this morning!!!!!! I’m so proud of them 🙂

So, yesterday, Kelly and I are sitting at the Goat drinking mochas and gabbing about life and decided spur of the moment to hit up a movie next door that was starting five minutes later. We saw It’s Complicated and it was hilariousssss!!!! I haven’t been to a movie on Saturday afternoon with a girlfriend in forever and it was awesome. Exactly what the doctor ordered 🙂

After the movie, I literally raced to get home, get showered and met up with Hardy, Adam, Rick and Jaimie for dinner at Diavola. Second time eating Diavola pizza in one week…life ain’t half bad! 😉 They had all come from a Ridge wine tasting (my FAVORITE Zinfandel!) and brought a bottle with them for dinner.

We ordered a bunch to share between the five of us, including the most fabulous roasted beet salad:


Tripe (!!!!)

A margharita pizza:
A “cha cha cha” (my fav with the pork belly and goat cheese!)
And pork cheek ragu:
Holy Italian food! Everything was awesome. I had a teeny bit of tripe (tasted like hamburger helper to me?), salad, a slice of each kind of pizza and about four big noodles in the ragu. I actually left a little hungry and thinking back, should have eaten the other slice of margharita pizza.
And then I went to sleep at 9:30! It was awesome. I’m such a crazy rebel. Obviously.
This morning, had chia oats in a jar!
I used 1/3 c oats, 1 T chia, mix of soymilk + water, banana and about 1 T almond butter. With Stash double bergamot tea…my favorite!
To clear it all up, YES I still work at the winery. I’m actually working there today! You see, it’s the slowwwww season right now here in wine country and I’ve cut back a lot to focus more on writing. I still work there and will continue to do so a day or two a week from now on, but my primary focus is my book because my manuscript is due, errrrr, April 1st. gasp!
Hope y’all have a pleasant and relaxing Sunday. Talk to later!

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  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    January 10, 2010 at 7:47 am

    That pizza makes me want to hop on a plane and head to California!

  • kate
    January 10, 2010 at 7:56 am

    cannot wait for the book to come out. do you know when it is actually going to be published?

  • Lizzie
    January 10, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Was thinking of you this morning when I read about the earthquake in Northern California. Obviously you’re OK, but wasn’t sure if you were affected by it?

    I’ve had haggis before – it does taste like hamburger too . . . except I think they cover the taste up with a heap of seasonings and veggies for the tourists 🙂 My dad is old school British and loves offal . . . I think it might be skipping a generation!! 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 10, 2010 at 7:59 am

    I want to try pork belly and goat cheese pizza so badly!

  • simpledaisy
    January 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

    That pizza looks delicious!!! I love pizza and could eat it everyday!!!

  • Evan Thomas
    January 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

    The pizza look amazing.
    That movie looks great! I’d love to see that and sherlock holmes

  • amanda @ fake ginger
    January 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I’m dying to see It’s Complicated! I’m glad to hear it’s funny.

    The pork belly pizza looks and sounds so awesome.

  • Cole
    January 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Yum. Margherita pizza.

  • Marisa (Loser for Life)
    January 10, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I want to see It’s Complicated, too! Glad to know it’s a good one!

    I love Margherita pizza – so fresh tasting!

    Wow, April 1st!! So exciting!!!

  • Jil
    January 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Ahh that pizza sounds to.die.for. Jealous!! I love afternoon movies — I cannot go to the movies on a weekend night — especially if its a movie I realllly want to see…I cannot stand when people talk through movies…and I feel like I always end up next to chatty people esp. on weekends.

  • amanda
    January 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

    The pizza looks amazingly yummy.

  • Ameena
    January 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Dinner looks really great! You are very adventurous…not sure I would have ever tried Tripe!

  • Marcy
    January 10, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Thanks, Jenna for the note about working at the winery. I was just curious because I hadn’t read anything about it for awhile.

    Love reading about your restaurant adventures! Diavollo lloks amazing.

  • Rachel
    January 10, 2010 at 8:48 am

    All of that italian food looks so good… I don’t know how you stay so small when you’re constantly eating such delicious foods like this, haha.

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    January 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

    That pizza looks divine! As do those oats in a jar 🙂

    Good luck with the book writing – you still got time 😉

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    January 10, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I’m sure you are doing just fine with the writing. Just keep plugging away at it. I’m sure it is nice to have the extra time to get things done. When do things start picking up again in wine country?

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    January 10, 2010 at 8:52 am

    RIDGE is the best wine. Funny I was just mentioning it to friends yesterday. My husband and I went to the winery too many years ago. Super fun and good. We also ate at John Ash and Co cuz we stayed at the Vitners Inn. Glad you are enjoying the wine country!

  • Jenna
    January 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Dinner looks yummy!!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    January 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I absolutely love Italian food, it all looks great!

    Good luck with the manuscript – can’t wait to hear how everything goes come April 1st!

  • Katherine
    January 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Looks like another fantastic dinner with friends. I actually can’t even remember the last time I went to a movie on a Saturday afternoon. Sounds so nice!

  • Stef
    January 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

    so excited about your book! dinner looks great, and i saw it’s complicated with my mom the other weekend, funny!

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    January 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Aw, I really want to see It’s Complicated! I think the husband and I might go see Up in the Air today, though.

    Sounds like a fab night out to dinner with some good friends:D

  • JenniferfromLaJolla
    January 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I spent some time in Italy in 2007 and everything you ate last night looks like food I had there! In my opinion, the Italians have it going on! I love Italian food, wine and design, both furniture and clothing! Viva Italia! Yum!

  • Rachel
    January 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Hey Jenna, you must be so excited about your book now (and a little nervous by now). What’s it about?

