Powerdot Smart Muscle Stimulator

Monday, March 12, 2018

As an athlete, getting a massage is one of the things I look forward to the most, but the cost of getting one is increasing each year, booking an appointment with your favourite person isn't always the easiest, and tipping is the worst. If you were a paid professional athlete, access to a masseuse is easier, but you're not and neither am I. So what's the alternative? Have you heard of a NMES unit? Are you thinking Dr. Ho? close... but let me introduce you to PowerDot, and the reasons why I like it so much.

First, what is a NMES unit? It stands for NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation. NMES targets the muscle itself, creating muscle contractions to recruit more muscle fibers when training; warming up or recovering. Of course this is what I know, but for more information speak to a specialist.

PowerDot is controlled through your phone via Bluetooth, providing that you have something like an iphone that can support the app. I love that the pod is rechargeable through a USB cord, and the simple, easy to understand interface makes this an intuitive product to use.

I bought myself the Uno package ($249.00), which came with 1 pre-charged pod, 4 sets of electrode pads, 1 set of lead cables, 1 micro USB charging cable and a carrying case. The Duo package was an option, but if you don't mind working on one body part at a time, then save money by getting the Uno.

Using PowerDot is very simple. I start by turning the pod on, and connecting it to my phone. I'll choose a program, and then select the body part I want to work on. The app is fool proof! After choosing the body part I want to work on, the app will show me where to place the reusable sticky pads. Some adjustment is often required, but once I level up and see contractions, that means the placement is good. Most units will start engaging at level 1-4, with PowerDot you can safely build up - With fresh pads I typically have to be around level 15-20 for contractions to start. As the pads wear out, you may have to level higher.

The only downside to PowerDot is the reusable pads will eventually wear out, but this is a problem found across all NMES and TENS units. To their credit though, I've had the most usage out of their pads compared to any others I've tried out there. The lifespan of the pads will depend on how much oil there is on your skin as well, so do yourself a favour and give yourself a wipe down.

As a cyclist and powerlifter, I use Powerdot mostly to warm up my legs before a workout, and to cool down with a massage.  When I'm experiencing muscle pain (often along my sciatic nerve), I use PowerDot for a few minutes to ease and get rid of the pain - even though it's not officially intended for that, it does help.  It's helped me cut down the cost of massages and AAA batteries - not to mention the weird looks I get when I buy batteries. As someone who travels so much as well, the convenience of the durable carrying case makes it really easy to toss PowerDot in my luggage without having to worry about the wires getting knotted or lost. As mentioned before, speak to your doctor first, but my review here is based on personal experiences.

Check them out at PowerDot.com and they've also provided me a discount code just for my readers. Take advantage of 25% off with BEATRICE25

Quest's Protein in Salted Caramel and Cookies & Cream

Thursday, December 07, 2017

I've been wanting to try this for the longest time, but for a while Popeye's carried only the tubs and I wasn't in the market to commit to something new. Lucky for me, they started selling this single packets and short story: I can see why Quest is so popular now.

This Salted Caramel protein powder from Quest is sooo good. I've had this same flavour through another brand and it was freaking (that's a hint) disgusting, this however is like drinking pure indulgence. First of all, the powder is super fine, and mixes easily. Taste wise, I am blown away! I honestly don't think I can tell the difference between this and a real salted caramel milk shake. It's savoury and perfectly sweet - but not too sweet.

It's hard to believe that a serving is only 100 calories. 40% of the Salted Caramel protein contains Micellar Casein, which is a slow absorbing protein good before bedtime, and 60% is Whey, which is quick and great for after your workout. No added sugar, gluten and soy free, this also packs a solid 22g of protein per serving.

I really didn't think anything could match Quest's Salted Caramel, but here comes Cookies & Cream! I've had some OK ones in my day, and some pooly made powders that reminded me of Magic Sand, but Quest does it right again. This is the perfect protein powder for the Cookies & Creams fan, it's not overly sweet and the added cookie bits gives it a texture that rivals a real cookie milkshake.  Make sure you wait for a few seconds before drinking so you can let the cookie bits float up 😃.

The numbers per serving are a little different, we're still getting 20g of protein, 50% of it is whey, 40% is casein and 10% is a milk protein isolate- still making it a protein powder great for after the gym and before bed.

Between the two flavours, aside from the delicious taste, what shocked me initially was seeing "Not a low calorie food" on the label. My first reaction was, "oh shit, did I buy a gainer shake? No wonder it tastes good"  but after reading the nutrition side, both servings are only 100 calories, which is less than most protein powders out there! The "Not a low calorie food" warning were for those who had a strict diet of 400 calories a day... which I could never do anyways.

