Dessert/ Dinner

In Bed With The Bloggers

Good morning!

I feel SO much better this morning…..I finally got some SLEEP! 7 1/2 hours of sleep, exactly, and it made all the difference in the world.

Somehow the night started off like this:


And ended like this:


And you know the sad thing? We got in bed at 9:30. We were SO tired!

To back up a little bit, the BlogHer Cocktail Party was as picturesque as can be, on top of the terrace at the St. Regis.




Kath and I immediately took advantage of the open bar and got COSMOS!




I drank mine and half of Kath’s because she decided she would rather be a true southerner and get bourbon (gross!). Here’s what I thought of her drink:


There was food but it was more like VERY light appetizers…..we didn’t want to spend any more money by going to dinner though, so we just grabbed whatever we could and made the best of it.

Spicy butternut squash bisque (I had two of these):


mini french onion sliders (had two of these also):


Braised beef with mushrooms:




These were totally the hit of the evening……I swear, they tasted just like mini spice cakes….SO delicious!

After the cocktail party, we hightailed it to ANOTHER after party so we could be among the first 150 in the door to get the free gift! And let me tell you, it was soooo worth it. Check out the GIFT!


This bag is stuffed FULL of absolutely amazing kitchen stuff…….great knives, kitchen timers, spatulas, dishclothes…heck, even a meat tenderizer. This couldn’t have worked out any better since I’m moving and don’t have anything for my new place! We were giddy with excitement!

And then we crashed at 9:30. Awesome. The hotel we are staying at is really cute but they were sold out of rooms with two beds so the three of us had to make do….poor Tina got the floor! 🙁


And then we were all up at 5:15! Our bodies are still on east coast time and Tina had to get to the airport ridiculously early. So, Kath and I made coffee and sat in bed to blog. For some reason this is incredibly funny to me: food bloggers in bed together….blogging.


I’m so lucky to have met such amazing friends through the blog! Kath and I have now traveled to Chicago, Boston and San Francisco together…..where to next?! 😉 Last night when we were all standing rooftop, sipping cocktails and looking out over San Francisco as the sun set, I couldn’t help but think this was pretty darn awesome. I LOVE this city!!!!!

Today is going to be hopefully quite relaxing! I’m meeting my cousin’s best friend, Tara, for brunch at Zuni at 11 and then heading back to BethT’s house to gather all my suitcases! Adam is picking me up there early this afternoon and then we are heading back up to Santa Rosa together since I’m sort of crashing his guest room for the next week until I move into my apartment. Thankfully I have some really good friends in the area already who are being so kind to take me in when I’m homeless! 🙂

Let the adventure continue!

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  • Jocelyn
    September 27, 2009 at 7:29 am

    sounds like you all had an awesome time Jenna! That is a great swag bag they handed out!
    Enjoy today and try to let this new adventure sink in! 🙂

  • Valerie (College Girl Eats)
    September 27, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Blogging in bed is the best! I imagine even better with some company! Glad you are loving San Fran!

  • CJ
    September 27, 2009 at 7:32 am

    I love reading about your new journey and couldn’t be more excited for you. Can’t wait to hear more about all the changes. How exciting!

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous
    September 27, 2009 at 7:41 am

    haha, blogging together in bed.. you girls are dedicated!
    Looks like a fun night.. so glad you’ve had a good weekend! It’s been fun watching your travels so far!

  • Evan Thomas
    September 27, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Those cupcakes sound like the best! Do you think the recipe is online somewhere?

  • MelissaNibbles
    September 27, 2009 at 7:44 am

    You look cute in your dress Jenna. Enjoy your first Sunday in Cali!

  • Simone
    September 27, 2009 at 7:47 am

    So, so, so happy for you. I know that feeling when you just kinda look around and realize that you LOVE where you are in your life at that exact moment and where it is heading…pure bliss! I am sure SanFran is just the beginning of the amazing adventure you are about to embark upon. Again, so happy for you!

  • Kirsten
    September 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Looks like a lovely evening! Enjoy your day in the city today 🙂

  • Leah @ L4L
    September 27, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I think Seattle should be next on your agenda! 😉

    PS – You should start thinking about changing your blog header to be more wine than bread! 😀 You are no longer a baker, my dear! You are a bonafide Wine-O!

