Behind The Butter



Tonight. Tonight I begin my twenty three day book tour adventure! I have no idea when the words “book tour adventure” became part of my life…or part of my vocabulary, even, but wow…I am thankful.

You can get all the nitty gritty info here, but let me recap real quick. Tonight I’m taking a red-eye to Charlotte, North Carolina! Charlotte, I am SO thrilled to be coming your way. Thrilled, I say!! My flight leaves at midnight and I believe I get into the city around 11am, where my mom will be waiting with the car and snacks {the woman is baking muffins and making hard boiled eggs for breakfast!}. We’ll camp out for the day at the hotel, then I have my first signing at the Barnes and Noble in Pineville on Monday night at 7pm.

From Charlotte, we head to Charleston, South Carolina! Oh, Charleston…how I miss you! For real. We’ll drive from Charlotte to Charleston early on Tuesday, just time for me to grab a hair appointment with my old salon that I used to go to in college and meet up with my best friend. I’ll be speaking and signing 7pm Tuesday night at the Barnes and Noble there.

Early Wednesday morning we start our longest leg to Birmingham, Alabama!!! Woot, Birmingham!!!!!! I haven’t been back to Alabama since I attended University of Alabama in 2005 and I am so stoked to be coming back. I need to pick up a new Bama t-shirt while I’m there for when they play the Aggies in November. 😉 I’ll be at Barnes and Noble in Birmingham this coming up Thursday night at 7pm. I KNOW IT’S THE SAME NIGHT THAT GREY’S COMES BACK! I apologize for any inconvenience and promise to have you home in time for the show. But more importantly, can I come over and watch it with you?

From Birmingham, we’ll be heading “home” to Savannah, Georgia. I’ll be hanging out with my family over the weekend and then signing books at Barnes and Noble there next Monday (Oct 1st) at 7pm. I absolutely adore Savannah and can’t wait to visit!

That Thursday night (Oct 4th), my sweet friend, Kay, is throwing me a huge book launch party at in Pooler! And I would LOVE for y’all to come partake in the free food and drink {yes, free food} and just hang out for awhile. Everyone is welcome and you can find more deets on the party here.

I’ll be heading to Atlanta, Georgia that weekend to sign book at The Taste of Atlanta on Oct.6th! I’ve never been to Atlanta before—would love your restaurant recommendations!!!

From there, back to Savannah and to Indianapolis for The Influence Conference! Wow, am I ever honored to be leading a break-out workshop on publishing and answering all your book-related questions. It’s going to be a very, very special weekend and I look forward to making new friends there!

After all that, I’m headed back to California where I will promptly face-plant both Dexter and my bed.


P.S. Even though I’ll be on the road, I planned ahead {way ahead} so there will still be lots of yummy recipes coming at you over the next few weeks. Check back Monday morning for a new one!

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  • Jenn
    September 22, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Awesome! And thanks for planning ahead 🙂

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    September 22, 2012 at 3:25 am

    You’re all over! If you come to Chicago, be sure to announce it! 🙂

  • Poetesswug (Deb)
    September 22, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Ooooo! You’re headed south!!! I have friends and family in every stop you’re making too! 🙂 Have a good time!….And to the south: “Treat her good, Y’all!! Give her a biscuit ever now and then, and a glass of sweet tea.” 🙂

  • Margaret
    September 22, 2012 at 4:26 am

    My favorite Atlanta restaurants are: Local Three or JCT Kitchen, if you need to stay in the midtown area, south city kitchen, that’s where all the celebs eat. enjoy your stay, wish I could go to taste of atlanta

  • Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love
    September 22, 2012 at 4:54 am

    My favorite places to eat in Atlanta are JCT Kitchen, Empire State South, South City Kitchen, Barcelona Wine Bar, Briza, The Optimist, The Lawrence. Atlanta has so many great places to eat…I wish I could tell you all of them. But the city is filled with a ton of celebrity chefs and great southern cuisine. Have fun! I hope to see you at Taste of Atlanta.

    • Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love
      September 22, 2012 at 5:35 am

      You also need to make your way to the Dekalb farmers market. One of the country’s largest farmers market.

  • Michelle
    September 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

    If you’re looking for good BBQ…Fox Brothers. The best. A little out of the way and around Little 5 Points, but a cab will get you there just fine. Not far from there for a unique spanish tapas & wine bar with a nice outdoor patio – Krog Bar and then next door Rathbun’s restaurant.

    Have to echo JCT Kitchen that others have suggested too. Since you will be at Taste of Atlanta you should get the opportunity to taste from many of these restaurants. Enjoy!

    • AmandaMcC
      September 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

      If you’re going to be all the way in the Little 5 Points area you should also stop at Wrecking Bar Brewpub and The Porter — both places have delicious food and drink.

      I also recommend Top Flr in Midtown/Poncey Highlands and Iberian Pig in Decatur….soooo many delicious places to eat and drink here.

  • Danielle
    September 22, 2012 at 5:28 am

    So exciting!!! I wish I had some suggestions for you like the commenters above. What I can say is that I’ve been reading your book before bed every night and I love the consistent references to Paris. It reaffirms my happiness about being here and the development of my own journey. Safe travels!

  • Michelle
    September 22, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Hey Jenna! I am so excited to see you in ATLANTA!!! My favorite restaurant is definitely Rosebud, by Chef Ron Eyester. Reasonably priced and amazing food. I do enjoy JCT as well, as long as you sit outside somewhere. The dining room is really noisy, but their 1/2 chicken is the best chicken you’ll ever taste in your life. Woodfire Grill’s tasting menu is amazing and an experience- would have to set aside 3 hours at least of your evening and do the wine pairings as well. Fox Bros and Fat Matt’s have amazing BBQ, best burger in my opinion could be found at Bocado or Family Dog (but everyone has their own opinion on that), and if you want TRUE italian pizza, order from Antico Pizza- you could eat there and bring your own wine or order and take out somewhere. Can you tell I eat a lot? 😉

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 22, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Wow…a whirlwind, indeed! Good luck on this new adventure. We’re rooting for you Jenna ; )

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    September 22, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Good luck on the tour Jenna! I’m sure it will be an amazing experience. Enjoy yourself and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • beth evans
    September 22, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Jenna!! I’m so excited you are coming to INDY!! What day(s) will you be here? I’m not taking part in the Influence Conference, but if you have any extra time I think it would be awesome to get coffee or food with you!

  • Laura
    September 22, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Oh Atlanta has so many great restaurants! Check out Two Urban Licks, JCT Kitchen, South City Kitchen (I’m noticing now these were mentioned above:)) And if you get to Decatur, go to Leon’s! Have fun!

  • Kelly
    September 22, 2012 at 6:27 am

    While in Atlanta you have the chance to try some great food. Mary Mac’s Tea Room is a great stop for southern food. The Vortex in Little 5 Points has awesome burgers and there’s also a food truck park on Howell Mill Rd!

  • Mindy
    September 22, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I highly recommend Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta. It’s off of Cumberland Blvd (Exit 258 on I-75 N) and tucked in a tiny parking lot in between apartment complexes. You will not be disappointed!

  • Amanda Simmonds
    September 22, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Jenna! I am so excited to finally meet you on Monday!! 🙂

  • Sara Nickel
    September 22, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Good luck & safe travels Jenna! I still wish you were swinging by Kansas City. I’ll keep my finger crossed for your next book:)

  • luv what you do
    September 22, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Enjoy your tour. It sounds super exciting and I know you will meet so many interesting people along the way : ) Keep us posted when you make it to Chicago!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl
    September 22, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Good luck and have fun!!!!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh
    September 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Yay! I’m coming to see you in Charlotte. If you need any restaurant recommendations, let me know! We have lots of great places in Charlotte.

