The sunny season introduces a breadth of street festivals and pop-up activities. However, it also makes outdoor treks dreadful and public transit reek of perspiration and despair.
Tsujiri, Gyugyuya, Zen Q, Butter Baker, and, surprisingly, You Don Ya have remained resilient throughout the pandemic. Past destinations of interest including Uncle Tetsu's Angel Cafe, Fugo, and Yang Tea Shop have vanished from the premises. Yutaka was observed having transformed into Gyubee, and Starbucks at Dundas and Elizabeth had been vacated entirely to serve Toronto's growing cannabis market.
My path crossed with that of Yubu, a quick-service outpost for a Korean take on inarizushi, as well as Myungrang Hot Dog, which was first spotted in North York two months ago.
Sufficient points had been accumulated for a 700-point prize, thus I redeemed an insulating cooler bag to facilitate the walk back to the office.
But, at the very least, homemade cake was present as a pick-me-up.
I took to Miniso first in search of a reasonably-priced backup umbrella. Finding none at the Queen and University location, I picked up Sanrio-themed eye masks instead, then headed over to Eaton.
From UNIQLO, shoppers had the the alternative of descending a steep stairwell to connect to the lower level of the shopping centre. Due to Ontario Line construction, the width of the staircase was quite constrained and the escalators were closed off.
The system was filtered by phone number instead; I was informed to be the first patron to be successfully found by phone number - Go figure!
The Eaton Centre location used the same straws as the Erin Mills location, which, thankfully, did not disintegrate over the course of consumption. That said, I would have appreciated elimination of the high-pitched squeakiness that emerged from swirling the straw around the plastic dome lid opening.
I was thankful to have a can of Sangria-Style Beer from Mill St. nearby. Thoroughly enjoyed, the concoction was a splendid hybrid of rich, complex fruitiness of wine and the refreshing, fizziness of beer.