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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Make This! Vegan Ceviche

By Wendy Kam Marcy

One of the highlights of my trip to Cabo San Lucas was my private cooking class with the very talented Chef Edgar Chavez who's also the Culinary Director at the beautiful Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa.

Los Cabos is known for having some of the freshest fruits and veggies, and produce is conveniently sourced from local organic farms all year round.

Vegan ceviche is a popular appetizer served at the resort's restaurant and as a mid-day poolside snack. This colourful dish is light, refreshing and packed with crunch. The sweet, spicy and tangy flavours definitely have my tastebuds doing a happy dance!

Best part is it's a dish you can easily whip up at home! Chef Edgar's secret ingredients include...

  • 1/4 cup of green onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 turnip
  • 3 radishes
  • 1 small yellow zuchini
  • 1 tomato (or handful of cherry tomatoes)
  • if you can find mustard greens, it adds a nice spicy flavour (almost like horse radish)
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 key limes
  • half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper

Finely chop ingredients in the order listed above and mix in a large bowl with the olive oil. Squeeze in the lime and lemon juice. Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper to taste. If you like it extra spicy, throw in a bit of chopped jalapeno pepper. I also love cilantro so I put some of that in as well.

This recipe serves 4. Add chips or crackers and enjoy!


Wendy Kam Marcy is the Marketing Director at Adfluent Media (a Certified Google Partner + digital strategy agency). She also teaches content marketing and blogging at Camp Tech and is a Mom to a rambunctious little boy.

Monday, February 1, 2016

SPIN to Conquer Cancer

By: Lisa Ng

Want to SPIN while raising money for cancer? 

This unique fundraiser, SPIN to Conquer Cancer is happening on Saturday March 5, 2016 at The Toronto Botanical Garden, located at 777 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto.

The event will raise money for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and there will be 3 x 45 minute indoor spinning sessions led by professional instructors from Rocket Cycle and Coach J Fitness & Quad Spinning! Join in for one session or all 3 sessions, all participants will enjoy delicious snacks and lunch.

Raise $250 to participate! It's all for a great cause!  

Learn more about SPIN to Conquer Cancer at: www.thepmcf.ca/SPIN


Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.





Valentine's Week Love Inn

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Got special Valentine's plans? Well now you do!

Gladstone Hotel is hosting some not-so-typical love themed nights from February 8-14 for both couple and single-centric jams like Sexy Storytelling, XXX Adult Colouring and a V-Day Cover Band + Heartbreak Karaoke Party!

Book your romantic prix fixe dinner!

On Saturday the 13th guests will be serenaded during a 5-course sharing menu complete with beverage pairings and the sounds of live smooth jazz (tickets must be purchased in advance).

Enjoy a little extra lovin' and stay overnight!

With 37 unique artist-designed hotel rooms and 5 new packages to help you get creative in bed including perfectly curated gift boxes ranging from All By Myyyself: a heartbreak kit complete with Bridget Jones’s Diary and red wine, to Romance In A Box: a quintessential package for lovers, containing chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and more!


Wendy Kam Marcy is the Marketing Director at Adfluent Media (a Certified Google Partner + digital strategy agency). She also teaches content marketing and blogging workshops at Camp Tech and is a Mom to a rambunctious little boy.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Canadian Auto Show

By: Lisa Ng

Thinking of buying a new car this year? 
I've made it to 9 years with my trusty Honda FIT hatchback and because it's paid off in full, I'm determined to take that car to 10 years! However, I've had a few things go on the car recently that I paid to get fixed, that Paul and I are thinking about what car we want to get next.
Since Paul is an avid snowboarder, we're likely going to get something that can handle driving on snowy roads going uphill on a mountain. So we need something that can do that but still be a really great city car. 
If you're also thinking about getting a new car, the Auto Show is coming to Toronto February 12-21st at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tickets are $23, but only $12 if you hit it up on Tuesday!
Visit AutoShow.ca for more info and to buy tickets in advance.

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

4 Fun Valentine's Day Ideas in Toronto

By: Lisa Ng

Looking for something fun and unique to do in Toronto for Valentine's Day? Trying to avoid crowded restaurants, cheesy ideas and expensive prix-fixe menus? I got your back. Here are my top picks!


