Lindork’s Lists #103 – Silver Skate Festival, food for Black History Month, and more!
Newsletter for Feb 9 – 15, 2022
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Check out Stop Race-Based Hate
Before we get into this week’s food and event suggestions, I’m proud to tell you about a new, volunteer-led, Alberta-based anti-racism education tool called Stop Race-Based Hate. Speaking out against racism works towards eliminating racism and this tool is meant to be an educational, empowering and accessible anti-racist resource that helps people find the words to speak out when they see or hear racist statements or sentiment within their own networks.
I created this tool with my friends Jessie (BONAFIDE MEDIA & PR) and Carmen (Food Karma), with generous support from Edmonton digital marketing agency Kick Point, in consultation with different organizations whose work supports communities that may face racism including John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Social Stride Advocacy, Act2EndRacism, and You Need This Box.
We have experienced racism but we are not anti-racist experts. We are community members and women of colour who were alarmed and disgusted over the increasing subtle and overt racism and hate crimes against Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, and felt compelled to act. Find problematic statements, learn why it’s not okay, and use that information to articulate against racism when it comes up. There’s also a Critical Response Template to help guide the development of a response to your specific situation.
We plan to add more statements and scenarios specific to different communities that face racism including addressing Indigenous and Black racism, anti-semitism, Asian hate, and Islamophobia, and more, develop anti-racist education events and workshops, provide mental health resources for those dealing with racism and collaborate with existing organizations to integrate the tool within the work they’re doing to support racialized communities. Please use, share, and give us feedback!
Things to Do This Week
Check out Silver Skate—Edmonton’s longest-running winter festival
The 32nd Silver Skate Festival returns to Hawrelak Park this Friday Feb. 11 until Monday Feb. 21 and you’ve got to check it out! Disclosure: I work with Silver Skate each February on their festival social media—but I truly also think it’s an amazing event you should check out.
There are Snow Sculptures, Fire Sculptures and Burns, all sorts of art installations (that glow at night so you need to see them day + night!), winter activities for all ages, a Heritage Village with Indigenous Storytelling, live music, food trucks and more! Weekends are when there are the most activities but it’s nice to check out the sculptures and art on a quiet weekday too. Best of all? It’s FREE! See all programming.
Enter to win a VIA Rail Canada Trip for 2 (valued at $1,500)
I also wanted to call out this giveaway that Silver Skate is doing because it’s too good not to enter! They are giving away a VIA Rail Canada 🚂 Trip for 2 valued at $1,500 to someone who attends the festival and posts about their experience on social media! You can post as many times as you want from Feb. 11-21, it just has to show scenes from Silver Skate. Follow @SilverSkateFest, @VIARailCanada + tag #SilverSkate to enter.
They’re giving away other prizes for social media shares too. Check out their Winter Experiences Activity Passport and more contest info.
Watch winter cinema on a snow screen outside! (Hawrelak Park)
Also at Hawrelak Park in conjunction with Silver Skate Festival is the International Festival of Winter Cinema! This unique film festival recognizes and celebrates local and international cinema with winter, alpine, and polar themes. Check out the shows after sunset each night Feb. 11-20. This is the world’s ONLY free, outdoor, all-winter film festival! Pretty neat.
Check out the 5 Artists 1 Love exhibit at Art Gallery of Alberta
For Black History Month, be sure to check out 5 Artists 1 Love exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta, showcasing a range of Edmonton’s African-Canadian communities—a display of African diaspora through art, design, music, poetry and other entertainment.
Get some ideas to plan your Valentine’s Day in Edmonton
I didn’t have time to put together my own list of things to do for Valentine’s Day this year but do check out Explore Edmonton’s ideas!
Food to Try This Week
Alberta has removed its Restrictions Exemption Program (personally, I feel like this is way too soon and our government has learned nothing from their many past mistakes). But please continue safely supporting local restaurants, in whatever way works for your comfort levels. If not dining in, please do take-out! Mask-up and please stay home if you’re sick.
The theme is Black-owned Restaurants for Black History Month!
Try delicious Ethiopian cuisine at Awash Ethiopian (12952 118 Ave.)