There are still some Quest flavours I've yet to try, but as soon as my store carries them I'll do a review! These single packets were about $4.50 each, so why not pick one up and give it a try!

Why Bombshell Sportswear wasn't for me

Saturday, November 25, 2017

I'm sure you've seen these leggings before, super sexy, thigh high sock leggings. I saw them in action recently at my gym, couldn't help but look over a couple of times because of how hot they looked. So naturally I got myself a pair, and roughly $100 later (after shipping and the exchanged rate) I got them in the mail.

I bought myself a pair of large, High-Waist Thigh Highs in grey and black. I always buy high waisted leggings because I like support around my midsection, and large has always been the size that suited me best. The website described the leggings as amazingly soft, second skin fabric that moves with your body, and designed for workouts, yoga and everyday wear. Also, no muffin top. For me, they were only partially correct.

So I get the leggings in the mail, I open up the package and the first thing I did was cut the string tag - my first mistake. I held the leggings up and felt disappointment with how cheap they felt, I had a feeling that these weren't going to work out. Putting them on, I definitely didn't have a muffin top, but there was muffin... bottom? The waist band went perfectly around my waist, I also appreciated how high they pulled up, but because the grey part of the fabric is so thin, it didn't offer any kind of support around my midsection. I personally like tummy control with my leggings and these didn't offer that. To their credit, they also didn't say it was a feature.

They claimed that these were designed for working out, I guess that's true to a certain degree. As someone who squats and bends when working out, I wouldn't wear these at the gym. As you can see below, my underwear is popping through - and I'm not even bending. That said, I'm demoting these to upper body workout days, or when I'm wearing a long shirt or oversized hoodie. The last thing I want is to expose a camel.. you know, which was pretty easy with these.

If you don't like them, why don't you just return them? I can't - remember I cut the string tag? The description on the website said "All Bombshell Sportswear items must be returned unworn, unwashed, with original tags, stickers, folded .." etc etc. Maybe I'm just being difficult, but they should say "attached or uncut tags" because I technically still have all the tags and stickers around. Story short, I was denied a refund.

I truly wanted to like these leggings, but they were not designed for girls like me. I do feel like, you have to be pretty chiseled already to pull these off - or have lean abs. I'll give these another chance when I lose another 20-30 pounds, we'll see if I still feel the same then. In the mean time, in addition to having buyers remorse, I would have rather spent the equivalence on 5 pairs of Walmart leggings. Again, it just wasn't for me, but I hope it doesn't deter you from trying them out - just don't cut the tags and do some research first!

Birthday Cake Quest Bar

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

So...I turn 29 in a few days, not particularly excited about it, but at least I'll still be rocking my 20's for another year. I'm at this age now where any hereditary traits really become obvious, like greying and having to dye my hair every 2 weeks - thanks mom. I'm getting to the point now where I have to be extra careful with what I eat, and making sure my physical activity is consistent so I don't die of ugly. That said, substitutions have to be made, so thank god for Quest and their Birthday Cake Bar! Now I can cry for being old, not for the calories found in an actual birthday cake!

It was hard to resist picking up one of these bars, the new Birthday Cake bar was everywhere, and all of my favourite athletes were talking about it. This very sweet, funfetti bar, will definitely soothe your Birthday Cake urges. No seriously, you know those super sweet birthday cakes found at your local grocery store? This tastes just like it! Definitely pick one of these up if you're into it. Personally, I was already sold when I saw the funfetti, but I do really like the taste of this bar, and is a great treat without the typical treat calories! Brings back childhood memories without all the guilt.

Birthday Cake Ingredients
Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate), Soluble Corn Fiber, Water, Erythritol, Almonds, Palm Kernel Oil, Natural Flavors, contains less than 2% of the following: Sodium Caseinate, Sea Salt, Gum Arabic, Spirulina extract (color), Red Cabbage extract (color), Turmeric extract (color), Radish extract (color), Sucralose, Sunflower Lecithin.

180 calories
Less than 1g of sugar
21g of protein
5g of fat
5g of carbs

I competed at the 2017 BMX World Championships

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I don't remember much from the week I spent in Rock Hill, SC ... but the UCI wrist band is still on my wrist, so I'm pretty sure I did compete at worlds.

