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19 Oct, 2007

Good and bad along Somerset

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Photography

Guess who didn't want to be here?

[ETA: one more photo below]

Emma and Sarah each had a doctor’s appointment yesterday. I pulled them out of school early and we set out. It was booster time for Sarah (late, I know).

Check out Sarah’s artistic interpretation of what went down. It’s quite detailed and accurate. Poor kid.

The doctor’s office is just off Somerset (our “Chinatown”) and since we were already there I promised that we’d have bubble tea afterwards.

Sarah got to pick the flavour: chocolate mint with pearls.

Bubble tea

After that we went to one of my favourite shops in the area, Global Homeware. It’s a small store with a large (and sometimes strange) array of imports. Your eyes hurt from it all, the figurines, Hello Kitty, origami papers, chopsticks, Japanese plush, notebooks, pencils, moth balls, rice cookers, dishes… it’s exhausting and fun.


Lucky for us, they were having a sale.

The girls each picked out a new wallet. I picked out a wasabi-green leather Totoro pencil case ($7.99) and a red Paul Frank bowling-style bag ($19.99).


When we got home Emma loudly speculated about my purse-buying habits.

“Mummy,” she said. “You buy a purse, wear it a lot, and then never wear it again. Why is that?”

That my dear, I cannot answer.

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6 Responses to "Good and bad along Somerset"

1 | BeachMama

October 20th, 2007 at 1:39 pm


Sorry about the booster shot.

But thanks for the heads up on the store, that looks like one cool place to make some fun purchases.

3 | stephanie

October 22nd, 2007 at 10:42 am


oh my goodness… i bought that exact same totoro pencil case from that exact same store quite some time ago.

i also bought up some christmas gifts there this weekend as well.

4 | andrea

October 22nd, 2007 at 1:19 pm


It’s stocking stuffer city, isn’t it? I am totally coming back to do some Christmas shopping. Sans children, of course. ;)

5 | A fun and easy bubble tea recipe >> a peek inside the fishbowl

March 22nd, 2012 at 9:07 am


[…] Yesterday I wrote about recreating one of our favourite restaurant meals, specifically, a top-notch burger and fries. Today I’m focusing on something a little different: bubble tea. What is bubble tea? Well, it’s a sweet drink of Asian origin. We buy it whenever we’re visiting Somerset (and when we go to the doctor’s). […]

6 | A sweet new little place to get bubble tea in Ottawa: My Sweet Tea >> a peek inside the fishbowl

July 23rd, 2013 at 10:46 am


[…] tea? We’ve made our own and have been regular patrons of Bubblicity on Somerset for the past few years. Unfortunately the last few visits were nothing to write home about, and I was open to finding a […]

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