Shimmy and Shake on Alberta Avenue

Shimmy and Shake on Alberta Avenue

“This art form brings together women (and even men) of all body types, ages, and walks of life. The wonderful thing about bellydance is that you don't need to have grown up a "dancer". You can take this style at any age and learn at your own pace. And you don't need to have a "dancer's body". Your body IS a dancer's body the minute you start a class.”

Champions of Alberta Avenue: Lan's Asian Grill

Lan’s Asian Grill: a Labour of Love 

Written by Shirley Serviss
Photo by Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group

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Lan Lim and her husband Sunny Lim came to Edmonton in 1975 with $100, on the recommendation of the one person Lim knew here, who said it was peaceful and people were very friendly.  

Lan was born in Laos and met Sunny there, but they moved to Thailand fearing what would happen as communism took over the country. Sunny, had already escaped from Cambodia, where many people had been tortured and killed, including his parents. They left Thailand for California where they applied and got accepted to Canada. 

Hard work was the first order of business in the new country, and they took whatever jobs they could find as they raised their three children. “We saved money; before we spent a penny, we thought about it,” Lan says. Sunny worked as a chef’s assistant at the Chateau Lacombe and later started a driving school. Lan sewed the designs and upholstered the insides of caskets until she developed problems with her hands from repetitive use of the stapler, glue gun and scissors. 

In 2008, their grown children suggested Lan start a restaurant to share her wonderful cooking with others. “If they wanted to do it, I said I’d help. I’d share my recipes and teach them,” Lan says. 

They chose to open Lan’s Asian Grill at 11826 103rd Street near NAIT in an area of businesses surrounding a parking lot. A true family restaurant, Tom manages the restaurant, Monica does the cooking and Vinson does the marketing.  

“To be a cook, you have to have a heart,” Lan says. “You have to love your customers, keep everything clean and give good things to your customers. We don’t use MSG or too much oil.” 

Tom remembers her teaching him that lesson early in life when she took a head of lettuce, peeled off the outer leaves and told him that if they were still good, you could eat them yourself. Then she cut open the lettuce and showed him the tender, inner leaves. These, she said, were the ones you would serve to your guests —only the best. It’s that philosophy that guides the restaurant. 

“To be successful, you have to do it with your heart. You have to be honest and care about what you’re doing. You have to work hard,” Lan says. “We still miss our country, but I love people here. It is my home now.”  

 Watch The Champions of Alberta Avenue Short Film by Moving Artistry Productions

This special community project became reality through the creative efforts of:

Justin Brunelle | Moving Artistry Productions

Weyme Teeter | Video Editor

David Baron | Cinematographer

Shirley Serviss | Writer

The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group

Christy Morin | Project Producer

Allison Argy-Burgess | Project Coordinator

Back to School on the Ave part 2

Welcome back students, and welcome to part 2 of our blog on great places to check out on Alberta Avenue for amazing finds and great quality!!


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It’s kind of a cliché, but it’s hard to argue with deliciousness at $0.50 a box.


Dollarama has candy. A lot of candy. Stock up for your late night cravings.


It’s also important to stock up on essentials! Dollarama has a great selection of stationery.

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Pizza 73
9559 - 118 Avenue

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Pick it up, or have it come to you. It will be hot and amazing either way!


Paraiso Tropical
9136 - 118 Avenue


The aisles of Paraiso are packed with fresh produce, and just about everything you can imagine! they also have an amazing selection of South American delicacies to go.


A whole selection of imported candy and chocolates.

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Hot sauce goes on everything, and this is one of the best places in the city to get some. They also have a selection of dried chili peppers if you want to take things up a notch.

Back to School on the Ave


Welcome back students! Spent all of your money on books and paper? Here are some great places to check out on Alberta Avenue for amazing finds and great quality!!

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Value Village
11850 - 103 Street

Value Village Thrift Store is the place to find great deals on the things that you need!


Get a new coffee cup to store your fuel for those late night cram sessions!


Classrooms are always a bit chilly. Nip the chill with a new sweater or vest.

