Of course, there's always Starbucks for those that enjoy their PSL and GL in the fall/winter months (or Timmy's for those who don't tend to stray too far from tradition), though it's nice to switch it up every now and then. Change is never easy, but has the potential to result in unthinkably positive outcomes.
I've since ignored the cafe, and have taken my business elsewhere. Taking a detour route one somewhat chilly afternoon led me to Milano Espresso - which is not to be confused with the Milano from Australia; this one is located on Adelaide.
(Side note: the Toronto Fire Department is located right next door, so there's nothing to fear even during pre-daylight hours.)
It was a comfortable environment to reside in, regardless of whether the goal is to catch up with a friend, or simply type up a quick document. The Wi-Fi was amazingly stable, and there was also a decent-sized television screen mounted in a corner to update citizens about local happenings via CP24.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the sleek finish of the marble tabletops, classic aura of the brick wall, and the contrasting blue hue of the tall chairs (bar chairs?) with back support.
It was then that I decided to launch a few inquiries that had been building up in my head, including "What's a Hedgehog Mocha?". I was informed of the various mocha concoctions they produced, including the option of making them "over ice". I enjoyed that he was knowledgeable about his products, though didn't go to extreme length to describe them in excruciating detail.
(I mean, don't get me wrong - details are great, but not when I'm trying to come to a conclusion about which option sounds more appealing.)
"Take your time!" I was told with a smile.
From what I could taste, the drink consisted of a few layers: whipped cream atop of a small degree of steamed milk, strongly-brewed, flavourful espresso, and a thin finish of chocolate syrup at the bottom. The caffeine hit me considerably strongly, and my senses were awakened all at once. Gone were the sloth-like movements I had been exercising in the morning; re-instilled was a great boost of energy combined with a touch of overall coziness.
The last few things I would like to mention include the presence of one secluded table situated towards the back of the shop, likely intended for quiet conversation, as well as their pristine, U-shaped bathroom (the sink is located at the upper left end, while the toilet is at the upper right to avoid some sort of HVAC component in the middle). Finally, I would like to bring to light that the baristas make a tremendous effort to get to know their customers personally. Upon one party bringing their cups back to the bar for washing, I overhead the more mature barista recall that their first visit approximately took place during March of last year.
These are the little details that make visits special! (Recall my own experience here.)
Vague hints of the Hedgehog Mocha can still be found lingering on the tip of my tongue a few days after - guess it looks like I'll be making a return trip soon!