  • christie, honoring health
    September 27, 2009 at 8:05 am

    So excited for you and this new adventure!!

  • kay (eating machine)
    September 27, 2009 at 8:07 am

    now i want cupcakes! and it’s breakfast time! haha

  • Erin
    September 27, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I went to San Francisco for the first time in July and I still miss it! Such an amazing city!

    The food and swag and fun at BlogHer looks like such a great time. Yay for having blog friends to travel with and California friends already there to welcome you! That vineyard is unreal too, so jealous of your workplace 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    September 27, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Girl, your spontaneity is inspiring! I love that you are embarking on such an amazing adventure. Makes me want to embrace that “no fear” attitude to and just follow my heart! Thanks for sharing your life with us, and for inspiring us to be adventurous.

    Have a fabulous day!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    September 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

    What fun! The tomato soup cupcakes look so good!

    Have a great day!

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    September 27, 2009 at 8:24 am

    What a great start to your new California adventure! Those tomato cupcakes look insanely good!

  • amanda @ fake ginger
    September 27, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I love that dress you’re wearing! It’s so cute!

    I’m so jealous of all the fun you guys had. I hope I can attend next year.

  • Andrea
    September 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I LOVE your dress!

  • Susan
    September 27, 2009 at 8:42 am

    And now I’m reading about you guys blogging in bed… in my bed! Laptops are awesome 🙂 Enjoy your day!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    September 27, 2009 at 9:04 am

    You guys look so adorable. What a fun way to kick off your new life! Can’t wait to hear about your new diggs and job in Sonoma!

  • skinnyrunner
    September 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

    your maxi dress is super cute! and scoring all the free swag? yes please!

  • Bekah
    September 27, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I am in love with the dress.

    I’m short and don’t know if I could pull off the long dress look.
    Curious, how tall are you? Don’t think I’ve ever seen you post your height.

  • Shannon
    September 27, 2009 at 9:20 am

    so i think you shall need to try and recreate those cupcakes 🙂 looks like you guys had a blast!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    The idea of food bloggers in bed together blogging is quite comical to me too.

    Did Tina volunteer for the floor? How nice of her 🙂

    It is so great for you to have such good friends thanks to blogging. I have some great friends from message boards and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

  • susan
    September 27, 2009 at 9:24 am

    congratulations on the job and the move!!! so exciting and you girls look like you’re having a blast. have you heard often that you look like lauren conrad, btw?? can’t believe i’m just noticing that now!

  • Rebekah
    September 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I absolutely love that dress!

  • Julia
    September 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Have a great brunch! I’m totally jealous of that gift bag! Free kitchen products, yes please!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Everything looks so delicious!!

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    September 27, 2009 at 10:39 am

    What a fabulous adventure!

  • angieinatlanta
    September 27, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Looks like a lovely night and a wonderful start to your West coast life!

    Jenna, you are just radiating excitement and happiness like I haven’t seen on your blog in a while! Can’t wait to read more!

  • Krista
    September 27, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I am super jealous of your swag bag. How cool! I love new kitchen stuff. The party and food looked awesome… even though i really can’t imagine what a tomato soup cupcake tastes like. I’ll take your word that they were good! 🙂 Best of luck in all of your new adventures!

  • Hangry Pants
    September 27, 2009 at 11:07 am

    You look beautiful and so happy! I think SF agrees with you Jenna! I hope you love it.

  • Jenna
    September 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    looks like you had a fun nice last night with the girls!
    btw i love your dress 😉

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    September 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

    This is so incredible! I love seeing my fave bloggers together and so freakin smiley!

    Isn’t San Francisco amazing? I fell in love with it over the summer and miss it terribly!

    I hope the rest of your Sunday is fabulous!

  • Matt
    September 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Lol tomato soup cupcakes?

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)
    September 27, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Hi Jenna,

    OK I’m totally laughing my ass off at the sight of you two sharing a bed with your eye masks on! 😀 I have to wear earplugs and eyemasks every night- even at home (can you say…Hubs is a snorer? Even the cat’s noises wake me up!)

