Personal catch-up time has suffered a dramatic drop.
Weekly visuals shall proceed until further notice.
The GOT7-themed bingsoo series continues! Following BamBam's Thai Milk Tea was Jackson's Hong Kong Milk Tea, which, in comparison to the first item of the collection, exhibited more prominent flavour. The limited edition selection was served in a similar fashion: curated toppings and condensed milk on the side, and an absence of layering.
Tapioca pearls made another appearance, but instead of grass jelly was an oddly orange egg pudding. It had been set directly and served in a ramekin - a sharp contrast to the abstract shards of yellow utilized by most bubble tea vendors. Its consistency was also a tad more rigid, indicating either a higher percentage of stabilizer, whether it be egg yolk, gelatin, or some derivative of starch. A pizelle cookie - broken and inserted in the shape of wings? - was intended to add crunch, though I cannot produce any comments towards this addition. Admittedly, it is not my fondest type of cracker, so I did steer clear of it.
Egg pudding, tapioca, and a condensed milk drizzle with the consistency of evaporated milk enabled greater enjoyment of the bowl's contents, albeit resulting in a somewhat messy eating experience. As mentioned previously (561), Snowies' ice flakes have been observed to contain the lowest moisture levels by far; a direct runoff of loosened condensed milk was owed to this precise property. On that note, it is worth mentioning that the taste of tea diminished with the subsequent addition of toppings.
This Junction native's outpost in the Food District is a spot I've been to visit for some time now. However, I must woefully profess that my first visit will also be my last. Not only was the barista/cashier extremely unattentive during off-peak hours, neither the coffee nor the Blueberry Crumble Muffin measured up to its reputation and steep price point.
5) It is with much regret that McCafé Union Station's hot Matcha Tea Latte is not being retailed at a mere two dollars. That said, it won't stop me from acquiring one laced with espresso as an afternoon pick-me-up. (Be mindful that the version being utilized is a synthetic blend and not pure matcha; it still beats Starbucks' though.)
8) Morning commuting visuals are anticipated to regain their position on this space.
9) Birthday Timbits + a complimentary Iced Guava Tea Lemonade for the big day.
11) Union Station snippets captured for sharing with orangecane.
Markham annual night market returned to the Civic Centre grounds with inflated prices and a prestigious guest list.
I suggested a visit to orangecane, primarily to see the Wong Fu crew, Simu Liu, and other YouTube personalities. It wasn't until later that the concept of paid admission dawned on me. I retreated accordingly, but did not dispose of our intention to meet up.
Orangecane was far more fortunate; her arrival was welcomed by clear skies and sunshine. By the time we found each other at the Laneige booth, all forms of precipitation had halted for the day. It was but another humid summer day.
Brazilian cheese bread disguised as takoyaki were a flop, as were caramel custard waffle cones and overly salty vegetarian fare. A few vendors had included interesting games of chance to prompt purchases - one example of this was Miss Lin. Customers could play against the booth staff to earn a discount on their drink of choice. While this engaging initiative was commendable, the attitude and demeanour set forth by the front line members was far from. Condescending and crude, I wanted nothing more than to simply walk away without making a purchase. However, being the one with better morals meant delivering one's due diligence as a patron who participated in promotional practice.
"Are you a TD customer?" piped the stout female figure behind the counter.
I stared back, expecting to hear a promotional offer. Instead came a snarky remark I could have carried on without hearing:
"You should get the app so you can budget your spending."
Customer service levels have hit all-time highs. (WHAT IF I DON'T CONCERN MYSELF WITH BUDGETS?! HUH?!)
Saddened but still determined, I took to customizing the beverage with the addition of the aforementioned toppings, only later to be informed that the voucher did not apply to either of ninety-nine cent toppings. "(A) drink is just (a) drink."
Well then. Can't say I'll be returning.