Lindork’s Lists #167 – Asian Cabaret, Reggae Party, Mother’s Day activities, and more!
Newsletter for May 10-16, 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.
Head to a Reggae Party in Old Strathcona (10310 83 Ave.)
Reggae Up North is taking over the Old Strathcona streets on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.! There’s live music and food and drink at Edmonton’s biggest street party and concert in Old Strathcona featuring roots reggae bands from Jamaica. “Yu don’t want to miss these VYBES!”
See a Top Gun Drive-In Movie Double Feature (St. Albert Dodge Parking Lot)
The 4th annual Drive-In Movie Night (Double Feature) is back at St. Albert Dodge this Saturday, May 13 starting at 6 p.m. This year the event is FREE + NOT TICKETED so you’re encouraged to arrive early to secure your spot (gates open at 5 p.m.) There will also be food trucks on site for snacks.
Check out the 13th Annual CANstruction competition (West Edmonton Mall)
You’re invited to check out CANstruction which is on display until May 16 at West Edmonton Mall in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. This is a competition between architects, engineers, designers, contractors and the community in general, to design sculptures out of cans of food—while raising money for local food banks! Sculptures are at the northwest side of the West Edmonton Mall in Phase 3, with six builds on Level 1 Entrance 58, three structures on Level 2, at Europa Boulevard (entrance 1), Fantasyland Hotel (entrance 51) and outside TNT.
Get tickets to an Asian Cabaret for Asian Heritage Month (9910 109 St.)
There’s a ‘Slaysian Sensazians’ Cabaret and Queer Dance Party happening at 99ten in downtown Edmonton this Saturday, May 13 for Asian Heritage Month. “Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with a HISTORIC cabaret show and queer dance party: ft Alberta’s most iconic asian underground legends.”
Attend the 2023 Edmonton Jewish Film Festival (virtual / various locations)
The 27th annual Edmonton Jewish Film Festival runs until May 18 with virtual and in-person screenings of films that “explore and reflect on stories, traditions and history, from a wide and varied Jewish world.”
Here’s a few Indigenous community events open to everyone:
The 39th Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow (Clarke Stadium) – The 39th Annual Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow takes place this Sat, May 13 at Clarke Stadium (11000 Stadium Rd.) and everyone is welcome! It’s FREE admission and parking, there are performances all day, crafts, and concession.
Shop the Metis Market! (Kingsway Mall) – On Sat, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join the Metis Nation of Alberta for a showcase of Metis artistic excellence at the Metis Market at Kingsway Mall.
Everyone is also invited to this Imagining the Indian screening (Bent Arrow) – Imagining The Indian is being screened on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Bent Arrow Gym (11648 85 St.). It’s a “comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive.”
And here are a few Mother’s Day activities:
Experience a Mother’s Day Crafternoon (7727 98 St.) – Not Lady Like and the Ritchie Community League presents a Mother’s Day Crafternoon this Sunday, May 14 from 12-4 p.m. “Bring your Mom and your favourite craft supplies. We’ll set you up at a table, and you can craft the afternoon away! There will be snacks, and friends new and old. Admission is ‘pay what you can’” but you’re asked to pre-register to snag a seat.
Spend Mother’s Day at the U of A Botanic Garden (51227 AB-60, Parkland County) – The University of Alberta Botanic Garden is open for the season and the first 300 people through the gate on Mother’s Day will get a potted pansy seedling to take home.
Book Mother’s Day Brunch aboard the Edmonton Riverboat – “Bring the family and join us for a cruise down the North Saskatchewan River in the Edmonton Riverboat!” It will be the first cruise of the 2023 season and one of the time slots is already sold out!
Food to Try This Week
Heres’s a few food specials happening for Mother’s Day:
The first 20 moms at Liuyishou Hot Pot in Edmonton’s Chinatown (9700 105 Ave.) get their all you can eat meal for FREE this Sunday May 14. Valid for tables of minimum 4 people, one free meal max per table. I’d recommend making a reservation for opening.
XIX is serving up a Mother’s Day Brunch special which includes their signature Cookie Crusted Cinnamon Bun, among other items from their feature brunch menu. Reservations recommended!
