by Jenn (eating bender) on March 23, 2009

HI!!! :mrgreen:


Thank you so much for all of your good luck wishes on my last post. I got back from LA this afternoon and am excited to report that my roomie and I came home with 2nd place!! Of course, it’s not the dream grand prize, but after the incredible weekend we had and the chance to meet our competition, we felt honored just to be invited, much less to be able to take home any award!


I am so proud of our show. I am so proud of my roommate, K. I am so proud of our news team and all of the people who worked behind the scenes to make the show possible. And, I have to admit, I’m a little proud of myself, too 😉 One of the best parts of the gala was that we had the chance to meet CARLOS – aka Ricardo Chavira – from Desperate Housewives!


He was backstage after we received our trophies and was so nice! He asked for our names and was flattered that we watch his show each week :) It was a great moment! Our host was also Mr. Tom Bergeron of Dancing with the Stars fame.


It was truly a night I will remember forever, and one that I feel so fortunate to have been able to be a part of during my college career.

Another amazing part of my trip to LA? The chance to meet up with fellow food blogger and amazing friend, Miss Caroline of Banana Cabana!


Caroline provided a fun recap here, but to echo what she said, we met up on Sunday morning for a lil’ bloggie chat session :) We were originally going to go to a cute little cafe, but arrived 1/2 an hour too early. Eventually, thanks to Caroline’s superior navigation skills, we came across Mel’s Drive-in.


It had such a cute atmosphere – very Old Hollywood-esque – and a classic diner menu.


After eyeing all of the options, we both decided on omelettes. I got the mushroom omelette with wheat toast and fruit. It was delish!


Of course, the best part of the meal was the chance to talk to Caroline. As she said, our topics ranged from blogging to food to what we like to do when we’re not thinking/talking about either of those things 😉 She is truly as kind and awesome as she appears on her blog, and after I told her of my plans to go to the farmer’s market later that day, she even texted me to tell me that they had a Pinkberry [more on that later!] I had a lot of fun and she helped me develop a plan for that Blogger Book Club we talked about a while back. Expect to hear more on that later this week!!

After our bloggie get together, I headed back to the hotel to get ready for the next event on the Emmy weekend calendar – the screening of all the winning shows and films. Let me just say that some of the film winners should already be bringing home the big bucks in movie theaters. They were incredible! Topics ranged from humanitarian issues in Africa to a 16-year-old girl struggling with the fact that she still doesn’t have her period. They were all remarkable.

Before the screening, however, my roomie and I had the chance to visit a Hollywood farmer’s market. It was in a really great area called “The Grove” that had a lot of shopping.


There was so much variety there! Of course, I had to get a picture by some bread 😉 I even brought home a delicious egg roll bun.


The market also had a plethora of candy, nuts and jams. I took a picture of the nut butter aisle 😉


And then came lunch – otherwise known as Pinkberry! I really wanted to find some of the famous California/NY fro yo before I left LA, and Caroline was sweet enough to text me and let me know that it was right there under my nose!


It took a while to decide what to get, but eventually I chose the original tangy fro yo and topped it with blueberries, kiwi and coconut.


Wow, it was so good! It made me realize that I need to hit up Red Mango near my campus more often, especially now that spring has arrived!


It was, by all standards, a once-in-a-lifetime trip! I am now just happy to be back home with my family for another week :) I have a lot to catch up on in the few days I was gone!

I’m looking forward to spending the next couple of days getting caught up on the hundreds of posts and going ons that I’ve missed in the blogosphere! I also have a nifty (!) guest post to share with you. Until then, thanks again for all of your support. It means so much to me and made this moment even more special. All the more proof that the food blog community is the BEST.



1 erinbee March 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm

CONGRATS. you looked stunning.

i went to cosi today because you always rave
about it and man oh man. SO GOOOOD. :]

2 Lora March 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm

omg congrats! you deserved first obvi! living in chicago you should head to Berry Chill downtown :)

3 Bec March 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm

what a great experience, love your dress!

4 marafaye March 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

OH MY GOODNESS you looked absolutely amazing!!! Congratulations on your 2nd place, thats a huge accomplishment! I’m jealous you met Caroline, and insanely jealous of your Pinkberry! I think we may need to add Red Mango to the field trip… my favorite is plain with strawberries and honey… so good…

Enjoy the rest of your trip, and I’m SO looking forward to seeing you SOON!

