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Mr. Ocean by Daniel Ocean - 6d ago

What do you get when you get into a 600 horsepower coupe on a sunny weekend? NOISE. There’s just something about the sound of a performance exhaust that makes me smile with every growl and melt with every pop it shoots out the back echoing off the street buildings. That was my love affair when I visited Downtown Audi to take in the 2018 lineup and test drive the 2018 R8.

My bud Ronan Frawley (Sales Manager at DT Audi) extended an invite to come check out the joint and take a few whips for a rip and I jumped at it. As a recent Jaguar owner, I’ve come to adore the power and pleasure of having a large engine under the hood. Driving a high performance vehicle has an odd sensation of challenging you yet also gifting you with an effortlessness at the same time. You push your limits behind the wheel but the technology and sophistication of a well made car guides you and does so much of the heavy lifting.

Cars serve two purposes and they naturally attract two types of people. You’re either one to use an automobile for transportation and convenience or you’re the other guy or gal who also takes an infinite amount of joy out of driving and caring for a vehicle. I think it goes without saying that I fall nicely into category two. It’s stereotypical of course, but I’m that dude that cleans his car weekly, rubs out every finger print on the dashboard and glances back at my car sitting pretty in the parking lot.

I’ve driven my fair share of auto makers in my life but I actually have never had the chance to trial an Audo beyond a very quick test drive when I was contemplating an A4 and an Infiniti M35x about 7 years ago. I went with the M35X only because I had an emotional attachment of driving an old girlfriend’s dad’s car from time to time that was the exact same model in the exact same colour combination. Tan on beige, baby. I was essentially a kid at the time and declared to myself, “one day you’re going to buy one of these, Daniel”. Well I did but I still think about the bright blue A4 I almost pulled the trigger on. Audi certainly has come a long way the last decade and the amount of them on the road are a testament to that. The Q5 quickly became one of my favourite designs on the road and it too was a contender when I first started to explore a new vehicle at the beginning of 2018. If you want style, technology and reliable, sporty performance, Audi absolutely should be at the top of your wish-list when car shopping. The fun part is you can always opt for the S-Line package for more stylish and sportier trims alongside engine and suspension upgrades OR you can really deck it out with an RS package which essentially means a boat-load of more power and performance. Yes, RS stands for Racing Sport and yes, it will certainly feel like a race car.

I had the chance to take both the RS7 and the R8 for a spin and my impressions of both were excellent. To be honest, I think the A7 model is my favourite silhouette in the collection being a longer bodied car with a head-turning eloquence. Of course the RS version just made it as angry as it was sexy on the road. The quickness from such a large vehicle nearly 200 inches in length was stunning. All wheel drive with a frigging 8 gear transmission. The truth is, it’s a lot of power and maybe too much for many. The price tag isn’t light either so if you haven’t made your first M yet and you’re not looking to funnel 600 horsepower into your morning commute, go with the A7. A beautiful car with ample performance.

But that S5 though…the new Sportback S5 is a babe and absolutely on my hit-list whenever I car shop again which is likely next year looking at my history. Or maybe just maybe I’ll add even more Frenchies to the family and my hand will be forced to go with the Q5 SUV. But I love racing performance…RSQ5 it is, I guess.

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With about a dozen years of consistent fitness training in my rearview mirror, half a dozen years as a personal trainer in my 20s and about a million ups and downs with my nutrition, I feel like I’ve finally found a groove. To be honest, I was given about 10 years of risk free nutrition because my metabolism was lightning fast. I had the ability to crush a pizza and beer and wake up the next day with abs. Now I know that makes some people want to punch me in the face, but it’s not quite like it used to be so I’ve had to turn up my effort in the gym and my discipline in the kitchen.

One belief I have maintained through the years is the system of balance. Life is a gift that ought to be enjoyed but life also isn’t a gift to misuse by punishing your body. Your body is your vessel through this crazy life and it’s on you to maintain it, train it, challenge it, mold it and fuel it. When the time comes to open wide for that big burger and fries from the truck on the side of the highway, that ice cream cone with triple brownie bits on that summer night or that red velvet cake at your buddy’s birthday….it’s the decisions and lifestyle we make in between that make those moments enjoyable without regret.