  • bridget {bake at 350}
    September 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Have THE BEST time, Jenna!!! Can’t wait to see pictures from the road!

  • Cata
    September 22, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Good luck! You are truly living a dream, and dreams do come true to people who work hard and deserve it. Congratulations 🙂

  • Blog is the New Black
    September 22, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Best of luck! 🙂

  • Kristin
    September 22, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Your Tour sounds fabulous and so fun! Can’t wait to hear from you on the Southern road! We will be going to ATL, Savannah & Charleston SC soon, would love to hear of great restaurants you eat at while you’re there, please share! 🙂 Go get ’em!

  • Dawn F.
    September 22, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Have a great time – and what a cool way to make special memories with your mom! 🙂

  • Avid Reader
    September 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

    We will be awaiting your arrival in Birmingham! Five days and counting, can’t wait to meet you!!

  • Callie
    September 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Jenna, you MUST eat at The Iberian Pig when you come to Atlanta. Hands down the best food in town, fantastic atmosphere on the Decatur square…you will love it. Spanish food at its absolute best. See you at Taste of Atlanta!

  • kim
    September 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

    are you planning on doing a book event in NYC anytime soon?

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I’d love to make the trek to Indianapolis but I still have vivid memories of leaving Indiana University during a blizzard to make it home but really ended up in a car accident just outside of Indy.
    I need more time.
    I hope you enjoy every moment of the crazy journey!

  • Laura-Ashley
    September 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Can’t wait to see you speak Monday in Charlotte!!!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Best of luck on your tour! This has got to be one of the most exciting times in your life – can’t wait to read and hear all about it! Have a blast, Jenna!

  • Gia
    September 22, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Wow, have a great time! You are full of life, and an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your posivity with us on a regular basis.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    September 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

    How exciting!!! Good luck!!

  • Tiffany @ She Loves Yoga
    September 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Congrats, Jenna!! Praying for safety and provision on your trip! xo

    ps. will be making your vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls tomorrow morning in your honor! 🙂

  • Molly
    September 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Im so excited your coming to atlanta! I thought I was not going to be able to go, but now I can! I definitely agree with jct, the optimist, and antico, and add Ecco, miller union, west egg for brunch, and rathbuns! Have fun!

  • Crystal
    September 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    See you in West Ashley on Tuesday!

  • Wendy
    September 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Restaurants are over-rated… if you’re in Atlanta… donut shop is where you need to go 😛 Definitely go have their A-town cream if you get a chance.

  • Anne Wakefield
    September 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    So so so excited for you!! What an exciting, scary, wonderful time!! You will be wonderful and everyone will love you!! I just now finished the last book I was reading and finally get to start yours tonight, soooo excited!!

  • Catherine S.
    September 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Jenna, I’m friends with Katelin Parrish who introduced me to your blog, and I have really enjoyed reading! Good luck on your tour – I used to live in Atlanta and I love, love Krog Bar for drinks and then going next door to Rathbuns for dinner (definitely try their desserts). JCT Kitchen is also excellent, Souper Jenny’s is good for lunch, and Ormsby’s is fun place for drinks and games. Have fun!!

  • Louise
    September 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    So very happy for you Jenna — well done!

  • Jessica
    September 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    How exciting!! Yes come back to California…Lake Tahoe to be exact. I’ll meet you there! 😉

  • Linda
    September 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Congrats again, Jenna. I’d love to meet you in-person and just added the book party info to my calendar. Can’t wait to hear more of your wonderful stories. Have a safe trip!

  • Alicia
    September 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Enjoy your time in the South…or is it East? Not sure as the furthest ‘East’ I have been was Colorado. Anyways, have fun and don’t forget to sleep!

  • Conni
    September 23, 2012 at 12:16 am

    When you’re in Atlanta: Figo (they serve the food you will eat in heaven), Farm Burger, Yeah Burger, and Another Broken Egg (the best brunch ever) are all wonderful. I go to university here so I hope I get to see you!!

