Lindork’s Lists #106 – ‘Best’ food lists, festivals, and International Women’s Day
Newsletter for March 2 – March 8, 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 Flying Canoe Volant winter festival (Mill Creek Ravine/Ski Club)
The popular, FREE Flying Canoe Volant winter festival runs this week (til March 5) at various locations—Mill Creek Ravine / La Cite Francophone / Ecole Rutherford School Yard and the Edmonton Ski Club. A fun party at Cafe Bicyclette, beautiful light and art installations in the river valley, canoe races!! and great Indigenous programming.
Experience the work of women in arts at SkirtsAFire Festival
SkirtsAFire Festival, which celebrates and features the work of women in arts, runs March 3-13 at various locations across the city. There’s lots of art to choose from—poetry, musical performances, theatre, and more!
Shop a women-owned market ahead of International Women’s Day
The Spring Fling Market celebrating women-owned makers runs this Saturday, March 5 from 3-9 p.m. at Kenilworth Hall (7104 87 Ave.) ahead of International Women’s Day. From treats to skin care, pickles, hot sauces, and more, this would be a great market to support local entrepreneurs!
Check out Kingsway Mall’s International Women’s Day events
Kingsway Mall is putting on an I Am Woman inclusive fashion show this Saturday March 5 from 2-6 p.m. in support of WIN House which helps women and children leave abusive environments and relationships. The fashion show is free but donations are encouraged. There’s also an IWD photo station.
Celebrate the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts 19th birthday
The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (9225 118 Ave.) is celebrating its 19th birthday on Thursday, March 3 as well as the opening reception of its new art exhibit ‘Gathering’ from 5-7 p.m. and you’re invited! Can’t make it? Be sure to stop by another time to see the ‘fibre arts’ exhibit.
Check out the Edmonton Queer History Project
The Edmonton Queer History Project launches on Tuesday March 8 and you’re invited! This project celebrates the people, places, and moments that have helped shape Edmonton’s Queer history and will include a new queer history map + walking tour. Even if you can’t make the launch, be sure to try the self guided walking tour.
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.
Two Edmonton “Best of” food lists—Edify Best Restaurants and The Tomato Top 100—came out this week so I thought I’d recommend a few featured restos/dishes!
Disclosure: I was one of the judges for this year’s Edify Best Restaurants list, and really happy to see a bit more delicious AND diverse spots get some mainstream recognition, however I do not necessarily agree with or endorse all the spots that made the list lol.
Grab a breakfast bunwich from Brown Butter Cafe (1528 91 St.)
Head to south Edmonton for the breakfast bunwich and refreshing drinks from Brown Butter Cafe! This cafe is owned by the cutest (and very talented) couple Heena and Michael. I love their yuzu-ade, and they also specialize in coffees, including cold brews. I wrote an article about cold brews (with expert info from Heena) for NAIT techlife last summer.
They got a nod in Edify’s Best Breakfast Sandwich category.
Try a Vietnamese sub from Nhon Hoa (various locations)
In Edmonton, Nhon Hoa is one of the original (and still one of the very best) spots to get a Vietnamese banh mi sub / sandwich. The Chinatown locations (there’s two of them) are where I usually buy from but they also have a Whyte Ave. location too. I typically do the Combo (bacon roll, head cheese, Vietnamese sausage with pate liver, and spicy with jalapeños).
They got a nod in Edify’s Best Sandwich category.
Dig into steak from Barbacoa (470C South Ave., Spruce Grove)
I’m a big fan of Barbacoa, a delicious steak house in Spruce Grove and I think you’ll be too if you try it! We usually get whatever the current steak is that is shareable for two. And their cocktails are fantastic! I also love how they source a ton of ingredients from local producers.
They got a nod in Edify’s Best Steak category.
Try the Beef Bibimbap from Buok Fresh Korean Kitchen (10707 100 Ave.)
Buok in downtown Edmonton always serves up delicious, fresh Korean food including the popular Beef Bibimbap rice bowl. They also offer dine-in only specials including some of my favourite Korean soups budae jjigae and kimchi jjigae.
They landed at #22 in The Tomato’s Top 100.
Get two orders of Bacon from Tzin (10115 104 St.)
I am reminded of how good The Bacon at Tzin Wine & Tapas is. Everything about it is perfect. Perfect texture. Perfect flavour. Perfect presentation. Each person dining should get an order of The Bacon so you can have more to yourself (activate selfish mode when the food is that good lol). Tzin recently had issues with police damaging their restaurant during an unrelated arrest too, so could use the extra love.
They landed at #46 in The Tomato’s Top 100.
Be sure to bookmark both Edify Best Restaurants 2022 and The Tomato Top 100 2022 if you’d like a handy list to reference for future food adventures this year. (personally I am not sure why they both come out at the same time lol)
Book a Brunch with Pei Pei Chei Ow (11051 97 St.)
Indigenous caterer Pei Pei Chei Ow is hosting a Pop-up Brunch at the Whiskeyjack Art House (#102 11051 97 St.) on Sunday, March 6. It includes an Indigenous art gallery viewing, three courses, and mimosa.
ALSO: Something to consider for food next week – Edmonton A Cappella Catering is teaming up with the Italian Centre Shop to offer an International Women’s Week lunch box special March 7-11 with proceeds supporting Women Building Futures, a non-profit that offers programs and support to help unemployed and underemployed women explore careers where women have historically underrepresented.
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
Suggest a business you love! I like to use this spot of the newsletter to shout out to a local business that isn’t necessarily food-focused, as a small way to support them. If there’s a local business you own, or love, that you think could use a shout-out, let me know! In the meantime, for this week, check out:
Black Owned Market Edmonton – which uplifts, builds, and supports Black businesses in Edmonton! Check their feed and Reels for great ideas on Black-owned businesses to support and products to try (just because Black History Month is over doesn’t mean supporting Black people and Black-owned businesses should end!)
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Now Public: Q&A with Emily Chu
Check out my Q&A with Edmonton illustrator and visual artist Emily Chu in the public version of my Lindork’s Lists: Q&A series.
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New On The Blog
Now in Year 8 of trying to conceive, with a recent failed IVF procedure, and the world apparently crumbling around us, Mike and I share where we’re at, how we’re feeling and what’s next in our infertility journey over on my blog.
From The Blog Vault
International Women’s Day is coming up on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Check out my blog post from last IWD, where I highlighted 41 Edmonton Area Women Artists, Makers and Entrepreneurs you could support. I am hoping to do a new IWD post next week but we’ll see how my current schedule and pandemic / war / current events-induced lethargy has me feeling lol.
Watch Episode 24 of Lindork Does Life
Episode 24 of my new YouTube video series #LindorkDoesLife is out!
In this episode, I take you on a snowmobiling mountain adventure in the Columbia Valley (B.C.) My adventure was hosted by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (which makes for a great spot to unwind after your day of outdoor adventure!)
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