I think the Mother’s Day Take-out Platter from Japonais Bistro looks great! It includes a full sized salmon pressed sushi, TNT rolls, assortment of maki, and our spicy mango prawns plus a side of seafood salad. Yum.
And here’s some fun Oilers-themed food to grab on game days:
Get some Oilers pizza from the Italian Centre (maybe only at the Sherwood Park location).
Order up some Connor McDoughnuts from Doughnut Party.
Grab Annie Rue Ice Cream’s Play La Bamba blue vanilla and orange ice cream Oilers-themed pints.
Check out the newly-opened Darling Restaurant (9616 82 Ave.)
Darling is a new “natural wine focused restaurant showcasing local and seasonally inspired shared plates”—open for lunch, brunch and dinner taking resos or walk-ins, with dishes like Turkish style eggs, crispy duck confit, scallop crudo and more.
Try the new Brunch Sampler at MEAT (8216 104 Ave.)
I am not sure what it is about Spring and new brunch menus but here’s another one I hope to try soon—the new Brunch Sampler from MEAT. This platter features sausage, eggs, bacon, fried chicken, biscuits, waffles, hash and sausage gravy and is meant to serve 4(ish) people. Available weekends 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Try gluten-free spring rolls from Tasty Vietnamese (636 King St., Spruce Grove)
My family are big fans of the gluten free spring rolls from Tasty Vietnamese Restaurant in Spruce Grove! They use rice paper to wrap the roll, which is what makes it gluten free and extra delicious, and actually is the more authentic way to make Vietnamese spring rolls. That’s how it’s done in Vietnam versus a flour based wrapper used for spring rolls in most North American restaurants that offer the dish.
And here’s a few local food events you may be interested in…
Get your ticket to Hot Chefs, Cool BEATS, food event taking place Thursday, May 11, featuring DJs, live ice carving stations, breakdancers, street performers, and—food! 100% proceeds support the Canadian Culinary Fund which supports young cooks.
Until May 14, dine at “Karen’s Diner”—a pop-up experience that prides itself on its terrible service, “rated 1* by Karen herself! This is dining with a twist – the food is great, the service is ungrateful but your experience will be unforgettable.”
You can now get tickets for The Common’s annual Streetcar Cask Parties. You ride the High Level Bridge while sampling beer and snacks every Thursday from May to October. Check out a YouTube video I did about this experience last summer!
This isn’t necessarily an event but the annual BBYO Bagels for Breakfast fundraiser is back! Order bagels shipped direct / fresh from Montreal’s world-famous St. Viateur and add salmon from local Sgambaros Signature Seafoods with proceeds supporting local youth programs. Deadline to order is May 22.
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Small Business Spotlight
Have you heard of PreggoBox? This is an Edmonton-based, woman co-founded gift box / subscription service for expecting and new moms. They offer lovely curated gift boxes for all four trimesters, featuring relevant products for that specific trimester soured from local/Canadian companies. PreggoBox gifted me a new mom box ahead of Mother’s Day and it featured items like local tea, after belly care balm, a baby swaddle, nursing pads and more.
You can get $15 off a PreggoBox order using code LINDORK15 and they’re doing quick turnaround if you want to order as a new Mother’s Day gift (or an anytime gift!)
From the Blog Vault
With the Edmonton Oilers playing the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I thought I’d throw back to my Guide to Instagrammable Photo Op Spots of Las Vegas, Nevada! If you happen to be headed to the area anytime soon. 🥰
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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!
They’re all good dogs at the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!
Apparently a WestJet strike is looming. Here’s what travellers need to know.
There’s been another horrible, random stabbing attack in Edmonton…
She also is under fire for sharing about the province’s state of emergency to UCP supporters first at a fundraiser for her election campaign, even though Smith, “like all members of cabinet, swore an oath when taking office to hold cabinet decisions in confidence until the information is officially made public.”
This isn’t “news” but news-adjacent. The wildfires has me realizing how unprepared I am for emergencies and potential evacuations. See suggestions here for items to pack in an emergency kit.
This CBC feature also describes how awful the Take Back Alberta group is—and their rise / control of the UCP. Their dangerous extreme right views will absolutely seep into government policy if Danielle Smith is elected. Here’s a Global story on it.
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