5 msgrannysmith March 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Congrats… And you should feel proud of yourself- 2nd place, what an awesome job!
You look beautiful in that dress.
And that froyo w/ coconut… looks delish.

6 snackface March 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You look amazing in those pics! You should definitely be proud of such an incredible accomplishment. It sounds like a lovely, whirlwind weekend!

7 Lara (Thinspired) March 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Jenn, this is SO SO exciting and indeed, GLAMOROUS!! You look absolutely beautiful in your dress…definitely movie star material! Congrats, again and again!

I’ve always wondered…is PinkBerry a sister chain to RedMango?! Glad you enjoyed!

8 *Andrea* March 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!!! you look gorggggeous :) 2nd place is fabulous and i love the guy from desperate housewives. i love being starstruck!! haha

9 TorontoGirloutWest March 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm

First – your show clip was seriously good! And you did SO well at the awards! Be proud of your accomplishment – it’s indeed awesome!

Second – What a trip!! It looks like you had a blast! 😉

10 carolinebee March 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm

yayy!! I had SO much fun 😀 I’m really glad that the rest of your day was so fun, AND the weather cleared up! Enjoy your spring break , part two haha soo lucky.

11 Caroline March 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm

So much to comment on!

1) First and foremost, you look GORGEOUS.
2) So glad you got to meet up with the other Caroline…I hope to meet some of you girls in person soon:)
3) That bun looks so pillowy-delicious.
4) I’ve never been to Pinkberry, but it sounds like my kinda place. There has been talk of bringing one to campus!

12 jenngirl March 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Jenn!! You also look rather gorgeous, you starlet you!

What a fun and amazing trip, looks like a blast!

Oooh a blogger book club? Count me in!

PS- I’m watching Twilight special features as I type this, please tell me you’ve purchased your copy! 😉

13 Sarah March 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Hey Movie Star, can I have your autograph?

Congratulations! I told you you were a shoo in.

And I don’t care what the E! Fashion Police say, you look stunning!!!

14 Pearl March 23, 2009 at 11:42 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! You looked beaaaauuuutiful!

And I love Carlos from Desperate Housewives! I think he was in a program at UCSD because they have his name on a flag that’s reserved for “Notable Alumni!”

You totally deserve the recognition and award, dear :)

15 Moran March 23, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Oh my congratulations this is so exciting!!!
You look so pretty, Bender!

16 jesslikesithot March 24, 2009 at 12:22 am

Congratulations Jenn!! Ah you looked so gorgeous and grown up in that picture from the emmy’s!! Sounds like you had such a perfect weekend and yessss isn’t pinkberry the best!!! every time I go to LA I have to go there, plus the grove is such a cute place too!! Can you tell I love LA?! haha! Congrats again! :)

17 Erin March 24, 2009 at 1:21 am

WOW JENN! Congratulations! I’m so proud of you! And I’m just in awe of that picture of you – YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING. WOW. Give K our congrats too (hola chica linda)!
That sounds like so much fun! I’m so glad you got to meet Caroline. She’s such a love.

18 wholefoodswholeme March 24, 2009 at 1:35 am

wow jenn!! you look stunning in that dress, and it all sounds like an incredible, star-studded experience! along with a blogger meet up and froyo, it kind of sounds like heaven 😀 you really deserved this for your hard work!

19 glidingcalm March 24, 2009 at 2:25 am

you are so beautiful!!! CONGRATS mama!!!!

20 Cecilia March 24, 2009 at 2:42 am

GLAMOROUS, GLAMOROUS, GLAMOROUS!!! You look HOT Jenn!!! Also, CONGRATS on the award – you and your team members deserve it to the MAX!! Olalala, pinkberry, sounds sooo good to moi!

21 eatavegan March 24, 2009 at 3:02 am

Congratulations! That is so awesome.
And can we talk about that nut butters aisle?!

22 coco March 24, 2009 at 3:04 am

congratulations!!! YOu look so glamorous and elegant in that dress! 😀
Everything looks so fancy and unreal, like a true Emmy award! 😀

23 Erica March 24, 2009 at 3:20 am

WOW! How fabulous do you look in that dress girl! Congrats! I know its not 1st but I think that is pretty darn amazing! You totally rock :)

Looks like a really fun trip! I want that froyo!

24 Melissa March 24, 2009 at 4:27 am

Looks like TONS of fun!!! A life long memory…. 😀

25 Lindsay March 24, 2009 at 4:40 am

congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you look absolutely stunning!

