last weekend

I ate three carrot cake muffin bars on route to Carmel.

I stuffed myself (twice) with sweet plantains, black beans and rice at Sol Food in San Rafael.

I met a very special blog reader.

built a bonfire on the beach, made s’mores and stared at the stars.

saw more well behaved dogs than people.

took 1400 photos.

named a sea lion Wilfred.

named a seagull Milton.

got pelted with freezing rain while hiking to the top of an ocean cliff at Point Lobos.

ate one chocolate cupcake, two s’mores, one pepperoni pizza and three honeycomb dark chocolates.

didn’t drink any wine.

but did drink the best mango orange iced tea ever.

lit a candle and said a prayer in the Carmel Mission.

took a glorious two hour nap.

got sprayed with ocean mist after a twenty foot wave hit the rocks below me.

View our entire photo gallery (80 photos, not 1400) in the morning!

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  • Chelsea
    January 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Sounds absolutely amazing! What a wonderful time and great food you had!

  • Anna @ Acquainted With The Night
    January 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Where is Carmel exactly? I know I’ve heard it’s gorgeous, but I don’t really know where it is!
    Sounds like you had a fantastic time and I can’t wait to see pictures! 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    January 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Both pictures are GORGEOUS!!! I can’t WAIT to see the rest!!

  • Moni'sMeals
    January 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

    What a great weekend! I can’t wait to see more photos!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    January 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

    pretty much a perfect weekend!

  • Anna @ Acquainted With The Night
    January 31, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Where is Carmel Exactly? I know I’ve heard of it before, and that it’s beautiful, but I’ve never known where it was!
    I can’t wait to see your pictures!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    January 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Sounds fantastic!! Looking forward to the pictures!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

    best mango orange iced tea ever, smores, bonfire…wow, sounds amazing!

    And our best friends live in San Rafael!!!!!!!!! I love it there!!!!!!! I always say that if it wasnt for the weather, I’d live in Marin County! But I am spoiled now and San Diego and this part of the state will always be home.

    But I love it up there! Sausalito, San Rafael, the hiking, Mount Tam, everything…is awesome.

    Can’t wait to see some of the 1400 pics if you’re going to share any 🙂

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    January 31, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Now THAT sounds like a weekend! Can’t wait to see the pictures that go along with it 🙂

  • dana @ my little celebration
    January 31, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Um, amazing. Wish that would’ve been my weekend, but perhaps someday…

    Thanks for sharing about your adventures. The smores and naming of animals were my favorite parts : )

    Looking forward to seeing your photos soon.

  • Eliz@The Sweet Life
    January 31, 2011 at 11:49 am

    what a sweet-sounding weekend! ah, the california life… 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith
    January 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

    That sounds positively amazing. I nursed a cold, chiseled ice off of my driveway and prepared for another snowstorm. You win.


  • Heather @ Heather's Dish
    January 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Amazing…please take me with you next time!

  • Runeatrepeat
    January 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I need to stuff myself with plantains more often – I only get them when I traveling to foreign lands.

  • Jenny
    January 31, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I’m excited to see the pictures! S’mores:) yum!

  • Alexandra
    January 31, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Next time, come to Santa Cruz for hiking and acai bowls from Cafe Brazil! And ice cream from the Penny Ice Creamery! ( <– dare I say best ice cream place ever?!)

    • Sonia
      January 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      I have to agree with this!! The Acai Bowls at Cafe Brazil are amazing!! And the rest of the food is pretty delicious as well. I haven’t been to penny ice cream but Marianne’s Ice Cream is yummy 🙂

      • jenna
        January 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm

        I’ve never been to Santa Cruz…that might be next!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    January 31, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Sounds enchanting! Sigh…the Midwest is just no fun in the winter…enjoy NoCal for me!

  • zoe (and the beatles)
    January 31, 2011 at 11:59 am

    sol food might be the best part of my hometown. or cafe gratitude. i can’t decide 🙂 sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!!!!

  • Kelly
    January 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    On my last trip to San Francisco, I named a sea lion Gordon.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    January 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    That sounds like a fantastic weekend!

  • Nicole
    January 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    wow what a great weekend, can’t wait to see all your pictures!!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows)
    January 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    That honestly sounds like my DREAM vacay! Can’t wait to see the pics. 🙂

  • jenna@frombostonwithlove
    January 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Sounds amazing and I’m sure it tasted amazing as well!

  • Marie
    January 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    love the marshmellow picture…although I think I would’ve traded in one of those muffins for a glass of pinot!

  • Lisa @bakebikeblog
    January 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    oh my – sounds wonderful indeed!!!

