Hello, Wine

Hello everyone!

My classes were great today—-especially WINE! No tasting today (our first tasting is on Wednesday) but I already learned so much and can tell I will really enjoy this class. I’ve always wanted to learn more about wine and be able to actually hold a conversation at a dinner party with someone else about wine (and not sound like an idiot), so this is perfect. We will be learning about all the different regions, wine making, how to properly taste wine, and basically everything that goes into it. Here’s my lovely textbook:


It’s a gorgeous book and will have a permanent place on my future coffee table for sure. We also have to do a wine project where we pick any wine region, write a paper on it and make a menu that we pair with different wines. I’m actually pretty excited about this because (dork alert) I actually LIKE writing papers! Hi, I was an English major! I think I am going to choose the Pacific Northwest region to research mainly because I know nothing about it and have always had somewhat of a fascination with that area of the country. I’ll let you all know how it goes!

By the way, when we were doing introductions in class and I mentioned I was in school to become a food writer, my Chef said that she has a blog and I was like “woahhh me too!” so we exchanged blog addresses. How funny is that? This is where you can find her—the mac & cheese recipe on her site looks pretty divine.

As for the kashi soft baked bar I had this morning—YUMO as Rachel would say! I really really liked the flavor of the Blackberry Graham. It is definitely not going to keep me full if I were to eat it by itself, but as a component to other snackie things, it will work well. It tasted kind of like a nutrigrain bar but the blackberry flavor was very strong and tasted like delicious Bonne Maman preserves. I ate my string cheese and strawberries around 8:45 and on my next break, around 10:00, I had the bar. I was okay for the next hour and a half but then I was staaaaaarving and could hardly wait to get home for lunch. I’m not used to eating this late!!

As for lunch, I had a soup, apple & sammie combo today. I reheated a cup of my Chunky Lentil Soup from last night and had an open faced turkey sandwich on Pepperidge Farm’s Honey Flax Whole Wheat Bread. I liked this bread a lot and will definitely buy it again. It’s pretty soft and delicious.


As for my sandwich, I used organic turkey, a light laughing cow, jalepinos, dijon mustard and two bread and butter pickle slices (LOVE these). It was super good and totally hit the spot.


Today is my “active rest” day and I think later on when Oprah is on, I will meander my way to the gym and walk on the treadmill for awhile so I can watch it. Oh the joy of being too poor for cable. It forces me to go to the gym. 😉

Have a great afternoon!

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  • kelly l.
    September 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I think you meant oprah. unless you like watching the opera on tv… 😉

  • Kath
    September 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I love the Pacific Northwest’s wines – I think they’re the best in the world!!

    (And P.S. my photo problem from earlier is fixed!)

  • jenna
    September 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Hahahaha oops! Oprah not opera!

  • Andrea
    September 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    If you choose the Pacific NW and need any help, I’d be glad to share what I’ve learned while “researching” vineyards in my area! LOL. I agree that we have some of the best wines in the country, especially our Pinots.

  • Erica
    September 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    A wine class sounds fantastic! Sure to be a favorite, I’m sure! That soup looks so freakin’ good…I’m cold and hungry! Have a good rest of your day!

  • Whitney
    September 8, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Hey Jenna I’m in Oregon and was stoked to hear about your Pacific NW paper…I got your back on the Pinot Gris…and I could direct you to some AMAZING winerys in the area!

  • VeggieGirl
    September 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    SO glad that your classes are going well – such a gorgeous textbook, indeed!!

    I printed out your recipe for that soup – it looks SENSATIONAL!!

    Enjoy your active-rest day!!

  • runjess
    September 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I was an English major too 🙂

    So jealous of that class. You get to study wine!? Are you serious!? I would have to take the bus home.

  • Matt
    September 8, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    i forgot, but what race are you training for?

  • jenna
    September 8, 2008 at 6:58 pm


    I’m getting ready to start training for the Gasparilla Distance Challenge (half marathon) in Tampa this February!


    Um can I come visit?! haha 😉

  • njrunnerGirl
    September 8, 2008 at 7:19 pm


    What’re your thoughts on a small glass of wine each night? I know you used to have it regularly, but seem to have cut it out. Is this because of all your training?

  • Christie
    September 8, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Glad to hear you liked the bars but i dont think i would buy them ebcause they def would not keep me full! Watching TV is a great way to get some walking in for the day I usually catch up on the magazines that way.. or study!

  • jenna
    September 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm


    I think a glass of red wine at dinner is fantastic! The reason I cut it out has nothing to do with training—it had to do with the fact that I had to eat dinner at 5:00 and then go to school for 5 hours. I was rushing home from work, slamming down dinner then rushing in the car to get to school on time. Not really a wine conducive atmosphere. When I have more than 20 dollars to my name I will resume my red wine at night drinking…until then I have to wait until the weekend where I can drink the nice red wine my parents buy. 😉


    It was sort of like eating air but they were so tasty! They seemed to be perfect for a post-run snack if you exercise first thing in the morning.

  • Melissa P.
    September 8, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Jenna- just a thought, but I think that the wine class allows for some great video blogging potential. I would love to see a demo on how to properly swirl, sniff, and whatever else goes on when enjoying a wine (I love wine, but know nothing about it).

  • Melissa P.
    September 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Oh, and side note- I told my boyfriend about you and the fact that you went to Alabama… He told me to tell you “ROLL TIDE!!!!!”.

  • ModelBehavior
    September 8, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I’m with Melissa P, I would love to see this as well! Glad you like your new class!

  • Allison
    September 8, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I know that most people think of Oregon and Washington when they hear “Pacific Northwest.” I live in Idaho and we have some FANTASTIC wines, that come from really small vineyards..let me know if you want to try an Idaho wines, and I’ll send them your way.

  • Ange C.
    September 8, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Hi there…i LOVE your new blog design! Just taking this opp to say that and express how much i enjoy reading your blog. It’s fun to keep up with all you have going on and get great food ideas! Take care and best of luck with your running!

  • Christie I.
    September 8, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I am glad your first day went well even though you were hungry for lunch.

    I will have to look for those bars, sounds pretty tasty. I love blackberries!

  • RhodeyGirl
    September 8, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    yay for your first day of non lab classes!!!! that book looks so beautiful!

  • ttfn300
    September 8, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    What a class 🙂 I took a beers of the world class back in college, back when i could drink beer… Sounds like fun! Picked up those blackberry one as i’m a sucker, glad to know they’re good too:)

  • emily
    September 9, 2008 at 1:12 am

    thanks for the bar review…perhaps I should read ahead before I comment!

  • Brynn
    September 9, 2008 at 1:35 am

    woot woot Pacific Northwest! I’m excited to hear your opinion.

  • Ryane
    September 9, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Random…. but I have that very same book but for 2007. It was on the clearance rack at B&N – I actually owe my love for wine and cooking with wine to that book!
    I’m excited to hear about your class and I agree, I like the new look!

  • lindsay
    September 9, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    i am unnaturally attracted to that pickle