Behind The Butter

Good Gracious, It’s Friday!

Happy Friday!

Anyone have fun plans for the long weekend? I’m just relaxing, as this is my last “free weekend” for quite some time. Next week I’m super excited because I’m going to Philadelphia for a conference and the week after that my mom is coming and it’s my birthday!

I’m really excited about Philly though because I get to reunite with some of my favorites, eat delicious food and explore a new city! Probably my favorite thing to do is go to a city I’ve never been before and just totally take it on and explore. I’d love to plan a blogger meet-up at some point, even just for coffee, so Philly readers stay tuned for news on that.

Now, on to the food. This morning I had a big bowl of my very favorite cereal–Optimum Power—with banana and almond milk:

And I just had a super early granny lunch of smoked salmon on a sprouted wheat wrap with goat cheese and local butter lettuce from the veggie bag.

Thank you all for telling me about Trader Joe’s exceptionally priced wild smoked salmon!!!!!!!!! I mean, it’s still a treat ($4.99 for 4 ounces…enough for 2 meals) but it’s SO good and cheaper than the stuff I bought the first time. Every time I go into Trader Joe’s my heart sings. I don’t know how I survived so long without it.
I had an early light lunch because I’m heading to the gym now (I think I might actually JOIN today!) and then racing back here to get some stuff done and written before a meeting this afternoon.
Ready. Set. Break.

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  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 28, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Wow – you’re good at wraps! I don’t know what it is, but I just CANNOT do them, they always fall apart. It’s the one talent I wish I had…
    Have a good afternoon!

  • M
    May 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Yippee…you’re coming to Philly! There’s plenty of fun things to eat and see here! 🙂

  • Laura
    May 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    JENNA!! Finally!! You’re coming to Philly!! I’m a longtime reader but never a poster. I live in Philly and have wanted one of you amazing bloggers to visit this wonderful city! I would love a meet up sometime when you are here!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    May 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I loooove Philly! It’s such a great, walkable city. You’ll have a blast!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    May 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Have a fun, relaxing weekend!! I’ve lived in PA for a year, but still haven’t made it to Philly. It’s definitely on my list though!

    What’s the conference you’re going to?

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    what i wouldn’t give to have a trader joe’s nearby…and somewhere where we could get some $2-chuck…alas, we have to do with whole foods 🙂

    can’t wait to hear about the philly trip next week!

  • kacy
    May 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Philly. Have fun!

  • Evan Thomas
    May 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Happy Friday!
    I hear trader joe’s is going to make its practicce 100% sustainable by 2012, hurrah!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    May 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Philly is such a fun city! You’re gonna love it!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    May 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Oh, the salmon looks delicous! I can’t wait to read what you have to say about Philly. I’m going there for the first time at the end of July and can’t wait to explore!

  • Lisa
    May 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I’m a huge fan of TJ’s and try to buy most of my groceries there when I can. It’s much more affordable than Whole Foods!

  • Ann @ Appalachian Appetites
    May 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    You got local goat cheese and butter in your veggie bag?! Jealous!

  • jaimegirl
    May 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    nice, you’re coming round my neck of the woods—-Philly! can’t wait to hear more re: a blogger meetup!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    May 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Smoked salmon is so great! My husband is from Ireland, and they eat it a lot there so it has slowly become a big part of my diet. We usually get ours at TJ’s too.

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    That wrap looks delicious – love smoked salmon.

  • Alex
    May 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I am so excited that you’re going to be in Philly! Let me know if you need any restaurant suggestions (please for your own sake, go to Yogorino at 20th an Locust… after their froyo your life will never be the same) and I hope that you are able to schedule some sort of meet up!!

  • Kellie
    May 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I buy almost all my food at TJ’s. It is inexpensive and delicious.

  • Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets
    May 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I can’t believe you’re coming to Philly! Philly is a foodie’s heaven. I think it goes unnoticed because NYC is right around the corner, but there are so many amazing byobs where the focus is simply on the food (since they don’t make money through liquor). I hope you get to spend some time exploring.

    I would definitely be interested in a blogger meet-up!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Philly! You are just that much closer to Pittsburgh. 🙂

  • Jennu
    May 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Ahh you must be so excited for your Mom to come up! Enjoy your weekend of relaxation:)

  • Amanda
    May 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I live in the Philly area! It’s exciting that you’re coming here!

  • Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife
    May 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I LOVE almond milk and cereal. One of my most favorite things. Ever.

  • PK
    May 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Yay! Philly has loads of yummy restaurants, let me know if you need any suggestions!

    Lots of cool neighborhoods packed with shops and restaurants!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Mmmm..wild smoked salmon is so delicious! I’ll bet it makes an awesome wrap sandwich. 😀

  • Mindy
    May 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I’m going to see Phantom of the Opera tomorrow with my mom! The rest of the weekend is pretty chill…I’m excited to just relax!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    May 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Smoked salmon = GET IN MY BELLY!!! haha!

  • Erin
    May 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Trader Joe’s just makes life better. I tried explaining to my new roommate that the other grocery stores won’t cut it, even though they are slightly closer.

  • MMiller
    May 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Wow,I’m from Philly, but live in Florida now! Be careful…the Flyers may just WIN the Stanley Cup while you are there! Hopefully they will stretch it out and win after you leave!

    Good idea to relax this weekend! You have a busy few weeks ahead! So glad your Mom is coming out for your birthday!

    Have a great weekend Jenna!

    • Sarah
      May 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      I belive you mean the hawks will sweep the cup.

      Philly’s great though otherwise

  • Helen
    May 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Sounds like you have some busy weekends ahead, make the most of this one!
    Your lunch looks so nice, I need to get me some smoked salmon!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    May 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    There’s something about that banana that is singing to me: it looks perfectly ripe.

    Aw, Philly will be a blast. What’s the conference?

    & yay for June b.days! : )

  • eatmovelove
    May 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Ah may be your last “Free” w/e…but the coming ones sound pretty great!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    May 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Sounds like you have some fun weekends coming up!!!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    May 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    TJ’s is a thing of beauty. I will certainly miss it when I leave Hartford and return to CO where there are NO Trader Joe’s. Tear….Whole Foods is amazing and all, but Trader Joe’s has its own charm (and much cheaper pricetag to boot!).

  • Cait
    May 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I just was at TJ’s and got 4oz Smoked Salmon too! Mine was only $1.99 though. Wonder why. Maybe mine was farm raised? :-/ It was TJ’s brand though, so maybe not! I also checked out the Almond Milk there and saw that it had Soy Lecithin in it. I try to avoid that because of all the controversy. Do you have any opinions about soy and it’s health risks?

  • Ambersnotebook
    May 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Omg I and sick and nothing sounds good but for the first time I feel hungry after seeing this picture. Oh yay my birthday is the same weekend!!

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist!
    May 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I love Philly! they have quite an underground art scene that I am dieing to experience in “real-life” rather than just via blogs and websites.
    Yummy wrap. I always forget about smoked salmon.

    FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!! How I love you and I am so happy you are here!! 🙂

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy
    May 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    You know, I’ve only been to Trader Joe’s once, and I loved it!!! I need to get back there soon!

  • Aimee
    May 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    ahhhh! i knew there must be some reason why i feel like you’re so relatable– you’re a gemini, just like me! when’s your birthday? mine’s the tenth. i am so excited. big plans?

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health
    May 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I’m from Philly 😀 Well, the ‘burbs, but still! I’ll make sure to check back for possible meet-up deets!

  • Kathleen
    May 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Philadelphia is fantastic! In addition to the historical stuff, there are tons of great restaurants and outdoorsy things. Wonderful, wonderful city.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Mmmm smoked salmon is the best!

  • Katherine
    May 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    have you tried canned salmon from Traders? or is there a difference between pink and red salmon from a can? well obviously there is but do you know the difference? what salmon did you purchase?

  • Lauren
    May 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    PLEASE plan a blogger event!!! I am a long time reader, big fan of yours, and a big foodie. Philly has some great restaurants!

  • jaimegirl
    May 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Oh Jenna, forgot to say—-you must hit up Capogiro Gelato when you come out here to Philly. to die for.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I mix TJ’s smoked salmon with organic eggs and chopped fresh dill & scramble. Philly old mainline area really nice. Trivia: The ‘Philadelphia Story’ w/Katherine Hepburn/Jimmy Stewart was based on real life Tracey Lord and remade as ‘High Society’ w/Grace Kelly/Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, etc…lyrics by Cole Porter. Yes, as a matter of fact I DID go to film school (UCLA as part of writing program)

    My weekend already started. Friends & I went out for eggs benedict/champage, then went to Whole Foods & Macy’s sale w/another friend, now off for marathon walk with another. Sleepy Carmel is packed for the holiday weekend…exciting! And a tourist town needs it’s tourist revenues….so bring it on!
    It’s gorgeous out.

