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Recap: Weekend getaway to Jasper in January + Enter to Win Lift Passes to Marmot Basin!

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Do you ever have just the most wonderful weekend getaway and wish it wouldn’t end? That’s how I’m feeling after coming home from Jasper in January – the national park town’s winter festival that features both free and ticketed events themed around adventure, food, and arts.

Mike and I had a whirlwind trip just last weekend for the “Appetites” (food-themed, of course!) weekend of Jasper in January. As you might’ve guessed, we ate a lot, but we also took part in some fun outdoor, winter adventures too. Food, wine, snowshoeing, snowboarding, exploring the town and more –

Read on for my recap of our Jasper in January adventure, check out my list of 10 Tips to Get The Most Out of Jasper in January blog post here, and scroll down to enter my giveaway for a chance to win 1-Day lift passes for 2 to Jasper’s Marmot Basin Ski Resort!

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Mike’s favourite booth at Wine in Winter Jasper in January!

We kicked off our Jasper in January experience at the Wine in Winter Festival on Friday night. For $30/ticket, you get to sample countless wines from around the world, while nibbling on same small plate/appetizer dishes.

I’m not much of a wine drinker but Mike loves it (at home, he’ll do Wine Mondays, Wine Wednesdays, Wine Thursdays, Wine Saturdays…) so you can imagine how much bang for your buck a wine lover can get at this type of event.

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A little bit of Wayne Gretzky wine for you?

Admittedly the food offerings at Wine in Winter were kind of disappointing, but the wine was fantastic. You’re really going for the wine at this event. Mike quickly got into a pattern that was very effective, returning to his favourite booths (the Black Sage Vineyard was a winner) and booths with generous pours.

I still enjoyed some of the food selection – including the meat and cheese, and chips and dips, but when we return next year (because we would – because unlimited wine for $30, really is a no-brainer), I’m hoping the food is taken up a notch.

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Inside Wicked Cup in Jasper.

Our Saturday schedule was jam-packed and I really think that’s how you should ‘do’ Jasper in January – just soak up as many of the events and activities as you can. I’m always amazed at how much you can do when you’re in “vacation mode” compared to how many episodes of That 70’s Show I can get through in one evening at home, lol. Huge contrast but that’s one of the things I love about getting away – doing, seeing and taking in as much as I can!

So to start off our busy Jasper in January Saturday, we had breakfast at Wicked Cup, just the cutest and most interesting little breakfast/cafe/art and gift store a couple of minutes past town.

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Chairs made from reclaimed bicycles!

At Wicked Cup, there’s no shortage of interesting things to look at – many of them reclaimed or from another part of the world. We were immediately struck by all the cool art on the walls, and the cool furniture and decor.

Our server told us the owners really like to travel, so will often bring back really interesting pieces of art and items to furnish or sell at the store – and for really affordable prices. We couldn’t believe how affordable some of this hand-made, art from Asia was.

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Love the art at Wicked Cup! Got this for my parent’s.

I couldn’t leave without purchasing this beautiful Buddha piece for my parents – the hand painted work of art uses leaves from Indonesia, and Buddha’s face is meant to show a perfect state of calm and awareness. Biggest bonus: it was just $80!

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My delicious breakfast at the Wicked Cup in Jasper.

What we originally came there for – breakfast – was also really tasty. I got the egg sandwich, hash browns, sausage, with extra bacon (you need to have both bacon and sausage if you get the option of having both).

I also thought it was awesome that they offered a matcha (green tea) latte and was delighted when it came to the table with an amazing dragon latte art foam design!

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My wicked matcha latte from Wicked Cup in Jasper!

There’s actually a lot of Asian influences in Wicked Cup, which is really cool (you see a lot of Asian items for sale in their little gift shop too).

I really, really loved our visit to Wicked Cup and would absolutely recommend anyone stopping by or passing through Jasper to head inside (and try not to leave with a ton of art! lol)

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Getting ready to snowshoe!

Next on the agenda was a stop at Marmot Meadows for a free snowshoeing and tracking lesson!

