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Lindork’s Lists #71 – Run/Walk for Reconciliation, Fort Edmonton Park reopens, iced coffee bubble teas and more!
Newsletter for July 1 – 6, 2021
As Alberta lifts pandemic restrictions, please remember to stay safe! Continue to wear masks indoors, sanitize regularly, avoid crowds, keep at a distance, stay home if 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 before event deadlines pass!
Attend the July 1 Run/Walk for Reconciliation
I’ll be attending a 3 km run/walk along the Sturgeon River in St. Albert to honour, acknowledge and pay respects to Indigenous communities and residential school children on July 1. I hope you’ll join! (I’ll be walking—I’m not a runner). There is a fundraising component as well, if you are able to, and haven’t donated yet to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, you can do so through this Run/Walk. Learn more.
I will not be celebrating Canada Day this year.
Here are three posts that share those sentiments:
“If you knew your neighbours were having a funeral for their kids, would you be shooting off fireworks in your yard and throwing a big party?”
Other things to do after July 1:
Book tickets to the newly renovated Fort Edmonton Park
Go fishing—for free!
This weekend Saturday & Sunday July 3 & 4 is Family Fishing Weekend in Alberta, which means no fishing license is required on any Alberta waterbody (excluding national parks). The province’s lakes, rivers, and streams are full of fish—perhaps this weekend is the time you try fishing (plus, splish splashing in the water would be nice in this weather).
Check out dinos at TELUS World of Science’s reopening
Hit the 104 Street Patio as part of Al Fresco
Al Fresco on 4th is back every Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this summer—featuring an outdoor market, extended patios, various food trucks and more! Shop and dine along Edmonton’s 104th Street Promenade.
Food To Try This Week
Please safely support local restaurants. Although Alberta is lifting restrictions, many restaurants still require you to wear masks indoors. I personally think you still should if your server is too. Please be kind and respectful.
The theme is—don’t cook because it’s too hot, let the pros do it for you (and tip them well)! But that also doesn’t mean ONLY eat hot foods… lol
Grab some Caribbean Cuisine from Spice ‘n Rice (20020 Lessard Rd.)
I was eyeing up Spice ‘n Rice‘s photos this week—this west Edmonton Caribbean restaurant has all sorts of chicken (Jerk, Trinidad, Sweet Chili, Mango, etc.), plus halal and vegetarian options available. If you get there before me, let me know how it is!
Try Iced Coffee Bubble Tea (and other coffees) at Cafe Vancia (9707 110 St.)
Stopped in my tracks when I saw Cafe Vancia in downtown Edmonton was offering iced coffee bubble tea! That’s in addition to all sorts of hot and cold drink offerings, including lattes, iced teas, and a blended Matcha Green Tea Chiller I’d love to try too.
Get grilling with help from You Need a BBQ (65 Chippewa Rd., Sherwood Park)
Who’s grillin’ this week? Be sure to check out Sherwood Park’s You Need a BBQ for meats, seasoning, sauces plus BBQ tips, tricks, recipes and other great accessories!
Go on an (unofficial) Dessert District crawl in Old Strathcona (various locations)
I guest blogged for Travel Alberta a Neighbourhood Guide to Old Strathcona, which included a recommendation to try all sorts of delicious desserts in the district—many of which would be perfect for cooling off on a hot day! From bubble tea (Teapsy Lab or Gong Cha), to specialty Asian dessert shops (Bambu or Sweethoney), ice cream joints like Yelo’d and Made by Marcus and all sorts of independently-owned cafes and bakeries (La Bosco, La Boule or Flirt Cupcakes, to name just a few). Take your pick (but um, expect line-ups for the cold treat spots this week lol).
All You Can Eat Japanese from Osaka Sushi (183 AB – Hwy 16A, Spruce Grove)
Just west of Edmonton you’ll find an All You Can Eat Japanese restaurant called Osaka Sushi! They’re only All You Can Eat on weekends (call to double check before you drive out!) but if you want some unlimited, cool eats (hot eats too lol), what better than AYCE Japanese. Maybe stop here as part of your trip out for the featured Small Business Spotlight (below!)
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:
Steve and Dan’s Fresh BC Fruit, who have just opened up a Farm Store located at 51424A Highway 60, Spruce Grove, Alberta just west of Edmonton!
You may recognize Steve and Dan’s during your visit to local farmers markets! They are third generation fruit farmers committed to community and delicious products.
From June 25 to September 12, 2021, the Steve and Dan’s Farm Store will be stocked with a wide selection of in-season fruit and veggies. Not only will the fresh fruit and veggies be overflowing, but they’ll also have an Instagrammable Wall, picnic tables, hay bales, live music on select days, Sweet Stix Popsicles, Little Bear Gelato Ice Cream Sandwiches, and kettle corn!
Now Public: Q&A with Great Grams of Gary
(‘s Social Media Meownager James)
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New on the Blog
Explore Edmonton by LRT!! by planning a self-guided Instagrammable LRT tour of the city’s new augmented reality community mural project Paint the Rails by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.
New on my blog, I partnered with the John Humphrey Centre (sponsored) to share about five murals at five LRT stations across the city that depict images and stories of colonization, reclamation and reconciliation as part of the Paint the Rails project. There’s a free Paint the Rails app you can download to bring murals and stories to life when you visit in person too.
Maybe you take the LRT every day—switch things up with a different route!
Maybe you never take the LRT, see the city differently!!
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