    My son is in Crete for week and a half and island hoping Greek isles!

  • hgv
    May 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Jenna, see if you can schedule a meet up here in Philly! I am a long time reader, first time commenter…I feel like maybe the more comments you get regarding a meet up, you might be compelled to actually have one. I would love to meet you!

    Also, other commenters are correct, Philly really is a foodie’s heaven. If you need any tips, let us know!

  • runnerforever
    May 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I am going to try out the Optimum Power cereal soon, it sounds so good! Enjoy your relaxing weekend.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I love Philly. My mom live near there and I wish I could go meet you.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    That’s great! Have fun in Philly next week! That is definitely a city I want to visit! 🙂
    Great looking breakfast- bananas always look so good!

  • Mary
    May 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Yay!!!! I live in Philly. I’d love love love to meet up!!!!!

  • Tara
    May 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Philly is such a great city! I highly recommend the White Dog Cafe. Also, I second the recommendation for Capogiro. They make amazing gelato!

  • Rachael
    May 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Not to diss too much on TJ’s, but their sustainability policy (salmon and other seafood) only came about after a long, drawn-out campaign by a couple of big environmental groups – they didn’t come willingly :(. Their packaging is still a bit of an issue – I think the best thing to do, since they say they listen to their customers, is to let them know that they’re loved, but they’d be loved even more if they were more environmentally responsible.
    Just moved to Philadelphia. Yesterday. Exploring it so far has been pretty fun – definitely one of the coolest places I’ve been to yet.

  • Marisa
    May 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    That is so awesome that you are coming to Philly!! I am a LONG time reader and have never commented. I live right over the bridge from Philly in South Jersey. Keep us Philly readers posted on a possible meetup!

  • Sarah
    May 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Happy Friday to you too! I’m in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 for the weekend. We have garage and pit passes so we’re having a blast!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    May 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Wooohoo! I love visiting new cities!!! I love just being out and exploring every piece of it and of course eating up all the deliciousness that place has to offer. I’ve technically been to Philly but I don’t count it, so I really need to go again!

  • Camille
    May 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Costco had smoked salmon pretty cheap! It was really good too!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    May 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I work weekends, so no plans for me. Although Monday morning my husband and I are going to visit the graves of our family members like usual.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    May 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    That wrap looks gorgeous! I’m looking forward to this long weekend for some BBQ and family time!

  • Janna
    May 29, 2010 at 4:39 am

    I’m so excited you’re coming to Philly! I think I’ve been reading your blog since the very beginning, would love to meet up!

  • Ginny
    May 29, 2010 at 4:51 am

    OMG! I am so excited you are coming to Philly!!!! I can’t wait to meet up 🙂

  • Taylor
    May 29, 2010 at 6:48 am

    YUM 🙂 Your making me want to try smoked salmon.

    I love exploring new cities! My cousin and I went to Paris a year ago for a few weeks- that place was the most amazing place to explore! Have fun in Philly, and enjoy your weekend Jenna!

  • j.l.
    May 29, 2010 at 6:55 am

    trader joe’s philly – 2121 market street. 🙂

    but if you’re here for a conference, chances are you’ll be in the middle of china town, which means – and within super uber walking distance, for foodie delights and rocking out. aaaannndddd, “where to all the hippies meet? south street! south street!” surely you’ve heard that oldie!

  • Jenna
    May 29, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Philly is awesome. I’m from outside of Philly & would love to meet up, keep us posted!! 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    May 29, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Argh! Jealous! I’ve been waiting and waiting for Trader Joe’s to come to KC! I know they’re coming and the locations are picked but the process isn’t going fast enough for me!

  • Ruby at Ruby, She Wrote
    May 29, 2010 at 7:28 am

    you MUST MUST MUST go to the Reading Terminal Market and Silk City Diner. you will not be disappointed!

  • StephanieTBS
    June 1, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Oh how fun, you’ll be in Philly?! What conference will you be here for? I’m a Philly girl so I’ll look out for details about a possible meetup!