August 19th, 2012. Tea Shop 168 – Willowdale (North York, ON) 

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

Finally able to take a little time to ourselves, Yire and I ventured out of our nice hotel room at Novotel and took a walk down Yonge Street.  We saw Tea Shop 168 and looked at each other…Bubble tea??  Yes, please!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps it was because it was our first time left to our own faculties at a place where we didn’t have to make a mass group order….but it took us a lot of time to figure out what we wanted to order!  It was as if we’d never ordered food in real civilization before!  Hahaha!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yire ordered the Matcha Slush and I got the Red Bean Smoothie.  Holy moly, huge cups!  Probably the sole reason we took may too many photos of the drinks was the sheer surprise of how big the cups were!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet, refreshing, and filling…these were a generous accompaniment to what was to come….the waffle!

 

tea shop 168 - north york

tea shop 168 – north york

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named the Stravaganza, there was no way we couldn’t order this!  A waffle topped with strawberry ice cream, strawberries, strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a sprinkle of white chocolate chips….man oh man, this was a real waffle delight!

 

 

 We spent this nice slice of afternoon relatively worry-free and eating some delicious sweets for lunch 🙂

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August 18th, 2012. Korean Culture Caravan Finale – Toronto, ON

second cup - toronto, on

second cup – toronto, on

 

 

I’ve always loved Second Cup for the ambience, the quality beverages and the variety of yummy treats.  I definitely have favorite drinks here 🙂  Even before Starbucks, Second Cup was where I developed a taste and love for coffee!

second cup - toronto, on

second cup – toronto, on

 

 

 

 

 

It’s just sad that they haven’t been able to cross over to the West Coast.  I really miss it in Vancouver, so when I’m in an area where there is Second Cup locations I really make an effort to gte in as much as I can!

second cup - toronto, on

second cup – toronto, on

 

 

 

It’s the morning of the AllTV Korean Culture Caravan finale and with all the work, sweat and tears I’ve put in for the past 4~5 months there’s definitely been a lot leading up to this day.  Excited, amped up and really needing a coffee to kick-start the day!

second cup - toronto, on

second cup – toronto, on

 

 

 

Double Shot Vanilla Latte is exactly what I need.  Smooth, strong and fragrant…Definitely helped me to stay calm and collected over the somewhat heavy conversation I was having with my boss this morning.

Menchie’s (Toronto)

February 27, 2013

May 16th, 2012. Toronto Business Trip

menchie's (toronto)

menchie’s (toronto)

 

 

 

 

Mid-day excursion to Menchies with the bosses!  I have NO idea where in the vast area of Toronto this was, but I remember thinking that GOODNESS for some froyo!

 

menchie's (toronto)

menchie’s (toronto)

 

 

 

 

 

We’d recently gotten one in Vancouver as well, but since I hadn’t tried it yet I was pretty happy that I got to check this out.  I mean, between Pinkberry and Qoola I wondered where this one would fall.

 

menchie's (toronto)

menchie’s (toronto)

 

 

 

What’s Menchies does is you get to choose your froyo flavor and you also get to add on all the toppings yourself.  It then gets weighed and you pay by weight.  The danger here is that you sometimes can overload and end up paying more than you expected.  It’s the Mongolie Grill Syndrom!

 

menchie's (toronto)

menchie’s (toronto)

 

 

 

 

I got the Original Tart frozen yogurt with Lychee Poppin Bobas, Maraschino Cherries, Mochi and Malt Balls

 

menchie's (toronto)

menchie’s (toronto)

 

 

 

 

I found that the froyo itself was just a tad icy, I would have liked it to be creamier.  All in all, I prefer the froyo and toppings of Pinkberry more.  It just feels and tastes like better quality…does that make sense?  But you gotta love cute spoons~!