Dinner/ Lunch

Soaking Up Home

Hey hey!

Hope y’all had a great Saturday. Mine was filled with great friends, family and good food. What more could I ask for?! This morning I met up with two of my girlfriends at Starbucks for an hour and a half catch-up session. I had a grande awake tea with a splash of soymilk and a shot of simple syrup. Mmmm

The weather was GORGEOUS!!! After I left them, I met up with another friend for lunch! I had the hummus pita with fruit and he had….a big ole burger 😉


(I snagged a few of those killer fries, don’t you even worry!)
We took a nice walk in the sunshine, I went shopping and attempted to pack, pack, pack! However, I’m a horrible packer because I always get sidetracked when I find things that I haven’t seen in ages, such as my loved and weathered copies of Paradise Lost and British Poetry….also, lots of old photos and poems! I think I packed one box and then took a yogurt break.

And then tonight I went with my parents to one of my very favorite restaurants, Ceviche!!


I had almost a full glass of their famous sangria…

And then the three of us split the following:
Ceviche (obviously)—

A big salad with grilled salmon, scallops, mussels, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and greens—-

Warm bread with proscuitto and manchego cheese—

And sauteed mushrooms with olive oil and garlic—

When I got home I ate three red Swedish fish 🙂
Bout to take a bubble bath and read! Maybe I’ll get that run in tomorrow??!

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  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    February 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    You look so happy with your momma! Keep enjoying your time…..

  • Ally (Exercise and Pies)
    February 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Mmm, the roasted red pepper and salmon combo made my tummy growl! Lunch looked yummy too… and I always, always steal a bite or two of fries when I eat out too lol

    Sounds like you’re having an amazing weekend, soak up that warm weather for me- i’m freezing!

  • lindsey
    February 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    i love swedish fish! is it weird that my first time trying them i thought they were dog treats because my aunt kept them in their dog’s treat jar. it was his favorite! now i know why 🙂

    and ironically, my AP literature and composition class is reading Paradise Lost now haha.

    ♥ lindsey

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    February 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I am the same way when packing! I get sidetracked with all of the old stories I wrote and journals and notes, etc. In a way, I love it!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    February 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Oh my, what a wonderful day of eating! I love the big salad full of veggies and topped with salmon. Eating omega-3 rich food makes me feel so healthy – I had some smoked salmon and avocado on whole grain today. Yum 🙂

  • Ameena
    February 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I love ceviche so much! Now I am totally craving it.

    Packing is really hard…it is just a trip down memory lane. Very distracting!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    February 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Sounds like a delicious Saturday! You & your mama are too cute. Don’t sweat about the run – you’re on vaca =)

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    February 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Ahhh you look SO SO happy!! I guess home and good food will do it!

  • adrienmelaine
    February 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    your eats look amazing- as does your momma!

    I want to invite myself down next time you go.. and make myself a batch of sangria right now!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    February 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I love sangria!! and bubble baths 🙂

  • Bridget
    February 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Wow, that food looks fantastic!! I kind of want to go on a trip just to eat there. That salad!!!

  • Katie @ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    February 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I could eat prosciutto + manchego and roasted mushrooms daily! Looks so good!

  • Sandy
    February 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Love it! Good eats, great friends… sounds lik a lovely satuday to me…
    Just curious, whre are you currently working? I would love to try and work at a yoga studio!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Oh yum, delicious dinner!!!
    And such gorgeous pictures, you and your mom look SO happy!!

    I’m the same way with packing or if i’m cleaning out a drawer or closet. I have to stop and look through anything that I haven’t seen in a while… makes for some looong cleaning and packing sessions 🙂

  • Stef
    February 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    such a cute pic with your mama! love your blue cardigan too :). glad you’re having fun at home, enjoy the rest of your stay!

  • Stephanie
    February 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Okay so that salad may be the most beautiful and delicious salad that I have ever laid my eyes on – oh. em. gee. What lovely presentation of all the dishes actually, that restaurant looks phenom. Glad you are having a nice time in FL!

  • Jacqueline
    February 6, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    You look just like your mom…beautiful!
    Enjoy being “home”!

  • Jenna
    February 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Mm love sweedish fish!
    Glad you had a great day:)

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    February 6, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    THAT. LOOKS. PHENOMENAL! I’m very jealous my favorite food (minus sweets) is all forms of seafood!! Have fun and enjoy your time with your parents!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    February 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    It takes coming home after being away a while to make you truly appreciate what you have.

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    February 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    You look so happy!!
    It’s always nice to come back home from being gone so long.
    Ceviche looks wonderful!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Looks like such a fun (and delicious) day!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    February 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I had ceviche for the first time this year – my uncle went fishing and then made his own ceviche right off the boat! Yum.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    February 6, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    That seafood salad looks spectacular, as do the other dishes from your fabulous day of eats!

    I love that sweater on you! It’s a great bright color to wear in tropical Florida. 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    February 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I don’t know if I could try and pack up my life to ship cross country. I have too much that I love including books from High School and College. I would be lost without them.

  • Jenna @ Eating Green, Staying Lean
    February 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    That food looks AMAZING.

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia
    February 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Sounds like an amazing time with friends and family. How’s the kitten (now cat) doing?

    That food is so beautiful I’m speechless. Your family knows how to eat! (I mean that in a good way of course!) 🙂

  • Lindsay
    February 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    You’re looking so stunning in that aqua colored cardigan. It looks very J.Crew, yes?! Glad home is good. Come back to California soon! PS. I went to Tartine today 🙂

  • The Brunette
    February 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    People say sangria is a summer thing, but I am absolutely of the opinion that it’s perfect all year round 🙂 Also, that ceviche looks amazing!

