However, there does happen to be one thing that the frigid winds can't shake from my system: having brain freeze-inducing frozen yogurt as an afternoon snack.
Not that this mattered, of course, as Menchies hadn't evolved one bit. The classic vanilla and chocolate flavours still remained available, as did the original Tart flavour and at least one non-dairy alternative. Neither of us opted for a waffle bowl - bowl? shield? - and instead simply filled our cups with swirls of Pineapple Sorbet atop other flavours before decking them out with candy bits and fresh fruit slices.
A brother-and-sister duo entered the shop as we chatted away; the younger carried an epic-looking concoction of chocolatey gooeyness as he strolled by our table. As the sister slowly pulled out her phone to snap a quick shot, I couldn't help but also ask if I could capture the moment. "Do you even know how many calories is in that thing?" I heard the sister exclaim as I retreated back to our cozy corner.
Within an hour of leaving the frozen yogurt franchise, the sky had quickly darkened. My next destination was downtown Brampton, which required a longer amount of time on the highway than anticipated; my unfamiliarity with the area did not assist me in this journey either.
Significantly chillier than in the afternoon, the walk around Gage Park and City Hall was cut as short as I could possibly withstand.
Marching over to the other side of the road was a much more rewarding experience, as the leafless trees and shrubs had all been decked out in colourful Christmas bulbs. The most stunning part of the display was undoubtedly the gazeebo-like structure adjacent to the road: it was illuminated by coils of multi-coloured lights whose luminescence bounced off the white paint to produce an even more appealing exhibit.
We retreated to the back of the shop to soak in its warmth before heading off yet again.
Dinner eventually took place at Shawarma Queen, purely out of convenience.
It was none too remarkable for a $5.99 meal (or $6.99 for a large), but provided enough energy for the hour of cardio exercise that was to follow.