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Lindork’s Lists #70 – Alberta Metis Fest, Venezuelan food, get a discount on Edmonton tours, do a river float and more!
Newsletter for June 23 – 29, 2021
As Alberta lifts pandemic restrictions, please remember to stay safe! Continue to wear masks, sanitize regularly, avoid crowds, keep at a distance, stay home if you are sick, get vaccinated!
As well, some deadlines may have passed for time-sensitive food/event recommendations. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you would get first dibs / information before deadlines pass! So—subscribe ;)
Visit the newly reopened Art Gallery of Alberta
The Art Gallery of Alberta has reopened! Check out their current exhibitions and plan your visit. One exhibit I’m interested in seeing is called Black Every Day, featuring artwork from 5 Artists 1 Love. The exhibit “speaks to the current social anti-racist movement while illustrating that local Black people have been and will continue to produce compelling art every day” You need to pre-book your ticket online.
Check out the Edmonton Ski (Bike) Club Patio / Summer Music Series
The Edmonton Ski Club is now the Edmonton Bike Club for the summer! Find a family-friendly, outdoor patio with a Live Music Series (performances happening all summer long), plus other great river valley / biking adventure and programs. Last year they did a few outdoor movies in the space too, so follow them for event announcements!
Book a Big E Tour of the Prairie Sky Power Plant (or other great tours!)
Ever wanted to head inside the historic Rossdale Power Plant? You can now book a tour of the Prairie Sky Power Plant via Big E Tours for the summer (hurry! many dates are already filling up for July).
Big E Tours is also offering a 10% discount for my followers for ANY of their tours—use code lindasgift to book the Prairie Sky Power Plant tour, downtown walking tours, river valley discovery tour, Elk Island adventures, bus tours and more!
Catch Alberta Circus Arts Festival performances
Participate in the Alberta Metis Festival and watch Indigenous films
To wrap up Indigenous History Month, Be sure to tune in virtually for the third annual FREE Alberta Metis Festival on Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring jigging and fiddling, online artisan markets, and more. The Edmonton Short Film Festival is also putting on a FREE online screening of Indigenous films on Saturday from 9-11 p.m.
Food To Try This Week
Try some Venezuelan arepas at El Fogon Latino (8026 118 Ave.)
I am a BIG fan of Venezuelan arepas. These are kind of like open faced soft tacos made from corn flour, stuffed with all sorts of fillings—from vegetarian to chicken, chorizo, ham or beef, and a lot of gouda cheese. Arepas are DELICIOUS. They’re also gluten-free! I love love love the arepas from El Fogon Latino and thanks to a donation from TELUS Business, I was able to buy 35 free arepas to gift to YOU this week! The first 35 people to head to El Fogon and mention TELUS + lindork will get a free arepa of your choice (while quantities last). I know you will LOVE them as much as I do!! If you’d like to win $500 to spend at a fav business of YOUR choice, check out TELUS’ #StandWithOwners campaign!
Enjoy the XIX Nineteen patio (5940 Mullen Way or 150 Bellerose Dr. St. Albert)
I had just the loveliest little patio date at XIX Nineteen last week. I always recommend a meal here! If you haven’t, or it’s been awhile since you have tried, consider heading there this week. The Ahi Tuna Twists are a must order, plus they have Aburi style pressed salmon sushi now (so good!), and a great pad thai. I also love their Pearjito drink. I’ve got other recommendations for dishes too if you end up going, just let me know and I’ll make some more suggestions!
Plan a downtown Edmonton electric patio crawl (various locations)
Over the weekend, Mike and I went on an electric patio crawl, riding our e-skateboard and e-scooter around to four different downtown patios. Copy out itinerary! Check out one or all of the spots we did: Shojo Izakaya, Bar Clementine, Campio Brewing Co., and Baijiu. If you don’t own your own e-rides, you can rent scooters almost everywhere in downtown Edmonton. Also: watch my Instagram Reels for some more inspiration!
Cafe Bicyclette reopens with a new menu (8627 91 St.)
French restaurant Cafe Bicyclette reopens this week (Thursday) with a brand new chef and menu. This place is home to one of the prettiest patios in the city (dog-friendly too!) and I’ve always had just the loveliest experience dining here. I look forward to trying their new menu! Let me know if you get there before me and what you think / what dish(es) you’d recommend!
Get tickets to A Taste of Edmonton Whitemud
Edmonton NDP MLA Rakhi Pancholi is hosting A Taste of Edmonton-Whitemud (virtually) on June 27. Your $75 ticket gets you a curated selection of delicious sweet and savoury items from popular local restaurants in the Edmonton-Whitemud riding, as a way to support those businesses during the pandemic. Items will be delivered to your home right before the live virtual event begins. Learn more and get tickets.
Small Business Spotlight
In this new section of Lindork’s Lists, I shout out to support small businesses that aren’t necessarily food/restaurant or event-based.
In this week’s Small Business Spotlight, I’m shouting out to:
Beaver Creek Honey—a Sherwood Park-based business owned by Stefan and Monique who are chefs, educators, honey producers, adventurers, inventors and makers.
The duo create fresh, pure, all natural, locally-sourced, handmade and eco-friendly products. Beaver Creek makes a unique Smoked Honey (naturally smoked honey using locally-sourced wood!) which blends sweet and smoky flavours that work great in all sorts of recipes.
I partnered with Beaver Creek Honey to sample their Smoked Honey (check out my Instagram post to see what I made!) and am happy to introduce their honey for newsletter subscribers here too—a delicious sponsorship, I say! Order a jar (or a few) of Beaver Creek Smoked Honey and check out their other great products.
Congrats to Giveaway Winners!
To mark Filipino Heritage Month, Indigenous History Month, and Pride Month, and as a way to support local businesses and thank my newsletter subscribers, I bought ten (10) $20 gift cards to give away to Edmonton Filipino and/or Indigenous restaurants (winner’s choice), and to The Quilt Bag, an LGBTQ+ retail shop carrying queer & trans wares.
Congratulations to the randomly selected winners:
Please enjoy your gift card and thank you for supporting local businesses!
I’ll have another newsletter subscriber-only giveaway in July.
Coming This Sunday: Q&A with Keith Moore
Every other Sunday, I profile a new “interesting person” in a Q&A series just for paid newsletter subscribers. The next person I’ll be profiling on Sunday, June 27 2021 is Edmonton Photographer Keith Moore. The Q&A will be released publicly on this blog one month after paid subscribers get it!
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
“The photography community is very supportive!! When I was starting out, I was at this location taking photos & then another photographer showed up. We started talking and that was the day I met Jeff Wallace (@wherezjeff) he gave me a few tips and even took the time to look up stuff online because he shoots Nikon & I’m a Canon shooter. The advice he gave me led to me selling one of my first prints. I’ll never forget that & I will always help people out if they need it or want to learn.” – Keith Moore
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New on the Blog
If you want to enjoy Edmonton’s river this summer, use my new guide for Everything You Need To Know To Plan a Float Down Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River—where to start and end, safety considerations, type of equipment you need and more!
Also: I’ve updated my Dog (Pet) Friendly Patio Guide from 2017!
Check out the most popular post on my blog right now—listing over 50 dog/pet friendly patios in and around Edmonton you can enjoy with your pet this summer.
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