Constantly losing focus while you study be frustrating. We will go through some of the top study tips that can allow you to focus and study effectively.

Remind yourself why
One of the key things that help us maintain focus no matter what, is by getting really interested in whatever we are doing. So find a way to make your topic interesting, relatable and practical in your life.

Remind yourself that you want to study to expand your worldly knowledge, to graduate, get into a field that you can flourish in, and provide some value to the world with your awesomeness. Also try thinking in metaphors and whatifs. It’s your mind, no one else has access to it, so think of wondrous things to make yourself want to devote the next few hours of your life to the task at hand.

Before studying

  1. Plan out what you want to accomplish and give yourself a time limit. For example, I will read 10 pages from my psych textbook in 30 minutes, or I will spend 1 hour researching the key words for my report.
  2. Get enough sleep. Ideally around 7-9 hours. If you sleep earlier, you may need less sleep, but please never do less than 6. Constant sleep deprivation is deteriorating for the brain and body.
  3. Eat foods that help you focus. Which include blueberries, green tea, avocados, spinach, kale, salmon, nuts and seeds. I often have a spinach, banana & kale smoothie with matcha green tea powder, but you can combine some of the ingredients in a quick sandwich if you like.
  4. Your brain mainly works on sugar, but you need to temper it with a protein or something with low GI, to reduce any blood-sugar problems which can lead to sudden tiredness. A quick way to find a a balance is to opt for a fruit or healthy smoothie.
  5. Be aware that if you study right after having a heavy meal the blood circulating around your brain reduces and goes to help with digestion, so you may feel less alert. Smaller meals can help.
  6. Take supplements that help you focus: fish oil, omega 3, Ginko Biloba, vitamin B12, Co-Enzyme Q10, and iron.
  7. Identify whatever distracts you and find a way to minimise it. So perhaps you can go to a non-distracting environment, if that is an issue. I prefer libraries or coffeeshops.
  8. Surround yourself with motivated people. If you can befriend the top few students in your class, or at least be on nicer terms with them, hopefully their studiousness will rub off on you.
  9. Have all the stationary and materials you need at hand.
  10. Set up a reward system, but avoid food as a reward as it can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food. Instead try a relaxing activity, or hobby. Pretty much any incentive you can think of that will help you cross the finish line.

While studying

  1. Prime - Spend 2 minutes skimming or figuring out what you will be going through.
  2. Drinking game - Keep a bottle of water or two next to you. Drink a cup or a half cup worth every time you get distracted for more than 5 seconds.
  3. Put distractions in their place - Write down any distracting thoughts in a small notebook. But remember it’s not supposed to act as your pretty bullet journal, but you can make another spread for if it you like. I made a small notebook the other day to write down quick thoughts that I would otherwise dwell on. It helps me direct my thoughts appropriately to what I’m studying, and still have those important ideas to refer to later.
  4. Motivate yourself - Write out exactly why you want to be a [insert awesome career position] in detail with examples. Keep that page or post-it on hand and look at it when you feel yourself losing focus. It can give you a motivational boost and can inspire you to keep going. Sometimes I like to visualise specific scenarios of how I could help people once my finish my studies.
  5. Take strategic breaks - Remove yourself from your study space and think of something else for a few minutes. You can get a snack, walk around, do a quick workout, look outside, and notice nature. Practice being present in the moment. Listen to of the world around you and get out of your head.
  6. If you feel you can not sustain your concentration on a task for too long, you may switch between two different yet equally important tasks. But try to do a big task for at least 20 minutes, you never know, by then you might like it. Some studies show, it takes 20 minutes to really get into concentrating on something.
  7. Reduce as many distractions as you can, including turning off notifications and wifi, putting you phone on do not disturb or airplane mode, and try blocking apps.
  8. Track how you use your time. I like the apps ‘Now and Then’ and ‘Moment’ for iOS. So you can see how much you have accomplished or slacked off.
  9. Write draft first. Edit and prettify later.
  10. If you’re in the final stage, focus on the fact that you have made it this far and that you’re almost done.
  11. Try to make it fun somehow, perhaps with strategies you used when you were a kid.
  12. Use as many senses as you can.
  13. Record your voice and say whatever you are reading or writing in different accents.
  14. Draw quick doodles next to whoever you are doing to help you remember it better.
  15. As long it’s not your first draft, feel free to use colourful pens, highlights and tape to keep you engaged.