Mike and I snowshoed in the Edmonton river valley a few years ago and for that event we used the more classic beaver tail wooden snowshoes. I found trying to snowshoe in those a lot more challenging than snowshoeing in the more modern shoes we were given for this Parks Canada-hosted event.

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These fancy snowshoes.

There was quite a big turnout for the free event (20-30 of us) as we went around Marmot Meadows’ field and into the forest.

If you’ve never snowshoed before, it’s a pretty casual outdoor activity (winter sport?) where the snowshoes enable you to walk with ease through snow without sinking in. Historically, snowshoes allowed hunters, traders, etc. whose lives depended on getting around areas with tons of snow. Today it’s a pretty leisurely recreational activity (I think).

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Going deeper into the forest!

Mike was so funny – always running ahead in his snowshoes – working up a sweat. You can certainly make it more of an intense exercise if you want, but I just enjoyed sort of gliding through the snow, taking in the fresh air, mountains and trees.

We’d stop every so often in the forest to learn some information about how hunters in the past (on snowshoes) might’ve tracked different kinds of animals.

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Snoeshoe adventure!

It was a pretty relaxing adventure, and we couldn’t have gotten better weather. There was still enough snow that made the snowshoeing worthwhile, but the sun was shining, sky was blue, and at times you wanted to get out of your jacket it got so warm!

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Snowshoeing our way around Marmot Meadows.

After our snowshoeing adventure, we sat down by a cozy fire and learned more about the different animal tracks and the importance of understanding and respecting nature.

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Learning about animal tracks during snoeshoeing.

This was followed by a welcome beer and lunch break!

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The six-beer sampler at Jasper Brewing Company!

For lunch we stopped at the Jasper Brewing Company BrewPub & Eatery (or the “BrewPub” as the locals call it!)

We were still pretty stuffed from breakfast at Wicked Cup to be honest, but somehow managed to eat our way through wings, nachos, and calamari. (It was all very good!)

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The delicious nachos from the Jasper Brewing Company BrewPub & Eatery.

Mike, our friend Mack, and a few others in our group, also tried the 6-beer sampler, which comes in a cute little wooden crate, and really lets you sample six of the BrewPub’s popular concoctions, brewed right there on site. (P.S. Mike’s favourite is Jasper The Bear honey ale)

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Head brewer John has a masters in chemistry! So awesome.

After lunch we got a tour of the brewery in the basement from Jasper Brewing Company’s Head Brewer John.

We learned that the Jasper Brewing Company actually has a few sister companies across Alberta – including breweries in Banff, Calgary, and Fort McMurray.

In Jasper, they brewed about 115,000 litres last year, which is a lot for a small brewery, but in context, for example a big beer business like Labatt brews around that many per day.

Perhaps the coolest tidbit? That head brewer John Palko actually has a Masters in Chemistry!

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A little bit of backcountry cooking.

After lunch our shuttle bus took us back out to Marmot Meadows to learn a bit about backcountry cooking!

This event was free, and also drew a pretty good crowd (you have to take advantage of all the free activities!).

There were a few different stations set up, with each station focusing on a different type of food or outdoor cooking technology. The stations were run by Parks Canada and Wild Current Outfitters, an adventure travel company based in Jasper.

The intent of this activity was to get people more interested and confident in cooking in the backcountry. You can whip up good meals, and it doesn’t need to be difficult. The idea is if people feel confident and excited about bringing along their own equipment and cooking better food out in the national parks, they’re more likely to stay longer to take in more that the park has to offer.

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Learning how to cook in the backcountry.

Mike even learned how to start a fire with this modern-ish stove (and in the process singed off a bit of the hair on his hands, lol).

After Mike started the fire, he was able to boil water, which you then pour into these food packets that can give you things like potato vegetable stews and pastas. It was pretty interesting! 

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A little bit of backcountry cooking!

We didn’t spend too much time at the backcountry cooking (all of the day’s activities were starting to catch up to us and we were feeling pretty tired!) but it was neat to see the different ways you could cook in the backcountry and it was nice to try some of the food samples.

