In the Desert

I’m in Phoenix!


Talk about a whirlwind. I got home Monday night around 10pm, dumped out all my smelly camping clothes all over the floor, repacked my suitcase with conference clothes, slept at home and then was on my way early yesterday morning. Don’t mind the fact that I haven’t had time to do laundry for the past three weeks, have about 200 emails in my inbox, and have melted sea salt chocolate all over the bottom of my purse.

I’m going to a conference this week put on by Thermador, to test cook in their new and innovative steam ovens. I headed to the Southwest a day early though to visit one of my best friends, Molly, and explore Scottsdale a bit since I’ve never been.

Molly and I went to College of Charleston together and she came out last March to visit me in Sonoma.
Brown hair?!
Anyways. I am loving Scottsdale and especially loving True Food Kitchen. Seriously, where has this restaurant been all my life because clearly my name is written all over it. I mean, look at these cocktails!


Okay, okay…. those would be the “natural refreshments”…..but they are even better with a shot of vodka, I assure you.
Also delicious were the vegetable salad with manchego cheese and the crazy fresh gazpacho….

The edamame dumplings and a pizza with fresh pesto, goat cheese and shrimp.


It was a good meal.
Time to go brave the heat!

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    July 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Those drinks looks so good. Wish we had stuff like that around here!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    July 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Wow – a whirlwind is right! 🙂 That pizza looks delicious – and edamame dumplings?? Yum! Those sound great.

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife
    July 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

    You look lovely with brown hair 😉 Your pizza looks DELICIOUS!! I love shrimp on everything, but hubby’s allergic so I don’t get to eat it as much as I like.

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy
    July 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Always on the go, eh? 🙂

    That pizza looks delish btw! Never had shrimps on a pizza before .. must try!

  • Ameena
    July 7, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Phoenix definitely has great food…now if only they had better weather!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    July 7, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Girlie…it doesn’t matter what color your hair is! You’re gorgeous no matter what! You could have pink hair and still rock it. 🙂

  • Michelle @ NewLeafEats
    July 7, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Mmm! The drinks look yummy!

    Shrimp on pizza??? Never heard o’ that!

  • Krista (kristastes)
    July 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Shrimp + goat cheese – interesting combo!! Have a fun trip I’m sure its blazin’ hot there.

  • Margarita
    July 7, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Pheonix looks amazing!! I wish I could be there too 🙂

  • allison @ livingoneday
    July 7, 2010 at 8:09 am

    i think – no, im actually sure – i need that pizza. will be recreating next week. have fuuuuuun!!!!

  • Krystina
    July 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

    The “new dew” and edamame dumplings sound delicious.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    July 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    wow, talk about whirlwind! you girls are seriously so cute in that picture 🙂 have a blast out there!

  • Sara
    July 7, 2010 at 8:13 am !!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine
    July 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    That pizza looks so tasty 🙂 I love pizza!
    Have fun in Phoenix.

  • Stacey
    July 7, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I love places like that were it’s fresh food, you would think that would be the norm, but it’s not.

  • Mikell
    July 7, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Think you’ll be doing any meet ups in PHX? I know of the best frozen yogurt spot in the history of the world… 🙂

    • jenna
      July 7, 2010 at 8:17 am

      I wish I had more time!! This is such a quick trip so no meet ups this time…sorry! 🙁

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    July 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Manchego makes everything better!

    You live a whirlwind life 🙂

  • Camille
    July 7, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Have a great time!

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)
    July 7, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I love edamame in unexpected dishes, those dumplings look great!

  • Jenny
    July 7, 2010 at 8:30 am

    After reading your blog, I have decided that West coast eats > east coast

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    July 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Yeah, I’d be beat. Have fun though. At least it’s dry heat. Over here on the East Coast we’re stuck with heat plus insane humidity. Our collective hairs are crying Uncle.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    July 7, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Those drinks look absolutely amazing. Your life has definitely been a whirlwind recently, but a fun one! Enjoy Pheonix!

  • Candice
    July 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I’ve never been to Pheonix…can’t wait to get a glimpse of it through you!

    Hope you have a great time!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs
    July 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Oh my goodness, I was just in Phoenix last week and the temps reached 115 degrees!!! I literally felt like I was baking in a big oven. Have fun at the conference!

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    July 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

    eeep! scottsdale in july. Not jealous ;P

  • Erica
    July 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

    The fig and caramelized onion tart is the best there! Love it 🙂 Enjoy AZ!

  • Corinne (breathe and savor)
    July 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

    i have seen cucumber as the main star of so many drinks lately! is that what you have there? 🙂

  • Heather
    July 7, 2010 at 9:04 am

    True Foods is awesome! I’ve been there twice now and their Turkey Bolognese and Turkey Burger were both fantastic.

