Reading Week flew by in just a blink of an eye, and I was once again confronted with massive amounts of academic responsibilities that I had not been prepared to face just yet. While I am not completely certain if this is a result of disorganization, it would seem as if our profs have only managed to teach one third of our course material in half of a semester. Consequently, they are compensating for the "lack" of workload in the form of numerous, time-consuming assignments, much to the distaste of their students.
That being said, I haven't been whipping out my camera(s) as often as I had originally anticipated, thus making a for a small photo-backlog this time around. Nonetheless, let's see the food pics!
I had developed a massive shawarma craving one day after running errands, instead of returning to Shahi Grill, I decided to try out someplace new: Pita & Grill.
I had first discovered this location from reading an insauga article some few days earlier, and users had praised this place highly in the comments section. To my disappointment though, it wasn't quite as great as I had hoped.
While I can't say that Pita & Grill is "bad", it definitely does not measure up to Shahi. Pita & Grill is, without a doubt, more competitive in terms of prices and wait-time, but only Shahi is able to produce a frehs, foot-long chicken shawarma worthy of spending my bubble tea funds. (It also happens to be situated at a much more convenient location with parking spots in abundance.)
If I haven't complained about winter enough, well here's another mini-rant on its way.
Even with "Why do I live in a place where the air hurts my face?" memes having circulated for a good couple months now, the cold weather shows no signs of letting up.
We are still dealing with impromptu snowstorms.
We are still dealing with temperatures capable of freezing moist towelettes in a matter of milliseconds.
Worst of all, we are still dealing with deathly strong winds that possess the power to not only penetrate knitted scarves, but also through Roots fleece sweatpants, thus inducing leg numbness while walking through campus.
It has essentially reached the point where a vast amount of hatred for winter weather becomes bottled up the moment I step outside.
Sadly, the product I received failed to meet the bar I had previously set. The tea wasn't as fragrant as when I experienced it last, nor was the tapioca as soft and chewy. While their teas are unique in nature, it can be observed that the quality isn't always consistent, especially when it becomes busy. I find this to be quite a fatal flaw - the store only had a few more customers than it normally did that day. In contrast, Bubble Republic is able to maintain it standards even when both take-out and dine-in sections are packed.
Being the matcha enthusiast that I am, I was immediately intrigued by these hybrid flavours, but was reluctant to invest in them as I was accustomed to the classic taste and wasn't sure how these would fare. The sales assistant, seeing my hesitation, recommended to try the Matcha Single Serves package to try them out.
Mint Matcha is a very interesting blend of peppermint and matcha. It isn't overly minty, but the mint flavour does slightly overpower the matcha. Instead of drinking all four packs, I actually used half of them in a baking project: Mini Mint Matcha Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chips! (talk about an alliteration!). They performed exceeding well in it, so well to the point where I think the mint flavour is more suited to be consumed as opposed to ingested.
Vanilla Matcha is the ideal flavour for making afternoon iced lattes: the subtly sweet vanilla scent brings out the matcha just that much more, making for the perfect low-sugar treat!
I've also invested in Assam Banaspaty, which I can honestly say has become my new favourite black tea. Using this variety allows for the perfect milk tea to be created. (I've tried numerous black teas before, but this has become the one in my book!)
It's no surprise that I enjoy producing my own tea concoctions in the comfort of my own home, but upon the investment of a cocktail shaker and discovering the diverse selection of blends at David's Tea, I can assure that you can expect more innovative creations coming up!