Lindork’s Lists #165 – Astronomy Day, Biera Brunch, Local PIZZA Giveaway, and more!
Newsletter for April 26-May 2, 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.
Celebrate International Astronomy Day (TELUS World of Science)
The TELUS World of Science has a bunch of special activities happening for International Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 29 from flying rockets to building satellites, using telescopes and more.
Check out the Hand2Hand Market (Terwillegar Community Church)
The Hand2Hand Market returns this Saturday, April 29 at the Terwillegar Community Church, featuring more than 60 vendors selling everything from home goods to jewellery, paper goods, pet accessories, clothing, art and more.
Head to the world’s largest dinosaur event (Edmonton EXPO Centre)
Jurassic Quest, the world’s largest, most popular dinosaur event, runs April 28-May 7. See a herd of life size animatronic dinosaurs, watch a live Raptor show, go on dinosaur rides, experience a giant fossil dig, find inflatables, a fossil science exhibit, “Triceratots” soft play area, and MORE!
Get tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (8406 91 St.)
It’s your last weekend to check out The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee presented by the Grindstone Theatre and taking place at Campus Saint-Jean, this is a hilarious and touching show about an “eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.”
Celebrate Halfway to Halloween (10220 103 St.)
Ghouls, goblins and Halloween lovers, this weekend marks the halfway point to spooky season. Halfway to Halloween, a Queer Halloween dance party and drag show at Evolution Wonderlounge, takes place this Friday, April 28.
Attend the Oilers Watch Party (Rogers Place / ICE District)
The Edmonton Oilers are one game away from advancing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs! That game is this Saturday, April 29 and you can grab a $5 ticket to the indoor Watch Party at Rogers Place or head to the outdoor ICE District spaces to take in the game. I brought my mom for some playoff vibe action on Tuesday’s game and we had a lot of fun! Even if you’re not interested in hockey, the atmosphere is just such a fun thing to experience. Go Oilers Go!
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
Check out the new brunch offering at Biera (9570 76 Ave.)
Definitely here for all the new brunch menus that are popping up. The always awesome Biera is joining the brunch game with a Saturday & Sunday brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Try the Biera Benny, a Bagel Bar Everything Bagel with cured trout, French Toast—they’re even offering a traditional ‘English Breakfast’ with house black pudding. See the full brunch menu.
Go for burgers and a shake at Woodshed (various locations)
You’ve got to try the Double Chocolate Chunk milkshake (and burgers!) from Woodshed Burgers. We took our out-of-town cousins to Woodshed as they were craving some burgers and fries. Woodshed’s beef is fresh ground daily, buns are baked by Bonton Bakery fresh every morning, and they make all condiments from scratch, plus they have lettuce / gluten-free bun options, and chickpea patties / mushroom options too.
Enjoy churros and tres leches cake at Calle Mexico (various locations)
I recently devoured the churros and tres leches (three types of milk) cake from Calle Mexico Mexican Restaurant. So good! Along with their tacos, tostadas, and margaritas. Their housemade chips are also excellent. Visit their central or south Edmonton locations. And starting May 1 their food truck will be at U of A campus (114 St. and 87 Ave.) Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate eight years of Nongbu Korean (8115 104 St.)
Congratulations to Nongbu Korean, who just celebrated their eight-year birthday this past weekend. Go get their authentic Korean food + drink including Korean pancakes, rice cakes, rice and noodle bowls and more.
Check out the soft opening / return of Die Pie (11817 105 Ave.)
Die Pie, “Alberta’s first plant-based pizzeria and premier Vegan restaurant”, is reopening in a new location this weekend. Their soft opening begins April 27 and they’re launching with thick crust or gluten-free crust available at all times, plus new plant-based pizzas, burgers and desserts.
Grab a coffee from The Woodrack Cafe (two locations including 10324 82 Ave.)
The Woodrack Cafe has been dealing with a hacking/scamming attempt and could use your support this week. They have two locations—one along Whyte Ave. and one in the outlet mall by the airport. Try coffee, tea, pastries or some all-day breakfast sandwiches from this woman-owned business.