One challenge I’ve had the last two years, especially as my appetite has increased, is the art of snacking. Yes, the art. I’m constantly finding myself at home, watching the game, plugging away on my laptop and feeling the urge to snack. I tried everything but couldn’t find something that kept me in check until I found that gorgeous little shelled nut, Wonderful Pistachios, The Fit Nut.

When I first connected with my friends at Wonderful Pistachios, they sent a box filled with all four flavours: Roasted & Salted, Unsalted, Salt & Pepper and Sweet Chilli. When that after dinner craving kicked in, I turned to pistachios and was instantly hooked. They’re absolutely frigging delicious. Sweet Chili is definitely my #1. I immediately looked for ways to incorporate pistachios into my healthy eating regimen and quickly started reaching for them beyond that after-dinner snack.

My day is broken up into sections from morning meetings, to afternoons back at home working, then gym, then errands, then eventually back home to check on my little boys. Throughout the day, Wonderful Pistachios are a great snack to help bridge the gap between lunch and my early evening workout. I plug away at my projects at my kitchen island and crunch away all afternoon. They’re a great pre and post workout snack.

There’s also the “Pistachio Principle.” The idea that the shells left behind while eating in-shell pistachios may provide you with a visual cue for how much you’ve consumed and can help control your snacking so you do not over-indulge. I started to notice that as I filled up my little espresso mug I use to collect the shells, I felt just right when I got to the top which is about 3/4 of a cup or so. Another reason they call it The Fit Nut

I also got inspired to add pistachios to my post workout smoothies for a mix of fibre and unsaturated fats. Check out the full recipe below. Hope this helps you guys find that solid balance of healthy living and snacking. Also, try swapping out those junk snacks with a bowl of Wonderful Pistachios while watching the Final Four. Go Loyola!

  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • half  banana
  • whey protein (about 30g)
  • 1/2 cup of unshelled, unsalted Wonderful Pistachios
  • ice
  • top with slivered pistachios

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One of the scariest yet most important decisions you’ll ever make is the day you decide to work for yourself. Some of us are built for it, destined for it even but most times it just takes a push to take the plunge. Let’s face it, the world is different than the world our parents grew up and made a career in. It’s different from 10 years ago, really. The rise of social media, online business and the pressure to do the classic cycle of college, job, married and then kids has waned.

My decision to leave the traditional job and pursue a life of entrepreneurship isn’t “the right one” and I’d never pretend it’s that way or you’re missing out. It’s a choice that has to fit…you. How you think, what gives you a rush and even a fear of what you don’t want to do. Becoming a blogger was never in the plans but certainly has opened the doors to a lot of things I now cherish and things I am leveraging to help accomplish other goals. As a blogger I get asked a lot of things and it’s not always about what to pair with black jeans or the color of chelsea boot that’s best for the spring season. I get asked mostly about how I built my lifestyle. How I learned to create the freedom of working from home, or finding the time to workout everyday or how I stayed inspired. Sometimes I think consulting and public speaking is in my future because they are the answers I most like to share. My story is by far the most successful one but it’s a success for me.

I meet a lot of men and women who have that creative desire. That possess a talent or a skill that they somehow want to hone to then funnel into a personal business of their own. While having the skill in something is certainly the starting point it’s all about the next steps. Okay what do I do with this? I’m a little scared it won’t be successful or people will judge me…This is about you and your happiness. If it’s keeping you up at night then you’re already behind in making it a reality. It’s true when you read we control our own destiny and when you start to buy into that a little bit you’ll surely see the fright of the giant clock on the wall ticking but you will also feel the motivation to make a change. To pivot and find a new purpose.