If I were to critique (the totally free event), I think it would’ve been cool to have more of a step-by-step how-to for the food/cooking. Most of the dishes were already created when we arrived, and the organizers sort of talked us through how they got to the final result but I think it wouldn’t been nice if there had been more of a structured lesson.

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Lots of free activities at Marmot Meadows for Jasper in January!

After the backcountry cooking, we had a couple hours break before a dinner at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

This was a ticketed event, though if you weren’t going to it and still in town for Jasper in January, you had your pick of evening entertainment – from a free dark sky snowshoe lesson (also at Marmot Meadows), to Food-a-Palooza, where you can stop at more than a dozen Jasper restaurants and try their special Jasper in January food & drink menu pairing for just $15. 

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Winemaker’s dinner at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge!

Our fancy Winemaker’s dinner was lovely, with the most incredible service (as you’d come to expect from a Fairmont spot).

The menu for the night included: preserved blood orange salad, housemade tagliatelle with lobster and pancetta, our choice of braised veal, rabbit, arctic chair, or ravioli entrees, and a pistachio ice cream, chocolate tarte with biscotti crumble. 

For me, the stand-out dishes were the from-scratch pastas! Just incredible. 

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Delicious tagliatelle lobster at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
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The most amazing ravioli!
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The dessert at our Fairmont JPL Winemakers dinner.

Everyone at our table also raved about the dessert, with some saying it was the very best dessert they had ever had in their life – but as I don’t have much of a chocolate tooth, I couldn’t share the same excitement for the dessert.

Give me five more plates of the tagliatelle and ravioli pastas though and I would die a happy woman. 

I was stuffed and exhausted after our jam-packed Saturday so I was excited to get to bed after the Fairmont dinner, but Mike wanted to take in some of the Jasper in January entertainment! Each week of Jasper in January, there’s a really affordable ($5 at the door) live music / show. For our weekend, Edmonton’s own rock band Tupelo Honey hit the stage both Friday and Saturday nights to perform at the packed Atha-B night club. Mike and Mack hit the club and had a blast. 

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Loved this pillow at the Crimson Hotel in Jasper!

One of the beauties of Jasper is everything is so close you could likely walk to where you want to be and that was the case with their Tupelo Honey excursion – it was a quick walk to and from the hotel we were staying at – Mountain Park Lodge’s The Crimson, which I would definitely recommend.

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Love this very Canadian print in our room at the Crimson Hotel!

We had a really nice room, great service, and I loved the different  Canadian decor around the hotel. 

Sunday was a pick-your-own-adventure day for Jasper in January. 

Throughout the three-week long festival, Marmot Basin Ski Resort offers a discounted lift pass rate so a lot of people end up hitting the slopes (which is what Mike and I chose to do). But there are also activities at the nearby Pyramid Lake (horse-drawn sleigh rides in the snow, dogsledding, and other free events depending on the weekend you choose to go). 

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Ordering from the Bear Paw before hitting the slopes!

Mike and I started the Sunday with a visit to the Bear’s Paw Bakery, easily the most popular and well-known bakeries in town. 

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Take us back!

Then we went snowboarding on the mountain! 

I’ve only snowboarded on a mountain a few times, but it’s infinitely better than on a regular hill (I’ve done a lot of Snow Valley and Rabbit Hill trips growing up with my brother). The views are incredible and it takes forever to get back down to the base (which is awesome – longer runs, longer snowboard time!) 

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On the mountain!! at Marmot Basin.

The nice thing about Marmot too – even on that busy, sunny day, was that there never seemed to be any line-ups to get on the lifts! 

Mike is an experienced snowboarder and although I’ve gone a number of times, I’ve always been a board on my heels / pendulum kind of girl. Mike tried to teach me how to carve once and I just ended up getting frustrated with him, so we actually took advantage of Marmot’s Snow School private lesson options! 

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Mike and our Marmot Basin Snow School instructor Drew!

Our Marmot Snow School instructor was named Drew, originally from Australia, and he was fantastic! 