  • Erin
    January 10, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I’ve heard It’s Complicated is good — might make it there today to stay warm. 🙂

  • Kristin
    January 10, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Tripe is my new favorite food. So amazing when stewed in tomatoes! Dinner looks amazing!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 10, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I’m dying to see that movie! Looks like a perfect “girls night” plan.

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for clearing up the winery talk. We’re a bunch nosies : ) Hope you have a relaxing Sunday too!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    January 10, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I’ve only been to San Francisco once, but everything I ate was to die for!!! looks like you are in foodie heaven 🙂

  • Stephanie
    January 10, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Oh that pizza!! Not sure I’d be brave enough to try the tripe, so kudos to you for sure 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    January 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I’ve been wanting to see that movie!! Glad to hear it’s funny! 🙂

  • Linda
    January 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Hey Jenna, I thought I read on your blog when you moved to CA that you were nervous about earthquakes, did you experience the one yesterday at all?

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 10, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Glad to read you had a day filled with caffeine, friends, and leisure.

    Also, TRIPE?!?!?!!?! You. are. so. brave. Haha.

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  • Leah
    January 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

    That pizza made me want to hop on the first flight out of here to head back to Italy for a delicious and fresh pizza. Oh my that looked as amazing as they do in Italy. MMM.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Mmmmmm…that pizza looks SO good! Sounds like a perfectly relaxing day with friends!

  • Alison
    January 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

    gosh you eat such great food out in CA. yummm.

  • eatmovelove
    January 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Okay, I’ve heard so much good stuff about that movie…will have to see it I guess – for all the movies that’s out there , it doesn’t seem like there’s much to choose from at the same time? maybe it’s just because i’m not into action/special effects stuff , and ‘leap year’ seems like the usual…my i need to ”broaden my horizons”!!

  • Amanda@thgrainsofparadise
    January 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Amazing….It’s 9am and all I can think about right now is Pizza lol!

  • katie
    January 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Jenna!! do chia seeds add a big fullness factor for you? im trying to find more add ins to my oatmeal to be more filling!

  • Karla
    January 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

    It’s Complicated looks so cute! I want to see it!

    Looks like you had a great evening!

  • Jamie
    January 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Wow, everything looks excellent! You know how people go on trips based on the book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’? Well, I’m considering a ‘Jenna’s Eats in Wine Country’ trip…. have a great day at the winery!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    January 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Love margharita pizza. Have been meaning to see ‘It’s Complicated!’ It is set in my old hometown of Santa Barbara. Love Nancy Meyers’ films and the cast. So with your rec I’ll go see it. Sometimes wait for the CD. Thanks! Good writing!

  • justrun
    January 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Oh, man. I have tried tripe before, too, but I don’t have the need to ever again. I’m pretty sure my reasoning is all mental and that it’s really not that bad, and I’m fine with that. 🙂

    Have a good day!

  • Kelly B.
    January 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the movie reveiw…I definitely want to see it! I think Meryl Streep is fabulous so I figured it would be good! 🙂 Yay!

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    January 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Ahh everything looks so delicious! I can’t wait to hear more news about your book- its so amazing you’ve had this opportuity! 😀

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I am officially jealous of your life. That pizza looks incredible!!!

  • Ellen
    January 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I can’t wait to see that movie. Who doesn’t love Meryl, Steve, and Alec—and I hear the movie’s settings are real eye candy!

    Margherita pizza–yum!!

  • ellen eats beets
    January 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    That Margherita pizza looks yum! good food and good friends is always a winning combination!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    January 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Pizza would have to be my favourite meal ever…So versatile too! Glad to hear that you had a great girls afternoon – they are the best!

  • Jill
    January 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Hey–my baby is due out April is hoping your writing and the baby are on time 🙂

  • Katharine
    January 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I’ve been debating whether or not seeing “It’s Complicated” would be worth it – sounds like it is! Besides, I LOVE Meryl Streep.

  • Jessica (Fit and Clean)
    January 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    OH my gosh, that food looks fantastic! I wish we had good places to eat around my house. Unfortunately, No. 🙁 Have a great day! 🙂

  • Leah
    January 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Do you ever drink “Layer Cake” reds?

  • Krissy
    January 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I know tripe is supposed to be tasty but I cannot bring myself to try it.

    You have to stop talking about that pizza. It’s killing me!!

  • LisaR
    January 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Do restaurants not mind if you bring your own bottle of wine to dinner? I’ve never heard of that before! Sweet!

  • Heather (The Single Dish)
    January 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    That ragu and pizza looks great!

  • Amy
    January 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Good for you for trying tripe. I was adventurous today and bought some sardines. Now I just have to actually open the can and dig in!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    every time you eat at that restaurant it makes me crazy jealous 🙂 everything looks yummy! can’t wait to read the book (i know, it’ll be a little bit, but still very excited!)

  • Logan
    January 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for the winery explanation. I knew you were enjoying the work at your winery, thus my question last night. Looks like I wasn’t the only one wonderful. But your answer certainly makes sense. I can imagine that the book has to come first. Can’t wait to see what your final product looks like, how you’re structuring the stories vs recipes,etc. You’ll have lots of buyers, I’m sure, just like the Pioneer Woman did.
    Best of luck to you! I’ve so enjoyed following you blog/life since Gina (Fitnesssista) introduced me to you when your life was taking a tough turn.
    Happy writing!

  • Lindsay
    January 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I bought some zinfandel at Ridge last weekend! You have great “taste”! 😉

  • Jenny
    January 11, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I’m going to see It’s Complicated with on a “mom date” with my mom and a friend and her mom! I can’t wait!

  • Nicole (dishin')
    January 11, 2010 at 7:45 am

    That pizza looks amazing!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    January 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    The title of this post includes my three favorite things 🙂