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Good To Be Back

Hey y’all, sorry for the “little hiccup”..I could give you a long winded explanation for what happened but truthfully, I don’t even know the extent of it and all I know is that we are back up and running now! Luckily, two of my favorite guys happen to be tech geniuses and helped me a bunch. Thank you Rocky and Adam! I owe y’all dinner….or 500 dinners…..;)

Despite my other half being missing (my other half being the blog), I did manage to have a rather productive day yesterday.

A big bowl of optimum power cereal + gluten-free mix my granola with soymilk and banana for breakfast. And then I was off to plow away once again on the book. The good news is I’m making some serious progress. The bad news is that I still have a lot to go and the days are dwindling!!! (My deadline is April 1st!)


I took a lunch break for some Quiznos deliciousness. I ADORE their veggie subs!!!!!!!


I load mine up with banana peppers, hot peppers, pickles and hot sauce. So wonderfully satisfying.

Since I was already in the area and had to work at the studio later in the afternoon, I found a corner in Barnes and Noble to write for a few hours before heading to yoga. I snacked on half of the Clif Bar while I typed away like a mad woman.

After working at the studio yesterday, I hit up a 6 pm power class and it felt soooo good. A very sweaty and strong class—thank you, Anna! 🙂 I managed to forget the headache of DNS, domains, hosts and registrars while I twisted and bent my body but then right when I got out it all started again and last night was filled with phone calls and crash courses in domain stuff. I ate a quick, late meal of a quorn chicken cutlet with a sweet potato and some grapes…

And then after my brain was filled with newfound internet knowledge, I hit the sack only to wake up at 6am so I could call BlueHost right when they opened and actually talk to a person regarding why the blog was down. A made a strong cup of coffee and later, had some overnight oats.

I was told it would take 48 hours for ELR to return and so this is a big (awesome!) surprise. Yay!!!!!!! This morning I am heading to Sebastopol to meet with Marcy, my writer friend, to go over some edits and workshop our stuff together. After that, I’ll probably be in the library for the rest of the day, writing, since tomorrow I leave for TAHOE and won’t be getting any work done this weekend! 🙂
Hmm what else, what else………how about another giveaway? I think I promised y’all one the other day before all this drama??! Again, this is for my local California readers….I will be giving away one more Sonoma County Restaurant Week gift certificate today—this time for $25 to Henweigh Cafe in Sebastopol!
I personally haven’t been here but I have this obsession with Sebastopol and everything in it (hello, cedar enzyme baths) so I have no doubt this is an awesome place. I’m actually staring at the menu right now and phrases such as “sweet potato fries” and ” honey and pecan baked brie” are shouting out at me.
To enter this giveaway, please leave me a comment on this post once again….this time telling me what the best meal you ever had out at a restaurant was.

I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning!

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  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    February 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

    The best meal I ever had was at Aqua Al Due in Florence, Italy. Steak with blueberry sauce, mmm!

  • Allison K
    February 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I can’t wait to read about your Tahoe adventures! Get ready for some mountains and what is (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful places on earth. (I grew up 30 minutes away in Reno).

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    February 25, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Glad you are back! Best meal was a fabulous filet with blue cheese sauce…DROOL.

  • Katelyn
    February 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Wowee I am so glad you’re back! I never thought I would go through ELR withdrawl, but alas.. it happened. Missed your smiling rambles!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    February 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Glad your “other half” is up and running 🙂

  • Sara
    February 25, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Aren’t computer related problems fun?! 🙂 Glad you are back with us. I was having seroius ELR withdrawals. Best meal would have to a tandori lamb shank with papaya chutney + a side of roasted beets with baked goat cheese on top. Yumm!

  • Tracey
    February 25, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Wow, thanks for another great giveaway! My best meal was one I recently had in New York City at SHO Shaun Hergatt – it was a multi-course, gourmet feast featuring lobster with quail egg, Australian hiramasa, diver scallops and a fabulous Jasmine-infused chocolate ganache dessert! So glad you’re back in action!

  • GurlOnA"Diet"
    February 25, 2010 at 10:21 am

    wow i’m glad ur back! btw wat is ur fav cliff bar flavor? i haven’t tried them (:gasp:, i know) and was wondering which i should get my feet wet with!