I am proud to say that after just a morning with Drew, I have learned how to properly snowboard / carve!

I think I need to return very soon to make sure I lock the skill down though, because I do worry if I don’t snowboard again for awhile I may lose what I’ve so proudly learned but there’s some great tips Drew shared with me that I think I’ll be able to keep in mind the next time I go!

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Thanks to my awesome Marmot Snow School instructor Drew!

The last thing we did in Jasper before heading back home (sadfaces) was dine at the Marmot Basin base chalet.

Erin, with Marmot Basin, joined us for lunch and talked about the new chalet menu.

For the first time this season, Marmot has partnered with Dana Hospitality and is offering a brand new menu, with all dishes cooked in-house, fresh daily. You can imagine how challenging that can be (especially for the mid-mountain chalet!)

Erin says for a ski resort to be abel to say that everything is cooked fresh, in-house daily is remarkable, and pretty uncommon. They’ve noticed it’s already making a big difference (lots of happy, satisfied ski/snowboarders!) and are really excited about the new food and partnership!

We certainly tasted the difference too. My fish and chips were amazing, Mike cleaned off his steak sandwich, and we also tried the Jasper in January trio of game sliders (duck, bison, and elk) – special just for the festival.

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The tasty fish and chips at Marmot Basin.
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A Jasper in January special – trio of game sliders duck, elk, and bison.
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Steak sandwich and fries from Marmot Basin’s chalet!

Needless to say, as we packed up to head home, we were feeling so full, so satisfied, and so thrilled with what a wonderful weekend adventure we had at Jasper in January.

If you want to be spontaneous, you could head down to Jasper this weekend for their final few days of Jasper in January (it’s the ‘Arts’-themed weekend!) Since it’s also the closing weekend there’s going to be a big outdoor block party too, which should be so much fun!

Otherwise, please plan to attend this annual festival next year.

Thank you so much to Tourism Jasper for inviting Mike and I to come down to experience this special festival.

Check out my 10 Tips to Get The Most Out of Jasper in Jasper

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And as a reward for sticking with me to the end of this post (or I’m sure some of you just skipped the whole page to get right down to the free stuff), Marmot Basin has generously offered my readers a chance to win a single-day lift pass for 2 people!

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  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me if you prefer to ski or snowboard (and your experience level!)
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Thanks to Marmot Basin for arranging this giveaway with me and Tourism Jasper for the awesome weekend!

Linda

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Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. Tourism Jasper invited me to experience the Appetites Week of Jasper in January. This has no impact on opinions stated in this post.

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She’s also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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  • Christina

    This is an awesome opportunity! I snowboard at an intermediate level and just got all brand new gear this year for Christmas! So excited for a chance to win :)

  • Kasandra

    I love to snowboard! I’m intermediate level and just got a new board that I would love to break in!!

  • Kerstyn

    Hey Linda! Snowboarding is actually one of my favourite winter hobbies. I would probably rate myself an intermediate level boarder. I’m going to Banff & Lake Louise next week so having a chance ride at Marmot Basin would be fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity. You should get back on the slopes asap, the snow is much better this year; compared to last year. I also have a tattoo of two snowflakes that I got for my twin sister and I (no two snowflakes are the same) and are love of shredding (we both board). Enjoy the rest of winter! 🏂🗻Kerstyn⛄️❄️

  • Molly

    I prefer to snowboard!

  • Terra

    I’m a new skier. Rediscovered skiing this year with my five year old. It’s been 20 years and I am loving it. Would love to ski in Jasper. It looks gorgeous.

  • Clar

    I love to snowboard, and wish I was a pro boarder, but I am at a medium skill level. I need to hit the slopes ASAP!

  • Lindie Feng

    I love snowboarding!!! I’m not a pro though…still learning to carve lol
    Awesome pics!

  • Erinn Trebaczkiewicz

    I snowboard, but it’s been a few years 😬. The gay and is an excellent skier however and in the process of teaching our 3 year old his skills. It’s probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Gotta start ’em young!

