Lindork’s Lists #82 – Music Fest, Scooter Tours, affordable fine dining and more!
Newsletter for Sept 15 – 21. 2021
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Get tickets to the Winter in Summer Music Festival
Grab a ticket and bring a blanket (or low chairs) to enjoy a music festival on the hill this Saturday, Sept. 18, put on by the Edmonton Ski Club. The acts include Scenic Route to Alaska and Josh Sahunta. There’s limited capacity, reserved seating, cashless ordering and drink delivery.
Experience A Taste of Open Streets in downtown Edmonton
Come party downtown along 104 Street this Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10-3 p.m. as part of the FREE A Taste of Open Streets! Find an outdoor market, pop-up dance classes and performances, scooter demos and obstacle courses, walking tours, bike tour and parade, mural gallery and more!
Try a haunted Ghost Scoot
A local tour guide company called YEG Scoot is hosting haunted Ghost Scoot (scooter tours) every Saturday for a limited time (likely, leading up to Halloween lol). Hear haunting tales while zipping around to some of the city’s oldest buildings via scooter.
Celebrate Festa Dell’uva family-friendly festival in Little Italy
Head down to Viva Italia Edmonton on Sunday, Sept. 19 from 1-5 p.m. for Festa Dell’uva, a FREE, outdoor family festival in the heart of Little Italy. There will be grape stomping, live music, street performers, children’s activities, soccer, bocce, food, and a wine garden.
Discover emerging artists along Stony Plain Road
From Sept. 16 to 26, Stony Plain Road is hosting something called SPR Emerge, which features vinyl art installations as well as original, 2D artwork by local emerging artists. There will also be live music and food trucks at West Block on Sept. 18 (and 25). Experience this west Edmonton neighbourhood (they also have a cool new Instagrammable tunnel!)
Got an Edmonton area event, virtual event, or something coming up you think my readers would be interested in knowing about? Let me know!
Pick up some Dorinku Tokyo Farmers Market goodies (3696 97 St.)
I was excited to see that Dorinku Tokyo is now at the Bountiful Farmers Market! Find their weekly omakase (chef’s choice) bento specials Fri-Sun at the year-round south Edmonton market.
Try the Vietnamese salad rolls from Pho Thanh (3438 99 St.)
I tried the beef and grilled pork (nem) salad rolls from south side Vietnamese restaurant Pho Thanh this week and it was delicious! I was also delighted to find that for the grilled pork roll, they put like a crunchy spring roll wrapper in the middle of the roll for an extra tasty textured bite. Fun! And I had jackfruit milkshake too! Have you ever tried jackfruit?
Pick up a pastry or artisanal pizza from the Mood Cafe (7601 115 St.)
Diane sent in a recommendation for the Mood Cafe, located in Edmonton’s Belgravia community offering freshly baked viennoisserie, French pastry, artisanal thin crust pizza and other delicious savouries, plus coffee, espresso, tea and cold drinks.
Sit down for a culinary student-driven meal at Ernest’s (10701 118 Ave.)
NAIT’s School of Culinary Arts restaurant, Ernest’s Dining Room, has reopened! I have always had an excellent meal at Ernest’s, and even better service, all done from culinary and hospitality students! Make a reservation for lunch or dinner—guaranteed a delicious meal and lovely time, the most affordable fine dining in town, plus you’ll be helping shape the next generation of chefs and hospitality professionals!
Celebrate BTS member RM’s birthday Calabash Cafe (228 91 St.)
As I am a hardcore BTS fan (lol BTS—the biggest musical group in the world currently), I need to report that the south Edmonton Calabash Cafe is running a special to celebrate BTS leader RM’s birthday. Get an RM photo card and cup sleeve on drinks ordered by Sept. 25. They also do croissant waffles and brunch if you want food too! See details of the RM event.
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:
Birds & Bees Winery, a family-owned, local winery, meadery, distillery and family farm (fruit orchard). Birds & Bees gifted me a few of their products to try, including their sweet honey mead wine, and Lil’ Squirt, ready to drink spirits (the lemonade was a favourite for my group of friends who helped me taste test). They are definitely a more playful brand (evident in their product names lol), you can shop online, at Bountiful Market, or some liquor stores if you’re looking to try something new!
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.
Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
I’m excited to finally get into (consistent) video blogging with the launch of my new YouTube video series: #LindorkDoesLife!
Every Tuesday starting Sept. 21, I’ll be releasing a new video where I do—something! Ha. I’ll only be posting these videos on YouTube. So please subscribe, and tune in each week as I try new things you might want to try, show you places you might want to visit, and eat food you might want to eat.
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Coming This Sunday: Q&A with Omar Mouallem
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, 19, 2021 is Edmonton-based author and filmmaker Omar Mouallem.
Omar’s latest work, The Last Baron, a documentary about Burger Baron, premieres on CBC Gem this Friday, Sept. 17, 2021—with a feature length film set to release Spring 2022. Check out his crowdfunding campaign to support the feature film!
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
“If you’re lucky enough to be a child of immigrants, as I am, then you’ve probably bore witness to the kind of strong work ethic required to thrive in creative industries. Tap that immigrant ambition and channel it in your pursuit of stories, sources, and truth. It’s the edge you need in this climate. For instance, my dad, a successful restaurateur with tenth grade education, told me something to the effect of, “Walk with your head up, work with your head down.” He immigrated alone to Canada at 16 knowing he had to carry himself confidently to overcome prejudices, but he never wasted energy comparing himself to anyone who might distract him from reaching his full potential.” – Omar Mouallem
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