If I haven't already passively-aggressively informed this blog's viewers to an exceptional degree about the unfathomably copious amounts of schoolwork we receive, I suppose you'll have the pleasure of hearing me complain once more.
But, in all seriousness, the last two weeks have been much more hectic than I would've imagined. This consequently induced a haggard mind incapable of conjuring up content without falling asleep in the midst of drafting.
Somewhere between those days, though, I was able to squeeze in a quick tea inventory restocking. After a few brews of Jumpy Monkey and Organic The Skinny, I decided to get adventurous at DAVIDsTEA.
Earlier in the month, a nearby comic and anime store had set up their booth in the area of the building that received the most traffic. They had substantial table space for displaying Pokemon plushies, retro game controllers (think N64), as well as miscellaneous games for different consoles. Evidently aware of effective marketing and promotional tactics, they had also tacked up several brightly-coloured posters near the dining area for all passers to see.
Long school days generally involve constant snacking to stay awake during evening classes, so Starbucks naturally became a mandatory post-lab stop due to its close proximity.
Who drinks iced drinks during Canadian winters? Why, we do! (But really, it has warmed up quite an incredulous amount in a matter of days though.)
I had initially wanted to try out the La Boulange items that had just landed at Starbucks out of curiosity, and now that I've tried something, I can honestly say that I do not plan on purchasing a second time. The Flourless Chocolate Cookies, though gluten-free, tastes of nothing else other than heaps and heaps of sugar, mixed in with a small amount of dark cocoa powder. Ick.
Thankfully, the Iced Peach Blossom Latte was much better in contrast; while I would have preferred a higher tea to milk ratio, it was still a unique enough taste that I would reconsider buying.
Other visuals include an Iced Happy Kombucha and tea-infused chocolate bar promo combo from DAVIDsTEA and an 8 oz. frozen yogurt from Qoola that was strategically filled to just below the rim on All-You-Can-Fill for $2 Tuesdays.
Of course, one of the first things I did upon returning home after a long day of school to a cupboard full of newly-opened tea blends was to whip up some new concoctions. Experiments were conducted over a span of two weeks.
Among these experiments were an Iced Green Tea Latte with Red Bean which utilized Taiwanese green tea powder as a substitute for matcha, as well as a tri-layer Oolong milk tea with Red Bean Paste.