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Lindork’s Lists #51 – Lunar New Year food, a weekend of winter festivals and more!
Things to Do This Week
Please note: Alberta has restrictions in place to address COVID-19. I do encourage you to try and support local businesses during this time, if you’re able, but in a safe way. Wear masks, sanitize regularly, avoid crowds, keep at a distance, shop alone, choose take-out and stay home if you are sick and choose digital options if available.
- Celebrate winter with the kick-off of Silver Skate Festival’s Week of Winter
This year’s Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton’s longest-running winter festival, is now a “Week of Winter” (Feb 12-21) encouraging everyone to embrace winter activities, check out all sorts of art and snow installations at Hawrelak Park, plan cross country ski, skate, toboggan, and other winter recreation and sport, and more!! Share with #SilverSkate and tag @SilverSkateFest and watch their social media for chances to win prizes just for sharing about how you are enjoying winter! (I’m helping them with social media so I’d also love to see your winter activity photos lol).
Check out the art installations at Deep Freeze Festival or sculptures for Ice on Whyte
Partake in winter date night under the starts at the Botanic Garden
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden is putting on Date Night Under the Stars Feb 13 & 14! Bundle up for a stroll in the beautiful winter garden, taken in live music, and add on tapas, moonlight snowshoeing, Indigenous Dark Sky storytelling, or light paint photography (cool!)
Meet someone at MilkCrate’s online singles Valentine’s cooking class
Attend the online Edmonton Eats Valentine’s Honey Bee Mine event
Take part in a “virtual honey sweetened weekend” at the Edmonton Eats Honey Bee Mine full of online cooking demos, learning and fun. You’ll get a honey kit, recipes, ingredient and prep lists. The event is hosted by local chefs, honey vendors, and cultural hosts from Libya. Neat! Or should I say, sweet!
Food To Try This Week
Lunar New Year is Feb 12, 2021 so this week’s food suggestions are themed around Edmonton area Lunar New Year specials!
- Chocorrant Mini Salted Egg Yolk or Cream Puffs (10328 124 St.)
Chocorrant wants to help you ring in Lunar New Year with some new year specialty treat boxes their 10 pc Lunar New Year Mini Salted Egg Yolk Gift Box ($20) or 9 pc Lunar New Year Cream Puff Box ($25)! These specialty boxes are available Feb 12-26. You can pre-order online.
Yelo’d Ice Cream & Bake Shoppe Waffle Fortune Cookies (10150A 82 Ave.)
To celebrate Lunar New Year, Yelo’d Ice Cream & Bake Shoppe is serving housemade Red Waffle New Year Fortune Cookies as an add-on to any soft serve or scooped dessert! Beautiful pop of colour and a delicious addition to their already delicious treats.
XIX Nineteen 5-course Lunar New Year Dinner (5940 Mullen Way)
XIX has put together a 5-course Lunar New Year Dinner featuring kurobuta kakuni pork belly and 63 degree egg, Lo Hei salad (salmon sashimi and egg noodles), halibut, beef and broccoli, and a Chinese beignet twist dessert. Available to order from Feb 11-13 with complimentary delivery thanks to Lexus of Edmonton. $82 per person.
Uproot Food Collective Lunar New Year Items (Online store)
Order Lunar New Year favourites like dumplings, noodles, and more, from Edmonton’s Uproot Collective vendors including Honest Dumplings, Nai Nai Mie Noodles, The Lingnan (Amy’s Dry Spicy Chicken), Vegan Curries (Padmanadi) and more! For pick-up or delivery.
Rosewood Foods Lunar New Year Citron-Honey Cruller (10150 100 St.)
Order up Rosewood Food’s Lunar New Year Feature Cruller of the week: Citron-Honey! “Mandarins and oranges are symbolic of good fortune and citron is one of the ancestors of all modern-day citrus fruits!”
- Korean restaurant HanJan is also offering a Lunar New Year red envelope deal to dine-in or take-out guests so you could win $1 or $20 in your envelope thanks to support from ATB.
New On The Blog
I’ve been reconnecting with more of my Vietnamese culture and heritage these days, and as we enter the Year of the Ox (Lunar New Year) this weekend (Feb 12, 2021), I’m excited to share about some of my Vietnamese Lunar New Year traditions over on my blog (including food we eat, games we play, outfits we wear, and more). I hope if you celebrate—you have a wonderful (though different) New Years celebration. If you don’t celebrate, I hope you enjoy learning about Vietnamese Lunar New Year customs.
This week I also wrote An Edmonton Farmers’ Market Love Story!
I hope you read about how Damini Mohan of Mini Kitchen and Connor Pellow of El Gringo Foods grew their relationship—and business—at the markets.
From the Blog Vault
During this time two years ago, I was soaking up the sun and exploring Mesa, Arizona with Flair Airlines and Tourism Mesa, where I shared 12 Things To Do in Mesa, Arizona including Everything You Need To Know About Arizona Goat Yoga!
This pandemic period has definitely been the longest time I’ve gone without air travel. It’s weird to think that was such a big driver of my year—where would we go next. I miss it a lot, and though I’m happy to continue exploring our backyard right now, I can’t wait to see where we get to when we’re able to fly again.
Where’s the first place you’ll go when you can again?
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