And how could you not? They're a fun, adorable twist on a classic - a decadent dollar treat with all proceeds going towards a charitable cause that's frosted fresh every day. Each cookie proves a unique surprise on its own.
Dragging my favourite fangirl along, we found the cookie counter at northwest end of the establishment, made our two-dollar donations, and patiently waited for our chosen designs to materialize.
A poster positioned adjacent to the counter depicted twenty pre-determined possibilities, though customers also had the option of requesting a customized rendition. Monsieur Timothee was my favourite fangirl's pick; mine was the Studious Rocker - a piece that I had described to the baker with minimal adjectives, including only "glasses", "spiky hair", and "blush spots" as features.
Our office later welcomed a box of gooey, warm Smile Cookies (not courtesy of yours truly).
3) Commencing the week with Strange Love's infamous Lovers Latte - pictured at varying temperature levels due to an order entry error on my part. Nonetheless, both were fabulous.
5) Descending concrete stairs in a daze somehow resulted in a sprained ankle, which consequently reduced my attainable range during limited lunch hours. An extremely leisurely stroll about the waterfront was made in place of my typical trips to the downtown core.
The King West poke stop convenient coordinates within the Brookfield-Union tunnel essentially ensures constant flow in traffic. Feeding Ritual rewards into the equation yields preposterously busy lunch peaks. Viewed from the shop exterior, the cashier appeared relatively unoccupied, however mobile orders were flying in on a sunny Thursday.
The Liberty Square plaza at Hwy 7 and Town Centre Blvd isn't particularly known for having original business ideas, but, alas, its prime location guarantees a steady flow of traffic, in spite of the nightmarish parking situation (both garage and ground-level). I've visited this corner of Markham on several occasions: Tendou (now Pâtisserie Kirin), dessert kitchen, miss lin, and OneZo, growing increasingly dubious about the rotating assortment of offerings each time. Even Miss Lin the second time around was outright depressing.
It was smooth, and of a substantial portion as well. Although, at a whopping $6.10 after taxes, I can't quite justify the full price of the beverage. 20 ounces of creamy nuttiness was a solid pick-me-up, though potency was on the lower end of the spectrum.
Washrooms are located on the ground floor of the building, outside the establishment itself.
10) Attempts to source the exclusive London Fog from DAVIDsTEA and Beau's Brewery returned fruitless. I shall have my hands on the seasonal Earl Grey Latte Ale next week, but, for now, I'll settle for drowning my sorrows in a leaning tower of Vanilla Soft Serve - no longer only a loonie.
There's just something about slow Sundays and the desire for sweet treats.
Attempting Cooking Tree's Green Tea Baumkuchen was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Originally contemplating another trial batch of Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies - with greek yogurt chips as a healthier alternative to chocolate - I had verified the availability of unsalted butter prior to commencing the baking expedition.
But seeing as The Night Baker was slated to make a comeback at the coming Thursday's Royal Bank Farmer's Market, I opted to hold off.
Without almond flour on hand, I took to grinding up a handful of roasted, unsalted peanuts, which, admittedly, were less prominent in the batter than expected. Nonetheless, my utter lack of preparation resulted in large air bubbles and a relatively coarse batter.
Suprisingly, the final product was moist and actually quite tasty. Even cake scraps were decent.