One of my foodie pet peeves is a Michelin-star restaurant that doesn’t deliver its Michelin-star promise: exceptional food and an exceptional experience. Madera in Menlo Park is one of those.
I found this cute little restaurant by searching “authentic Dutch food.” Surprisingly quiet and vacant, Restaurant Greetje (it’s a throaty hard g followed by a throaty hje, and not easy to pronounce at all) was warm and welcoming—a long wooden bar, uneven and steep wooden stairs to the upper floor, cute little tables draped in… Continue reading Restaurant Greetje, Amsterdam
I made a point of eating as much traditional Bavarian cuisine as possible.
Munich is the perfect little German town. Equal parts modernity and tradition. Cutting-edge developments and the old Rathaus-Glockenspiel at Marienplatz.
In keeping with tradition, I booked some Michelin-star restaurants during my 2017 European vacation. The first was Restaurant Bord’Eau in Amsterdam.
I am asked frequently: “You travel for races?” Yes, I do. And in October 2017, I made my little way to Amsterdam for what promised to be a pleasant run on flat terrain—the better to set a new personal record. The weather was glorious. Chilly, cloudless, windless. The event was well organized. Pacers were clearly… Continue reading Amsterdam Marathon 2017
The Chinese usher in a new lunar year with new clothes and a clean house; in Jenna’s bizarro world, it is not a new year but a new era, and the offerings are a new computer (refer to my Twitter feed) and a sparsely-furnished studio apartment in the Tenderloin. The new era has not gotten… Continue reading Bizarro World*
I was a sprinter when I began running 20 years ago. Now, I run marathons; as of today, I’ve run eight of them. It’s a years-long endeavor that requires discipline and self-awareness. Becoming a long-distance runner is more a mental journey than a physical one, and it means learning new habits and adopting new ways… Continue reading Becoming a Long-Distance Runner