Lindork’s Lists #164 – Music & Tattoos, Oilers-themed Food, New Brunch Offerings & More!
Newsletter for April 19-25, 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 some giggles in at Yuk Yuk’s Edmonton Pro-Am Night (13103 Fort Rd.)
Thursday April 20 is Pro-Am (professional and amateur) Night at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club. “It’s a show that can be good, bad, or so bad it’s great!”
Check out the Edmonton Makers Market and Convention (EXPO Centre)
Check out more than 200 makers, artists, creators, and crafters over two days April 22 & 23 at the Edmonton Makers Market, a FREE, family-friendly event with presentations, make-and-take activities, items to shop, and more.
Experience the annual Edmonton Tattoo & Arts Festival (EXPO Centre)
Also at the Edmonton EXPO this weekend is the annual Edmonton Tattoo & Arts Festival running April 21-23 featuring more than 350 local and international artists, entertainment (like circus acts!), vendors, and tattooing!
Shop the Capital City Vintage Market (2nd floor, 10305 97 St.)
The Capital City Vintage Market hosts their Spring Market this weekend April 22 & 23 at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market (second floor). Find a variety of vintage (new and second hand goodies). This market focuses on 1950s-2000 clothing, accessories, household and small furniture items.
Get tickets to First Metis Man of Odesa (Citadel Theatre)
From April 22-May 13, award winning theatre artists and real-life married couple, Matt and Mariya, share the stage and tell their remarkable Odesa to Alberta love story in the First Metis Man of Odesa at The Citadel Theatre.
Check out the Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival (various locations)
The 115th Annual (that’s not a typo!) Edmonton Music & Speech Arts Festival featuring more than 20,000 music students, actors, musicians and music lovers, runs at various locations across Edmonton April 17-29 and performances are FREE to attend. Choir Week is April 17-21 and Band Week is April 24-28. Check out the program!
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 new Mexican restaurant Los Molcajetes (125 McLeod Ave. Spruce Grove)
We checked out Los Molcajetes, a new Mexican restaurant and grocery store in Spruce Grove this week and it was awesome! Delicious tacos (choose from carnitas, pastor, chorizo, or beef barbacoa—my favourites were pastor and chorizo, Mikes favourites were chorizo and barbacoa). Plus they do Tues, Wed, Thurs taco/tostada/torta deals. And the owners are really sweet!
Check out Malina Bakery’s new latte (629 Cameron Heights. Dr.)
Malina Ukrainian Bakery and Eatery has a new Ukrainian latte that features condensed milk! While there try some of their desserts or their new-ish daily brunch menu.
Enjoy brunch with a view at The Butternut Tree (9707 110 St.)
The Butternut Tree in downtown Edmonton—with lovely views facing the Alberta Legislature—now offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday! Plus $8 mimosa specials on Saturday and $8 Caesars on Sunday. This is a really lovely restaurant—can’t wait to try them for brunch!
Grab some dole whip around town (various locations)
Thanks to Edmonton Playgrounds for the heads up that Ben’s Meat & Deli in west Edmonton is now serving dole whip! You can also grab this awesome treat at Bloom Cookie Co. on 124 Street. Good treat ideas as we get back to double digit weather this weekend!
Try Dorinku Osaka’s Vegan menu (10328 Jasper Ave.)
I just learned that one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in town, Dorinku Osaka, has a Vegan menu, including a Vegan ramen! Thought that might be of interest for some (not me lol but possibly some of you). If the Vegan menu is not of interest, I love ordering their pressed salmon sushi, shaka shaka fries, beef tataki, and ramen salad.
Check out the new Bar Oro Caffe & Roastery (10047 108 St.)
Bar Oro Caffe & Roastery is now (soft) opened in downtown Edmonton, featuring coffee, treats, and a super Instagrammable looking space.
And here’s a few food events to check out…
Only newsletter subscribers got a heads up that on Wednesday, April 19 you can get All You Can Get Perogies from Uncle Ed’s Restaurant (Stawnichy’s Mundare Sausage) from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for just $15.99.
