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Travel Guide: Yurt Glamping at Treebones Resort

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By: Lisa Ng

A sponsored post. Photos have been captured with the Nokia Lumia 1020 by Microsoft Devices.

I have never been much of a camper.

As I expressed in this post, my family just didn’t grow up camping. Let alone hang out in a yurt!

So when the glamping trend hit it big, I was ALL over it in a big way. Glamping – or ‘glamorous camping’ affords you the modern luxuries of a queen size bed, nightstands, electricity and a heater inside a glamping yurt or safari tent.

Big-Sur-Treebones

I had heard of Treebones Resort and their oceanfront yurts in a guidebook about California. It was also the spot where Paul’s colleague went for her honeymoon and where his brother had recently proposed. We have heard nothing but rave reviews and finally booked our own trip to this cliffside resort that basks in the ocean mist. (more…)

Travel Guide: Quebec City, Canada

Travel-Guide-Quebec-City

By: Lisa Ng

A sponsored post. Photos have been captured on the Nokia Lumia 1020 by Microsoft Devices.

I flew back to Toronto last month to attend Paul’s cousin’s wedding in Kingston. They had this amazing pie instead of a wedding cake and we cruised into the sunset through the 1000 Islands.

But before the festivities, I booked a trip to Quebec City with my sister Amy and spent a fun week eating and exploring our way through La Belle Province and even stopped at this unique spa on a boat on our way home. Quebec City is currently ranked the no. 1 destination in Canada by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the walled city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure. Here are a few of our travel tips for Quebec City:

Quebec-Bridge

Getting There – From Toronto there are direct flights on Porter and Air Canada. Otherwise, you can connect from any other city via Montreal. Honda Canada was nice enough to lend us a brand new Honda CRV, so we chose to make a sisters road trip out of it. We left at around 10 AM after the traffic died down and the drive takes about 9 hours. We took our time, made lots of stops along the way including:

Big-Apple-Cobourg

A visit to The Big Apple in Cobourg (more…)

Panache Restaurant – Quebec City

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Restaurant photo courtesy of Auberge Saint-Antoine

By: Lisa Ng

A sponsored post – food photos have been captured on the Nokia Lumia 1020 from Microsoft Devices.            

After subsisting on kale salads and pressed juice while living in Los Angeles, I arrived in Quebec City earlier this month and my stomach growled, “Bring on the cheese!” and all the wonderfully rich French food that I have been missing.

When an invitation from Panache came for my sister and I, we rushed eagerly to one of Quebec’s finest restaurants to sample their Signature Tasting Menu. Panache is located inside the charming Auberge Saint-Antoine, a Relais & Chateaux property inside Old Quebec City. The restaurant features Quebecoise cuisine with a modern twist.

Foie-Gras

Our tasting menu began with Foie Gras with Lentils and Orange zest swimming in a rich veloute sauce. As soon as the plates were brought to our table, I could smell the fresh zest – scattered around three meaty pieces of foie with a sprinkle of lentils. The Chef brought over a small saucepan and poured the hot veloute over our dish. We devoured it instantly.

White-Lake-Fish

We continued our meal with a White Lake Fish, marinated with Kaffir lime leaves and garnished with mini potatoes, watercress and a bit of fish tartare. The buttery fish flaked tenderly onto my fork and the hint of lime flavour made this one of my favourite dishes of the night. It was simple, yet perfect. (more…)

My Essential Blogging Tools

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By: Lisa Ng

I recently had a friend ask about what sort of laptop to get, which got me thinking about this post right here. I’ve been blogging since 2010 and there are a couple tech tools that I wouldn’t trade for the world when it comes to getting the job done. Here are my essential blogging tools:

 

1) 13″ MacBook Pro – I swear by the pro. If you’re thinking of getting into video editing, the air will not be powerful enough for you. I have had my MacBook Pro for almost five years now, and I’m glad I spent the little bit extra to upgrade my RAM and hard drive space. I use a 13″ pro, which I find to be light and sturdy enough for all the travel that I do.

 

2) iPhone 5 – I find the user interface the easiest out of all the phones that I have tried. The iPhone 5 is my go-to for checking email and sharing on social media. It has a super long battery life, but I do keep it on airplane mode when I’m traveling to save on battery. (more…)