  • Jesse
    February 25, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I think the first fancy meal in an excellent restaurant that I ever had as a child…at the Carnelian Room atop the B of A building in SF. I had escargot, filet mignon, and banans flambe that they flambed tableside. I was about 11 and felt like a total princess-and the experience turned me into a total bonafide foodie! 🙂

  • Courtney
    February 25, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Freshly caught shrimp, fresh Norweigan bread and organic greens loaded with veggies when I was in Kristiansand, Norway.. words cant even express!…

  • Anna @ OatsnBoats
    February 25, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Glad your blog is back up.
    Ahh Sebastopol – moving closer and closer to me… I don’t know that I have a favorite meal at a restaurant. I have favorite dishes. I had a fantastic caprese at Cucina Urbana when I last visited San Diego – they make the cheese (burrata – a cream & mozzarella mix) fresh on site and it was amazing. But then I also always adore the cachapas I get at Tucos… I think the corn ones are the best, but they them with whatever is in season at the time so they always taste fresh and delicious.

  • theemptynutjar
    February 25, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Busy lady Jenna. Wow.
    I admire u for being so athletic. I take one 30-minute walk a day. That is it. I know you bike and do more cardio, but I keep hoping this is kind of has to be 🙂
    I envy your yoga too girl. wow…studios and stuff sound fun…not in my cards …not now anyway.
    overnight oats look great, i am going to try them soon.
    and that sub looks great.
    you are such a trooper…your mind must be so sharp to be able to pump out a full book! Have a better day.

  • MMiller
    February 25, 2010 at 10:31 am

    So glad you are back up and running! I must have tried 100 times! And glad you had a productive day! Almost done girl! You can do it!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    February 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I hope that commenting on this doesn’t enter me into the drawing for that giveaway, because I certainly don’t live in Cali, but I just wanted to say how much I missed you in the 24 hours you were gone! How do we get so connected to blogs? Anyway, glad you’re back!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    February 25, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I’m not entering but so happy ELR is back up and running! Doesn’t it feel great to know how much you were missed?? Good luck with writing today!

  • Jil
    February 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Not an entry – but glad to see you are back up and running!! The food looks delicious, and yay for great yoga sessions!! I think I need to find a new place to get my work done — home just isn’t as productive for me as it used to be — B&N or Borders are calling my nammmme! 🙂

  • Michelle
    February 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

    best meal? that’s a hard one… i’d have to say picking out a small, random restaurant in the Latin Quarter in Paris, eating cheese and chocolate fondue all night long accompanied by port. maybe it wasn’t the best food ever, but it was definitely the most memorable. now if only california wasn’t so far from france…

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 25, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Aww I wish I lived locally!!

    So glad you are back girl!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    February 25, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Glad your back! I had a battle with Ecto last night and I was pretty convinced I would never be able to blog again (okay maybe an exaggeration out of pure frustration). But still. I understand the headache!

  • ellen eats beets
    February 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I’ve never had a Quiznos veggie sub, but I love the ones from Subway, and I bet they’re pretty similar. The overnight oats looks delish. Sonoma is just beautiful! I think the best this I ever had a restaurant was the foie gras at Boulevard. It was a totally unexpected meal with a new friend, and he offered a bite. I’d never tried it, and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I know a lot of people have strong feelings about foie gras (that was probably the first and last time I’ll ever have it) but I’m glad I got to try it!!

  • Renee
    February 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I can’t pick a favorite, but I remember really enjoying ricotta gnochi with baby carrots at Zuni, in San Francisco.

  • Ashley
    February 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Best meal I’ve ever had was at Fiamma in Las Vegas. From their to-do-for fresh mozarella, to lobster ravioli…it’s all amazing!