There’s a few local restaurants offering Oilers / Playoff Game Day deals but I thought Gravy Burger & Fries was fun—$1 off your bill for every score the Oilers make during the game! Game 2 is tonight (Apr 19) then Apr 21 + 23. (Keep scrolling for a more unique angle on food to celebrate the game! ;))
The annual Culinary Arts Cook-Off fundraiser takes place at Highlands School this weekend April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can sample cookie creations from various local chefs/restaurants and vote for your favs! I’ve been a judge the last few years but declined this year due to new baby (avoiding places with a lot of kids so as not to pick up / pass on potential illness lol).
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
VietCan Books is a Vietnamese, woman-owned bilingual bookstore based in Calgary, who carries Vietnamese parenting books, childrens books, books by Vietnamese and Asian authors, as well as Viet-English, Chinese-English, Filipino-English and books focused on diversity and inclusion. As a new parent, I’m really hoping to teach my boy Vietnamese (and brush up on it myself as I’m not 100% fluent). In fact, one of the earliest books I remember reading was a Vietnamese/English Picture Dictionary! I credit it for my early love of reading, so finding a resource like VietCan books has been amazing—even more so learning that its Alberta-based!
When owner Tam saw I was buying books / recommending her shop, she offered a discount code to share with my community!
Get 10% off at VietCan Books using code LINDORK! Valid until Dec. 31, 2023.
Giveaway Next Week!
To celebrate Mike’s upcoming birthday, I’ll be doing a pizza-themed giveaway just for newsletter subscribers in next week’s email (April 26, 2023). If you’re reading this email, you’re already subscribed so you’ll be able to get enter!
Tell a friend (who also cares about local Edmonton events + food) to subscribe for free before April 26 to qualify too.
New on the Blog
As the Edmonton Oilers take on the LA Kings in the first round of the NHL 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, I thought it would be fun to suggest some Edmonton restaurants featuring California-inspired / invented food and drink that you can crush this playoff season, as the Oilers surely proceed to crush the LA Kings. 😉 (we’ll pretend Game 1’s loss didn’t already happen lol). Let’s Go Oilers!
Canadian Fertility Awareness Week is April 23-29, 2023.
I blogged a few local events happening to mark the month, including an Instagram Live chat I’m doing with @IVFGotYou on Thursday, April 26 at 10 a.m.
From the Blog Vault
Around this time last year, Mike and I were enjoying Las Vegas! We went down to experience the BTS Permission to Dance Las Vegas concert, as well as the kick-off to the Backstreet Boys world tour, along with some tourism work. It was an amazing time and I just can’t believe how much can change in just a year!
Check out the video blog I made about the BTS experience.
Save $$$ with my Discount Codes
I regularly partner with awesome companies to offer discounts that save you money! The codes vary throughout the year but here’s a few to take advantage of right now…
Get 10% off at VietCan Books using code LINDORK
You can also combine with free shipping on orders $125+
Get 15% off at Princess & The Pea using code LINDA15!
On first-time orders/email accounts only. Excludes Jellycat and Canada Goose items.
Get 20% off regular price items at Bamboo Ballroom using code LINDORK20!
Some News to Know
Here’s a few local / national news you may be interested in—from light and heartwarming to hopeful, political, and more!
When I see things like this ‘plasma waterfall’ on the sun that’s 8x the size of Earth, I am reminded of how teeny tiny we are in the grand scheme of things lol.
After 35 years vending at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market, this sweet couple of Gramma Bear’s Home Baking is retiring.
This is a great feature on local business Blenderz Garment Recyclers, which offers thrifted clothing sold by the pound, and also breaks down unwearable items to be reused by designers, upcyclers and other. companies.
lol, did you hear about the guy who got stuck in Edmonton’s Talus Dome? Apparently he was trying to impress a date.
Uh did you know there’s a large part of the ocean between California and Hawaii that’s full of floating garbage? It’s “long been threatening ecosystems [and] has now become an ecosystem itself.”
Every day Elon Musk proves he is a bigger loser than the day the before—this time lauded on by Pierre Poilievre. Both pose a threat to society (seriously).
Yet another collision has occurred on the Valley Line…
For Danielle Smith, each week means another clarification / walk back on something she’s said.
Popular on my Blog Right Now
Here are the top four most popular posts on my blog this week:
- Trendy to Traditional: Guide to Vietnamese Restaurants in Edmonton (March 2022)
- Travel Guide: 12 Foods to Eat in Maui, Hawaii (May 2019)
- Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton (June 2017)
- Inside our Pokemon-themed Nursery (April 2023)
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