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How To Live A Full Life Without Sacrificing Your Health


While this article was sponsored in partnership with ChromaDex, all opinions are, as always, our own. Remember to always consult a physician before making drastic changes to diet or exercise or before taking any new supplement or vitamin.

While we travel a lot and try to keep up with 20-somethings, we know our bodies aren’t what they used to be—getting older affects the way we think, feel and look. That’s mostly because we put a lot of strain on our bodies when we travel. We change diets, lose sleep, and are regularly exposed to the sun and other pollutants around us.

Even if our lifestyle wasn’t full of frequent changes and unpredictable schedules, we’d still be subjected to the day-to-day stressors that add up and take a toll on our energy and overall health.

That’s why we’re always looking for innovative, scientifically-proven ways of staying healthy. We don’t really do fads, so we wanted to find something that was preventative and worked on a cellular level, not just on the surface. Our research got us interested in some new and extensive studies surrounding a molecule called NAD+.

What is NAD+ & Why Do We Need It?

NAD+ is actually found in every living cell in our bodies. But its levels decline as we age or expose ourselves to stressors like:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet and overeating
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor sleep and changes to your body’s natural rhythms and cycles
  • Sun exposure

Which means, the lower our NAD+ levels are, the harder it is for our cells to break down food and turn it into energy. The higher our NAD+ levels are, the easier our cells can perform their crucial functions and processes.

Right now, studies are being designed to show that higher NAD+ levels may be connected to everything from energy levels, sleep quality, mental clarity and skin health.

Ways to Boost Levels of NAD+

Since we’re travelling so much and lead a busy lifestyle, it’s not easy to avoid these stressors. We want to be less fatigued and have more energy. We want to have a better quality of sleep and a better sense of well-being. Even if we have a healthy lifestyle, our NAD+ levels will inevitably decline either from aging or just making other choices that stress our cells out… but that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it.

So we researched and found a clinically-proven way to increase NAD+ levels.

This NAD+ Booster is Backed by Science

We love our active lifestyle and want to keep up this pace for as long as we can, even as we age. So as soon as we heard the buzz about increasing NAD+ levels, we decided we wanted to add TRU NIAGEN™ to our morning routine.

The key ingredient in TRU NIAGEN™ is an incredibly effective form of vitamin B3 known as nicotinamide riboside that is clinically proven to increase NAD+ levels. And because NAD+ levels are essential to our cells staying strong and healthy, this kind of research has the potential to improve every organ in our bodies.

We may not be able to reverse the aging process, but we can redefine the way we age—and increasing NAD+ levels may be one of the best ways to do it.

Join us on our TRU NIAGEN™ journey today!       (Canadians click here)

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4 Ways To Experience Adventure in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

By Mikkel Paige of Sometimes Home

I’m a native New Yorker who grew up on Long Island and frequently visited Manhattan. It’s likely, then, that until recently I didn’t know western New York’s Finger Lakes region presented an incredible array of adventurous sports to participate in! The scenery adds to the magnetizing draw to the region and I found myself feeling grateful I was able to explore the area.

Adventure Awaits in the Finger Lakes!

Here are four of the ways I found to experience adventure in the Finger Lakes Region of New York:

Take a Sea Plane Ride

This ride was incredibly memorable because how cool are planes that take off and land on water but function like a regular airplane in the air? Yet it wasn’t just the sea plane ride that was memorable. The passion our pilot, Bob, was contagious and made us even more excited for the ride.

sea plane ride finger lakes new york

If you’ve ever had a dream you’ll be able to relate: he wanted a sea plane company that would show people a unique way to see the world (from the water and air). When a buddy called to say he had found the perfect plane for sale they agreed to purchase it and start Finger Lakes Seaplanes in Hammondsport, New York. I felt like I was co-piloting a dream as we soared above Keuka Lake. Interestingly, we learned sea planes need to uniquely abide by two sets of laws: maritime and Federal Aviation. 

Glide Over the Trees

Gliders (not to be confused with hang gliding) are motorless two-passenger planes that soar in the sky, thanks to some physics. A tow plane quite literally carries the glider into the air as it trails behind it with the help of a connection cable. The glider pilot pulls a release cord when the glider reaches an altitude of 2,000 feet. The sound of the tow plane’s motor disappears and a peaceful hushhhh surrounds you. It really grabs your attention too because as the tow plane flies back to the airport for landing the noise disappears and you’re left soaring through the air like a bird.

