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  • Raven G: The U Konserve stainless nesting snack trio looks amazing! I have several of their containers already - they never leak. I could always find use for m
  • Jennifer D: I'd love to try the Fuel 'Green Unique Tote'. I love how it is a neutral colour. Many things are gender specific.
  • Carolyn: I just bought a pack of 3 Sistema containers for my kids lunches at Terra 20 -my go to store as well but I know I could always use more or need to rep
  • Tracey Cantwell: Never thought about sending oatmeal! The sistema klip it to go oatmeal looks like a great idea. I also think the drink in the box would be fun :)
  • Allegra Newman: Just what I need a litterless lunch giveaway. My daughter is excited to be starting jk and we have been eyeing the lunchbot quad which is easy for h
  • Sara: I've already stocked up on some bento-style kits. But, I'd love some reusable snack bags.
  • Caitlin: I love the sistema containers I have! I am still looking for a lunch bag though. Thanks!!!

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (17) and Sarah (15). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, 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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