Sumo Maya – Asian-Mexican Fusion Restaurant

I’m cheating a little this week.

Not Ashley Madison style though… here’s to karma.

I’m cheating by not having a actual strange but good recipe.  Vegas and I are in Arizona and I didn’t really do anything that strange food-wise unless you count my salmon scramble in Wednesday’s post.  Or maybe my road salad.  Perhaps Vegas’ gas station selections.

We did eat some strange food in Scottsdale Wednesday night though!  I spent a couple of hours of the drive searching for the best possible food options for dinner when we arrived.  I landed on SumoMaya – an Asian-Mexican fusion concept.  We were not disappointed!

SumoMaya lump crab guac… 

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Post-Workout Grapefruit Sherbet [Recipe] + WIAW

You know it’s hot when your shoulders sweat.

At least I wipe off my bench at the gym! 

If I do cardio, I prefer to do it after I lift so I don’t get too tired.  The problem is that it’s a 10 minute jog to the gym, so I feel like I should just add on another 20 and be done with it.  Yesterday was one of those days.  By the time I arrived at the gym I was burning up and covered in sweat.

Lifting after that was hard at first, but I got into the groove.  I felt bad about being so sweaty in the weight section, but hey… it IS a gym.  And I am a good citizen of the gym world – I always use the stray to clean off my sweat puddles.  Unlike some other people.

Shoulder sweat


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Savory Cornbread Waffles [Recipe]

I waiver between sweet and savory breakfasts.

More often than not, I turn to Vegas and say “sweet or savory?”

These cornbread waffles were the result of an indecisive morning.  I wanted a waffle, but I wanted a runny egg.  There was really no way this wouldn’t result in a strange but good morning.

Savory Cornbread Waffles


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Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes [Gluten-Free Recipe]

Pancakes are never a bad idea.

Especially when you have a super-ripe banana. 

My bananas have two speeds: too green or too brown.  How do I miss that window of a perfectly yellow banana?  I guess I can’t complain if it results in pancakes!

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes… 

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Baking, Bicycling, & Beaching Weekend in San Diego

There’s so much to do in San Diego – it’s overwhelming.

I know… tough problems.

The food here is unreal and we’ve been steadily working our way through my (ever growing) “restaurants to try” list.  However, there’s a ton of other things to do that Vegas and I have been neglecting.  This weekend we decided it would be playtime!  I think both of our stomachs breathed a sigh of relief.

Friday I finally manned up for something I’ve wanted to do since joining the gym in San Diego – I took my first Spin class in years.  It wasn’t half bad!  That room was like a sauna though.  I think I lost 5 lbs in water weight alone!

Spin class

I also had too much fun playing with my new InstaSize app.


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Strange But Good: 10 Back-to-School Recipes

I’m not going back to school.

That would be strange and not good.  

Grade school, college, and grad school was enough for me, but congrats to all the kids (and their parents) braving the start of the year!  I’m here for you in spirit… and in taking the strange but goodness to school.

If I was going back to school or sending a kid to school, here are 10 Back-to-School Recipes I would make.

10 Back-to-School Recipes


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Basil Avocado Hummus [Recipe]

Creamy hummus is the key to life.

I’m on exaggerating a little.

I first learned the secret to achieving store-bought-creamy hummus at home a couple of years ago.  If you peel the beans before you blend them, the resulting hummus is almost impossibly smooth.  And that’s exactly what I did for this week’s Basil Avocado Hummus.

Peeling garbanzo beans

Peel EVERY little Garbanzo?!  I thought you had to be nuts to waste all that time peeling a can of beans… until I tried it. … 

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Watermelon Basil Gazpacho [Recipe]

It’s pretty hot and humid right now in San Diego.

Feels like my Atlanta hometown!

We’ve had hot soup since Vegas has had a cold, but in the middle of the day there’s no way I could stomach it.  I thought of making tomato gazpacho, but I had half a watermelon in the fridge that needed to be used.  My gazpacho took a strange (but REALLY good) twist and went tropical.

Watermelon Basil Gazpacho recipe… 

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Roasted Garlic Matzo Ball Chicken Soup [Recipe]

Soup in August?

When you’re sick, that’s a must. 

Some of my souper creations were chilled, but the recipe I’m going to share today is for a hot soup often referred to as Jewish Penicillin.

Vegas caught a summer cold.  How you can get a cold in the summer, I have no idea… but it happens to me about once a year.  And apparently to Vegas.  I decided to cure her with a big bowl of Matzo Ball Chicken Soup.

Roasted Garlic Matzo Ball Chicken Soup


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