1. Starbucks (THE PATH)
With winter almost upon us (it's Canada after all), my need for coffee and fall-inspired baked goods has never been stronger. This particular Starbucks location features small pieces of framed landscape/nature photographs in addition to this interesting slogan situated above the one of the condiment bars.
I must confess though: the Pumpkin Loaf wasn't quite as pumpkin-y as I would have enjoyed.
This is the sole T&T location in Ontario that I've seen offer up as many packaged food, beauty, and Chinese literature books options as the ones in Vancouver. The biggest advantage of purchasing the store would have to be that they occasionally offer new products at lower prices than other ones, such as select My Beauty Diary masks. Their adorably festive sponge cakes are pretty interesting to gaze upon as well.
Consisting of more than just waffles and snow ice, the franchise's expanded menu also consists of several meal items. I cannot recall the names of the dishes that we ordered for takeout, but all three were considerably satisfying. (The reusable takeout containers were, of course, a bonus.)
Needless to say, this handcrafted concoction was confirmed to be one billion times better than Bake Code's nasty Iced Sea Salt Coffee. (UGH. Just thinking about it is inducing gagging symptoms...)
6. My depressing-looking lunch comprised of rice, canned corn kernels, and baby spinach
10. Snaps from my Thanksgiving adventure in Barrie, including a superb brunch from The Farmhouse
I must admit: afternoon pick-me-ups from Gong Cha go pretty well with mahjong, even if their service is horrendous.
Never has a Blueberry Muffin as breakfast been so appealing on a chilly October morning.
A large berry-topped salad was brought home from Longos for lunch one day.
17. Mel Lastman Square
This French bakery is really out there - and by "out there", I am referring to its specific coordinates. Located just west of King and Bathurst, at King and Tecumseh, the bakery managed to clearly distinguish itself from other surrounding businesses. The name of their shop was boldly displayed in white, sans-Serif text with a mahogany outline, and rested upon an off-white, tiled background.
An extravagant selection of elaborately-decorated pastries, sweet and savoury croissant rolls, and mini sandwiches could be found in display cases that spanned nearly the entire length of the counter.
Carefully crafted using small white baguettes, rye baguettes, and white baguettes with sesame seeds, each seemed to consist of a fair number of carbohydrates to satisfy the calorie-deficient. Though I knew that two sandwiches would probably suffice as lunch, I ultimately chose three due to their colourfully attractive appearance, and the fact that the bakery's location was much further west than I would normally travel.
The Fig and Cheese was next: the firm, creamy cheese paired exceptionally well with the slightly mushy sweetness of the figs. A slab of butter of medium thickness had also been sandwiched in, though I honestly could have done without it. Choosing to combine the items in a sesame seed-topped baguette was also an ingenious idea, as the seeds added subtle pops of crunchiness to every bite.
The Smoked Salmon and Caper sandwich was noted to earn the highest ranking among social media users, and was chosen as the third sandwich to purchase. With a mix of buffet-style smoked salmon slices, sodium-packed capers, and a generous amount of not-quite-as-mild Dijon mustard, the rye baguette was unarguably the best choice to balance out the saltiness of the sandwich. I personally found this particular item to contain less of a "wow factor" than the Fig and Cheese, but then again, I'm not the biggest seafood fanatic either.
The experience was undoubtedly positive: Delysees provided high-quality food items despite placing a strong emphasis on their more decadent products such as pastries and macarons. While pricier than others of equivalent size, these mini sandwiches were a total treat! Had I not been more eager to devour them elsewhere, I would have enjoyed residing in the bakery to complete some creative writing pieces.
19. Why, this is a convenient addition! It would also be helpful to have a route map present on every local bus as well. But first things first - let's get PRESTO.
Unfortunately, the location didn't offer hot chocolate, but I was able to curb fatigue with a homemade iced coffee and a carrot oat muffin.
21. Happy Birthday Cakes
Revisiting the small bakery some few months later, I learned that their Halo Halo was no longer being offered due to the change of seasons. I picked up this sweet Mamon Loaf instead.
24. Hot tea and a Wild Blueberry Muffin from Tim Hortons
26. Matcha Latte from milano espresso bar
While its appearance was superb, the latte unfortunately lacked the bittersweet, grassy flavour of Japanese green tea that I have become accustomed to. Instead, I found the beverage to be a tad lacking in flavour, and also on the colder side.
What can I say - some things are a hit or miss; my previous post still holds true though!
29. Voting Day
Did you know that furama in the PATH has a self-serve tea and coffee station? Their system is quite efficient, actually. Paying for an empty cup, then proceeding to fill it with the desired amount of tea or coffee (or both for a Yuan Yang) at the bar and adjusting the levels of sugar and evaporate milk to one's own preference takes the guessing out of creating a beverage that manages to satisfy each and every customer. Over the years, I've come to find that many drink and condiment bars are largely under-stocked, thus dysfunctional, however I was glad to discover that there was an abundance of napkins, lids, sugar packets, etc. at furama.
In addition, their buns are an incredible steal, especially during their evening sales where $1.40 buns are marked down to $1.00!
Rarely have I found a bakery that lives up to Akko's old standards, but I'm glad to say that furama is it! Service can be a bit lacking during the lunch rush, but I've never witnessed bad attitude during late afternoon hours.
35. Witty slogans are the only things capable of catching my eye when I'm trying to made a brisk commute
37. One can never go wrong with Korean food
41. Oatmeal bowls (with alternating layers of wholesome oats, fresh raspberries, raisins, and bananas) topped a sprig of mint are absolutely necessary when Greek yogurt fails to provide enough energy for the morning commute