Behind The Butter/ Breakfast/ Lunch

Breakfast(s) of Champions

Good afternoon!

I’ve had an interesting day! (this seems to be the reoccuring theme here…I’m not complaining). So, I had my standard oatmeal with almond butter early…


But then…only about an hour later, Kevin texted me, telling me to meet him and Eli for breakfast since all I have done in the past 48 hours is gush over this granola from Hotel Healdsburg! When one of the Top Chef contestants texts you and tells you to come to breakfast, you go to breakfast. It doesn’t matter if you have already eaten…you eat again!


Breakfast numero duo. Granola and yogurt. It was awesome 🙂

And then, right after breakfast, at 9:30, I tagged along with them to a 2 1/2 hour wine and food pairing at Murphy-Goode with Hardy, Dave Ready Jr, Gilian and Matt. Does it seem to you like all I do is eat? Well apparently I do. And I drink wine at 9:30 in the morning.








The things I have to do…..sigh. 😉

Right afterward, I met my friend Michaela for lunch at Cafe Gratitude…….I needed some green power!!!!


I ordered the largest and greenest juice that I could find, I Am Rejuvenated, which is wheatgrass, apple, ginger, lemon and sparkling water. Mmmmmmm


Along with a bowl of miso soup.



It was AWESOME. I’m in love with this place and can’t believe it’s only 4 blocks from my house. Might be superrrr dangerous!!


I’m about to hop in the shower and get ready for tonight!!! Cocktails are at 5:00 and dinner is at 5:30, prepared by both Eli and Kevin. I can’t wait and feel so honored to have been invited—lots of pictures to come!!

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  • skinnyrunner
    November 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    i think i can say for the first time ever i am jealous of food… all the good food you get to eat. and you stay so slim!!! yep, definitely jealous.

  • Katie S
    November 3, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Seriously, please take TONS of pictures… I am so envious of your life right now… love those guys!!! I can’t believe you are actually hanging out with KEVIN!!!

  • Darcie
    November 3, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Are Eli and Kevin from the most recent season of Top Chef? Because the Las Vegas season was filmed at the house I grew up in!!! Well, sort of. That’s where the contestants stayed, anyway.

    … Fun fact.

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    November 3, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Looks like it will be a great time tonight!

  • WendyF
    November 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I am a big fan of ‘I am rejuvenated’, its how I made my transition to amazing grass. 🙂 Try the Kale salad or the pad thai next .

  • simpledaisy
    November 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    What a fabulous life! Eating and drinking vino….how could you go wrong!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    That place sounds so cool! Have a great time tonight. 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    November 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Your life is surreal right now. I wouldn’t believe it if you didn’t take pictures.

  • Mama Pea
    November 3, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Dude. This is NOT happening to you. How crazy is it that you are just hanging out with Eli and Kevin 24-7? That was a terrible, lame rhyme. I am SO excited to see your dinner recap! I hope you have a blast!!!!

  • candice
    November 3, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Wow, I have yet to find a miso soup that doesn’t have just tofu and kelp in it! Jealous 🙂

  • Stephanie
    November 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I have to ditto the “your life is surreal” – KEEP ROCKIN’ GIRL!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat)
    November 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    What a fantastic day! You are hanging with some fun crowd!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    November 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    If anyone from TOP CHEF texted me I’d be there in a heartbeat…Okay maybe not Marcel but anyone else.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    When you find you have to pinch yourself while awake, that’s a good sign that you’re living life well. Also, that Miso looks insanely delicious and brimming with a variety of yummy veggies.

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    November 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I. am. SO. jealous. Your life is incred, seriously!!


  • Jenna
    November 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    you are definitely living the life!
    can’t wait to hear the full recap of tonight’s dinner!

  • Jil
    November 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    ahhh, i feel like a just keep saying it, but seriously, SO jealous! you’re so lucky to have found a niche in your new home, and what a niche , at that!!

  • Abby (Abby's Vegan Eats)
    November 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I wanna eat all day long.. no

    That Miso Soup looks fantastic!!

  • Katherine
    November 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Wow that is incredible – there is definitely nothing boring about your life right now! I love reading your blog because you are truly LIVING life.

  • Mary
    November 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    *sigh* SO JEALOUS! Enjoy dinner with Eli and Kevin 😀

    P.S. My hubby saw me reading your last post with pics of you with Kevin and he said… ‘isn’t that guy on Top Chef… how’d she get so lucky’ ;P

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I love the oatmeal + almond butter on the hardwood floor – looks so home-y and cozy 🙂

    that’s a fabulous looking green juice – i bet it detoxes quite well!

  • Rachel
    November 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Wow – looks like soooo much fun! Great pics, and great stories. Can’t wait to hear more. Live it up girl!

  • Kristy
    November 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    So jealous!! It seems your move to California has definitely been such a whirlwind! But you are being exposed to so many wonderful experiences, food, wine, etc.. ! That is so great. I am so happy for you but very envious! 🙂

  • Kath
    November 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I want to eat at Cafe Gratitude on Monday!!!!

  • Kathy
    November 3, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I’m so jealous that you get to hang out with the guys from Top Chef. One of my favorite shows ever! Have a blast 🙂

  • Jenna
    November 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I know you already know this, but you seriously live the life chica 🙂

    Have fun tonight, I can’t wait to see pictures!

