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Lindork’s Lists #58 – Chinook Series digital art shows, Easter activities, ice cream flights, Vietnamese sandwiches and more!
Newsletter for March 31 – April 6, 2021
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.
Experience the Chinook Series art performances (online)
Experience the DIGITAL Chinook Series celebration of art, performance and community from the comfort of wherever you are! There’s deaf theatre, workshops, live performances, parties and more, put on by Expanse Festival, Fringe Theatre and Sound Off Deaf Theatre Festival. All shows are “offer what you will” for tickets.
Get tickets to the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s pop-up restaurant (10065 100 St.)
The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is launching an Ephemeral Restaurant Pop-up April 15-17 and April 22-24. This is a limited-time, 4-course culinary journey through nature, in partnership with Giselle Denis, FaBLOOMosity and Special Event Rentals. Should be *very* magical. Just giving you a heads up so you can get your tickets. ($159 per person).
Donate to iHuman’s first-ever Drive-Thru Donation Drive (9635-102A Ave.)
The iHuman Youth Society, an Edmonton non-profit that supports marginalized young people amplify their creative expression and foster positive personal development, is hosting its first-ever Drive Thru Donation Drive Thurs April 1 from 12-4 p.m. Drop off donations without leaving your car! There will also be live artwork from iHuman youth artists. Click here to see the donation items they’re requesting.
Take in some Easter activities (various locations)
The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse on Alberta Avenue is putting on a family-friendly Easter Celebration this Saturday April 3. Book tickets for a dip dye egg workshop or sculpture workshop. This is an outdoor activity with limited spots available ($10 per person or $32 for a family of 4). You can also check out Family Fun Canada for more ideas to celebrate Easter around Edmonton and at home.
Check out the recently reopened Edmonton Valley Zoo (13315 Buena Vista Rd.)
I have a bit of a hard relationship with zoos in general (caged animals, don’t love. Though many animals at zoos are there because of bad situations that have happened to them and they would not survive in the wild, so that’s sort of ok?) but I know the Edmonton Valley Zoo workers love their animals (most zoo workers DO love animals), soooo if you are interested, the local zoo has recently reopened. To attend you must pre-book online and follow their safety measures.
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
Lunch is back at Meuwly’s! Order up. (10706 124 St.)
I’m excited to see that Meuwly’s is offering lunch again after a year-long hiatus! Check out their lunch menu which includes deli sandwiches, soups and salads, snacks and local craft soft drinks.
Try an ice cream flight at Made by Marcus. (10426 82 Ave.)
Thanks to Danielle for the heads up that Made by Marcus offers ice cream flights! Who says flights are only for beer? lol. Get 4 scoops of 4 different flavours and then take a stroll along Old Strathcona as you decide which flavour is your favourite.
Give the new Bánh Mí Cali a try! (10503 Kingsway NW)
There’s a new Vietnamese sandwich shop in town—try Bánh Mí Cali, California-inspired Vietnamese sandwiches using a family recipe that has been perfected and passed down generations! Baked fresh every day. Jasmin tells me the bread tasted super fresh and the meat was yummy!
Indulge in Ambrosial Cheesecakes! (online)
Thanks to Ambrosial Cheesecakes for gifting me some of their mini cheesecakes to try! This Calgary-based maker sells to Edmonton through Uproot Collective. The raspberry dark chocolate was rich and delicious and if you head down to Calgary you can also grab their cheesecake bites and bars.
Eat some tasty tapas from Bodega (various locations)
I had the absolute pleasure of dining at Bodega this week. It had been far too long since I last experienced their amazing Spanish tapas. If you go, you’ve GOT to get the bacon-wrapped dates with manchego cheese, the boar cheeks, the patatas bravas (potatoes), the octopus… the risotto… the list just really goes on and on. Their Highlands location was recently vandalized so an extra good time to show them some love!
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.
Sneak Peek: Q&A with Rochelle Ignacio
The first person I’m profiling in my new paid newsletter subscriber Q&A series is:
Rochelle Ignacio, Co-Founder and Operations Business Officer for the Black-Owned Market (BOMYEG)
Lindork’s Lists: Q&A with Rochelle Ignacio will be released to paid newsletter subscribers on Sunday, April 4 (and a new Q&A will roll out every other Sunday!)
Here’s a sneak peek excerpt from our Q&A:
“Black-Owned Market Edmonton on the surface is a way to celebrate local vendors and celebrate the diversity of the Edmonton community however on a deeper level we’re finding innovative ways to address inequality gaps and systemic racism our vendors face in launching and sustaining businesses as Black owners. The initiatives the community sees are only part of the work we do. BOM YEG representatives have attended meetings with corporate organizations, banking institutions and all levels of government to discuss barriers Black business owners face such as access to funding, venture capital, and policies which disqualify or prevent the BIPOC community from having equal access to opportunities.”
– Rochelle Ignacio
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New On The Blog
Over the weekend I helped launch a #StopAsianHateAlberta campaign with friends Jessie (Bonafide Media & PR) and Carmen (Food Karma Blog). The idea emerged of creating space to help others who felt the same angst make a collective unified statement. In just a few days, we were able to rally 60+ food and hospitality industry professionals to be part of this campaign—sharing graphics featuring our faces, along with text detailing social justice concerns and ways Albertans can take action and stand against race-driven hate. I’ve shared further anti-racism thoughts, reflecting on the Asian racism I’ve long brushed aside, and listed resources over on my blog!
Thank you to everyone who shared the posts, sent messages of support and solidarity, and pledged to call out ALL hateful behaviour. I will continue to use my platform to raise awareness and action for this important human rights issue that affects us all.
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