  • Erinn Trebaczkiewicz

    Oh my goodness! What a pivotal auto correct mistake! (See above!) *The hubby is an excellent skier!!!

    Ahh!

  • Jodie

    I prefer to ski! And even with skiing, I do suck, but I just love to get out in nature. I stick to the green :) My bf loves snowboarding though, we have opposite skills!

    Epic blog post! I love reading about Jasper!

  • Amanda

    We snowboard. My husband is semi professional and I am level suck. Just kidding. I do ok. I can make it down the hill. Great blog Linda!

  • Colin

    Great post. I’m a beginner snowboarder myself who hopes to learn to carve by the end of the season.

  • Wanda

    Hi Linda! Great recap to the fun and plentiful activities in Jasper. What an awesome town.

    I’ve tried snowboarding a few times with little success (catching edges, falling on my face then crying pretty much sums it up), so skiing is much better for me. I’m a beginner so it’s pretty much “french fry and pizza pie” ski shapes for me but I’m trying to learn! My husband is an avid snowboarder so I must join him on the slopes soon.

    Thanks for an opportunity to win tickets!

  • Charmaine Melanson

    My son skiis, I would love for me and my husband to finally have the chance to learn! We adore Jasper the few times we have been! We LOVE the mountains more then anything!!!!!! Xoxo

  • Tanya Wiens

    Back to skiing after 20 years & I still love it, no falls…so I guess not a beginner?!

  • Tracy

    Hi Linda! What an excellent blog post. It has caused me to dream about exploring the area. I am a skiier – high intermediate. I wanted to like snowboarding, tried snowboarding, and my brain and body, just couldn’t figure out how to put it together :)

  • Breanne

    i have been a skier for the past 20 years and my sons just started out this season. I would love to take him to the mountains !

  • Alexis Conti

    Hey Linda, thank you for providing us this opportunity! Great post! I’m an intermediate level snowboarder.

  • Joe

    Great tips! I’m a snowboarder. I learned to carve last season so I’m trying to work on switching stances this season :) I would consider myself just past beginner.

  • Jess

    I love to snowboard!

  • Jess

    The rafflecopter isn’t loading for me. I’ve tried it on my work and personal computer. :(

  • Melissa

    I prefer to ski and I would say intermediate but it’s been a very long time so I may be a beginner for a bit again! Thanks for the chance!

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  • emelvee

    I snowboard, and I am at an intermediate level.

  • kathryn howden

    Great blog Linda! I ski and my kids do both. We LOVE Marmot and Jasper. My faves.

  • Vivian

    I’m more of a skier and I love it! I’m pretty much stuck at an intermediate level until I figure out how to master moguls!

  • Sarah

    I’m an intermediate advanced snowboarder. I love going to the mountains but usually go to Sunshine in Banff; haven’t been to Marmot in a few years.

  • Brittany

    Just moved to Edmonton and have never snowboarded on the mountains! Looking forward to trying it out a bunch this winter – Jasper is quickly becoming my favourite little town. I learned to snowboard when I was young on the ‘bunny hills’ of the East (Ontario) and am now a beginner to intermediate :)

  • Jamie

    Hi Linda! Love reading your blog posts! I used to ski quite often and was actually pretty good at one point lol Now I would rate myself at an advanced beginner level. I would love to get back to jasper and go skiing once again :)

