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Hump Day Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Mid-week distraction

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Feb 23, 2016

Apparently Toronto is about to be hit with some sort of unfortunate weather event today, which will either bring 30 cm of rain or 30 cm of snow. This is irk-some for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the lack of specificity in the forecast. Should you wear a poncho to work? A parka? What even is a high-pressure system? Don't ask us these questions, dear reader.

But that doesn't mean that we can't write you a prescription to get through the impending storm. On a day like today, we feel that you need to hide from the elements and embrace the unending pursuit of the mastery of a very specific cuisine. Go and get yourself a ton of hand rolls and watch David Gelb's documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Following Jiro Ono, head chef of the world renowned Sukiyabashi Jiro, this film will make every piece of sushi you've ever eaten seem like a horrifying joke. Presiding over his three Michelin star restaurant, Jiro's relentless search of seafood perfection is juxtaposed with his complicated relationship with his two sushi chef sons. Family business has never looked so delicious, or mentally taxing. Grab what will inevitably be a disappointing spicy salmon crunch roll and contemplate how long it will take to get a reservation at Sukiyabashi Jiro. (Hint: probably a long time. Obama said it was the best sushi he's ever had!)