Lindork’s Lists #117 – #AdoptAShopAB, my new clothing collection, and more!

Lindork’s Lists #117 – #AdoptAShopAB, my new clothing collection, and more!

Newsletter for May 18-24, 2022

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Things to Do This Week

If attending events, please check their COVID-19 safety requirements. It’s still a good idea to mask-up even if it’s no longer a provincial requirement. Get vaccinated/boosted. Stay safe!

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Things to do this week: Fort Edmonton Park season opening, ride the Street Car, catch live music and more!
  • Take in a few live music events downtown at The Backyard (10004 103A Ave.)

    • The Backyard, an awesome downtown Edmonton music and entertainment venue, is kicking off the summer season with a series of live music events including Vibes Music Festival, For the Love of Downtown Live Music Series, and Soul Search x The Backyard’s Patio Day Party. Various ticket admission applies (check the site!)

  • Ride the High Level Street Car all the way to Whyte Ave!

    • This summer the High Level Street Car is expanding its line to Whyte Ave! Streetcars ran in Edmonton starting in 1908, including along Whyte Avenue, so getting the line extended to the ave is a big deal. This is such a cute thing to do—if you’ve never ridden the line, make this summer the summer to do it. Check the schedule, fare, etc., info here.

  • Take in Opening Weekend at Fort Edmonton Park (7000 143 St.)

    • Fort Edmonton Park reopens for the summer season this weekend! Ride the 1919 steam train, take in the Indigenous Peoples Experience, visit the Midway and more. Fun for all ages!

  • Catch the final weekend of “The 39 Steps” (Walterdale Theatre, 10322 83 Ave.)

    • It’s the final weekend of “The 39 Steps“, a “fast-paced whodonut for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!” This is a Two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning show. Fun!

And don’t “furr”get what’s coming up next weekend!

Cat lovers: Get tickets to the virtual Edmonton Cat Festival!

The Edmonton International Cat Festival, one of Canada’s largest cat events, is back for a virtual pawty on May 28 & 29, 2022, with 100% ticket proceeds going to local cat rescue Community Cats Edmonton.

For those who may not know, this is an event I am so proud to have founded back in 2014, and thanks to an ameowzing organizing committee, sponsors, vendors, and YOU—purrticipants—we have been able to raise $126,000 for local rescues since we began.

The Cat Festival is typically a big, in-person pawty (at one point we had 3,000 people attend!!) But since the pandemmy we’ve been virtual (including this year).

We are pretty proud of the virtual line-up we’ve put together though, so please click to see the festival schedule, learn more and get tickets.

Learn More

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.

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Eats this week: Grab Jerk chicken wings, Thai curry, donairs and more!!
  • Try the BBQ from Transit Smokehouse & BBQ (12720 Fort Rd.)

    • Thanks to subscriber Connie who recommends you try the smoked meat sharing tray from Transit Smokehouse and BBQ located in the historic Transit hotel in north east Edmonton! “The ribs and brisket were number one with us. Side dishes of garlic mashed potatoes and sweet potato fries and sweet creamed corn—soooo good! And all the house made sauces to go with it! And live blues / jazz music that day – great mood! Live music every day, we will definitely return.”

  • Plan to visit the Beverly Towne Farmers Market (34 St. 118 Ave. Edmonton)

Check out some featured #AdoptAShopAB restaurants in Edmonton!

  • Try the donair from Eat and Dip (6877 Ad Astra Blvd.)

    • The secret they say, is in their sauce!

  • Try Jerk wings from Graham’s Jerkhouse (order online)

    • They also do scratch made beef, chicken, or vegetable patties (and other Jamaican dishes!)

  • Try some curries at Kaengthai Bistro (10152A 82 Ave.)

    • I am also always partial to a Tom Yum Soup.

These are just a few of the local restaurants who could use your support—and are featured in my #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition initiative powered by ATB!

More details on how you can support them + participate below!!

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.

Sign up to #AdoptAShopAB!

I’m excited to share the list of featured businesses in my #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition initiative powered by ATB Financial!

And from now until May 30, I invite you to browse the Edmonton business list and sign-up to “adopt” then shop (spend at least $25 at the business you signed up for) in an effort to collectively support these amazing local businesses!

✔️ Anyone who signs up to participate is entered to win a gift card prize from ATB.

✔️ Anyone who shares how they’re supporting businesses as part of the initiative (follow + tag me @lindork + @atbfinancial + @foodkarmablog) – will also be entered for a chance to win gift card prizes from ATB.

These gift cards will help you double your spend and support of local businesses!

If you’d like—you can reply to this email to let me know which shop you’d like to “adopt” and I’ll put your name on the sheet! Or you can add your name directly into the sign-up sheet.

Thank you to those who have already signed up to support local businesses!! 💛

Learn more

AdoptAShopAB Foodie Edition with Linda Hoang and ATB
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Shop my Zen Lion Design Collection

I’m so excited to announce an Asian Heritage Month-inspired apparel collection released in collaboration with Edmonton comfy statement apparel business Zen Lion Design.

As you know, May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada and AAPI Asian American / Pacific Islander Month in the United States. In North America, Anti-Asian hate crimes have increased significantly and steadily since the pandemic began in 2020.

This (and frankly, all race-based hate) is unacceptable.

Sherrell of Zen Lion Design (a Black, woman-owned, Edmonton-based business) and I have collaborated on this new collection that not only celebrates the Asian community but also highlights for allies the need to push back against racism.

Sherrell specializes in diverse and inclusive Clothing that creates a Conversation!

There are 10 designs in this collection! And 20% of proceeds from sales of this collection made from today to end of May will be donated to my chosen organization—Represent Asian Project—a Canadian platform I love, dedicated to celebrating, advocating and elevating Asian representation and voices in media and beyond.

Shop the Collection

Watch Episode 35 of Lindork Does Life

Episode 35 of my new YouTube video series #LindorkDoesLife is out!

In this episode, I am joined by my niece and nephew as we visit the BTS Cafe in Edmonton (Calabash Cafe!—also great for non-BTS fans lol).


* note the listed playlist view count is wrong—I have more video views than that!! lol 

Now Public: Q&A with Dr. Muna Saleh

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 Dr. Muna Saleh, educator, researcher and community-based advocate in the public version of my Lindork’s Lists: Q&A series.

Q&A with Dr Muna Saleh Edmonton
My Q&A with Dr. Muna Saleh first went out to paid newsletter subscribers on April 10, 2022.

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Watch for a Giveaway Next Week!

Stay tuned—I’m giving away an herbal spa manicure + pedicure for you+1 to V5 Nails, my favourite, local, Vietnamese-owned nail salon and spa. This prize is valued at $190 and ONLY my email subscribers (you!!) can enter for a chance to win!!

Don’t forget to use my code LINDORK10 to get 10% off a service at V5 Nails. This code is valid until the end of May!

Discount Codes You May Want To Use

I regularly partner with amazing businesses to promote their products or services and love to pass on discount codes for my followers. Here’s a few you might want to use this week:

  • 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)

  • Get 10% off your booking at Baker Creek Mountain Resort using code LINDORK

  • Get a free interior fridge cleaning add-on with Lil Sparkle or The Sparkle packages from Miraculous Maids with code LINDORK.

See more discount codes from great local businesses!

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