1. Homemade Yogurt Parfait
Utilizing Mom's homemade matcha sponge cake as a base, I proceeded to layer coconut Greek yogurt, sliced bananas, raw pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate seeds until just below the brim of the cup. Both satisfying and texture-variant, this was a mighty fine snack to take on-the-go.
Applying the Ritual app as it was intended, I swiftly picked up a Yuzu Hot Chocolate after deciding that I needed a major pick-me-up. This very innovative concoction retained the soothing creaminess of standard hot chocolate, but added an unexpected citrus punch via the addition of yuzu. Admittedly, it was sweeter than I would have preferred, but nonetheless an amazing cold weather beverage choice.
(Now if only there was a way to automatically earn Vicinity points as well...but maybe I'm just being greedy. Ritual in itself has already aided in drastically improving efficiency.)
No stranger to this West Coast-based coffee shop, I decided to try Ritual's services once again and grab a Pumpkin Danish and Veggie Panino before heading off to catch the train. While I was notified two times that the baked goods that I wanted were out of stock, I was already halfway to the shop as I re-filled the order form.
Thankfully, food items are all pre-made, and some even pre-packaged for those that employ a grab-and-go dining style. Even with a short lineup, I was out the door in a matter of minutes, Veggie Panino and Almond Biscotti (as that was one of the few items remaining at 3:30 PM) in hand.
This cozy bubble tea shop is the ideal hideaway spot for chilly, dreary days. It's always especially nice that the staff is super friendly and their Wi-Fi connection is stable.
Read about my previous experiences here: 1 , 2
6. Pilot Coffee
A piping hot cup of silky smooth mocha combined with the beautifully-designed UP Express waiting area is a surefire formula for relaxation. (I mean, it's like watching the activities of Toronto Pearson take place on a smaller scale, but with a strong, publicly-accessible Wi-Fi connection.)
7. By the end of my impromptu downtown excursion, I'm relieved to say that my knees did not collapse even after 15274 steps of trekking to and from Union, and to again.
Throughout the week, another Ritual order was placed: Hot Chocolate (with customized milk and whipped cream options) and a Banana Chocolate Loaf. This combo did not disappoint!
10. Did you know that you can request to have sugar syrup on the side instead of directly being added to your Iced Coffee?
The ladies had given me odd glances and exchanged a few snarky-toned remarks between them in a language I could not comprehend, though this did not deter my decision to have the components delivered separately.
(Their milk tasted more like heavy cream though.)
This family-run Vietnamese restaurant is relatively unknown even among Mississauga locals. I recall bringing a friend with me as I dropped by for a quick Banh Mi run following our trip to Unplugged; she had promptly exclaimed, "I didn't even know this place existed!".
While I would likely take my bubble tea business elsewhere (likely to Chatime or Green Grotto) due to my enmity for repulsive flavoured powders, their Banh Mi sandwiches and Young Coconut Smoothie are definitely items worth checking out. Along with blended drinks, they also offer homestyle Vietnamese entrees and a rotating selection of desserts such as pandan sago cake.
I tend to enjoy visiting when I'm in the mood for a quick bite, but prefer to refrain from spending too much. Their selection of Banh Mi (French baguettes loaded with cucumbers, cilantro, strips of pickled carrot and radish, and your choice of other filling) is reasonably priced, ranging between $2.75 to $4.00 before tax.
The only aspect I find to be slightly unnerving is that the kitchen is purposely concealed behind a panel, with only the sink in view from the ordering counter. But being the germaphobic creature that I am, I'd rather not think about it.
Restaurants in the GTA that offer Halo Halo are largely scarce, but as I had recalled insauga's post mentioning a location in close proximity to Pearson, it was decided that it would be the perfect chance to locate #4 on the list after visiting the airport.
Contrary to the multi-coloured ube-heavy tub offered by Quiapo! Quiapo!, B's version was composed of small chunks of ice drenched in evaporated milk and topped with various jellies, a generous scoop of mango ice cream, and a dark purple paste.
Toasted rice had also been sprinkled on top of the jellies minimally, but quickly came to lose crispiness from absorbing moisture from melting ice cream. And to top it all off, the cup's contents had resulted in a deduction of $7.90 from my wallet - much too overpriced for its size and lack of variety.