As a child, Tim Horton’s meant bagels and Boston Cream donuts—each eaten on a specific day at a specific time. A plain buttered bagel with a carton of white milk at 7 am the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend and a Boston Cream donut early afternoon every Saturday after our weekly grocery shop. Since moving out, I’ve become more adventurous with my Tim’s selection. And with Tim’s at both my university and college campuses, as a student, I was regularly exposed to the intricacies of its menu and incoming developments. During my university years, I learned about the prevalence of mental illness and the drama of house parties as well as the ability to order cheese and sliced tomato on your Tim’s bagel or even lasagne.
2011 was indeed a year of revelations.
After some experimentation, I pass on my Tim’s menu wisdom to you: what to order and when. Because, yes, your 9 am econ lecture can be improved thanks to Tim’s.
Why am I up this early?
Given my nostalgia when it comes to Tim’s bagels, for me, there is no other breakfast option. Filling yet light and so soft to the bite, your prof or TA won’t know you’re indulging in breakfast as they indulge in their “thought-provoking” lecture. My recommended combinations include:
- Health Nut: 12 Grain Bagel with peanut butter and a drizzle of honey
- Sunday Brunch: Maple Cinnamon French Toast Speciality Bagel with Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread
- Savour Me: Jalapeno Asiago Mozzarella Bagel with Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread, tomato and cucumber slices and a sprinkle of black pepper
When am I supposed to eat lunch?
Whether or not it’s common practice, in my books, two- to three-hour 11 am or 12 pm lectures and seminars are inhumane. How can you possible focus while visions of sandwiches and soups dance in your head? Thankfully, for the most part, my professors of these ghastly lunchtime lectures welcomed food in the classroom. And, thankfully, Tim’s is easily transportable to the classroom. As long as the jealously-inducing smell doesn’t distract your peers, I recommend Tim’s Homestyle Chili with a Cheese Croissant for dipping. Unlike soup, its thicker consistency won’t spill down your front or all over your keyboard. Their Oatmeal and Yogurt and Berries offer similarly reliable consistencies while still providing on sustenance and flavour. Only have a 10 minute break? Try the Boost App on your campus to pre-order and pick-up according to your schedule.
Why is there a lecture when I should be at the pub? Or asleep?
Almost as unjust as the lunchtime lecture, even the phrase itself “evening lecture” is tiresome. (And redundant for that matter. Both aspects independent of the other are likely to put you to sleep.) To distract you from the millions of other enjoyable and even productive ways you could spend your evening, I propose your baked good and hot beverage of choice. Skip them as a mid-morning treat. By 7 pm you need whatever help you can get to survive the next two or more hours. In my case, it’s a hot chocolate with a chai flavour shot and a Honey Crueller. Or an Earl Grey tea with a splash of milk and two Oatmeal Raisin Spice cookies. Why not help out your fellow classmates—and even the prof—with a box of Timbits? A fifty-pack makes any arduous task easier.