Lindork’s Lists #193 – A Very Indigenous Holiday Market, Art Battle, Brunch Ideas & More!

Lindork’s Lists #193 – A Very Indigenous Holiday Market, Art Battle, Brunch Ideas & More!

Newsletter for Nov. 8-14, 2023

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Things to Do This Week

Things to do this week: Art Battle, Gnome Making, Indigenous Christmas Market & more!
  • Check out the Art Battle Season Opener (Pure Casino Yellowhead)

    • Get tickets to the season opener of Art Battle Edmonton taking place this Saturday, Nov. 11 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Pure Casino Yellowhead, 12 artists will go head-to-head in a high-speed three-round battle to create artwork before your very eyes. Attendees will play judge to cast the ultimate winner.

  • Make a Pet Portrait – Make it at Milner Workshop (Stanley A. Milner Library)

    • Create a lasting memory of your beloved pet by making a decorative pet portrait and two pet portrait ornaments on Friday, Nov. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. as part of the Make It At Milner November Extravaganza! (22 projects over 22 days!) Tickets to this workshop are $10.

  • Experience A Very Indigenous Holiday Market (Alberta Ave. Community League)

    • The IAM (Indigenous Artist Market) Collective presents A Very Indigenous Holiday Market 2023 this weekend Nov 10-12 at the Alberta Avenue Community League (9210 118 Ave). Free admission. Free parking. Free prize draws. 80+ Indigenous vendors and a great line-up of live entertainment!

  • Sign up for a Christmas Gnome-making Workshop (Salisbury Greenhouse)

  • Watch MOB, a psychological thriller at Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre

    • This is the final weekend to watch MOB, a psychological thriller that “delves deep into the dark and uncertain world of our relationship with being online. MOB explores the consequences of online mob culture and the profound impact of words, both in person and on the internet. This brilliant new psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!” This is the Western Canadian premiere of MOB part of the Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre 45th Mainstage Season.

  • Experience a Virtual Night Out on the North Saskatchewan (online)

    • The Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition is hosting a virtual Night Out on the North Saskatchewan tonight Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 7-9 p.m. with guest speakers sharing about light pollution, Indigenous star stories, and more! Attendance by donation.

Here’s a few Remembrance Day events happening around Edmonton:

And don’t miss the early bird pricing for this cute holiday fundraiser:

  • Bubbles & Blooms is a holiday fundraiser on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 9 in support of The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Learn how to craft perfect mocktails and create your own Whoville Tree to take home for the season! Early bird pricing ($20 off) is available if you purchase your ticket before Nov. 15.

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: new Korean restaurant, Biera Benny, Jamaican deals and more!
  • Take advantage of $10 Tuesdays at Flava Cafe (8307 118 Ave.)

    • Flava Cafe on Alberta Avenue just celebrated their three-year anniversary and have brought back their $10 Tuesday deals! Choose from jerk chicken or pork, or fried, curry, or stew chicken meals with Sorrel lemonade for just $10 (in-store and curbside pick-up only).

  • Try a Tiffin Box from Tiffin Fresh Kitchen (various locations)

  • Check out Japonais Bistro’s downtown late happy hour deals (11806 Jasper Ave.)

  • Try the new Il Poom Korean Restaurant (3338 Parsons Rd.)

    • There’s a new Korean restaurant Il Poom in south Edmonton I tried this week and really enjoyed. (We are so spoiled with so many delicious Korean food options in Edmonton). Il Poom offers a selection of soups, cold noodle dishes, plus hot pot and BBQ grill items. The tables at this restaurant have built in heat (!?) so if you order your BBQ items you can grill right on the table itself?! (it’s like an induction stove but the table top itself is the induction part!! ) We didn’t do BBQ for lunch but must come back to try that. I haven’t seen another restaurant with these types of tables before!

    • We enjoyed our #1 beef brisket soup, #6 beef short rib soup, #15 dolsut vegetarian bibimbap and #37 cold noodles with vegetables in a dried anchovy broth. Plus some fish cake strips are included as part of the banchan (Korean side dishes). Great quality food, which makes sense because our server told us ‘Il Poom’ means ‘best quality’ in Korean!

  • Check out Biera’s Brunch (9570 76 Ave.)

    • Biera, the popular eatery in the south Edmonton Ritchie neighbourhood part of Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company, started offering brunch earlier this year and I finally popped in to try this weekend. Would recommend the Scrambled Eggs “Florentine” on Toast (nailed scrambled egg texture) and Biera Benny (a great bite with sourdough bread and beer cheese). I also love a great house ketchup which they have! Brunch is served Saturday and Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., no reservations on the weekends during the day.

  • Check out Barbacoa’s Brunch (470 South Ave. Unit C, Spruce Grove)

    • It was a weekend of brunch for me, as I also tried Barbacoa’s brunch menu! This Spruce Grove restaurant (best steak and drinks in the Edmonton area!) You’ve got to get a table Cinnamon Bun with Benny’s Bread & Cream Cheese Frosting, and we loved our Hash + feature Eggs Benny of the day (short rib!) They’re launching a new menu soon so watch for that and plan your visit—we got to preview a killer breakfast sandwich that will be on the new menu too.

  • Here’s a few more food events coming up you may be interested in…

Ate 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

Coco Candles is an Edmonton-based, woman-owned candle shop hand pouring all-natural soy and coconut wax candles with a “clean fragrance” sold online or at UNITE by TMK market at Kingsway Mall. Owner Inaam creates some fun candles (is it cake or is it candle?! lol) as well as a ‘Naked’ collection of wax candles that I think doubles (or triples?) as art + home decor too! Inaam gifted me a few candles (Coffee, Blackberry, Marshmallow and Naked Twist) and (so far of the ones I’ve tried), they smell so good! Inaam created a LINDORK10 code for me if you’d like 10% off!


From the Blog Vault

Around this time in 2019 (and 2017, and updated in 2022, lol) I was blogging a Guide to Alberta’s Bubble Lake (the famous Abraham Lake!) When I first blogged about this lake and its frozen, picturesque bubbles in 2017, the post became one of my top blog posts of all time. For years I got messages from people all over the world planning a trip to Canada and wanting to know more information about how to get to the Bubble Lake! The international attention was primarily a result of the Bubble Lake receiving coverage online in some major online publications. We are really lucky to have so many beautiful areas in driving distance to us here in Edmonton. If you’ve never been to this lake, maybe this is the season to go! Check my blog guide for details (including safety reminders, especially if this winter is warmer than others!)


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