San Diego Farmer’s Market Heaven

Just when I thought San Diego couldn’t get any better…

Seeing the 30 degree temps in Atlanta seals the deal too.

This weekend happened.  We started Friday with a new tradition: date night picnic in the park.  If you haven’t been to Balboa Park in San Diego, add it to your bucket list.  It’s huge – think Central Park on steroids.  There are 65 mile of trails, museums, a zoo, a theatre, and more gardens than I can count.

We packed turkey sandwiches, hummus, and veggies and set out for a picnic in the rose garden.  It’s my favorite part of the park.  The best part was laying around after we ate and taking in the view.

Balboa rose garden… 

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Peanut Sriracha Noodle Bowl [Recipe]

I’m convinced you can put peanut butter on anything.

It’s even good on bacon.

There’s not bacon in this peanut sauce, but now that I think of it… there night be next time!  This was strange enough for round 1 though, particularly when you add kelp noodles.

Don’t be scared of kelp noodles – they don’t really taste like anything and, for those that are concerned, they are gluten-free and nearly calorie-free.  The weirdest part about these noodles is the texture; they’re almost crunchy!  You could use this sauce with any noodle though.  And you could top it with anything.  I chose the tasty Sizzlefish Thai Salmon.

Sriracha Peanut Sauce Noodle Bowl

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Banana Walnut Protein Pancakes [Recipe] + WIAW

WIAW is on the move again this week!

Because I haven’t had enough  moving…

Here’s the deal.  What I Ate Wednesday has been jumping around to give mamma Jenn a break.  She’s entrusted me this week with hosting duties (which may be a sign she’s taken up a crack habit… is rehab where she’s disappeared to?!). 

Since I’m sooooo known for sugar coating things, I’m going to come out and say that the link up got a bit out of control and Jenny from the block was suffering from exhaustion. WIAW was meant to just be a day of eats.  Don’t be linking shit from 5 weeks ago, everything you ate for the past 3 weeks, or some unrelated giveaway you’re trying to get more traffic for.  Follow the rules and don’t be greedy.  In short, don’t be a dick.

WIAW - New… 

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Spaghetti Fritters. Sort Of.

I’m full of good ideas.

Or maybe just ideas…

We had leftover spaghetti and bison red sauce from when Vegas cooked the other night.  I wasn’t about to eat it like a “normal” person.  Surprised?

I decided they’d be great as fritters if I added zucchini noodles and some egg to bind it.  A bit strange, but really when is pasta and sauce not good?

Spaghetti Fritters… 

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Irish Cream Protein Pancakes + WIAW

Moving is exhausting.

I’m mentally tired.

Organizing, cleaning, and decorating are not my favorite things.  Doing that while working and dealing with annoying shit that comes with closing on the sale of my condo has left me grouchy.  People commenting on my lack of cooking gets me fired up.  We just got a working oven and found time to grocery shop.  If I want to have some beers, then I will.  Jeeeeeeesus.

The Whole Foods has a bar.  It really is like heaven here.

The Whole Foods ha a bar. It really is like heaven here.

This isn’t a blogger rant.  These are Facebook friends.  I’ve actually been loving going out in our new neighborhood and trying out new things workout-wise.  I’ve taken up boxing and tried out jiu jitsu.  I’ve been running more.  Ending the day jogging back home to Vegas with this view makes me incredibly happy:

San Diego sunset

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Cookies & Cream Zero Carb Protein Smoothie

I love me some protein.

Bro.

I also love cookies.  If you can combine protein and cookies, you have a winner.  When Isopure sent over their cookies & cream zero carb powder with 50 grams of 100% pure whey protein isolate I couldn’t try it fast enough.  It was perfectly timed too – after being on he road for a week I was ready to get back in the gym!

Workout… 

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Blood Orange & Coconut Yogurt Bowl [Recipe]

Vegas and I have lived together for a whole week!

I think she’s getting used to my yogurt creations.

We don’t have an oven yet (they’re hooking it up today!), so we’ve been eating a lot of “easy” stuff.  There’s been a whole lot of Whole Foods hot bar action, sandwiches, and yogurt bowls.  Vegas gave the thumbs up to her first carrot cake batter bowl, so I decided to expose her to new strange but good yogurt creations.

blood-orange… 

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San Diego Move-In Food

Anyone need boxes?

Actually, we posted an ad on Craigslist and someone came for them within hours!

The thing about packing that you have to unpack.  While a couple drinks (ok, maybe more than a couple) makes packing easier, it makes unpacking full of hilarious surprises.  Apparently at some point I gave up and just added IDK to a box (that’s “I don’t know” for those of you who don’t have millennial siblings or kids).

Moving boxes

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Lessons From Route 66

Driving across the US can be as entertaining as going to Europe.

Just in a more… American… way.  Go ‘Merica.

If you’ve been following along, you know that Vegas and I picked up a hitchhiker at Graceland.  The King himself.

The second day of our cross country move involved a trip to Graceland.  How could we pass up the bobble head Elvis that would become the mascot for our journey?  We also couldn’t pass up a grilled banana and peanut butter sandwich.

Lesson From Route 66: You don’t always be perfectly healthy.  Live life.  When in Rome, eat the greasy sandwich.  Or whatever… you know what I mean.

He came with us to meet Heather in Little Rock, and he saw the house my dad grew up in in Conway.  That night we rolled into Oklahoma City and crashed.  Not literally – just in the bed.  Who knew sitting all day could be so tiring?!

Lesson From Route 66: Picking up hitchhiker isn’t always a bad thing.  And you’re never too old to play with dolls.

Elvis in Tennessee and Arkansas… 

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Strange But Good on Route 66

Route 66 is known for strange.

I think we added to it.

Today Vegas and I are in Vegas.  Then it’s off to our new home in San Diego!  I can’t believe how fast the trip went by.  It was so much fun to drive across the US seeing all the #strangebutgood sights.

Hopefully we’ll be getting settled in our place next week and things will return to “normal” here… but for now, here’s a bit of what’s been going down the hatch on Route 66.

Vanilla Frosting Combos (#trashybutgood) and almond M&Ms.

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