After studying

  1. Revise whatever you have accomplished just before your break, by quickly skimming through your most recent notes or readings.
  2. Consequent revision schedule. The best way to remember what you have worked on is to revise it in specific intervals, after you have studying it. So after five minutes, in that evening before bed, the next day, at the end of the week and then in three weeks.
  3. Reward yourself, as long as you feel like you ended up accomplishing something you couldn’t before.

You can try out each step for two days each to see which strategies work best for you.

I hope these tips can help you, and feel free message me if you would like more details for one of the points :)

When you can’t decide if you want a cupcake or a donut. 🐥
You have both.
Matcha green tea donut cupcakes.
These babies are stuffed with a sweet matcha cream cheese. Mm. Who wants one?

Mini Baked Vegan Donuts
Makes about 16 mini donuts

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
6 tbsp. vegan sugar
Pinch of salt
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup vegan margarine, melted
3 tbsp. aquafaba
½ tbsp. pure vanilla extract

Matcha Icing

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp. vegan margarine, melted
1 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. matcha powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a donut pan.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Transfer mix to a Ziploc bag and cut a tip off one of the corners and pipe into the donut pan. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until they are firm and spring back when you touch them. Pop them out of the donut pan and onto a cooling rack to cool until warm to the touch.

Combine the icing ingredients in a bowl and mix until creamy. Dip each mini donut into icing and place on cooling rack to allow icing to set in.

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
Makes 1 dozen

For the cupcakes
1½ cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 cup vegan sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. matcha green tea powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup water
½ cup canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

For the frosting
¼ cup vegan margarine
¼ cup non-hydrogenated shortening
2 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ tbsp. non-dairy milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1-2 tsp. matcha powder

For cream cheese filling
½ cup vegan cream cheese
1 tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. matcha powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake papers.

Combine dry ingredients (except sugar) in a medium sized mixing bowl. In a separate bowl combine sugar, oil and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in two separate batches and mix until just combined (do not over mix). Finally, add the ACV and mix until just combined. Divide batter evenly among muffin pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool before transferring to a cooling rack. Once cooled, remove a piece of the center of each cupcake using an apple corer or a cupcake corer. Set aside.

With a hand mixer beat butter and shortening on high for 1 minute or until fluffy. Next, add powdered sugar and beat for a minute or until crumbly. Then, add non-dairy milk and vanilla and beat until frosting is light and fluffy. Add 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder so that you get a light green frosting. Add frosting to a Ziplock or piping bag with tip or you can use a butter knife to frost the cupcakes.

Using a hand mixer beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and matcha powder until creamy. Transfer mix to a Ziploc bag and cut a tip off one of the corners and pipe into the center of the cupcake. Top with matcha frosting and a mini vegan donut.

Ladies Night

Summary: You and Lance have a ladies night.

Pairing: Lance x Reader

Warnings: nothin’ but fluff here

A/N: Just trying to shake off my writers block. I hope you guys like this!

“I’ll be at the bar down the road if you need me.” your boyfriend of 3 years says after you just got done telling him what you were going to be doing tonight.

“What? Why? Stay home with me!” you exclaim adding a pout to your lips.

Lance scoffed. “Y/N, I’m not gonna stay home with you and watch you have a ‘ladies night’. That shit sounds boring.”

“Who said you were just gonna watch me? You can join in too.” you smile but Lance still holds a blank face.

“Yeah… no.”

You frown. “Why?”

Lance sighs and runs his fingers through his non-gelled hair. “Because, Y/N. That’s girl shit and I’m a manly man and manly men don’t do girl shit like that.” he says. “I’ll be at the bar, see you when I get home.”

