Sweet Ending

mmmMMM good!!! Just ate 80 calories worth (8 ounces) of frozen yogurt that I had in my freezer from that time last week when, like a dork, I packed my lunchbox full of frozen yogurt in Tampa and drove it to Orlando! It was worth it though!! 🙂 Tonight’s flavor was vanilla cake batter/chocolate creme brulee.


Why does it seem like no matter what I eat, or how much I eat, I ALWAYS have room for dessert? I think I have a hollow leg…..

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  • Annie
    January 23, 2008 at 12:42 am

    I am the same exact way with dessert. No matter how big a meal, or how full I am, dessert never seems like it fills me up anymore, I almost can never go a night without ice cream!

  • linds
    January 23, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Wow dessert looks soo good…Ice cream and frozen yogurt are my absolute favourites 🙂

    I have a question about pasta- I don’t own a food scale, so usually I measure out the amount I want into measuring cups. How much dry pasta should I measure out to make one serving? (2 ounces). Do you happen to know offhand the calorie count for that much? (Just curious- I don’t count calories but I do like to know a range of how much I’m eating).

    Thank you for the effort you put into this blog- it is gorgeous and informative and also entertaining 🙂 I really look forward to reading it everyday.

  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 1:15 am


    The calories depend on the type of pasta. Usually it is about 180 calories per 2 ounces of dry pasta. If you don’t have a food scale I would either try to measure it in a measuring cup (to the 2 ounces mark) or just use a handful, which is what I’ve always done in the past!

    Thank you for your kind words! I hope this is some help 🙂

  • Kath
    January 23, 2008 at 1:26 am

    MY GOSH – that looks amazing. I’d go eat some of my remaining egg nog but I am too full of sweet potato soup. I love the hollow leg expression! I think you do have one 🙂

  • Krista
    January 23, 2008 at 2:07 am

    We will for sure swap recipes and we will probably have some of the same classes even though we are across the country…weird! Anyways I was wondering where you lived in Paris….I loved so many of the districts while I was there it would be hard to choose where to be….your dessert looked so good….cake batter- YUM!!

  • Sara
    January 23, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Hey! I love the blog! I recently moved to Orlando, I live near UCF and I was wondering if you could tell me some of the healthy restaurants you go to. Don’t you wish we had a Trader Joe’s near us! At least the WF’s isn’t that far away. And where do you get the frozen yogurt??


  • Ashley
    January 23, 2008 at 2:19 am

    HI Jenna, I was wondering what you aim for when you are putting together a well balanced meal? and what you look for in snack?
    Also I dont know if you ever eat mexican food but I live in southern california and my dad and sister live off the stuff! I was wondering what you order or would order that is healthy and well balanced? Thanks!

  • Erica
    January 23, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Jenna, every time you mention that 80 calorie for 8 oz miracle frozen yogurt, I can’t help but become extremely jealous and have the urge to fly all the way to Florida and bring home (i live in New York!) a huge stash of it! It looks so delicious! And I totally agree that no night is complete without some sort of sweet treat! 🙂

  • Tina
    January 23, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Hey Jenna- just wondering who eats all the food you guys make in your culinary classes!

  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 3:17 am


    I lived in the 5th arr. in the latin quarter…on Rue Monge. About 5 blocks from Notre Dame. In the morning I could hear the bells ringing…just like in a story book! I miss Paris!


