Lindork’s Lists #105 – YEG Ice Fest, a Taste of Africa, waffles and more!
Newsletter for Feb 23 – March 1, 2022
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Things to Do This Week
If attending events, please check to see what their COVID-19 safety requirements are. Get vaccinated (and boosted), mask up, stay home if sick, keep a distance from others, and be safe.
Check out the first YEG Ice Fest (9613 96 Ave.)
This Sat, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Alpine Club of Canada with Edmonton Ski Club and Factory Climbing are putting on the first-ever YEG Ice Fest—Edmonton’s first winter recreation festival centered around the city’s only urban ice climbing wall. Try FREE ice climbing (no experience required!), FREE fat biking, FREE Track ‘N Trail challenges, an SYC Brewing Patio Takeover, food trucks, music and more right in the heart of the river valley.
Watch Off Book: The Improvised Musical (8529 Gateway Blvd.)
Rapid Fire Theatre’s newest production Off Book: The Improvised Musical debuts this Fri, Feb. 25. “Witness spontaneous songs, choreography and scene work, that will never be the same twice. OFF BOOK was created in 2010 and has had 9 sold-out runs at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.”
Experience a Taste of Africa in St. Albert (Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St.)
For Black History Month, catch a Taste of Africa at The Arden Theatre, a variety with singing, dancing, drumming, poetry, fashion parade and traditional food tasting after the event happening Sat Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.
Catch the 37th Pecha Kucha Night (Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St.)
PechaKucha is back this Thursday, Feb. 23 where 20 presenters present 20 slides timed at 20 seconds each to convey ideas. This is an internationally renowned presentation format currently hosted in over 1,000 countries around the globe! Topics range from building resilience to the art of buy and sell, shining the light on anti-semitism, and more.
Don’t miss the final weekend of Sweet Treats & Latte Festival (Old Strathcona)
Plan a Sweet Treats and Lattes crawl around Old Strathcona this weekend (the final weekend of this self-guided festival!) featuring specials from nearly 20 restaurants. There’s a few different ways you can win prizes for participating too! The deals end Feb. 27.
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
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.
Celebrate Waffle Bird’s grand opening (8116 101 St.)
Edmonton’s newest waffle restaurant Waffle Bird has its grand opening in Old Strathcona this Saturday! And they’re giving away a Lifetime Chicken Membership to someone who comes out for the big day. Try their waffles, chicken, and woahnuts (waffle donuts!!)
Try the food court at Seafood City Market (17540 100 Ave.)
Mike and I tried Seafood City, a Filipino/Asian market home to multiple food courts! He was a big fan of their skewers (he tried chicken and pork) and I tried their chicken mami soup (it was a good soup but not a great soup). A great Asian grocer option in the west send of town.
Easily order treats from Pablo Cheese Tart’s new website (10163 81 Ave.)
Pablo Cheese Tart in Old Strathcona has new mini tart gift boxes (they gifted me a box a few weeks ago and it was sooo good!) and a new website so it’s never been easier to order up their sweet Japanese treats.
Hit up the dog-friendly winter patio at Cafe Bicyclette (8627 91 St.)
The weather warms up a bit this week which means it’s the perfect opportunity to try a winter patio! Cafe Bicyclette is a good pick. Try their “brie-fast tartine,” poutine and my friend Diane really enjoys their winter salad.
And if you’re looking to squeeze in some more Black-owned eats for Black History Month, be sure to check out @ashdoesfood’s updated list of Black-owned restaurants and Alanna Morton’s 2020 guest Guide to Black Owned Restaurants on my blog.
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
Connect Physiotherapy & Exercise is an Edmonton physiotherapy and exercise clinic in the Allendale neighbourhood recently opened by husband and wife duo Amy and Ruben. The clinic is community focused and geared towards active rehab and helping people start and stay moving in ways meaningful to them. They pride themselves in delivering science-backed, personalized treatment and training support. Amy also recently returned to the U of A to pursue a second Masters to develop an evidence based exercise program for postpartum women, an area she’s passionate about. The pandemic hasn’t been easy for the newish clinic. If you’re looking for physio, rehab, and other exercise services, consider Connect Physiotherapy & Exercise!
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.
Exclusive Giveaway Next Week!
In next week (Wednesday, March 2)’s email newsletter, I’m giving away a Mini Tarts Gift Box from Pablo Cheese Tart Edmonton! As mentioned above, they gifted me a box a few weeks ago and I’m excited to gift one to a newsletter subscriber! The box comes with 12 mini tarts (flavours of your choice!) and it’s sooooo good. Stay tuned for the giveaway (if you can’t wait, order on Pablo Cheese Tart’s new website!)
This Sunday: Q&A with Crystal Jones
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. 27, 2022 is Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocate Crystal Jones.
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
Crystal: “Dating as a deaf person is interesting. Using being deaf is a great way to filter out those who do not want to challenge their bias and assumptions about deaf people. For the most part, men are receptive and open to dating a deaf woman. They later find that they have to adapt the way they have to communicate with me and begin to understand the bias and discrimination I experience with hearing people. For example, when my partner and I go out for dinner, the waitstaff will find out I am deaf and begin to ignore me. They will keep looking to my partner to interpret for me, not realizing I can speak for myself or they will infantilize me by waiting for my partner to order for me.”
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Watch Episode 23 of Lindork Does Life
Episode 23 of my new YouTube video series #LindorkDoesLife is out!
In this episode, I get you hungry for hot pot at home! I hope it inspires you to host a hot pot night. You can also read my 2021 blog on this topic.
From the Blog Vault
Coming up in March, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is hosting Devour! The Canadian Rockies Food Film Festival. I was invited to the inaugural Devour! at the Fairmont JPL back in March 2018 and blogged a Guide to Everything You Need to Know About It! This year’s may be a bit different since we’re in year three of the pandemic, but if you’re looking for a getaway, check out my blog and maybe book it!
Popular on my Blog Right Now
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