“What’s next?”

You smile and start rummaging through the bag that was next to you. “Well I got these face masks from Target earlier and I was gonna try them out.”

You hold out the different types of face masks to Lance and he scans them over. “I want whichever one you’re gonna do.”

“Hmm.. this one is a cucumber one and it says it’s soothing and calming for the skin and this one is a charcoal paper mask. It says it detoxifies and cleans pores. Oh and-”

“That one, I want that one.” Lance cuts you off as he snatches the little red and black pouch from your hands. “Gotta clean my pores.”

You stifle a laugh at your ‘manly man’ of a boyfriend who was reading the ingredients of the pouch, the skin between his eyebrows creasing as he murmured the words.

“Water… aloe vera… leaf juice? What the fuck?” he scoffed and shook his head before continuing. “Charcoal powder, green tea… witch hazel?” he looks up at you. “Umm… I dunno about you but I’ve seen The Blair Witch Project, number one and two and I don’t fuck with witches so…”

“Not that kind of witch, babe.” you giggle. “In this case, it’s used to treat blemishes.”

Lance sighs. “Dunno what you’re talking about, this face has no blemishes.” he pats his cheeks with a smirk and you roll your eyes.

“Anyways…” you hum, reading the directions. “gently unfold mask and apply to clean skin.” you pause and look over at Lance. “You got clean skin?”

“Yup. Do you?”

“Mhm.” you go back to the directions. “Adjust around eyes, nose and mouth, smoothing to fit the curves of your gorgeous face.”

“See, even the face mask pouch thinks my face is gorgeous.” he beams.

You let out a little laugh and shake your head once again. “Close eyes and relax for ten minutes. Remove mask. Tingling? Yes, it’s working.”

Lance’s eyes shoot up to meet yours. “Tingling?”

You nod. “That’s what it says.”

“Like… it’s gonna burn my face or something?”

“I don’t think that-”

“Sweetheart, I love you and all but I don’t think I can do this. You see, what attracted you to me was my looks and-”

You interrupt him. “It wasn’t your looks, Lance.”

You see the gymnasts mouth curve into a smirk. “Oh yeah, that’s right. It was my huge-”

“Personality!” you exclaim before he could finish his sentence. “It was your personality, jeez.”

Lance lets out a loud laugh, rolling onto his side on the floor and you roll your eyes again. This man would be the death of you.

“Alright, alright, stop laughing and let’s put these on.”

“Did she really?” Lance questioned as you painted his nails with a clear coat.

“Yup.” you pop the ‘p’, also nodding.

“Wow…” he muttered. “I can’t believe Janice fucked a married man who had kids.”

“Mmm!” you hum, sipping your drink. “And get this; she’s married with kids too!”

Lance gasped. “No fucking way, are you serious?”

“Mhm.” you nod.

Janice was the ‘new’ girl who you worked with you and recently you had found out that she was screwing another one of your coworkers who was supposedly happily married with children. 4 to be exact.

“How’d you find all this out?” he questioned as he leaned over to the little coffee table you had in the living room to take a sip of his drink.

“The coworker she was screwing - David – his wife came in and flipped her shit. She was like ‘I can’t fucking believe what a pig you are, screwing your coworker, blah blah blah’ and he was like ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about honey, please let’s just go outside’ and he went to grab her hand but she did this matrix move and was like ‘you don’t know what I’m talking about? Really? You’re gonna play fucking dumb? Who the fuck is Janice, David? Hmm? Where is she?’ and everyone else was just watching. We were all giving each other looks like holy shit this is some good stuff. I think Marcos videotaped the whole thing.”

“Oh my god.” Lance’s eyes were wide and you finish up his right hand, now moving to his left. “And where was Janice? Did she get fucked up?”

“Oh honey,” you say. “the bitch got lucky because it was her day off. But when she comes to work on Monday she’s gonna get the ass whooping of a lifetime because David’s wife said she was gonna come again.”

