In order to arrive at the intersection of Bathurst and Bloor, I'd either suffer a two-hour commute by public transit, or roughly 70 minutes by car. On the first day, I was granted a drop-off.
I would then undertake the tedious commute back to the west end.
At the very least, the bus was punctual. I arrived back home in record time, even allowing for a full-length, at-home pilates circuit.
Tiramisu was the unanimous favourite: Topped with a slice of delectable, coffee-infused cake, layers of fluffy snow ice were alternately arranged with a cocoa-coloured, coffee-flavoured powder and sweetened condensed milk.
We then navigated to Echo Karaoke. Each four-person room was priced at $25, with $5 for each additional person. Unsurprisingly, Echo also operated on a cash-only basis. Worth noting this time around was the stark cleanliness of the unisex washroom - probably pristine due to our early arrival of 5 PM.
My delight towards laying eyes on an authentic Lapras could not be stifled. Similar reactions would stem from the sight of Rattata, Venonat, and countless other nostalgia-inducing creatures from my childhood. The shop's collection extended beyond the new generation favourites, stocking even the lesser known/less popular Tangela, original Articuno, Minun-Plusle duo, and even Unown!
Most patrons were advised to come back at a later point in time to pick up their drink. Meanwhile, given that I had roughly thirty minutes left of my break, I hovered about while observing the new café's operations.
In the case where patrons could no longer wait for their purchase due to other commitments, the cashier was more than willing to refund the transaction. That said, it would be preferable to have the cashier notify patrons of the average wait time before payments are made.
My sole gripe was the paper straw accompanying the plastic cup, for it began disintegrating long before the entirety of the drink could be enjoyed.