Harris Hill in Elmira, New York is the location of the National Soaring Museum. It’s also where you can participate in a truly a one-of-a-kind experience. When else are you and just one other person gliding through the air with the help of some wind science and Mother Nature? Not often!

Try going first thing in the morning the weekend you want to enjoy this experience. My pilot, Ed, informed me they often sell out for the day’s available rides by 11:00am, especially during fall when leaf colors are at their peak. Check out Harris Hill Soaring Corporation for operating hours – they usually operate from April 1st to October 29th.

Kayak on the Chemung River

I am a lover of kayaking! Even if it’s a foreign concept and you’ve never done it before it’s incredibly easy. You sit in a small boat and use a double-sided paddle to row yourself down the river.

kayaking in the finger lakes

We enjoyed a relaxing five-mile tour paddling down the beautiful, tree-lined body of water with Southern Tier Kayak Tours. Our guide taught us about the area: the natural landscape Palisades, carved by glaciers before us and about millimeter sized critters in the water beneath us. We even learned how it’s possible to judge the quality of water we were in based on what organisms lived under the rocks and such. (It was given an excellent water-quality grade!)

Walk Through Watkins Glen State Park

Rumor had it that this was one of the most beautiful parks in New York State. But WOW – I had no idea it would turn out to shock me with it’s beauty. I hesitate to say we went for a “hike” because the park’s paths make it very accessible and easy for anyone to do, from children to senior citizens. It was truly a picturesque walk through waterfalls, rock formations, and flowing creeks. You could spend about 3 hours or so here if you’re stopping along the way to admire nature and take photos. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a bottle of water and your camera! 

Enjoy a Sailboat Ride Aboard True Love

A romantic sunset ride aboard True Love, the Schooner sailboat featured in 1956 movie, “High Society” with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong, awaited our arrival. Shortly after boarding we were treated to a lovely ride around Seneca Lake. 

true love schooner ride in finger lakes new york

We were treated to a smooth ride, cheese and fruit, and beer or wine for purchase. Even if you’re solo, or with your partner, a best friend, family or a group it’s a great way to end any day. You simply board, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Be sure to bring a light jacket in case it’s chilly on the water.

True Love and its fleet is available to charter for private events too in addition to their daily public sailings.

For more about the Finger Lakes Region, check out Mikkel’s Complete Guide to a Day in Corning, New York!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mikkel from Sometimes HomeMikkel Paige is a travel writer and professional photographer spotlighting Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States. When her wedding photography business began to take her all over the globe she set out to make her travel site into more than a hobby. Her articles focus on the mid-size budget traveler who vacations one to three times a year. Find her at Sometimes Home

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A Guide To Lake Temiskaming: 1 Destination, 2 Provinces, 3 Cultures

There’s this lake in Canada. It sits in a gorgeous, lush area where the air is so fresh you can’t help but breathe deeply, where the people are so friendly you can’t help but keep a smile on your face and the views are so stunning, you’ll want to keep coming back for more. It’s a lake that divides two provinces but manages to bring them both together in a completely unique and fascinating way.

Three cultures, two provinces, one lake. It’s called Lake Temiskaming but to us, it is one of the most fascinating destinations and experiences we’ve had during our travels.

Where Still Waters Run Deep

Lake Temiskaming, Ontario

Lake Temiskaming is aptly named after the Algonquin word Temikami, or Temiskaming, meaning deep waters as the lake can reach depths of 709 ft. But it’s not just the water that runs deep, the communities living on the lake have untold depths we only scratched the surface of while we were there.

It seems as though no matter where you are on the lake, you’ll find the influence of all of the surrounding communities – you’ll encounter a mix of French and English in language and heritage and a growing integration and influence of native culture around the lake. It’s fascinating to visit from town to town and see that each has its own vibe yet are also all intrinsically connected. Whether you spell it Temiskaming (a decades-old error), Timiskaming, or Temiscamingue depends on where you are around the lake and which language you are speaking but to us, they all refer to an area that is as peaceful and beautiful as it is complex and rich in character.

