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20 Sep, 2016

Cream cheese addiction

By andrea tomkins in Ottawa,Recipes and Food

So I was at Tastes of Wellington West this past weekend. It’s kind of a street festival designed to bring people to the Wellington/Hintonburg area and showcase local businesses. I poked around and sampled food from a number of local restaurants. After awhile I was getting a little too soaked by the rain to hold out much longer (a busted umbrella didn’t help). Soggy shoes aside, I decided this was as good a time as any to pick up a dozen bagels at the Ottawa Bagelshop. As part of Tastes of Wellington, they were giving out samples of bagels and a new cream cheese, so I went ahead and sampled.

That’s when it started. This is where I am now…

September 17 #dailylunches - Saturday bagel

… slathering every bread product in sight with bacon and jalapeno cream cheese. I just can’t seem to get enough of it. It’s light, it’s creamy, it’s got a real kick to it. Plus, BACON. Damn you Bagelshop! Just when I was trying to lose a couple pounds! ;)

17 Sep, 2016

Weekend reading: September 17 edition

By andrea tomkins in Weekend reading

16 Sep, 2016


By andrea tomkins in Misc. life

I’m reviewing all the deadlines I have in the coming weeks and am pretty close to curling up into a ball and hiding under a pile of blankets for the rest of the day, like this:

Blanket burrito

I’m also debating whether coffee will make it all better, or worse.

Calmblueocean.Calmblueocean. Calmblueocean. Calmblueocean.

I THANK MY LUCKY STARS that I had the foresight to book Mopify for today. (I first wrote about them here.) I am pretty sure I would have imploded if I didn’t get a little help.

What a relief. Now I can think a little more clearly about my deadlines.

p.s. I have a promo code for Mopify if you’d like to give them a try. Just click here for a $20 coupon you can use off your next cleaning.


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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 (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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