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Halloween is just around the corner! Value Village is your Halloween headquarters!!


Polonia Sausage & Deli
10135 Princess Elizabeth Avenue

Enjoy Polish delicacies within walking distance from NAIT!


Sausages are the perfect item for a little picnic on campus!


Polonia has all of your condiment needs covered! We suggest buying all of the mustards.


Group projects got you down? Your classmates will think you’re a hero if you bring treats to the meeting.

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The Duck Taphouse and Grill
10416 118 Avenue

Studying is thirsty work! The Duck Taphouse and Grill is the perfect spot for a frosty glass of goodness. Lots of cozy spots at the wood.


Unwind with some friendly billiards with your classmates. Brews + cues = good times!!

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Wings? Did someone say wings? Yes! The Duck Taphouse and Grill makes a mean basket of the pub grub classic!

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If wings ain’t your game, The Duck Taphouse and Grill has you covered with a bunch of other fare.

Welcome back students! Best of luck in the 2018/19 academic year.

Fall events on the Ave and Eats on 118 recap

Backpacks and leaves on the ground...must be Fall!  The air is crisp and there is a whole slate of cool things to do coming up on Alberta Avenue. Put on your comfiest sweater and join us for some great times!

Backpacks and leaves on the ground...must be Fall!

The air is crisp and there is a whole slate of cool things to do coming up on Alberta Avenue. Put on your comfiest sweater and join us for some great times!

Kaleido Family Arts Festival 

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Kaleido Family Arts Festival, September 14 - 16, is held on historic Alberta Avenue (118 Ave between 90-94 Street). For two and a half days, the Ave comes alive as an environment of creative exploration and performances on rooftops, sides of buildings, back alleys, parks, old spaces and new spaces. Not only is it a wonder to behold, it is FREE! You have to see it to believe it! 

The Alberta Avenue Business Association and Arts on the Ave are pleased to present a special screening of Champions of Alberta Avenue at this year's Kaleido Family Arts Festival
The project highlights our community members to celebrate the multicultural richness of the district and the people who have contributed to it – the true Champions of Alberta Avenue! 


Please join us Sunday, September 16 at the Alberta Avenue Community League (9210 118 Avenue) at 1pm for a catered reception and special presentation of this amazing film. The photos and film will also be on display until 6pm.

The Tibetan Bazaar


The Tibetan Bazaar is a unique celebration of the Tibetan culture – the only annual celebration of its kind in central and northern Alberta. For the past 26 years the society has hosted this festival which has grown in popularity each year. Each day, festival attendees can shop in the Himalayan market, sample delicious Tibetan food, win door prizes and receive instruction in meditation from a Tibetan monk – spiritual director Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe.

The marketplace is a wonderful place to find unique imported gifts, including handmade Tibetan wool carpets, hand-woven textiles, carved wooden décor, unique jewelry, traditional and modern art, meditation supplies, books, CDs/DVDs, and Tibetan ritual items including singing bowls, incense burners, prayer beads, bells, cymbals and more!

Tickets $5, Children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult

Drop-in Classes at Bedoin beats


Can't commit to a weekly class?  Check out Bedoin's ongoing DROP IN classes that accept new students throughout the session.  

Classcards are a great way to add flexibility to your dance schedule! The Classcard entitles you to 5, 10 or 20 visits to any 1-hour Drop-in class during the regular 10 week session. 

See full class schedule HERE.

ALL Ages, multiple Genres - Dance Classes at elite Dance Studio


Elite Dance Studio provides dance classes in a variety of genres for both kids and adults in Edmonton and its surrounding area. Owned by eight time Canadian Ballroom & Latin champions Dominic Lacroix & Delphine Romaire, Elite offers classes in ballroom, latin, ballet, hip-hop and more!

Find your groove HERE!

Eats on 118


Eats on 118 was once again a delicious success! We featured four female owned establishments that each delivered a culinary home run. Stay tuned for our next tour! In the meantime, be sure to make a return visit to:

The rain could not dampen our enthusiasm. Please click through this photo gallery from the event.