The full album can be found HERE !
The day started with a short hike on the Hilton Falls trail, planned days in advance with the intention of debuting a waterfall series.
Tripods and camera in tow, we gradually made our way through the bug-infested trail, with me stopping every 20 m to snap a shot of anything that proved to intrigue me.
We soon made it to Hilton Falls.
Upon arrival, we noticed that another photographer had already set up his equipment and was in the midst of shooting. Unfortunately, the waterfall only had one observation deck. Space was limited, and flat areas on which tripods could rest were scarce. I wasn't able to obtain much variety in terms of angles, though this was definitely a great first experience at shooting flowing bodies of water.
The full album can be found HERE !
The hike back was also quite enjoyable - weather was great! It was sunny, but not humid. The only thing I could've done without would be the eleven bug bites I obtained on this trip. Those things are deadly, I say!
Main St. Unionville has long been known as a location for photoshoots exuding a serene, homely aura. But Main St. Markham has a more commercial vibe to it.
On this particular trip to Markham, we explored both Main St. Markham (for its Farmer's Market and interesting little shops) and Main St. Unionville (for the more independent shops it had to offer).
A short coffee/morning ice cream stop was made at It's The Cat's Meow Cafe just before lunch. The cat-themed cafe, decked out appropriately with kitten figures, plushies, and window stick-ons, was hidden just behind one of the tents of the Farmer's Market on Main St. Markham. It offered a wide variety of items, including lattes adorned with a cocoa powder feline face, decadent cakes, and ice cream from Kawartha Dairy.
The lunchplace of choice was, once again, discovered via a brief Instagram search and was located just a bit further down Main Street.
The full album can be found HERE .
Foraging for places serving afternoon snacks is a common thing to do. Seeing as a significant number of self-proclaimed "food explorers" have served up images on Instagram, and that I myself am a huge fan of Hong Kong-style egg waffles, I was more than motivated to check out the new kid on the block, Toast Delight.
Prices were standard - $3 for one set, and $5 for two. We ordered Green Tea and Chocolate Egg Waffles.
The full album can be viewed HERE .
It turns out that the "restaurant" I had expected to take on the same size and concept as Vancouver's The Bubble Tea Shop was nothing more than a hole in the wall on the second floor of Langham Place. There was merely enough room for two waffle pans, a counter with three bar seats - er stools - and two shelves to stash ingredients.
The walls were a solid, patternless white, and nothing but a few sheets of paper had been posted up against the glass walls. The store name was nowhere to been on the exterior, but could be seen on the inside, printed simply on a white sheet of paper and stuck to a wooden board.
Sugar Marmalade's latest venture into Mississauga has landed them almost endless nights of chaos since their opening some few weeks ago.
Up until now, I've opted for takeout due to lack of time. But the time has finally come to dine in and see what they can do.
Following an extensive hair appointment, I met up with a friend to give the Chinese diner a try.
We arrived just a bit after 7 pm; we were met with an inexplicably full parking lot (this is what happens when Kenzo, Chatime, and Sugar Marmalade need to share) in addition to a short, five-minute wait for a table.
The girl, who despite frantically having to pace between serving already-seated customers and tending to the growing lineup at the front of the store, was pleasant beyond reason. She disappeared not long after we were seated though, which was probably due to her shift coming to an end.
Not wanting to fill ourselves up too much in preparation for dessert, we ordered a Golden Royal Drink to share before the meals arrived.
Being decidedly indecisive (no pun intended), I decided to order the Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken on Rice based on previous experiences with the dish ordered during takeout. The chicken was, once again, perfectly seasoned and made to perfection. The only points I would take off for the dish would be for the lack of veggies and excessively firm rice.
What better way to celebrate a sunny Canada Day than with a backyard barbeque? And so that was the exact plan that was executed!
A very much engaging day, I assisted by assuming the role of a photographer (as always), in addition to contributing homemade croutons (flavoured with sundried tomato seasoning and a dash of olive oil) as well as a red/white-themed mille crepe cake!
The recipe for this patriotic piece can be found HERE !
Happy 148th Birthday, Canada!!
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