Breakfast/ Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch


I’m alive!

Thank you guys so much for understanding me taking the weekend off. It was a CRAZY weekend to say the very least….and now I am left with an empty house, way too many empty wine bottles and a very full inbox. Phew! I didn’t take photos of EVERYTHING I ate over the weekend (it was just too crazy!) but here are the highlights.

We enjoyed one of my favorite past-times on Friday—a food and wine pairing at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center!




Followed by a (winter) garden tour led by Chef Ryan!





It was awesome. I could live in this garden…..if it were summer. 😉

The rest of the night was a very good lesson in why tequila and wine don’t mix. Or maybe I just should never be allowed to have tequila again. Ever, ever again.



I’ll spare you the details and instead just recount the delicious meal at Scopa!

Grilled calamari:


Lamb tongue!




Housemade ravioli:


Yummy salad with pom seeds and baked goat cheese:


Reallyyyyy yummy vino:


Adam, Christie, Alissa and I split all the above. Plus two bottles of the Rubbjano. And champagne…and tequila. Bad, bad, BAD Jenna……..

The next morning I paid in full for my antics and felt like I had been hit by a train. I made us some strong green monsters!


Plus about 10 bottles of water and this!


I rejoined the world with a hummus, cheese and avocado sandwich on whole wheat bread from the General Store:


And hid behind my big sunglasses for the rest of the day. I’ll tell you what really nipped it in the bud though, and sadly I don’t have a photo because I forgot my camera, but chicken enchiladas from the hole in the wall Mexican place near my house! You know, sometimes you just need a little grease in your life, mm? Worked like a charm and after my second wind we headed out to meet the guys to listen to a New Orleans jazz band. It was awesomeeee!!!!!

Today I dropped the girls off at the airport and detoxed my system with some cafe gratitude.

A “good for you shot” (I don’t even know what this was but I know it was healthy):


And an “I am Grateful” bowl with quinoa and veggies:


Came home to a thousand dishes to be washed and clothes to be picked up off the floor. I ended up curling up on my bed for an hour because I just couldn’t do anymore.

But then……fried chicken!


They even warmed up the honey for us!!!!


Adam and I (the Southerners) had a debate with Rocky (the Californian) about which type of honey is better. From what I can tell, local California honey is a lot thicker and more crystallized than the ooey gooey Southern honey of my youth. The flavor is good, but I have to say…I prefer Dixie.

Alright folks, that’s all I have. I’m spent, exhausted and in need of a really long hot bubble bath and my flannel pjs. 🙂


Rumor has it it’s going to SNOW tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Sounds like a fun-filled weekend of fabulous food & friends! I’m glad you’re back to blogging world : )

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    P.S. Your camera is a-mazing. The pic of you and your girlfriends is just perfect!

  • meagan
    December 6, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    this post reminded me of my errant days mixing whiskey and wine. absolutely disastrous.

    the food looks amazing. i’m full yet drooling 🙂 hope you get your snow!

  • Crunchy Granola Gal
    December 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    tequila and wine usually = a good time, but much pain the following day. love the shot of all the glasses, though. definitely worth the pain every once in awhile 🙂

  • BethT
    December 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Wish we could have met for lunch today!

    My husband and I have a rule: if I ever cry out “Let’s do tequila shots!!!!” he is to put me in a cab and immediately cut me off. It’s a sign of bad, bad things to come.

  • legalstyle
    December 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    oh my gosh jenna you look gorgeous in the first photo!! and the rest. your hair is SO blonde. and i love your scarf. and the way you tied it. k.. i’ll stop gushing now. 😉

    sounds like a fun weekend – one you’ll be reminiscing about with your friends for years and years! glad you’re back to blogging!


  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    December 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Jenna, love the pictures! Did you buy an extra lens for your DSLR or are you using the kit lens? I am looking into getting a lens for my DSLR and I am not sure if I should get the 50mm or 35mm. Either way, great pictures and what a fun weekend! 🙂

  • katie
    December 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    what a great post girl! you deserved the weekend off! glad you had a wonderful time. i saw a pic on one of ur lasts posts from charleston..didnt you go to CofC?! i have so many friends that go there.. i go to charleston all the time!

  • Ashley
    December 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Jenna, does Amazing Grass have those containers that you put your green monster in for sale? I definitely need one…thanks!

  • candice
    December 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Wow, crazy weekend indeed! But you look like you had a ton of fun, even with the tequila… 😉 Bet that “I am Grateful” bowl really cleansed your system. I’ve never had fried chicken with honey… there’s something to try! o_o

  • Jenna
    December 6, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    looks like you had a great weekend with the girls 🙂

  • Ameena
    December 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    What a great weekend. The food looks amazing as always.

