Friday Favorites: Sushi, a game and pants

Hello, friends. It’s Friday, and that’s a good thing. Am I right?

This weekend will be full of work and a little bit of play. I’m teaching BODYPUMP tonight, teaching BODYATTACK tomorrow morning, and Dave and I have plans for dinner and a show, before I head back to work on Sunday to train a few clients.

However, in light of it being the last day of the work-week for those of you with “normal” jobs, let’s get to the fluff … my weekly “Friday Favorites.”

My favorite thing to eat out: sushi

Hands-down. It’s actually a joke in our house that whenever Dave asks me what I feel like eating, the answer is undoubtedly sushi. I love sushi. I could probably eat it a few times a week and not get sick of it. My favorite things to order at a sushi place include hot sake, a seaweed salad, a ginger house salad, any roll with salmon and avocado and any type of sashimi, but I usually stick to salmon, tuna or mackerel pieces. Something about fresh delicious fish just makes me happy.

Sushi and sake

You know what makes me extra happy? When a sushi place offers brown rice instead of white. But I’ve found that isn’t likely to happen at the authentic places.

Last night, Dave and I went on a rare mid-week dinner outing because his sister was up visiting from LA. We took her to our neighborhood sushi spot, Mikaku, which we’ve been frequently lately.

While Dave enjoys some sushi too, it’s definitely more of my type of meal. We had it last night and already have plans to have it again on Saturday, so this week is a good one for me.

My favorite board game: Scrabble

This one is timely, because next week the fifth edition of The Official Merriam Webster’s SCRABBLE Player’s Dictionary will be released with 5,000 new words. The new additions include some questionable words inspired by pop culture, including the following:

  • Selfie
  • Frenemy
  • Mixtape
  • Vlog
  • Geocaching
  • Bling
  • Hashtag
  • Bromance
  • Jeggings

And so many more, which will make you really worry about the way this world is heading.


Nonetheless, my family and I have been huge Scrabble players for as long as I can remember. We look forward to these games and make sure they happen every single time we’re together, sitting in the same spot around the coffee table in my parent’s living room.

Dave and I have continued that tradition and play from time-to-time. However, we’ve never used the official dictionary for challenges, and I think it might finally be time we do.

My favorite new sporting gear: Compression pants

Have you ever worn anything designed to compress? I certainly hadn’t until now. The folks at Opedix reached out to me asking if I’d like to try a pair of compression tights, called the Opedix KNEE-Tec Tights. These are not your average compression pants. They’re scientifically designed to reduce destructive knee forces, reduce quadricep fatigue, reduce knee pain during high-demand sports and improve dynamic balance.

And what venue did I select to test out these hard-core pants? Why teaching a one-hour class of Les Mills BODYATTACK, of course.

First of all, you know you’re trying some serious pants when they’re delivered in their own box with a set of instructions and background information. Everything about these pants screams high-quality design. They are super thick. The stitching is perfection.

Opedix KNEE-Tech tights

The company sent me the x-small size and the small size to choose between. Having never tried anything designed to compress, I felt completely stifled in the x-small, so I selected the small. The pants were very tight around my knee joints, but comfortable everywhere else. The waist-band was higher than my normal workout pants, but I actually liked that, because it helped serve as a place for my instructor microphone belt/pack to sit under my shirt without touching my skin.

You can really feel how the fabric is holding in your knees. During class, I felt great. My legs seemed a little lighter than normal, and I felt like I landed all of my tuck-jumps a little softer as well. I was very comfortable during the workout in the pants and never thought about the tightness of the fabric on my knees.

However, the big change came after class. During my 25-minute walk home uphill from BODYATTACK my legs are usually dead. But this trip truly seemed better. I kept the pants on for a while, and when I finally took them off to shower, my legs were super tingly. It went away after about 20 minutes, and then they were fine. It wasn’t a bad tingle, just a noticeable tingle.

So overall, now that I’ve experienced a piece of Opedix’s “kinetic health gear,” I believe these pants have something in them that makes your muscles, alignment and blood-flow work optimally over normal pants. I definitely felt it. I’ve got to wear them a few more times to really see how they determine my performance, but recovery was definitely better. I’d venture to say, if you’re a runner or someone who frequently participates in impact activities, high-quality compression pants might be worth looking into.

Opedix can be purchased online, so check out the site. You’ll see the price is steep, but the company assured me that’s because the design is of supreme quality. And hey, you’re pants get delivered in their own box. And that’s pretty cool.

* Disclaimer: I received a free pair of Opedix tights to review, but these thoughts are completely my own.

That about wraps it up, folks.

“Friday Favorites” is a regular feature hosted by Heather. If you want to read more, here’s a look at my past editions:

  1. A snack, a purse and a ritual
  2. A delivery, a bra and a guy
  3. A sweet, a wine and a read
  4. A drink, a gadget and a plan 
  5. A time, a bottle and a powder
  6. San Francisco edition
  7. Beauty edition
  8. Beach vacation edition
  9. Hidden meanings
  10. Kicks, a book and a bowl
  11. The very best sweatshirts
  12. Party hosting and froyo
  13. Fourth of July daytime activity
  14. Beauty basics edition
  15. Workplace edition
  16. Shopping, sales and a show
  17. The foods I always buy

Questions of the day

What’s in store for your weekend? Have you ever tried compression pants? What was your experience like?

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  1. I LOVE sushi as well. I don’t feel completely weighted down after a meal!

    I have recently purchased a pair of compression pants and though they are not the same high end quality, I definitely liked how they felt. They are also REALLY warm, but not to the point where I felt any less sweaty than normal doing ATTACK. 😀

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Cynthia,
      I was worried about being too hot in BODYATTACK as well, since I normally wear shorts to teach it, but I was fine in the compression pants too. Hope you have a great weekend too!

  2. I have never tried compression pants because I live in leggings. But my husband swears by them. He says they are the most comfortable article of clothing that he owns and his legs do ache like they normally do. He wear the Under Armour Heatgear Compression Tights and has 2 pairs now. Does Opedix make compression pants for guys? I am thinking of his birthday coming up soon.

    1. Hi Rosario! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Opedix has pants for men too. They are very high quality. That would be a great birthday present for your hubby!

  3. I’m curious as to what your opinion would be as far as the healthiest sushi rolls/pairings would be. There’s some conflicting opinions on the nutritional value of the rice, so I’m curious as to what your take is. Also, would you say that Mikaku is the best sushi in SF? I’m still newer out here and am always guessing when it comes to picking sushi places when people are visiting. If you can’t answer for whatever reason, would you ever post something about ‘The best healthy restaurants in San Francisco’?

    1. Hi Jake, I think that sushi can be very healthy. Even though I don’t regularly eat white rice, it’s fine in the small amounts you get on sushi rolls. The healthiest choices are the rolls with nothing fried — so no tempura — in the name. Also, careful with the mayos and cream cheeses that you would find in some. Anything with fish, rice and veggies is a winner. I also like to get the ginger salad, seaweed salad and some sashimi with no rice as complements. As far as good sushi, House of Sushi, Mikaku, Ozumo and Zushi Puzzle are some of the best I’ve had in SF. But I know there are tons more that people love. Elephant Sushi is a spot in Russian Hill I hear good things about, but they don’t take reservations. Hope this helps!

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