Author Archives: Lisa Ng

Checking In: The Canopy Hilton – Portland, Oregon

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Complimentary bicycle rentals at Canopy Portland

Even though Paul and I moved away from Portland, Oregon just over a year ago – the city still holds a very big place in our hearts. So we were thrilled to get up there for a little visit and see a few of our friends while checking up on our house on the coast.

We lived in The Pearl District during our 18 months in the city and it’s constantly evolving with lots of new construction, shops, and restaurants popping up. One lovely addition is The Canopy Hotel by Hilton right near where we used to live.

If you’re looking for a hip spot in a walkable neighborhood – I definitely recommend staying IN The Pearl District and making this your home base. The streetcar is right outside your door which makes it super easy for getting around. Powell’s is just down the street too! (more…)

3 Things I Wish I Had Done When I Was Stuck In A Rut

things to do when you're stuck in a rut

The good news? I’m no longer in a rut! But I was definitely in a pretty big funk this time last year.

Paul and I were in our late-30s, we had just moved back in with my parents until we could figure out where we would live, if we would be granted a new US visa, while we stared down the daunting task of starting our own digital agency for non-profits – TOGETHER. (more…)

Apple Bourbon Ginger Cocktail

apple cider bourbon cocktail

The weather is finally getting cooler and fall is in the air!

Which totally calls for a seasonal cocktail, amirite? I don’t drink as much as I used to, but I love playing mixologist at home – especially when I have friends and family visiting. I like to go all out and create a cocktail that you could easily see yourself ordering at a restaurant.

This is the time to break out the good glasses, fancy bourbon and unique ice cube molds. I was tinkering with the idea of an apple cider-based cocktail because it’s so abundant and seasonal at the farmers’ market right now. I used ginger ale as a mixer, but you could easily use sparkling water if you prefer your drink to be less sweet. (more…)

Travel Guide: San Francisco, California

san francisco travel guide

UPDATED September 2018

Heading to San Francisco?

I was just in SF awhile back with my sister and added a couple new to us spots to my original Travel Guide. Now that I have most of the tourist spots covered, it’s nice to go and find some super local places every time I visit. If you’re thinking of heading up to wine country, I also created a little guide from our trip to Napa and how we ended up going glamping in nearby Petaluma because the hotels were so expensive.

Also! If you’re considering making your trip part of a Highway 1 drive – see our road trip guide for trip ideas.

Here’s what I suggest for your next trip to SF! (more…)

The BEST Places to Eat in Venice Beach, California

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UPDATED September 2018

We’ve been back in Los Angeles for almost 6 months now and I missed all the local spots I found during my time living next to Venice Beach. So I made a little list of all of my favourite places to eat – some of these lean towards the touristy side, others are local spots, and some of them are quick-serve places where we love to grab lunch.

If you’re heading to LA or Venice Beach, definitely bookmark these places for your next trip! Also make sure you see my list of Favourite Places To Eat in Marina del Rey.

Here’s what made my list: (more…)

What I’ve Been Working On Since Moving To LA

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You see me I be work, work, work, work, work, work.

It’s been a hustle since our move from Portland to Toronto to our move to LA – when we finally landed in this city in March of this year. I’ve had a couple projects going on at the same time and my attention has been split into four different directions.

So what is it exactly that I do now? (more…)

Checking In: the DOUGLAS Vancouver

the douglas vancouver

I haven’t been to Vancouver, British Columbia in a long time – so I was really looking forward to the trip we took this past June on our way to our cruise through Alaska. I’ve always had a little place in my heart for Vancouver, but usually I’m there for a short work trip or hustling through for a trip to Whistler, Canada.

This time we were able to spend two nights exploring the city while creating our Vancouver Travel Guide. We stayed at the DOUGLAS – a brand new Autograph Collection Hotel attached to The Parq Vancouver near BC Place. The space is one-of-a-kind and you won’t find anything quite like it anywhere else.

Here’s what we loved about it! (more…)

Alaska Love

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Emeline Jacket via Lole, Runners via Columbia, Hat via Amazon

I’ve fallen in love with Alaska.

In fact, I loved it so much – I’ve already started planning a camping road trip so we can hit a few National Parks and see more of this gorgeous state. For our first visit, we chose a cruise to Alaska because I really wanted to see icebergs and glaciers. I also wanted an introduction to the state and to see things not accessible by a road or car.

Here’s a little look at our trip + ideas for your future vacay to Alaska:

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Our Road Trip To Elvis’ Graceland!

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I’ve always wanted to visit Graceland.

I played A LOT of Elvis during my 6-year career as a DJ and I became really interested in Elvis the icon and his impact on pop culture during the 50s and 60s. So during our road trip from Toronto to Los Angeles this past March, I routed us through Memphis, Tennessee for a stop at Elvis’ home and final resting place.

I don’t describe myself as a crazed fan, but I am definitely appreciative of his music and wanted to see how he lived and what it was like during that moment in time. Here’s what we suggest for your visit:

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Our Favourite Dog-Friendly Places in Portland, Oregon

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We had it SO good as dog parents in Portland.

BINGO is a pretty anxious rescue pup and so we try to include him when he can and do a dog-friendly activity with him on the weekend. Portland, Oregon is one of the MOST dog-friendly cities in America and it was only when I left this city – did I realize how GOOD we had it.

Here’s more about how we went from foster dog parents to adopting BINGO!

BINGO Dog

Other cities are not nearly as dog-friendly and only select places allow pups on their patio. In Portland, there are not a lack of restaurant, breweries, scenic trails, and outdoor activities for you and your furry friend to do together. I definitely recommend going to visit with your pup.

Here’s a list of our favourite dog-friendly places in Portland, Oregon: (more…)