Majority of the rest of the party were still snoozing away, so another trip to the gym was made. I caught up slightly on Absolute Boyfriend before heading out again. Interestingly enough, we had yet to drop by Barrie at all, consequently resulting in a modified series title for the purpose of maintaining accuracy.
He warned us of the windy weather prior to waiver collection, even noting that the safest path was to travel along the shoreline and allow the waters to return us back to shore later onwards. We were also kindly provided the option of paying afterwards, such that our time on the water wasn't restricted.
Clouds appeared to be copied and pasted across the sky: all very uniform. Almost reminiscent of those Windows XP window glitches, where dragging a frozen window across the screen would result in identical, translated images.
Airy and buttery were the croissants, and slightly moist rather than flaky. This precise texture paired well in a sandwich formation, all while eliminating the fallout commonly experienced with the fragile, fresh-from-the-oven renditions. Each individual component within could be tasted without fear of overpowering its partners; the inclusion of seasonings had been done tastefully as well - adequate amounts contributed depth of flavour instead of outright overkill.
An initial concern on my part was that the Ice Cube Latte was only available in one size: Large. However, I quickly grew to enjoy and savour the drink as it underwent its three stages of evolution. Bold, flavourful, and potent, it's easily a great choice for coffee lovers looking to extend the life of their typical iced latte on a scorching summer day. One also had the option adding sweetener or leaving it "Black" (my pick).
Dissimilar to our resident GTA bingsoo spots, Cafe Seoulista offered the treat in four sizes: Small (9 oz.), Medium (12 oz.), Large (16 oz.), and Extra Large/XL (ceramic bowl). The largest size was yet to make its appearance for the summer months, though the other three were offered year-round in the form of disposable plastic cups. Personally speaking, I enjoyed that the variety of sizes: it allowed one to try out new flavours without fear of being unable to finish the entire order. Bingsoo and Korean barbecue are two forms of cuisines that demand large groups for the purpose of executing sampling parties, yet this was an establishment that negated such concerns entirely. Prices were also very reasonable.
Although both cups had been intended for sharing, I consumed about 75% of this one on my own.
Seoulista's shaved ice flakes were a tad more moist and a tad less sweet than The Cups. Normally, degree of moisture is linearly proportion to rate of dissolution. In this case, though, the bingsoo resisted melting to an impressive degree.
Comparatively speaking, the order of dampness (from least to greatest) would be as follows:
The visit was concluded with a brief conversation regarding the cafe's logo. What I had presumed to be an orange slice (representating their assortment of Korean fermented tea) was actually a moon. The stars surrounding it, I was told, could also be interpreted as snowflakes, depicting their specialty in bingsoo. Underneath was a traditional Korean house, otherwise known as a hanok, and surrounding it all a cup, as if catching a glimmer of both ancient and modern Seoul via one's daily dose of java.