Symposium Cafe

The first time I went to Symposium Cafe is in Waterloo so I was pleasantly surprised to find a branch in North York. My high school friends decided to try this cafe after hearing about me reminiscing the Waterloo location. The North York location is much smaller compared to the Waterloo location. Th Waterloo location has a much more extensive cake selection as well. What I like about Symposium Cafe is their Sunday special which is 2 cakes for the price of 1 and they have a fairly extensive drink selection.

Baileys Cheesecake

Baileys Cheesecake

We decided to split the Bailey’s Cheesecake ($7.95) and the Fudge Brownie Cheesecake ($7.95) while another friend got the Rockslide Brownie ($5.25).

Fudge Cheesecake

Fudge Cheesecake

The Bailey’s Cheesecake is quite good. The Fudge Brownie Cheesecake is very chocolatey. Both are quite sweet. My friend enjoyed the Rockslide Brownie.

Rockslide Brownie

Rockslide Brownie

Symposium is definitely a nice restaurant for a romantic date or just hanging out with friends however it can be pricey.

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Cafe Bene

Afew of my high school friends and I went to Cafe Bene to have dessert last Friday. It’s on the second floor on top of a bar&grill. It’s a cute little quaint place. It’s quite small but the tables there have a sense of privacy due to the way the place is structured. There are also rooms for karaoke. One friend had the affogato coffee which is ice cream with chocolate syrup drizzled on it in coffee. Another friend had iced peppermint latte. I got the parfait ($9 including tax).


forefront: parfait in the back: iced peppermint latte

forefront: parfait
in the back: iced peppermint latte

The parfait is made of crushed ice, pieces of strawberries, strawberry ice cream, pieces of kiwi, mango ice cream, pieces of bananas, cornflakes and waffle cookies with chocolate syrup drizzled on top of whipped cream. It was yummy.

Overall, if you’re in North York and feeling like dessert, coffee, or karaoke in a nice, small, fairly quiet place then Cafe Bene fits the bill.

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I went to Chatime four times during their grand opening week in late October at the Markham location. I had the buy one and get one free drink coupon that was valid for a week so my friends and I made good use of it.


I got the Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea (regular size is $4.75 including tax) the first two times I went. The first time I went with friends. I ordered no ice and 30% sugar. They still gave me ice and I found it very sweet still even though the amount of sugar is suppose to be less. The second time I went with my work colleague. She loves the Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea and that’s all she ever orders at Chatime. I ordered no ice and no sugar. This time there wasn’t any ice and it wasn’t as sweet as the first time. I like the Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea with no sugar and no ice when it’s not scorching hot outside.


I had the Matcha Red Bean Milk Tea (large size) the third time I went with my colleague again. I had it with 30% sugar and no ice. At first I was going to order it no sugar but the cashier remarked that “it would be so bitter!” so I decided to add a little bit of sugar to it. I didn’t find it bitter and it was a nice green tea taste.


I had the Roasted Tea Latte (regular size is $4.75 including tax) the fourth time I went with another work colleague. It’s creamier and smoother than the Roasted Milk Tea.

Overall, I would definitely go there when I have a coupon or when it’s heavily discounted or when my friends want to go. Otherwise, I find that the drinks are too pricey for regular consumption.

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Dieu Du Ciel!

Three people from my hostel and I walked to Dieu Du Ciel! for a drink after a detour to Schwartz’s so I could eat dinner.  I had the Rigor Mortis Triple ($5.75 including tax).


Dieu Du Ciel! is a microbrewery. It was already jam packed when we arrived around 10pm. We sat outside on the patio. The guys went to get us a table while another girl and I ordered the drinks. At first I couldn’t decide between the Rigor Mortis Double or the Rigor Mortis Triple and the bartender was nice enough to let me sample both before I ordered. The Rigor Mortis Triple is a biere d’abbaye (abbey beer). It has a reported alcohol content of 9.5%. The Rigor Mortis Triple has a bitter aftertaste however it’s not as dark as other beers.


If you like beers, this is a great place to go to since they have a huge selection of beers and they’re open until 3am seven days a week. The patio closes at midnight though.

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Le Lab

After eating at Au Pied de Cochon, my friend and I walked to Le Lab. At the front of Le Lab, we met up with the people I had lunch with at Brasserie T! The world is full of coincidences. I ordered Zombie 1956 ($26 including tax) and my friend and I split it. The others had also ordered Zombie 1956 (two of them split it as well) and the other two ordered flaming shots.


Zombie 1956 is a cocktail that consists of homemade Falernum, Angostura bitters, lime, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, homemade grenadine, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, rum and decorated with an Orchid flower, fruit slices, a leaf and a sugar cube. When it was placed in front of me, the waitress set the sugar cube on fire. The main reason I ordered this drink is because there’s absinthe in it although setting the drink on fire is a bonus. Absinthe is an alcoholic drink that has a high alcohol content and is falsely considered as a hallucinogenic drug. Zombie 1956 was delectable although it is quite large if consumed by only one person.

Zombie 1956

Zombie 1956

I’ll definitely come back here for the cocktails.

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