Lindork’s Lists #109 – Winterruption Music Fest, Mochi desserts, AYCE pizza and more!
Newsletter for March 23-29, 2022
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Things to Do This Week
Watch OSCAR-nominated sorts as part of the Edmonton Film Festival
Try the ‘Do Local Good’ Scavenger Hunt for United Way
YEG Downtown Collaboration presents the ‘Do Local Good’ Scavenger Hunt! Donate any mount to the United Way to receive a scavenger hunt list that will take you to different locations around Edmonton. Play the scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes. This runs until April 2.
Check out the Winterruption Music Festival
Winterruption is a live music, comedy, outdoor events, craft beer and community festival that usually takes place in January, but was rescheduled and is now running this weekend March 27 – April 9. There’s a bunch of great shows lined up at various locations around downtown. Tickets start at $17.
Experience Fort Edmonton Park’s Paranormal Tours
Fort Edmonton Park’s Paranormal Tours in Edmonton’s river valley returns this week and runs until April 27. This guided three-hour paranormal tour takes you to three haunted hotspots. You’ll learn the basics of conducting paranormal investigations. Tickets are $65.
Don’t miss the Edmonton Home + Garden Show Mar 24-27!
Edmonton Home + Garden Show Partner Message:
The Edmonton Home + Garden Show, your trusted resource for every home improvement project, inside and out, returns to the Edmonton Expo Centre March 24-27. Find experts to help you tackle every corner of your home—whether it’s a DIY project or full indoor-outdoor renovation. With over 400+ exhibitors and a heap of new features, it’s time to make your dream (home) a reality. There’s real advice, real inspiration and real experts at every turn! Buy tickets online to save.
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.
Try ‘Helping Hour’ at Soleiki Japanese Fusion Restaurant (10828 Whyte Ave.)
Japanese fusion restaurant Soleiki is turning their Happy Hour into ‘Helping Hour’ where ALL sales of drinks (no matter if it’s bubble tea, beer, tea, cocktails etc.) from 3-6 p.m. will be donated to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation helping those affected by the war. This will run until end of March (and I’m told if uptake is positive, they will keep this going into April as well).
Order some charcuterie at Meuwly’s (10706 124 St.)
Grab drinks, snacks and live music at The Carrot Coffeehouse (9351 118 Ave.)
Sadly, there was also a break-in at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse on Alberta Avenue this past week. The Carrot is a volunteer-powered, not-for-profit coffee house that features works of local artists, musicians, fair trade coffee and snacks. Consider showing some support to them (and strolling 118 Ave!) this week.
Celebrate the grand opening of Hello Mochi (6191 Currents Drive)
Congratulations to the husband and wife team of Hello Mochi, specializing in mochi donuts, squares and other treats, on the grand opening of their storefront in Windermere! Mochi is a popular Japanese rice cake. Check out their new store and try some of their desserts!
Give Yoshi Express Japanese street food a try (10443 82 Ave.)
Remember the story of sweet Alan, the owner of Yoshii Express on Whyte Ave., who opened during the pandemic and wasn’t sure if he’d be able to make rent? Well nearly two ears later, Alan and his restaurant are still kicking, and they’ve now rebranded (new logo, dropped the double ‘i’ in Yoshii, AND started an Instagram account!) If you’ve never tried them, now would be a great time. If you haven’t visited in awhile, here’s your reminder!
Mark your calendars: Downtown Dining Week returns March 30 to April 10 and features nearly 60 participating restaurants offering $20, $35, $50, and $65 deals.
I’m partnering with Edmonton Downtown Business Association to promote this year’s Downtown Dining Week running March 30-April 10. Support local downtown businesses—they could use it. Don’t forget to make reservations early so you don’t miss out! Some restaurants may also offer deals as take-out for those not comfy dining in yet (restaurant dependent—check directly with the restaurant you’re interested in).
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
Shop Plum Home + Design! In this week’s Small Business Spotlight, I wanted to shout out to Plum, a local business that deals in “all things beautiful.” You can shop paper, baby + kids products, bath and beauty, jewellery and accessories and other home decor and design online, or in-store at 12021 102 Ave.
Owner and interior designer Jenna is a wonderful human and I know she (like many small business owners) have faced such a difficult time these last few years. If you’re looking for a great, locally-owned spot (featuring a lot of local items too), shop here!
You Missed a Great Giveaway!
Newsletter subscribers this week got to enter for a chance to win All You Can Eat Pizza from Ripe Tomato Pizza Whyte Avenue.
The local franchise owner for this Whyte Avenue location reached out to ask if I could help spread the word about their restaurant. Ripe Tomato Pizza makes their pizza dough fresh in-house and use fresh ingredients for toppings. They also bake their own bread for their sandwiches. And service is wonderful!
This is a great fast casual pizza spot (I built my own, and the Sicilian is tasty too), and the All You Can Eat Pizza deal is awesome! It’s valid on any 9” or 14” pizza (extra cost for prosciutto—prosciutto is pricy lol). Finish one, get another (and so on) at no extra cost!
Until March 31, 2022, they’re running an “All You Can Eat Pizza + Beverage” deal for $20.99 per person between 2-6 p.m. dine-in daily. If you still want to take advantage of Ripe Tomato Pizza Whyte Avenue’s “All You Can Eat Pizza” promo—dine in before March 31, 2022!
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Watch Episode 27 of Lindork Does Life
This Sunday: Q&A with Stephen Raitz
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
Stephen: “Every trip starts with a walk or a roll. If you find a way to make it easier and more fun to walk or roll, you literally improve everyone’s day. Having grown up in Leduc, I very much felt like transportation freedom meant getting your driver’s license. Walking was something you did before you were 16. Driving was something you did after you were 16. After studying transportation planning at the U of A, I learned that it shouldn’t be that way. When we build everything around the car, we force everyone to spend thousands on their own personal vehicle and we leave a lot of people out who have more limited mobility. Finding ways to make walking, rolling and cycling easier and more fun in Edmonton is, in some ways, really easy because there are SO MANY ways we can improve! There’s nowhere to go but up.”
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New on the Blog
This new blog post is designed for a very specific audience (BTS fans) lol but I thought I’d shout out to it here anyway (I know there are BTS fans in Alberta!) Many of us fans from around the world will be converging onto Las Vegas in April for concerts there (they sold out Vegas’ largest stadium all four nights of their performances before tickets even went to regular pre-sale!!) So I thought I’d blog an ongoing list of Las Vegas businesses running BTS deals, themes, or other special activities to welcome BTS ARMY (that’s our fan club name lol) to Vegas.
From the Blog Vault
Around time in 2017, I partnered with the Alberta Securities Commission on a blog post about 10 Unique Date Ideas to do in Alberta including suggesting couples “Take Some Time” to plan their finances and investments (no, really!) and read up on how to avoid getting scammed (lol it was a great angle I thought for a partner/blog post!) Anyway I still use the pink fanny pack and Mike still wears the blue hoodie we got as swag for this campaign (and the unique date ideas are all still valid!) so take a look!
Popular on my Blog Right Now
Here are the top four most popular posts on my blog this week:
Discount Codes You May Want To Use
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