Yours truly needs some downtime once the season is over to top up the motivation, and to put on a bit of weight...70kgs on this frame isn't sustainable. List of bests from this off-season:
Best burger: The Stockyards, 699 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario (http://www.thestockyards.ca/).
|The Double - slightly more than half my meal|
This place gets slammed on the weekend - made the mistake of showing up on an empty stomach post-bike ride, ate 3 peanut butter cups and a Snickers bar while waiting for a seat, then downed The Double (pictured above) and the daily special (cheddar and jalapeno sausage on a bun). Food coma ensued within 20 minutes of completion. Stomach apparently still thinks we're 'in-season'.
Best wings: Duff's Famous Wings, 558 College Street West, Toronto, Ontario (http://duffsfamouswings.ca/).
|What's more amazing than a basket of chicken wings?|
These things are the real-deal...they take the guesswork out of how hot their wings are by warning you that 'medium is hot...medium-hot is very hot...hot is very, very, hot'. Then, if you need to up the ante to prove your worth, you can keep climbing the chain all the way up to 'Armageddon' and 'Death'. I can handle the hot, but prefer to take on medium-hot if I'm looking at downing 20...hot is OK for a single order.
Best brunch: Daisy Dukes Restaurant, 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana (http://www.daisydukesrestaurant.com/).
Mainly because of the very non-Toronto fare on the menu - had a catfish po-boy sandwich and a cup of sausage gumbo, accompanied by six cups of black-as-night coffee. Delicious!
Best beer: Harpoon IPA, Boston, Massachusetts (http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/). Took down one or two of these while in Beantown for the Tool Man's bachelor party.
Today marks the official end to the off-season - it's been a super fun ride, but it's time to get the body back into a fitness routine. When it's 16c outside, it makes it a lot easier to be motivated to run!