Randomly Awesome Roundup May 4, 2012

So I have a bajillion things that I want to talk about but they are much too minor to warrant their own blog post (ok I also don’t think I will get around to writing about them all either) so I think I’m going to toss all their awesomeness into a “Randomly AWesome Roundup” henceforth known as RAwR.

Things to Do:

So there are a whole bunch of awesome things going down this weekend and while I’m probably not going to all of them, I thought I’d include them in this first RAwR (caveat: I don’t know about everything that happens in the city so this is just a random selection of stuff that I know is happening this weekend)

Books to Buy
The Edmonton Public Library is having a book sale at Stanley Milner downtown this weekend. It’s a great place to pick up cheap books, cds and dvds. One of my friends managed to once get the entire Planet Earth set for $2! If you pop in on Sunday, you can fill an entire box of books and assorted items for $10 BUT it gets pretty packed in there so get ready to be pushed around a little bit!
Hours are:
Friday (May 4) 9:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday (May 5) 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday (May 6) 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Prices are:
Hardcovers and DVDs: $2
Paperbacks, children’s books and CD’s: $1

Jane’s Walks
There are a bunch of Jane’s Walks going on May 4 – 7 and they are a great way to get to know the city a little bit better. I haven’t been on one yet but I might try to squeeze one in this weekend or try to catch another one when they happen again. So if you wanted to know more about some of the areas in town, I think these might be a fun way to do it!

YEG Food Mob
The first YEG Food Mob will be taking place at Acme Meat Market (purveyors of the amazing beef bacon and other glorious meats). If you’re interested in supporting a great local business, show up at noon (address: 9531-76 Ave) with $20 in your pocket to spend on delicious meat products! There will be a food bank bin at Acme, so please also bring along a donation for them as well.

Handmade Mafia 
The Handmade Mafia is happening on Saturday at Orange Hall in Old Strathcona from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. I like going to these because I can always find something interesting and fun to buy or admire. It’s a great place to pick up a handcrafted gift for Mother’s Day on the 13th! What Mom wouldn’t want something lovely and unique (lol maybe Argenplath Mama since Cash is King [Queen?] with her) but a present is a present right?

Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair
The Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair is also going down this weekend at 8426 Gateway Boulevard. Another potential Mother’s Day gift shopping destination? I’ve heard good things about the Royal Bison but I am going to be honest, I’ve never been before but I might pop over after a quick trip to the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. Admission is $2 with kids getting in free.

Hours are:
Saturday (May 4) 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday (May 5) 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Beauty and the Pleats
Lux Beauty Boutique (12531-102 Ave) is having a silent auction event on Sunday (May 6) with proceeds going to Suit Yourself. There will be makeup tutorials, shopping, noshing on Duchess Bake Shop macarons, drinks, and amazing beauty baskets up for auction. There are three different auctions going down: 10:00AM – 12:00PM, 12:00 – 2:00PM and 2:00 – 4:00PM. I already have tickets to what looks to be a super fun time but if you’re interested in attending, tickets are $10 and available online. If you have an abundance of samples (like me) bring them along to the event and you can get $10 off your next Lux purchase (that’s a win-win if you ask me!). And of course, one of these baskets would make a super awesome Mother’s Day gift too, it even comes wrapped!

Ongoing Events
Just a quick mention of things that are ongoing:
Of course there are the Farmer Markets running on Saturday: The City Market Downtown is in City Hall (cannot wait until they move back outside on 104 street) from 10:00AM – 3:00PM and the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market is from 8:00AM – 3:00PM.

The Citadel Theatre has performances of The Sound of Music until May 27 and there are still tickets available (some for $35!) – If you love the film, you will adore this live performance – I had a great time!

While this isn’t local, it is awesome – The Avengers movie is finally out in theatres and I caught the midnight showing earlier with A. & JP and we really loved it! It was fun and just a perfect start to all the non-thinking summer blockbusters – I am already planning to see it again later this weekend! If you go – drop me a line on who your favorite hero is (mine is Captain America – he’s just so old fashioned and earnest about doing the right thing)!

Things that I bought:

New Purchases
Agro Nail Polish, Shoes and Fifth Ave. Bracelet

More Hunger Games Nail Polish from Nail Polish Canada ($7.75+tax)
I caved and added Agro to my collection! The Agro polish is a gorgeous green and I originally decided against buying it because I thought it was quite similar to Sephora OPI’s “Leaf Him at the Altar” but one of my friends AP had it on and it was totally different! The Sephora OPI is a much cooler colour with an underlying silver tone whereas Agro is a dark olive-y gold green so they are nothing alike.