We were extra fortunate to be able to explore the lake with locals, especially a couple (Vivianne & Roger) who are pillars of the community and who have incredible knowledge about the lake, both past and present. They were our keystone from which we were able to connect to the whole and through them we saw how interconnected everyone was and what a beautiful place it was to be – thanks to the people, the cultures and the landscape.

boating on lake temiskaming, ontario and quebec

It was with them that we were able to delve deeper into life on Lake Temiskaming and experience so much of what the area has to offer for both residents and tourists alike. It was also with them that we got to witness first-hand the connectedness of the communities through Vivianne and Roger, and all of those we met along the way.

It truly is a phenomenal place to visit and if you get a chance, here are some things to do whether you’re on the Ontario side, Quebec side or plan to make your way to both:

Ontario Side of Lake Temiskaming – Temiskaming Shores

Temiskaming Shores makes up a large portion of the Ontario coast of Lake Temiskaming and is where we spent our time while on that side of the provincial border. It’s here that we found an interesting bilingualism of French and English in a way we’ve not seen anywhere else, spoken in soft accents, at times not noticeable no matter the language used. We also found a lively atmosphere, full of friendly people who all seemed to know one another… or at least have very few degrees of separation.

What To Do

There’s so much to do in the area but here are some of the highlights of our time there!

Vivianne and Roger were instrumental in getting us out onto the lake and in showing us some of the best spots to enjoy. If you’re able to venture to the lake with a motorboat there are some interesting sights to see, like the ancient cliff called Devil’s Rock, and many islands to observe, like Farr Island. It’s truly a pleasure to spend some time on the water and with marinas located in various towns in both provinces, you’ll even be able to dock and explore (i.e. Haileybury on the Ontario side and Ville-Marie on the Quebec side).

Tip: For now, if you’re looking to rent a boat or boating equipment, like kayaks or canoes, you’ll have to plan on your way into the area by stopping at one of the larger cities or rental places along the way and bringing it with you the rest of the way. For those travelling north into Temiskaming Shores, a stop in North Bay would be perfect.

Devil's Rock Lake Temiskaming

One of our most memorable outings was our hike and picnic at Devil’s Rock. We had seen this giant cliff from the water below while boating but it wasn’t until we hiked to it and got to see the view from the top that we truly appreciated it. It’s easy to pick out Devil’s Rock from below – rising 300 ft from the lake, one of the top peaks of the escarpment looks very much like a face. We took a hiking trail that led straight to the cliff and enjoyed a picnic with one of the most stunning views in the province.

If you plan your time in the area right, the craft beer festival – North on Tap – is a great local event to attend. Featuring Ontario craft brewers, as well as some local fare and music, the festival is a ton of fun and a great way to get a taste of the community, both literally and figuratively.

Where To Stay

Some of the accommodations in the area also offer boating experiences. Presidents’ Suites is a collection of historic homes that have been restored and reopened as B&Bs. They will also take you over to Farr island where you’ll find some of the many activities they offer. While there is treehouse glamping available for those that want to stay on the island, they are looking to build and open several glamping cabins in the near future.

Waterfront Inn New Liskeard Ontario

We had the pleasure of staying at the Waterfront Inn which, as its name suggests, sits right on the lake and offers a spectacular view. It was such a great room with a perfect location and we were thrilled to be able to open our patio doors and literally step out to the lake whenever we wanted. They were also closeby to a lot of the areas we wanted to see, as well as the marina.

Where To Eat

Not only did we enjoy our accommodations at the Waterfront Inn, we also loved their restaurant: Rooster’s Bar and Grill. Casual dining with a patio overlooking the lake and some really great tasting food made it a go-to spot whenever we were in the hotel around meal-time.

Cafe Meteor Bistro was another favourite of ours. Located in Haileybury, this cafe-at-day/bistro-at-night was brilliantly put together by the same owners of Presidents’ Suites which meant it was not only serving some amazing food but also jam-packed with history. Their food is made from fresh, locally sourced products when possible and offers an insight into the uniquely grown and raised culinary ingredients of the region as well as the cultural influences in the cuisine. The decor revolves around, and is based on, the famous S.S. Meteor passenger steamboat which was an integral part of lake life in the late 1800s until 1926 when it caught fire.

cafe meteor haileybury ontario breakfast

One of the local recommendations for the New Liskeard area was Ali’s Bar and Grill and it did not disappoint with it’s diverse menu large portions and delicious food. Though we enjoyed everything we tried, we really liked the firecracker shrimp and

Finally, if you’re looking to taste more of the local cuisine and see exactly what this area produces, you’ll want to check out the Riverside Farmer’s Market during the warmer months. It’s here you’ll see all the different kinds of food and produce grown and created around Temiskaming Shores.

