Behind The Butter/ Dessert/ Dinner

It Began With Bacon and Ended With Chocolate

Good evening!

I’ve had a lovely day today. It really did begin with bacon and end with chocolate….how can you go wrong?!

My cubicle:


I got to sit down with our guests this afternoon for one of our Harvest Luncheons at the winery and it was quite the meal! This week we are having Bistro Ralph cater, and I already had the pleasure of experiencing Ralph’s amazing cooking the other evening (remember the 1,000 fries?!).


Talk about RICH food! It was delicious though…I felt like I was in Paris!

The wedge salad:


Duck confit with creamy polenta, beet greens and wild mushrooms:


Chocolate pave with hazelnut creme anglais (I only had a few bites of this…I was stuffed to the max!):





After this meal all I really wanted to do was lay down and take a nap! I never thought I would be hungry again but…..


The guys missed me living with them so much that they forced me to come over, eat spaghetti, drink Terra a Lago and use wireless internet. Well not really. But I can’t turn down good food, can I? 😉


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  • Kasey @ Fit For Wellness
    October 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    What a great cubicle! That polenta looks yummy!

  • Jil
    October 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    What a fantastic ‘cubicle’! haha All of that food looks so amazing. I am soooo jealous!

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    October 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    You can have the bacon but pass the chocolate, please! YUM! 😀

    Another beautiful day – how do you stand it??!! LOL

  • Lizzy
    October 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    aw its so cute that the boys miss you. i mean how could they not!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 8, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Man I’ve been so busy lately, I missed that you moved out of the man house, I must read back tomorrow on my day off!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 8, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    It’s a hard knock life…

    And, uhhh, that polenta!!!

  • Fancy
    October 8, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Can’t wait for a video tour of your new place, I’m sure it’s adorable 🙂

  • Leianna
    October 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    That looks like an amazing meal and I love your “cubicle.”
    Who doesn’t love free wireless internet!

  • Jolene (
    October 8, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    That’s quite the cubicle you’ve got there … that must be awful 🙂

  • Jenna
    October 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    wow! all that food looks simply delish! glad you got to spend some more time with the boys, they seem like so much fun!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    October 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    You are getting so spoiled in Cali – love it, love it, love it!! Have a great night!

  • BroccoliHut
    October 8, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    YUM! I want that polenta/mushroom plate! So delish.

  • Michelle
    October 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    It’s been interesting seeing the food that you’re eating. You’ve always been a healthy eater, but I have to say that I think that you’re eating much more ‘farmers market’ type meals–straingt from the garden. Yummy looking food! ~M

  • Julia
    October 8, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I get major food envy every time I read your blog now!
    Those guys seem like really great friends, I’m glad things are going well for you here in NorCal!

  • amber
    October 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Can the three of you PLEASE, pretty PLEASE have a reality show. I know it would rock! =) Fabulous eats, I love that you are on permanent vacay out west, it rocks out here, doesn’t it??

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Sounds like a bunch of yumminess! You get such lovely food for work. And some pasta with the boys is a nice way to end the day 🙂

  • kay (eating machine)
    October 8, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    mmm that meal looks redic! i’m going to mendacino county next weekend… i hope the food is as good there! 🙂

  • lora
    October 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Jenna, I am abz obsessed with this great food, atmosphere and people you are meeting. You deserve all of this and then some. Have a wonderful Friday and WEEKEND!!!


  • Liz
    October 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Haha, I bet the wifi had something to do with the coersing! Love your cubicle. Quite the view!

  • Amanda (two boos who eat)
    October 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    That creamy polenta looks so dreamy!

  • maria
    October 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Any day that begins with bacon and ends with chocolate is kick ass in my book! How can you go wrong… okay, better not start thinking about that one.

  • Daria @ Daria Can Cook
    October 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Possibly the best post title ever. 🙂

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    October 8, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Wow – what an amazing job you have!

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    October 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Your spaghetti looks awesome…now I’m craving spagetti bol asap!

  • Rachael (La Dolce Vita)
    October 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I really wish you’d eaten more of that chocolate pave thingy…I would love a thorough play-by-play description so I can eat it vicariously through you! It looks beyond amazing. Please send the leftovers of that slice to me in Canada, mmmmkay? Thaaaaaanks 🙂

  • Kristine
    October 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    jealous!!!! your lunch looks amazing!!

  • J @ whole body love
    October 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Oh the chocolate pave with hazelnut creme! Be still, my heart!

  • Diana
    October 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    That’s a very nice cubicle! I know a lot of people who would kill to work in a place like that. And look at that food! Delish. 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 9, 2009 at 1:50 am

    OMG!! To the whole thing…..YUM. Lucky you!!!

  • Jac
    October 9, 2009 at 2:41 am

    the dessert looks great! and it’s good to have people miss you! hehe

  • Marla
    October 9, 2009 at 3:09 am

    This is such a great dream job for you.
    Do you still pinch yourself or what? 🙂
    Fab food and sweet guy friends-lovely!
    Scenery awesome….

