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My veg challenge is DONE. Did I miss meat? Not really. Was it hard to do? Not really. Did I do much meal planning? No. What did it change? I’ll get to that in a moment. – Something I’ve been thinking about: Food is Joy. I made fish tacos the other night. It’s easy, just take […]

Someone asked me if this veg challenge has been hard. The short answer is no: it hasn’t been hard. To be perfectly honest, there’s only been two times I’ve missed meat. (But more on that in a moment.) One person called me out on eating too much processed food recently. I guess you can say that […]

I was out of town yesterday and as soon as I set out I realized I was setting myself up for a potential failure. You see, although I had packed a lunch I was unprepared to face one of my big road trip habits: a stop at Tim Horton’s for coffee and a big meaty breakfast […]

I was looking over my food list for this past week. I feel like a bit of a failure in that I didn’t plan my meals very well and I hope to do a better job next week. Sunday was my weakest day. I didn’t eat any meat but snacked a lot. Sigh. I did […]

It’s been awhile since I felt like I was dragging my weary bones out of bed. I woke up feeling pretty awesome today. There could be a number of reasons why: (1) the sun was shining (2) there are more fruits and veggies in my diet, and no meat (3) I got a decent night’s […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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