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Have you ever been part of a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is a wonderful way of supporting areas farmers and eating seasonally, closer to home. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea, but never really followed through, mostly because I wasn’t sure if making this kind of Committment to Vegetables could actually work for my […]

31 Mar, 2015

About that 1000th lunch

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

It has been a crazy week here at Casa Fishbowl (and it’s only TUESDAY). At least I had a moment to do this: I decided to eat my 1000th dailylunches at the new Pure Kitchen in Westboro. Yesterday I edited a piece about it by Paula Roy for the Kitchissippi Times. By the end of […]

19 Feb, 2015

Notes from a Dim Sum convert

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|Recipes and Food

This is a peek at my lunch yesterday. A group of us from the office went for Dim Sum at Yangtze: Fitting eh? Since today is the Chinese New Year. :) Funny thing: I cannot for the life of me remember if I’ve been here before. I MUST have been, years ago, but my brain […]

Are you doing anything big for this coming long weekend? I wish we were, but at the moment our plans are rather minimal. Regardless of what we end up doing, I will, however, take the opportunity to spend a bit of time in the kitchen and make some kind of treat for the family. My […]

I hate wasting food. Last I was looking at three very spotty bananas withering on the countertop, and I asked myself, what’s a mamma to do? Answer: MAKE MUFFINS* * I do not consider myself a baker or a muffin maker. My muffin motivation was two-fold: (1) To use up the aforementioned bananas (2) to […]

I’m not a cookie baker. I’m a cookie EATER, but I’m not a cookie baker. So it goes without saying that every Christmas I feel like a failure in the cookie department. I just can’t motivate myself to mix together butter and sugar and crank out something that looks and tastes amazing. (Honestly, I prefer […]


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  • Rocky: Very informative article on CSA! Thanks for sharing!
  • sally: Hello I can not find the site to regester my pc numbrer. I bought some groceries and forgot my card. Can ì regester it now. Thx csn
  • andrea tomkins: Thanks all! I just heard that Mike's Garden Harvest will have a booth at the Westboro Farmer's Market! This will be a good opportunity to meet and ch
  • Wanda: We did a CSA and loved it. Because of job and life changes we stopped but were thinking of getting back at it again. I love cooking, so I found it e
  • Pierrette: My husband and I have just signed up for our very first CSA membership with Mike from "Mike's Garden Harvest". We are looking forward to this experien
  • June Schiavoni: I am member 11337 1890 7068. This is the third time I have to write to inform you that I am no longer receiving my grocery list online to let me know

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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 (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. 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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

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  • So I was feeling a bit ranty and wrote this post about raising children in an age of zero privacy in the hopes it will start some conversations! Please leave your two cents right here.

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  • My latest post on the MediaSmarts website is up, and it's about family social media accounts. (Yes! It's a thing! And I think it's pretty neat.) Is this something you do as a family? I'd love it if you left your two cents on the topic.

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  • I'm sharing some of my favourite lunch-related items over on the terra20 blog today. Whether you're packing a lunch for work, for your kids, or just eating at your desk at home, I bet there is something there for you. Check it out!

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