Recall the time I ventured to Bramalea for the sole sake of Miniso, and then set off to Downtown Brampton afterwards in order to introduce the ever-formidable Lion Chai.
The hype had been intense, as were the feelings of excitement. Consequently, so was the disappointment at observing their temporary closure sign.
Absolutely delighted at this news, this date was subconsciously noted in my mind. The sane side of me immediately ruled out participation in the official celebratory activities - I need not be stuck in Brampton during rush hour, thank you very much. The willful side was sparked to conduct a morning run to satisfy the previously unfilled void.
Ultimately, this ended up a post-errand-running, early-afternoon trip. The mission of the journey was clear: Lion Chai, with a brief detour of Miniso.
Not too far from the kitchy gift shop that is Owl Monkeys, T by Daniel stood tall and proud - possibly the only shop to be seen bustling with customers.
In addition to being extensive in nature, the menu possessed a high degree of clarity. Whether it be a listing of their signature concoctions or beginner's guide to enjoying their products, all of their offerings were clearly laid out to assist customers in narrowing down their preferred pick.
Sweets and pastries in the form of macarons, biscotti ("Biscotteas"), and tea-infused "Donka" bars were also added to the roster.
Each cup was steamy - sorry, scalding - to begin with, but tiny plastic stoppers contributed to increased insulating properties. Should I took to roaming the retail centre, I could have done without one. However, these small specimens were more necessary when taking three beverages back home on a bumpy ride.
Not one to favour white chocolate, the Lion Chai actually stunned me. Absent was the typical slickness of cocoa butter-based white chocolate; in its stead was a cloud of comforting aromas. It was Lion Chai, but in a solid, portable form readily accessible by chocolate fiends.
Jamaican Me Crazy has yet to be tasted at this time.
Now if only T by Daniel was a little closer to home...