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Lindork’s Lists #54 – International Women’s Day, Filipino Treats, Tour & Taste 118th Ave 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 the work of women in Edmonton arts through SkirtsAfire Festival
Edmonton’s SkirtsAfire, which celebrates women in arts, returns for a reimagined festival March 4-14 online and outdoors (LIVE in Old Strathcona). Catch virtual films, ballet performances, visual art exhibits, and more! There are also some food deals being offered (as well as Old Strathcona’s Sweet Treats & Latte Festival!)
Get a Tour & Taste Box or other dining deals as part of Eats on 118 festival
Alberta Avenue’s Eats on 118 runs throughout March featuring food deals from 20 diverse restaurants. There are dine-in specials, take-out specials, and new this year, a Taste & Tour Box which is delivered right to your door and features tasty items from a selection of Alberta Avenue restaurants!
Get tickets for a virtual performance presented by Catalyst Theatre (online)
Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre presents a virtual performance of UnCovered – Notes From the Heart. One night only (Sat Mar 6 at 8 p.m.) Tickets $30 per household. “Featuring uplifting songs, incredible cinematography and exceptional music. UnCovered serves as a reminder to the transcendent power of music and storytelling, creating a sense of togetherness as we do our best to stay apart.”
Celebrate women and challenge inequality for International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is coming up Monday, March 8. Locally, the City of Edmonton and YWCA Edmonton are presenting a free virtual event and discussion from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Be inspired to help change the future of women’s leadership and work towards gender equity.
Biera is also offering a “You Inspire Me” International Women’s Day Box featuring food products from women-owned food and drink makers. Available for pick-up March 5 and 6, $20 from each box is donated to WIN House which supports women and children fleeing domestic violence.
Globally, WorldSkills is doing an International Women’s Day Facebook Live conversation on March 7 with their skilled champions from around the world (I helped organize it!) There’s also a ton of virtual events you can access on the official IWD website. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge—inequality and forge a gender equal world!
Get tickets for a Slumber Party Under the Stars Charity Drive-in Movie Night
Book a spot for this Charity Drive-in Move Night taking place Fri/Sat Mar 12 and 13 in support of Access for All Dentistry, a non-profit that provides dental care to remote communities in Alberta and the northern territories. The $65+fees price per vehicle includes 1 feature movie, 1 medium pizza, 2 drinks, 1 bag of popcorn, and a bag of candy. Various movies to choose from! (I know this isn’t for this week but wanted to give you a heads up!)
Food To Try This Week
Some Alberta restaurants have reopened their dining rooms. Others are still take-out/pick-up only. Please support restaurants! Remember if ordering take-out, placing the order direct and picking up from the restaurant is better than using third party apps. Review current Alberta COVID-19 restrictions here.
- Pick up coffee and pastries from Intent Coffee (Southgate Centre)
Intent Coffee is a Pilipinx owned & QTBIPOC-ran coffee collective located inside Southgate Centre serving up some pretty unique drinks (blue London Fog, yellow ‘Golden Milk’, ube purple yam steamers) and Filipino pastries. This week they shared that their business has really been struggling. If you can, stop in to grab some drinks and pastries to-go, order a gift card or retail coffee beans, or just spread the word on social media.
Try a sizzling plate and bubble tea from Teapsy Lab (10538 82 Ave.)
I have been craving Teapsy Lab‘s garlic pepper beef sizzling hot plate for some time now, and finally satisfied the craving recently. It was excellent! This is a primarily bubble tea-focused spot (great bubble tea too, always appreciate when I can add popping pearls to my drink lol) but also offer a ‘Teppanyaki’ savoury meal series at their Whyte Avenue location. While outside, snap a photo with their angel Instagrammable Wall!
Grab breakfast at Cafe Neo using Norquest’s YEG Discount Card (10051 152 St.)
Norquest College has created a YEG Discount Card they asked if I could spread the word about. The card costs just $10 and gets you discounts to over 50 stores and restaurants across town. Some places offer 25% off, some places offer buy one get one free deals. Browse participating businesses and maybe go on a little YEG Discount Shop Crawl this weekend (and visit for instance, Cafe Neo, a participating cafe in west Edmonton!)
Order a combo plate from Shish Shawarma (2 locations downtown / north)
I was delighted to order from Lebanese restaurant Shish Shawarma last week as part of #AdoptAShopYEG: Love Downtown. The are located downtown at 10106 118 St. or north side at 12204 137 Ave., and they make the BEST food. So tasty… and such huge portions. I got the chicken Shish Taouk plate with two kinds of rice, garlic sauce, Lebanese salad and pickles plus a side of garlic potatoes, and it was heavenly. I had a few people tell me the Combo is also a must-order. Regardless, you MUST have that garlic sauce (spread/dip). A garlic lover’s dream.
Pick up some bannock at the new Tee Pee Treats (11725 – 93 St.)
Thanks to Rebecca (@YEGFoodie) for the heads up on a new bannock focused, Indigenous restaurant called Tee Pee Treats! They are open for delivery and take-out and menu items include chili and cheddar bannock, bannock burgers, bannock tacos, dessert bannocks and more.
#AdoptAShopYEG: Love Downtown (#yegdt) Edition Update!
Thank you to everyone who participated in #AdoptAShopYEG: Love Downtown!
I’m thrilled to report that:
Over 100 people spent nearly $10,000 to support 50 downtown Edmonton businesses (this includes actual reported spends, estimated minimum spends, and gift card bonus spends)
In addition, ATB has also gifted $10,000 to select businesses to share with their customers (continue to watch the #AdoptAShopYEG hashtag + @ATBFinancial for additional biz incentives!)
Nearly 400 #AdoptAShopYEG social media posts were shared and these posts reached over 500,000 people + 2.3 million impressions (post views)
New On The Blog
In January, I was asked to develop a self-guided Instagrammable Wall-inspired 🎨 Writing Tour ✍🏻 for young Edmonton writers through the YouthWrite conference.
New on my blog, I share an amazing story written by 13-year-old Marcus Kostelecky, inspired by the #IGWallsofYEG: “The Lady of Manchester Square” by Edmonton artist 🎨 Alixandra Jade (@alixandrajade)! 🤍 This wall was one of three curated for the tour. Read Marcus’ amazing creative story over on my blog.
From the Blog Vault
Two years ago I was adventuring in the mountains near Canmore / Banff, Alberta with my furry friend the very famous @GreatGramsofGary (a cat, who now has over 300,000 followers on Instagram!) Check out my Canmore Travel Blog Post (one of a few that I’ve written for adventures in the area) and be sure to follow Gary if you’re not already! I look forward to returning to the Alberta meow-ntains for more adventure soon.
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