Leading up to worlds, I was training my butt off (well actually, it was more like I was putting muscle on my butt), doing everything I could to be in my best personal shape for the event. I drove down to SC with an amazing family, it was a long drive but we managed to get there in one piece - which is pretty impressive considering the amount of abandon cars we saw along PA and VA.

A couple days in, we had a team meeting at the Wyndham, where we also picked up our jerseys and plates. With over 300 Canadian riders competing and family members watching, it felt like a graduation. I remember sweating like crazy in the heat as we were listening to the organizers run through the race format. It was a unique experience to be surrounded by such passionate people. After the meet, most of us went downtown to enjoy the food trucks and live entertainment. Downtown was packed with racers from all over the world, the core was shutdown just to celebrate worlds being in town.

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Practice day came around, I was nervous, unsure what the track would feel like. Well... the track was amazing, maybe the best track I've ever ridden. It was smooth, not overly technical and super fast. However, despite my positive first impressions, it quickly became over shadowed by others sharing their difficulties, and eventually my nervousness for the event itself overpowered by confidence. By the second day, I somehow morphed what I perceived as my perfect track, into a monster - super scary- on crack track. The second practice day was a let down too, considering I was able to get about 6-7 laps on the first day (most without gates), the second day I got one - completely understandable when you're only running gates for 300+ riders within 45 minutes.

Race day... wish I remembered more of it, but I do remember waking up at 4-5am, we had to be there for 6am if we wanted a final lap. It was Friday, and it was also the final day for challenge riders. Half awake, I remember being driven to the track, the mood in the van was calm, and quiet, maybe from being tired but probably because we were mentally preparing for this massive race. Waiting by the gates that would lead us into the team tents, I had a bike in one hand and luggage in the other. I see familiar faces, and I see people I've yet to meet, riders from all over the world, waiting to get in. Finally the gates open, the sky is still dark, we make our way through security, where my bike and my wrist were scanned upon entering. I make way to the Canadian tent, it's quiet, but there's a buzz of excitement slowly building.

We were given one final lap before the start of the race. Trust me, if I could do more I would, but they marked our plates so that we'd only get one. Remember how I was freaking out earlier? That all went away, I quickly realized that this track wasn't as scary as I made it out to be.

Afterwards, I took a moment to take everything in, at this point I wasn't too nervous, I guess still in disbelief that I was here. I remember looking at the sunrise coming over the white tents that were sheltering the racers, and being thankful for how cool it was, after dealing a week worth of  30-40 degree temperatures.

Being a challenge rider was a very surreal experience, we had volunteers... aka babysitters in the most positive terms who check in with us, ensuring we knew the format, and giving us water when needed - actually my most "cool moment" memory was when I was given water just before going up to the gate - it made me feel like a pro. I do want to sincerely thank the volunteers, who flew in just to help us. Without you, we wouldn't have been able to perform and function at our best. The volunteers did more than babysit and water us, they were there to support us physically and emotionally.

I think I was moto 60, and it was time for me to go into pre-staging. I had gate 8 and then gate 1 - our race was cut short, but it should have been 3 qualifying races instead of 2. I spent a lot of my time in gate 8 during practice, so that worked out well. I remember walking up, I was calm, but my body was nervous, almost stiff. All I wanted was to not be last, and I did just that lol. My body put enough in to accomplished that for both qualifying races, but it wasn't enough to get into semis. I do feel that I could have qualified though, I wasn't too far from it, and I know I could have done much better if the "stage fright" didn't get to me. That said, I was still really happy, it felt really special to cross the line and be cheered by fellow Canadians. Although my day was done and cut early, I stuck around to support our other riders who were still in the game. I felt accomplished.

A big part of the whole experience was also trading jerseys. I had my eyes set on a French jersey for a while, I wanted that cock so bad. I found a French rider who wanted an American jersey, so my mission was to find an American who wanted a Canadian jersey, so that I could trade the American jersey for a French one. It took some hunting, but I got it done.

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For being up since 4am, my energy levels were still high. I spent some time in the expo area, meeting people from the industry and elite riders too. I spent the remainder of the day in the Canadian section of the stands, we were super loud and filled with pride for our riders. It still feels like the week didn't happen, but I'm still wearing my UCI bracelet, so it did happen... I'm pretty sure!

My First Time Giving Blood

Tuesday, August 08, 2017
When I was twenty one, I found out I was internally bleeding from a tumor. It was the scariest two weeks of my life because I didn't know what was going on, and I was stuck in a hospital being tested day and night. Prior to those two weeks, I had lost a lot of blood during a long span of time (not knowingly). Long story short, I had my first blood transfusion - and let me just say, it's pretty weird to see blood go into you! I felt immediately better, and ever since that day I made myself a promise to give back.