  • Rasa
    February 25, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Yay! More Restaurant Week giveaways! My best-ever meal out was in Vancouver, BC, about 10 years ago. It was a little basement restaurant serving Northwest cuisine; it felt like we were eating a celebration meal in a cozy long-house. I was there with 8 of my college girlfriends, on our first annual reunion (we’ve gotten together every year since then, too!), so it was as much about the company and the ambience as it was about the food. The food was fresh, local, innovative and interesting, and fantastic. We finished the meal with local icewine. I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant. A quick look on yelp didn’t reveal it. Maybe it’s not there anymore…. That would be sad.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    February 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Yikes! Sorry about the bloggie problems! All that internet information can definitely be intimidating.
    Glad you’re back up and running 🙂

  • Debbie
    February 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I had a bloomin’ fit when I couldn’t find you yesterday! I tried and tried and worried and scurried trying everything in my power to reach your blog. The only thing short of calling 911. I did think in the event I continued having troubles…I thought I would knock down Kath’s (KERF) door to find out what the heck happened to you. Sorry I don’t comment much but boy I sure don’t miss a beat with you…

    P.S. We (My Hubby and I) moved to CA from NY a few months ago. We’re down in San Diego and so in love out here. My desire is to meet you some day, perhaps even get your signature on that book you’re writing.

    Thinking about you and so happy to have you back. Have a blessed day! Debbie

  • Freya @
    February 25, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Ahh I’m glad that you know what the problem was, I thought it was just my computer having issues with your blog!
    Favourite meal ever – at Pacha (a Moroccan in London) – the dessert (stuffed dates) was INCREDIBLE!! And so many amazing dishes…I would kill to go back there 😛

  • Kristin
    February 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Best meal ever was at Daniel in NYC. I nearly cried when it was over because it was so amazing- service was impeccable and the food was indescribably good. Each bite made me weak in the knees.

  • Sarah
    February 25, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Glad you are back! Internet problems are the worst! Makes me extra thankful for everyone who understands the web!

    I don’t live in NorCal anymore but I still LOVE how beautiful it is…have a blast in Tahoe, I used to go there a few times a year to play in the snow 🙂

  • rebecca
    February 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

    my favorite meals have always been home cooked and enjoyed with family, friends and laughter…nothing else really stands to compare…but if i had to choose, my most recently favorite meal, it was the crusted snapper at Emeril’s Table 10 in Las Vegas.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    February 25, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I will never forget the poached salmon I had at the Moose Cafe in Mendocino.

  • Ellie
    February 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

    So good to see ELR back… it’s become as necessary to my mornings as my porridge with almond butter!

    Thank you for your hard work!

    Ellie in chilly Edinburgh x

  • Jessica
    February 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love your blog, Jenna, and I make your roasted chicken at least twice a month. I’m a librarian, and I just wanted to let you know that that I am very happy that you’ve found your library and love it! I will ask my library to purchase your book when it’s published!

  • Felicia
    February 25, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Best meal would have to be from a Thai restaurant in Silver Lake where the highlight of my large meal (the waiters brought so many dishes out for us to try!) was faux orange chicken. Sooo yummy.

  • Camille
    February 25, 2010 at 11:47 am

    So glad you’re back!
    I was starting to get worried that you were gone forever 🙁
    I live in Southern California, but after looking at the menu, I am more than happy to make a trip up North for some good eats!

  • kathleen
    February 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    this is so simple and boring — but a sirloin burger with grilled onions + goat cheese, and sweet potato fries!! don’t mess with a good thing 🙂

  • Daisy
    February 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    so glad you are back. oh im not entering the giveaway since I live in boston but i wanted to say I am so excited for your Tahoe trip! hearing you talk about it makes me jeaouls and i cant wait to see pics!

  • Jenna
    February 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I’m so glad you are back. I read your blog daily and it’s saved in my browser toolbar. I clicked on it yesterday and it said “website not found”. I was in a straight up panic thinking “OH NO WHERE’S JENNA?!” Anyways, the best meal I’ve eaten out was at this little vegetarian restaurant in Pennsylvania called The Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille. I got a wrap called El Fino. It was a spinach wrap encased with grilled pears, maple pecans, gorgonzola cheese, grilled onions, baby greens & dairy free carmelized onion mayo. It was also served with spring mix in pear-walnut vinaigrette, oranges, roasted baby yellow beets & sundried cranberries. Seriously, it was like putting heaven into my mouth. Have a fabulous time in Tahoe!

    (P.S. I’m a Jenna too! haha)

  • karen
    February 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    My most memorable and favorite meal was actually room service on my honeymoon night 15 and a half years ago…prime rib, and a baked potato!! Yum! I’ll never forget it! 🙂

  • Kelly @ Healthy Passion
    February 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I think the best meal I ever had was seabass baked in a banana leaf and topped with zucchini and sun dried tomatoes! Want it again now!! 🙂

  • Staci
    February 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    The best meal I’ve ever had was a pineapple chicken dish at a restaurant in Costa Rica. The ingredients were so fresh and vibrant (and delicious) I still dream about it! I’ve tried to recreate the dish many times but alas it never tastes as good.