Choose from more than 100 flavours at Wingn It (1317 Windermere Way)
Shawn asked me to share this recommendation for Wingn It in south Edmonton: “If you’re in SW Edmonton, give this place a try. 2 for 1 wing meals right now. Decent food and prices all around. The owner said it’s been a quiet last six months, maybe all they need is word of mouth to help.” I’ve actually tried the Stony Plain Wingn It and it is great if you’re in the mood for wings!
Get ready for Cinco de Mayo! Indian/Latin-fusion restaurant Taco Delhi will be doing Cinco de Mayo deals all week May 1-5 offering roti tacos, tostadas, pakoras, churros and Coronas for just $5 each. This new restaurant specializes in Indian-inspired tacos. And El Beso is selling pre-orders for their Cinco de Mayo take-home Fiesta Kits.
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.
To celebrate Mike, my pizza-lovin’ husband’s birthday, I ran a pizza giveaway just for newsletter subscribers this week—giving away four $25 gift cards to a local pizzerias (winners choice, four winners to be selected). 🍕 I regularly run subscriber-only giveaways! So if you want to get weekly emails with ideas for Things to Do, Eat and Know Each Week, and qualify for exclusive giveaways, subscribe for free! (There’s also a paid option if you want to support the work I do / content I create in that way.)
Small Business Spotlight
Mars & Venus Emporium is “the shop for eclectics-retro, pin-up, lowbrow, tattoo, rocknroll clothing, shoes, accessories + more” located at 10328 82 Ave. in Old Strathcona. This shop has been around since 1998 and unfortunately this week was broken into and robbed. Damages and lost goods are over $10,000.
Please consider stopping in to shop + support them this week!
New on the Blog
Shop my 2023 Asian Heritage Month clothing collection in collaboration with Edmonton-based, Black, woman-owned business Zen Lion Design! Pre-orders are being taken until April 30 if you want to receive items to wear for Asian Heritage Month in May (or you can buy items until end of May).
These are Clothes to create a Conversation and for this collection—celebrate Asian culture, visibility and representation while tackling anti-Asian racism. 20% proceeds are donated to the Asian Gold Ribbon campaign supporting Asian mental health initiatives, and there’s a special #ProudlyAsian piece too, with 20% proceeds going to Bear Clan Patrol in Edmonton. This collection builds on the success of 2022’s collection. Thank you for your support!
From the Blog Vault
It’s Canadian Fertility Awareness Week so I thought I’d throw back to the different blog posts I’ve shared detailing Mike and my Unexplained Infertility journey.
Mike and I have struggled with infertility for nearly a decade. We started trying to have a baby in 2014, and have been open about our struggles with Unexplained Infertility, and advocating for destigmatization of infertility since 2018.
Fertility awareness is relevant for everyone—whether you’re struggling to conceive or not. There is likely someone in your life who is dealing with infertility (whether they’ve chosen to share that with your not), as roughly 16% (or 1 in 6) couples in Canada experience infertility. Learn how you can support those in your life (and if you are struggling, know that you are very much not alone).
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Some News to Know
Here’s a few local / national news you may be interested in. Headlines I include each week range from light and heartwarming to hopeful, political, and more!
Just awful to learn that a bear had to be put down by park rangers after it killed an off leash dog in Jasper National Park. These were entirely preventable deaths. Dog owners!! Do NOT let your dog off leash in non-designated areas!
Guess which two Alberta locations made it into a new Top 10 Most Instagrammable Canadian tourist destinations list?
Alberta has lowered the age for women to be screened for breast cancer (from 50 to 45!) Early detection / prevention is key.
Apparently, by 2050, 50% of all people will have myopia (nearsightedness) and excessive screen time is to blame.
Did you know tens of thousands of federal workers are on strike? And it could be the start of more “labour unrest” this year.
Popular on my Blog Right Now
Here are the top four most popular posts on my blog this week:
- Travel Guide: 12 Foods to Eat in Maui, Hawaii (May 2019)
- Inside our Pokemon-themed Nursery (April 2023)
- LINDORK x ZEN LION DESIGN – Asian Heritage Month Collection 2023 (April 2023)
- Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton (June 2017)
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