26 zestycook March 24, 2009 at 4:45 am

BENDER!! Congratulations. It sounds like you had an amazing time. I am very happy for you!


27 Melissa S. March 24, 2009 at 5:08 am


and of course, I already told you, but CONGRATS!!!! You and K are freak’n rockstars!! I mean really, LA, Emmy’s!?!?!??! Your girls are going to be famous one day!

Expect another email from me soon lady…I got more juiciness for you. 😉

28 Erin March 24, 2009 at 5:37 am

Congratulations Jenn! This looks so amazing, and you should feel great that you even got to go! Sounds like an amazing weekend and I’m glad you even got in some nut butter and fro yo fun.
Your dress is beautiful too, you look glamorous!

29 sweetandnatural March 24, 2009 at 5:45 am

Congratulations and hooray for such a wonderful trip! What an incredible accomplishment!

30 Aimee March 24, 2009 at 5:49 am

You look so pretty Jenn!! I love your dress. It looks like you had a blast and congrats on 2nd place.

31 VeggieGirl March 24, 2009 at 5:52 am


32 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 24, 2009 at 5:55 am

Congratulations! You look so darn cute.

33 Emily March 24, 2009 at 5:58 am

Congrats, Jenn!
You and your roomie definitely look gorgeous and glamorous, and I’m glad your hard work paid off. What a great honor!

Looks like you had fun in LA, too! I really wish we had a Pinkberry in Columbus…fro yo is the best!

Congrats again on all your accomplishments! :-)

34 Shelby March 24, 2009 at 6:05 am

Gorgeous girl!!!

35 Sarah March 24, 2009 at 6:11 am

Congrats Jenn!! You should be very proud of yourself, you worked so hard and definitely deserved it! I’m so glad that you had such a great time and I’m jealous that you still have more of break to enjoy!

36 Yasmin March 24, 2009 at 6:12 am

Congratulations! You deserve it! And it looks like you had a fabulous time.

37 brandi March 24, 2009 at 6:27 am

Congratulations!!! That dress is beautiful!

Sounds like a great trip :)

38 gina (fitnessista) March 24, 2009 at 6:29 am

whoo hoo! CONGRATULATIONS! you look gorgeous and i love the dress!
sounds like such a fun once-in-a-lifetime trip!
how cool that you got to meet caroline:D
mmm pinkberry! i’ve been wanting to try that forever! i’ll have to hit it up this summer for sure!
i’m in love with that nut butter aisle….
hope you have a great day, miss movie star <3

39 eatingbirdfood March 24, 2009 at 6:32 am

Jenn, you look gorgeous in that dress! The whole experience looked like so much fun. And 2nd place is something to be PROUD of… that is awesome!

Of course, Pinkberry looks amazing and meeting miss Caroline looked like a blast.

I am so excited about the blogger book club. I am most definitely in!

Have fun hanging with the fam.

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41 Betsy March 24, 2009 at 6:54 am

Wow – looks like such a great trip! Congratulations – you looked great, I love your dress! And all your indulgences look soo good. :)

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43 Allison March 24, 2009 at 7:02 am

How fun! You guys look movie star gorgeous at the Emmys!

44 Anna March 24, 2009 at 7:16 am

WOW! you look like a celeb! Congrats again!

45 ksgoodeats March 24, 2009 at 7:24 am

J$!! You were robbed – should have gotten 1st in my opinion 😉 GORGEOUS dress!!

Glad you had such a blast in LA!! Next blogger meet up, me & you in the Chi! (hopefully sooner rather than later!)

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47 Erin March 24, 2009 at 7:38 am

YEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH YOU DID!! Haha SO excited for you, Miss B!!! 😀

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49 dailygoods March 24, 2009 at 8:08 am

omg CONGRATS! so well deserved :) im so happy for you!

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51 Meghann March 24, 2009 at 8:18 am

Congrats on your award!!! Looks like you had a fabulous time away in LA

And I am dying to try Pinkberry as well, I wonder if they have any in long Beach, I am going to google that ASAP! :)

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54 eatlivelovedream March 24, 2009 at 8:37 am

Congratulations Jen! That’s so awesome! What an accomplishment! Sounds like you had a GREAT trip. How fun you got to meet up with Carline! A Blogging book club would be so great!

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57 Shannon (The Daily Balance) March 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

congrats! You looked STUNNING 😉

I LOVE pinkberry – oh how I wish I had one near by!

