Author Archives: Lisa Ng

Would You DNA Test Your Dog?

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From the day we adopted our pup BINGO over two years ago – he was our little crazed terrier. We were pretty sure he was a Jack Russell Terrier mix of some sort because he’s so freaking smart, is high energy and just needs a lot of attention.

Paul and I always told people he was a terrier mix of some sort but we weren’t really sure what else he could be. So I reached out to the nice people at embark to ask if I could review one of their Dog DNA Tests to learn more about BINGO’s exact breed and more about his health.

Well, the results are in! (more…)

5 Places For Christmas Dinner in Toronto 2017

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Trying to avoid cooking a big feast on Christmas day? Would you prefer going out with family and leaving the grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning to someone else? Here are 5 places for Christmas Dinner in Toronto for 2017:

1) Cafe Boulud

The fancy Cafe Boulud inside The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto will be serving up a three-course prix-fixe menu for $107. Make sure to book early as spots will fill up quick. The main course includes an option of turkey, scallops, venison, fish or pasta. See more from our visit! (more…)

This Beautiful Day’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping. I love getting it all done ahead of time so I can spend most of December just enjoying the holiday and not rushing from store-to-store.

Here are a few unique and interesting things someone on your wishlist might love! (more…)

10 Things To Do in Portland When It Rains

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Updated November 2017

The rain has cometh back in Portland this month.

Hey, I’m not complaining – I know what I signed up for when I moved here and it’s still about a 1000 times better then the winter we had last year (oh non-stop drizzle starting on November 1st. It’s really all about trying to make the most of the weather. So I’ve updated my little round-up of things to do in Portland when it rains.

I’m also open to suggestions as there are A LOT of rainy days to fill here. If you’re visiting Portland and looking for things to do when it isn’t raining – do make sure to check out my Travel Guide to Portland, Oregon for more trip ideas.

Here are a couple Portland rainy day activities to add to your list: (more…)

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…)