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  • 🎁 DEC 9 GIVEAWAY! 🎁
I’m a big brunch fan so today’s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway 🎅🏻 is Brunch for 2 to @BundokYEG! (valued at $40).
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To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure you’re following me and @BundokYEG!
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! I’ll pick a winner on Dec. 10 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. —————————————
Bündok is a pretty cool place on 104 Street, serving up delicious and beautifully-plated food. Their brunch menu includes both bistro and brunch options. There's french toast, eggs benny, omelettes and sausages, but the bistro dishes are my favourite - like sea bream crudo and chicken liver. Yuuuum!! Although this giveaway is for brunch, you also have to try their regular lunch and dinner menu. Bündok's gnocchi is unbelievable. Bündok should most certainly be on your list for a visit!  Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)👩🏻‍💻
** UPDATE ** Congrats to @chercher14 for winning this giveaway!! Thanks for entering everyone!
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  • 🎁 DEC 8 GIVEAWAY! 🎁
Who LOVES seafood? 🐠 Today’s 24 Days of Christmas 🤶 is a Chef's Table Dinner for FOUR people with wine pairings 🍷to @sabor_yeg!! Delicious, sustainable seafood! This dinner/wine pairing is valued at $250. Happy Friday!!! 🎉 —————————————
To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure you’re following me and @sabor_yeg!
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! I’ll pick a winner on Dec. 9 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. —————————————
Sabor is very well-known for serving some of the very best seafood in Edmonton! Sabor serves up delicious Iberian (Portuguese/Spanish/Mediterranean) coastal cuisine, using sustainable, Ocean-wise certified seafood. This beautiful restaurant (perfect for wedding receptions and other intimate gatherings) is also home to live music on weekends! Sabor has been voted one of Canada's best restaurants and is one of my favourites. It's got a great lunch deal (appetizer + entree for $18 from a set menu) and has delicious risotto and paella too. Eating 'Family Style' at Sabor is also popular! Chef Lino will prepare a three-course meal that changes daily, based on seasonal ingredients and his daily ingredients. Sabor is a must-try! Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)👩🏻‍💻
** UPDATE ** Congrats to Amber P, the winner of today’s giveaway! .
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  • 🎁 DEC 7 GIVEAWAY! 🎁
Who doesn’t love a good croissant? Well the ones from @chocorrant are GREAT! Today’s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway 🎅🏻 is an Artisan Chocorrant Collection (Baker’s Dozen) of croissants featuring all kinds of flavours like matcha, strawberry milk, chocolate and cookies and cream! (Valued at $50).
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To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure you’re following me and @Chocorrant!
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! I’ll pick a winner on Dec. 8 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. —————————————
Chocorrant is one of Edmonton’s newest patisserie & cafes. They make their croissants in-house, fresh daily, and infuse awesome flavours into these buttery,  fluffy pastries. I had only ever really had cheese, chocolate and regular croissants before Chocorrant opened my eyes to all the wonderful flavours you can have in a croissant! They also have savoury croissant sandwiches and sell over treats too! Visit their cute little store on @shop124street. Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)👩🏻‍💻
** UPDATE ** Congrats Andrea K from Facebook! She wins $50 worth or croissants!! .
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  • 🎁 DEC 6 GIVEAWAY! 🎁

