Not extraordinarily fond of the phase "Monthly Favourites", I prefer to display the highlights of the past four weeks in quick, low-res snaps off my aging smartphone camera (alternatively rendered in better quality formats if time permitted). Those following this space shall find a semi-drastic change in morning coffee routines and a higher number of scenic shots captured along the daily commute (prolonged daylight hours are just lovely!).
Have you ever furrowed your brows in utter confusion when a self-proclaimed dessert junkie shudders in disgust at the whiff of stickily sweet, cotton candy-like scents? Well, I'll have you know that it's a thing. I find artificial fragrances like Pink Sugar to be ever gag-worthy, but enjoy particular BBW creams oddly enough.
With the temperatures constantly teetering between low positives and ten bellows, Merry Cookie has been a lifesaver.
3. Sausage and (extra-firm) ddeokbokki skewer from toronto a la cart on Yonge Street
I found myself in a relatively unfamiliar area of North York one day, and due to a lack of McD's in the general vicinity, my only option for caffeine was Timmy's across the street. Truth be told: their Mocha wasn't half bad! As it was a mixture of brewed coffee and hot chocolate from a drink dispenser, the beverage unfortunately did not allow for milk customization. (I've been told that the Mocha was likely a better choice than plain Hot Chocolate, which proved to be sickeningly sweet.)
I redeemed an extra-large Mocha with my winning tab, simply because I could (and flavour shots would induce additional cost), but wasn't as lucky the second time around.
5. Hokkaido Milk Tea w/ Brown Sugar from Green Grotto
If you've been dedicated to reading my ramblings long enough, you'd know that this is my Holy Grail drink from the franchise.
8. Homemade Waffles w/ Caramelized Bananas
11. Strawberry Sunshine from Booster Juice
14. DAVIDsTEA's Matcha Discovery Collection - Meet Your Matcha
Mississauga is totally deprived of standalone locations of this famed chocolatier (I can't believe the closest one is in Milton!). Along with mountains of varying dark, milk, and white chocolate flavours to choose from, Lindt also features pre-assembled seasonal gift baskets with a vast dose of visual appeal. This version in the PATH also served up absolutely indulgent hot/iced chocolate and mochas brimming with chocolatey goodness.
An extremely generous portion of steamed Intense Dark Chocolate and skim milk, topped with dry foam and chocolate shavings, emerged before my eyes in a matter of mere minutes.
It was absolute heaven: the Hot Chocolate was creamy without excessive richness and exuded chocolate allure of incredible depth. Bonus points were earned for being presented at the ideal drinking temperature (I've been scalded much too many times by Starbucks....) The staff member also gifted me with a sample of their dark chocolate ball from Lindor, which was equally delectable.
Between Mom's Apple Pie and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, I chose the latter: a fruity mix with a hint of tanginess.
20. Pomegranate Passion Smoothie from Booster Juice