Lindork’s Lists #84 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Spooky Season events and more!
Newsletter for Sept 29 – Oct 5, 2021
Things to Do This Week
Take in National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is Thursday Sept. 30. Be sure to participate in Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society virtual Orange Shirt Day event which is online from 1-4 p.m.
Read the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (and other related reports).
Book an appointment to the newly-opened Ociciwan Contemporary Arts Centre, which supports Indigenous contemporary art, experimental creative practices and innovative research.
And consider personal ways and tangible actions you can do to work towards truth and reconciliation yourself (I shared some ideas in this Canada Day post).
Book a vespa ride before the season wraps up
Summer has officially ended 🥺 so a lot of summer things are wrapping up for the season—including vespa rides! Until Oct. 10, VespaYEG is offering 25% off your rental with code “twoweeksleft!” You can also include “vespayeg” in the special instructions to get a free drink and gnocchi treat from Balla Eats.
Enjoy the 27th Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens
Prairie Gardens Adventure Farms’ Haunted Pumpkin U-Pick Harvest Festival kicks off this weekend and runs October weekends. Go for a spooky outing to the pumpkin patch, check out ghost walks, a pumpkin corny-val and more!
Head to Elk Island National Park for the Gateway to the Stars
From October to March at Elk Island National Park, you can leave the city lights behind and enjoy the Northern Lights without the glow of city lights as part of their Gateway to the Stars initiative. There’s also campfire storytelling (Mike did this last year and it was lovely). Advance booking is required and they need a minimum 10 participants to proceed (so weekends are more likely to go ahead) but you can learn more and email to inquire.
Enjoy an arts and culture weekend at The Arden in St. Albert
On Saturday Oct. 2, Edmonton-based Notorious Cree—an Indigenous performer who became an international sensation via TiKTok—is performing at the Arden Theatre! Then on Sunday Oct. 3, Firefly Theatre presents VIVAREE, a dizzying display of athleticism and aerial silks, acrobats and juggling (also at the Arden Theatre!)
Food to Try This Week
Many restaurants have now implemented Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program (show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to dine-in). Please be prepared to show ID / proof of vaccination when dining in (and check which restaurants are in the program or which are just doing take-out before you decide where to go). Please safely support local!
Plan your next Taco Tuesday at Edmonton’s newest Mexican restaurants
One of Edmonton’s newest Mexican restaurants MARIA Restaurant downtown (10220 103 St.) does a Buy 3 Get a 4th Free deal on Taco Tuesday! You could also check out opened-during-the-pandemic Mexican restaurant along 124 Street: Frida Urban Taqueria (12411 Stony Plain Road). Fingers always crossed for small businesses that opened during the pandemic (and also just all small businesses).
Eat some Chinese Szechuan cuisine at Good Taste (10933 23 Ave.)
Pick up some items from the Baltyk Bakery (10557 Kingsway Ave.)
Thanks to Patti for recommending the Baltyk Bakery as a spot you should check out this week. It’s a family owned, traditional Polish bakery that’s been serving from scratch bake goods for over 27 years! Patti says “all items with poppy seeds” are her favourites but they do an assortment of breads, cakes, and pastries to try, and they don’t really have a social media presence, so hopefully they are doing okay during these times!
Try burgers, fries and poutine from Shack a Patate (270 Baseline Rd.)
Thanks to Kelly for recommending Shack a Patate in Sherwood Park, specializing in burgers, poutines, and hand cut fries. They also have gluten-friendly options, plus homemade milkshakes and more!. “The owner is a great great man and is all about supporting local in Sherwood Park,” Kelly says (and discloses that the owner is her boyfriend’s dad lol)
Try the two for $25 silog Filipino bowls from Filistix (10621 100 Ave.)
I had such a lovely downtown picnic lunch picking up two silog Filipino breakfast bowls from Filistix downtown! They are offering a Two for $25 Silog deal so you can choose from longsilog sweet sausage (longganisa), tosilog sweet cured bacon (tocino in Spanish) or tapsilog (cured beef sirloin). The bowls come with garlic fried rice, fried egg, tomato salsa and atchara relish (pickled veg). Order online for an easy pick-up (or dine -in!) but I like taking in picnic weather while it lasts!
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:
Kay Inay, a locally based, curated gift box company that features exclusively Canadian brands and businesses, designed to pamper, inspired by moms.
Kay Inay is also a Filipino, woman-owned business, that aims to highlight natural, organic and sustainable local Canadian products in every gift box (they do a ton of stuff to ensure their packaging is environmentally friendly too) and tree plant for every purchase made.
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.
Watch Episode 2 of Lindork Does Life
Every Tuesday 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.
New on the Blog
I partnered with Alberta Chicken Producers to celebrate National Chicken Month with a new blog sharing some suggestions for chicken dishes in eat in Edmonton and Calgary! Plus: some chicken facts you might not have known, and a GIVEAWAY!
Coming this Sunday: Q&A with Chau Lui
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, Oct. 3, 2021 is Chau Lui, who, along with her sister Trang Wong, co-owns the Edmonton headquartered Paris Jewellers.
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
“We believe in hiring the right person for the role. But our company is 90% women, and we are proud of it. It’s important to us, because as female business owners, we know the power of having a strong community of women that supports you and your dreams. It is our sincere hope that we create that within our own company.” – Chau Lui
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