Your boyfriend raised his eyebrows and let out a puff of air. “Jesus, the people you work with are crazy. All I work with is teens and the only drama I hear is ‘oh my god, Jennifer totally bought the same exact top as me, I can’t believe she’d do that’.” he says the last part in a high pitched voice, causing you to laugh. “Please keep me in the loop. I wanna know if Janice gets fucked up by David’s wife. She sounds like a boss ass bitch.”

“She is.” you agree. “And don’t worry, I will.”

You go back to focusing on painting Lance’s nails when the front door opens and in comes Hope. “Hey, I saw Lance ‘The Fucker’ Tucker was home but I decided to come in anyways and-” she stops dead in her tracks when she looks up and sees you painting Lance’s nails while Lance is drinking his alcoholic beverage. “What the fuck?”

“Hey Hope.” you hum.

“Hey sugar tits.” Lance smiles at your best friend.

You look over at her. “You do have some sugary tits.”

“I… you… what the fuck is going on?” she stutters, eyes going from you to Lance.

“Ladies night, don’t fucking ruin it.” he says.

Hope looks at you and you shrug. “You heard him. Don’t fucking ruin it.”

“Ew. You guys are weird.” her nose scrunches. “I’m just gonna go.”

“Okay.” you nod. “I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“Yeah, see you tomorrow… lemme just…” she pulls her phone out and aims it at the two of you.

“Are you taking a picture?” Lance asks.


He quickly poses, head tilting to the side as he smiles and you laugh. Hope takes the picture and looks at it. “Ben’s not gonna believe this.”

“Send me that picture!” Lance calls out just before Hope shuts the door. You and Lance look at each other before going back to what you were doing previously. “Anyhow, let me tell you about this girl I threw up on at a frat party in college.”

“Lance, that was me.”

“Oh yeah…” he hummed. “So anyways…”

A/N: Tell me what ya think! Also I’ll edit laterrrrr, gonna eat some tacos :)


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My new obsession - homemade and healthy (and totally guilt-free.. like only 12 calories for the whole thing) iced green tea latte. I totally reused this starbucks cup.. I do that way more often than I’d care to admit 🙈🍵

12 oz water
2 tsp matcha green tea powder
1 tbsp stevia
4 oz unsweetened cashew milk
lots of ice

All Yours

“You could’ve had feelings for anyone else, but nope. You heart was stuck on the sleeping boy in your lap.


↠fluffy angst (if you will ;–;)↞

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The cool surface of the granite countertop rested against your elbow. You watched the hands of your wristwatch tick slower and slower as each second passed. You blew a breath of air upward, moving strands of hair out of your eyes. This felt like the longest shift of your life.

There was something about Thursdays at your university coffee shop that made it seem like barren land; except for maybe a couple of students and other adults who sat quietly, tapping away at their laptop keyboards. Maybe it was because other students were out in the town buying snacks and drinks to prepare for their usual Friday nights in the dormitories.

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Matcha Green Tea donuts made with @teamiblends @thematchami green tea powder. Obsessed.

Visit and use special code RHIANA10 for 10% of your order of @thematchami matcha goods!
In the meantime..
Let me feed you…

Matcha Green Tea Donuts
Makes 6 donuts

1½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
6 tbsp. vegan sugar
Pinch of salt
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup vegan margarine, melted
3 tbsp. aquafaba
½ tbsp. pure vanilla extract

Matcha Icing

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp. vegan margarine, melted
1 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp. matcha powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a donut pan.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Transfer mix to a Ziploc bag and cut a tip off one of the corners and pipe into the donut pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are firm and spring back when you touch them. Pop them out of the donut pan and onto a cooling rack to cool until warm to the touch.

Combine the icing ingredients in a bowl and mix until creamy. Dip each donut into icing and place on cooling rack to allow icing to set in.