    Will you be living in Santa Rosa or Sonoma? My cousin lives in Sonoma and when I next visit her, I’ll contact you!

    OK I’m with you on the straight bourbon- but if you must agree that a Mint Julep is the nectar of the gods!!!! 🙂

  • jojo
    September 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I love your dress!! <3

  • Liz
    September 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

    You are really blessed for this wonderful opportunity and for having such great people in your life. But you already know that 😉 Have another wonderful day here in CA!

  • Melanie
    September 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    You’re going to fall in love with the Bay Area if you haven’t already. I’ve lived here my whole life and I never want to leave! If you’re ever in the Berkeley/East Bay area, you should stop by Berkeley Bowl Marketplace (along with all the wonderful restaurants–there are SO MANY!) It’s a supermarket kind of like Whole Foods, but there is so much more variety in produce and the prices are much, much cheaper! As hard as I try, I can never stick to only buying the items on my grocery list when I’m there.

  • sarah
    September 27, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    love your dress… you look so chic!

  • Cyclist Kate
    September 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Can I just say, I’m not looking forward to you being in the same time zone as me! I’ve gotten spoiled with you being three hours ahead so when I wake up and stumble to the computer to check e-mail and blogs you’ve usually started your posts already ;).

    But really, I’m so, so excited for you. I love seeing friends embark on new beginnings.

    And I totally sleep with an eye mask and ear plugs every.single.night. Can’t sleep without them!!

  • Jenny @JennyLikesToRun, healthy living blog :)
    September 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Aww it’s so exciting reading about your journey 🙂 Seems like you had a really great time at the BlogHer convention. Have fun in San Fran! Look forward to reading more blogs 🙂
    I’m really happy for you!

  • Rebecca
    September 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Tomato soup cupcakes!!!!???? That’s amazing! Sounds like you’re having an awesome time!

  • maria
    September 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    That photo of you and Kath is pretty gosh darn funny! 🙂

  • Ali
    September 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    You’re so lucky to be in SF! It’s probably my favoritestt city in the whole WORLDDD

  • Whit
    September 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    The whole weekend just looks like a blast! Good luck with the job and the move, and just everything! It’s all so exciting to read about.

  • Mysti
    September 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Incredibly fabulous, Jenna! I’m sure your brother is watching over you and is more than proud of all your accomplishments in recent months. Way to go!

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    September 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Wow! It looks like you had a great weekend! I would love to go to SF! It’s one city I’m dying to visit.

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    September 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Ha ha, that picture of you and Kath in bed is hilarious! Looks like the rest of the conference was fun!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels)
    September 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I am laughing so hard at your “bourbon is gross” face – I agree!

  • Hallie
    September 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    So exciting! It makes me so happy that you’re in my state (don’t ask me why…now I feel like a loser LOL…but I just have so much Cali pride!!). Can’t wait to hear what’s next for you! Good luck as you start your job 🙂

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    September 27, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Looks like a great time!

    Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness

  • nicole
    September 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    looks like you are having a great time! what a fun swag bag also!

  • Denise
    September 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    And I miss having you in the same time zone (I’m in Florida)!! I just realized tonight that I probably won’t get your nighttime post till tomorrow morning. Which sometimes happens anyone, but with all the excitement in your life right now….well I’m a bit impatient. Loved the Vlog….and hubby and I both loved the chugging grass one. Too funny!!! Yeah…he got a kick out of it when I turned my laptop his way. 😉

  • Cara (Cara Craves...)
    September 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Just have to say…that your dress is gorgeous!
    I love the colours!

  • Jac
    September 28, 2009 at 1:51 am

    sound’s like you’re having an amazing time! tomato soup cupcakes?? sounds interesting!

    take care

  • Ali
    September 28, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Those cupcakes look so good and interesting! Looks like you ladies had so much fun!

  • Heather
    September 28, 2009 at 6:10 am

    The food their looks amazingly good!

  • natalie
    September 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

    looks like you guys are having a blast! What crazy cupcakes!! Have fun the rest of the time!!

  • brandi
    September 28, 2009 at 8:17 am

    glad you had such a great weekend! those cupcakes sound amazing.