  • Current Instincts
    January 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    This sounds like the perfect weekend! (Minus the “drank no wine” part)

  • Lauren
    January 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I grew up in Carmel! I love it and miss it dearly. Hope your weekend was fun!

  • Christie {Abundant Self Care}
    January 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend to me!!

  • Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life
    January 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    1400 photos! Oh and I’m making your buffalo chicken wontons for a super bowl party Sunday. I shared your blog with the host and she fell in LOVE with the recipe and your blog as a whole. Keep it up Jenna!

    • jenna
      January 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      awesome! Those buffalo chicken wontons are lethal!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    January 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    But – wait – whose the special blog reader you met?!! Story?

    • jenna
      January 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Her name is Suzanne and we’ve been corresponding for years! I was so excited to finally meet her!

      • Baking 'n' Books
        January 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm

        That’s amazing! I guess she doesn’t have her own blog? Or your keeping her to yourself! haha 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    January 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Plantains, beans and rice sound really good right now! I made plantains once in high school when we read ‘Things Fall Apart’. I loved them 🙂

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    January 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    That sounds like a fabulous weekend! Carmel is gorgeous, you’re making me jealous.

  • Marie
    January 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Sounds SO fun Jenna! How is the no-wine/drinking thing going? To be honest, I’ve been looking back at your ELR Wine 101 posts and having a glass of wine every night… and I finally tried a California Zin. And pinot is my new love. Those 101s are awesome, thank you for them!

    • jenna
      January 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      it’s hard! Especially on date nights! But then I think about how much money we are saving when we go out to eat and I’m fine with water. 😉

  • Liz
    January 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Sol Food is amazing! I love that place. And Carmel is beautiful. Can’t wait for pictures!

  • rebecca lustig
    January 31, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    i LOVEEE roasting marshmallows and sticking them in my ice cream/frozen yogurt. the combo is just heavenly.

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    January 31, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Sounds like such a fun weekend. I was so excited when I went to SF and saw sea lions for the first time!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    January 31, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Wow, this makes weekend looks completely inadequate 😉

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    January 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Especially if you were able to fill 1400 photos. 🙂

  • Raya
    January 31, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I’m just wondering how I’ve been a reader for so long and NOT been a Facebook fan!!! I am now though, so all is well. Your photos are beautiful, I need to find lessons somewhere!

  • Maria
    January 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Sounds like a glorious weekend!

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Sounds fantastic!

  • Rebecca
    January 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Sol Food is AMAZING. We make the drive from Sonoma County when the cravings for bistec sandwiches, camarones, beans, and plantains hits… and don’t get me started with the tea… MMM! I’m happy you had the opportunity to check it out!

  • Naomi
    January 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I also had s’mores this weekend–Street S’mores from City Bakery! They were roasting the mallows on mini grills on the sidewalk and they looked lovely and melty just like yours. Stickysweetgoodness.

  • Katie
    January 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I hope this isn’t terrible to admit, but I was totally expecting an engagement announcement… !

    • Adam B.
      January 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      Katie… ha! take it easy now..

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    January 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I think Wilfred and Milton are fabulous choices! Lovely names.

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    January 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds like you had a super delicious weekend!! Mango orange iced tea sounds fabulous! Mmm 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    January 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    What a fabulous weekend! 😀

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl)
    January 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Oooh, I want to see the Carmel Mission! And eat some smores, stat.

    Good job skipping the wine… not always easy, esp in camping situations, or at least in my own experience. 😉

  • michie
    January 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I try to plan my trips to the city so that I am passing through San Rafael at an appropriate meal time just so I can eat at Sol Food.

  • carolyn~
    January 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I love SOL FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass
    January 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend! Can’t wait to see the photos. That part of California sounds so lovely!
    Side note – I think s’mores are my very favorite food. Delicious!

  • Ruthy @ The Inspired Latin Cook
    January 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    OMG, I LOVE Sol Food. My hubby was watching Food Network late one night and they were featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Coming back from the airport one day my hubby picked me up and took me to this place. We’ve only gone that one time, but definitely plan to go there again soon enough. I LOVE fried plantains and theirs remind me of how much I love authenticity. For now, I guess I’ll have to continue perfecting mine 🙂 Looks like you had a great weekend. By the way, what’s a great way to make s’mores at home w/o building a fire? The electric stove doesn’t seem to cut it….

    p.s. Don’t watch DDD late into the wee hours of the morning – you may get hunger pains and your mouth may unexpectedly begin to salivate.

  • RunToRadiance
    February 1, 2011 at 7:28 am

    the marshmallow looks amaaaazing. yum!