2 pairs of flats from Army and Navy ($19.99+tax x 2)
The shoes were a buy from the Army and Navy shoe sale, which runs once a year and is filled with women looking for a good deal. I used to really like these sales since you could get great shoes for cheap but now I feel it’s not as good as it used to be. The bigger brand name shoes like Calvin Klein and Guess will run you $50 a pair and they are probably the least comfortable shoes known to man. Everything about them feels cheap and stiff and let’s be honest – they were kinda hideous, some had such high platforms and huge clunky heels (if you’re going to step out in 4″ heels, they should not be chunky!). I don’t mind no-name shoes but they have to be cute! These are some brand I’ve never heard of but they are adorable and add a bit of colour to my wardrobe plus the price was right. The back of the shoe is a little stiff and uh scraped off a lot of skin when I first wore them (I had to wash a bit of blood out of my shoe), but once they have been broken in – I anticipate wearing them to work all the time.

The Fifth Avenue bracelet from Christina M. Boutique ($25.00 USD)
Finally, the Fifth Avenue Bracelet – I originally learned of Christina’s Etsy shop on Andrea’s blog when she was running a giveaway (I didn’t win) and then I started browsing and fell in love with this bracelet. I like the look of it and it looks ladylike and great for events where I have to dress up a smidge. I can’t wait to wear it, although it’s going to come out to a bunch of casual events, I like the option that I can take it out to classy places too.

Places that I ate:

Drift Food Truck and Molly’s Eats (Food Trucks)
So a few weeks back, I heard that Drift and Molly’s Eats would be in Churchill Square and since mickyfine, VCM and RM all work downtown, I convinced them to pop over and meet me for a food truck lunch. This way we could sample more items and I wouldn’t have to sit downtown on a windy day eating by myself. We grabbed sandwiches (pork belly – $7.50) and fries ($3.50) from Drift and it was all amazing – I could finally understand why everyone is shocked that I haven’t had Drift before! The homemade Drift ketchup made us think of butter chicken, which has led to plans for an Indian buffet night. We also had the fries duo from Molly’s Eats ($5) and VCM wanted to know if we could ask for sweet potato fries only next time – they were so good.

Drift Sandwich and Fries

Drift Sandwich and Fries + Fries Duo from Molly’s Eats

As I was heading home after lunch, Teresa tweeted that she was almost there and I decided to stick around and grab a red velvet whoopie pie ($4) from Molly’s Eats. It was delicious! Susan (aka Molly’s Eats) hooked us up with a double chocolate cookie ($2) to help decide which dessert we liked better and while it’s was a close call, that chocolate cookie blew my mind!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie with a bite missing from Molly’s Eats (no Double Chocolate Cookie – ate it before taking a photo)

Cask and Barrel
This was not a planned trip to check out Cask and Barrel (10041-104 Street) as AP, mickyfine and I were supposed to head to Boston Pizza for a book club meeting (organized by people we don’t know). We couldn’t figure out where the group was so we decided we would do our own thing instead. Cask and Barrel is relatively new to downtown Edmonton and the menu is mainly drinks with a page of sandwiches and a handful of entrees. I had the Mac and Cheese made with Farfelle ($13.50) and it was pretty good. I liked the cheese sauce because it was not as heavy (some might call it runny) but there was still enough cheese that I wasn’t unhappy. I didn’t eat a lot of my salad since I was pretty full but what I did have was not bad. For those who know me, I am not a beer drinker at all but I decided to branch out and try and Alley Kat Beer called Aprikat ($.7.50) and shockingly enough, I really enjoyed it! So maybe I just don’t like crappy beer?! AP and mickyfine had paninis with the tomato basil soup ($9.50) and they liked it a lot especially the soup.

Cask and Barrel

Cask and Barrel Mac and Cheese, Panini with Tomato Basil Soup, Alley Kat Beer

Famoso Pizzeria
I know I’ve blogged about Famoso before, but I just had to mention them again since the Spring/Summer Menu is out! mickyfine and I were headed to see The Sound of Music but had a lot of time to kill so we decided to grab dinner at Famoso first before heading downtown. Both items we ordered were off the Spring/Summer menu and we were very thrilled that the San Andreas pizza ($14) is back – this was a huge hit with our group of friends last year and we were all sad when menu changed and the San Andreas was gone. The blackberry arugula salad ($8 half size) was also very good and it might be replacing the walnut gorgonzola as my favorite salad on the menu. So hop on down to Famoso and try these fantastic items because they aren’t available all year round…

Famoso Dinner

Famoso Summer Menu Items: San Andreas Pizza and Blackberry Arugula Salad

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