  • Cole
    December 6, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    It looks like you had a great weekend! And yep, sometimes greasy food is just the thing you need.

  • KatieTX
    December 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I feel you on the rough night. Mine involved vodka, but I don’t remember too much, so tequila may have been involved. Greasy food really does cure a hangover! Good thing there was some amazing looking food in there too!

  • Carbzilla
    December 6, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Hey Jenna – A friend of mine has developed a homeopathic anti-hangover pill. Let me know if you’d be interested in samples. I tried it after our holiday party on Friday and it worked, as far as I can tell (I’m not really sure how hungover I would have been without it, but I didn’t get a migraine so that’s a big plus!). I don’t drink very often and my husband doesn’t get hungover (ever! Bastard!), but I’m happy to get you samples. (It’s approved by the FDA even though I thought they didn’t over see homeopathics). Anyway, PM me if you’d like to try it!

  • Mama Pea
    December 6, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Wow. This post is like Paula Deen meets a Miriachi band and then somehow Jack LaLanne slipped in the middle. I hope you are back to normal tomorrow!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    December 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I like strong flavored honey the best. Its a bit more expensive than regular grocery store honey but so much better.

    I’m sure the southern girl in you must love the idea of snow 🙂

  • amber
    December 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    It was SOO gorgeous up there this weekend I will be blown away if it snows. Although I have seen weather like this before, but in like February!!

  • amber
    December 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    what I mean is, is that is NOT normal!!!

  • Karla
    December 6, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Fabulous pictures! Your meals look great too! I think we both had a pretty indulgent weekend 🙂 Totally worth it for me. Hope it was for you too!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    December 6, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Oh it sounds like you had a BLAST! What an awesome weekend indeed 🙂

  • Fran
    December 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Jenna, that sandwich looks outstanding! I’m going to make it this week because I have a few avocados in a bowl calling my name. Did it have mayo on it, or what was the dressing?

  • maria
    December 6, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    The pay off for drinking too much is a big deterrent for me… ugh… it sucks! Feel better soon!

  • lz
    December 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Wow Jenna, you seem like you had an absolutely marvelous weekend!

  • Ellen
    December 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    one reason i could never be a healthy living blogger 😉 glad to see you’ve recovered! despite how terrible it feels, you always eventually recover, and the memories are usually worth it… right?

    anyway, i took a class on beekeeping and my teacher told me that the flavor/color/texture of your honey depends on the type of flower they are eating. put your hives in an acacia grove, and you’ll get a light, mild honey that remains liquid for a long time. chestnut and eucalyptus honey are both more intensely flavored and darker in color, but the latter tends to solidify while the former remains liquid. clover honey is popular in the US and is a nice in between. so there you go!

  • Madelin @ What is for Breakfast?
    December 7, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Wowee looks like a fun filled weekend! It is so nice your friends came out to visit you :). Glad you had a wonderful time and I think the enchilada sounds awesome. I am craving Mexican something chronic lately!

  • Tamzin
    December 7, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Ah what fun, looks like a great weekend with great friends, and your right a little grease sometimes is definitely needed, especially when tequila is involved! x x

  • christie, honoring health
    December 7, 2009 at 2:37 am

    I am glad you enjoyed your weekend off. We all need breaks like that and yes, we all need a little grease in our system from time to to time 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 7, 2009 at 3:29 am

    I can’t believe all of those wine glasses!! The food looks amazing.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    December 7, 2009 at 3:45 am

    The wine, sandwich, and friend photos are all absolutely wonderful highlights. You know what my favorite photo highlight of them all is, though? That hunky wine dude wearing the apron. Yum!

    Snow in Northern CA? Woooo.

  • Light Delight with TouTou
    December 7, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Oh wow. that’s a wonderful weekend 😀 I like the girls pictures – feel like sunshine !

  • laci
    December 7, 2009 at 4:19 am

    such a fun weekend! hope it does snow for you tom. haha! 🙂

  • lindsay
    December 7, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Looks like you had soooo much fun!!!! Good 🙂 I shall take your word that tequila and wine don’t mix, that’s one I’d rather not try for myself…. 😉

  • Kristen
    December 7, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Oh my I would need days to recover from all that wine and good food! It would be sooo worth it though. Looked like such a fun weekend!

  • Katherine
    December 7, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Looks like a beautiful weekend full of wonderful friends, delicious food and even better wine!

