Lindork’s Lists #72 – What To Do, Eat, And Things To Know This Week (Non-Subscriber Version)

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Lindork’s Lists #72 – Imagine Van Gogh, The Backyard, Wheeling Around Edmonton and more!

Newsletter for July 7 – 13, 2021

As Alberta lifts pandemic restrictions, please remember to stay safe! Wear masks indoors (some places may still require it). Sanitize regularly, keep 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 deadlines pass.

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Things to do this week: Imagine Van Gogh, live music and food at The Backyard, Found Festival and more!
  • Experience the Imagine Van Gogh exhibit at Edmonton EXPO Centre

    • The world-renowned Imagine Van Gogh exhibit is now in Edmonton at the Edmonton EXPO Centre until Sept. 5. I got to attend a media preview and was just blown away. This spectacular, immersive experience features 200+ pieces from the famous artist and is presented in such a unique way—I so, so, so recommend it. Gogh and get your tickets. And watch my short video recap of the exhibit below:


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  • Dive into history for the Historic Festival and Doors Open Edmonton

    • The Historic Festival and Doors Open Edmonton is running until July 11. This year’s theme is about Education. Take in person and virtual tours of various historical spots in the city, learn about school names, learn about the YEG Honeycomb project, and more!

  • Check out Edmonton’s Found Festival

  • Spend a summer evening at The Backyard in downtown Edmonton

    • Edmonton has a new outdoor patio and event space—The Backyard! Located at 10004 103A Ave., The Backyard has turned shipping containers into bars and entertainment spaces, and is hosting live music, food trucks, art, yoga and more, all summer. Family and dog friendly!

  • Take part in a river valley scavenger hunt

    • The River Valley Alliance is hosting a Scavenger Hunt until July 14! Visit different locations along Edmontons’s beautiful river valley and share on social media for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

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

Please safely support local restaurants. Although Alberta is lifting restrictions, many restaurants will still require you to wear masks indoors. Please be kind and respectful.

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Eats to consider this week: MEAT from MEAT, vegan / veg from Loma House, seacuterie, and more!
  • Eat all the meat at MEAT (8216 104 St.)

    • After a river adventure this week, I filled up on all the meat at MEAT in Old Strathcona. Try the Meat Sampler which includes beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, smoked chicken, fried chicken and sausage (or build your own platter! The brisket is my fav). They also have non-MEAT options lol.

  • Order up vegan and vegetarian cuisine from Loma House (9142 23 Ave.)

    • Thank you to Aileen for recommending Loma House for this week’s Food to Try! From Aileen: “Loma House is such an amazing restaurant and SO NEEDED for not only the vegan community, but anyone who just loves good, inexpensive food. I know that the owner has been struggling a lot, particularly because the place is so small that he can’t seat many people at all. I just really don’t want that place to be yet another COVID loss!”

  • Hit up the newly reopened El Cortez patio (8230 Gateway Blvd).

    • El Cortez has reopened its awesome Old Strathcona patio for the season. Always love the vibe here (and the patio is dog-friendly!) How about some tacos and tequila this week?

  • Try some cold brew coffees and teas from Brown Butter Cafe (1528 91 St.)

    • Head to the deep south (lol) for some cold brew coffees and teas from one of my favourite cafes in the city—the Brown Butter Cafe! Go at lunchtime for their delicious rice bowls too. I am partial to the cold brew tea over coffee but have tried both and both are excellent.

  • Experience Chartier’s seacuterie (5012 50 St., Beaumont)

    • I had initially headed to Chartier the other week to try their spectacular looking seafood poutine but it didn’t work out (so I’ll definitely be back to do the poutine soon!!) but in the meantime, I tried Chartier’s unique “seacuterie” instead (it’s charcuterie but with seafood!) Super fun (and the smoked meat sandwich is always a great order too). Also, definitely get the peach tea cobbler drink! So refreshing. Lovely patio too.

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.

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:

Tastia, a small Edmonton business specializing in roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut spreads! Tastia gifted me some hazelnut spread to try this week (it goes excellently on bananas and croissants!!) They source the world’s best hazelnuts from Ordu, Turkey. These nuts are dry roasted for 30 minutes and hulled using airflow technology to produce the perfect bite. Made into creamy and crunchy spreads or enjoyed on their own, Tastia owner Emre Erbasli says these hazelnut treats will be your favourite way to shake up breakfast, up your snack game, or garnish your fav desserts and salads.

Tastia products are currently available online via Uproot Collective, Good Goods, and Confetti Collective, as well as in store at Earth’s General Store, and at Farmers Markets (Al Fresco on 4th and Sunday’s 124 Grand Market!) They are delicious! Like, I could just eat spoonfuls of hazelnut spread and be a very happy camper, lol.

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Tastia makes tasty hazelnut products!

Coming This Sunday: Q&A with Mallory Yawnghwe

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, July 11, 2021 is Mallory Yawnghwe, President/CEO of the Indigenous Box.

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Read my Q&A with Mallory Yawnghwe, President/CEO of the Indigenous Box, on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:

“For centuries we’ve been made to feel less than, and not even considered human. We aren’t less than. We are a great and accomplished people. We are now awakening to that fact. We are coming to take up space and exist in spaces where we haven’t been welcomed. With Canada’s fastest growing population segment, we aren’t going anywhere. We survived. There’s no stopping our progress.” – Mallory Yawnghwe

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New on the Blog

It was a busy week on the blog!

First up: I invite you to join me for a virtual Indigenous Cooking class led by Chef Scott Isherhoff of Pei Pei Chei Ow, as part of my Birthday Month celebrations!

On July 27 or 28, round up your friends and join me for a meaningful, virtual birthday celebration, make some delicious Indigenous food (choose from Nohtawey’s Potato Pancakes & Meenishapiy – fermented berry drink or Anakhanaow “Bannock” & Jam), learn about Indigenous culture and cuisine, and support a local Indigenous business!

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Copy my Itinerary to easily plan a Fun Weekend in Medicine Hat (Southern AB)!

I partnered with Tourism Medicine Hat to return to one of Canada’s sunniest cities and share my itinerary with you so you can enjoy a visit down to the southern Alberta city. It’s one of MANY travel guides I’ve got for the area, so be sure to check it out!

I also shared a sister blog post to my Guide to Float Down the North Saskatchewan River—check out my Guide to Float Down the SOUTH Saskatchewan River (in Medicine Hat!)

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Finally: My first of a few summer exploration videos I’m working on with Travel Alberta and my friend Chad Kruger Productions is LIVE!

This video shares ideas for Exploring Edmonton by Segway, Vespa, and E-Bike!

Watch the video above or check out my blog for a few more suggestions on spots to check out while you’re renting one of these awesome wheels!

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