There's something about giving blood that I find really significant, I mean, you are literally giving a part of you to a total stranger. The nursing team at my local Canadian Blood Services were so warm, and made me feel so comfortable for my first time giving blood. Here's some insight on what my experience was like:

There's a couple of things you can do for your first time, you can either pre-book your time online or do a walk in. With either one, set about thirty to forty-five minutes aside, the blood donation part is quick, about ten minutes, however there is a bit of a pre-screening process. Donating blood was interesting, I definitely felt a little "drained" as soon as the blood was flowing out of me.

My nurse tilted the comfy chair back to assist with the flow of blood, at that point it's gravity doing all the work. I didn't realise how important it was to drink lots of water 48 hours before donating, so my flow was a little slow - but not horrible. To assist with the flow, they gave me a stress ball to squeeze and for about ten minutes, you're just relaxing!

Ten minutes later I had a pint filled, I was a little flushed, but other than that I was ready to get up in minutes. The wonderful ladies in the refreshment area brought over juice and snacks, simple sugars to help jump start the replenishing, and they also gave me a pin for my first time donating.

Later that day, I did find myself tired, despite re-hydrating and eating as much as I could. It's not recommend that you lift or do anything vigorous after donating blood, so I just ended up napping that day, and followed up with some cardio the next day at the Milton Velodrome.

A day after donating, you pretty much have your fluids back, but it does take about two months to fully regain your red blood cells. I did make an effort to take in more iron,  which I think played a big part of my recovery, but my strength training did take a hit for a few weeks. As an athlete, I suggest donating after or two to two and half months before a physical event - just to ensure you're still in peak condition for your contest or race.

The whole process was easy, and the finger prick which happens during the screening was the only "difficult" part - and it really was not that bad. Other than that, unless you have a competition coming up in the next two months, then there's really no reason to not donate blood - I for one was quite lucky, coincidently I donated with enough time to be in top condition for Worlds (post to come).

Forty-five minutes of your time, could mean saving three lives. I'm really glad that I gave blood, and I felt even better when I was sent email updates of where my blood was going, especially when I was given the update that it went into someone!

If you have a question about the process or how it impacted me as an athlete, leave them in the comments below and check out https://blood.ca/en 

My experience at Worlds in Rock Hill, SC coming soon.

My Experience on the Dolce Diet

Friday, April 07, 2017
Left Dec 2016, Right March 2017
I've been overweight pretty much my entire life, I think the last time I was 150lbs was when I was in grade 6, and the other time I was 150lbs was when I was internally bleeding from a tumour and.. well basically dying. I've never been called obese by friends, I'm not sure if it's because people were trying to be nice, but I've definitely been called things like, big, jacked, thick, voluptuous and strong. I'm 5'6", I like competitive sports, lifting, but food has always been a struggle.

Before the Dolce Diet, I was averaging 0-1 half-ass sessions at the gym per week, I was eating maybe once-twice a day, going 8 hours without food sometimes... all the time. I just didn't care to eat, I think some of it was because I was lazy, but I think it was also because I thought skipping meals, meant less calories therefore lose weight... well I never said I was good at math.

I was unknowingly depressed and stressed, that coupled with not eating, well no wonder I was too tired to go to the gym. By December of 2016 I was a jacked 225lbs, on a 5'6 frame. At this point, my work was stressing me out, my relationship was ..., and I couldn't separate myself from the stress to take care of myself, and so by early January I mentally hit rock bottom.

Not so random fun fact, I love Ronda Rousey. When she lost her comeback fight late last year, a little piece of me died inside. She looked fantastic, probably the best she's ever looked for a fight, I read somewhere that she was way more strict on her diet this time around, and it showed. Ronda's been with Mike Dolce for a long time, he's a nutritional expert, former mma fighter, and none of his fighters has ever missed weight. How Ronda looked during weigh ins, was the first push for me to check out the Dolce Diet.

The 2nd push was following him on instagram @thedolcediet. At this point I still wasn't sure if I wanted to spend money on a meal plan, but after watching a few live feeds, my trust started to develop and eventually I invested in myself by purchasing the 12 week program.

The program is tailored to you, your goals, and your fitness activity level. You choose when you want to start, so don't feel like you have to go ham right at the second you purchase. Not only does it include a meal plan, but it includes a workout plan - which I didn't use but still got results. The meals are simple to follow, not at all restrictive and easy to track. For me, the hurdle was actually eating breakfast and lunch, something I didn't do at all for the longest time.