  • Chloe
    February 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Jenna! Long time reader – first time commenter!

    My favorite restaurant meal was on Valentines day this year. Me and my new sweetie had sushi at Pink Godzilla, an amazing place in Santa Cruz. I heart Sebastopol as well, kinda reminds me of Santa Cruz 🙂


  • Katharine
    February 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Glad to see the blog is back! Quizno’s is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine – it’s right around the corner from my house and oh-so tempting sometimes. 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    again, i so wish i was even CLOSE to the area so i could win! sad face —> 🙁

    that sub looks so good though! i love the hot peppers and banana peppers…yum!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    February 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Welcome back! And best of luck with the book writing 🙂

  • Jen
    February 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Welcome back! We missed you here. I still need to try those overnight oats…

  • Kristin
    February 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    That’s a tough question, but definitely in the running was an “avocado and friends” veggie sandwich on fresh baked cinnamon raisin bread at Polly’s Pies in Long Beach, CA. For dessert? A huge slice of mixed berry pie a la mode. *drool*

  • legalstyle
    February 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    San Francisco girl here! Favorite meal was at French Laundry in Yountville – pumpkin raviolis were the dish that stick out in my mind, but oh lord it was so good. (Better since it came after my first marathon!)


  • diana(mymarblerye)
    February 25, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    you and tina always have website issues. Who is your “host”? Well at least you are back! thousands of women can breathe a sigh of relief now. 🙂

  • theEpicurean Pig
    February 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Sorry for the long winded comment, bu this dining experience deserves a story- The long and short answer is Crush in Seattle. Hands down best dining experience. Want to know why, see below. And great blog by the way. Found it via Twitter.

    After a week long cruise to Alaska, stuffing myself with mediocre cruise food and watery drinks I was looking forward to spending my last night in Seattle at Crush. Having spent hours reading reviews on various Seattle restaurants, we decided on Crush (it was also one of the few restaurants open on Sunday, July 5th).

    We arrived at what appeared to be an unassuming house. Upon entering, we were wowed by the minimalistic white interior and a beautiful bar that overlooks an open kitchen. It was a clear Seattle night, so we opted to sit outside on their patio. After perusing the menu, we decided to put ourselves in the capable hands of the kitchen staff. They had a 4 course tasting menu that we went for. And since I’m not a sweet person, I was able to sub my dessert for another savory dish (the servers were great all night).

    We both started with a signature cocktail. I had a cucumber vodka concoction and the missus had a strawberry brandy something or other (it’s been a while so I don’t remember the drink details). Both were refreshing and there was an element of finesse to them.

    A small bowl of “bread” started the food avalanche. It was actually more like an amuse bouche of cheese puff pastry. Incredibly light and tasty. Then a spoonful of tartare topped with caviar and foam was brought out. At this point, I knew that if this continued we were in for a good night.

    What followed was plate after plate of O face inducing food-

    1st courses- Japanese Hamachi Crudo Spiced Asian Pear- fresh, clean tasting fish, Ginger & Carrot; Asparagus Soup with Jumbo Crab- very nice soup with a pile of beautiful crab.

    2nd courses- Maine Lobster Gnocchi Lobster Coral Butter, Tahitian Vanilla & Tangerine- buttery, soft pillows of potatoes, the flavor combination’s for the sauce was also interesting; Grilled Calamari on a Bed of Chorizo and Onion- amazing! Sous vide calamari that was quickly seared. Incredibly tender. And the spicy chorizo and onions was the perfect condiment. The herbaceous green sauce that everything was sitting on rounded out the dish.

    3rd courses- Handcut Tagliatelle Pasta & Caviar Sauce Sea Urchin Roe & Quail Egg- one of my favorite dishes that night. Sea urchin, a runny quail egg and caviar… seriously?! I’m so glad I replaced dessert with this dish. Amazing ocean flavor from the sea urchin, then a textural pop from the caviar and that silky yoke from the egg. This might be the perfect pasta dish. Very inspiring.; Sea Scallop on Caramelized Onion Risotto- nicely seared scallop, although slightly to brown on top and a little overcooked. Risotto was nice.

