Behind The Butter

Sittin’ by the Dock of the Bay

So, after after spending all day in the heart of San Francisco eating street food to our heart’s delight, what was the one thing on our minds?


If your answer was dinner, you are correct. If you answer was this wonderfully furry beast, you are also correct. I spotted him at the market and wanted desperately to run away with him….but alas.


On our way out of the city we stopped in the town of Tiburon, to eat and explore, since we both love Sausalito but had never ventured across the bay.




Love, love LOVE! The town itself was quaint and cute, with little cafes and a tiny movie theater, but the best thing by far was the view!

We stopped to grab a bite to eat at Bistro 35, mainly because I spotted pastries in the window and it was all over after that. I ordered the Mediterranean plate for dinner and it featured tiny falafel, creamy hummus with flavors of lemon and garlic, fresh tabbouli, dolmas and a few deliciously salty olives.

Along with a glass of Syrah from France, a few bites of French bread and a split tiramisu, I couldn’t ask for a better ending to the day.


Naturally, after our food arrived I made my way to the front and questioned the pastries. Maybe it’s my background, but when I see pastries in the window of a restaurant I must know everything about them or I simply cannot rest. They told me that the restaurant’s pastry chef was actually from France and worked from one in the morning until seven every day, preparing the puff pastry and the pate a choux from scratch the old-fashioned way. Baking pastries in the middle of the night is something I know way too well, so I couldn’t NOT order dessert after that.
After we ate, we headed up the hill to take some night shots. Or, actually Almanzo took some night shots while I just stood there in a tiramisu inflicted food coma.




It’s the hottest day of the year and I’m currently midway through making both gazpacho and double chocolate muffins, recipes to come. Also, Austin readers—-I hope y’all will join me for Cocktails and Tacos next week. Yeeehaw!

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  • Camille
    August 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    What a fabulous day. Nothing beats the seaside towns of NorCal for views, food, and a wonderful evening 🙂

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    August 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Had no idea Tiburon was so gorgeous. I love that you question about the pastry chef – it’s so nice to really find out how much time and care goes into your food – don’t you think?

  • Sana
    August 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    ahhhh! i am obsessed with all the slights you see and the things your eat! Sooo jealous!

  • Abbey
    August 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    yum!! i like that giant dog. 😛 also, the pictures almanzo took of the boats are amazing! he’s a great photographer.

  • eatmovelove
    August 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Oh wow – that view is amazing…it really puts things into perspective. I’d love to be able to look at that every night. Like a constant vacation.

    Uh, double chocolate muffins? Just baked Pumpkin ones…and they’re nearly all gone…and I live alone…um, I’ll be back for the chocolate ones please soon 🙂

  • Sarah @ BikingNBaking
    August 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Tiburon is beautiful! If you ever have a chance for a bike ride out there (I know your not from SF, but still..) The ride is really nice and all the treats the town has to offer are a great reward! The cafe (the big one right by the ferry loading) serves big merangues dipped in chocolate that I adore, as I love all things merangue! Angel island is a really short boat ride from Tiburon and there are some secluded beaches you can walk out to for a really nice picnic, if you havent been! This was long, but I love your blog!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    August 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Oh wow, the Mediterranean plate looks so tasty! And Almonzo’s nighttime pictures came out really well!

  • Rachel
    August 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    That last picture is stunning. Glad you had a fun weekend 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    August 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    i want to go to sleep on a bed made of that tiramisu…i don’t even know what that means!

  • Stacey
    August 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    It must be nice to have someone with you who is interested in photography so they can take great pictures of you.

  • Kara
    August 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Great pictures! LOVE LOVE LOVE Newfoundlands. Such sweet furry dogs!

  • Marisa @ Loser for Life
    August 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I want that Mediterranean plate! Love the mini falafels!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    August 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Love the last shots of the water and boats. So pretty.

  • Lisa
    August 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    What a cool looking city! I want to go there. And eat that dessert!!!

  • Katie
    August 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    wow, what an ending to an amazing weekend. I loved all the weekend posts! I never thought I would say something like this but the hummus caught my eye more so than the tiramisu! Though I wouldn’t discriminate if both were placed in front of me..

  • Low
    August 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous way to spend the hottest day of the year. My thermometer in my car read 117 after work today, so I’m spening my evening inside with cold white wine.

  • Lauren
    August 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    What a truly incredible town. Tiramisu is my favorite dessert on this earth. If I would have known it was created by the hands of a real pastry chef from France, there is no way I would be walking out of there without having dessert. They would have had to roll me out, but it would have been so worth it! 😉

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    August 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Tiramisu is like dying and going to heaven. I’ll take that coma any day 🙂

  • theemptynutjar
    August 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    August 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    That Tiramisu looks amazing!
    How does Almanzo take such glorious night shots? Is he willing to post a tutorial? 🙂

    • Amelia
      August 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      Yes! That would be awesome 🙂

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    August 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Yep, the first day back to school {for most kids…not mine though} and we get hit with the hottest day in the year thus far! The night shots are beautiful!

