Lindork’s List #96 – Guide to Asian Soups, holiday lights, and more!
Newsletter for Dec 22-28, 2021
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Things to Do This Week
COVID-19 cases are rising. It’s recommended you limit how many people you’re seeing over the holidays. 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, and be safe out there!
Visit free holiday light locations around Edmonton (various locations)
My latest YouTube video is about a few FREE holiday light experiences you can check out in Edmonton—which is great given the current pandemic situation—outdoors, physically distant, not too crowded spots and done on your own time / pace which is nice for your holiday schedule. I also blogged a few more locations last holiday season.
Check out all the Instagrammable light displays a Glow (EXPO Centre)
I was hosted for a visit at Glow Edmonton this week! If you’ve never been, and you want to take in festive holiday light displays, Instagrammable and interactive photo opportunities, plus be warm (it’s getting cold out there…) this is a great option! Masks up indoors (you can take them off briefly for a photo) + hand sanitizer stations are everywhere which felt good. I do love the pretty photo ops!
Ski with Santa at the Edmonton Ski Club (9613 96 Ave.)
Drive through the Magic of Lights (RAD Torque Raceway, AB-19, Edmonton)
For more outdoor/physically distant holiday fun, take a drive through the Magic of Lights just south of Edmonton this week. This is a drive-through holiday light show that takes you down a sparkling path showcasing holiday seasons, characters and different digital animations. There’s a drive-thru Santa photo op option as well.
Hit the toboggan hill! (various locations)
There’s some awesome toboggan hills in Edmonton (check out the city’s list which also includes current conditions, and of course there would be other unofficial hills around town to check out). With the fresh snow fall, I think this week (well, before it gets to -30C) could be perfect for sledding. Free, great for all ages, and another safe, outdoor, physically distant thing to do.
Food to Try This Week
Get 10% off treats from Sugared & Spiced (order online)
Sugared & Spiced’s spicy 10% off code FUCKYOUKENNEYYOUSTUPIDSTUPIDFUCK (in honour of our terrible premier Jason Kenney) is active and applicable to online orders for January treats if you’d like to take advantage while supporting a great local bakery!
Try the three-course meal for two deal at Villa Bistro (11520 100 Ave.)
I saw that Villa Bistro is doing a three course meal for two deal every Sunday for $75 if you’re looking for a date-night idea. They are a modern European restaurant specializing in fresh pasta, pizza, and wine. Not totally sure what the options are for the three courses but if curious, call or message them on social media to ask!
Order a Korean BBQ Meal Kit from MEET FRESH MEAT (11412 Jasper Ave.)
@yegkim recommends you try the new Korean BBQ Meal Kits from MEET FRESH MEAT. It comes with everything you need, fresh, marinated meats, sauces, and is super easy to put together and according to Kim, tastes even better than it looks (which is already really good lol)
Check out Chef’s Butter Chicken in south west Edmonton (19926 Lessard Rd.)
Chef Sunil at Chef’s Butter Chicken restaurant in south west Edmonton asked if I could give them a shout-out! This restaurant is unique in that food is cooked using a charcoal grill. Find all your Indian favourites including pakoras and samosas, kebabs, paneer, and all sorts of curries. Their menu also clearly marks different dietary restrictions!
Grab some coffee from On the Edge Coffee (2nd Floor, 10305 97 St.)
It was nice to see this feature about On the Edge Coffee in Boyle Street located inside the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market, this is a family-operated, community-focused coffee shop that works with local and international roasters who source beans ethically. If you’re popping into the downtown market, be sure to stop at On the Edge Coffee.
Small Business Spotlight
The Glass Bookshop is an amazing local independent bookstore that focuses on carrying books from “daring writing, underrepresented writers, and independent publishers.” This holiday season they’re part of the team that put together a YEG Holiday Gift Book to help spread some love to local businesses.
The book features ten $20 gift cards from ten Edmonton businesses (so this is actually a spotlight on several small businesses!) and is illustrated by Emily Chu and designed by Natalie Olsen. If you’re interested, shop the book online and pick up at Glass Bookshop (10242 106 St.) by Christmas Eve.
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New on the Blog
It’s cold—and only going to get colder this season so WARM UP with one of many great South East Asian soup options in city. I’ve put together a list of 20 of my favourites to find in Edmonton. This ended up being like my love letter to the food that is most comforting to me—soup! I invite you to work your way through this list this winter!! And let me know which ones you try and/love.
This Sunday: Q&A with Josephine Wu
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 on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021 is Team Canada Olympic Badminton Player Josephine Wu.
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
Linda: Can you talk about how you maintain your mental health as an Olympic athlete? Or just in general? How do you de-stress, or manage failures or tough days?
Josephine: I constantly remind myself that I do what I do because I love my sport. Training, like any other job, can get repetitive and unenjoyable. I had to learn to change my perspective on training and be more forgiving of myself. I needed to embrace the bad days and learn to make the most of it. It’s not easy, and still isn’t, but like all things we want to master, it requires practice. I also saw a sports psychologist in the months leading up to the Olympics to help cope with the stresses of the Games and how the pandemic was impacting my training. I think talking to a professional really helped me and I highly recommend it to anyone else struggling. My therapist really helped me figure out the source of my worries and all the negative feelings I was having. I think it’s also important to recognize that we need rest and when the body says no then we need to respect that…
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