Lindork’s Lists #168 – Cat Fest, Best Restaurants, Gerry Dee Comedy Tickets GIVEAWAY & More!
Newsletter for May 17-22, 2023
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Get tickets to Soundtrack Music Festival!
Plan to kick off summer at the Soundtrack Music Festival taking place June 16-17 at Kinsmen Park in Edmonton! I’ve partnered with the Soundtrack Music Festival to spread the word about the festival that will feature the industry’s best top 40 acts from the 90s, 2000s, and today. The best part (beyond the nostalgia), is that all proceeds from Soundtrack Music Festival go directly to the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton which supports various local Edmonton charities. Have a good time for a good cause!
You can get 10% off Soundtrack Music Festival tickets using my code LINDORK.
Thanks Soundtrack Music Festival for supporting my small business with this partner message.
Things to Do This Week
We’re still in a pandemic! In general, please stay home if sick, mask up, get boosted, etc.
Plan to attend Opening Weekend at Fort Edmonton Park (7000 143 St.)
Opening Weekend at Fort Edmonton Park is May 20! “Another historic summer awaits!”Admission ticket gets you access to midway rides, games, the train, streetcar, historic streets, interactive exhibits and more.
Check out the Canada-Wide Science Fair (Edmonton Convention Centre)
The Canada-Wide Science Fair is the country’s largest annual youth science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event. The general public is invited to view and engage with finalists and their interactive and inspiring exhibits May 17-19 in-person at the Edmonton Convention Centre or online!
Experience a pre-off Broadway musical at Rapid Fire Theatre (10437 83 Ave.)
New York producers are testing out a new musical the next two weekends (May 18-21 and May 25-28) at Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton called FLOP before it heads off to NYC + Off Broadway. Check it out before everyone else!
RSVP to the Untouchable Chinatown Photo Exhibition (Hull Block 10601 97 St.)
In November 2022, disposable cameras were given out to 11 participants. After a few gatherings and thought exchanges, photos and written pieces, under the theme of “Untouchable Chinatown”, were then curated into a book by Jordon 寶軒 Hon and Chinatown Greetings. The photo exhibition and book launch takes place this May 20 from 3-7 p.m. It’s FREE to attend but organizers ask you pre-register. (While you’re in the area, grab food at a Chinatown restaurant!)
Experience Renaissance Airport Hotel’s Discovery Day Party
The Renaissance Airport Hotel’s “Global Day of Discovery” party takes place this Thursday, May 18 from 6-11 p.m. featuring “a spectacle of mixology, gastronomy, art and entertainment.” It’s FREE to attend but you must pre-register.
Get ready for Edmonton Cat Fest Week (various locations)
The Edmonton International Cat Festival (which I founded back in 2014) kicks off as a week-long event this Caturday, May 20 to May 28 with daily CAT-ivities. There’s still a few tickets left to a Celebpurrty Cat Meet & Greet with @GreatGramsofGary on May 20 and Cat Paint Night on May 23. There’s a free Cat Meet Up In The Park on May 22, free family-friendly cat crafts at the Edmonton Public Library May 23-28, and a free Feline Fitness & Tricks virtual class with Sit Stay Squat on May 24. Plus Cat Tattoos at Black Market Tattoos on May 26, and a Cat Pawty at Majesty & Friends on May 27! 100% proceeds of ticketed events support local cat rescues!
Later this week we’re also ameowncing a digital “Cat Pawspurrt” featuring cat-themed food, drink and product/specials from different Edmonton businesses that you can check out during the week!
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
Celebrate Splash Poke’s birthday with discounted bowls (4112A Calgary Trail)
Edmonton’s original poke restaurant, Splash Poke, celebrates their six-year birthday this Wednesday May 17 (tonight) from 5-8 p.m. Get Buy One Get One Free poke bowls at their south Edmonton location only. The first 50 attendees also get a free dessert! They also have an Instagrammable installation to snap some fun photos.
Note: newsletter subscribers got a heads up about this on Wednesday.
Check out Canada’s Best Restaurants in Edmonton (two locations)
The 2023 Canada’s Best Restaurants list has just been released and two excellent Edmonton eateries made the cut: Biera and RGE RD! I think these lists tend to leave a lot of amazing, hole in the wall-type of restaurants off the table in general, but I have wholeheartedly only had excellent meals at both Biera and RGE RD so, do recommend checking them out!! Extra shout out to super talented Chef Davina Moraiko, who currently works at Biera and had previously worked at RGE RD!
