Chances are, if you’re reading this, it’s because you’re back after seeing my first post of our Big Day Downtown . If not, click here to read Part One .
On to more positive things, the waterfront has a great view of Georges Island!
“Our philosophy is that fresh is better, local is better, and pure is better. We use only real ingredients that you would find in your own kitchen - no artificial colourings or additives.”
I ordered a small, made with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter fudge & chocolate rum cake. With a waffle cone, of course! It was GOOD and I’m certain, not good for my poor waistline. ;) Hubby got a medium made with chocolate ice cream, peanut fudge & butter crunch.
We sat and watched all the sail boats and other small watercraft while we enjoyed our tasty treats!
“We celebrate and share the Canadian immigration experience by honouring the unique stories of immigration throughout history. We also pay tribute to 1.5 million immigrants, war brides, displaced people, evacuee children and Canadian military personnel who passed through Pier 21 between 1928 and 1971.”
Showing off my my admission ticket.
At this point hubby and I were tired and getting a little silly. I love this picture! :)
Our tour guide was excellent, she started off by explaining all the people that came through Pier 21 – refugees, soldiers returning home, war brides, Jewish children etc. In total, over one million people immigrated to Canada through Halifax from 1928 to 1971.
She took us out into the WW II room, which was towards the side and facing the harbour. There were big windows, which she explained used to be doors. Ships would pull up and then planks would be laid so people could walk into the building. The same area we were standing in, now in 2010, is where my grandmother came through in 1945.
Apparently a lot of war brides coming from Europe were in for quite a shock when they arrived. The rural areas of Nova Scotia were a great contrast to the busy streets of London. Also, many war brides brought along young children that were meeting their fathers for the first time ever. I can’t even imagine!
They were given 2 books when they came through the Pier. One was a cookbook with “Canadian” Recipes.
Lots of really cool artifacts that my camera had a hard time capturing due to the glass cases. :(
There was a huge replica of the building. We were shown the whole process of what happens during the immigration, from the time they got off the ship until they boarded the train. (Or stayed in Halifax.)
After that we watched a short film “The Ocean’s Of Hope” in the museum’s theatre. Since it’s a national museum, the film was offered in both official languages. Thought it might be fun to see if my French skills were still up to par, so I watched the video in French and understood the whole thing! :)
This was the view of Georges Island from The WW II room
“Food For Health is a bilingual exhibition from the Canada Agriculture Museum, which looks at concerns and questions many Canadians have about the role food plays in ensuring good health. Food for Health combines hands-on interactive components, multimedia technology, historical artifacts and graphics to showcase Canadian initiatives designed to ensure that our food is as safe as possible.”
We did take a moment to browse the gift shop, spotted this magnet. ;)
Back outside we hit the streets for our finally destination, Supper!
We made it up to Talay Thai just as they were opening. And thank goodness we did. About 10 minutes after we arrived the place was PACKED.
Our visit to Talay Thai was planned in advance. I had been wanting to go for a while now and when I saw that Team Buy was offering $35 dining credits for $17 I knew it was meant to be. :) I prepaid for 2 credits so that we could enjoy a full meal. The credits were good for food, non-alcoholic beverages and tax What a great deal! When we arrived, I simply let our server know about coupons and they were happy to accommodate. I have to admit that I was a little hesitant to use Team Buy but my experience was great. I’ll be checking back for future deals and would definitely recommend them.
I started with water and glass of iced tea. It’s nice that they put a little effort into a simple glass of iced tea!
We had a bit of time to look over the menu. There were lots of yummy sounding dishes.
They had both fresh and deep fried spring rolls. I asked our server what she recommended because I wanted to try both! She offered to do half orders of each, Yay!
Fresh Spring Rolls - Bean sprout, cucumber, carrot, coriander and glass noodle wrapped in soft and thin rice paper and served with house special tamarind sauce.
Deep Fried Spring Rolls - Glass noodle, shredded cabbage, carrot, and chinese mushroom wrapped in spring roll skins, deep-fried, and served with house sweet & sour spicy sauce.
I'm so glad that I was able to have a half order of each of the rolls, they were both fantastic! What I liked most was that they tasted fresh. Hints of fresh mint & cilantro in the raw rolls and fresh ginger in the deep fried.
Since I shared my rolls, he somewhat grudgingly shared a skewer. ;) Mmm yummy curry!
He ordered the Pat Chaa Beef - Stir fried sliced beef w/ ginger, red pepper, basil, chiles, green beans & curry powder. This dish was rated 3 chilies and VERY hot!
I had a scoop of each on my plate. The Masaman Curry chicken was delicious. Very sweet; almost decadent. Huge hints of coconut milk. Mmm! The Pat Chaa Beef was also quite good. I usually can handle spicy food but I couldn't finish my portion, the heat made me full.
Of course, we made room for dessert! Deep Fried Banana with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. I thought pan fried caramelized banana was delicious but this was divine! ;)
The verdict? We had an excellent dining experience at Talay Thai. Our server was great, service was speedy, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was cozy. Oh and we left with a huge doggy bag of tasty leftovers! We'll be back.
We had to rush to get down to the waterfront in time to make the next ferry. People were boarding when we arrived but we made it! I was so happy we didn't have to sit around in the terminal for 30 minutes waiting for the next one. It was a fun day but I was tired.
My General Thoughts On The Big Day Downtown
I personally had a wonderful experience! It's not often that we stop to actually take it all in. I enjoyed exploring the historical areas & buildings, unique shops, museums, restaurants and seeing some gorgeous scenery. It also gave hubby and I the opportunity to go out on a date. :)
Some people may disagree, but I have to say that I think our city is quite pedestrian friendly - with lots of side walks, boardwalks, ferry services, trails, parks, pedways and waterfront shopping/dining.
Now, for the real number… the $100 budget.
Grand Total $116.55
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and hearing about our Big Day Downtown. My blog posts, along with other participants, are available on Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s website . I really encourage you to check out it and see how what other bloggers did for their big day!