After a week on the diet, I noticed my energy levels were significantly improving, and day by day my weight was dropping. By the way, for the first month and a bit, I wasn't even in the gym... The most exercise I had was at the track, for an hour a week. It's not like I didn't want to workout, but I was going through a breakup, so the most I could do at the time was focus on what I was eating.

When you're first introduced to the plan, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the layout, but the first thing I would suggest doing is going through each meal for the week and write down what you need to buy. I made the mistake of buying everything on the grocery list at once and racked a $150 grocery bill, but to be fair I did eventually used everything. The ingredients are easy to find, and the meals are super easy and quick to make. Still do yourself a favour, and make your meals ahead of time, and develop the habit of preparing your meals.

More energy for adventures.

The plan taught me to be responsible with my food, to stick to the plan, and more importantly not to freak out if I had a bad eating weekend. During the 12 week plan, I had a few weekend trips that lead me to places like the cheese cake factory. Was I heavier after those weekends? Yup. Old me would have gotten sad and ate more crap, new me realized that this was salt, and if I just went back to my Dolce plan, the weight would drop again. The lesson here is to stick with it, even when you fuck up.

By late February, I had lost around 20lbs and by March when I reintroduced lifting into my regime I lost even more. I was feeling great, and I still feel great while typing this. Right now I weigh 192lbs and I have no plans to stop losing weight. Do I want to be 150lbs? No, well maybe, I don't have a fix number right now, but I want to be smaller for sure, and be in the best maintainable shape possible.

The Dolce Diet has taught me to be smarter with my food choices, and to recognize what works and doesn't work for my body. By mid March, I stopped checking the site for my meals, because I learned for myself. I even had some cheat meals that had no impact on my weight loss. You know that person who eats bad all the time, and thinks one salad is going to magically make them skinnier? Well that's happening to me in reverse, I eat so well now that fries or cake, does very little to set me back.

Have a question during your program? Customer service is just an email away. You also have an entire community to reach out to for support, and even a leader board for those of you who thrive under competition. Yeah, that's right bitches I'm #1.

The plan fucking works, I am a real person who has lost over 30lbs on this plan, and if that's still not enough push for you to invest in yourself, then do the research, check his instagram or youtube, and learn more about Dolce - he's rad. If you have any other questions about the plan, feel free to leave them in the comments below and I'll do my best to answer your questions. Good luck.

Why breakups should be seen as a positive milestone

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Going through a breakup (mutual or one way), will most likely be the hardest thing you go through, other than experiencing death, or someone taking that one curly fry that was in a batch of normal fries. Experiencing a break up is like the shittiest roller coaster you will be ever on (channelling my own valley girl)...it'll mostly be you crying and feeling depressed, and the second you feel better, you're back crying again. As difficult as it may be to realise, going through a break up may be one of those milestones that you should actually embrace.

By the time you think "fuck, this isn't working out", there's probably a good reason for it. It's definitely OK to fight those feelings, but if it becomes an ongoing thing, maybe it's time to have a heart to heart talk. Maybe you've had that talk, and the other person isn't getting it, maybe then it's time to look at your words. Chances are at this point, you've gone back and forth so much that you're both exhausted and unhappy with the results... it doesn't mean you don't love each other, but maybe at this point it's time to break up.

You love that person with everything you have, plus everything you don't have. You've put every bit of you in to make it work, but it isn't working out. I've learned from my experiences that disappointment is a cruel feeling, especially when you grew up to believe in fairy-tales (Fairy-tales suck). At first you're disappointed in yourself, maybe you could have done more, maybe you should have skipped work and responsibilities to spend more time with them, maybe you should have sacrificed yourself to the gods to make the relationship work. Chances are, if you're reading this, you're also looking to find a resolution for your own turmoil, which in itself is a sign. Chances are, you did do a lot, and probably more than some people deserve...but that's my opinion.

Question, do you think your ex-significant other feels the same? Remember a relationship is a two way street, and you can only give so much until you become resentful for not getting anything back. When you think you did "enough", you probably didn't do very much then. What you did was set your own bar, which is perfectly fine, but a relationship requires an endless pit of work, and so if you felt you did "enough" you need to check yourself...

You're probably wondering, when the fuck are you going to get to the positive shit... hold your fucking horses I'm getting there.