  • Kayla
    September 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

    good luck!! this is such an exciting moment in your life so enjoy every part of it 🙂

  • Linda
    September 23, 2012 at 5:34 am

    What fun to able to promote your book and travel with your mom all in one! Savor the time together!!

  • Jen
    September 23, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Congrats!! So happy for all your success. You truly deserve it. 😀

  • jan
    September 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

    How exciting!! Have a great time!

  • Rainie
    September 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Safe travels! I had no idea you went to Bama… I’m a Bama Alum myself =Roll Tide:), I started shortly after you in 2007 and am now a registered dietitian so, naturally I love eatliverun! Can’t wait to see you in Birmingham!

  • Atti
    September 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Atlanta: Mary Macs Tearoom, Vortex, Doc Cheys Noodle House
    Decatur: Farm Burger, Raging Burrito (try the Thai salad!) and the Dancing Goats Coffee bar (-> awesome!!).
    Try to make it to the Dekalb Farmers Market, it’s fantastic. I love Atlanta and the surrounding area and miss it sooo much!

  • Mel
    September 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Best wishes on your journey! You’ve worked so hard, I’m sure it will feel great to have a ‘homecoming’ of sorts. I have loved following your blog for so many years!

  • Dunja
    September 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Dexter rocks! 🙂 and have a great time!

  • Molly
    September 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    No 246 in Decatur
    Holeman and Finch – Buckhead, Chef Linton Hopkins is genius

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human
    September 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    That’s awesome! Have a blast!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    September 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Congratulations! I wish you had some book readings in Canada- I’d be there in a moment!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    September 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Ya know…if you’re going to be in Indy…ya might as well just pop on up to Chicago. It would just be a little baby detour. 😉

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    September 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Good luck to you and enjoy your trip! I hope you’ll recap your adventures – you’ll be visiting a lot of places I’d love to go some day and it’d be great to hear about them.

  • Brittney
    September 24, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Excited to see you tonight in Charlotte!! 🙂

  • doodles
    September 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    You are a true success story Jenna. I just found you on Pinterest……………thank you very much. BTW is that an In~N~Out burger in that photo?

    • jenna
      September 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Yes! 🙂

  • Beth
    September 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Roll Tide! I didn’t know you were a southern girl and went to Bama. So glad you are coming to Alabama on your book tour. Hope to see you Thursday.

  • Diana
    September 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

    So sad I’ll be in Charleston on Friday and not Tuesday! 🙁 Any Florida plans? 🙂

    Also, any must-do things for Charleston? 🙂

  • Caroline L.
    September 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I am so incredibly excited for you! Best of luck to you! 🙂

  • Erin
    September 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Book tour, blah, blah, blah – IN-N-OUT, GIRL, IN N OUT! That is what I’m talk’n about.

  • Sarah
    September 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Looking forward to seeing you at Taste of Atlanta! I’m a Tampa girl who just moved here and have been reading your blog forever 🙂
    Restaurants: Fox Brothers is the best for BBQ! Echoing everyone else, I love JCT and Miller Union, and I would add The Pinewood Tipling Room. Also Octane has the best coffee!

  • Sandy @ RE
    September 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Girl, I know you are having a blast. HAVE.A.BLAST! xoxox

  • Melanie @ Nutritious Eats
    September 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I’ll have to admit I am new to your blog but I follow and am “cyber-friends” with lots of bloggers who follow you and have seen so many instagram photos of your book that I now follow you! I have heard wonderful things and can’t wait to read it. Have a fabulous month of travel and meeting fans!

  • andris
    September 27, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Hi Jenna,

    Will you be hitting Tony Verasano’s in Atlanta? Great pizza spot!

    Have a great trip!


  • Michelle
    September 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Best Atlanta Brunch: West Egg Cafe
    Best Pizza in the World: Antico Pizzeria!