To give a little relevant background, here’s my story in an elevator chat. I grew up in a divorced home with an unconventional upbringing. I lived primarily with a Mother who was loving but social and preached independence. I walked to school at a young age, I babysat myself and eventually grew an appreciation for taking care of myself. I mixed in with a few rough cats when I arrived in high school and before I knew it, I was out of school and living in a basement apartment at 16. I recall a few nights of feeling sorry for myself as I turned the bag of potatoes my landlord gave me into hash browns in the morning and baked potatoes at night but it was my beginning. I quickly developed a sincere desire to make money, be different than the other kids my age and fucking own it. My relationship with my mother became a friendship that is the deepest one I have, the father who while was always the most incredible support system was always someone I was afraid to disappoint. Suddenly he too became a trusted friend. He respected my decision to go down a different path and being a man that essentially did the very same thing, I think he silently respected it. I went from pumping gas to building event stages to roofing to working in glass factories to installing sky scraper window from a swing stage 40 floors up. All the while, I supported myself and my life became my business. What do I next? How can I open a new door? Who do I need to connect with? Eventually I ended up in the fitness business answering phones to part time sales to head of sales to personal trainer to fitness club manager to eventually a great gig making big money with a great fitness brand. I inevitably grew bored but the positive pattern I was creating was to never step backward. To keep moving always and look for the next door to open. I managed to teach myself web design through quiet nights at home and an unquenchable thirst for art that I seemed to have been born with. Then I left that big money job. I started telling folks I was a web designer. I started telling folks shit I wanted to be but hadn’t quite learned. I’d roll the dice, figure it out and make it happen. Then I started taking pictures of my sneakers…then before I knew it I had built a social following which I then used to build Platform Media with my partner. We started managing bloggers. Yeah, now we host events, manage social media accounts, create content, spearhead branding development and I got about a billion other things I want to add to our service lineup.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is you can do and be whatever the fuck you want. You just have to want to be it. Use time wisely, block out the chatter of your unsupportive peers and most of all, connect with people. Become a great communicator and listen to what others want because those are the very instances where you can say “hey I do that, would love to help”. That’s how you build a portfolio, a business and a life that sometimes feels likes it’s unobtainable or hard to get started but is right there like an empty chair in a room. Stop making money for other people. Make money for you but try to understand quickly that money is a great support system but freedom is the true currency you ought to aspire to be rich in.

For anybody needing that push to take the plunge and pursue their own venture, this is the sign. I’m right beside you not as somebody that’s completed it but as someone still on the journey. There is so many things I need to get better at and so many things I need to learn. It’s a never-ending journey I tell you but it’s one worth packing for.

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Oh, how I love to get my hands on new rides. I recently had the pleasure to add the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to my portfolio of experiences and I intend to tell you just about everything I took from it. Mitsubishi Motors is a global legend in the auto industry but a newer one to the Canadian marketplace. Like many, Mitsubishi Motors to me was always a brand I connected with grit and unwavering reliability. I mean, 10 years of warranty on every model you purchase!

The truth is, while the Outlander PHEV is loaded with a lot of features and stories to tell, it’s plug-in hybrid technology is what is destined for the marquee. It is Canada’s ONLY plug-in hybrid SUV with four wheel drive capability in 100 % electric mode. That means the vehicle will perform like the SUV you need to be without sacrificing the electric power you truly want. If you’re going to go green, you might as well really go green right? Without compromising the utility you crave.

Now let’s talk style. I found the design of the Outlander PHEV to be quite attractive yet subtle. In the world of creating sharper lines and pushing the envelope on design, Mitsubishi Motors found a really sound balance of modernity with a tasteful silhouette that isn’t overly trendy or susceptible to getting dated fast. There is well placed portions of chrome finish on the front grill and the rear bumper, sporty alloy rims and a great stance that is the perfect height for city driving. Under the hood you’ll find 117 horsepower comprised of a 2.o litre gas engine, two electric engines rated at 80 horsepower each and a generator. The 12 kWh lithium-ion battery supplies the electric power that can garner up to 35km of just electric driven power. 7 km more than its Volvo XC60 competition.

