FREEDOM! Oh to get out with friends on the weekend and go on some adventures. Here is a postcard tour of what we were up to. It started at the Dartmouth Crossing Wok Box.
Emily and I met up with Alissa and her little one for lunch. Fortunately there is a lunch menu so this “Pad Thai” only cost me around $7 but with tax and tip I paid $10 for this little bowl. I do not understand why places that do not serve food to your table charge for a tip!
Sadly, once again, this did not taste like real Pad Thai to me. No peanuts. No fish sauce. Flat with a little heat. I think this is the seventh disappointing Pad Thai I have tried since I moved here. I give up!
Thankfully Emily shared her spring rolls and they were excellent.
We stopped by the Value Village in Dartmouth. I have been letting go or storing my entire kitchen so I knew that if I got something it would have to be small and cheap. Voila! The cutest little sauce pan for $1. I could have used it when I made Nutella ganache the other day. (Story and recipe to come.)
While we were driving back to Halifax I realized that the old Value Village building was now some kind of market. It mentioned food on the sign so we went in.
It was one of the weirdest place I have ever gone to. You have to pay $1 to get in and then weave around this odd labyrinth of booths with various vendors. There was water dripping from the ceiling into a large custodian bucket.
You get to the middle and there is a lot more you can see. You will smell seafood chowder but other than that, I did not see a lot of food.
We were going to go for coffee but spontaneously stopped at Vivacious Vixen Apparel at 6092 Cunard Street.
Wow! I immediately fell in love with this store. The wild patterns and foodie clothing theme seduced me completely.
Popcorn skirts? Cherry jackets? This place literally rocked my foodie world!
My absolute favourite though was this rockabilly popsicle dress. Fabulous!
I mean how cute are these shoes?!
According to her site she loves to make clothes that accentuate curves and as you can see, her workshop is in her store.
While I was there she mentioned to me that she has made clothes with truffle designs. Can you imagine? And I almost went home with her Batman Bathing Suit.
Instead I stayed on budget and got this acrylic blue rose ring for $6! Weirdly I had bought a black rose bracelet earlier at Value Village. Reg said they look like roses from a cake which just made me fall in love with them even more.
Lastly we stopped for refreshments at The Nook on Gottigen located at 2118 Gottigen Street.
I loved it immediately. Especially when I saw that they sell POTIONS! The person who was working there was so friendly and helpful, I felt very much at home.
It isn’t too big. In fact it felt so cozy inside. You definitely got the feeling that it was OK to hangout and play games, journal or whatever for as long as you want.
Emily and I shared the raspberry Nutella crumble which was quite tasty. I was going to treat her but found out they do not accept debit!!! So I owe Emily a treat next time we go out.
Their blueberry lychee lemonade infused with basil was out of this world! So refreshing and I thought the basil might be too strong but not, subtle and stunning. One of the best lemonades I have ever had.
They even have these little private alcoves you can go into and sit on the floor which I have never seen before. This has to be the coolest and most wonderful little cafe I have ever been to. I highly recommend checking it out and hope to go back.
What a fun day we had exploring parts of the city I knew nothing about! Winter is finally let us go from its grip and I loved getting a chance to see these gems before we move back home. Thanks Emily!!!