Author Archives: Lisa Ng

Date Night at Bar Reyna – Toronto

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By: Natalia Dziubaniwsky

It can be easy to run out of date night ideas. If you’re looking for a romantic spot that’s cozy and atmospheric, then Bar Reyna Cocktail and Snack Bar might just fit the bill. Located in a two-storey house in Yorkville, Bar Reyna serves a diverse menu of sharable plates which explore different regions of the Mediterranean.

Their newly launched Thursday Jazz Nights up the romance ante. Ask for a seat in their private year-round back patio; recently listed as one of the best new patios by NOW Magazine. (more…)

5 Summer Camping Essentials

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I recently got super into camping after a 10 year-long hiatus.

I started keeping a camping box fully packed and ready-to-go for the weekend, so I’m not scrambling around the house trying to find all the flashlights and other camping gear.

If you’re thinking about getting back into camping or are just trying to figure out what to pack, here are my 5 Summer Camping Essentials that I plan to bring along on all my trips:

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1) Cooler Full of Prepped Healthy Meals + Snacks

My days of living off canned food and hot dogs while camping are no more! I bring meal prepping on the road with me and I like to have big cooler packed full of ready-to-cook meals. I do all the chopping in advance, so I’m not doing at the campground.

Think fruit salad, veggie sticks, hummus, nuts, dried fruit, kombucha, homemade breakfast burrito, pre-made green smoothies. Your diet doesn’t have to take a vacation just because you do. Get creative!

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2) Marshmallow Roasting Sticks + S’mores Kit

What’s a camping trip without s’mores for dessert? I keep a pair of telescopic rotating marshmallow roasting sticks, a chocolate bar, marshmallows and graham crackers in my camping box.

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3) Bug Spray + Citronella Candles

I can’t live without my bug spray. I get really allergic to mosquito bites and my skin gets swollen quickly. So I always have citronella candles, an anti-mosquito bracelet and bug spray in my camping box because nothing else ruins a weekend away then scratching at bug bites all day and night.

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4) BBQ Lighter + Fire Starter

On windy and rainy days, starting a fire can seem impossible – especially after a long drive to get to your campground. I keep a dedicated BBQ lighter in our camping box along with a couple packs of fire starter to make things go smoothly.

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5) First Aid Kit

Building a first aid kit is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and like many of these random tasks – they rarely ever get done, even though I have the best of intentions.

I recently prioritized putting together my own first aid kit as we have a summer full of road trips and big adventures planned.

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I keep a tube of BENGAY® Ultra Strength Cream in my kit to help relieve minor aches and pains from a day of hiking and setting up camp! It soothes and eases my sore spots so I can get a good night’s rest. Neosporin and a few Band-Aid Brand First Aid Medium Gauze Pads are also a must for minor cuts and scrapes.

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I also got one of these exclusive Oh Joy! first aid pouches for free when you buy any 3 participating Johnson & Johnson items at Target. So if you’re thinking of building your own first aid kit – this cute pouch is definitely a motivator!

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To create your own first aid kit, look for the endcap at Target like in the photo above. You can also build your own kit at Target online. You can also click on the shoppable image at the top of the post and purchase any of the products pictured!

Happy Trails!

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Travel Guide: Weekend in Astoria, Oregon

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We finally made it to Astoria, Oregon!

Since moving to Portland just over a year ago – the pretty coastal town of Astoria has long been at the top of my wish list. Everyone who has come to visit, has pretty much made it to Astoria before we have.

We definitely got sidetracked by the multiple trips made to Lincoln City to work on our airbnb beach house, but now that it’s up and running – we are back to our adventures and travels all over Oregon.

Here’s what I suggest you eat, see, and do on your own weekend getaway to Astoria: (more…)

Summer Camping Guide 2017!

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We’re almost midway through July – which means there’s still LOTS of time to go camp out in the woods!

After taking oh…about a TEN year hiatus from camping, I’ve finally re-embraced it after living in Oregon for just 2 weeks. There are just so many things to see and do here and being active and being outdoors is just part of the lifestyle.

So here’s what I recommend for your next trip: (more…)

Where To Stay in San Francisco, California

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I had an amazing time meeting up with my sister in San Francisco recently! She had to fly in from Toronto for a conference and flights for me from Portland are $100 round-trip, so it was the perfect chance for us to hang out.

We got up to a lot of shopping, fun dinners and taking our time exploring the city. If you’re ever heading to San Francisco, I definitely recommend checking out the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel – where we stayed!

The Location – We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better location for a weekend girls trip. The Sir Francis Drake Kimpton was smack dab in the middle of all the shopping action in Union Square. Which meant super easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, and cable cars.

On our first morning, we were able to walk to Chinatown for dim sum to go at Good Mong Kok and then over to Boba Guys for an Iced Match Latte. You’re also only about a 20-minute walk to the Embarcadero waterfront and for lunch at The Slanted Door inside The Ferry Building. See my previous San Francisco Travel Guide for more trip planning ideas!

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Finding Your Fit

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This post has been sponsored by Always. All opinions are my own.

When was the last time something just wasn’t a fit?

Paul and I are planning to move out of our open concept loft next month because as cool as it was – it’s just not a fit. I think we both loved the idea of a big airy loft in theory, but I’m a night owl and Paul is an early riser and our space has no bedroom door.

So when he’s cranking out smoothies at 7 AM, I just went to bed a few hours ago having spent the night plugging away on a new blog post. Our kitchen is next to our bedroom and our bedroom is next to our front door. Which means our guests walk right past my usually messy unmade bed topped with unfolded laundry to get into our apartment.

Our current layout obviously wasn’t working. (more…)