1) Breakfast in the form of a Ham & Cheese Croissant from COBS and an O-Matcha Black Sesame Latte
2) Received my JB pins from @magneticjaebum just in time for Christmas! They are lovely!
4) Toffee Almond Hot Cocoa that was later modified to Toffee Coconut as Starbucks had run out of Almond Milk
5) Penguins in scarves make for great holiday-themed adornments
Uncle Tetsu's knockoff ventured into the unexplored realm of cheesecake creation by swirling the contents of half-baked/half-steamed Japanese dessert.
Perhaps the most annoying aspect of it was that the sheer struggle of obtaining a wedge took away from enjoyment of consumption. By my third attempt, I had caught myself thinking, "This isn't even worth the five dollars, nor my effort in wriggling through North York's slush-lined side streets.
8) Stumbling upon kitschy yet useful tools at Canadian Tire
9) Trying out Starbucks' Christmas Tree Frappuccino, and then concluding that it was no more than a heavy dose of diabetes
Deciding to try my luck at 9am yet again, it was firmly implanted in my head that pastries would cease to exist in the shop before the clock struck 11:30.
To ensure that the trip would not have been made in vain, two new drinks were tasted: the O-Matcha Black Sesame Latte (No. 13) and iced Yuzu Houjicha (No. 9).
Yuzu Houjicha, which I had requested over ice and with minimal sweetness, was refreshing and citrusy. The addition of both yuzu peel and yuzu jam contributed to a pleasant uniformity admist the roasted cinders of houjicha.
Having accidentally shifted time zones to PST (thanks Kpopotato82), awaking later in the morning meant I could head over to the mall shortly afterwards to try my luck again.
The graham cracker crust base contained just enough binder to ensure crispiness without unneeded thickness. The light vanilla scent was also a nice contrast to the fruity, delicate body.
Hands down, the creation was probably the most invigorating post-lunch dessert to ever make its way into my household.
Its profile was similar to that of the Lunar Cheesecake from Uncle Tetsu's Angel Cafe, but taller and significantly less rigid.
The Matcha Rare Cheese Double Fromage swiftly earned stamp of approval even from a non-matcha-lover (that is obviously not yours truly).
Even if you're not the biggest fan of green-tinted food items, you might found yourself being gradually drawn in.