    Welcome! I’ve actually never been to a trader joe’s so I dont know what I’m missing! I’ve lived down south my whole life and it seems we have more whole foods around here. The frozen yogurt is from tampa! I brought it back a couple weeks ago in an insulated lunch box because its so tasty! As for healthy restaurants, I’m really not all that familiar with the orlando area…I just go to school during the day, work at night and usually go home to tampa on the weekends. I LOVE cedar’s restaurant (where I ate tonight) and that’s on sandlake road. i wish I could be more help but I really havent explored that much, especially around your area because you are so far away from me –I live next to the millenia mall! I tend to eat most of my meals at home during the week to save money and I love to cook 🙂


    I look for grains, healthy fats (olive oil, fatty fish, nuts) and a protein source. For snacks I aim to combine something like nuts and grains (some almonds and crackers) or some dairy and fruit (yogurt and an apple). Most of my meals seem to be around 500 calories or so and my snacks vary greatly depending on my hunger and mood…the trend has been around 150 calories though. Rather than counting calories, however, I think its much more important to look at the components. Things that keep you full are foods with fiber and healthy fats….I eat nuts every single day for this reason–they keep me satisfied!

    As for Mexican food…I LOVE IT! Except I’m never healthy when I eat it…I usually splurge and get my favorite, cheese enchiladas with rice and beans!!!!!! I dont even want to know the calorie count on that. I don’t eat it often though so it’s ok! For a healthier option, choose chicken fajitas, which is only white meat chicken with sauteed veggies. No cheese. Guacamole is a good source of fat, just watch your portion size…and watch out for the crispy tortilla chips! Those are always a killer for me. Love them! Mexican food is a treat for me so I usually just order whatever I want…but once in a while I’ll feel the need to eat healthy mexican food and get chicken fajitas. 🙂


    are you talking about my food specifically or the school’s food? As for my food…my freezer is absolutely jam-packed. I bring home goodies when I go home on the weekends 🙂 Ryan loves my cookies!
    As for the school’s food… all gets eaten. Most culinary students are guys and they alll loooooove to eat. Also, my school runs a restaurant and a cafe that features food we all make! Nothing goes to waste, that’s for sure! This spring we are having a cookie drive to send to soldiers in Iraq. I’m excited about that one!

  • mags
    January 23, 2008 at 3:18 am

    have you ever tried tasti d-lite? i know that is a ny fro yo chain and i believe the nutritionals are similar. and it is delish!

  • Erica
    January 23, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Mags –
    I actually tried tasti d-lite for the first time last week and got a pint of chocolate cookie dough to bring home. I was SO excited to taste it, but unfortunately i was very disappointed.. it tasted nothing like chocolate cookie dough, or even chocolate for that matter, but more like vanilla (which i hate). Do you know any specific flavors that are especially good? I’m willing to give it another try. 🙂

    I do wish that the nutritionals for tasti d-lite were 80 calories for 8 oz like Jenna’s frozen yogurt place rather than 80 calories for 4 oz. Oh well, i’ll take what I can get I suppose.

  • Amy
    January 23, 2008 at 4:22 am

    I wish I had ice cream that low calorie-almost worth moving to Florida for!

    This is super random, but do you know the difference b/w a calzone and stormboli?

    Also, have you ever had the thomas’ mini bagels, how do they compare in size/satisfaction to the one you had this morning? Have fun baking tomorrow!

  • Sara F
    January 23, 2008 at 4:26 am

    I’ve always toyed with the idea of culinary school, but I’ve been giving it a lot more serious thought this past semester. There is a culinary school here in St Louis, but I don’t really know much about it. I’m in the process of getting some info, but in the mean time…what makes a good culinary school? What types of questions should I be asking? what kind of job do you get when you graduate? How did you decide on the culinary school you’re attending? I don’t need answers to all those qustions…but any info you can give me would be really great! Thanks.

  • Jill
    January 23, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Hahaha, I’ll join the club of always-room-for-desserters!

  • N
    January 23, 2008 at 4:57 am

    my family takes frozen yogurt from where i live to where they live in southern cali. Theres a little independent nonfat yogurt place and my whole family is addicted!! hahaha i love knowin u do the same.

  • Sara
    January 23, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Hey Jenna!
    You live near the Millenia Mall! Have you been to the new Ikea? I love that mall, to bad I’m a poor college student, haha! I don’t know the Olrando area that well either and I cook most of my meals at home because I enjoy cooking and to save money. Where did you find the whipped cottage cheese? I haven’t been able to find it. And do you ever go to fresh market? Is it less expensive than whole foods? I might have to check it out today.