Base Protein Pancakes + Meal Prepping Tips

Servings: 1 jar

Dietary: Vegetarian, adjustable to Gluten-Free, High Protein


  • 1/3 cup quick oats (use gluten-free oats to make this a gluten-free recipe!)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste (I use about ¼ tsp stevia)
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese (I prefer to use 2%)
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • Flavouring of choice: my go-to is ½ tsp cinnamon + ¼ tsp vanilla extract. If you’re adding cocoa powder, it will really thicken up the batter so have some sparkling water/club soda on hand to thin it out*
  • 1 tbsp nut butter of choice
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (or yogurt of choice - skyr is a personal favourite of mine)
  • ½ cup fruit (I typically use frozen mixed berries, but just about anything works!)

*I use sparkling water in pancakes instead of flat for extra fluffiness, but flat water will work just fine to thin out the batter!


  1. In a blender, Magic Bullet, or food processor, add oats, baking powder, sweetener, cottage cheese, egg whites, and flavouring. Blend until smooth (you can leave some oat chunks if you prefer this, but be aware that it will affect the consistency of your batter).
  2. On a non-stick or greased skillet, pour about 1/8 cup of the batter and cook until browned. Flip and brown the other side. Set pancake aside, and repeat with remaining batter.
  3. Line the inside of a jar or tupperware container with nut butter. Add a pancake to the jar/container, top it with some of the yogurt and fruit, then add another pancake. Continue until you’ve used up all your pancakes, yogurt, and fruit.
  4. Tighten the lid to your jar/container, stick in the fridge, and get excited for a delicious, pre-made, on-the-go breakfast in the morning!

Flavour Combos:

  • Vanilla Cinnamon - ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp vanilla
  • Green Tea - 1 tsp matcha powder, ¼ tsp vanilla
  • Dark Chocolate - 1 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips to top while cooking
  • Vanilla Latte - 1 tsp espresso powder, ¼ tsp vanilla
  • Christmas Cookie - ¼ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Mocha - ½ tbsp cocoa powder, ½ tsp espresso powder

Meal Prep Tips:

  • I typically multiply the recipe by 6 if I’m meal prepping - be careful with this much of baking powder, the batter will gain a lot of volume so ensure you have a lot of space in your blender.
  • While the pancakes are cooking, I line my jars and containers with nut butter
  • As you make the pancakes, add one to each jar before adding the second
  • This is a really easy meal to assemble while the pancakes are cooking, and the clean-up isn’t bad, so if you’re making enough for the week it should take about an hour total
  • Store in the fridge! (duh)

・乾燥草莓…8個 ■作法
1. 將黑巧克力、白巧克力隔水加熱。白巧克力中加入抹茶粉拌勻
2. 紙杯中倒入一半抹茶巧克力並放入乾燥草莓後放入冰箱冷藏
3. 待步驟2凝固後倒入黑巧克力並放入冰箱冷藏凝固即完成♪


Midterms are coming up for some of you so I’m gonna lay down this awesome study aid for everyone.

I have severe Adhd and have been off medication for awhile so I’ve been in search of a herbal combo that can help combat my “oooh a squirrel” syndrome. This latte is good. Not Adderall good, but it’s definitely cheaper at $1.00 a serving compared to $45 a pill.

You will need:
2 parts Rosemary (spice aisle rosemary is fine.)
2 parts Lemon balm
1 part Lavender
1 part Ginseng(optional but it gives it extra potency)
1 part Green tea/matcha powder
Milk/plant milk of your choice.

I mix these in batches and store them so that I have it ready when I need it.

Take all ingredients but the tea and milk and put them in a coffee grinder or a blender. You want to get it as fine as you can. Once you do that, add the tea. Pulse.

Now you have a powder ready when you need it. To make the latte, just blend 8oz (1 cup) warm water with 1tsp of the powder. Then add 8oz of milk and sweetener.

