Author Archives: Lisa Ng

Goodbye Portland

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After 18 incredible months of living in Portland, Oregon – we will be saying goodbye to this amazing and weird city in the next few weeks. We have had such a fun time exploring all of Oregon and have made some near and dear friends in our city that we know we will be back soon for a visit.

I can’t say too much about where we will land next. We are exploring a few exciting options right now. But I am very sure that I will have BIG and very positive news for you in the New Year.

In the meantime, we will be driving back to Toronto with our pup BINGO for the holidays. We considered flying – but he’s unable to even wait outside the grocery store for FIVE minutes, while the other person runs in to grab something. We figured that having our car in Toronto would be a plus too.

We will be driving through Boise, Twin Falls, Salt Lake City, across Wyoming, across Nebraska, across Iowa, past Chicago and through Michigan. Any suggestions for fun things to see and do in these cities?

So we are packing up our apartment and will be Toronto-bound at the start of December. If you happen to be in the city, do let me know! I’ll be spending that time catching up with all of our friends and family.

Stay tuned!

5 Holiday Events To Check Out in Toronto!

I am heading back to Toronto for the holidays!

It will be my first Christmas at home with my parents in close to four years, so I’m super excited to do ALL the holiday things in the city. Here’s what’s on my radar:

1) The Toronto Christmas Market

This is one of my all-time ‘get in the holiday spirit’ Christmas market. I love going at night and seeing all the lights twinkle at this market in The Distillery District. There are lots of warm beverages and refreshments for sale to keep you warm. If it gets too chilly, pop into a gallery to see some local art or into a restaurant for a glass of wine.

It’s worth a second visit during the day if you can swing it! The vibe is more family-like with lots of fun photo ops. Don’t forget to pop into all the local shops and visit the booths for a little Christmas shopping.

November 16 – December 23, 2017 (more…)

7 Easy Recipes To Try This Winter

Trying to get cozy?

It seriously feels like winter already, even though the official date isn’t until a month away. When the weather gets cold, I’m always craving big warm bowls of comfort food that make the house smell amazing. I’ve been experimenting with a couple different recipes lately – here are a few to definitely try out this winter:

1) Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Soup has to be one of my all-time favourite foods and this hearty bowl of homemade chicken soupwith big chewy dumplings does the trick for me. Make a big pot at the start of the week and throw it into a cute thermos for work the next day. This soup is also super quick to prepare and is a great weeknight meal. (more…)

Weekend Getaway: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

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Looking for a SWEET weekend getaway from Portland, Oregon? Paul and I headed about an hour south east of the city last month and came upon the treasure that is Silver State Falls Park. Oregon seriously brings its A game when it comes to our state parks and this own is often cited as the crown jewel.

Do bring a jacket as a lot of the trails are under tree canopy and it can get chilly. We also encountered a bit of rain on our hike, so waterproof gear is key as well as solid running or hiking shoes as the paths can be slippery and uneven.

Here’s what we got up to on our weekend away!

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Weekend Brunch: Jack’s BBQ – Seattle

Brisket Brunch

Let me start off by saying – I love BBQ.

Growing up on the East Coast, BBQ meant having a party with your friends and family that involved hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on an actual BBQ. I did not discover the art of ‘barbeque’ style meat until I spent more time in the US, sampling the different styles found in St. Louis, Texas and the West Coast.

Now the BBQ I’m talking about is the slow-cooking of meat over low, indirect heat, by smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Now THIS is what I’ve been missing out on my whole life. Perfect tender chunks of perfectly flavoured choice cuts of meat – not hot dogs! (more…)

5 Ways To Keep Your Energy Levels Up During the Day

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I don’t know what it is, but things have been crazy here since we got our vacation rental up and running – coupled with a family visit.

I’ve been keeping busy with my freelance clients, blogging, running our rental, and planning get-togethers with family and friends. It’s hard to find time to fit everything in while aiming to cook a meal from scratch, making sure I’m hitting the gym for 30 minutes, and trying to get my 10,000+ steps. (more…)