West Coast Rules

Look who I found roaming around San Francisco!! πŸ™‚

Turns out Tina’s flight was super delayed so we kidnapped her and Mal for a little Tartine action. I don’t think they minded πŸ˜‰

We had a blast in the city today. And Mal totally wins food blogger husband of the year for going out into oncoming traffic just to take the perfect photo. Yay Mal! πŸ™‚


Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.
When at Tartine, Anne and I split a delicious slice of the pumpkin tea cake and I had the most fabulous cappuccino:

Gahhhhhhhhhhh I heart Tartine so much. Already planning a trip back Saturday. I feel like I’m always planning a trip back. Totally necessary.
After our major blogger rendezvous, Anne and I headed back up to wine country. Made a quick pit stop at the mall, in search of sparkly New Years Eve dresses but came up short. Bust.


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We FINALLY made it home to Sonoma County after being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for almost two hours. We were HANGRY!!!!! Enter Willi’s Seafood.

We immediately ordered a bottle of Cuvee and many small plates…..

Started with bbq oysters:

Sauteed spinach:

Bacon wrapped scallops:

And, the winner of the evening was the clam and bacon flatbread. SO GOOD.

I pondered it…..

And then inhaled it.

It was actually so good we ordered two. And we continued to drink obscene amounts of wine.


And then Hardy showed up and things got even dirtier! πŸ˜‰


We ate mussels and drank more vino:

After closing the restaurant down, we finally made our way home. Anne scooped up Dexter and we are about to cuddle.

We must get our beauty sleep now. Bikram in the morning followed by a full day of wine tasting. G’nite!!

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  • Abbey
    December 29, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    You guys are so cute!! Wow sounds like you had a blast in the city there, and props to Mal for running out into traffic to take that pic πŸ˜‰ hehe Hope you find a sparkly New Years dress…I know I’m still on the look-out for one myself too! πŸ˜€

    Night night!!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 29, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I love the Ducks cap on the Hubs. I have a post on the Rose Bowl game Ducks v Buckeyes w/gourmet grilled burger recipe. & ‘Goodbye to All of That. Let The Good Times Roll’ which mention because ELR/Jenna’s in it. And BTW Jenna, the California Market restaurant that is pictured is EXCELLENT and on way to Big Sur, in Carmel Highlands:

    Great pix and LOVE how you are all color-coordinated. All the food looks so fabulous, so busy today never ate a thing, just hot tea. πŸ™ Loved all the seafood! Full Moon New Year’s EVE!!!

  • Michelle@Eatingjourney
    December 30, 2009 at 12:02 am

    GO BEAVERS. BOO DUCKS. You’re looking at a girl raised in Corvallis.


  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    December 30, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I am so glad you were finally able to see Tina again! I know how bad you are missing your bloggers! What a fun filled day =)

  • Liss
    December 30, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Jenna -I love your gray blazer and have been looking for one. Would you mind sharing where you got yours from?! Thank you!

  • christie, honoring health
    December 30, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Oh, how fun! I am glad you girls had such a fun day!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 30, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Your day looks like a blast!!

  • rachael
    December 30, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Fabulous pictures! Glad you had a great day!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    December 30, 2009 at 4:43 am

    looks like a blast! glad all the bloggers are having fun together :O)

  • simpledaisy
    December 30, 2009 at 4:45 am

    What a great way to spend the day:)

  • Stephanie
    December 30, 2009 at 4:47 am

    That looks like a fabulous day; glad you got to catch up with some friends!

    I was wondering…is the seafood restaurant close to your home? “Drinking obscene amounts of wine” and then driving doesn’t seem like a grand idea…Im not attacking you, just pondering…

    • jenna
      December 30, 2009 at 6:52 am


      Thanks for your concern but we walk everywhere!

  • eatmovelove
    December 30, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Fund day! What are your NYE plans? Can’t believe it’s already tommorow!
    Hardy’s expression is priceless.
    Yeah, bumper-to-bumper, I deal with that everyday…it plain ole’ SUCKS. Blah.
    Have a good one dear.
    When you eat out Jenna – do you usually have a particular thing in mind or go with the flow and just order whatever?? Your choices are always interesting!

  • amanda
    December 30, 2009 at 4:52 am

    That is great you could spend time with Tina and Mal for the afternoon. I am jealous of the pumpkin loaf because it is one of my favorites with coffee/latte/cappacino. πŸ™‚

  • Katherine
    December 30, 2009 at 4:54 am

    So great that you were able to meet up with Tina! Bummer that you didn’t find a fun sparkly NYE dress, but looks like you still had a blast with the rest of your night πŸ™‚

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    December 30, 2009 at 4:58 am

    That’s so cool you caught Tina!! What an impromptu meet up! And at one of your faves πŸ™‚
    Looks like a fabulous dinner. You two and Hardy are too cute!
    Have fun at Bikram.

