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Lindork’s Lists #76 – Outdoor Orchestra, sunflowers, seven courses of beef + a surprise Giveaway!
Newsletter for Aug 4 – 10, 2021
Please note some indoor locations still require masks. If attending an indoor or outdoor event, try to avoid crowds. Sanitize regularly, keep a distance, stay home if sick, get vaccinated!
Experience the Edmonton Folk Music Festival’s The Hill at Home
This year’s Edmonton Folk Music Festival is bringing some festival favourites to your home from Aug 6-8, safely enjoy a weekend of music, song, food and art. Access Spotify playlists, browse a YouTube catalogue of festival memories and main stage performances, buy local food for pick-up or delivery, shop merch, and more!
Celebrate Edmonton’s Caribbean Arts Festival Cariwest
Bring your own chair to a Watch Party / virtual show and movie, plus food trucks on site at Churchill Square on Aug 6 for this year’s Cariwest Festival. Then on Aug 7 and 8, tune into a virtual Cariwest festival show at Central Social Hall, featuring drink specials and Caribbean inspired food.
Check out the sunflowers at the Edmonton Corn Maze
The sunflowers at the Edmonton Corn Maze have begun to bloom, so head on down in the next 2-3 weeks to support this local business, take in the beautiful sunflowers (so Instagrammable!), U-Pick, and more activities that’s fun for the whole family.
Catch the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Outdoors
The musicians of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra are on the move this August with pay-what-you-can outdoor performances all over the city starting this weekend and running til end of August. Reserve your spot before the shows sell out!
Take advantage of deals as part of the Shop, Hop & Roll in Old Strathcona
The Old Strathcona Business Association is putting on Shop, Hop & Roll, featuring shopping discounts and deals from 30+ participating businesses, free gifts, samples, plus free scooter unlocks so you can explore the avenue by scooter, and more fun activities. The main ‘event’ is Sat, Aug. 7 but deals run both days this weekend.
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 when not eating. Please be kind and respectful.
Order seven courses of beef at La Pagode Vietnamese (17024 90 Ave.)
I satisfied some serious cravings for Vietnamese Bò 7 món (seven courses of beef) last week with a visit to La Pagode in west Edmonton. This is a multi-course Vietnamese meal that features seven beef dishes designed to be shared. To my knowledge, you can only get Bò 7 món at La Pagode. It’s excellent for 2-4 people!
Check out the cute robot server at Chili Hot Pot (7219 104 St.)
My first in-restaurant hot pot experience since the pandemic began took place this week at Chili Hot Pot in south Edmonton, which was featured in this viral TikTok by @mshangryfoodie a few weeks ago. It was delicious, as most of my hot pot experiences are! If you go after 9 p.m. they offer 20% off (and it’s a little less crowded). The robot is super cute (there are still human servers too lol). You can also use my old blog post How to Hot Pot at Home if you’re wanting hot pot but not wanting to go into a hot pot restaurant!
Try the Japanese cheese tarts at Pablo Cheese Tarts (10153 81 Ave.)
I waited a few months to try Pablo Cheese Tarts in Old Strathcona because the line-ups during their opening few weeks were apparently wild. If you haven’t tried yet, there are no line-ups now lol so you can quickly get your order of delicious tarts and drinks. We enjoyed a few mini tarts (matcha, apple cinnamon and original), as well as their Dreamy Mango drink! They also have a dog-friendly patio!
Order a charcuterie board from Brand and Iron (home-based / Parkland County)
Lindsey, the owner of Brand and Iron, a home-based, Metis-owned charcuterie business in Parkland County (west of Edmonton), reached out and gifted me a board to try this week. It was beautiful and delicious, and a perfect lunch treat for our friends who were visiting from Medicine Hat. Check out the board we got and follow Lindsey @BrandAndIron / consider ordering from her. She makes custom boards for all occasions, big and small, and is going to be expanding to a storefront in Parkland County by end of summer!
Enjoy pretzels, mustard and sausages and more on the Fleisch patio (8210 106 Ave.)
