A Kind of Triathlon

15 Nov

For the last two years, Monday has been the official day of our weekly ritual —  the Toque Girls Triathlon. Brace yourselves, this one’s brutal.

The program:

1. Meet at gym and do 30 minutes (give or take) of cardio;

2. Next stage, one hour of lifting weights under the directorship of a muscled goddess who could crush a man with her thighs. She makes sweat drip off our elbows. I didn’t know that was possible.

3. Finish with dinner at one of our favourite sushi spots, Wa’s or Hana Sushi. We spend most of dinner  contemplating picking sushi off the plate with our teeth to spare our sore arms the agony of chopsticks.

Both Wa’s and Hana perfectly fit the bill for post-workout sushi: casual atmosphere, high-quality fish, solid menus and friendly, efficient service for two starving triathletes. There’s only one thing missing: brown rice.

Brown rice sushi tastes better than the white variety and offers more health perks. Brown rice, like brown breads, undergoes less nutrient-depleting processing. And when you’re so tired that chopsticks feel like barbells, you need all the nutrients you can get.

Sure, purists will say that brown rice sushi lacks authenticity. To that, we say sometimes a little inauthenticity is a good thing. Take such fine examples as gingerbread lattes, chocolate’n’fruit pizzas and peanut butter hummus.

Last week, we busted out of the Wa’s/Hana routine and headed to Globefish, after hearing a rumour that this popular joint serves brown rice sushi. Alas, we regret to inform that Globefish in Kensington does not, while the Marda Loop outpost “only does sometimes.”

Can you recommend anywhere in town that serves brown rice sushi? It’d really help two triathletes with their training. Our sore biceps thank you.

PS – In the meantime, we”ll vouch for the double happiness roll at Hana’s and anything from Wa’s, particularly the sashimi plate and the unagi roll.


4 Responses to “A Kind of Triathlon”

  1. Sarah November 15, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Hi Toque-gals!

    I too, have been in search of brown rice sushi other than the Marda Loop Globefish that only sometimes has it… Zen 8 claims that it uses a whole-grain brown rice all the time?…I think. Perhaps worth checking out if you don’t mind footing a pricier bill. My favorite, Zipang, will sometimes take requests for brown rice sushi ahead of time to prepare. If you decide to make that arrangement let me know – I’m all in! Like brown on rice! Hehe.

    • The Toque Girls November 16, 2010 at 9:03 am #

      Thanks Sarah! You’ve clearly done your research. And I share your love of Zipang.

  2. Tonya November 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Zen 8 for brown rice sushi – being a regular I can attest to the truth of such claim! But never having experience sweat dripping off my elbows, I’m unsure I’m deserving.


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