Baring it After a long period of discomfort, I’ve finally realized the sexiest items in my closet are  those that make me feel like myself
Feb15

Baring it After a long period of discomfort, I’ve finally realized the sexiest items in my closet are those that make me feel like myself

If you asked 14-year-old me what my worst nightmare was, bra shopping was at the top of the list. As I fumbled with various straps and clasps in a seemingly endless tangle through adolescence, my discomfort with the under-shirt, over-skin layer grew. And when I moved out of training bra territory and into more “grown up” styles and designs, I was faced with not only discomfort, but a degree of alienation from the sexually-charged...

A place to keep in mind Making Hamilton home with the help of James Street North’s famous bar
Jan26

A place to keep in mind Making Hamilton home with the help of James Street North’s famous bar

The summer after my first year at McMaster, I didn’t get to spend much time in Hamilton. I caught glimpses here and there — a walk downtown one evening or a dinner in Dundas — but I was still pretty new to the city, and I was grateful to have made some upper-year friends who could pass on their favourite spots to me. While their recommendations and dinner invites ultimately shaped much of the last four years for me, their collective...

In the pressure cooker Preparing your own food can be the best form of stress relief
Nov30

In the pressure cooker Preparing your own food can be the best form of stress relief

It’s the end of November; assignments are due, finals are imminent, I’m writing a graduate school admissions test in two weeks and the scones I have in the oven are almost ready to come out. The timer finishes and rings. I scramble to the kitchen, pull the tray out and leave it to cool. Back to studying. I grew up cooking and baking with my mother. At first, I mostly just stirred in (and ate) chocolate chips. But as I got older, I got...

The little shop around the corner Newest café in Hamilton adds a burst of colour to Bold Street
Nov23

The little shop around the corner Newest café in Hamilton adds a burst of colour to Bold Street

On Nov. 6, Hamilton’s newest café, The Nook, opened its doors to the sleepy part of Bold Street just off James Street south. Those familiar with the area likely know the café’s location: a tiny space that has stood — or at least looked to be — vacant in recent history. With a dark exterior and darker windows, the spot was so uninteresting one could almost skip over seeing it without realizing a building was there. But Suad Abukamla...

Culinary class act: Noodle Me New James Street addition serves delicious hand-pulled noodle dishes
Sep21

Culinary class act: Noodle Me New James Street addition serves delicious hand-pulled noodle dishes

What is it? As we settle into fall and brace ourselves for (shudder) winter, the search for a cozy meal that doesn’t break the bank becomes ever more important. Hamilton has no shortage of stick-to-your ribs options, from Bul Gogi’s stone bowls to the Burnt Tongue’s soup to the Hearty Hooligan’s vegan pizza buns. But recently these restaurants gained a new companion in the fast, filling and delicious category. Located next to August...