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Explore Edmonton: Plaza Bowling Co. (Where to Bowl in YEG)

Linda Hoang - February 22, 2017
Plaza Bowling Co - Explore Edmonton

In my never-ending quest to find things to do in Edmonton, I found myself checking out the Plaza Bowling Co. at 10418 118 Avenue this weekend with friends Fred and Catherine.  I’d heard of the Plaza Bowling Co. before – when I used to go to school at NAIT and then work at NAIT – I saw it among other shops along 118 Avenue. To be …

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Explore Edmonton: Things To Do For Valentine’s Day 2017

Linda Hoang - January 31, 2017
Valentines Day Explore Edmonton Events

I love love! And I love celebrating love. I try to do this year-round, but like having an excuse to do it each year on Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a list of date ideas I’ve put together to help you plan your Valentine’s Day in Edmonton! It largely builds off previous lists I’ve created so if there are new events happening, please let me know and I’d …

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Explore Alberta: How To Make The Most of Open Farm Days 2016 (Preview)

Linda Hoang - August 15, 2016
Grand Taste Tour 124 Grand Market Farms

(Photo above: getting an urban farm tour at Lactuca Farm Northlands during the Grand Taste Tour in July!)  I’m super excited for the weekend (August 20 + 21) – when farms and ranches across Alberta open up to the public for the fourth annual Alberta Open Farm Days 2016!  Alberta Open Farm Days is like a big open house for the province’s farms. It gives Albertans the easy (and for the …

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Recap + Giveaway: The X-Realm Edmonton Escape Game

Linda Hoang - June 25, 2016
The X-Realm Edmonton Escape Room Game

The problem with my obsession of escape games, is that eventually puzzle themes and patterns start to reveal or repeat themselves, and rooms start feeling easy. You go into an escape room wanting to succeed but you also don’t want to solve the puzzles too easily and quickly! One time, we got out of a room in just 25 minutes and when you’re paying $25 …

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Giveaway: Edmonton’s Salsa with the Stars 2016

Linda Hoang - May 7, 2016
Salsa with the Stars Edmonton Sven R Photography

I was introduced to Edmonton’s salsa community a few years ago when my brother started taking salsa classes. As with most local, niche groups, Edmonton salsa dancers are crazy passionate about their craft and community. They’re also very talented. My brother’s been taking dance classes on and off since junior high school, and Mike and I have dabbled in dance classes in recent years. My parents even …

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Recap + Giveaway: Throwing axes at Bad Axe Throwing

Linda Hoang - April 28, 2016
Bad Axe Throwing - Edmonton - Axe Throw

Did you know indoor urban axe throwing is a thing? In my endless search of unique things to do in Edmonton, I found myself throwing axes for fun on a Thursday night earlier this month. I’d been hearing more about axe throwing as a mainstream sport recently – with the opening of Axe Hole Edmonton last fall. Now the company Bad Axe Throwing – which has locations across Canada – …

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30 Valentine’s Date Ideas in Edmonton (2016)

Linda Hoang - February 1, 2016

I love Valentine’s Day! My husband Mike and I always make a point to celebrate (but we also celebrate year-round, really). I don’t mind the commercialization of it – if there’s another opportunity to spend time with my loved one, then why not? This year as Valentine’s Day falls on the Family Day long weekend, Mike and I will be heading out of town for …

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

Linda Hoang - January 28, 2016
MyJasper - Jasper Tourism - Travel Jasper

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. …

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10 Tips to Get The Most Out of Jasper in January

Linda Hoang - January 28, 2016
MyJasper - Jasper Tourism - Travel Jasper

Every year, Jasper throws a three-week party in January. It’s the national park town’s premiere festival with both free and ticketed events themed around adventure, food, and arts. And it’s awesome. This year, I had the pleasure of doing a whirlwind weekend getaway to Jasper for the Appetites (food-themed, of course!) week of the 27th Annual Jasper in January. I had so much fun – ate …

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Explore Edmonton: Ice Castle at Hawrelak Park

Linda Hoang - January 3, 2016
Edmonton Ice Castle Explore Edmonton

This weekend, Mike surprised me with tickets to the new Ice Castle at Hawrelak Park – Canada’s first and largest ice castle and one of just four of its kind in the world. We’d been seeing the ice castle in the news quite a bit the last few months – and especially the last few weeks as it officially opened on Dec. 30. We’d actually been …

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