58 Julz March 24, 2009 at 8:42 am

You are absolutely spectacular. I am so proud of you sweetie. So Proud of you and SO happy :) I love you!

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60 Mel March 24, 2009 at 8:51 am

Congrats! That is an amazing feat! Plus you look gorgeous in that dress!

61 Danielle March 24, 2009 at 8:54 am

Congrats on 2nd place! You better be super proud of yourself! I love your dress, you look absolutely gorgeous!

62 Krista March 24, 2009 at 9:08 am

OMG…how gorgeous are you?! CONGRATS! :)

63 Diana (soap & chocolate) March 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

NO WAY!!! Amazing Amazing Amazing. You looked FAB, too! Congratulations and oh yeah Pinkberry is way better tasting than it ought to be. I mourn for my wallet’s sake.

64 Tina March 24, 2009 at 9:27 am

Congrats on second place! That’s fantastic. And how fun that you got to meet “Carlos” :) The farmer’s market you went to looks SO nice! What an amazing isle of nut butters. I wouldn’t have been able to remove myself from that farmer’s market (or Pinkberry for that matter!) Luucckyyy, I want to try some Fro-yo! Wonder if it’s hard to make myself..? hmmm…

65 Danielle March 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

You looked BEAUTIFUL! Congrats on the opportunity and experience!

66 Jess March 24, 2009 at 9:49 am

Congrats on the award! Your dress is so pretty!

67 charzilla March 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

Your so fabulous! Your my sole inspiration for starting my foodie blog! I’m easing into it but slowly but surely I’ll be there! Congratulations on your Award! Its pretty snazzy! PS- I have to try Pinkberry now!

68 rhodeygirltests March 24, 2009 at 9:58 am

awesome! congrats dear!

yum yum to the pinkberry. i made my friends go 15 minutes out of the way so i could try it when i was in la in october!

69 Andrea (Off Her Cork) March 24, 2009 at 10:22 am

Jenn this post is awesome!! First of all congrats and you look all glitzy in your fabbo dress! 😀 And this post had so many pics of you! We don’t get to see enough. :) Glad you had a great time and congrats again!

70 Sarena March 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

Congratulations on your win! It looks like it was definitely a trip to remember!

71 CaSaundra March 24, 2009 at 10:38 am

Wow; you looked like you belong strictly in Hollywood!! I had to comment just because when I visited California for the first time last January, we went to almost the exact same places as you! Hollywood is so full of surprises, and one is definitely the good and wide arrangement of food choices. Glad you discovered it and had a super time =) Love your blog!

72 Paige March 24, 2009 at 11:32 am

Congratulations! You looked GORGEOUS at the event! I love that color

73 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 24, 2009 at 11:47 am


74 runjess March 24, 2009 at 11:58 am

Looks like a wonderful time. Your dress is gorgeous! I love Desperate Housewives…how fun!

75 Marianne March 24, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Looks like a fun trip to LA. I didn’t realize that these Emmy’s were that intense, like an actual awards show. I guess we just don’t do things like that up here in Canada, or not that I know of, with any of our univerisities.

76 raspberryrunner March 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm

you look gorgeous in that dress!!!! and what an amazing nut butter aisle :)

77 Melissa March 24, 2009 at 1:01 pm

How much fun! I have only been to the Mel’s Drive in in Disney World. What a great trip.

78 Katie March 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Congratulations! You look fantastic and it appears that you had a great trip. Yay for bloggie meetups!

79 Summer Slim March 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm

wow! congratulations on your win! that’s really amazing. glad you had a great weekend in cali! pinkberry is such an amazing healthy addiction!

80 Andrea March 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Congratulations! You look so freaking beautiful – you clean up real nice!

81 Karla March 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Jenn!!! You are fabulous. You look great on your big night and I am jealous of all the fun you had in LA! And seocnd place in the whole country? That is AWESOME!

We need a blogger/reader meet up soon. I cannot wait :)

PS: There is no place frozen yogurt place near me. Can you believe it? The closest place is a TCBY like 45 min. away. We need a Red Mango near our campus!

82 Emily March 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Your dress looks so nice – such a great picture! :)

Congratulations on your 2nd place – so awesome!!! Good to have you back! :)

83 Amanda (two boos who eat) March 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

you were in my hometown! looks like you had a great time! congrats!

