Canada Day has since passed, though that isn't necessarily synonymous with the halting of Canada 150 celebrations throughout the GTA. The stickers and logos remain visible everywhere, and as I patriotic individual, I'm pleasantly proud of it.
Here are some partial/mid-month visuals to sum up my previously unposted activities:
1) Day trip to Welland
3) Foraging for sustenance near St. Catharines
While on the hunt for a fitting gift for my birthday twin, I came across the Disney x The Face Shop limited edition collection. Lip tints, lip balm pots, and eye-lip palettes were fabulous and all, but the true stunner of the pack was the eyeliner-mascara duo.
6) Late morning errand-running means taking McD's on the go
7) Soul Cafe carries melon bingsoo now?!
8) Crafting tangyuan from scratch with Brown's help
10) Attending Naan & Kabob's Silk Road event
11) Pacific Mall things
14) Having visited CoCo thrice in the span of seven days, I think my additions are becoming a bit too severe.
15) P.A.T.'s Thornhill outpost carries a substantial assortment of carb-filled delights
The very fact that Hub appears not once but twice in this mid-month collection is a genuine validation of its topnotch dining experience and consistent quality.
No matter the time of day or volume of incoming traffic, I have never departed the establishment feeling unnerved, displeased, nor incomplete. Under the recommendation of foodieelove, I opted for one of the Japanese fusion spot's special rolls instead of my regular order of Salmon Aburi Pressed Sushi. Ocean Dream was a satisfying octet of tuna, cucumber, avocado, thinly-spiralized cucumber, and tobiko. Each piece featured a hefty handful of fillings secured within a thin layer of sushi rice and topped with salmon sashimi. An ornate drizzling of (what I presume to be) teriyaki sauce finished the dish. (I could have done without the smeared, dried wasabi underneath the rim of the dish though.)
The Lunch Special arrived with miso soup and garden salad, the former presented with steamy clouds escaping its tan-toned surface. Six Spicy Tuna Rolls surrounded the platter of sparkling sashimi: they were delicious, with Sriracha mayo highlighting pulpy bits of the finely-chopped fish. That being said, they were, admittedly, a tad tougher and more rigid than expected. One couldn't possibly complain about the sashimi though - the slices were gushingly fresh and had me instantly lusting for more. Within single slices of salmon were fleshy bits laced with mild amounts of blubber, yielding mouthfuls of soothing bites of lean protein as well as luscious layering of fatty finesse.
As always, service was stellar. (Need I say more?)
Sushi + bingsoo is truly a no-fail combination, especially when the shops lie in plazas situated directly across from each other. Tiramisu was decent and Injeolmi was tasty, so how would Mango prove to be?