Lindork’s Lists #80 – What To Do, Eat, And Things To Know This Week (Non-Subscriber Version)

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Lindork’s Lists #80 – Mural Fest, River Valley Contests, Sheep Sightings, New Soft Serve and more!

Newsletter for Sept 1 – 7, 2021

COVID cases are on the rise again and the indoor mask mandate is returning to Edmonton as of Sept. 3. Please be safe. 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: Rado Alley Mural Fest, explore the #YEGWalkway in the river valley, and go sheep spotting in Fort Sask!
  • Explore the #YEGWalkway in the river valley for a chance to win prizes

  • Stony Plain Road has ‘Gone to the Dogs’ and invites you to as well

  • Check out the Rado Alley mural festival on Whyte Ave

  • Check out the sheep of Fort Saskatchewan

    • If “ewe” you haven’t heard, Fort Saskatchewan is well known for using sheep to trim the grass at City parks for the last 30 years. This is an eco-friendly (and cute!) way to maintain the parks and it also means that visitors can come and see the shepherd and sheep dogs herding the flock of 50 sheep! You can visit and pet the sheep until Sept. 4 (last day Saturday) and then after that the sheep will be working at the parks until Sept. 22 (You can’t pet the sheep while they’re working so check them out before Saturday!) This would be a great little day trip to Fort Sask.

  • Get tickets to the first annual YEG Sausage Battle

    • The first annual YEG Sausage Battle takes place on Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. but I thought I’d give you a bit of a heads up in case tickets get sold out (and also I feel event organizers pain when everyone is last minute with their tickets lol). This is also a celebration of local shop You Need a BBQ’s one year anniversary, and a fundraiser for Team Canada at the World Butcher Challenge. Your ticket includes a sample of all sausages, one beer, and one vote, plus front row seat to a Black Box Butcher Battle! Fun times.

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

Indoor mask mandate is returning to Edmonton due to rising cases. Please safely support local.

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Eats to consider this week: food trucks at the Camrose Farmers Market, black sesame strawberry soft serve from Pablo, gluten free Thai from Thairific!
  • Dig into delicious (and gluten-free) Thai food from Thairific (105 King St.)

    • As more people in my life become celiacs, I’m getting pretty good at finding gluten free dining spots that are still really good. Thai food is known for being fairly gluten-free, and Thairific in Spruce Grove is where my gluten-free friend Rachel and I enjoyed a delicious lunch this week. They have some great lunch specials (also great at dinner time too if you can’t head out during lunch).

  • Order the ‘haricots verts’ (deep fried green beans) from Chartier (5012 50 St.)

    • Have you tried French-Canadian restaurant Chartier’s ‘haricots verts’? It’s a signature dish at the restaurant, a tempura fried green beans dish with smoked maple mayonnaise and chilli maple syrup. It is absolutely phenomenal. I had it for the first time last week (along with their seafood poutine!!!!!) and a classic—their smoked meat sandwich. So good.

  • Try black sesame soft serve ice cream from Pablo Cheese Tart (10163 81 Ave.)

  • Check out Kingsway Mall’s menu and Instagrammable outdoor dining space

  • Head out to the Camrose Outdoor Farmers Market (Downtown Camrose along 49 Avenue between 50 and 51 St.)

    • I worked with Go East of Edmonton and Tourism Camrose to visit the city last week, and enjoyed taking in their downtown outdoor farmers market, which runs every Thursday night from 4-7 p.m. Take a little day trip (it’s just 1 hour south east of Edmonton) for the market, plus, go boutique shopping and listen to live music right in their historic downtown.

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:

Oodles of Doodles, a home-based business where owner Summer Halabi creates custom, fun, affordable, and educational crayons! These are non-toxic, handmade in Edmonton. Summer also creates crayons as gifts, loot bags, party favours and more. Kids can get the coolest things these days—crayons in the shape of your name, for instance! Learn more about Oodles of Doodles on Instagram.

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.

Join me on an Instagrammable IKEA Walk

I’m excited to partner with IKEA Edmonton to host an Instagrammable Walls of IKEA Walk during their IKEA Family event taking place Thursday, Sept. 16!

There are two time slots, 5 p.m. start or 6:30 p.m. start.

It’s FREE to attend, but limited spots are available so you have to register. Masks on the walk (as it is indoors) is mandatory (but you can take it off for photos!)

I’ll take you to a few different IKEA rooms and furniture where we’ll take fun photos you’ve maybe always wanted to take in store but didn’t feel like you could.

I’ll share about Instagrammable Walls, photo poses and photo taking tips and we’ll just hang out!

Attendees will get a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 or more and one attendee from each walk will also be surprised with a $25 IKEA gift card. The IKEA restaurant will also be offering one free kids meal with one adult meal that Thursday night.

Instagrammable IKEA Walk

Coming This Sunday: Q&A with Lanie Bishop

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, Sept, 5, 2021 is Lanie Bishop, a local power lifter, pole dancer, and human rights advocate.

My Q&A with Lanie Bishop goes out to paid newsletter subscribers on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.

Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:

“I think if you are on social media, you have a platform. It might not be the biggest one, but people are listening to what you post. As a queer woman of colour, it’s become incredibly (and sadly) clear to me that they are still some people who hold hateful and dangerous ideas about marginalized and racialized folks. I hope by sharing my own experiences mixed in with the posts I find on what platforms I have, I can start getting others to challenge their own understanding of the world around them.”
– Lanie Bishop

To get the full Q&A, plus a Q&A every other Sunday, access to exclusive paid subscriber-only giveaways, and to support the work I do, upgrade!

No pressure of course! These weekly emails for free subscribers (you!) will continue to be sent out.

New on the Blog

Head south of Edmonton to find some Central Alberta food gems! As an Alberta on the Plate ambassador, new on my blog, I put together a Central Alberta food itinerary you’re welcome to copy! Visit restaurants in the region that highlight local Alberta ingredients.

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Also new on the blog: the third video in my summer Travel Alberta series is out now—featuring an amazing wildlife tour with Joe Urie of the Jasper Tour Company!

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Watch my video on how to experience wildlife safely (and in a super fun and educational way) with the Jasper Tour Company in Jasper, Alberta!

Last Weekend 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 by Sept 6, 2021, you’ll be entered for a grand prize 2-night stay at the Banff Lodging Co.!

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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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