Treat Your Valentine This Year

ccThese local Edmonton shops have delicious options to make your Valentine feel extra special this year!

Flirt Cupcakes

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From unicorn cakes to cupcakes stamped with your favourite Hollywood crush, Flirt Cupcakes has a wide selection of goodies on their Valentines menu that are available for delivery or pickup from Feb 1-15.

La Boule Patisserie + Bakery

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La Boule Bakery takes pastries to the next level and your Valentine will love anything from their menu such as eclaires, cookies, and cakes.

Duchess Bake Shop

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Duchess has posted their monthly features just in time for Valentine’s Day. There’s some great options that are fit for royalty, including macarons, shortbread cookies and extravagant cakes.

Jacek Chocolate Couture

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This chocolate shop boasts beautiful hand crafted chocolates with a great Valentine’s menu for your SO with a sweet tooth.

Bon Ton Bakery

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This beautiful choux pastry is just one of the many Valentines options to order from Bon Ton’s menu this year.

Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates

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This international award winning chocolatier has some gorgeous options for gift giving this Valentine’s Day from their Celebrate Love collection.

Milk & Cookies Bakeshop

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Milk and Cookies Bakeshop has a great selection of meringues and cookies in their Valentines menu that are available for pickup. With a twist on an old classic, they even have ‘conversation heart’ macarons to ask your SO to “be mine”.

La Poutine Week Hits Edmonton

From Feb 1 – Feb 8, restaurants all across Canada and the US make special poutines to celebrate the glorious Canadian dish showcasing fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Foodies can then vote on their favourite creations on the La Poutine Week website.

The following 7 local restaurants are competing:

Revel Bistro & Bar

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  • Poutine: fried gnocchi, confit duck cassoulet poutine with fresh mozzarella and cilantro.
  • Location: 9802 Jasper Ave N.W
  • Cost: $12

The Canadian Brewhouse

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  • Poutine: french onion poutine with double cooked crispy french fries, red wine glazed onions, mozzarella and parmesan cheese topped with in-house gravy, green onions and garlic bread.
  • Location: 9538 Ellerslie Rd
  • Cost: $9.99

Central Social Hall

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  • Poutine: Shoestring fries, fresh cheese curds, red wine gravy, poached eggs, avocado, bacon, roasted poblano + white cheddar sauce
  • Location: 10909 Jasper Ave
  • Cost: $14

?!WHY NOT¡¿ Cafe & Bar

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  • Poutine: Tater Tots topped with Shredded Duck & Hoisen Gravy, Lime Sriracha, Fresh Herbs and Peanuts.
  • Location: 8534 109 St NW
  • Cost: $14

On The Rocks Kitchen & Drink

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  • Poutine: maple boar bacon, crisp fries, cheese curds, house gravy
  • Location: 11740 Jasper Ave
  • Cost: $9

Pannizza

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  • Poutine: Pulled Pork, Bacon, Cheese Curds, Gravy & BBQ Drizzle
  • Location: West Edmonton Mall
  • Cost: $8.25

Montreal Hotdogs Poutine & Fries

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  • Poutine: Hand cut fries, fresh cheese curds, authentic gravy, smoked meat, pickle, side of coleslaw.
  • Location: 10503 104 Ave NW
  • Cost: $14.97

A YEG Valentine’s To Remember

Make this year extra special by taking your Valentine to one of these romantic spots that are serving amazing menus for the special occasion!

Hardware Grill 

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  • Menu: 3 course Valentine’s menu for $125/person (including tax and gratuity).
  • Location: 9698 Jasper Ave
  • Reservations

Wildflower Grill

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  • Menu: 5 course Valentines menu (with options) for $85/person
  • Location: 10009 – 107 Street NW
  • Reservations

Tzin Wine & Tapas

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  • Menu: 4 course Valentine’s prix-fixe menu for $50/person.
  • Location: 10115 – 104 Street
  • Reservations

Sorrentino’s

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  • Menu: 3 course set-menu for $55/person.
  • Location: multiple locations (Southside, Downtown, St Albert)
  • Reservations

Vaticano Cucina

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  • Menu: 3 course menu + 375 ml bottle of Prosecco per couple
  • Location: 10310 45 Ave NW
  • Reservations

Violino Gastronomia Italiana

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  • Menu: 5 course choice menu for $109/person
  • Location: 10133 125 Street NW
  • Reservations

Ampersand 27

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  • Menu: 3 course Valentine’s menu for $50/person and optional wine pairing for $27
  • Location: 10612 – 82 (Whyte) Ave
  • Reservations

Revel Bistro

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  • Menu: Valentine set menu for $60/person and can add roses to table upon request
  • Location: 9802 Jasper Ave NW
  • Reservations

 

Living Small in Edmonton

The new trend that’s making housing more affordable is hitting Edmonton. Tiny homes are a new, unique way of stepping into the world of real-estate at a much lower cost.

