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Big Day Downtown II

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

On to our next adventure with Big Day Downtown. Squirt and I headed to the Seaport Farmers' Market on the waterfront in the weekend.

This was the gorgeous view that greated us - The Eurodam was on the dock, right behind the market. We saw groups of tourists getting off the ship and browsed the market. This explains the market's dynamic - a great combination of fresh fruits, vegetables straight from the farmers, home made food/ desserts, hand made and artisan work (jewelry, carving/ painting, etc.)

I think I experience a bit of each category, so let's go through the pics, shall we?

Snacks of the day: Apples, from Noggins Farm.

If you have been to a farmers' market before, you know the feeling of touching an apple (or fruits in general) there. It feels fresh and plump, like from the tree in your backyard. If you bring it to your nose, you can smell its natural scent that fruits in most grocery stores don't have.

I was so happy to see the Russets (the upper left corner in the pic), my favorite apples beside Ambrosia. I haven't been looking for them as soon as Fall hit. These were almost as big as the Honey Crisp and Macintosh. The only sensible thing to do is to get like 3lbs of it to go :)

We also grabbed a BBQ Pork steamed bun and went to the roof for an awesome view of the cruise ship while snacking. Oh the small things in life that make you happy :)

Splurge of the day: a melted glass bracelet.

This little stall called Glass with Class caught my eyes right away with the most shiny jewelry I have seen. The beads were created from different layers of coloured glass, melted in the kiln at 150 degrees. The base is normally dark and the top layer is clear so the colour(s) in the middle can shine through. The pieces look like they grow from within.

Squirt helped me to decide on a bracelet with 12 small beads in different shades of blue. To fit my wrist, the lady took out 2 beads, which were then turned into earrings for me, no charge. I was so happy.

Because of the way they are made, no two beads will look exactly the same, hence no two bracelets look the same either. Score!

By the time we were done at the jewelry stall, I was hungry. Lunch of the day was Masaman chicken curry and steamed rice at Talay Thai on Barrington Street, just a few steps away from the market.

This is gotta be one of the best sellers there, as I saw quite a few tables ordered it. The base is curry of course, coconut milk and peanut sauce, not spicy to accommodate Squirt's taste. In the curry is chicken, sweet potato, onion slices and peanuts.

The restaurant does offer Masaman curry dish in the lunch menu with beef and a fried spring roll but we chose the full sized dish to split between us. Let just say we had to pack half of it to go :)

Downtown is fun to hang out and we sure had a good time.


  1. Mmm I love Talay Thai, I haven't been in a while though!
    I love the market :)

    1. I just don't get downtown in the weekends often enough, so it's fun when I do :)

  2. I need to visit Halifax again sometime soon!

  3. the bracelet is quite pretty~ and I like that she turned the extra's into earrings for you