With the exception of a few overcast days, the majority of the month comprised of mildness with a slight breeze. Such conditions were favourable for outdoor explorations (I should have debuted my bike ride of the year), namely strolling around the downtown core and midtown attractions.
Behold the second round-up of this month's (primarily gustatory and K-Pop-related) visuals!
1) Homemade Matcha Latte + Kinako Adzuki and Matcha Chiffon Cakes for breakfast
3) Reunited with my adorable fur babies at the Disney store (Eaton Centre Sulley count: 4)
5) Late afternoon snack involving a seriously sticky Pecan Roll from Panera Bread, which really is more of an inverted cinnamon roll, but with glazed pecans in place of cinnamon
6) CoCo Tea Richmond Hill is as much of a knockoff as the Metro Square location: visible reduction of toppings, no points for promo items, no bathrooms, weak English communication skills, and minimal parking - need I say more?
Happy 2nd Anniversary, LINE Bubble!
8) Various munching randoms
I should have learned to never trust insauga and their crew of sloppy writers. Information compilation is never complete, nor are entries well-researched and informed. Bukamaranga initially caught my attention for its availability of lox and cream cheese bagels, and, upon closer investigation, its odd name and close proximity to the optometrist's office.
Having yet to consume breakfast and hankering for something similar to my Rosemary Rocksalt experience, I pulled into the parking lot shortly after 10 AM to satisfy this craving.
A multitude of bar spaces and small tables surrounded by interesting wall decor and two garage door-like contraptions made up the spacious dining area.
These mistakes were entirely avoidable, for customers would select their desired bagel variety with tongs and place them in a plastic basket (think Papa John's style) for preparation. After toasting, customers specified the type(s) of cream cheese and the kitchen staff would slather the spreads on accordingly. There were no other customers at this time, yet confusion ensued in regards to my order, and no one realized that I hadn't paid nor received my order.
Eventually, one of the staff members came to ring up my order, which totalled a whopping $9.03 on the sole basis that I had requested the inclusion of smoked salmon. She explained that the bagel was then counted as a "Smoked Salmon Sandwich", which came to $7.99 plus tax.
I forked over payment, with extreme reluctance if I must add, seeing as the ladies had already taken their sweet time to prepare it. Farewells were not bid as I trekked back to the car to unravel the pricey creation.
I rushed back in to make the kitchen crew aware of their mistakes. A man with a manager-like aura and presumably high authority held out his hands, "We'll add it (the salmon) in!" he hurriedly muttered as he almost snatched the bagel from my hands.
Retreating with the wrapped bagel, I flatly declared that I would like to be repaid the difference instead. At this point, the lady who had assisted me at the cashier questioned whether I had asked for smoked salmon at all, to which I replied that my order was clearly relayed as "lox and cream cheese".
The man heaved a sigh before reaching into the till to provide me with the cash difference. A grumble of an apology followed, but my eyes were not met, indicating a sheer lack of sincerity. Immediate scolding of the middle-aged ladies was overhead as I turned my back to head out.
FYI insauga, custom creations do not qualify for listings, especially if the staff isn't even aware of the item's existence.
13) Reliving house hippo dreams with Peanut Butter Raisin Toast