  • Erica
    August 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Where did you get your green shoes?? I love em!

    • Erin
      August 24, 2010 at 10:31 am

      Agreed. I LOVE those shoes!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    August 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Aw, I love that beardog. It’s so cute!

  • Meg
    August 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Totally random but i was watching the barefoot contessa today on foodnetwork and your cooking reminds me of hers! wholesome, real ingredients..whats not to love! 🙂

  • julie
    August 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Like Erica, I want to know where you got those green shoes?! SOOO cute (and they look comfy!)

    • jenna
      August 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      sorry y’all—those are Jcrew circa 2007!

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim
    August 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    It looks like you had a great day and managed to capture it in beautiful pictures! Especially the one of the tiramisu 😉 one of my favorites!

  • Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome
    August 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Now that looks like a glorious end to a perfect day! And that tiramisu? Holy crap.

  • Ashley
    August 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    i like your shoes in the 5th picture, where are they from? are they comfy?

  • Tina
    August 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I can’t believe how great he shoots night photos. Beautiful! I think I need to go to the west coast pronto.

  • Erin
    August 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Wow, what a lovely place. I definitely need to get out of the city more — I exchanged DC for NYC this weekend but it’s not the same as soaking up the fresh air and slower pace of a small town.

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward
    August 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I have family in Tiburon! I’m glad you liked it there. Those views are incredible!

  • RhodeyGirl
    August 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Beautiful photos- you have a great eye!

  • Cara
    August 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    So gorgeous.
    The harbor at night looks so peaceful and lovely. The perfect place for a stroll.

  • Christena
    August 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    That’s a great side picture of you – you are glowing! Looks like you guys had a fantastic day!

  • Angie from Merried Life
    August 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Can I just say that you look SO happy!? Looks like Adam is making you very happy and you deserve it, girl!

  • Kate
    August 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I’m just curious to know why you are wearing a jacket and long jeans in hot weather?

    • jenna
      August 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      Actually, it was only 64 degrees yesterday in the city…hence my apparel.

  • Katryn
    August 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    This entire post is feast for the eyes…mmmmmm.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    August 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Love Sam’s in Tiburon—sitting out on the deck. Fabulous pictures! Another day in paradise!!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up
    August 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    great pictures! and the tiramisu looks delish!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    August 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    How fun! I love that your boy toy loves to explore with you. Beware. Post-marriage, the drive to explore seems to go down in men, or atleast my man, anyway. :p

  • Whitney
    August 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Geez Northern California is so beautiful!

  • Chelsey
    August 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Awesome pictures!

  • April
    August 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    You look Happy!!! Your pictures are beautiful!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    August 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Yumm.. that looks amazing!

  • Katherine
    August 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I love that the new ELR still has dog pictures.

  • leanne
    August 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Are you in heaven? These good, landscape and goofy pics look like heaven.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    gorgeous light for a mid-air photo too haha
    oh myyy a quaint little candy store!!! YES PLEASE!!

  • Carole
    August 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I really love your pictures–I think the shots are so clear and the colors so vivid. You and the mystery photographer are becoming quite adept with the camera!

  • Sumi
    August 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Tiburon is gorgeous – no doubt about it. Can’t wait to try out this new restaurant! If you want amazing views, you *definitely* need to go to Angel Island, though!

  • Anne
    August 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Oh, that looks like such a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Lynn @ The Next Chapter
    August 24, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Looks like a lovely afternoon! 🙂

  • Lauren
    August 24, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Tiburon is beautiful. Looks like a great restaurant too (especially the pastry element!!)

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    August 24, 2010 at 5:22 am

    I love exploring new towns. That one looks really cute. I love the views!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    August 24, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I would love to always be in a tiramisu-induced coma. I discovered tiramisu during Valentine’s Day of last year, and my life hasn’t been the same!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    August 24, 2010 at 7:10 am

    That town looks so cute!

  • Natalie (The Sweets Life)
    August 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

    those tiny falafel are so cute! as is that whole town…gorgeous pics!

  • Marie
    August 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I love tiramisu, and that one looks awesome! Beautiful pics. Very inspiring!

  • Leigh
    August 25, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I was just in San Francisco and Sausalito for my honeymoon! We biked across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and it stole a piece of my heart…if only I was rich! We didn’t make it to Tiburon, but your pictures make me sad that we didn’t.

  • Tori @
    August 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

    That sweet doggie looks like a Newfie! What a cool dog!

    Those photos are amazing!!!!