An aimless walk around the neighbourhood then commenced. The streets grew warm, as I observed, when we didn't find ourselves surrounded by delicate flowers or trekking in the shade.
La Diperie was actually the first of the numerous stops. I hadn't realized the dessert parlour had made its way to the scenic neighbourhood until the moment my fellow traveller pointed out its turquoise storefront. Originally having likened the logo to two cupcakes, one can picture my surprise at discovering the Quebec ice cream shop's downtown outpost.
Up to three samples per person were permitted, so requests to try the Activated Charcoal and Honey Lavender Dark Chocolate dips were submitted. The man behind the bar was more than willing to fetch us plastic spoons for this ordeal. Activated Charcoal was interesting, albeit more reminiscent of a potent dark chocolate than smoky charcoal. Honey Lavender Dark Chocolate was extremely aromatic and richly flavoured with the essence of lilac floralness.
Comforting and buttery laced with crunchy bits of fragrant sesame seeds, this cookie was another winner in my books. (Needless to say, it can't compare with the Matcha White Chocolate Chip ranking though.)
It was official: my beloved bubble tea franchise had finally opened up shop in Koreatown, one of my favourite neighbourhoods.
"They opened two days ago! It's their soft opening." chimed the same friendly staff member, equally as giddy.