Thanks to Breanna and Chad for sharing about their delicious experience on the Fleisch Delikatessen dog-friendly patio! They highly recommend the pretzels and mustard, poutine, salad and sausages. Doggo Goose really enjoyed her water too lol. Check out my dog friendly patio guide!
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 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:
MYLZ Dog Treats, an Edmonton-based dog treat business creating high quality, unique flavour treats for pooches. MYLZ uses all-natural ingredients, locally made with love. The group of friends started the company because they love their dogs, and wanted to ensure that their treats will give them the energy and vitality to play for years to come. MYLZ offers delivery in Edmonton and surrounding areas, as well as shipping in Alberta and across Canada.
My pups Olive and Artie were obsessed with these treats—even Loki my cat tried to dig into the bag because it smelled so good lol. I also appreciate the unique flavours—from kangaroo carrot jerky to turkey banana turmeric biscuits, plus bison apple coconut and bison blueberry treats. Browse MYLZ Treats and support this local biz!
If you’re a small business owner who could use a shout-out, or know a small business who could use some awareness, let me know and I’ll try to feature them in this new section. You can email me suggestions / reply to this email.
This Sunday: Q&A with Nicholas Yee
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, August 8, 2021 is Nicholas Yee, an Edmonton-based musician and creative director.
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
“Having done a lot of work in creative industries and knowing other artists, I’ve really seen the way that creative professionals are typically undervalued. I’ve been really lucky over the years to have people who trusted in me and gave me the freedom to shape those projects, and also to have a supportive online community. So at (my business) Juniper Creates, I’m really trying to establish an environment where designers, illustrators, and copywriters can work for clients that really appreciate design and where they have the creative freedom to explore their own style and vision.” – Nicholas Yee
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New on the Blog
Get inspiration to Explore Edmonton by Bike! Use the Food and Landmark Routes I’ve put together in my new blog post to help plan your ride and Bike Edmonton. This post was created in partnership with ZenSeekers and Destination Canada. Let’s ride!
Other Relevant Edmonton Summer Blog Posts You May Be Interested In:
Everything You Need To Know To Float Down the North Saskatchewan River
- Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton
#ExploreABwithMe – Guides to Plan Your Alberta Summer Activities
In this week’s newsletter, email subscribers got a surprise giveaway—chance to enter to win two tickets to the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival put on by Together Again.
Newsletter subscribers regularly get access to exclusive giveaways, so if you want curated recommendations on Things to Do, Eat, and Know Each Week, and the chance to win free stuff, be sure to sign up as a free subscriber!
Discount Codes You May Want To Use
- Get 15% off premium, locally-made dog treats MYLZ Treats using my code LINDORK15
- Get 10% off online or in-store purchases from Camper’s Village using code LINDORK
- Get 10% off your Jasper Food Tours Peak-Nic Experience using code LINDORK
- Get 10% off your Jasper Rafting Adventure valid on all trips excluding Peak to Paddle packages using code LINDORK until Sept. 15.
Get 10% off a Ninja Warrior Birthday Party booking with Fitset Ninja using code LINDORK10 by Aug. 31, 2021 (parties can be for after that date)
Get 10% off any Big E Tours using code lindasgift by Sept. 30, 2021
Get 10% off your VespaYEG rental using my code LINDORK10
Get 10% off any kit or tour from Chef Table Living using code LINDORK10
- In August, save $10 off any wash package at Bubbles using my code BUBBLESLINDORK
Don’t Forget To #ExploreABWithMe and Win!
Thanks to AMA Travel and the Banff Lodging Co., if you Explore Alberta and share your Instagram or Twitter posts using the hashtag #ExploreABwithMe and tagging me @lindork, you’ll be entered for a grand prize 2-night stay at the Banff Lodging Co.!
Whether it’s exploring your backyard, day trips, camping or other weekend getaways in Alberta, I’d love if you used my travel blog guides to help plan your summer exploration, and I’d love to see where you get up to in the province!
In addition to the Banff Lodging Co. grand prize, I’ll also select 20 people who will win $10 gift cards to the Italian Centre Shop (just the right amount to pick up a famed Italian Centre Shop Panino, perfect for road trips!
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