  • Julia
    October 9, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Looks so delicious! What a dream job:)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • angieinatlanta
    October 9, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Your eats have been looking out of control delicious ever since you moved to CA! I’m lovin’ it!

    I can’t even look at the picture of your “cubicle;” it makes me too jealous!

  • Stephanie
    October 9, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Your life is amazing, and you deserve it all, what an awesome day… perhaps I’ll post that picture in my actual cubicle *sigh* :/ haha

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 9, 2009 at 3:35 am

    I wish that was my cubicle!

  • Kirsten
    October 9, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Looks delicious! When we were on wine tours in Argentina, I remember thinking wow, the guides get to eat this lunch EVERY DAY!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat)
    October 9, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Haha – love your cubicle!

    Such delicious eats – beet greens sound interesting! Are they a bitter green?

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    October 9, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Now THAT’S my kind of office! 😉 Sounds like a fabulous day, and all that food looks so darn good.

  • christie, honoring health
    October 9, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Your cubicle is lovely. I think I might put the photograph of your office in my office since my office has no windows 😉

  • Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs)
    October 9, 2009 at 4:17 am

    AH I want your cubicle! I’m sitting here picturing my cube on the 20th floor in downtown Pittsburgh right now. Must catch bus NOW and stop reading blogs….

  • Ashley
    October 9, 2009 at 4:53 am

    what a different cubicle compared to mine! lol. your life is like a dream! so happy for you 🙂

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    October 9, 2009 at 5:06 am

    So glad you are adjusting well to California life! That meals looks amazing. I would die for your cubicle!

  • Paige
    October 9, 2009 at 5:07 am

    OK, your cubicle trumps mine. What a lovely lunch!

  • Marla
    October 9, 2009 at 5:09 am

    PS The only bad thing about your awesome move to Cali is that I am on the east coast,so finding it hard to get used to reading your dinner post the next morning!Ah,I’ll eventually adjust-hee hee
    We miss you on this coast,but it is only fair to let the west coast enjoy the fabulousness that is known as Jenna.Lucky westies!!!!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    October 9, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I think you have the world’s best cubicle… I feel like you are living in foodie heaven!

  • Matt
    October 9, 2009 at 5:15 am

    That is a good looking meal 🙂

  • Amy
    October 9, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Oh gosh, I need to stop reading your blog before heading off to my hum-drum job! Thank goodness it’s Friday. But I love following — you are a huge source of motivation to improve my job situation!

  • Tiffany
    October 9, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Ok, I feel like I say this every time I comment, but I am insanely jealous of you at the moment! 🙂 What a gorgeous place (I LOVE California) and you get to drink wine and eat that delicious food….for a living?! WOW. I’m glad you’re sharing your journey with us!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 9, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Wow, what a view! I must get to California someday 🙂 Glad you are enjoying yourself!

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded)
    October 9, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Wow, it looks like you are having a blast. I’m jealous of your cubicle!

  • Courtney
    October 9, 2009 at 6:21 am

    My leftover turkey meatloaf is suddenly looking pretty boring!!! I can’t believe that wonderful food you are experiencing….looks so good.
    I am enjoying following your adventures! You seem much happier and more relaxed than you were before.
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 9, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I love your cubicle! What a nice view!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    October 9, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Man, if you are going to eat this well everyday now you are in for a serious treat!! I would happily gain some weight for that kinda food! ha

  • ShutupandRun
    October 9, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Man I’m so sorry that this job you have makes you starve, live in a terrible climate and never have any fun!! Seriously, what an amazing adventure you are having.

  • Evan Thomas
    October 9, 2009 at 7:19 am

    bacon? chocolate? sounds like a great day in my book! Did you know there’s a company that makes choclate bars with bacon in it? I might pick one up today for cookie friday

  • skinnyrunner
    October 9, 2009 at 7:25 am

    oh my that food looks delicious!

  • julia
    October 9, 2009 at 7:26 am

    That duck confit looks AMAZING! It’s 10:25 in the morning here but I’d totally eat it right now if it was in front of me!

  • brandi
    October 9, 2009 at 7:30 am

    can’t go wrong with bacon + chocolate 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    October 9, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Gorgeous food!!!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    October 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

    What a fantastic meal… it’s hard to eat a big, rich one like that though in the middle of the day when all you want to do afterwards is put on stretchy pants and pass out!

  • MMiller
    October 9, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I have an Aunt in Palo Alto, I may need to come for a visit! I LOVE your cubicle! How awesome is that! And the food looks awesome too! And after eating it, I think I would definitely need a nap!

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?)
    October 11, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Wow! I’ve never seen such a beautiful wedge salad! I’m glad you have pals in NorCali already…that makes (super) hard transitions so much easier!

  • Scott
    October 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Wow, I thought I had a good view from my desk (the skyline of Boston and the Charles River) but looking out on a vineyard, you win!

    Nice wedge, too. I love me a good wedge, and that looks like it was a good wedge, with high quality ingredients. Yum!