  • candice
    December 30, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Looks like you had a blast! And with good food, too, per usual πŸ˜‰ I guess that’s what it takes to be the husband of a blogger!

  • Carolyn
    December 30, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Food looks delish, as always!

  • Kath
    December 30, 2009 at 5:08 am

    So so jealous!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    December 30, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Sounds like such a fun, full day! πŸ˜€ Tartine looks like an adorable little cafe, and it must have been great having a bloggie meet-up. πŸ˜€

    Enjoy your morning yoga session! πŸ˜€

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    December 30, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Looks like so much fun! I love girl time πŸ™‚

  • Abby
    December 30, 2009 at 5:35 am

    So. Much. Fun! But how in the heck can you afford to eat out so much? I know that the wine alone would set me back a pretty penny, not to mention the food that looks so delicious and “high-end!”

    Totally jealous. Live it up, girl!

  • katie
    December 30, 2009 at 5:42 am

    You sure do drink a lot…it’s been painful to watch this health concious gal on the brink of adulthood regress into a habitual drinker without much care for her health and those of others (drivers!) or her reputation as a writer. I hope the new year brings you some perspective on your lifestyle, Jenna.The title of your blog is entirely misleading to new readers and the new direction is a disappointment to former readers. It’s a stretch to classify your eating style as healthy. And, you do not run.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    December 30, 2009 at 5:45 am

    I don’t have a NYE outfit yet either, and 2009 is running out fast! Yikes!

  • theemptynutjar
    December 30, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Fun day for you Jenna. Great way to make the most of friends and life.

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    December 30, 2009 at 5:58 am

    What a fun day Jenna! I do have a comment #22 KATIE above. If you feel that strongly then please don’t read Jenna’s blog anymore. She lives in wine country for God sakes. Let the girl drink WINE!

  • Matt
    December 30, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Sounds like a fun night πŸ™‚

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    December 30, 2009 at 6:26 am

    GAH! – that cappuccino kills me every time!! It looks SO GOOD!

    Yay for seeing Tina! That’s so exciting πŸ˜€

  • Jenny
    December 30, 2009 at 6:26 am

    How lucky to be able to get a visit with Tina and Mal!

    Dinner looks fabulous, nothing better that friends, good wine, and good seafood!!

  • Jenny
    December 30, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Ooh does Tartine make little designs in the cappucino foam? That one kind of looked like a flower ? πŸ™‚

  • Anne
    December 30, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Tartine on Saturday? — I’ll meet you there! Email me if you want.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    December 30, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I am drooling over all this food, kind of want to make a trip to the West Coast πŸ˜‰

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    December 30, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Mmm wow, yeah some people are ridiculous. If you are a habitual drinker, then may as well classify Europe as having a huge drinking problem.

    Anyways, so glad you and Anne are already having such a blast. She is so much fun! πŸ™‚ Enjoy your week!


  • Meg
    December 30, 2009 at 8:11 am

    You don’t know Jenna personally, neither do I. If you don’t like the way she lives her life, stop reading. Or, take a second a think what this girl has been through in her life this past year. Do you have any idea what it’s like to lose a brother? I do, and it totally and completely changes you–you stop worrying about being ‘perfect’ all the time and realize that life is so much more. Can’t you see how much she is embracing and enjoying her life right now? She is living it to the fullest, and for some people, that means enjoying great wine, great food, great company. It’s not like she sits her in apartment and downs bottles at a time. And last time I checked, there’s nothing misleading about the title of “eat, live, run.” Jenna IS eating–glorious, amazing, local specialties. And after all the heartache she and her family have had to suffer, look at this beautiful girl who IS living–each day to the fullest, surrounding herself with some of life’s most amazing gifts and pleasures–people, food, scenery, God. And, if you really are a longtime reader, you know this girl can RUN. Just because she hasn’t been recently doesn’t mean anything, and it’s unfair for you to judge her so harshly unless you are part of her life everyday.

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    December 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

    P.S. This is why Adam and I LOVE Italy, you drank lots of wine but luckily you walked EVERYWHERE! πŸ™‚

  • valerie
    December 30, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Crazy to see you in my neighborhood (near Tartine) and at Stonestown!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    December 30, 2009 at 8:14 am

    It’s just so amazing to me to see all of the great friends you have made through a little blog! I hope you’re having a great time, and don’t let those haters keep you down.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 30, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Looks like an awesome night with great food and friends. Color me jealous πŸ™‚ Live it up, girl! You deserve it πŸ˜‰

  • zestycook
    December 30, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I am starting to get jealous! Looks like you had an awesome time!