Quebec Side of Lake Temiskaming – Temiscamingue

While native culture permeates Temiskaming Shores and all three cultures coalesce along the lake’s coast, it’s in Quebec where you’ll find the core of Timiskaming First Nations and the Timiskaming First Nations reserve. We were so fortunate to be able to speak with an incredibly talented artist on the reserve, Karl Chevrier who not only creates stunning works of art in all different kinds of mediums and materials but also teaches art forms to local students. His words were moving, his artwork enthralling and we learned so much from him about the history of his people and his community.

Karl Chevrier Lake Temiskaming Quebec

After Ontario, we got to explore First Nations culture and then head further along the Quebec side of Lake Temiskaming. Exploring this area – Temiscaminque – meant we only added to the list of things to do and see while on the lake.

What To Do

One of the best things to do on the Ontario side, is also one of the best things to do on the Quebec side – get out and enjoy the outdoors. Boating on the lake can take you to waterfalls and islands or you can kayak and take your time to enjoy the nature surrounding you. There are also recreational trails for hiking or biking in the summer and snowmobiling and winter activities in the colder months.

While it was an unplanned stop, we were so happy that we took the time to visit Fort Temiscamingue National Historic Site. It was this trading post that played an important role in the history of the area and of the country and its fur-trade. There’s also a significant number of displays and exhibits focusing on the thousand-year presence of aboriginal peoples.

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One of the coolest things we did was visit the Fossilarium and got hunting for fossils of our own. The area is rife with fossils of living organisms that were previously living underwater but, over centuries, are now fossilized and exposed throughout the area. After learning about what used to inhabit the area and seeing examples of their fossils, we got to go on an excursion ourselves and find our own fossils. Not only did we find some, we were able to keep and preserve them before they became crushed or eroded by human activity.

Every year people from across the lake and all over come to attend one large food festival – Foire Gourmande – and if you’re able to go we highly recommend you do. Food from all over the region and northeastern ontario, craft beer and art by local artists are all available at this weekend-long festival. We had a chance to taste so much of the local food and produce and enjoy some truly fantastic music as the live bands played late into the night each day. This is something that unites the entire lake together while at the same time reaching to other areas of both provinces and beyond.

Where To Stay

We were able to stay in several different accommodations on the Quebec side of Lake Temiskaming and while we were impressed by all of them, two stood out to us. Miwapanee Lodge in Kipawa was a perfect B&B for a getaway. Beautifully appointed rooms, absolutely amazing food (Ask for the pancakes for breakfast. You won’t be disappointed!) and a beautiful setting on the lake. It was both private and romantic and we have already talked about going back.

Domaine TemiKami had us in another piece of wilderness paradise as we stayed in a cabin by the water. Here we had a fully equipped kitchen, an outdoor hot tub and a peaceful view. We loved that it was located close enough to Ville Marie to get to the town, restaurants and the Foire Gourmande Festival but was secluded enough so that we could truly enjoy nature and the beauty that is Temiscamingue.

Where To Eat

If you’re visiting during Foire Gourmande, you’ll have a bunch of food to taste and try but if you’re not, there are a few places that we tried and highly recommend.

fresh produce at farmers market ville marie quebec

If you look up or go to Station Centre-Ville, you’ll probably be a bit confused as to why we would suggest it. Yes, it’s a gas station but it’s not just a gas station. It was the vision of the owners to create something more and be something more in the community. Here you’ll not only find the best (and cheapest) selection of craft beers from both sides of the provincial border, but you’ll also find some gourmet, ready-to-eat meals like sandwiches and pizzas.

At Le Bistro Elle et Louis Bistro, you’ll find two menus playing off the name of the restaurant: one directed to men (Louis) and one directed to women (Elle). While you’re not limited to whatever menu you get, it’s fun to see who orders what in a larger group of both men and women. Both menus are packed with dishes that offer a fusion of flavours of the area and we especially loved their gourmet burgers and poutine.