With tiny home prices starting as low as $65k, you can see why this housing option would be so appealing.

Not only are the prices great but these homes are absolutely gorgeous! Check out some of the companies currently completing tiny home projects in Alberta.

Honomobo

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These seriously sleek and ultra-modern homes are stunning! They provide many options to suite the type of home you’re looking for, including homes built above garages. These homes can be ordered and ready in just 10 weeks!

Finished Right

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These eco-friendly tiny homes are built and designed with customers to create their dream home. Finished Right offers 3 different models or a “Do It Yourself” option for the handy men and women out there.

Pocket House

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These high-end tiny homes will make your neighbours jealous! Pocket House builds custom homes starting at 533 sq. ft and manage everything from construction and delivery to servicing.

Blackbird Tiny Homes

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Offering 5 different tiny home designs, Blackbird creates cozy homes that will withstand our Alberta winters. They also can provide customization for those who have a dream home already envisioned.

 

13 Frosty Adventures That Make Winter in Edmonton Awesome

Edmonton is the most northern metropolitan of over 1 million people in all of North America. Not only does this provide the city  long, summer days, but it also makes Edmonton the best place to be in the winter.

While the frigid cold can sometimes be a bit tough to muster, with that temperature drop comes some extraordinary festivities you’ll only find here.

Ice on Whyte

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The annual ice sculpting festival is a thing of beauty and truly captures the magic of winter. Stroll the boardwalk and gaze upon the icy works of art, then be sure to hit up the ice bar for a locally crafted beverage. You can find Ice on Whyte in January at Old Strathcona.

Silver Skate

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One of the most fun and exciting Winter festivals you may ever attend, Silver Skate has it all. From snow sculptures and sleigh rides to ice castles and fire sculptures- this festival encompasses all that is great about Winter. You’d be crazy to miss out on this wild event.

Ice Castle

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A real life castle made out of ice? This ginormous citadel is a fairy tale come true, and Edmontonians are some of the lucky few in the world who get to experience it.

Deep Freeze

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You never know what you’re gonna find at this fantastic Winter festival that brings various communities together to “revel in the magic of winter”. Spanning four blocks, you’ll find vikings, trolls, fire dancers, snow and ice sculptures, fireworks, yummy eats and more!

IceWay Skating Trail

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The IceWay skating trail in Victoria Park offers a whimsical journey through the forest in heart of the city. Perfect for a romantic date!

Northern Lights

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Many people go their entire lives never seeing the beauty of the Northern Lights. Edmonton, being one of the most Northern metropolises in the world, is gifted with the opportunity of frequent auroras- and there’s no better time than the long, dark evenings of winter to check them out! Keep an eye out on Aurora Watch for notifications of Northern Lights over Edmonton.

Outdoor Rinks

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Believe it or not, not every city in Canada, let alone North America, get to enjoy the luxury of outdoor rinks- especially on frozen ponds. Take advantage of the city’s chill winters and partake in the great Canadian experience of skating outdoors.

Oilers Hockey in the Ice District

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Let’s be real- having an Ice District is pretty cool (pun intended). With a gorgeous and state-of-the-art coliseum as a spectacular centerpiece, head downtown to see the mythical Oilers captain Connor McDavid make history on ice.

Skiing in the City

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With multiple ski hills in and around the city including Sunridge, Edmonton Ski Club, Snow Valley, and Rabbit Hill, you can enjoy unique skyline views as you speed down a hill, all without venturing too far from home. And if you crave something bigger, Jasper isn’t too far away.

Legislature Christmas Lights

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If you’re looking for a great Christmas light display, it’s hard to top this. Grab a coffee, tea or cider and head out on a magical evening walk on the Legislature grounds.

Snowshoeing at Elk Island

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One of the best things about Edmonton is having a National Park just outside the city. Not only is it a great spot to stargaze and check out the Northern Lights, it is also a great place to try out some snowshoeing! So go rent some snowshoes from the Visitor Center and check out some incredible wildlife, including the famous bison.

Red Bull Crashed Ice

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This extreme sport, known as ice cross downhill, needs to be seen to be believed. Racers adorning skates speed through a downhill track, navigating jumps and curves on the race to the finish line. Definitely a must-see for any adrenaline junkie.

Luminaria

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Hosted by the Devonian Gardens, Luminaria is truly a magical spectacle to behold. The garden’s pathways are lit by thousands of candles that take visitors through the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. The event is wildly popular and sells out quick, so be sure to grab your tickets in advance.

Chinatown Dining Week

If you’ve been looking for a chance to get to know more of the amazing restaurants available in Chinatown, 5 restaurants will be participating in Edmonton’s first Chinatown Dining Week.