1) The Zoo - First Comes Love at the Toronto Zoo includes a romantically-inspired dinner, special animal encounter, an interactive group presentation and a tour of the reproductive labs led by the Reproductive Specialist Team. Available on Feb 13 + 14.


2) The AquariumRipley’s Aquarium of Canada will be hosting a Deep Sea Soiree on Feb 14 featuring a DJ, cash bar and access throughout the aquarium. A $50 ticket (for 19 years or older) includes general admission, light hors d’oeuvres, drink ticket, and complimentary photo.   

3) Go Skating! - Harbourfront Natrel Rink will be open all long weekend with a DJ Skate night on February 12. Skate for free at Nathan Phillips Square Rink and a cup of hot chocolate.  Skate rentals and sharpening will be available at extra cost.


4) Food Tour Foodies on Foot are hosting "I Got Love in My Tummy," an aphrodisiac-themed day tour for Valentine’s Day. Join Founder Steve Hellman on February 14 (11am-3pm) and his team as they offer five "best of" locations in various neighborhoods, with samples of treats deemed to have the alchemistic qualities. You'll move around on the TTC (subway or streetcar) and get an insider's look into the shops and streets you visit. 

What are you planning to do on Valentine's Day?


Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

2nd Annual International Women's Day Talks #IWDTO

Save the date Geek Girls!

DevTO's International Women's Day Talks is happening Monday, March 7 at 888 Yonge Street.

Come out, get inspired and enjoy a glass of wine while you learn and mingle with new (and old) friends!

(Drum roll!!!) This year's speakers are...

Adrienne Marshall will be MC'ing and of course, Camp Tech is a proud sponsor of this event! See you there!


Wendy Kam Marcy is the Marketing Director at Adfluent Media (a Certified Google Partner + digital strategy agency). She also teaches content marketing and blogging at Camp Tech and is a Mom to a rambunctious little boy.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Urban Eats @ NAO

By: Alison Silveira

Steakhouses have long been a place of pomp and circumstance where businessmen make deals while they enjoy steak and potatoes with a glass or two of 35-year-old whisky. The doyen of Toronto restaurateurs, Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth's NAO is not your typical, stuffy steakhouse. NAO stands for new and old and the duo has modernized the traditional steakhouse by giving the restaurant a feminine and sleek aesthetic. 

As the culinary master behind some of the city's most celebrated restaurants including Byblos and Patria, executive Chef Stuart Cameron's reputation precedes him. With NAO, he has turned the traditional steakhouse on its head with his inventiveness and by drawing upon inspiration from Japanese cuisine. While NAO caters to the most discriminating of steak lovers, it also offers lighter fare for those wishing to enjoy a smaller meal. 

I recently visited NAO for its one year anniversary to see firsthand just how it differentiates itself from the established steakhouses in Toronto. The focal point of the elegant restaurant is an impressive and unique chandelier, which is made from clear sporadic acrylic tubing. Yorkville is still the place to see and be seen and the swiveling Italian made chairs ensure that you have a 360-degree view of the action around you. As I took in my surroundings, I was greeted by the manager and led upstairs where I was ready to enjoy an evening out after a long day at the office. 
Dinner commenced with our pleasant server preparing the table side tuna tartar ($22) before our eyes. He gingerly mixed avocado, wasabi and puffed rice with the tuna as we eagerly watched him. 
I adored the Miami short ribs ($15) which were presented on a dainty, floral patterned plate. Moist with XO sauce, the delicious combinations of burnt honey and spicy sesame gave the short ribs bursts of sweet and savoury flavours. Never in my relatively short life, have I ever had a craving for kale salad, but there's a first for everything.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

4 Winter Wonderland Getaways in Ontario

By Wendy Kam Marcy

With so many exciting outdoor adventures right in our own backyard, why let this cold discourage you from having fun! Bundle up and book yourself a winter wonderland getaway at one of my top 4 winter travel destinations...

The town of St. Jacob’s is a popular summer destination, but the winter themed activities during Maple Sugar Rush are not to be missed. Visitors can enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, sample homemade edibles at St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, check out the Aberfoyle Model Railway and indulge in lots of maple syrup! Stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waterloo-St. Jacobs when you visit.