Ta da! Concentration latte. Hope it helps :)

Food + How To Order - Part 2

Hey guys, so the second part to my mini-series will be focusing on all the different kinds of Japanese and Western sweets and desserts in Japan, as well as drinks! These vocab will be useful for you if you go to Japan and decide to eat at a café or traditional Japanese restaurant! Keep an eye out for the final post in this mini-series on how to order, coming next week!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Traditional Japanese Sweets・和菓子・わがし:
和菓子 are traditional Japanese sweets which are often served with green tea and are usually served at a tea ceremony, however you can find them at selected cafes, restaurants, and temples, and they can also be purchased at convenience stores or department stores (they make pretty neat お土産).


Japanese Snacks and Sweets:
Coffee Jelly・コーヒーゼリー
Fruit sandwich・フルーツサンド
Green tea ice cream・抹茶アイス・まっちゃあいす
Honey toast・ハニートースト
Mochi ice cream・餅アイス・もちあいす
Mont Blanc・モンブラン

Western Snacks and Sweets:
Ice cream・アイスクリーム
Sweet bread / pastries・菓子パン・かしパン

Hot chocolate・ココア

  • Apple juice・リンゴジュース
  • Orange juice・オレンジジュース


  • Almond milk・アーモンドミルク
  • Soy Milk・豆乳・とうにゅう

Alchol / Sake・(お)酒・(お)さけ

  • Beer・ビール
  • Champagne・シャンパン
  • Japanese sake・日本酒・にほんしゅ
  • Rum・ラム
  • Tequila・テキーラ
  • Vodka・ウォッカ
  • Whiskey・ウィスキー
  • Wine・ワイン
  • White wine・白ワイン・しろワイン
  • Red wine・赤ワイン・あかワイン

Soft drink・ソーダ

  • Calpis・カルピスソーダ
  • Coke・コーラ
  • Ramune・ラムネ


  • Barley tea・麦茶・むぎちゃ
  • Black tea・紅茶・こうちゃ
  • Green tea・緑茶・りょくちゃ
  • Green tea (medium quality)・煎茶・せんちゃ
  • Green tea (powdered)・抹茶・まっちゃ
  • Oolong tea・ウーロン茶・うーろんちゃ


  • Calpis water・カルピスウォーター
  • Cold water・冷たい水・つめたいみず
  • Hot water・お湯・おゆ
  • Mineral water・ミネラルウォーター
Sunburn Home Remedies

First of all, make sure you always wear sunscreen as a preventative measure. But for those of us that burn easily, sometimes getting a sunburn feels inevitable. So, here are a few things you can do to help the healing process.

1. Green tea and powdered milk. Steep 1 or 2 green tea bags in cool water, then slowly mix the tea into 2 cups of powdered milk to make a thick paste. It won’t take very much tea. Apply the paste onto your sunburn, and allow to dry for about 15 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.

2. Baking soda bath. Put 2 cups of baking soda into a cool bath and relax. Lavender essential oil in the bath can also help.

I hope this helps! Happy summer everyone


Leaves Cafe

Location:  2051 Rue de la Montagne

Metro Station: Peel or Guy-Concordia

Hello!!! I know I’ve already posted about this spot, but since I come here a lot, I felt like updating my pictures for you guys! I first came here when it had just opened and it has evolved since then. 

If you haven’t read my old post about this place, worry-not! I’ll give you a nice little summary of this wonderful cafe. 

First off, this cafe is located very close to Concordia University (and relatively close to McGill University). I enjoy the short walk through downtown to get here from my school. Especially if you have classes in Hall building (Concordia students), Leaves is about 3-4 block away. 

What I love about this place is its peacefulness. Every time I come here, I feel instantly relaxed. Their playlist includes relaxing acoustic songs (a lot of them I listen to regularly myself). Their simplistic and minimalist decor strips down your stress and reveals peace of mind. Almost everything here is white, with touches of pale wood and plants. So many plants. And cacti. Leaves is here to satisfy your love for cacti. Mini plants fill the cafe and introduce color and nature to their little space. A lot of the plants are planted in little white coffee cups with their logo printed on them. Perfect for Instagram.