When Mike and I order from Awash Ethiopian we typically get the Doro Tibs (chicken), Zilzil or Cha Cha Tibs (beef), plus a Vegetable Combo (you NEED Ethiopian style vegetables!) Always so delicious. Enjoy!
Book a heated winter patio geo-dome at Tiramisu Bistro (10750 124 St.)
I just took my friends visiting from Medicine Hat to brunch at Tiramisu Bistro’s heated winter patio geo-domes and it was so lovely. The cinnamon dark maple cream mascarpone crepes with peaches and the hashbrown/potatoes that come with smoked salmon and beef brisket bennies were table favourites. Nutella crepes were excellent too!
Get a taste of east Africa at Mama Asha Cafe (11745 95 St.)
I used to grab lunch at Mama Asha Cafe a fair bit. I’m a big fan of their portion sizes (lol so much food!) I order either the Chicken Suqaar or Chicken Suqaar wrap (any of their wraps are delicious and massive—seriously, so massive). Also give their famous Sabayad flat bread a try!
Try Edmonton’s best Jamaican cuisine (2807 Mill Woods Rd.)
Escape to Jamaica when you step into Irie Foods! They do Fried Chicken Fridays, are home to jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, traditional Jamaican fried dumplings, Escovitch fish, roti and more.
Order sweet treats from Cafe Zanzi (online)
Chef Bev from Cafe Zanzi puts her south African influence to classic European cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, tarts and more. Treat yourself!
Need more ideas? @ashdoesfood has an updated list of Black-owned restaurants to celebrate Black History Month, broken down by region of the city. Enjoy!
And—don’t have Valentine’s Day food plants yet? My friend Sharon @sharonxyeo highlights a few take-home Valentine’s Day options you can consider.
Small Business Spotlight
BLK ROSE CANDLE is a Black, woman-owned, small batch, handmade candle company based in Edmonton (shipping across Canada and the U.S). Owner Kejina creates premium, hand-poured, 100% soy candles with beautiful scents that not only fill a room but spark a conversation. Through her candles, Kejina celebrates Black stories (candles are named after Black women) and also donates 15% to initiatives supporting Black communities. Lots to love! I was gifted a NINA candle and love it—it’s got floral and citrus notes of bergamot and neroli with tobacco leaf.
Take Advantage of These Promos
My 100th newsletter promo codes are active until mid to end Feb! Use them:
Ending Feb. 17:
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Get 15% off at Majesty and Friends using code LINDORK. Promo ends Feb. 17.
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Ending Feb 28:
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Get 25% off at Oli + Fetch using code LINDORK. Promo ends Feb. 28.
Also because it’s gross outside, don’t forget you get $10 off any wash package at Bubbles Canada til end of March referencing my code BUBBLESLINDORK.
This Sunday: Q&A with Andrew G. Parker
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, Feb. 13, 2022 is Black Teachers Association AB Co-Founder, educator, and activist Andrew G. Parker.
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
Andrew: Activism is a tradition, a tradition handed down from generations of heroes and mentors in my community. I humbly accept the responsibilities of the traditions handed down from our ancestors, I also request that the future be different. Education is the perfect resource and platform for this work, however policies need to change, and our community desires representation, especially now, and Forever. Being silent when you are afforded privileges and rights when others don’t have the same access is a problem in this work. My aim is to be as active as possible and to amplify the voices of those that desire change in our city.
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New On The Blog
Maybe you’ve been to Banff National Park before, but have you ever been there by AIR?! I got to check off “enter Banff National Park in a helicopter” from my Alberta adventure bucket list this winter, working with Travel Alberta and Chad K Productions on a tourism video showcasing this special Rockies Heli experience you can do if you’d like to take your Canadian Rockies adventure to NEW HEIGHTS!
From the Blog Vault
Around this time back in Feb 2019 I was trying a Goat Yoga experience in Arizona and blogged everything you needed to know about it! While revisiting this blog and looking to see if there was Goat Yoga in the Edmonton area, I found that there is! It’s located just north west of the city at a place called Moose Eco Lodge and they offer a goat yoga class one Saturday a month (the next one is this Feb. 12). It may not be the same as my Arizona experience but see my blog to see if you might be interested!
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