Lindork’s Lists #158 – Cheap Books, Fat Macarons, a Pretty Market, and more!

Lindork’s Lists #158 – Cheap Books, Fat Macarons, a Pretty Market, and more!

Newsletter for March 8-14, 2023

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Things to Do This Week


We’re still in a pandemic! In general, please stay home if sick, mask up, get boosted, etc. 

Things to do this week: Sample beer, buy cheap books, celebrate pets and more!
  • Shop the Hello Pretty Market (Red Willow Place, 7 Tache St., St. Albert)

    • The Hello Pretty Market returns this weekend March 11 & 12 in St. Albert with around 40 local vendors selling very pretty things. There will also be fun workshops taking place at the event too.

  • Check out the Edmonton Public Library’s Books2Buy Sale (Stanley A. Milner)

  • Head to the Edmonton Pet Expo (Edmonton EXPO Centre)

    • The Edmonton Pet Expo returns this weekend March 11 & 12 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre (Hall E). Get tickets to check out different pet demos, shop pet-focused vendors, meet local shelters and rescues, learn how to be a better pet pawrent, catch main stage entertainment and more.

    • (You’re asked to leave your pets at home!)

  • Check out the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival (Edmonton EXPO Centre)

    • Also at the Edmonton EXPO Centre this weekend: The Edmonton Craft Beer Festival! Get tickets for the fest, which runs March 10 & 11, and sample your way through more than 130 breweries, distilleries, meaderies, cideries, etc. plus food vendors too!

  • It’s pre-JUNO Awards weekend so don’t miss out on these events!

Catch the #NEABOnline Festival on Tuesdays & Thursdays in March!

I partnered with Festival Seekers to promote their #NEABOnline Festival, an online Facebook festival featuring makers, entrepreneurs, business owners and tourism operators in the Northeast Alberta communities of Lac La Biche, MD Bonnyville, Vermilion, Metis Crossing, and some in Edmonton too.

Business owners will be doing short Facebook Live videos every Tuesday & Thursday throughout the month to give you a taste of the products + services they offer. This is a great way to learn about and support small Alberta business owners and tourism operators, and plan your own visits to check out the region! And many are doing giveaways for tuning in too! ;)

#FestivalSeekers_Partner

See my Virtual Festival Preview

#NEABOnline Festival 2023 takes place on Tues/Thurs throughout March 2023.

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


Eats this week: Turkish cuisine, Vietnamese street food, ‘fat macarons’ and more!
  • Check out Yelo’d’s new ice cream shop (10324 82 Ave.)

  • Grab ‘fat macarons’ from Ancaron (10336 82 Ave.)

    • This macaron recommendation from Linda (not me lol) was compelling, especially as I’ve never had ‘fat macarons’ (apparently a Korean style).

      • “I am generally meh about macs after having so many subpar ones but these are SO GOOD!!!!” – Linda

  • Try A Bite of Brazil’s new Wednesday lunch feature (10114 104 St.)

    • You missed this but on Wednesday, one of my favourite local cafes A Bite of Brazil is offering Buy 1 Sandwich Get 1 50% off. I normally wouldn’t share something super time sensitive (since this newsletter comes out on a Wednesday) but they have been known to keep their promos around longer than originally stated so something to watch for down the road if you miss it today as well.

  • Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Hayloft (639 Cameron Heights Dr.)

    • Chef Paul Shufelt’s Hayloft Steak + Fish in south Edmonton is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. They were also recently recognized in Edify’s Best Restaurants list. If you’ve never tried, perhaps celebrating their anniversary is a good time to. You can get tickets to their anniversary dinner on March 16 or just plan to visit whenever works for you lol.

  • Check out Turkish Coffee House (24 Perron St., St. Albert)

    • Thanks to Melissa for sharing this recommendation for Turkish Coffee House located in St. Albert:

      • “The woman who owns it is so kind and hard working. She’s recently had to lay off her staff for financial reasons. Her food is absolutely incredible and always fresh (my favourites are the spicy beef or chicken pide wraps, borek and baklava – best baklava I’ve had). If you’re ever in St Albert, consider checking them out!! 💕

  • Visit Edmonton’s newest butcher shop (7345 104 St.)

    • There’s a new ‘whole animal butcher shop’ in Edmonton called Modest Meats which opens this week (today, Wednesday!) Be sure to check them out.

  • Try Vietnamese street food at Mai Mai Viet Street Kitchen (14221 23 Ave.)

    • I am working on a new blog post on some of the trendy Vietnamese restaurants that have been popping up around town and that includes a delicious visit to Mai Mai Viet Street Kitchen in south Edmonton! Loved their Bò Tái Chanh (beef lime salad) and variety of salad rolls (we enjoyed the Gỏi Cuốn Bò Lá Lốt – grilled beef wrapped in betel leaves salad rolls). They also have some fun Vietnamese-inspired cocktails!

  • Don’t miss the first ever Greater Mill Woods Dining Week (various locations)

    • The Greater Mill Woods Dining Week runs until Sunday, March 12 featuring nine restaurants in the Mill Woods area offering $15 food specials. This is a resident-driven initiative that uses the city’s ‘community-based budgeting’ program where residents decide what community initiatives to fund.

  • Don’t forget to try Arby’s features for the month! (various locations)

    • Arby’s is doing 2 for $10 Jalapeño Beef ‘N Cheddars plus Crispy Fish and Spicy Fish Sandwiches as their features for the month (on until April 9). My pescatarian friend pointed out that the fish feature is one the pescatarians can happily get in on! #ArbysCanada_Partner

Eaten 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


Part of my 2023 New Year’s Resolutions was to cook / document at least one Vietnamese recipe per month, so I hope you enjoy this month’s pick over on my blog, where I share my mom’s recipe for a Vietnamese Gỏi Xoài (Vietnamese Mango Salad with Shrimp and Pork—can also be made entirely vegetarian or just pescatarian).

Watch my Instagram Reel to see some of the recipe in action too!

Read the BLOG

Recipe - Vietnamese Mango Salad with Shrimp and Pork - Goi Xoai - Vietnamese Cooking Food

From the Blog Vault


For previous International Women’s Days I had done a better job of blogging / highlighting women-owned businesses but just ran out of time this year. While they could use an update, if interested, here’s a 2021 blog on 41 Edmonton Area Women, Artists, Makers and Entrepreneurs to support for IWD and Beyond, plus a 2019 Guide to Women-Owned Businesses in Edmonton and a 2020 Edmonton-area Shopping + Dining Itinerary/Crawl blog post featuring women-owned businesses.

Read the BLOG

Explore Edmonton - Women Artists Makers Creators Entrepreneurs Business Owners - Alberta - IWD - International Womens Day

Some News to Know


I’m piloting a new newsletter section sharing a few local / national news you may be interested in each week—from light and heartwarming to hopeful, political & more!


Popular on my Blog Right Now


Popular posts on my blog the week of Mar 8, 2023.

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