From Jan 20-28, these restaurants will all be serving $15, two-course prix fix menus.

Here’s the restaurant list:

Asian Express Hot Pot

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Prix Fixe Menu:

  • Appetizer: two golden fried buns (served with condensed milk)
  • Main: Hotpot (soup base, choice of four items, vegetable basket)

Location:  10586 100 Street (Chinatown location)

Cui Hua Gui Lin Noodle House

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Prix Fixe Menu:

  • Appetizer: bacon wrapped shrimp
  • Main: beef brisket vermicelli in soup (Guilin style)

Location: 10626 97 Street

King Noodle House Pho Hoang

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Prix Fixe Menu:

  • Appetizer: spring roll and grilled pork ball platter
  • Main: choice of large bowl of pho

Location: 10615 97 Street (cash only)

Taipan Cafe Restaurant

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Prix Fixe Menu:

  • Coffee or tea
  • fish filet with garlic shrimp (with fries & garlic toast), OR
  • 8 oz. sirloin steak with garlic shrimp (with fries & garlic toast), OR
  • club house hot plate with steak, chicken filet and smokies (with fries & garlic toast), OR
  • chicken filet, pork chip and fish filet (with steamed rice or spaghetti)

Location: 10627 97 Street

Viphalay Laos and Thai Restaurant

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Prix Fixe Menu:

  • Main: choice of any curry or stir fry (served with coconut rice)
  • Dessert: choice of roti rolls, banana envelope, or scoop of coconut ice cream

Location: 10724 95 Street (Stadium location)

For full event details, check out the Edmonton Chinatown website.

Edmonton Coffee Scene

It’s that time of year when all you want to do is get cozy and hug a warm beverage to shake off the chill from outside.

Luckily for Edmontonians, there are a ton of awesome cafes to choose from to warm you up! Here’s some of our top picks!

Coffee Bureau

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While this quaint coffee shop might be small (10 seats), it makes up for it in high quality drinks! The friendly baristas consistently make great espressos, amazing chai lattes, and silky smooth hot chocolates. This shop makes a great grab-and-go cup of joe for local coffee enthusiasts.

Location: 10505 Jasper Ave

Credo Coffee

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At Credo Coffee, their mission is to serve each coffee with the highest possible standard of quality and taste. Not only is their coffee exceptional but they have created cozy spaces for people to relax, connect, and sip their favourite warm beverages.

Locations: Credo 104 (10134-104 st), Credo 124 (10350-124 St), Credo Rice Howard Way (10062-101A St)

Elm Cafe

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The ever-changing menu at Elm Cafe boasts awesome flavours from local products. This tiny space is best for grab-and-go but also serves up some of the city’s best sandwiches!

Location: 10140 117 St NW

Lock Stock Coffee

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This beautiful coffee shop serves up delicious espresso drinks in a cozy space with ample seating, making for a great destination to plug away at your laptop or chat with friends. If you’re looking for a mean cup of coffee and some tasty food, this a great place to check out!

Location: 10534 Jasper Ave

Cafe Bicyclette

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With one of the city’s only year-round outdoor patios, Cafe Bicyclette serves incredible coffee that you can enjoy during all seasons. With 3 wood-burning fireplaces, you can cozy up with a delicious coffee and a comfy blanket any time of the year!

Location: 8627 91 St

The Woodrack Cafe

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This boho-chique coffee shop’s mission is to keep things simple with consistent high quality coffee, service, and baked goods. Its beautiful interior has lots of space to warm up with your favourite drink and get cozy in your new home away from home!

Location: Unit 101 7603 109st

Cafe Rista

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Cafe Rista uses only the freshest coffee beans to make some of the best lattes and drip coffee in town. The space is small but well utilized for you to relax and enjoy a hot drink with someone special.

Location: 14213 103 Ave NW

The Nook Cafe

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The Nook Cafe has a simple philosophy: “eat. drink. be cozy.”. And they’ve done just that! This cozy space with bright yellow accents is incredibly inviting. Paired with incredible coffee and awesome goodies, this coffee shop is a favourite among locals.

Location: 10153 97 St NW

Barking Buffalo

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This coffee shop was created by 3 local friends and has become a smash hit in the Edmonton coffee scene. Not only will you find incredible coffee, but this cafe also sells locally made clothing and goods!

Location: 10842 124 St

Bogani Cafe

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Bogani Cafe is a hidden gem on the southside that serves great coffee, a huge selection of teas, and really delicious food. It also boasts a big, open space which is ideal for studying, group projects, or enjoying the evening with some friends.

Location: 2023 111 St NW

For serious coffee lovers, we highly recommend checking out the Yeg Coffee blog to keep updated on the coffee community in Edmonton!