An interesting aspect of this cafe is that it is the only all vegan cafe in Montreal. Yap, no milk. Any lactose-intolerant person’s dream. And paradise for vegans too, of course. But don’t worry, if you order a latte, you won’t just get latte minus milk (basically an overpriced espresso). They have some yummy substitutes: Almond milk, Soy milk and Coconut milk. I find that the coconut milk tastes best but almond milk results in better latte art. So for your Instagram junky (like me), get the almond milk!!!

My absolutely favorite drink here is also the favorite of almost all their clients: MATCHA LATTE. If you have never tried matcha latte, I’m sorry but I cannot be your friend. Please come here and try it and then maybe I’l consider talking to you. That’s how good it is. And what is matcha latte? (If you don’t know, please don’t even approach me) It’s basically powdered green tea that’s mixed in with milk (in this case, substitute milk). It tastes a lot like green tea. It’s very good and it’s very healthy! If you don’t like coffee, this could be your go-to coffee shop drink. And possibly your go-to cafe.

anonymous asked:

Heyyy it's love hotel bot!! I voted for LH5 because I loved how you wrote victuuri's adventures in Tokyo, like in your love hotels series and your karaoke fic! Can I have more of such adventures in your promptathon please ^^

(Love Bot, you’re amazing, and I hope you stick around because I want to do something else to reward your dedication in the near future too XD)

“A what delivers it to you?”

“Shinakansen,” Yuuri repeated, slower, but Victor’s blank face did not change. Yuuri rooted around for the English word in his memory bank, snapping his fingers when he got it. “A bullet train. Those super fast trains. We took one when we went to Kyoto in summer, remember?”

“No, I know what you meant by shinkansen,” Victor said, waving off Yuuri’s explanation. “I don’t know what you mean by one delivering us the food.”

Brows furrowing, Yuuri sat back and tried to figure out the disconnect, repeating his own words back in his head. They clicked. And he laughed, “Oh, not a real one! A toy one, it-…. okay, let’s order, I’ll show you.”

Victor’s slightly confused expression remained as Yuuri entered an order into the tablet used for sorting through the kaitenzushi restaurant menu, and then prepared the little mugs of green tea with the powder placed beside the hot water tap at the end of the table. Victor watched his every action with curiousity and wonder, until the tablet lit up with an annoucement in both Japanese and English that their order was “en route.”

“Look behind you,” Yuuri pointed and Victor turned his head to glance over his shoulder. Alongside the restaurant tables ran some sort of track atop a short wall and Victor’s eyes widened when a miniature toy bullet train rode over the track, stopping at the ‘station’ that was their table. Atop the train sat two orders of nigiri sushi, which Yuuri plucked up before pressing a button below the track. The bullet train speedily retreated back to the kitchen.

“Oh my god,” Victor laughed as Yuuri set the order of raw salmon on rice in front of him with a small smile. “That’s amazing.”

“I thought you’d enjoy it,” Yuuri answered, handing Victor over tiny plastic packets of wasabi and a pair of cheap disposable chopsticks.

“Can I try?”

Yuuri turned the tablet toward Victor, who eagerly keyed in a few more orders.

(300th post!)

Sushi Candy Review

@hungryleow got this for my birthday last year, and we finally had time to play with it (and I finally had a bit of time to procrastinate to write this review)!

Let me say right off the bat - this is more fun to make than eat, but fortunately we have the Bottomless Pit who we tricked into finishing it for us.

Here are the instructions:

And the contents:

The most fun thing to make was the ikura (as seen in Shokugeki no Souma, We had so much fun we forgot to take pictures. it has an air of a chemistry experiment around it? The ikura was also the nicest to eat - the earlier ones were juicy and popped in the mouth but the later ones (as the mixture got more concentrated) were like mini rubber balls.

The ‘rice’ was puffy and fluffy, and I was expecting a mochi-like taste from it, but it tasted like cough syrup. (Actually, most of the things do). The second nicest sweet was the grape-flavoured maguro. Along with the ‘tamago’, it had the same jelly-like texture and medicinal taste. I recommend getting something cylindrical and hard to roll out the ‘seaweed’ (felt like a starburst candy)

We also improvised and made some ‘wasabi’ with green tea powder and a little water. Unfortunately, it did not make the sweets any tastier. The ‘shoyu’ is the packet with brown words, and is like… sugar water?