  • Laura
    February 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    ohhhhhhhhhh, yummy looking food

  • Cyndi
    February 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Aint nothin’ like momma time …

  • christie, honoring health
    February 7, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Everything looks delish and I love that photo with you and your mom! Enjoy the rest of your time in FL!

  • Julia
    February 7, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Can I say you’re sparkling in all these pictures?! Your’e shining and I love to see that, and the posive energy behind your words. Your blog makes me smile, thanks:)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    February 7, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I’m SO jealous of your warm weather! It’s FREEZING here and I’m dying to live somewhere warm right about now!

    I’m glad you’re having fun with your mom! Enjoy the rest of your weekend 😀

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    February 7, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Sounds like such a perfect day. 😀 Glad you’ve been having fun at home!

  • Karla
    February 7, 2010 at 6:09 am

    You look so happy! Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Superbowl!

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat
    February 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

    You pita looks SO good! I would definitely have taken a few of those french fries too… Good thing that your friend wanted to share!

  • skinnyrunner
    February 7, 2010 at 6:30 am

    manchego cheese is the best. i ate it alot, ok way too much, while i studied abroad in spain.
    another fine delicacy is definitely swedish fish, love those!

  • Julie
    February 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

    My mouth just started watering this morning over the sangria.

  • amanda
    February 7, 2010 at 7:23 am


  • Cole
    February 7, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I’m glad you’re having such a great time at home! Family + good food is always wonderful.

  • Light Delight with TouTou
    February 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

    proscuitto and manchego cheese looks very enticing 😀 I bet they are really good accompany for the bread!!

  • The Healthy Apple
    February 7, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Delicious dinner..wow that looks amazing, Jenna..glad your enjoying Florida!!!

  • Lucy
    February 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Gorgeous food! I would love to hear more about what you’re reading, good books are healthy too 🙂

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    February 7, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Nothing like soaking up home… it’s just the bestest!!

    And you look beautiful in that turquoise color, Jenna!!


  • Katie
    February 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I’m the exact same way when I try to pack.

    That sangria looks so incredibly delicious!

  • Ally @ Sweet & Savory
    February 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Just found your blog – love it! Has anyone ever told you, you look like Lauren from The Hills?

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris
    February 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Looks like you had a great weekend!!! And some great foods too… That ceviche looks incredible….

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    swedish fish are such a favorite of mine 🙂 i could go for a glass of that sangria right about now… 🙂

  • Island Girl Eats
    February 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Dinner looked amazing! Looks like you are having a really good visit with your parents and old friends.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    February 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I want those sautéed mushrooms!!! Mmmmmmm!! I love love love mushrooms.

  • Jessica
    February 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Your ceviche comment, ” Ceviche (obviously)” is something i totally would have said because I have a serious obsession with ceviche. No matter where I go, if it’s on the menu, that’s what I’m getting.

  • Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA
    February 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    You and your mom and sooooo cute!!! 🙂 🙂

    Oh PS, I have a great recipe for a quick and ‘clean’ red sangria if you’re interested 😉

    Have fun at home!!!!

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    February 8, 2010 at 4:50 am

    pita+hummus=your theme of this weekend. Your parents are such foodies! 🙂

  • Erika
    February 8, 2010 at 5:12 am

    You’ve just eaten at my two favorite restaurants in Tampa! I went to law school in St. Pete, and I loved going over to Tampa for Columbia or Ceviche (Ceviche being my favorite). Any time we’re visiting the area, I always request Ceviche!!! Yum.

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 8, 2010 at 6:38 am

    I’m so happy you get to spend this time at home! looks like you are having a great time!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    February 8, 2010 at 7:13 am

    You look so happy – like you’re having a wonderful time! I am the same way when packing/unpacking. I have trouble getting rid of things that hold some semblance of nostalgia for me, too – like my old books, etc.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    February 8, 2010 at 7:31 am

    your Ceviche looks incredible! glad you’ve not had to miss out on good food while being away from CA 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    February 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

    you look so happy!!!! All the food looks amazing!!!! Glad you are having fun!

  • Jenn (www.j3nn.net)
    February 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

    That seafood looks AAAmazing! Love that salad, WOW!


  • Kelly
    February 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Oh my gah! Ceviche is my favorite restaurant! My fiance was on business for two years in Tampa and he took me there for my first birthday celebration with him. It holds a very special place in my heart, plus it is so super delicious. Their escargot and their tomato based/manchego/eggplant dip is the best!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    February 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Sounds wonderful! I love spending time with family. It’s so rejuvenating. Especially when really good food is involved.

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    February 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Wow … that warm bread with prosciutto and cheese looks fantastic! As does your hummus pita! I really have to start ordering healthier things when we go out, but I am a slave to the french fry, sometimes. LOL!

  • Jil
    February 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Awww, you look so happy! You and your mom look gorgeous.

  • Courtney
    February 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    This is the first time I have visited your blog and I am hooked!!! I love your stories and writings on your ventures. You sound just like me! I love eating good food, and am obsessed with nutrition & working out/running. Your blog has inspired me to start my own food/life blog!!! 🙂 I am a fan.

  • Amanda
    February 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I love Ceviche!
    Their eggplant dipped in honey is a truly religious experience.