With a resignation letter in the works, I wanted to drop by earlier than later, seeing as I would no longer be frequenting the downtown core once it took effect.
The first stop was Tandem Coffee - one of my all-time favourite destinations in the area. Little did I know though, the Trinity stop had been abolished; I was required to retrace my path from the Sackville stop.
Signature enamel pins were also placed near the cashier. I thoughtlessly caving to its kitschy, monochromatic profile, relinquishing ten dollars in the process. It wasn't until I whipped around the counter, receipt in hand, that I mentally kicked myself for not inquiring the price of the pin before committing.
Reservation-less, our original pick of piping hot ramen from Boku meant a wait time of one hour. Cacao 70 nearby wasn't much more favourable either: we were informed of an approximate 35-minute wait.
Izumi offered a hearty combination of metabolism-boosting (read: moderately spicy) curry, saffron-toned rice grains, fried garlic shreds, and an oddly-placed spoonful of dried cranberries. We took the flimsy, biodegradable containers into the distillery, then swiftly slid onto the bar stools to commence consumption.
Yuzu-laced sake was amazing though.
Selected between the crew were: Spectacular, S'Mores, and Santa's Favourite.
Santa's Favourite was noted to be tart by orangecane. Personally, the synthetic strawberry syrup was not to my liking and I steered clear of this variation.
This was, by far, the most enjoyable trip to the Toronto Christmas Market - in spite of the subzero conditions. Company plays a significant role in such social scenarios, and one cannot deny that new faces have the power to turn traditional routine into unconventional experiences.