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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ego Inflated, Temporarily

A couple of months ago, Sarasota Magazine called and asked to feature me as their “NoiseMaker,” quite appropriate as I can be a pretty gregarious, controversial gal. You see, I live in a city where the average age of the patrons at Outback Steakhouse is twice mine. This land of Sarasota is paradise. It’s where the rich retire. It’s a city full of restaurants where you’re guaranteed that 3 out of the 5 appetizer specials are “gummable.”

OH GOSH. I’m just kidding.


I do love this area, even though I miss my San Francisco grocery stores and ethnic corner eateries, living here actually inspired my cooking career, a fun story for another time.

So when John, the photographer for Sarasota Magazine showed up at my doorstep, I already had rehearsed in my head how I was going to convince him not to take a boring ol’ shot of me smiling-happy-holding-a-wok-spatula-pretending-to-cook-in-the-kitchen pose. YAWN. Thank heavens John was cool. In fact, he suggested that we photograph me eating on my Balinese day-bed.

We had to take several shots before John and I were happy with the lighting, pose, setting and of course, my LOOK. Because I had to decide if I was going to look:

a) Giddy

b) Hungry

c) Insane

We chose the “Draping Seductively Over the Balinese Love Lounge” look.

I’m a thirty-frickin’-five year old mother of two and I can still look hotter than habanero sunbathing in july.


oh and yeah, THAT is how Scott, Nathan, Andrew and I eat dinner every night. On dry-clean only embroidered silk.

63 Responses to “Ego Inflated, Temporarily”

  1. Dr. Biggles — 1/11/08 @ 12:09 pm

    Congrats and hot damn! I wanna Balinese day bed.


  2. Ashley — 1/11/08 @ 12:38 pm

    congrats! there’s a lot to drool over in that photo!

  3. Marissa — 1/11/08 @ 3:13 pm

    LOVE it!

    and now I want the day bed!

  4. Wanda — 1/11/08 @ 4:33 pm

    Inspired photo shoot. John is obviously a talented photographer who knows his stuff. Just like you with your cooking, Jaden. Picture turned out great. Congratulations.


  5. Hélène — 1/11/08 @ 11:02 pm

    I love the cover. Really nice pics.

  6. Peko Peko — 1/12/08 @ 1:15 am

    That’s a pretty racy picture John took of you!


  7. Mer — 1/12/08 @ 1:52 am

    Way to go! That is awesome. :0)

  8. Zenchef — 1/12/08 @ 1:25 pm

    Sexy lady! Wow, hot stuff!
    Luxurious and delicious, congrats on the article. Well done!

  9. noobcook — 1/13/08 @ 10:45 pm

    u look so lovely … congrats!! XD

  10. Kaykat — 1/14/08 @ 6:34 pm

    Yum! and Yum!!

    You go girl! :)

  11. sheddingpounds — 1/16/08 @ 5:15 pm

    That cover kicks ass! Keep it hot, Jaden.

  12. wmw — 1/17/08 @ 2:43 pm

    Hey, I was not there to hold the fan to blow at your hair for that extra “fly away” look :p.

  13. Jeremy — 2/23/08 @ 11:09 pm

    I didn’t want to say it, as a fellow blogger I have to keep my professional standards! You are very hot, look out I want to squirt some sriracha sauce on those noodles!

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