Have you tried @ErnestsNAIT? This #yegfood gem and one of Canada’s Best Restaurants (voted by @opentable users!) features delicious cuisine & service by @NAIT Culinary Arts & Hospitality students! I’ve always had a great meal at Ernest’s and now you can too - For today’s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway 🎅🏻, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to this affordable fine dining spot. —————————————
To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure you’re following me and @ErnestsNAIT.
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! I’ll pick a winner on Dec. 3 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. —————————————
Ernest's is an Edmonton food gem - an affordable fine dining spot featuring delicious cuisine and excellent service by NAIT Culinary Arts and Hospitality students. This dining room has been a huge part of the Culinary Arts department for over 50 years, and is recognized as one of Edmonton's top dining experiences. The coolest part is that all the food is prepared and served by students! Ernest's offers a lunch and dinner menu, along with a lunch buffet, and is often host to a bunch of wicked culinary dinners featuring celebrity chefs and local chefs. You're always in good hands at Ernest's. They’ve also been named one of Canada's Best 100 Restaurants in past years, AND for 2017! If you've never tried, now's your chance! I used to call it a hidden gem but it shouldn't be hidden because everyone should know about Ernest's! Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)👩🏻‍💻
* * THE WINNER IS @reneechan_yeg! * *
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  • 🎁 DEC 5 GIVEAWAY! 🎁
Happy #TacoTuesday!! 🌮🌮 Today’s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway 🎅🏻 is a $50 gift card to @ElCortezYEG!! Eat all the tacos, tequila, and try their new winter menu!
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To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure you’re following me and @ElCortezYEG!
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! I’ll pick a winner on Dec. 6 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. —————————————
El Cortez is a super cool Mexican kitchen + tequila bar just off Whyte Ave @oldstrathcona. The restaurant/bar specializes in traditional Latin food with a modern twist. Their tasty menu features tacos, tapas, gourmet street food, and Latin brunch. They are one of just 9 establishments in the WORLD to be certified by The Tequila Regulatory Council (so their tequila offerings are legit). They also have amazing decor and an overall wicked vibe - like when I say it's super cool I mean this place oozes cool. Check out the funky graffiti-style wall art and the crazy-lit bathrooms. El Cortez is always a good time. They just launched their new winter menu too so be sure to check it out, PLUS - on Tuesdays its half-price tacos!! 🌮 They’re also currently running a holiday gift card promotion! For every minimum $50 gift card purchased, El Cortez is donating $5 to the Humane Animal Rescue Team @hartedmonton! Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)👩🏻‍💻
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  • 🎁 DEC 4 GIVEAWAY! 🎁
Mondays can be hard. Ramen can help! 🍜 Today’s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway 🎅🏻 is a $50 gift card to @yegnoodles!! Eat all their delicious noodz. 🍜
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To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure you’re following me and @YEGNoodles!
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! I’ll pick a winner on Dec. 5 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. —————————————
The Prairie Noodle Shop takes Japanese ramen and infuses it with flavours unique to Alberta. The team behind Prairie Noodle Shop tested the market with a series of ramen pop-ups before opening their 124 Street location. This prairie-inspired ramen is one of the best (and certainly one of the most unique) in the city! Try their NEW winter menu which includes beef and curry bowls, the return of their 🧀 bowl, and new small plates & beers! 🍺 Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)👩🏻‍💻
* * UPDATE * * The winner is Jerb2 from Twitter! Thanks for entering everyone!! .
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  • Sunday Funday at @centralsocialhall trying their delicious brunch 🥂😍 & learning about how the company has evolved over the years - stepping up their #yegfood game! Thanks for the great company @becausemimosas @argenplath @antonatienza & for the invite @jessekupina @vancebosch @chattygirlmedia! 🙏🏻
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  • 🎁 DEC 3 GIVEAWAY! 🎁
On Sundays, we brunch! 🍳🥓🤤 That’s why today’s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway 🎅🏻 is Brunch for Four to @xix19! (valued at $120!)
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To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure you’re following me and @xix19!
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! I’ll pick a winner on Dec. 4 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. —————————————
XIX Nineteen offers simply great food. Head Chef Andrew Fung is one of my favourite chefs in Edmonton. Must-orders on their brunch menu: their crispy chicken & waffle (pictured), their five spice bao benny, their Moroccan meatball tagine, and their banana bread french toast. On their regular menu - XIX Nineteen’s signature Ahi Tuna Twists is a must!! XIX Nineteen has two locations - one in Terwillegar south Edmonton and one in St. Albert. Give it a try if you haven’t yet! Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)👩🏻‍💻
* * UPDATE * * Congrats to @gingergolovely of Instagram, winner of Brunch for Four to @xix19! Thanks to everyone who entered. Watch for more giveaways! .
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  • 🎁 DEC 2 GIVEAWAY! 🎁
Today’s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway 🎅🏻 is an All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Steakhouse Dinner for Two to @EatPampaYEG! (valued at $100!)
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To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure you’re following me and @EatPampaYEG!
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! I’ll pick a winner on Dec. 3 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. —————————————
Pampa's Brazilian churrascaria provides unlimited fire-roasted select cuts of AAA Alberta beef, pork, chicken and lamb, served table-side. I love their rump steak! They also have a huge salad bar and unbelievably delicious Brazilian cheese buns (#paodequeijo!) Pampa has two Edmonton locations (downtown + Ellerslie) and one location in Calgary! Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)👩🏻‍💻
* * UPDATE * * Congratulations to Candice M from Facebook, winner of Dinner for 2 to @eatpampayeg!! .
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