November was a torturous month, comprised of little beyond impending deadlines, an insurmountable number of final projects, dysfunctional group work, and sleep deprivation.
To make matters worse, weather was forgiving. Indeed, the abnormally above-season temperatures only further questioned my intentions to stroll outside instead of hibernating within the depths of my paper-cluttered chamber of sadness.
For the most part, I attempted to fill the void with sugar-laden treats and carby snacks alike, probably packing on several pounds in the process.
It's Christmas season! Red cups, festive-sounding beverages, and spicy baked goods lined every display case and menu board at Starbucks. Gingerbread loaves and Chestnut Praline Lattes were never my thing, but their newly-introduced Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew - "SSCCB" for short - serves as an unbelievably amazing pick-me-up for early mornings.
3) Lemon King and Passion Fruit Black Tea from CoCo
5) View through the gates outside Osgoode Hall
6) Popsicles in night class
7) A delectable Rainbow Bagel for lunch from What A Bagel on Spadina
9) Iced Matcha Milk Tea
10) Silly snaps captured in between toiling through assignments
12) Pre-Daylight Savings' afternoon sky
13) Routing outflows with a side of Matcha Latte
14) Revisiting Hazel - simply because it's awesome! (1, 2, 3)
16) Pita Pit Westdale has massive Marauder spirit
17) Witnessed the juggling of flaming loaded rat traps
Available in a pack of two or six, T&T's new molten cheese tarts are offered in four varities: Original, Chocolate, Green Tea, and Sweet Potato. Frankly, I wanted to try one of each, or perhaps find a box with a higher green tea to sweet potato ratio, though the flimsy plastic cases hadn't contained such a combination.
Each tart is approximately 2 to 2.5 times larger than that of Fugo's; the tart shell itself is firm to bite into, but also quite crumbly. In terms of cheese intensity, T&T's rendition is less prominent with a more viscous consistency.
The Chocolate version still intrigues me, though it's likely I'll be purchasing a two-pack instead of the half dozen - the paper box is inarguably sturider.
20) Goodies from Put A Cone On It in Koreatown, including Raspberry Sorbet and Black Cat Espresso Ice Cream
Here's to hoping for an equally mild December, speedy exam season, and rapidly approaching Christmas!