Okay so the whole electric powered vehicle thing is obviously an upcoming and coming system. I’ll be honest, it always felt like an out of the box luxury for me. Now more than ever, the concept is very much obtainable. What is really unique with the Outlander PHEV is the 3 driving modes and regenerative braking system. The latter is a technology that harvests energy when decelerating to sustain the electric battery range. The driving modes are EV, Series and Parallel. EV being 100% electric, Series which allows the gas engine to produce energy to support the battery which in turn powers the electric motors, and Parallel which essentially is driving with the gas engine while the electric motors are supporting when needed, which is most useful during higher speed driving like on highways.

The cabin was something I was really impressed with. In the car is where you spend your time so it’s always the most important piece of the puzzle when buying a vehicle. The Outlander PHEV has a generous touchscreen and all of your meters and battery gauges are easily found within it. You can truly see the vehicle’s power sources levels and helps direct which mode is best to drive in.

Ok so the car drives great and is comfortable and stylish, now how do I charge the darn thing? This process was new to me and it was fun to get a first-hand glimpse into it. There are a few ways, with a standard 120V outlet at home which takes as little as 8 hours, at a 240V charging station which takes less than 4 hours or at a DC Fast Charging station which can power the battery up to 80 percent capacity in less than half an hour. The Outlander PHEV is the only plug-in hybrid SUV that is able to fast charge.

After taking a little time to learn the ins and outs of the SUV, I teamed up with my close bud Alexander Liang to get it on the road. We charged up downtown, packed our camera gear and headed out up the 400 for a cruise. Usually a snow storm is a pain but it was perfect time in my opinion to test out the capability of the vehicle and crush the snow with the 4WD. It felt like ages since I’ve escaped the city so it was nice to surround ourselves amongst untouched snow and sprawling tree lines. The first thing I noticed driving was how smooth (and quiet) the drive is. Like, it’s deafeningly quiet. It’s like the entire world is put on pause and all you can hear is the steam rising from your morning coffee. Definitely a great feature for the morning commuter who wants to relax and enjoy a peaceful drive. We managed to find some back roads and open fields to tackle and of course took the time to get some shots of the landscape. Yes, even from atop the Outlander.

All in all, the experience was terrific. It’s no surprise to hear that the Outlander PHEV is the world’s top-selling plug-in hybrid SUV. It’s got tasteful style, undebatable green technology and a plethora of cool features like the app you can download to monitor and even charge your battery. Car shopping? I recommend taking this baby for a test drive.

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Mr. Ocean by Daniel Ocean - 3M ago
Yes, you should change fragrances between seasons. A soothing summer scent is a far cry from a rich scent ideal for fall and winter. No, this doesn’t make you high maintenance, it makes you a discerning, stylish man. But wait, is there a bottle out there that embodies a little bit of every season? Well yeah, there actually is.

Meet Artisan Pure. The newest piece of the John Varvatos fragrance collection and a hybrid fragrance capable of being worn all year long. The rule of thumb generally is a summer scent is characterized by floral and citrusy notes while a winter one is commonly made of more spicy, woody notes. Artisan Pure is a smooth fusion of both.

While some of us buy a new cologne because it simply “smells good”, it’s important to start getting a grasp on why it does, how it does and what sets it apart from others. No different than understanding the grapes of a wine. Scents are always inspired by something and somewhere. As you mature your senses and expand your portfolio of fragrances you’ll be able to pick up on notes like jasmine, wood, citrus, musk and about a billion other notes across the board.

Artisan Pure’s muse is the hills of Xalapa, Mexico. Hills lined with countless citrus and coffee groves and a true representation of natural purity. On the sharper side, the lemon and orange tones are absolutely what comes through first for me with subtler notes of cedar and jasmine to support. It’s fresh and breezy yet rich and luxurious at the same time.

Make a trip to the department store and give it a try. Let me know what you guys think.

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Mr. Ocean by Daniel Ocean - 3M ago
’Tis the season.