Fun: 10/10

Taste: 1/10 (the 1 point comes from the ikura.)

(I should just make real sushi next time….)

Protein Pops

You can pretty much put whatever the hell you want to in these. My calorie calculations are for adding in a greens powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, and fiber powder (which does give a gritty texture), but you don’t need to include those and you’ll end up with fewer calories if that’s what you’re looking for. 

The Basic Recipe
-unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any other kind of milk), about 200mL
-200g of your favorite fresh or frozen fruit (I used frozen strawberries [leaves and all] and frozen blueberries)
-1 serving of your favorite protein powder (any flavor, I used unflavored)

The basic idea here is to have just enough liquid to cover the frozen fruit, and then you blend it together. If you prefer a less creamy, more fruity treat then replace the almond milk with orange juice or another juice of your choice. Freeze and enjoy.

-cherries + 90% dark chocolate pieces (cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder optional)
-avocado + vanilla stevia
-banana + PB2 (or other peanut butter powder, including PB protein powder)
-strawberries + PB2  (or other peanut butter powder, including PB protein powder)
-raspberries + blackberries + blueberries
-coconut + 90% dark chocolate pieces (cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder optional) + coffee powder
-bananas + matcha green tea powder
-oranges + vanilla stevia
-mango + avocado
-papaya + passion fruit
-pumpkin + pumpkin pie spice (or just add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste)
-chocolate protein powder + chocolate oat milk (or other chocolate non-dairy milk) + 90% chocolate pieces

anonymous asked:

Hey! What are your favorite easy go-to cookie recipes?

Hi anon! TBH I don’t really make that many cookies generally unless they’re fancy decorated ones, but I tend to make the sugar cookies with this great no-break/no crumble recipe here (x) and it’s served me well. Flavoring is easy with a good baking emulsion or extract. I’m an extract snob a bit, because I was wowed by the extracts a person at the farmer’s market in San Antonio made, so I highly recommend ordering extracts from Frio Farms (x) sometime. I live on the east coast now and still order from them bc it’s worth it. Their banana extract, strawberry extract, and caramel extract are all to die for and taste good enough to add to coffee and drink–no harsh burning flavor unlike store-bought extracts. If you want to ice the cookies, this is my fave royal icing recipe (x)-I use the one with egg whites.

This is my go-to shortbread recipe (x), though I’m always altering it with honey, rum, or dehydrated fruits. I like to pulverize the freeze dried strawberries or raspberries from Trader Joes and add them to the dough. I like making strawberry-vanilla shortbread and raspberry almond, using an almond baking emulsion, 1Tbsp per batch. I throw the whole bag of fruit in because WHY NOT. They also have mango which is great with ginger or cinnamon, but it’s not as dried out and therefore doesn’t pulverize as much so it’s a bit more chewy in the cookie than the other fruits which go to actual powder. Green tea almond with matcha and almond extract or green tea kuromitsu black sesame are also really good shortbreads that are quick to whip up if you have the ingredients. Basically, shortbread will do what you want-add what you love, as long as it is compatible with butter. You don’t want to do anything fancy with icing/royal icing and shortbread bc the oil from the butter will seep through the royal icing and stain it with oil spots. 

If you like citrusy summer flavors, these strawberry lemonade cookies are some of my favorites. I used lemon juice, not extract, and doubled the amount in the recipe bc they need to be tart to balance the frosting. I think next time I make it I may try lime juice (x)

But honestly, when I make cookies, unless I’m on my neverending quest to make decent macarons, I’m usually making them as a canvas to decorate. 

I’m still proud of the candy gems. Sometime, I’m going to figure out how to more consistently make shapes out of isomalt candy so I can try to make an arc reactor. But that’s in the distant future.