Our great lakes are just as great in the winter! Visit Sudbury to ice skate around the perimeter of Ramsey Lake, or give ice fishing a try at one of the 330 freshwater lakes in the Greater Sudbury area. Love adrenaline? Rev your snowmobiling engine for some back country adventures. End the day warming up and getting cozy at the Holiday Inn Sudbury.

The Niagara region is well known for its wine tours, but wine appreciation doesn’t stop when the snow flurries arrive. The Niagara Icewine Festival is an exciting celebration of food and flavours not to be missed. After a fun night of food and wine, enjoy a relaxing stay at the Holiday Inn St. Catherines. Next day embrace your inner child and hit up the Waves Indoor Waterpark.

‘Tis the season to go dashing through the snow, on a one horse open sleigh! Spend some time this winter in our nation’s capital and enjoy an old fashioned sleigh ride through Ottawa’s Greenbelt, or enjoy the festivities during Ottawa’s Winterlude festival. Stay at Hotel Indigo Ottawa Downtown City Centre.


Wendy Kam Marcy is the Marketing Director at Adfluent Media (an agency that specializes in digital strategy and is a Certified Google Partner). She also teaches content marketing and blogging at Camp Tech and is a Mom to a rambunctious little boy.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort

By: Lisa Ng

Looking for a winter getaway? One of my favourite retreats is to the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort in Troon NorthThe Resort is an adobe-style hotel with villas spread throughout. Either you are on a lower villa or upper villa with a gorgeous vista presented before you as soon as you step outside. Ours included a fireplace, reading area, walk-in closet and huge master bath that I imagined myself just moving here and not finishing the drive to LA.

The Location – The resort itself is a little bit off the beaten path in the secluded community of Troon. I loved being a bit removed from the city and felt like we were nestled away in paradise. The drive to downtown Scottsdale took us about 25 minutes, which meant we didn’t venture in everyday. I felt like it was very peaceful out there and you weren’t bumping into a strip mall or big box store once you left the resort.

Poolside – You will never want to leave period. All the cabanas are open to guests, except for the ones equipped with TVs – which are available on a day rate. Shade is a must  in the Arizona sun and misters attached to the archway of each cabana helped keep us a cool. Complimentary lounge chairs, towels, water, sunscreen, frozen treats, freezies and snacks are all part of the Four Seasons touch.
Sweet Deals – If you’re visiting Scottsdale in the off-season, like we did in July – the weather is simply scorching. However the deals are super sweet and there’s nothing like living at a resort, laying by the pool with a few drinks. The Four Seasons Scottsdale can get down to $149/night plus $25 daily resort fee. So if your idea of luxury is smart luxury then definitely consider this option.

The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North


Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.



Friday, January 15, 2016

ZTE Axon: Beauty and a Total Beast

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Back in November ZTE introduced the Axon to Canadians. Powered by Android, it's a snappy phone that lets you jam, talk, text and share more seamlessly than ever before.

Oh Snaps! Axon has all the camera options you want and some you never imagined!

As a Blogger and Social Media Manager, the most important feature to me is the camera. I really appreciate that the Axon can shoot in a variety of modes including a 4K HD video and the 8 MP smile-activated front-facing camera always steps up my selfie game!

Size also matters to me. Too big and it just looks awkward but too small, and I feel like I can't get anything done because I'm constantly pinching and zooming. The 32 GB Axon has a very usable 5.5 inch screen and fits comfortably in one hand. I also love that I can get a full day of heavy usage before I have to juice up again. So go nuts on Periscope and Instagram!

And as a sucker for good design, I love the sleek metallic body and signature grill. Isn't he a handsome fella?

If you are looking for an alternative to the usual suspects but with a much lower price tag, then the Axon is your phone. At this time, the only caveat is that you have to be a Fido customer.

Wendy Kam Marcy is the Marketing Director at Adfluent Media (a digital ad agency + Certified Google Partner). She also teaches content marketing and blogging at Camp Tech and is a Mom to an adorable rambunctious 2 y/o boy.