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Newsletter for September 7 – 13, 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!
Attend the Edmonton Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival (105-107 Ave. 98 St.)
Chinatown’s Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration takes place this Sunday, Sept. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Chinatown 98 Street between 105-107 Avenue. There will be performances, lion and dragon dances, vendors, cultural games, moon cakes, food trucks, and prizes! Free to attend. Please check it out, and plan to do lunch or early dinner in the area too!! Chinatown could absolutely use the support.
There are also other Mid-Autumn celebrations happening across the city this weekend but for selfish reasons (I want you to go to Chinatown lol) I’m not sharing that information with you here. lol.
Check out the Strathearn Art Walk (Strathearn Drive between 89-91 St.)
The annual Strathearn Art Walk returns this weekend Saturday and Sunday Sept. 10 & 11 from Noon to 7 p.m. for its 10th anniversary and it’s free to attend! There will be artists showcasing and selling their work, live musical performances, and outdoor gallery experience, and more family-friendly fun.
Shop the Callingwood Pop-up Night Market (6655 178 St.)
Callingwood Farmer’s Market is hosting a Pop-up Night Market this Friday, Sept. 9 from 5-10 p.m. It is free to attend and features 70+ vendors, plus inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, roving characters and entertainment for kids, and food trucks!
Celebrate all things Beagle at Beaglemania (Queen Mary Park 10844 117 St.)
As a proud Beagle mom, I’m happy to tell you about Beaglemania, Edmonton’s biggest beagle party taking place this Sunday, Sept. 11 from 1-4 p.m. It’s free to attend! Even if you don’t have a beagle, come cuddle with all the beagles who come! They’ll be playing beagle games, there’s a silent auction, BBQ, and my favourite, the Sexy Senior Contest, lol.
Experience Tropical Night at The Backyard (10004 103A Ave.)
Get tickets to Tropical Night, co-presented by my friends at Black Owned Market Edmonton, which runs this Saturday Sept. 10 from 4 p.m. to late—showcasing the vibrant culture of the African, Black and Caribbean community in the city. Vibe to local artists, check out the Paradise Grill Food Truck, BOM YEG Vendors, and The Backyard Bar.
See Imagine Monet before it’s gone! (Edmonton EXPO Centre)
The immersive Imagine Monet exhibit at the Edmonton EXPO Centre wraps up after Sept. 10 so if you were thinking about checking it out, this is your final week to do it! Monet is considered the father of Impressionism and this style of art exhibit is really cool. I blogged about Imagine Van Gogh last year which will give you a sense of what to expect (though I haven’t had a chance to check this out myself. Summer has been so busy!)
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.
Celebrate local food and art at Savour Strathcona this Sunday!
I’ve partnered with Strathcona County to make sure you know about their annual Savour Strathcona local food and art festival happening THIS SUNDAY, September 11 from 3-7 p.m. at the Strathcona County Community Centre (401 Festival Ln, Sherwood Park).
The event is all about featuring and celebrating independent restaurants, food trucks, distilleries, wineries, cideries, and artisans in Strathcona County, and includes live local music and a kids zone.
Check out the awesome food and drink line-up featuring over 20 vendors—including Vietnamese restaurant Banh Mi Zon (delicious!) It’s free to attend (pay for your own food)! I also did a BMZ preview on Instagram you can also check out here. (#StrathconaCounty_Partner)
Grab a pal to visit Pals Sandwiches (10335 83 Ave.)
From the owners of Next Act Pub, MEAT, and Pip, come their latest eatery—Pals Sandwiches—which just opened in Old Strathcona! Pals specializes in sandwiches, cocktails and desserts. I love their bright yellow exterior (and from the looks of it, the interior and their sandwiches too). Grab a pal to celebrate Pals’ grand opening!
Get some Flirt Cupcakes and wish them a happy birthday (9124 82 Ave.)
Flirt Cupcakes is celebrating the one-year birthday of their store (technically last weekend but I missed it, so still counts this weekend lol). This is actually the cupcake company’s 14th year in business but they moved a bit more east of Whyte last year. Great cupcakes!
Go for some Happy Hour Hot Pot (various locations)
I celebrated my friend Diane’s birthday this week (and the cooler weather) with a Late Night Happy Hour Hot Pot at Chinese Hot Pot Buffet on Calgary Trail (though the late night pricing option is available at other spots in town too). Late Night Hot Pot pricing is cheaper than all you can eat, includes set items (select a few of your favourites), and because it’s NOT all you can eat, you can pack up the soup broth and any ingredients you can’t finish for a delicious Breakfast Hot Pot at home—which I also got to have lol (it’s as delicious as it sounds!)
Try vegan bubble tea from Nuttea (8204 Gateway Blvd.)
I forgot to mention during my August Fringe adventures that I tried the vegan bubble tea from new-ish bubble tea spot Nuttea! They specialize in ‘mylk tea’ which is “milk” tea (not dairy milk) made from various nuts—which means they’re the only vegan bubble tea offering in Edmonton. Get one with nut cream, which comes with a cute little shovel you can use to scoop up the cream and tea.
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.
New on the Blog
It’s coming late in the season but I hope you’ll use my NEW Travel Guide to Waterton Lakes National Park to help plan your visit next summer (or perhaps squeeze in a September visit), including ideas for things to do and food to eat in the southern Alberta park! The area is open year-round, just most services, restaurants, etc. shut down after the summer season so it’s not quite the same experience.
From the Blog Vault
Around this time last year I had explored the cute little Town of Camrose, located just an hours drive south east of Edmonton, and I put together this blog post to encourage you to Copy my Itinerary for Where to Eat and What to do on a Day Trip to Camrose!
Final Week to #ExploreABwithMe!
It’s the last week you can enter my #ExploreABwithMe initiative, encouraging you to embrace and explore Alberta for fun (!!!) and for a chance to win prizes!
My friends at the Italian Centre Shop Ltd. have donated 20 $10 gift cards for me to surprise people who explore + share. And the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre have donated the grand prize—one #ExploreABwithMe participant will win a two-night stay at this beautiful hotel in Canmore, Alberta.
Public posts shared tagging me @lindork + including the hashtag #ExploreABwithMe posted by Sept 12, 2022 will qualify for these prizes! You can check out my curated Alberta travel guides to help plan your final adventure. Exploring your city counts too!
YouTube Videos — Coming Back Soon!
If you have been wondering (but probably not because not a lot of people watch my YouTube videos lol), I do plan on resuming weekly YouTube videos, this latter part of the summer has just really been kicking my butt. Stay tuned and in the meantime, browse some of my previous Lindork Does Life YouTube videos!
Save with my Discount Codes!
I regularly partner with businesses to save you money!!
Here’s a few deals this summer to take advantage of:
Get 20% off regular price items at Bamboo Ballroom with code LINDORK20
Get 20% off at Edmonton International Airport Value Park using code LINDORK20. Book by Sept 30 for travel by Dec 31
Get 10% off your e-bike rental from Pedego Edmonton! Use code 10Lindork
- Get 10% off kayak rentals from Fusion World Rentals, a St. Albert-based, family-owned business, with code Kayakers10. Only 50 code uses available
- Get 15% off a raft rental from The Paddle Station, a Calgary-based watercraft rental business that just expanded to Edmonton this summer! Use code LINDORK15 by Sept. 30, 2022
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