    Thanks again!


  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I found the whipped cottage cheese at the fresh market, but YES it is WAY WAY more expensive than whole foods!!!!!! I would much rather shop at whole foods…the prices are actually pretty good there compared to other places with the same stuff. I buy 365 brand a lot and that’s pretty cheap. I have no been to the new Ikea. I’m trying not to spend any money! haha!

  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 11:40 am


    I know a calzone is more like a folded pizza …but I’ve never had a stromboli and really not sure exactly what it is so I don’t want to give you wrong info! As for the mini bagels—yes, I have tried them but they don’t really satisfy me. If I’m going to eat a bagel, I’m going to eat a bagel and its going to be big and chewy and yummy! Thats a personal preference though—many people love these tiny tiny TINY bagels.

  • Andi
    January 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    I came across your blog a few weeks ago and have become an avid reader.
    I’m an American college student studying abroad in PARIS for the year, and, get this- I ALSO LIVE ON RUE MONGE IN THE 5th!!! Ahhh so randomly exciting!

    So here’s my question. I’ve been here since September, mainly cooking for myself, etc…and I’m a vegetarian. Kind of hard, but it works.

    I was wondering if you had any good food recommendations around rue Monge and in Paris in general. I dearly love l’As du Falafel (your after yoga haunt), but I’d welcome any other suggestions for bistros and specialty shops and just restos in Paris that you found to be delicious and healthy.

    Great blog, by the way!

  • Ashley
    January 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Amy- The difference between a stromboli and a calzone is the filling. A calzone is more like a pizza whereas a stomboli is more like a sandwich I guess. Stromboli’s usually have processed meats (pepperonis, salami, etc.) and lots of cheese. They are fantastic dipped in tomato sauce! Hope that helps!

  • kelly
    January 23, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    What do you think of the pria plus bars. Would you recommend one of those and a banana as a good snack? Thanks!

  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 6:44 pm


    I’m so jealous you are there!!!!! I’m trying to think back of places I loved to eat at. My favorite thing was to go to the farmer’s market on wed/fri/sunday and get lunch there like a hummus wrap or a falafel wrap from the lebanese stand. For sit down, I loved a bistro called “circles” across from the luxembourg gardens on rue st. michelle. Also, I love the little stands down near the quai and “shakespeare and co” if you know where that bookstore is. Its near notre dame..there are tons of winding side streets with little vendors selling yummy lunch around there! les bouquinisques (sp??!!), guy savoys restaurant, is amazing too and thats on blvd st. augustin I believe, also near the quai. Also I just loved all the little creperies around and anything on Ile st. louis….that was my favorite part of paris!!! again–I’m so jealous!!!! eat berhillion ice cream enough for the both of us!!!

  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Sara F,

    It really all depends on what your goals are career-wise. I am a writer…above all else…and I wanted to go to culinary school so that I could know everything about food in order to write about it! I want to write cookbooks, be a baker, maybe dabble in personal chef ideas…..I want to do so many things and culinary school provides the backbone for all of this. After I graduated college I sort of just sat on my butt for awhile and looked at corporate america jobs…I could have gotten one if I wanted but I knew the 9-5 thing in a cubicle isn’t me at all. Cooking and baking is my passion so I came to le cordon bleu! Be warned : its very very VERY expensive!! My program was about 45,000…all of which I took out in loans and which means a year from right now I will be incredibly broke trying to pay it all back! Jobs are really endless though with this kind of education—I mean, you could obviously be a chef, you could be a food writer, you could be a baker….the list goes on. I’m not sure how to answer “what makes a good culinary school”. the two best are the culinary institute of america and the cordon bleu. There’s tons more though but if you want to go, I would go for the best.