L’Eden Rouge is a truly interesting restaurant on the site of a vegetable farm meaning the produce makes it to the table extremely fresh. Though they change their menus frequently, they are truly inspired and we ate every bite of each dish we were served.

We kept hearing about the restaurant La Bannick no matter where we were on the lake – Ontario or Quebec – so we knew we had to make it there for at least one meal. While we heard a lot about how good dinner is, we only managed to sneak in a Sunday brunch buffet but if that was anything to go by, it’s definitely a great place to eat! La Bannick also offers campgrounds and cottages, a spa and other outdoor activities if you’re looking for more than just a good meal.

If you’re looking to explore the area, you can always check out their Lake Tour Passport. While the contest is over, the passport map is a great guide for hitting up some of the great stops all around the lake! 

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Where To Find The Best Japanese Cheesecake in the GTA

We absolutely love Japanese cuisine and when we say that, we literally mean all things Japanese cuisine. There hasn’t been a thing we’ve tried that we don’t enjoy. Okay, you caught us. There was a brief period of time where we avoided natto but we’re over that now. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard there was a new restaurant opening nearby – Supermoon Japanese Style Cheesecakes – that specializes in Japanese cheesecake. That excitement only increased when we were invited to their soft launch to try out what they would be serving up… and what it is, is a whole bunch of delicious.

What is Japanese Cheesecake?

Japanese style cheesecake is much different than the western kind in that it is lighter, fluffier and doesn’t come with a base (like graham crumbs) that other cheesecakes typically have. It’s also a little less sweet and a little more melt-in-your-mouth (cue the drool now).

best japanese cheesecake in toronto

Japanese cheesecake is often described as a combination of the flavour of a light, creamy cheesecake and the texture of a fluffy souffle. For us, it is more like an airy angel food cake meets flavourful cheesecake but regardless of how you choose to describe it, what really matters is that it is absolutely delicious.

It’s something you’ll find easily if you travel to Japan but has begun to gain popularity elsewhere as Japanese chains and independent restaurants are opening around the world and as it’s a lighter dessert option, its desirability is guaranteed to continue to grow.

Where You’ll Find The Best Japanese Cheesecake in the GTA

You can find Supermoon Japanese Style Cheesecakes baking up delectable treats in unit 19 at 128 Queen St. South, Mississauga, Ontario.

When searching for a great Japanese cheesecake restaurant, we’re basically looking at several important things: first and foremost, the taste, texture and overall cheesecake experience. After that we look at the atmosphere of the restaurant, other menu options and any extras. We found that Supermoon Japanese Style Cheesecakes checked all the boxes for us and easily slid to the top of our Japanese Cheesecake list. (Phew, how many more times do you think we’ll be saying ‘cheesecake’ before this is done?)

Supermoon Japanese Style Cheesecakes Mississauga

Their cheesecakes have an ultra light and fluffy texture, with a brilliant flavour profile and perfect browning on the top. What makes this place so special is not only the amazing composition and culinary skill in creating these cakes, but also the unique flavour options like their chocolate or red velvet cheesecakes (with seasonal flavours to be added, well, seasonally). The recipe for these cheesecakes was meticulously developed for fluffy perfection and involves 3 different cheeses, but don’t expect the executive chef (and part owner), Mona Kustantini, to tell you all of the components. It’s those secret ingredients that give these cakes a mouthwatering edge.

Their bubble tea also impressed us as we rarely find bubble-tea-shop quality anywhere that isn’t, first and foremost, a bubble tea shop. Though we love our regular milk tea, we also tried and enjoyed their taro and matcha flavours and intend on going back to try more.

Supermoon legend mississauga ontario

With a unique story (check out the wall in their shop for the ‘Legend of Supermoon’), regular size cakes, cheese tarts, bubble tea and some amazing deals (buy 3 bubble teas, get one free; buy 10 cheesecakes, get one free; or buy any combination of tart, cake and bubble tea and get 10% off) it’s a place we’ll be returning to time and again.

 

Supermoon Japanese Style Cheesecakes is located in Streetsville, Mississauga and is a perfect place to get your fix of both Japanese cheesecake and bubble tea. Sure, you can head downtown Toronto and find yourself amid the big city Japanese cheesecake craze but you’ll find some of the tastiest Japanese cheesecakes, with a great story and some amazing menu options, after a calmer drive to this Mississauga take-out restaurant.