  • emily
    November 3, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Your eats have been so exciting lately!

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    November 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I love the veggies in that Miso soup – I will have to add some to my next batch!
    Have a fabulous dinner with the Top Chefs! Wow!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    November 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Oh my – that place would be dangerous for me too! I’m so jealous – it looks delish!

  • Susan
    November 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Can I just say I get a huge kick out of your meals on the floor shots? 😛 The granola looks fab too, I trust your judgement on that one 😉

  • Maggie
    November 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I have to thank you for intro-ing us to the Fume. Now we’ve gotten a bunch of our friends to buy it too 🙂 It’s so good. It turned me into a white wine person!!

  • Brooke (Baking with Basil)
    November 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I know everyone keeps saying this but….seriously Jenna…..this is soo awesome! You have the best life!! Can’t wait to hear about dinner!

  • Erin
    November 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    You have the coolest life. Seriously!

  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils
    November 3, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I can’t believe how incredible your life is right now!!! I was feeling super jealous and then I remembered how much you DESERVE this happiness and I’m really just so happy for you. Enjoy these phenomenal experiences and get great pics!

  • Olga @ Healthing It
    November 3, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Wow. You pretty much have the coolest job ever! 🙂
    Eli seems really cool. I always liked him on the show!

  • OrganicAshley
    November 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    So jealous. I have been wanting to go to Cafe Gratitude soooo bad. I can’t believe its right down the street. I love NorCal. Maybe I’ll move there one day too 😉

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    November 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Oh, so how did wine taste with pickles? Ha ha. Hope you have a great dinner 🙂

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    November 3, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    That is the best Miso soup I have ever seen!

  • Matt
    November 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I sort of wish I was you right now 😉

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Mmmmm–Love Cafe Gratitude. That green drink and miso look awesome!!! Can’t wait for tonight’s photos! 9:30AM wine. LOL

  • Kasey @ Fit For Wellness
    November 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Mmmm… now you have me craving green juice and miso soup!

  • rebecca lustig
    November 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Hey girl,
    Your blog is such a source of refreshment and inspiration. It’s nice to read about a healthy lifestyle run by positive choices. I can only hope to be in your position one day in my near future. I look forward to following more of your posts.

    Have a fabulous night, beautiful!

  • Jolene (
    November 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Okay … so let me get this right … is your job to eat and drink!!?? If so, I hate you. Just kidding. But seriously?

  • Cuts and Curves
    November 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I’m wishing I was you right now. What an opportunity that is! Kevin and Eli… wow.

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
    November 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Looks like you are having a blast…. I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying everything to the fullest! California is definitely a good fit for you! Can’t wait to see your pictures! (PS- drinking at 9:30 am is totally legit… after all, that’s 12:30 east coast time!!!!! LOL!!!!!!)

  • Manda
    November 3, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Kind of a repeat comment, but I HATE YOU!! Seriously, I do…. (still love you too) Cafe Gratitude is my favorite restaurant and I’ve never even been there before. I know, how can I know that? I have way too many friends who live there and love it. Plus, I’m a hugh raw foodie and there is nothing like that where I am. Oh someday. Can’t wait for the big recap!!

  • Brittany
    November 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I think you might just have the best job ever.

    Glad you’re enjoying California Jenna. I’m very happy for you!

  • MMiller
    November 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Wine at 9:30…it was already 12:30 on the east coast! All is good! Love your life out there! And it will settle down a little after a while! There is just still so many new things to do! And you are right…when a Top chef says come eat….you go and eat!

    Keep enjoying yourself Jenna!

  • sarah
    November 3, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    What an amazing time you are having! You are obviously very deserving of it.
    I have the biggest married crush on Kevin. I love want to hug him:)

  • BroccoliHut
    November 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, that miso soup looks truly amazing!

  • maria
    November 3, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    When a top chef contestant tells you to come to breakfast… you come to breakfast.

    That made me laugh so hard. Glad you’re having a great time! 🙂

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    November 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    you live in a dream world!

  • Irina
    November 4, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Way to go!!! I am so glad that you are having all these amazing experiences in Nor Cal and I hope this welcoming streak continues and you really enjoy being here for a few more years!!! It looks like this move is really working and your courage is paying off big time! Good job following your heart and being brave. I look forward to your daily doze of positive energy.

  • Lizzy
    November 4, 2009 at 4:38 am

    wine and good food that early in the morning is the lush life! yum yum

  • Fitzalan
    November 4, 2009 at 6:49 am

    I’m so intrigued by all the small bites of food parings. I’m interested to hear what flavors the pickles pulled out of which wine!

    Happiness Awaits

  • finn24
    November 4, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Just had to comment because I was in Healdsburg a few months ago for a very special occasion. The Hotel Healdsburg was one of the more terrible hotel experiences I’ve ever had. Glad that at least their granola is good…Along those same lines, Cyrus was the most incredible dinner of my life. Really enjoying reading about your life out there, it’s a dream of mine that will hopefully come true in the next year or so.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am

    That miso soup looks amazing!
    I just bought a huge amount of miso paste and am using it in everything… do you think you could replicate the soup recipe? Any idea what all the ingredients were?