Lindork’s Lists #104 – Calzones & theatre, new science exhibits, and more Black-owned restaurants
Newsletter for Feb 16 – 22, 2022
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Things to Do This Week
Check out the new Health Zone and more at TELUS World of Science
The TELUS World of Science is preparing to open their new Health Zone and additional spaces this week, including a new exterior wing, new entry way and mezzanine, a new Indigenous Traditional Room, an expanded gift shop and recently reimagined galleries and theatres. Plan a visit if you haven’t been in awhile!
Sign up for a virtual calzone class and theatre fundraiser
Get tickets to the Bread & Circus: Calzone Edition virtual cooking class and performance fundraiser happening on Feb. 18, supporting Firefly Theatre & Circus—Edmonton’s home for aerial circus arts. The food should be great but the performances look like they’ll be even better!
Spend some quality time with family at Family Day Weekend events
Family Fun Edmonton has put together a round-up of Family Day Long Weekend events in the area for you to enjoy!
Experience the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for Family Day Weekend
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is putting on a Hollywood film musical-themed performance this Family Day weekend with Friday and Saturday night shows.
Get tickets to the wipeOUT Edmonton drag show at Evolution Wonderlounge
Ever been to a drag show? Some of Canadians top drag performers will be coming to Edmonton’s Evolution Wonderlounge this Feb. 18. This is part of Peak Pride, “Canada’s Freshest Winter Pride Festival” and features the cast of the show Call Me Mother.
And don’t miss Silver Skate—Edmonton’s longest-running winter festival
The 32nd Silver Skate Festival is on at Hawrelak park until Monday Feb. 21. 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.
Disclosure: I work with Silver Skate each February on their social media
Food to Try This Week
Alberta has removed its Restrictions Exemption Program. 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 still Black-owned Restaurants for Black History Month!
Grab comfort food from Old Beverly Cafe (3908 118 Ave.)
Head to north east Edmonton and grab some breakfast or lunch from Old Beverly Cafe. It’s actually been on my list to try them forever and I shamefully haven’t. Their breakfast items look delicious!
Try tequila and tacos from El Beso (10432 Jasper Ave.)
Find house-made tortillas with a range of toppings, try an enchilada and dig into a queso fundido at El Beso in downtown Edmonton. Check out Happy Hour from 3-5 p.m., when select tacos, guac and chips, chips and salsa, and some drinks are just $9.
Indulge in crepes from The French Creperie (online)
Order up some delicious crepes in packs of 5, 10 or 15 and pick up from The French Creperie. Choose Nutella, banana, strawberry, blueberry, maple syrup, caramel or peanut butter. Chef Evan Essapa also makes waffles, croffles, and French toast!
Grab pastries from Eleanor & Laurent (10926 88 Ave.)
Eleanor & Laurent in Garneau specializes in French bread, quiches, croissants, and other French desserts. They’re not only a patisserie, boulangerie and cafe, but they also sell rotisserie chicken too!
Eat something a bit healthier from The Greenhouse (8623 112 St.)
The Greenhouse is a health food focused eatery with a popular You Jerk salad and Curry Jerk paella, and a selection of wraps and soups.
Need more ideas? @ashdoesfood has an updated list of Black-owned restaurants to celebrate Black History Month, broken down by region of the city. Alanna Morton also guest-blogged a Guide to Black Owned Restaurants for my blog in 2020. Enjoy!
Small Business Spotlight
First: This is not a business but the United Way of Alberta Capital Region is looking for new volunteers for their GenNEXT Committee—young professionals wanting to do local good and create pathways out of poverty through activities like podcasts, product drives, events, and other giving opportunities.
Learn more and apply! (technically the deadline was Feb 14 but I don’t think they’ll turn you away if you sent an email now lol)
The actual Small Business to Spotlight this week is:
Oli + Fetch is an Edmonton-based, Black-owned business specializing in handcrafted full-grain vegetable tan leather and premium fabric pet accessories. RJ, the owner, uses a blend of sustainable materials and fresh designs. He describes the business as being at the intersection of fashion, function, and durability. Oli + Fetch ships across North America. Oli is RJ’s dog, and his pet collars and accessories are beautiful!
For Black History Month, RJ created this stunning Kente Collection:
RJ gifted me a set from his Kente collection for my pets and I’m also partnering with him to give away a set for you!
Enter my Giveaway with Oli + Fetch!
Head over to my Instagram to enter for a chance to win a collar and leash, (bowtie/sailor bow or bandana) set valued at $55 (from the Kente, Black History Month-inspired collection my pets are meowdelling 🥰).
These other promos end soon!
My 100th newsletter promo codes expire soon. Use them!
Ending Feb 28:
Get a FREE Salted Caramel pack with any purchase from Caramunchies using code LINDORKMUNCHIES. (It will add a $0.01 discount to your order and then she’ll throw in the extra pack!)
Get 20% off a Charcuterie Subscription Box from Meuwlys using code LINDORK20. (Discount works for one box order too!)
Get 25% off at Oli + Fetch using code LINDORK.
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.
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From the Blog Vault
Around this time in 2020, I blogged about the winter patio domes at Riverside Bistro Courtyard Marriott in downtown Edmonton. They were the first restaurant in Edmonton to have all-season, heated dome patios!
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