Lindork’s List #100 – Celebrating A Milestone (Plus Things To Do And Eat Know This Week)
Newsletter for Jan 19 – 25, 2022
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Happy 100th Newsletter to me (and subscribers)
In this week’s email version of my newsletter, I celebrated 100 emails with my subscribers by giving away a bunch of prizes from awesome businesses! I also shared exclusive discounts and other promos with subscribers to mark the milestone.
If you’re reading this only here on my blog —you missed the giveaways unfortunately, but I wanted to thank / highlight the businesses / prizes on this blog too!
Prizes my Newsletter Subscribers Got a Chance to Win!
A custom 6 inch cake with fresh florals from Annies’s Cakes (valued @ $ 135)
Annie’s Cakes makes custom cakes, mini-cakes, dessert shots & more!
A self care-themed prize pack from Majesty & Friends (valued @ $100)
Majesty & Friends is Edmonton’s favourite local shop!
A pack of four Caramunchies (valued @ $31)
Caramunchies is the ultimate snacker’s snack!
A colouring cookies Cookie kit from Sweetness (valued @ $20) x2
Sweetness is home to the Colouring Cookie (colour, eat, repeat!)
A Black-Owned Market Sweetheart Box ft. Black-owned businesses
(valued @ $95)
BOMYEG uplifts, builds, and supports Black businesses!
A hand-dyed pet collar from Oli + Fetch (valued @ $30)
Oli + Fetch makes quality, handcrafted full-grain leather pet accessories!
Dinner for 2 to my parents Vietnamese restaurant King Noodle House
(valued @ $40)
King Noodle House is one of Edmonton’s oldest Vietnamese restaurants!
Tubing and lift tickets for two to Rabbit Hill Snow Resort (valued @ $132)
Rabbit Hill Snow Resort is Edmonton’s largest ski and snowboard area!
A Gourmet Charcuterie Box from Meuwly’s (valued @ $ 65)
Meuwly’s is Edmonton’s source for locally-made gourmet foods.
Stay tuned for Discount Codes!
I also shared discount codes for newsletter subscribers in this week”s email that I’ll share publicly next week (just want to give the newsletter subscribers some extra love) so stay tuned!
Thank you so much to my newsletter subscribers and coming on this email journey with me. I love the little community we’ve got over email. If you want to join, it’s free to do so!
Now onto some suggestions for things to do and food eat to eat this week!
Things to Do This Week
COVID-19 cases are at an all-time high. If you can, limit how much you’re out and about, or choose outdoor, physically distant activities to do. If attending events, please check to see what their COVID-19 safety requirements or changes are. Get vaccinated (and boosted), mask up, stay home if sick, keep a distance from others, and be safe out there!
Enjoy City Hall Ice Grooves in downtown Edmonton
Skate, swing, soca or salsa with live DJs and take advantage of FREE skate rentals at City Hall downtown on Friday and Saturday Jan 21 and 22 from 7-9 p.m. as part of the City Hall Ice Grooves initiative.
Watch short films from Alberta filmmakers at Deep Freeze Fest (11725 93 St)
The Edmonton Short Film Festival is screening some short films by Alberta independent filmmakers for FREE as part of the Deep Freeze Festival this Saturday Jan 22 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Don’t forget to catch more FREE Deep Freeze activities along 118 Ave and Borden Park too!
Go skating at Hawrelak Park
Edmonton’s biggest skating rink in the city’s scenic river valley is now open for your skating pleasure! It’s FREE to skate on the frozen pond, and there’s also a restaurant (Culina on the Lake) too. Check the City of Edmonton’s outdoor ice rink listing and conditions.
Try snowshoeing with FREE rentals in Sherwood Park
The Broadmoor Recreation Complex in Sherwood Park is offering FREE snowshoe rentals and experiences on Sunday Jan 23 from 1- 4 p.m. You just need to register for one of three 45-minute time slots.
Put on your PJs and head to the TELUS World of Science
The TELUS World of Science is holding a Pajama Party viewing of The Secret Life of Pets this Saturday Jan 22 at 9 a.m. After the movie, check out other exhibits and the Birth of Planet Earth show in the Zeidler Dome (included with Science Centre Admission).
