"But I never do. I'm lucky if I even get over one week off." I replied matter-of-factly.
My 9-day winter break flew over my head in an instant, and I was thrown back into the depths of hell and endless torture before I knew it. The first three days informed me that concrete and wastewater treatments classes were going to be indisputably more intense than my first term selections; they were the very definition of accelerated courses, but with painfully few resources available online.
This didn't deter me from departing my house on the weekend for more positive experiences, though. Rather, it acted as motivation to embrace whatever winter hangout periods remained before schoolwork would begin to pick up.
Last-minute plans were put into action.
I first stopped by Yorkdale to pick up new HeatTech gear, as inventory had been replenished following the holiday rush. The mission was completed in a mere twenty minutes, leaving with an excess of forty minutes before the next bus was slated to arrive - this made for the ideal opportunity to check out the shopping centre's impossibly grand Urban Eatery food court.
I opted for Mii Sandwich, considering that its original outpost had been located in Yorkdale before expanding to Square One. Combo deals were no longer applicable this time, leading a single Grilled Coconut Chicken Banh Mi to ring in at an atrocious $8.46.
Delicious as it was - with its crisp baguette exterior and sauce-slathered components of pickled carrots and marinated chicken - the price could not be justified with such a meager portion of chicken. Service was friendly, albeit the small amount of confusion that took place.
I suppose I should pride myself in succeeding to find a properly illuminated spot in the food court to munch amidst the lunch rush. Table turnover rates were generally high, but families with toddlers and elderly in tow spent their time leisurely and lazing about even after consuming their meals. Noisy as it might have seemed, Yorkdale's food court still remained far more peaceful (and accessible) than that of Square One.
For my green tea-, red bean-, and bingsoo-despising friend, I had suggested trying Soohyang, a newcomer to the North York/Thornhill food scene. Conveniently enough, it was located just a few steps north of Yonge and Steeles.
A nifty wooden panel separated the entranceway from the closest table, ensuring an abundance of diffused sunlight while providing protection from gusty blows of the harsh outdoor climate.
The booklet, which had evidently been carefully combined by hand, listed the various types of teas available as well as their individual qualities and unique health benefits; the latter revealed a simple list of the teas and snacks offered and their associated price tags.
Our items arrived with incredible speed, almost as quickly as we connected to their password-secured Wi-Fi network. We were also given small, rectangular glass plates for sharing, though ultimately did not utilize them at all.
Prominent green halves of dense waffle lay beside the unbudging ice cream. While small and seemingly soggy-looking, they possessed crunchy edges and paired exceptionally with the silky green tea ice cream. The irregular-shaped specimens were fluffier than Liege waffles but denser than the Belgian variety. It contained less green tea flavour than the in-house-made ice cream, but was satisfying nonetheless.
My only concerns lie in the payment/pricing system and the independently-operated hot- and cold-water faucets in the single bathroom stall. I don't think I'll ever grow accustomed to washing one hand under piping hot water and the other in frigid temperatures. The pricing system also confuses me a bit, as the menu found on the inside of the bamboo table piece displayed different prices than the ones that we were charged for. In addition, plastic payment was only accepted for orders over ten dollars, yet I was required to pay in cash for a bill of fourteen dollars. Splitting bills was not looked well upon either.
The day's activities were concluded with a quick Galleria run for green onions and extremely overpriced banana milk.