    Enjoy our beautiful city and state!

  • Lily
    July 7, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Thank goodness your blond now….it suits you better !

  • Lizzie
    July 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

    That pizza has 3 things that I just love on it . . .together! – it looks amazing!!

  • kaila
    July 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

    My aunt and uncle live in scottsdale! its fabulous out there! make sure to check out the restaurant Oregano’s best pizza ever! and if you have free time i highly suggest going horseback riding….just google it for the area…there are beatiful trails and its so fun!

  • Anne
    July 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Jenna, Do you wear sunscreen? You seem very fair skinned and was just wondering.

    • jenna
      July 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

      I do.

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    July 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I live in Phoenix, and you should check out the Daily Dose in Scottsdale. Best veggie burger EVER. Scottsdale and downtown Phoenix have lots of wonderful restaurants and boutiquey shops!

  • Kaz
    July 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I love how you can just get up and go like that! So exciting. 😀

  • Melissa
    July 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Welcome to Phoenix! True Foods is seriously the best. I hope you wondered next door and had some mojo yogurt!

  • Katie Heddleston
    July 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Hope you have a great time!!

  • Evelyn @ cheers2healthy
    July 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Wow that restaurant looks delicious! Especially the edamame dumplings!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    July 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Maybe your blog should be called “Eat Live Travel” ; ) Have fun in the desert, my dear!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    July 7, 2010 at 10:14 am

    That food looks so good! I wish we had better restaurant selections in my area.

  • Kate
    July 7, 2010 at 10:20 am

    In case you need any further dining recommendations, there is a lovely little restaurant called Cibo you might want to check out. Excellent salads and pizza and antipasti and…I’ll stop.
    Enjoy your time here in AZ! The weather has actually cooled off a bit this week – I swear that 105 with no humidity really can be pleasant! 😛

    • Erinn
      July 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

      AHH! Cibo is amazing! PHX represent.

      • Andrea
        July 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm

        I second the idea of Cibo. Represent woot!

        • Mikell
          July 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm

          Have y’all tried Parlor yet? Also incredible. Especially outside, under the misters, with white wine.

  • Liz
    July 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Mm, that gazpacho really does look amazing! I just had one that used almonds as a base. I was a little skeptical but it was absolutely delicious! That True Food place looks pretty cool, though 🙂

  • Courtney @ 3 Months
    July 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Have so much fun in Arizona! Can’t wait to read more about it!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    July 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Food/drinks look amazing. Conference sounds amazing–love those HGTV-worthy Thermadors. Mmmm, come to Moma:

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    July 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Food/drinks look amazing. Conference sounds amazing–love those HGTV-worthy Thermadors. Mmmm, come to Moma:

  • aldroe
    July 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I am in AZ too…just moved back, and yes True Food is yummy. glad it cooled off a bit for your arrival, last week was brutal!

  • Lisa
    July 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I’ve never thought to put shrimp on pizza…it looks interesting.

  • Marina
    July 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I could so use one of those drinks right now! Maybe it would cure my headache 🙂

  • Sara
    July 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hi Jenna! You’re photos from the hike are amazing~ I know you’ve answered this before, but what kind of camera do you have? Also, what lenses do you typically use for your food photos? Hope you’re having fun in AZ.

    • jenna
      July 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

      I have a Canon Rebel but those photos from the hike were taken with Adam’s Canon EOS 7D

  • Andrea
    July 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Ha! True Food rocks! It’s pretty close to my office and my house so we go there often. I actually emailed Tina @ CNC a list of my recommendations and that definitely made the list.

  • Alyssa @ BrideToBeFit
    July 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

    That food looks amazing…. those cocktails look even MORE amazing!

  • Laura (B Foxy Fitness)
    July 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    No freakin’ way, lady! I went to C of C, too! I graduated in 2008. You? Fantastic photos! Enjoy Phoenix!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales
    July 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Wow, you’re so busy. Hope you’re enjoying it! The pizza looks good!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    July 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Have fun on your AZ adventures!! That conference sounds like it’s going to be FUN! Also stay cool, drink lots of those delicious drinks. 😉

  • Brynne
    July 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    “The edamame dumplings and a pizza with fresh pesto, goat cheese and shrimp.” Are you serious. I am so jealous of your taste buds it’s not even funny.

  • Heather
    July 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Welcome to AZ!! Let me know if you end up having an impromptu bloggie meet-up 🙂

  • Carley
    December 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    LOVE true food kitchen and all of the fox restaurants! Next time you’d really like Olive and Ivy by the same restauranteur.