Got an Edmonton area event, virtual event, or something coming up you think my readers would be interested in knowing about? Let me know!
Food to Try This Week
Consider take-out to continue safely supporting local restaurants. If dining in, make sure you have proof of vaccination for Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program. Please review current pandemic restrictions, don’t go out if sick, and stay safe!
Dig into the dumplings and tartare from Biera (9570 76 Ave.)
I had a phenomenal dinner at Biera last week and cannot recommend the Fleur Jane Fromage Blanc Dumplings and Grass-Fed Beef Tartare enough!! I also was obsessed with our steak dish but I think since we went they switched it up (but still, try whatever the steak dish is!)
I love how the vegetables on Biera’s meaty entrees are always so so good (not an afterthought) too.
Get 25% off pizzas for LOVEPIZZA Customer Appreciation Week
LOVEPIZZA’s Customer Appreciation Week runs until Jan 23! Use code LOVE25 to get 25% off orders placed on their website for pick up or show this social media post when ordering in store (at any of their four locations in Edmonton, Spruce Grove and Leduc). They’re also donating some orders from the week to charity.
Get $7 burritos and new poutine from Tres Carnales Rostizado (10359 104 St.)
This Jan you can get $7 chicken or vegetarian take-out burritos or try a new Pollo Rostizado chicken poutine from Tres Carnales Rostizado.
Grab a blue matcha latte and Mauritius thali from Cafe Bel-Air (8020 101 St.)
There’s two reasons to visit Cafe Bel-Air this week—to warm up with their pretty Instagrammable blue matcha latte as well as trying their $8 Mauritius thali lunch deal which Avnish says is “homemade, flavourful food at a price that cannot be beat.”
Don’t miss Edmonton Chinatown Dining Week! (various locations)
Edmonton Chinatown Dining Week wraps up on Sunday Jan 23 so you still have a few days to take advantage of $10 and $18 food deals from 18 Chinatown restaurants and bakeries. Check my Dining Week Food Crawl Twitter Thread and YouTube Video for some order inspiration and see all Chinatown Dining Week menus here.
Ate something amazing recently? Want to show some love to a struggling restaurant? Have a take-out suggestion? Let me know to include in this newsletter.
Small Business Spotlight
Amaire & Co. by Yuki, is a local, Asian-owned photography business that specializes in wedding, engagement and family shoots. I love Yuki’s photography style and I absolutely love what she’s doing this year—offering cultural photo sessions, in particular to celebrate Lunar New Year! Yuki gifted me an upcoming shoot that I’m excited about it (with my mom!) and it got me wishing I had more áo dài Vietnamese gowns to wear! In fact, this was just the prompt I needed to about getting a few custom made (they won’t be ready in time for the shoot but, lol still).
Yuki is also big on supporting other local, Asian-owned businesses so as part of her mini sessions, clients will get a gift bag featuring items from Choy Hope Trading, Hong Kong Petit Bakeri, and Urban Lunant.
Watch Episode 18 of Lindork Does Life
Episode 18 of my new YouTube video series #LindorkDoesLife is out!
In this episode, I show you a bunch of great restaurants you can visit in Edmonton’s Chinatown, as part of Chinatown Dining Week!
This year Edmonton Chinatown Dining Week runs Jan 13-23, 2022.
From the Blog Vault
I recently re-visited Alberta’s famous “Bubble Lake” (Abraham Lake in David Thompson Country near Nordegg), and made some updates to my old Bubble Lake blog post. Use my Travel Guide to plan your day trip and Know Before You Go to Abraham Lake this winter! The bubbles are simply spectacular.
Coming This Sunday: Q&A with Emily Chu
Every other Sunday, I profile a new “interesting person” in a Q&A series just for paid newsletter subscribers. The next person I’ll be profiling this Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 is Edmonton-based illustrator and visual artist Emily Chu.
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
Emily: I do believe that art is extremely powerful and has the ability to connect people. I try to keep this as my top priority when I create illustrations for both commercial clients as well as for myself. I want to push myself to make art that has impact, art that uplifts myself and others—whether it is a silly comic that can make someone laugh, a children’s book that can give a child confidence, or editorial illustrations that can convey a feeling. I love the problem solving aspect of my job, and that challenge keeps me inspired to improve.
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