    4th course- Glazed Painted Hills Short Rib Potato Gratin, White Corn Grits & Truffle Pistou- I had to continually whack my wife’s fork away from my plate… like a pesky fly, she couldn’t get enough of these short ribs and rightfully so. Fork tender, sous vide for 24 hours and painted with a dark, rich glaze and dotted with truffle oil… Simple, yet perfect. ; Wild Sockeye with English Peas- nicely cooked and I loved that they kept the skin on. A very light dish in contrast to the short ribs. And it’s like a movie opening the same weekend as Titanic… it was hard to pay attention to the fish with those short ribs sitting next to them.

    Dessert- Strawberry Tiramasu (I think… I was in a certifiable food coma at this point). I remember the bite I had being pretty good… for a dessert.

    The night ended on a perfect note with us sitting inside at the bar, sipping another amazing cocktail, from the incredibly friendly and knowledgeable bartender, and watching the chefs diligently performing their craft. I wish we had another day in Seattle, if for nothing else, to simply eat here again.

    That dinner at Crush embodies everything that a good dining experience should be. Perfect, friendly service that is neither pretentious nor pushy. Beautiful ambiance in a setting that closely mimics the food. And a kitchen staff that knows how to deliver course after course of memorable, simple, yet delicious food. Having lived in “Wine Country” my whole life, I’ve ate at some impressive restaurants , but the culmination of the food, service and setting at Crush eclipse them all. One of the best meals of my life.

    And knowing that I can hop on a Horizon flight out of Santa Rosa and be sitting on that beautiful patio in a matter of 90 minutes… An awfully tempting proposition. And a trip well worth it. Check out the video below for some pics.

  • eatingRD
    February 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    glad your blog is back! websites are fun and frustrating at times. Is there a deadline to use the card? I don’t know if I can use it when I’ll be in town for the livestrong race? if not that’s okay! That’s a hard question, definitely Marrakech or Charlie Palmer steakhouse and also Park Kitchen in portland. Too many good places! 🙂

  • woman&warrior
    February 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    eggplant inari at millenium in sf! hands down. its actually my best bite ever.

    welcome back, you were missed!

  • LindsayRuns
    February 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    best meal ever was the salmon over hominy I had back in January at this Wilmington resturant called Deluxe. It was absolutely divine!

  • Caitlin
    February 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Best meal ever was in Vienna, at this restaurant that had Mozart’s signature on the wall. It was a fish and lentil dish 🙂

  • Stacey
    February 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    So glad your back, I thought you disappeared and were lost in the internet world for good.

  • Daniel
    February 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Welcome back! I’m glad you were able to resolve everything!

    That egg + risotto looks very good, another idea for me to try down the road!

  • Jenn
    February 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t think I could pick out my favorite meal ever…so how about favorite food to order? I love to order fish when I’m dining out, I always massacre it at home, so it’s a nice treat when dining out:)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    February 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I love when yoga can help me just take away all the stress. And I’m glad the blog is back up.

  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils
    February 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I think it’s a liiiitle too far away for me, but wanted to give you props on all the Cali giveaways! I love em! 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    February 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t want to be in the contest (traveling through Australia at the moment) but my best meal was at a pub in the middle of nowhere, Ireland. It was a beef and Guinness stew and just the freshest ingredients, amazing vegetables, delicious mashed potatoes. Oh myyyy… I would stop being a vegetarian JUST to eat that meal again. 😀

  • Ilene
    February 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Best meal ever….a buffet! Haha I’ve not very restaurant-cultured yet 🙁

  • Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl
    February 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    My favorite meal at a restaurant would have to be this little restaurant in a village in Austria. It was a small village we drove through and we stopped for lunch and ordered a couple things off the menu (we didn’t speak any German so we saw “Kiev” and thought that was probably a winner!) and it was AMAZING. It took forever to cook so you know it was fresh and delicious, and I’m assuming fresh, local produce was used as well. 🙂

  • Me-Linh @ Sweets and Sweat
    February 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    My favorite meal was…a huge plate of cheesecake bites in Costa Rica! So good for dinner. Dessert for dinner is better than breakfast for dinner.