84 Michelle March 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm

CONGRATS Jenn! I’m so happy for you! Glad you had a great time, enjoy the rest of your break!! :)


85 baylee March 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm

awww! congratulations! you both look gorgeous!!!
ohhhh my god!! that restaurant looks SOOO cute!!!

86 chandra March 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Beautiful pictures lady!! Congrats on the awesome award!! Looks like you had a fab trip – yay!! :-)

87 Andrea [bella eats] March 24, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Congratulations, Jenn!!! What an incredible experience, both the award and the pinkberry! :) I’m glad you had so much fun and I’m super-jealous that you and Caroline got to meet up. You both seem like such fun ladies!

88 Kristie March 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

You RULE Miss Jenn! Congrats again x1000! You deserve it! Well okay, you totally deserve first hands down but second is fantaaaabulous as well! And you look completely natural and at home standing there all fancy dress and award in hand… indicator of future events perhaps?! :)

89 seeleelive March 24, 2009 at 8:19 pm

wow, girl, this is amazing. you trully do RULE! CONGRATULATIONS, sorry ive been so MIA lately, i love you dearly and couldn’t be prouder to “know” you!!

keep rockin’!!!

90 lauren (athlEAT) March 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm

OMG – CONGRATS! you look incredible. sounds like such an amazing experience…

91 Sharon March 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Oh my gosh, that is so cool!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

92 Angela March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Weee I had so much fun reading about your trip! I am also so glad to hear that you are proud of yourself. Many women have trouble admitting that at times, but you certainly deserve to be.
You look so beautiful too!

93 bobbi March 24, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Jen you looked AMAZING! I am so sad we couldnt meet up! I am so sorry if you come back WE WILL MEET for sure!

94 MizFit March 25, 2009 at 4:23 am

you look so HAPPYAMAZING.
congrats congrats congrats.

95 Heather Eats Almond Butter March 25, 2009 at 4:39 am

First off, thanks for the picture of the nut butter aisle. :)

Secondly, so jealous of your Pinkberry experience. Dying to try it!

Thirdly, Caroline cracks me up, and I’m so glad you guys got to meet up for some yummy breakfast. Love that Caroline.

Last but not least, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Jenn, I am so excited for you, and you looked absolutely gorgeous! You and K totally deserved this award after all your hard work. So so happy for you my friend.

Now go get some Red Mango. :)

96 Ryan (Chase Daylight) March 25, 2009 at 6:20 am

WOW!!! Congrats Jenn!!! That is an amazing accomplishment and I bet having the little travel perk was great too :) Great job, girl!

97 Mariposa March 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

congrats Jenn!!! that is amazing! you worked so hard on that and got second place after being up on some major competition.. awesome!!!

98 Hangry Pants March 25, 2009 at 7:02 am

Woah look at you! I love your fabulous dress! Congratulations on 2nd place. That is really awesome! I am so proud of you and glad you had fun. Yeah I am a pinkberry fan myself, but so expensive. :(

99 burpexcuzme March 25, 2009 at 9:21 am

WOW! CONGRATS! you look gorgeous! as an aspiring journalist myself, I envy you! AND amazing eats, too! I really wanna try that Pinkberry! I’ve heard rave reviews about it…
btw, do you go to Northwestern?

100 Kristina March 25, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Congratulations, that is so great!!! Oh yeah pinkberry is amazing, my boy and i went to san diego this summer and we must have stopped there like 5 times, its DELISH

101 Jenn (eating bender) March 25, 2009 at 4:30 pm

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!! It really means a lot to me that you take the time to read my blog and that you care about the little things that go on in my life :) You are all way too sweet and I can’t thank you enough for all of the kind words!

102 Leng March 25, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Oh my goodness Jenn!! You look amazing! And congrats congrats congrats on the award! You and your team deserve it. oh and all those stars! That’s so cool! Love fro yo! haha

103 katecooks March 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm

how awesome! you should definitely be proud :) how cute is the grove btw?? it’s in walking distance from my house and i always take all my LA visitors there. best crepes EVER to be had @ the grove :)

104 ttfn300 March 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm

sorry i’m late with saying CONGRATS girl!!!!! so amazing :)

105 Tina March 30, 2009 at 8:16 am

This is SO COOL! What a lovely time you had! Congrats!

106 healthy ashley March 30, 2009 at 11:10 am

WOW!! Congratulations!!!

You look great in all your pics! I’m glad you won (!!) and had so much fun!

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