  • eatmovelove
    December 30, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Uh, I agree with the above girl …Katie – this isn’t YOUR blog – you have no right to tell someone how to live or how to write. she’s not writing it for YOU. God, when did people stop losing the freedom to live life and just be themselves?? Grow up. And stay true to yourself Jenna.

  • BethT
    December 30, 2009 at 8:21 am

    “If you are a habitual drinker, then may as well classify Europe as having a huge drinking problem.”

    Katy said it best. Loosen up, people.

  • Jenna
    December 30, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Glad you got to meet up with the girls!
    Dinner looks fabulous!

  • amber
    December 30, 2009 at 8:35 am

    How fun and I love the title =)

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    December 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

    How fun that you got to meet up with Tina and Mal!

  • Karla
    December 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Sounds like a super fun day!

  • anony
    December 30, 2009 at 8:42 am

    “…it’s unfair for you to judge her so harshly unless you are part of her life everyday.”

    Really? I do agree that you cannot “judge” someone without knowing them personally, perhaps, but this is a blog. If you have a comments section, then are people not allowed to voice dissenting opinions?

    It seems that if even one poster has something other to say than “Yum!” “Beautiful oatmeal!” or “You look great-where is your sweater from?” then about a dozen followers jump on their back.

    Whether you agree with Katie or not, she was simply posting her opinion. I would think that authors of these food/lifestyle blogs would respect posters rather than mocking them (on Twitter, etc.) and maybe address their comments in a rational way. I agree that Katie could have worded some parts of her post differently/more politely, but she was voicing an opinion that I would be willing to bet at least SOME of Jenna’s readers (maybe secretly) share.

    When you have a blog (and profit from said blog), why would you not expect a reader to criticise anything you ever write/do? Does it not come with the territory?

    Jenna, I don’t think you have a booze problem and I do love that you are having a good time. It IS a departure from your previous “lifestyle” and that is what she was commenting on. I personally think you should adddress things/posts/questions on the blog when people bring them up, if they are presented in a respectful way.

    Just my $.02

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 30, 2009 at 8:42 am

    That’s so cool that you were able to meet up with Tina – how fun!
    The pumpkin cake and capp look tremendous! Have fun with your friend. The west coast totally rules =]

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    December 30, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Oh wow, I could sure use that cappuccino right about now! What a great looking dinner, too, and so awesome you got to see Tina and Mal. Awesome surprise!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

    AMEN to comment 34. Thanks, Megan. Keep rude comments to yourself people. Team Jenna, Team Jenna! =)

    • jenna
      December 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

      To all:

      I’m sorry if anything on my blog offends you. I’ve been posting every meal now for over two years and pretty much opening my whole life to the world online. It’s not always perfect or pretty and I never promised anyone anything. Though I love what I do, it can get stressful because I do feel like I have a certain image to upkeep and feel pressure to do so from time to time. I’m a real person, just like everyone else. I’ve always stressed moderation in everything and I see no problem in having a fun night with a girlfriend involving a few glasses of wine. I like wine, bacon pizza and fried chicken and see nothing wrong with that if you can enjoy these things in moderation. If anyone has issues, then there are hundreds of other “healthy blogs” out there that you can read instead of mine.

  • liane
    December 30, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Oh man, I’m so jealous of your adventures!
    The food, the wine, the scenery… seriously, I need to move to to wine country πŸ™‚
    I, for one, love your blog and everything you post!

  • Michelle
    December 30, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Jenna, please don’t let the snarky comments get you down. I love your blog because it’s real, about balance, fab food and wine. I am drooling over the pictures of your dinner, and I don’t even like seafood! Here’s to a fabulous 2010!

  • Kelly B.
    December 30, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Yum…that food looked awesome! πŸ™‚

  • Abby
    December 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Personally, I am tired of bloggers having to explain themselves to their readers. This is what makes me delete half of what I want to write at times, as I don’t want to have to explain my reasons for feeling or doing the things I do.

    This isn’t required reading, and while I think all opinions (when voiced in a respectful manner) are welcome and butt-kissing gets annoying, what do people hope to accomplish by adding in only criticism? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with questions, but questioning character is something entirely different.

    Cheers to your blog, other blogs and the places they may go!

  • Jil
    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Aw, what a fun day! The seafood looks divine! It’s making me crave it, like woahh!

  • Stephanie
    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I’ve been quietly following your blog for about a year now. I just wanted to let you know that lately(as in the past month or so) you have been looking so very happy, beautiful and healthy. I’m so happy for you because you seem like after going through so much, things are finally starting to work out for you. Anyway, happy holidays and take care!


