Lindork’s Lists #162 – Downtown Defrost, Easter Treats, Cereal + Cartoons & More!
Newsletter for April 5-11, 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.
Get tickets to The Downtown Defrost (Louise McKinney Park)
Edmonton’s biggest winter party The Downtown Defrost returns for a 2 days + night, all ages, outdoor music festival at Louise McKinney Park.
Check out Rock of Ages at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre (16615 109 Ave).
Get ready to rock! One of Mike’s favourite movies is Rock of Ages so he’s pretty excited that the new show at Mayfield Dinner Theatre is an ode to that. The show kicks off this week and runs until June.
Attend an All You Can Eat Cereal Cartoon Party (Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St.)
Relive the exciting Saturday morning ritual of non-stop retro cartoons and binge on multi-coloured sugary cereals at the Metro Cinema’s Saturday Morning All You Can Eat Cereal Cartoon Party this April 8 at 10 a.m.
Experience a Pow Wow Night Practice (Bent Arrow 11648 85 St.)
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society is hosting Pow Wow Night Practice on April 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Parkdale School. All are welcome to experience drumming, singing, and dancing and learn the traditional styles of Pow dances.
* Note this was initially on April 6 as well but it was cancelled for the long weekend.
Plus a few Easter events happening around Edmonton…
Take part in the Strathcona County Egg Hunt featuring over 100,000 chocolate Easter eggs, kids craft areas, a throw challenge with the Edmonton stingers, Mascots, bouncy castles, and more. This is a FREE event that takes place April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Broadmoor Lake Park/Festival Place.
Kiwi Nurseries is hosting a mini Easter Egg Hunt and journey through their trail system. Look for eggs, bunnies, and all things Easter (and meet a special guest at the end of the trail). This event is ticketed and takes place both Saturday & Sunday April 8 & 9.
Experience Easter Monday at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. There will be a scavenger hunt, an Easter craft, an EGGcellent touch table, roving magicians and musicians and education around kinds of animals lay eggs. Hop to It!
Check out the community of Holyrood’s FREE Easter Event at the Holyrood Playground (9411 Holyrood Rd.) from 1-3:3 p.m. featuring a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, the Easter bunny, face painting, and more. They ask you register to come so they have a sense of numbers (and treats).
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
Try some brunch at Tiramisu Bistro (10750 124 St.)
We took our new baby Benjimin out for his first brunch at the always lovely Tiramisu Bistro along 124 Street! Book a geodome patio space for extra privacy (and nice lighting! lol) and try the Spaghetti Eggs Benny (the only spaghetti benny in town), their 10/10 maple spiced potatoes, waffles, and people have raved to me about their Breakfast Pizza (vegan option avail too)!
Get your Easter treat orders in before it’s too late (various locations)
Sugared and Spiced is offering Easter Platters and Mini Egg Picnic Cakes.
Order Mini Egg Cookies from The Nancy Bakes.
Confetti Sweets is offering Easter Cupcakes, Psyanky Cookies and Easter Cookie Decorating Kits.
Inquire about Easter Nests or Cakes from Phat Bar.
Pick up a Mini Egg Cheese Tart from Pablo Cheese Tarts.
Check out Bread + Butter‘s Easter Weekend pre-order selections.
… and more! Your favourite local bakery is probably selling Easter treats!
Check out the newly rebranded EPIC 5th St. Food Hall (10344 105 St.)
JustCook Kitchens downtown has rebranded to EPIC, and they’ll also be operating in the new Station Park shipping container retail space in Old Strathcona opening later this year. Grab pasta, burgers, BBQ, and Vegan southern comfort food from the current downtown location.
Pick up the Italian Centre Shop’s April Feature Pizza (various locations)
April’s Italian Centre Shop Feature Pizza is a LA PEPPERONATA tomato sauce, mozza, spicy sausage, sauteed mushrooms, banana peppers, and parmesan cheese.
Grab Vegan cake doughnuts from Fawkes Coffee (10137 104 St.)
Fawkes Coffee has opened up a pop-up space downtown, selling Vegan cake doughnuts, coffee and tea. They’re working towards a permanent space (same location) so you can see progress on that when you come by for treats.
Check out newly re-opened Edmonton area farmers markets (various locations)
Farmers Market season is upon us! Stony Plain Farmers Market started last weekend (April 1). Spruce Grove Farmers Market kicks off April 8. And a handful more return in May. Check out the Alberta Farmers Market Association Market Finder for opening dates.
Here’s a few upcoming food events to consider:
Indigenous restaurant Pei Pei Chei Ow is hosting ‘High Tea’ on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m featuring a large selection of savoury and sweet bites plus Indigenous teas. Reservations required ($60/person).
Get tickets for Arcadia Brewing’s Beers & Queers Disney Trivia and Drag Show on April 8.
There’s just two dates left for Cafe Bicyclette’s Sugar Shack Dinners (April 14 & 15). $85 gets you a five-course maple-infused long-table culinary experience.
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.
Small Business Spotlight
I wanted to shout out to Calgary, Alberta-based Peach Pixie, which specializes in wipe boxes for a clean peach. As new parents, we have been going through a LOT of wipes. Peach Pixie gifted us a wipe box (their adorable Space Cat design!) and we love how it adds to the cuteness of the nursery but is also super functional—keeps wipes moist and makes grabbing a single wipe easy (doesn’t tug at the box). These work for nursery OR just in general around the home too if you’re a baby-free family. And $1 from every wipes dispenser sold is also donated to Mamas for Mamas, a specialized poverty relief agency and an all inclusive community for mothers and caregivers.
From the Blog Vault
As we spring into summer, I thought I’d throw back to this April 2021 post where I had partnered with Alberta Milk to feature a few Ice Cream Shops in Alberta Featuring High Quality, Canadian Milk!
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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!
A new study suggests that pet cats and dogs may help protect infants from food allergies.
With more and more businesses shutting down, this article recommends you use the gift cards you’ve been holding onto in case you’re soon no longer able to.
This is a nice story about a local Indigenous program where kids learned Cree, baked bannock, snowshoed, and learned to follow animal tracks in the forest.
A Canadian astronaut will be part of a new NASA moon mission, and is part of the most diverse team ever sent up in space.
I don’t really know how, but Rogers is taking over Shaw which I don’t think can mean good things for consumers lol.
A UCP candidate has resigned after backlash over a campaign video where the candidate made outrageous statements about kids being exposed to porn in kindergarten (among other harmful and categorically false views).
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