  • eatmovelove
    February 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Hey girl , I asked you a question about your book in your previous post…but you probably don’t have time to answer anyways!! Oh well 😉
    Anyhow, just wondering if you prefer writing “out” of your home – like at the coffe shop/library more? and was wondering how long it took you to get a book deal?
    not THAT i even am anything near that…or even know what i’d write about or if it’s even for me…but just wondering – cause everyone seems to just shoot it down…

  • Jen A
    February 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Best meal was probably my first paratha in India

  • Elaine
    February 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    best meal i EVER had was at church and state in downtown LA. three words: roasted bone marrow. sent me straight to foodie heaven!

  • Steph
    February 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    The best meal I had at a restaurant was at a place called Shadowbrook.
    The restaurant is in Capitola near Santa Cruz and it’s so romantic! There’s a tree growing in the middle of the restaurant and you take a little trolley to get down to the actual restaurant from the road. I can’t remember the exact meal I had there, but it was some kind of red meat dish. My hubby and I had to talk ourselves out of licking our plates clean. Soooo good.

  • VeggieGirl
    February 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Best meal I’ve ever had at a restaurant = one that I had 4 NIGHTS IN A ROW (!!!) in NYC. Raw asparagus sushi + sea vegetable salad + mint sundae = all at Pure Food and Wine. 4 nights in a row. Excellent company to enjoy it with. Could not have asked for better meal components or company.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    February 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Glad you are back! The best meal I have ever had was at Bouchon in Yountville. Yum to die for. It was to long ago…..

  • MaryC
    February 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Jenna- love your blog! Long time reader, first time commenter. Best meal was in Kuala Lumpur on a trip with some b-school classmates. Our professor took us through a seafood shop where you picked your treats right out of the tanks. He found some surprises, and we had a 15-course meal of strange, exotic seafoods…but also including lobster sashimi and a vat of red chili crab. Would never had done that on my own, but so exciting and memorable.

  • Lauren
    February 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Yay – the blog is back and running! Ug, blog troubles sound absolutely awful – I’m glad you managed ! 🙂 Hm….best meal ever would probably have to be at this small French Bistro in Nice – nothing better than watching the waves crash while enjoying some good French wine, fantastic French food, and amazing French company 🙂

  • Ali
    February 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Favorite meal: vegetarian burrito from Tres Amigos in Half Moon Bay. You should try it! It’s not far from SF, and it’s a beautiful town. (where I’m from!)

  • amanda
    February 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Glad you are back up and running!

  • Katherine
    February 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    The best meal I ever had was at a restaurant called La Giostra in Florence, Italy!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    February 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I’m not in for the gift certificate as way too many ‘best’ meals out to chose one. But, this was featured on Scribd today “Catholic School Girls Wanna Have Fun’ …comments were ‘OMG’ funny, etc. Since we all need a laugh as much as food thought I’d leave link.

  • CaitlinRose
    February 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    best meal was a 9 course at “the Dining Room at the Ritz” . . . I know it’s not ethical to say this but the foie gras on brioche was. in.sane.

  • Carolyn
    February 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    My best meal was at Aqua in San Francisco for my birthday a few years ago. I love seafood and the seafood here is fantastic, beautifully presented and service was great. I would highly recommend it for a special occasion.

    Glad the blog is back up!

  • Megan
    February 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    My favorite meal at a restaurant had to be the Blackened Mahi Mahi w/ the shrimp appetizer at a restaurant in the French Quarter. The place is called The Aspen and it was awesome. For most of my life I have despised seafood. This meal turned me into a seafood lover.

  • Sara
    February 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Glad you’re back! Best meal was a raw nacho dish from Ecopolitan in Minneapolis. It was the first raw meal I had ever tried while out to dinner and now I’m hooked!

  • Katrina
    February 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    You have BlueHost??? I’ve been on the phone/email with them since about 8pm LAST NIGHT. Something went wrong with my Windows Live Writer and their recent update and my blog was a big ol’ mess. I JUST got it all fixed an hour ago, but it was through a custom-written plug-in script–not Bluehost. I found other people who had the same problem and traced their solution back to someone who wrote a wordpress plug-in. That original one wouldn’t work, but he was nice enough to adjust it for me. I know more about servers and PHP and XML than I ever planned to know about.
    Glad you’re back! I saw some comments over at KERF asking about you. You were missed!
    Have a great Friday!