  • Abbys Vegan Eats
    December 7, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Fabulous weekend with good foods and friends! Wanna swap cameras? lol Your pics are beautiful as usual 🙂

  • Pam
    December 7, 2009 at 5:05 am

    So glad you had a wonderful time!

    Cameragasm!…… looks great!


  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 7, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Mmmmm, Southern honey– nothing beats it!

    Looks like an awesome weekend with friends. I had a “tequila night” back in the summer after my senior year of high school that ended with my declaration that I would never drink it again– and I haven’t!! The night was THAT bad 🙂

    Your food looks divine…glad you’re back!

  • Abby
    December 7, 2009 at 5:13 am

    From my experience, Tequila should never be mixed with ANYthing, meaning any consumption is too much. Never my drink of choice! And be glad your “winter” is so mild, as it’s in the single digits here! The perfect excuse to eat warm comfort food and drink copious amounts of tea while reading blogs, no?

    Fun weekend. Great camera. Loving your highlights.

  • Sarah
    December 7, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Glad you had so much fun with your girlfriends! I love how you tied your scarf in the first few pictures! Can you share how you do that? Your scarves always look so stylish, and I’m always looking for new ways to tie mine. Thanks!

    • jenna
      December 7, 2009 at 8:52 am


      That scarf was Alissa’s and was a circular scarf with no end so you don’t tie it–you just loop it around your neck!

  • Laura Georgina
    December 7, 2009 at 5:21 am

    I totally agree with you–I think enchiladas can fix anything! What a lovely time you must have had 🙂

  • amanda
    December 7, 2009 at 5:26 am

    wOW, THE food looks amazing like always. I hope you are feeling better. Seems a lot of people enjoyed tequila this weekend

  • VeggieGirl
    December 7, 2009 at 5:32 am

    What a blast!!

    Your comment about the “good for you” shot made me laugh out loud, haha 😀

    Hope the snow stayed away! None here yet, thank goodness – I despise having to trek in the white stuff.

  • Carolyn
    December 7, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Looks and sounds like you had a blast!! What fun!! Here’s to a speedy recovery! 🙂

  • Jessie
    December 7, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Somtimes you just need a weekend off with your friends. Looks like you had fun! After reading your blog I am dying to visit California.

  • Jolene (
    December 7, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Lamb tongue!!! I don’t know if I could try that!! But everything else sounds delicious 🙂 That sandwich looks super good too.

  • Erin
    December 7, 2009 at 5:47 am

    What a fabulous, fun weekend with friends! Is there anything better?! 😉

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    December 7, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Ha ha, glad you enjoyed yourself (even if it was a little too much). It snowed here this morning, I couldn’t believe it!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    December 7, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Oh my gosh I LOVE that picture of the wine glasses lined up. SO SO jealous of your camera!!

    It looks like you had a fabulous time with friends 🙂 I’m so glad!


  • diana(mymarble rye)
    December 7, 2009 at 6:18 am

    This may be the first time I read about your hangovers. 🙂 At least you had good eats, great wine, and fantastic laughs this weekend!

  • Erin
    December 7, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Sometimes you just gotta take a weekend to be bad with your BFFs 😉 Sometimes I’m glad my best friends don’t live in the same city as I do because it would be a tequila/wine/greasy food party 24/7!! Glad you had a great time though! Those are great pictures.

  • Heather
    December 7, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Sounds like you had a whirlwind of a weekend! Glad you recovered. Grease always gets the job done.

  • Sarah
    December 7, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Glad you had such a fun weekend! I hear you on the tequila.

  • Stephanie
    December 7, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend, and hey sometimes a lil’ tequila is just necessary! 😉 Even if the next day doesn’t always feel that way haha, ah well, such is life…. 🙂

  • Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests)
    December 7, 2009 at 6:54 am

    What a fabulous weekend Jenna. I had a similar weekend (sans alcohol though) and I feel totally refreshed from it.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    December 7, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Sounds like you had a great weekend! Don’t worry about too much booze – happens to the best of us :O)

  • Evan Thomas
    December 7, 2009 at 7:24 am

    lamb tongue?! How exotic

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    December 7, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    December 7, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Amazing looking sandwich!

    I remembered why I don’t drink tequila and wine together Saturday night too haha or maybe just tequila in general.. yowsers!

  • Kristie Lynn
    December 7, 2009 at 8:54 am

    You know what can also get you into trouble? Gin + Kahlua. I may have found that out this past weekend 😛

  • Jil
    December 7, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I think the variety of foods that surrounds you is amazing!!! You eat so well, Jenna! and I am so jealous! It all looks absolutely delicious.

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