Lindork’s Lists #128 – Cariwest Fest, Montreal eats in Edmonton, seafood for a good cause & more!

Lindork’s Lists #128 – Cariwest Fest, Montreal eats in Edmonton, seafood for a good cause & more!

Newsletter for August 2 – 9, 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—especially indoors. We’re still in a pandemic. Please get vaccinated/boosted!

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Things to do this week: Animethon, Cariwest, River Valley Scavenger Hunt, and more!
  • Celebrate Caribbean Arts and Food at Cariwest Festival (Churchill Square)

  • Celebrate Japanese anime at Animethon (Edmonton Convention Centre)

  • Catch the kickoff of Jubefest this weekend (Northern Jubilee Auditorium)

    • Bring your lawn chair for the first Jubefest outdoor show of the summer at the Jubilee Auditorium. Every Thursday in August there will be a different (ticketed) performance including this week Aug. 4’s kick-off with Juno-award winning Namibian-Canadian performer Garth Prince.

  • Get outside and play the River Valley Alliance’s Summer Scavenger Hunt

    • The River Valley Alliance is hosting a Summer Scavenger Hunt with different locations and prizes each week. This week’s hunt starts out on the trails in Strathcona County. Check out their website for contest entry details and clues (and if you can’t do this week, they’ve got more clues and prizes going until August 26!) Free to participate!

  • Visit the 104 Street Beer Garden (10190 104 St.)

    • DOSC and Say Uncle have teamed up to host Summer Beer Gardens along 104 Street. Free to attend (most dates), with music, food and drink specials, pet-friendly seating, open 11 a.m. to late each Saturday this summer.

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: Paella, French-Canadian cuisine, smoked meat and bagels!
  • Support French-Canadian restaurant Chartier (5012 50 St., Beaumont)

    • Popular French-Canadian restaurant Chartier has been very upfront about the rising cost of food and many other factors affecting the restaurant industry over the past few years and this week laid out the realities—staying in business right now means the introduction of temporary “Crisis Prices.” I appreciate their transparency and wish them and all struggling restaurant owners loads of luck right now. I also acknowledge that money is tight for many—so understand if you are or aren’t able to spend at restaurants right now.

  • Dig into some Montreal smoked meat—in Edmonton! (various locations)

    • I was sharing about all the Montreal smoked meat I had while visiting that city last week and many thanks to Rob who shared that The Steakout restaurant in south Edmonton (3376 Parsons Rd.) regularly brings in Montreal smoked meat—“it’s a hidden smoked meat gem!”

    • Some Googlin’ also revealed that The Refinery Grill in west Edmonton (10406 Mayfield Rd.) appears to be The Steakout’s sister restaurant—also serving a variety of smoked meat sandwich options.

    • And La Poutine (8702 109 St.) also serves ‘The Quebecoise’ traditional poutine with shaved Montreal smoked meat (and all their cheese curds are brought in from Quebec!)

  • Pick up Montreal bagels—in Edmonton! (various locations)

    • In honour of all the Montreal bagels we picked up from our trip, I wanted to shout out to a few spots in Edmonton that regularly bring in famous St. Viateur bagels from Montreal! You can get Montreal bagels from Coffee Bureau (10505 Jasper Ave.), Breadlove (46C St. Michael St., St. Albert), or Cafe Bicyclette (8627 91 St.)

  • Grab paella and fish and chips from Bodega/SABOR for a good cause

    • Bodega and SABOR are serving up some delicious seafood for a good cause this August—starting this weekend! Plan to check out Fish & Chip Fridays at SABOR (downtown Edmonton) August 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until they sell out), with proceeds supporting the Ronald McDonald House and Santa’s Anonymous.

    • Meanwhile Bodega’s Sherwood Park location is hosting ‘Paella in the Park’ every Saturday in August from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with proceeds supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County.

  • Enjoy samosas from Punjab Sweets (9393 34 Ave.)

    • This week, subscriber Diane recommends the samosas from Punjab Sweets, a south Edmonton restaurant specializing in East Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The samosas are just $1.25 for vegetarian and $1.99 for meat.

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.


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I’ve written about Carrie and Kelly Armstrong, the Indigenous founders of an Alberta business called Kikawinaw, which specializes in home-brewed tea infused with Alberta gin and bubbles. Read their story and pick up a Kikawinaw this summer!

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Last week I was exploring Montreal and I ate at a ton of great places I’m excited to blog about in a new Travel Guide soon!

In the meantime, check out my old Montreal blog post guide from 2018 if you happen to be heading to the area soon and want some past-Lindork suggestions!

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