  • Katrina
    February 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Dangit. I forgot the favorite meal!

    All time favorite meal was this past Nov. at a place in Jackson, MS. It’s called Sal and Mookies. It was our first night away from the ICU, where my father was fighting for his life with swine flu. That night, we had gotten the first bit of good news that he might survive–after 9 days of not knowing. We left the hospital, saw the sun, and Mom took me and my sister to Sal and Mookie’s. The atmosphere was upbeat and playful and they had the BEST salad dressing, made fresh daily. The homemade pizza choices boggled the mind. We chose the Onasis which had tomatoes, spinach, red onion, olives, feta, mozz, and gyro style lamb. The pizza was OUTSTANDING. It is by far, the best meal I’ve ever had at a restaurant. It beats several meals in paris, london, and switzerland.

    Here is the link–

  • Stef
    February 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    the best meal i ever had was not technically in a restaurant, it was on a boat in vietnam! the chef caught all the fish while we snorkeled alongside the boat in the gorgeous water and swam in the limestone caves. the boat was flat on the top so we had plenty of room for sitting, and the spread was AWESOME. every fresh tropical fruit you can imagine: mangoes, longans, coconuts, yellow watermelon, perfectly grilled flaky fish with caramelized onions on greens, with steamed rice. so simple and so perfect!

  • marie
    February 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    yes, you’re back! your page being down was totally throwing off my blog flow ; )

    best meal ever? ever?! gosh, you ask the toughies. i think my graduation dinner might be up there! a seafood restaurant, just my mom and i. the menu:
    -this clam chowder that was a half and half with new england and manhattan
    -scallops with garlic mashed potatoes and crispy asparagus with lots of butterrr omgggg
    -creme brulee. classic.
    -lots of sauvignon blanc and champagne (!!!)

    it transformed me. that meal for me = hesse’s journey to the east.

  • Lindsay
    February 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    No disqualifying me for not directly answering the question, but one of the most interesting meals ever was the Outstanding in the Field dinner at Foodbuzz Festival in November. The cuisine was superb and the location was amazing. A produce warehouse? Awesome. This dinner definitely inspired to be more conscious of where my food comes from. And I prefer to err on the side of closer to home these days!

  • allie
    February 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    can’t pick just one.. but the tops of my list: street-consumed fallafels from l’as du fallafel in paris, everything from that tiny student-loved florence cafe that i can’t ever name, harmony bowl from laughing seed in nc, my first pizza at flour + water in sf, and the lunch i had in valpo chile which was capped off with tomato sorbet + oreo gelato duo.

  • Diana
    February 26, 2010 at 12:38 am

    My best meal ever was the time I found the most incredible ahi tuna I’d ever eaten at a adorable peruvian restaurant on Valentine’s day this year! We waited a long time for our table, so I was starving when the dish arrived…and it was amazing, perfectly seared and rare inside. Nom nom!

  • Melanie
    February 26, 2010 at 5:56 am

    It’s hard to pick a favorite, but one meal that stands out is a sweet potato waffle for breakfast at a hotel in Phoenix. It was dense, chewy and amazing!

  • Katie
    February 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

    This is the hardest question. One of the best meals I’ve had out was thanksgiving dinner at a nice restaurant in vegas. Especially memorable was the salted caramel ice cream and brownie desert.

  • Julia
    February 26, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Best meal at a restaurant…hmmm – last night was definitely in the running, I went to a neat Spanish restaurant with a family friend who knows the restaurant’s owner and all the staff. He didn’t even open the menu and ordered us some amazing crostini, a beet salad, pasta, and pounded chicken. It was fantastic and it was such a fun experience meeting all the people at the restaurant and catching up.

  • Christina
    February 26, 2010 at 9:27 am

    ohh gosh so hard! recently the famous zuni chicken and bread salad – yumm!

  • serena
    February 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Best meal out was at Zefferino’s at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Every bite was heaven…homemade pastas and sauces that would make an Italian mother weep with envy..and the desserts, well, the desserts must be what they serve in heaven!!! 🙂

  • Restaurant Capitola
    March 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Makin me hungry!