Lindork’s Lists #135 – Events for Culture Days, duelling pianos, Ernest’s buffet and more!
Newsletter for September 21-27, 2022
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Things to Do This Week
Snag a free Royal Alberta Museum ticket for Alberta Culture Days
Try grape stomping at Festa Dell’uva in Little Italy (9425 109 A Ave.)
Did you know during the month of September, festivals are held in cities and towns throughout Italy to celebrate the annual grape harvest? To celebrate, Viva Italia District Association is hosting a FREE Alberta Culture Days event Festa Dell’uva in Little Italy (Giovanni Caboto Park 9425 109A Ave.) on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1-5 p.m. which includes grape stomping (fun!), street performers, live music, food trucks and more!
Check out the launch of the Edmonton International Film Festival
The 36th Edmonton International Festival Festival kicks off Sept. 22 and runs until Oct 1. featuring many OSCAR Qualifying flicks. From comedies to dramas, documentaries and the popular Lunchbox Shorts, you can buy tickets per show or do a 10-pack. Shows play at Landmark Cinemas Downtown or Metro Cinema. Check the schedule here.
Explore the new Arctic Journey exhibit at TELUS World of Science
The brand new Arctic Journey Exhibition is now open at the TELUS World of Science, and access is included with your science centre ticket. Explore 4 seasons, amazing geography, peoples and animals of the North.
Catch a duelling piano show at Spotlight Cabaret (8217 104 St.)
Eep—I LOVE duelling piano shows and they’re BACK in Edmonton every Friday and Saturday night at Spotlight Cabaret in Old Strathcona. Get tickets to the show, request your favourite songs and sing along!
Don’t forget—National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (also known as Orange Shirt Day) is next week Sept. 30.
The I A M Indigenous Artist Market Collective is holding a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Celebration event THIS weekend Sept. 24 & 25 at the Downtown Farmers Market. The event is called ‘etah ka mâcipayik kîkway ᐁᑕᐦ ᑲ ᒫᒋᐸᔨᐠ ᑮᑲᐧᕀ Where something begins” and they will have a lot of artwork (including Orange Shirt Day-themed) from residential school survivors and descendents of survivors on sale. Generally, paying Indigenous artists is a great form of reconciliation.
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.
Pick up samosas at Dilli 6 (Bountiful Market 3696 97 St.)
Check out the Poutine of the Week (and more eats) at Leopold’s Tavern
Did you know Leopold’s Tavern in Old Strathcona (10302 82 Ave.) does a Poutine of the Week? Sweet Thai Coconut Shrimp Poutine is the special this week—and their other dishes look great too. I need to try!
Make a reservation for the return of Ernest’s Dining Room Buffet (NAIT)
The talented Culinary and Hospitality students at NAIT are back in their Ernest’s Dining Room (10701 118 Ave.) with weekly Buffets (and regular a la carte menus) that are always well worth trying. If you’ve never dined at Ernest’s—you’re missing out! Incredibly fine dining for a fraction of the cost and a very popular Friday buffet.
Take advantage of Uproot Food Collective’s Fall Sale (online)
The Uproot Food Collective is holding their annual Fall Sale which means 30% off some popular, local food products like South Island Pies, Honest Dumplings, Little Bear Gelato and more! Enjoy.
Try the new bubble tea spot in Gasoline Alley (Red Deer)
We tried an awesome new bubble tea spot in Gasoline Alley this week to and from our drive to Kananaskis. Share-a-Tea has a great selection of specialty bubble teas, boba ice cream, AND they sell milk tea by the GALLON (in milk jugs!) Their drive thru is also almost ready (at which time they’d be the first drive-thru bubble tea spot in Canada! It does make sense the first would be in Gasoline Alley lol). Check it out on your next road trip!
This Sunday: Q&A with Kyla Kazeil
Every other Sunday (ish lol), I profile a new “interesting person” in a Q&A series just for paid newsletter subscribers.
The next person I’ll be profiling this Sunday, September 25, 2022 is Edmonton entrepreneur (and multiple business owner) Kyla Kazeil. Kyla is co-owner of The Bamboo Ballroom (clothing boutique), The Common (restaurant/bar), 9910 (night club), and Fu’s Repair Shop (restaurant).
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
Kyla, on being a business owner: “The work is hard, the margins are thin, you always have to be on top of your game and you have to LOVE IT or you won’t succeed. It’s not as glamorous as is seems. Particularly the restaurant industry and bar industry. But if you focus on what’s important to you (in my case people) it can be extremely rewarding. Both these industries can be careers, I feel like the perception is often that retail and restaurants are stepping stones to “real jobs”—they very much are real jobs. And if retail or the restaurant industry isn’t a final destination, everyone should work in either at least once. There are so many problem solving, efficiency, time management, communication and interpersonal skills to be gained. Oh and as often first jobs for youth these industries are also really important to peoples’ confidence and identity and as managers and leaders our jobs are really important in the work force!”
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Small Business Spotlight
As National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is next week, I thought this week’s Small Business Spotlight could focus on a local, Indigenous-owned business. Felice of Metis ALIVE does Capote wool blanket workshops, and registration is now open for her Oct 15-16 classes. I got to meet Felice and learn more about her business in this Travel Alberta feature last summer. Limited spots available so consider booking now!
From the Blog Vault
It’s Larch Season! The time of year when the needles on deciduous conifer trees in the Rocky Mountains (primarily Kananaskis / Banff area) turn golden yellow before they fall off for winter. This is a very popular time for hikers who want to experience the golden hues set against the mountains. I went hiking in Kananaskis last weekend but sadly the larches hadn’t turned yet. You may be in luck this weekend and maybe next though! The two hikes we did that are popular for larches is Arethusa Cirque and Ptarmigan Cirque.
You can also check out my blog to hiking what’s known as Larch Valley (for me—a very tough hike lol), which I experienced back in 2020. Larch Valley starts at Moraine Lake so it’s a great location to visit both (however Moraine Lake is literally the busiest location in any national park across Canada—so expect to wake up at 3 am.—seriously—or take the Banff bus / shuttles to get there if you go!)
Save with my Discount Codes!
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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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