Try some Chinese food at Bai Wei Seafood Restaurant (16049 97 St.)
My family tried Bai Wei Seafood Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant in north Edmonton, for belated Mother’s Day! They have a pretty big menu, lots of options, including several Set Dinner / Combo options you can choose from. We went with a Six Item Set Dinner and added additional dishes to round it out for a table of nine (and ended up with lots of leftovers to take home too). if you order their Peking Duck, they slice the whole cooked duck table side!
Welcome new Latin American restaurant Sabor de los Andes (10985 127 St.)
There’s a new Latin American restaurant Sabor de los Andes that just opened in the Westmount area. It looks like they were a food truck first—so congrats on their physical location! Looks like they’ve got empanadas, ceviche, arepas, and more. Can’t wait to try!
Visit a few Black-owned restaurants for By Blacks Restaurant Week (various)
The ByBlacks Restaurant Week runs May 15-21, highlighting Black-Canadian cuisine from Black chefs across the country. In Edmonton, Flava Cafe, Sauce Modern Caribbean Cuisine, and Travelling Dishes are offering 3-course set $18, $25 and $45 menus.
Try the new Feng Donburi Japanese restaurant (16408 Ellerslie RD.)
Feng Donburi is a Tokyo-inspired Japanese cuisine and street food restaurant located in Windermere, serving small plates, family-style platters, fresh sashimi, sushi, rolls and of course—donburi rice bowls!
And here’s a few local food events you may be interested in…
Kaiyu Ramen is hosting their first pop-up at Izakaya Tomo on Sunday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are making 50 servings in total, 20 preorders, the other 30 saved for walk-in customers. Send them a direct message on Instagram to reserve a seat or plan to show up!
Also May 21 is “Something Wicked – A Night of Burlesque, Dinner and Cocktail Potions” hosted at DOSC with House of Hush. “It’s an unforgettable night of magical cocktail potions, enchanting tales of folklore and delightful tease by some of Edmonton’s greatest muses.”
The Gummy Nutrition Lab is having their grand opening next Wednesday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (I wanted to give you some notice since this email comes out on Wednesdays). These are makers of low sugar “master crafted” gummies and the grand opening includes free samples and tours.
Also: I have partnered with Fresh Prep again to offer up to 90% off your first meal kit order using my code INFLINDORK90! If you haven’t tried it—it’s my favourite meal kit service, Canadian, sustainably-focused, with delicious recipes!
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.
Giveaway! Gerry Dee Comedy Tickets
Mike unfortunately bought us tickets to see funny Canadian comedian and actor Gerry Dee live at the Winspear Centre this Saturday, May 20 before checking our calendar and seeing that we are going to a wedding lol. So I decided to give them away to one of my email subscribers. You may recognize Gerry Dee from his hit CBC show Mr. D, or from hosting Family Feud Canada!
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From the Blog Vault
Around this time in 2020, I shared a recipe for Bánh Bao: Vietnamese Steamed Pork Buns! The translation of “bánh bao” is literally like a “treat bag” or a “wrapped treat”. In Vietnamese, bánh can be used to refer to any sort of treat (usually a dessert, but in this case a savoury treat) while “bao” is like a bag or wrapping, like a wrapped treat.
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 20% off a Coulee Outdoor product using code LINDORK20.
Get $15 off a PreggoBox order using code LINDORK15.
Get up to 90% off your first Fresh Prep order using code INFLINDORK90!
Get 10% off your Soundtrack Music Festival tickets using code LINDORK!
Get 20% one-time discount off a LE Studio rental with code LESTUDIOYEG20. (Email to claim the discount).
Get 10% off at VietCan Books using code LINDORK! Valid until Dec. 31, 2023.
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!
As a TELUS Ambassador, if you sign up for TELUS products or services using my referral link / code, I also get some revenue (unfortunately you don’t get a bonus lol).
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!
Did you hear the news? 19 pop-up dog parks are coming to Edmonton!
I was pretty disgusted with news of racist St. Albert residents and their awful comments submitted during the city’s renaming discussions.
Here are some health reminders as smoke from wildfires blankets much of the province. Stay safe!
In politics… Why prominent Alberta conservatives are supporting Rachel Notley’s NDP. Hint: it is entirely to do with not recognizing the ‘extreme radical’ party under Danielle Smith.
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