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18 Mar, 2019

We got mail!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Ottawa

So this arrived today… … our member cards to the National Gallery of Canada! We had a membership many moons ago and decided to renew it this year during a recent visit to see Anthropocene. (Which was amazing, by the way.) The family membership is $105, and will definitely pay for itself within the next […]

It’s Monday and I’m having trouble coming making the adjustment after our jam-packed weekend. The highlight of which was a glorious ski along the SJAM Winter Trail from Westboro Beach to Mill Street Brew Pub. I think it’s 14K. Mark and I have never skied so far and I’m so pleased we did it. I tell ya, […]

14 Feb, 2019

This is what our winter looks like right now

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

First, Mark started on the front walk: I joined him to help, as did our youngest. The drifts were waist-high in some parts. Mark was late for work. The youngest stayed home because the school were closed. After breakfast, I set out to clear the back porch. Thankfully, Piper was available to provide adequate scale […]

03 Dec, 2018

Date night at Zoe’s Lounge

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

A couple weeks ago I was the lucky winner of an Instagram contest hosted by Ottawa photographer, Roland Bast. The prize was a charcuterie board and cocktails for two at Zoe’s Lounge, which is located inside the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. I was so thrilled to win. I’ve been dying to check this place out for YEARS and […]

08 Nov, 2018

Axe throwing in Ottawa? YES. And here’s how it went down…

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

So I went axe throwing and it was a real hatchet job. ;) If you haven’t heard about axe throwing you are going to want to listen up. It has all the elements of a great night out with a group. It’s recreational, competitive, team building, and social! It’s also very fun. I took a […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). 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. 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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