Saturday, December 17, 2011

you'll shoot your eye out, kid

There are Christmas Markets and then there are Christmas Markets with robots. After all, nothing says Christmas quite like an eggbot.

I had a grand time at the Elves in the Village Christmas Market today.
The old Simmons mattress factory is a beautiful location for a market, exposed brick and warm wood. It's the sort of place where you feel instantly at home. With the Cantos house band belting out soul numbers in one corner, and friendly folks taking in food bank donations and offering really scrumptious cookies in another corner, it wasn't the easiest place to drag myself away from. Especially when I had friends and coworkers there who needed chatting to.

Good thing there was no shortage of friendly chatty folks outside along the RiverWalk. Inventor-types, food truck guys, and fellows with big cameras, all more than willing to answer my inane questions. And the calzones that I brought home for supper from Pimento's food truck were top-notch. Thanks, Mario and Giovanni.

Have you been to any Christmas Markets this year?
What about food trucks? What's your favourite food truck fare?


Dale said...

You did have robots?! No robots at the Christmas Market in our Distillery District. There were lots of free wine and beer samples though. Beautiful location but I have to say, it wasn't incredibly Christmas-y for something with Christmas right up there in the title. It was cold enough on the cobblestones so I didn't dare get on the carousel or ferris wheel. I was surprised by the crush of people. Still pretty cool. I'll suggest robots and no strollers bigger than Smart cars to them for next year.

Allison said...

Wow, that sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Saturday! I have not been to any Christmas markets this year, or any good food trucks lately.

I'll need to change this before the new year, clearly.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You had free wine and beer, Dale? Nice, and I guess not too unexpected for a Distillery District. I guess we really should have had a nap station at ours, being in a former mattress factory.
What is it with those monster-strollers? How are we ever going to convince those kids to drive Smart cars when they grow up, when they have to scale down from their strollers to do so?

It was really quite lovely, Al, one of the nicest I have attended. The food trucks were a great touch and I am going to be actively seeking them out from now on.

Anonymous said...

The location sounds ideal!

BeckEye said...

I don't really know anything about Christmas Markets. During the holiday season, I tend to stay away from any retail areas until it's the last minute and I realize I have none of my shopping done.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was prime, Leazwell, right along the river downtown. Gorgeous.

I have done my share of Christmas shopping at gas stations myself, Beckeye.

Anonymous said...

no christmas markets for me, to many people.

My favourite for food trucks is still the mini donuts, I get them once a year at the marina arts festival

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This market was set up really well, so it never felt overcrowded, Kelly. The mini doughnut truck was there too, but I save that indulgence for Stampede.