Lindork’s Lists #115 – #AdoptAShopAB, Asian Heritage Month, dog-friendly patios & more!
Newsletter for May 4 – 10, 2022
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Things to Do This Week
Shop the Royal Bison Arts + Craft Fair (8426 Gateway Blvd.)
The Royal Bison Arts + Craft Fair is back this weekend May 6-8 at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre. It looks like no more online shop version of the Royal Bison, so if you want goodies from some of the best in art, design and craft, head to this market!
Get tickets for the Theatre Network’s Indigenous Art Series (Roxy Theatre)
Until May 14, you can get tickets to the Indigenous Art Series at the Roxy Theatre (10708 124 Street), curated by Hunter Cardinal and featuring performances and works by Chubby Cree, Josh Languedoc, Dallas Arcand Jr, and artists from iHuman Youth Society.
While there, also check out the Jason Carter Exhibit (on until May 13)
Check out Free Comic Book Day (various locations)
Bring items to the North Glenora Re-use Fair (13535 109A Ave.)
Thanks to Heather for this ‘thing to do’ suggestion—bring your old unused items to the North Glenora Re-use Fair this Saturday, May 7 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This event gives your unused items a second life, recycling / diverting what otherwise would be put in the trash.
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month
May is Asian Heritage Month, a specific period of time to celebrate Asian Canadians, Asian Pacific Americans, and Asians around the world—while also putting a spotlight on the rise in anti-Asian racism and committing to eliminate this racism and discrimination.
There aren’t a ton of local events I’ve found for Asian Heritage Month but there is a rally against Anti-Asian Racism this Sunday, May 8 starting on the steps of City Hall at Noon, and heading to Chinatown. I’d love to see you there!
You can also check out this post I shared on Instagram outlining a few ways you can celebrate Asian Heritage Month (not necessarily event-based, but you can certainly gather friends and family for the dining and pop culture suggestions).
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.
Check out the new yogurt smoothie shop in Old Strathcona (10746 82 Ave.)
Lick up some the 90s-themed Kind Ice Cream flavours (various locations)
Try the mini waffles and Bro’s Breakfast the Bro’Kin Yolk! (1641 102 St.)
I was recently hosted for brunch at the Bro’Kin Yolk in South Edmonton Common (right next to IKEA) and love that they offer mini waffles (get the white chocolate lavender sauce with it), plus some Filipino-inspired breakfast bowls like their Bro’s Breakfast. Their eggs bennies also come on waffles as well. They operate a Wait List program (call-in to get on the wait list and hang around to be ready to grab your table), if you’re interested—they are usually *very* busy! Next week I’m doing an Instagram giveaway for brunch here so stay tuned for that too!
Visit Chinatown restaurants for Asian Heritage Month (various locations)
When was the last time you’ve been to Chinatown? Even if it was recent, head on back and try an old favourite or a new spot specifically in honour of Asian Heritage Month this May. I love Gui Lin Noodle House, of course I’m based towards my parents King Noodle House, my mom and I love getting hot pot from 97 Hot Pot, and I pick up Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches from Nhon Hoa a fair bit. Those are all right on the 97 Street strip, but there’s so many more spots to try in the neighbourhood!
Hit up the dog-friendly patios! (various locations)
I’ve updated my old blog post guide to Dog / Pet Friendly Patios in the Edmonton area as we gear up for the summer season! There should be much more added over the next few weeks as more patio permits get approved so keep checking it for pet patio fun. Even if you don’t have a dog, but would love the chance to see dogs on a patio you dine at, use the guide!
Dig into the Donair Salad from Cosmic Pizza & Donair (108 McLeod Ave.)
My husband Mike raves about the donair salad from Cosmic Pizza & Donair in Spruce Grove and I finally tried it last week and have to say I’m on the hype train too. This gigantic donair salad checks off quality AND quantity, generous donair chunks with cucumber, lettuce and sweet or tzatziki sauce. This actually isn’t even listed as a menu item you just have to know to order it (call them to place your order!)
Nominate a food / drink business you love for #AdoptAShopAB!
I am so excited to announce that “Adopt a Shop,” the support local business initiative I started in 2020 is BACK this May! And it’s bigger and better than ever thanks to support from my friends at ATB Financial!
We’re hoping to mobilize Albertans to collectively spend at local food + drink businesses in Edmonton and Calgary this May! The first phase (May 2-5) is to Nominate a Business You’d Like To See Featured In The Initiative.
The second phase (May 16-30) is when you’re asked to sign up to “adopt” a shop (or many shops) and commit to spending at least $25 at the shop you adopt. (Stay tuned for the curated list / sign-up sheet!)
In the last three #AdoptAShopYEGs, hundreds of people signed up to participate and collectively spent more than $50,000 at local businesses (this figure included cash bonuses contributed by ATB) and injected much needed money to local businesses struggling during the pandemic.
We hope to do that again—but this time include Calgary shops as well! Businesses are still struggling and could use our support.
Watch Episode 33 of Lindork Does Life
Now Public: Q&A with Stephen Raitz
Every other Sunday, I profile a new “interesting person” in a Q&A series just for paid newsletter subscribers. A month later, I share the Q&A publicly on my blog.
Check out my Q&A with Paths for People Chair, Stephen Raitz in the public version of my Lindork’s Lists: Q&A series.
New on the Blog
I had the pleasure of learning the story of Vietnamese, Canadian, women-owned business Paris Jewellers, for this Travel Alberta business on immigrant entrepreneur business owners! And I invite you to do the same!! Learn how a dream and a dictionary led to one of the most well-known and respected names in the Canadian jewelry industry.
For Asian Heritage Month, to support anti-Asian racism initiatives and honour where the Paris Jewellers family came from, Paris Jewellers is selling a special, limited edition Lotus Necklace, with 100% of net proceeds from this piece will be donated to the Canadian Asian Solidarity Fund and Stop AAPI Hate. The Lotus is the national flower of Vietnam and they hope to sell enough necklaces to donate $15,000 this year.
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Get 10% off your appointment at Vietnamese family-owned nail salon V5 Nails with code LINDORK10 until end of May 2022. (Use for as many appointments as you want during May)
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