Confession #1…I’ve been playing Frank Sinatra Christmas tunes since mid-November and I’ll tell you why. I shared a lot this autumn about going through some tough times. A culmination of what felt like a thousand bad bounces manifested into a really bad month or two. But like a lot of things in life, signs started emerging as if it was all meant to happen. The down times inspired me to create some new great ones and to focus my energy on having a happy and healthy holidays. Sometimes in a storm you get a clear sense of who you are, what you want and most of all, the amazing people in your life you didn’t know were so supportive. Instagram likes, fast cars, and new fancy watches are nice but having good people in your life is true wealth, you know?

I took some of my energy and applied it to redesigning my home. Yes…AGAIN. It’s very much an ongoing joke in my inner circle. The hardwood flooring came up, concrete floors were grinded in clouds of smoke until midnight, old furniture went out and new pieces came in. Toronto’s first snowfall also rolled in and it was the perfect time to open my door to some good friends to toast to the Christmas spirit. I’ve been really lucky to have a friend like Dustin Carrington in my life and the occasion called for some special cocktails.

I jumped on the opportunity to stock my bar cart with the newest member of the Ciroc portfolio of premium vodkas. Summertime is always Ciroc with a touch of champagne and lemon but the newest French Vanilla flavour was a treat to experiment with. The trick with premium vodka is to not lose the beauty of it’s foundation with too many extra flavours. I served some DIY cocktails of Ciroc French Vanilla, sparkling water and cinnamon flakes to give it a light but still warm and creamy taste. It was the perfect addition to our get together and already got me thinking about doing a New Year’s party too! I’ve always wanted to throw a party with a live bar serving a variety of drinks and the Ciroc recipe page has got me inspired.

I really hope everybody can find the time to enjoy this feeling. To host your favourites, serve the best and take moneys to just, be. Be alive. Be present and be aware of what matters. I need all you guys with me rolling into 2018 so make sure to enjoy responsibly because for every night of relaxation and laughs comes a day of hard work and purpose to earn the next.

Merry Christmas my friends. So much love for all.

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Mr. Ocean by Daniel Ocean - 3M ago
Dating can be fun but it can also be a stressful mind-fuck. Whether you’re a seasoned dater or just getting back on the scene, the experience can be a little nerve-wracking. The truth is, what if you are actually about to meet the person that is going to change your life. Like, forever? Sure there’s a collection of men out there that are simply on the hunt and ‘forever’ isn’t in their vocabulary but I think most of us approach dating with an open mind. That meeting someone fun to hang out with is healthy but the prospect of meeting someone you’re crazy about is…real. Welcomed even.

“The truth is, what if you are actually about to meet the person that is going to change your life.”

Ok so you finally asked the person out. You’ve creeped their Insta, FB, LinkedIn, even their Myspace from 2002. You’re ready to meet. Probably the most common style tip phone call I get from my buds is this exact scenario. What the F should I wear on a first date? Because here’s the thing…there’s alway a lot of unknowns on the first date. You don’t really know know your date’s style, you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, whether the date is going to start from coffee to dinner or dinner to late night drinks. So you need to be versatile. Mature, fitted and versatile.

WHY YOU SHOULD DRESS SHARP ON A FIRST DATE

1| Shows respect.

Time has never been more valuable and when someone is giving theirs to you, respect it. Chivalry may have a faint heartbeat but the idea that a man should present himself well certainly is not.

2| Physical attracts matters. Always.

Not much else to say here…No matter whole wholesome, smart and witty we are, putting a twinkle in your date’s eye is never a bad thing. Attraction is huge on a first date and it can be the glue in the future after you’ve spent 45 minutes in the car arguing about whether you should paint the walls eggshell or pearl. Sometimes it can end a fight and start an afternoon of stress relieving lovin’.

3| It show you are a grown up.

We can have a playful personality but every woman or man wants to date a big boy. A guy with a purpose in life and a guy they can introduce to their bestie, parents or boss at that future holiday party.

Dating is about confidence. If you walk in and you’re feeling good, you’ll be yourself. Your date will sense it, likely be relaxed by it and in turn, be themselves. That should at least set the tone for a good time and that’s what dating is all about. I always say my sense of style revolves around the perfect fit and this outfit is no different. We want to let our personality be the star, not our outfit so keep it simple and don’t try too hard.

