We had eagerly agreed to take part in the event on the west end shortly after it was announced, but the festival outside NYCC was another story.
He suggested we head over to the venue to try our luck. We did, but was told that setup would be ongoing until 5 PM.
Ultimately, I never got my Mr. Chu fix.
Galleria's booth had hodo kwaja and kimchi samples on display, along with a wheel of fortune on display, where I succeeded in earning a bag of Honey Butter chips. Free kimbap-making classes were also scheduled for later on in the day.
Mr. Chu wasn't open yet. So I filled up my water bottle and sped across the street to Empress Walk.
Nothing has changed too drastically. I guess my sole regret is that I didn't get to play DDR on this trip
Many of the vendors had taken to the insides of their stalls for shelter - and who could blame them? The amount of precipitation was downright dreary. Even the colourful umbrellas fixated on the plastic white tables lost their shine amidst the endless dampness.
Umbrella-less - and sporting the least rainproof ensemble of all time (ie. a denim jacket) - trekking up to Finch was no longer an option. Picking up a reserved cake from Love Me Sweet's Sheppard location was also on the checklist, so it would be have been unwise to venture far.
Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that the restaurant had been converted to a Korean BBQ spot that had no intentions of opening their doors until 5:30 PM.
"I could subway to Finch and come back!" It was naive to believe such a plan would succeed. As soon as I passed through the fare gates, the northbound train made its departure. And the next one would be another ten minutes later. Geez.
I picked up the cake, and promptly gave into the most convenient munching option possible. A Chicken Nuggets Happy Meal at the nearby McDonald's it had to be. And, in case you were wondering, they were the stalest bits of non-chicken I had ever tasted since Burger King. The overly salty fries weren't welcome either.
Perhaps they had swapped out their old roast for a new one, for this one retained a sour aftertaste - an indication of greater acidity. The formula also proved more moist, but nonetheless enjoyable.