  • lj
    December 30, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Hey Jenna,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months now, along with some of the others of your friends. I think everyone’s blog is unique – as they should be as they are all written by different people. BUT I do find that I identify with yours and enjoy hearing about someone that will eat a whole cookie and not just 1/4, or drink a bottle of wine if she feels like it. Why? Because I’m 22, I like to party and run marathons. Sometimes those are hard to balance…and moderation is always key. Then again I don’t plan to be 35 and partying all the time… but you’re only young once! Anyways, drink what you want, eat what you want, and do what you want. Thanks for sharing it with us all!

  • brandi
    December 30, 2009 at 10:36 am

    what a fun day! San Francisco is always fun πŸ™‚ But I definitely need to go to Tartine the next time I’m there!

  • chloie9
    December 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

    gah…sorry about all the drama, Jenna. didn’t realize the first comment i felt compelled to post was in the midst of this fracas..i just wanted to say i can’t believe i still haven’t made it over to Willi’s Seafood bar in Healdsburg! all the food looks amazing! so glad you are enjoying SoCo’s bounty…i recently discovered your blog and it’s so cool seeing local places that i can actually go to featured! (i live in Santa Rosa) Ignore the haters. i’d like to see them do 90 minutes of Bikram yoga and then b**ch about how unhealthy you are….lol!

  • Hangry Pants
    December 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Your day and company looks so fun and I am completely jealous! Have fun with Anne!

    December 30, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    You are happy and healthy and that’s all that matters. You live in WINE COUNTRY where drinking wine is a way of life. Enjoy it. I’m sure many, if not all, your bloggers would love to be in your shoes, but you got yourself there b/c YOU’re the one who deserves it. Also, “eat, live, run” is an appropriate title for the blog, b/c anyone with the slightest bit of intuition should know that you are literally eating and living (obvi) and that running is in support of exercise. id say doing yoga six times a week is plenty of exercise.

  • greenbean
    December 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm


    do you. there’s such a fine balance to obtain when responding to commentors. i hate that you have to defend yourself. just keep your composure and don’t let them ruffle your feathers like this. you have great instincts and as long as you are being true to yourself, don’t let them get you down or alter what you write. enjoy yourself! there are many of us, myself included, that would love to enjoy a day in your life.

  • Mary @ fitthisgirl
    December 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Yay, what a great day! It looked like so much fun! How COOL to hang out with C&C!! Your photo’s are always beautiful and keep up the good work, chin up too, negative comments stink, but we are accountable to ourselves and God, I think you are awesome. πŸ™‚

  • Kim
    December 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    To 57 lj — since when is 35 so old??? We thirty somethings can party too. 40 is the new 30. ;o) Hah Hah.

    To Jenna – Keep following your bliss! To he double hockey sticks with the trolls. Is your mom’s fettuccini recipe floating here somewhere? Thanks.

  • Abbey
    December 30, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    @Katie–Sounds like someone is a little jealous of Jenna’s success…Jenna has always been honest about what she eats everyday and THAT’S what makes readers come back here for more–she’s a REAL girl who shares every moment of her life with us. Seriously, LIGHTEN UP. Can’t a girl live a little??? You’re only in your twenties once…you gotta live it up!!

    Katie, I’m afraid I have this strong feeling that you are a thirty-something mother of small children who is bitter they didn’t live out their 20s the way Jenna is–fearlessly pursuing her dreams and not being afraid to embrace life in full force. Sorry, but that’s how it comes off. Why don’t you go read another blog if you’re looking for someone who eats carrot sticks for every meal and lives in the gym? kthxbai.

    I support you Jenna 100%…don’t let the haters get to you πŸ˜‰

  • Kelly
    December 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I always love reading your posts, especially since you moved to my “City by the Bay”. I know Santa brought you that great t-shirt–any idea where Santa shopped? I look forward to a “Must visit” winery list as I plan a weekend in wine country this spring with some friends. Please try Delphina and Bi-Rite Creamery, just down the block from Tartine. You will enjoy them both!!!

  • FloridaGirl
    December 31, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Comments like Katie’s and anony make me sad because I hope it doesn’t deter you from being honest and open-that is what 99% of us love about your blog. And I don’t agree just because you blog, mean spirited and spiteful comments are acceptable. Since when is being rude ok? I don’t care if you have opened your life to the public, you are a human being and people should be respectful. You are an amazing woman and an inspiration to everyone. Many women in your situation would NEVER have had the courage to do what you have done after what you have been through. Sadly, you represent what many people are scared of and will never do, and that brings resentment. I am an atheist and you are a devoted Christian, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy your blog because you and I differ in one aspect of your lifestyle. It’s your fricking life! I am just lucky to get to take a peek. To all the haters- get a life and take your negativity elsewhere! We love you Jenna : )

  • Danielle
    January 1, 2010 at 6:17 am

    I swear you have the best looking food on your blog – and even though I don’t like seafood I think I’d even eat it! Yum!