The completion of the Erin Mills Transitway has had a substantial impact on my academic and recreational commuting routines: several buses now make a brief stop at the recently finished station before continuing their westbound/eastbound trips. A visit to the small, bathroom-less terminal had been in my plans since Metrolinx announced its anticipated date of operation, and so it was only appropriate to include the images captured during my stay as the first section of this post.
Violating my standard expectations for GO Transit, it wasn't until 6:22 pm that I finally caught sight of the bus turning in. By this point in time, my fingers had almost been frozen solid.
And yes, gloves had been donned, though it's quite difficult to shield oneself from howling winds and frigid temperatures when the heated shelter is approximately two platform stops away. As EMTW is not a main terminal, the bus would be unlikely to pause for longer than one minute before zooming off.
"This is it." I was told. "This is the 6:13 bus."
By golly, GO Transit needs to step up their game.
Rewinding a few hours, I found myself embarking on a short journey through the PATH following a lazily prepped lunch of field greens and watery guacamole (Word of note: don't add more than one two tbsp of lime juice!).
The fast-moving pace of the crowd tends to result in shops that operate solely using a bar or countertop for product display and transactions, however there are a select few dine-in restaurants/lounges available throughout each stretch for those with slightly more flexible schedules.
Moving swiftly through traffic, I popped into Picnic for a short while to taste samples of their Survival Cookies (very filling indeed) and zipped by Ninki to spot a promotional banner for soft serve ice cream.
(Disclaimer: I personally find no faults in adopting a vegan/raw vegan lifestyle, as each individual possesses the freedom of consumption. However, in my opinion, the concept of marketing and and promoting already-made food items as "fresh" is vastly misleading. Nutrient levels in food are at their peak when consumed immediately, but there is only so much freshness present in these so-called "cleansing" goods when they must be prepared in advance to deliver to busy, working citizens in short periods of time. The fact that the store charges outrageous prices is another reason for my distaste.)
As the Peanuts movie is soon to release, promotions have also steadily increased. After their collaboration with Coach to product a series of limited edition handbags and wallets, the classic comic is now joining forces with GAP to launch an absolutely adorable winter gear collection for babyGap and GapKids. (Now if only the hoodie came in an adult size...)
Both girls behind the bar were exceedingly friendly, taking the time to explain Kefir to be a type of yogurt and even generously offering a sample of the frozen type. Upon tasting, I can only describe it to be unlike any other category of yogurt I've tried: it was firmer than frozen yogurt, but airy at the same time. It was slightly tart like Pinkberry, but also milky like Greek yogurt; the flavour was complex in that it also bore a resemblance to Danone's unsweetened natural yogurt.
Blended with watermelon, pomelo, mixed berries, and quinoa oat flakes, the smoothie rang in at a total of $5.45 including tax. Quite frankly, I found this to be a very reasonable price. It's not uncommon to see Jugo Juice listings over $7 before the size upgrades and protein powder additions; deKEFIR had blended fresh fruit with feel-good ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, unless, of course, customers opted to add in maple syrup to taste.
(Side note: I thoroughly appreciated that a tin containing spoons wrapped in napkins had been placed right next to the cash register. Nothing is more inconvenient than to be without napkins in the case of spills or sticky cups.)
Astonishingly enough, the excursion concluded at a flower shop.
Investing in a small cactus for my desk has been on my to-do list since the beginning of fall, so I pounced at the opportunity to accomplish the task. A small cactus in a plastic white container filled with white sand now resides in a cozy corner of my workzone.