As much as you will always love that person, do you really want to be with someone where you're feeling sad, inadequate, alone, unloved? No... no normal person would. I always thought marriage would be the answer to my problems, I have no fucking idea why, because if you two aren't marriage material now, you won't be after. This goes for you ladies who think a baby is going to magically make your man suddenly more dedicated... maybe it will but it's an 18 year band aid. When you realise this, not only is it the beginning of your recovery, but you become thankful for the break up.

Maybe you haven't broken up yet, but you've been finding more reasons to break up, and you've even had that heart to heart talk but nothing changes... at this point there's probably a deeper rooted issue, and no I'm not talking about cheating. Emotional baggage is a real thing, heavy, and it can go both ways... that or you two simply changed and therefore your needs changed too. If there is still a will to make this work, then I really suggest counselling, maybe just for yourself, maybe just for your partner, and perhaps even together. Having a professional be able to break down your words and meaning could be the life or death answer to your relationship. It can be expensive, but it's worth looking into... are you really going to cheap out on your relationship? Are you really going to not do everything you can because of the cost?

Oh yes, why breakups should be seen as a positive milestone. To be honest I'm not quite there yet, but I'm getting close. I went through two and a half months of crying, depression, raw puffy eyes, with intense anxiety attacks EVERY SINGLE DAY at work and at home. My depression was so deep that it felt like something was suffocating me. It got to the point where I saw no way out, and I started having thoughts of taking my own life. It was at that point that I started counselling. I didn't tell my counsellor anything new that I didn't tell my best friend, but hearing someone you don't know say "I understand" and having someone be able to explain why you're having these feelings, makes a good starting point in healing. I'm now having fewer bad days, and more good ones... don't get me wrong there are days that I just want to cry, but they are fewer these days.

Once I finally accepted the situation and started recovering, I noticed a few things. I lost a significant amount of weight, I started eating better, working out more, my creative juices were developing again, I made new friends, and more importantly I found a reason to keep living... actually even more important is that I stopped looking to my ex- partner for validation on my own happiness. Don't get me wrong, I'll still have bouts of sadness and loneliness, but the voices are a lot less significant than they were before. Some of us are better than others when it comes to ignoring those voices, I just see it as a scale of how much you cared for that person, and a reflection of your desires to make it work.

For you, if you just experienced a break up... I'm sorry.. it totally sucks eh? I promise that your problem is not unique, seek a professional counsellor to help you figure out your thoughts, writing in a journal isn't enough, because you'll end up writing rambles like that one you're reading right now. If you find that your counsellor sucks, look for another one, then another one, then another one until it feels right. It looks bleak now, but I promise that it will get better in time, and you'll see that breaking up was the best milestone of your life and maybe even for that person (at least that's what I'm hoping for).

Here are a few things that will help you recover

- Accept the situation, allow yourself to cry, get angry and grieve.
- Avoid social media. (wish I did this but I totally didn't)
- Reach out to someone you trust.
- Get counselling, even if you think you're fine. Especially if you think you're fine.
- Read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
- Select a new activity and get really into it, for me it was/is the Velodrome

Hope this helps.

Sugar Marmalade In Hamilton

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Recently got to enjoy the brand new Sugar Marmalade location in Hamilton, and I'll admit, it's better than the other locations I've been to! We had a really great time here, service was attentive and easy to get - in fact there's a fancy call button by your table for when you're ready.

Below are just some of the items we had, but their menu is very long and it's a great place if you're looking for something small or savoury or elaborate and sweet. Asian desserts utilise a lot of fruit and if you're OK with that, you'll like Sugar Marmalade. If you don't, no worries, they have Oreo cheese cakes among other great items.

Deep Fried Fish Balls
Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken with the Fish Balls 
Speaking of savoury, if you're looking for something on the safe side, the Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken is a great choice. It's your standard Popcorn Chicken with basic breading. If you want to kick it up a notch, get the Japanese style Popcorn Chicken, there difference is in the topping.

Let's Dive In!
Black Sesame Panna Cotta
Sugar Marmalade has a lot of really cool sweets, like this Black Sesame Ice cream, which is sitting on top of a Panna Cota and sprinkled with corn flakes. It's a little weird, but it's a great marriage.

Bubble Waffle with Matcha Ice Cream, Red Bean and Mochi, drizzled with Condensed Milk
If you're looking something to fill you up, get the bubble waffle. It's a very sweet waffle, topped with your choice of ice cream, in this case matcha, and topped with little mochi balls (It's similar to the texture of tapioca) and drizzled with the asian version of Nutella.... sweetened condensed milk.

I love this little hang out spot, come check it out!

Sugar Marmalade 
65 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1A5