Lindork’s Lists #164 – Music & Tattoos, Oilers-themed Food, New Brunch Offerings & More!

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. 

Things to do this week: free musical performances, Vintage Market, Tattoo Festival and more!
  • 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.)

  • 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

Eats this week: Dole whip, tacos, Ukrainian brunch and more!
  • Try new Mexican restaurant Los Molcajetes (125 McLeod Ave. Spruce Grove)

  • Check out Malina Bakery’s new latte (629 Cameron Heights. Dr.)

  • Enjoy brunch with a view at The Butternut Tree (9707 110 St.)

  • Grab some dole whip around town (various locations)

  • 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.

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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.

Mikes Week of Birthday Pizza Daily Edmonton Pizza
Here’s Mike eating a week of pizzas back in 2020 lol.

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!

Read the BLOG

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.

Read the Blog

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!

See all current discount codes on my blog!

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!

Popular on my Blog Right Now

Popular posts on my blog the week of April 12, 2023.

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