“Black jeans are always the perfect place to start.”

1| The perfect black denim

Black jeans are always the perfect place to start. Avoid the ripped ones for date one so  invest in a solid clean pair that can navigate through brunch cafes or chic restaurants uptown. Try the Zara Basic Skinny Jean

2| The classic + fitted top

So there are two ways to take this look. For the athletic guy who wants to subtly showcase his frame, aim for a premium tee with a stripe or minimal print. Make sure it’s a fresh one off the rack or give it a good steam. Remember, fitted not tight. The second look is here is a classic knit jumper. It’s masculine, cozy and gives off an aura of friendliness and maturity. Good tees can be found anywhere from Abercrombie to J Crew to MR PORTER.

3| The killer boot

Your boots need to be fresh so if it looks like you’ve been climbing trees in yours, get a new pair, bro. You can’t go wrong with a leather pair with a buckle, a suede Chelsea or a classic pair of desert boot from Clark’s. They say a woman ALWAYS notices a man’s shoes and I believe. It’s another small opportunity to broadcast that you pa attention to the details and you’re mature enough to have a handsome pair of boots. Love these gum-bottom Chelseas from Aldo.

4| The handsome watch

This is crucial. Like the entire theme of this outfit, we want to show we have style but that it doesn’t define us so choose a sharp but not ostentatious timepiece. Make sure it fits and isn’t dangling down your wrist. Thomas Sabo has a great collection of watches for men like this one.

5| The smell of love

The final touch…your fragrance. Rule 1, don’t wear too much. The idea hear is that you should wear just enough that if and when your date nuzzles into your shoulder at the bar, in the uber home or on the steps as you say goodbye, they can experience your scent. Something masculine and memorable. I vote for the new warm scent of Armani Code.

6| The jacket

Always go minimal with your outerwear. A solid coloured bomber is always a good option that is sharp, mature and comfortable. Having a bomber instead of a long coat allows you to keep it on comfortably for those quick coffee dates in the cafe. Check out this one from Topman.

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Mr. Ocean by Daniel Ocean - 3M ago

This is by no means an attack on denim. Style was built on the great fitting jean BUT, it doesn’t mean us men of 2017 have to be married to them. Many of you reading are likely around my age as a seasoned millennial and many of you likely feel sometimes that while the invasion of casual style may be convenient, it sometimes puts us in a box. I feel that way. I work from home, I have my own office, sometimes I do my meetings in workout gear for f*ck’s sake! The point is, I recently started an investigation on how I could spike my style just a little yet still maintain comfort and embody my flexible lifestyle as an entrepreneur. Maybe even grow up a little with my style, you know?

The only thing I knew was that I was going to look beyond denim. Obviously the chino is an alternative but I still wanted more…tailoring. I naturally went back to some of my fave looks that I entitled on this very blog as “The Look” which was a simple fusion of the suit trouser and a slim fitting tee so this post is very much an extension of that one with a great find to share. I went on the hunt for a suit trouser that WASN’T paired with a jacket but was meant to be worn alone with maximum comfort and minimal alterations needed. Zara came through as it often does. I found a few pairs of trousers buried on the website that seemed to fit what I was looking for. Slim leg, casual back pockets and was thrown a small decorative keyring attached to the front that didn’t turn me off.  VIEW

What Zara rarely adds in their description is the composition of a product but I took a chance and they arrived this week. I got all 3 colours offered (black, blue, grey) and also took a chance on another 5 or 6 pairs that looked similar. While those didn’t exactly fit my expectation, my first selections were frigging perfect. The material is a mix of cotton and polyester which make them essentially wrinkle free and stretchy. Like, good stretchy. Feel like ya in your pjs and hugs your bod kinda stretchy.

