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Lindork’s Lists #62 – Pop-up park, Callingwood Farmers’ Market Grand Opening, lots and lots of noodle options and more!
Newsletter for April 28 – May 4, 2021
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 do so in a safe way. Wear masks, sanitize regularly, avoid crowds, keep at a distance, shop alone, take-out / eat outside (picnics), choose digital options if they’re available and stay home if you are sick.
Check out Root 107—a pop-up park in Downtown Edmonton this weekend.
As part of Downtown Spark, a new Root 107 public pop-up park will be set up at 107 Street and 101 Avenue April 28 – May 2. There will be food trucks on site on different days (Drift, El Santo, Poutine World, Smokehouse BBQ), plus FREE pop-up art, greenery and unique seating areas made from recycled materials to enjoy. Please enjoy this experience safely!
Try GTFO Escape Entertainment’s new virtual escape room!
One of my favourite local escape room companies GTFO has launched a virtual version of its popular The Heist escape room. They’re currently only booking slots for weekends starting April 30, open for groups of 2-8 players with a 45 minute time limit ($25 / player, $75 minimum). “We miss you and wanted to bring our escapes to you, so we’ve tailored our fan favourite rooms for exciting online experiences you can enjoy at home!”
Check out the Callingwood Farmers’ Market’s 37th Season Grand Opening! (69 Ave. and 178 St.)
The Callingwood Farmers’ Market, one of Edmonton’s longest-running outdoor farmers markets, is kicking off its 37th season this Sunday, May 2! This season the market runs Sundays and Wednesdays, featuring 120+ vendors selling locally-made food and artisan products. They’re got new COVID-19 safety protocols in place, and are also offering online shopping with curbside pick-up this year! They’re running a few contests for their opening day too. I’ve partnered with the Callingwood Farmers’ Market to promote their grand opening as well, so check out my Instagram account this week for a vendor gift basket giveaway!
Shop the Royal Bison Online Spring Sale!
Everyone’s favourite market The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair, is back for an Online Spring Sale April 30 to May 2! Find prints, books, ceramics, apparel, toys, design, textiles, zines, woodworking, miscellany and other items by 120+ local makers. Everything is very conveniently located on the one website (truly one-stop shopping!) and prices include shipping (so like, shipping is “free!” lol)
Get virtual tickets for Violette Coquette’s pop-up speakeasy burlesque show.
For the first time ever, Edmonton’s burlesque artist Violette Croquette is bringing her “decadent pop-up speakeasy burlesque show to you as a livestream event” on April 30 presenting some of her favourite burlesque artists from around the world in one exciting virtual show. You can also order custom menu items performed just for you! Tickets are by donation (custom tips are separate costs, order before April 30).
Food To Try This Week
Order a Biera Box in support of SACE (Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton)
Order your Biera Box for the first weekend of May (April 30 and May 1) and $20 from each box will be donated to SACE (Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton), in recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Each $65 box comes with a barrel-fermented beer from Blind Enthusiasm, two artisan cheeses of your choice, freshly baked sourdough focaccia, and house-made accompaniments. You can choose to add on charcuterie and more treats from Biera’s kitchen. Pick-up or get free delivery in Edmonton.
Celebrate Tang Bistro’s four-year anniversary (8715 109 St.)
Congratulations to Tang Bistro on their four-year anniversary! They were doing anniversary deals last weekend (oops, missed that) but you should just consider ordering take-out or visiting their patio anyway for a belated celebration of their authentic Xi’an Chinese cuisine. They’re on my to-visit-very-soon-list (hopefully this week!)
Celebrate Nomiya’s 10-year anniversary (various locations)
Congratulations also to Nomiya on their 10-year anniversary! A decade of serving up delicious Japanese food across Edmonton. I’m also a bit late with my anniversary notice (oops lol) but just because the formal celebrations are over doesn’t mean your celebration can’t happen. Try their ramen, sashimi, and more. Some locations also have patios! And check out their ‘Nomiya at Home’ ramen kits too.
#ShowYourNoods to win Nai Nai Mie noodles for a month!
Edmonton online noodle shop Nai Nai Mie’s contest asking you to #ShowYourNoods (it can be ANY noodles not just theirs!) for a chance to win a month of their noodles! I partnered with them to spread the word about this contest that ends May 3 so share a photo of your noodle pulls on social media tagging me + @nainaimie.canada before then! Nai Nai Mie is also donating $1 to United Way for every post shared. You can also get 15% off your Nai Nai Mie online order (St. Albert local pick-up only) using my code LINDORK15.
Take part in a bagel fundraiser (online)
The BBYO Bagels for Breakfast fundraiser for Bn’ai B’rith Youth Organization in Edmonton is back! You can order $20 per dozen bagels (sesame or poppy) from the very famous St. Viateur in Montreal. Orders close May 17, at which time a gigantic order of bagels will be delivered from Montreal to Edmonton! A truly delicious fundraiser. They already have hundreds of sign-ups—Edmontonians LOVE their Montreal bagels lol!
Sneak Peek: Q&A with Larry Harris
Every other Sunday, I profile a new “interesting person” in a Q&A series just for paid newsletter subscribers. The next Q&A will come out Sunday, May 2, 2021 featuring:
Larry Harris, Owner of Bonne Vie Bakery and The Great Canadian Baking Show Season 4 Contestant (Star Baker during Bread Week!)
Here’s a sneak peek excerpt from our Q&A:
“People may not realize that bakers need a balance of science and art. Baking requires weighing ingredients and understanding what the different ingredients do to make the magic happen, at the same time you need an artistic side to present flavours and how a bake looks. These of course are not in balance with bakers leaning to one side or the other. The most challenging part of baking for me is detailed piping and decorating cakes. It is not something that I do frequently and creating those beautiful cakes (seen on The Great Canadian Baking Show) is challenging!”
– Larry Harris
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New on the Blog
For Earth Day / Earth Month, I blogged a Guide to Sustainably-Focused Edmonton area Businesses! There are 23 businesses listed so far and I’d love to take your suggestions for who else to add, to grow this as a resource for anyone hoping to make more conscious efforts to become more eco-friendly in their day-to-day lives.
Exclusive Giveaway Coming Up!
Congratulations to Kim T. and Beverly L., the winners of my recent massage and acupuncture treatment newsletter giveaway from Whole Family Health Clinic. Thank you to Whole Family Health for donating this awesome prize! Thanks everyone who entered.
Stay tuned as I will be running a giveaway for a Mimio & Co. Fur Mother’s Day Gift Box giveaway exclusively for newsletter subscribers in next week (May 5)’s newsletter!
From the Blog Vault
Around this time last year, I blogged ways that parents-to-be were celebrating their pregnancies amidst a pandemic, and highlighted my childhood friend Jenn, who was featured in Ellen Degeneres’ pandemic Mother’s Day episode. It’s wild just how much and how little can happen in a year. The blog post certainly still offers good ideas for pandemic parents, but we also learned how terrible Ellen was this past year, yeah? lol. In the photo above, Jenn is in the far right column, third down (reddish sweater!)
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