I put the look to the test this week and kept it simple with a fitted chest-pocket tee from Feathers, a crew-neck sweater from Reigning Champ and a fresh new pair of old school Vans. It was a much needed break from denim and I plan to do a heck of a lot more this fall. Tell me what you guys think in the comments. Peace!

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Mr. Ocean by Daniel Ocean - 3M ago
It was perfect timing when I connected with BMW this summer and drew up some ideas about taking some of their models in the lineup to the test. My very last post journaled my experience with the new X5 and it left me pretty impressed and back in car shopping mode, again. The running joke with me is that I have essentially left behind the old happy-to-party Daniel and morphed into a dog dad back and forth from the office. The truth is, I need something new to support my evolving lifestyle and collection of fat bulldogs…

As an owner of  a BMW 328xi, I fell in love with the innovation and performance of the BMW right from the start. There’s just something about the engine that feels…flawless and resilient. Some things we buy in life give us spikes of excitement and others provide comfort and security and then there’s those select instances where we get a splash of both simultaneously. I had that feeling when I got my hands on my first Common Projects chelsea boots. The style AND the quality of the boot was overwhelming. I knew I had made a solid investment. You get that very same feeling when you add the BMW badge to your vehicle.

Ring Ring

Yeah that was BMW calling asking if I wanted to try the new M3 sedan for Thanksgiving weekend. I’m not sure if this is dog dad material I thought but heck yes let’s do it was my response. The truth is, I really wasn’t familiar with the M series engine and was eager to learn what the fuss was about. Now before we get into my first-hand account let’s do a mini crash course on the M division of BMW.

The M is born from the affection of high-performance. While exceptionally powerful with turbo-charged engines, agility is just as present which makes an M series BMW an absolute lion on the road. Simply put, it’s motorsport technology injected into an everyday car that can be purchased from your local BMW dealer. Horsepower is nearly endless, suspension is tight and the sound of the revs puts Chopin’s Nocturnes to shame.

So, I’ve met a lot of dynamic, hot people in my life and I’ve stumbled upon my fair share of bad-ass gadgets but never have I ever been introduced to something quite as consuming as the BMW M series. Just a push of the button and the engine comes to life with a thunderous hum and from there I was hooked. Being downtown and generally confined on the road, I took it slow on day 1 simply getting used to the feel of the car. I could feel the power at my fingertips but I just didn’t get the chance to unleash it, yet. It wasn’t until day 2 that I felt it merely overtaking a street car on King Street. I barely pressed the pedal, the engine roared, people stared and then the street car was a distant memory in my rear view mirror. She was more than sights and sounds, she was high performance.

Thanksgiving weekend snuck up fast so I didn’t have a heck of a lot planned which kind of made it the ideal weekend to poke round the city and take the M3 along with me. Of course I had to take Fred for a spin and while he’s the bravest little man I’ve ever met, he gave me a few looks thinking “yo this is too fast and I’m bouncing all over the place Dad”. One thing I had to get used to was the attention from pedestrians and other drivers on the road. The car is just magnetic. At first I was a little uncomfortable with it. I’d like to call myself a rather understated guy with my style but before long I was downshifting at every light to just give the neighbourhood a wake up call. Yeah, I was that guy.

The M3 had a few different driving modes to choose from. There is a comfort mode with less torque and a smoother suspension, a sportier manual mode and then the most sporty M2 mode which tightened the suspension immensely and opened up the acceleration. Naturally, I drove most of the weekend on M2 using the manual mode so I could shift both on the steering wheel paddles and the gear shifter. I finally had the chance to take the green dragon on the highway Sunday to visit my old man in Ajax and it was an unforgettable drive. Effortless is the best way to describe the journey. The car seems to dare you to push it more because 125km/hr on the 401 is something it can do in it’s sleep. I arrived on the quiet street and gave it a few revs to pull my Dad and brothers out of the house for a gander. The car was stole the show.

The M3 is the real deal and it absolutely got me thinking outside the box with my next car purchase. I mean, what’s a real dog dad without a mean growl, right? BMW, if you’re listening…that new X4 M40i in ocean blue would be one heck of an early Christmas prezzy.

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