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06 Jul, 2017

About that picnic on the bridge

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

When I first heard that the plan for Alexandra Bridge for Ottawa 2017 celebrations, I was pretty excited. On July 2, officials were going to close the bridge to vehicular traffic and open it up to picnic enthusiasts. How cool! Unfortunately, I was asleep at the wheel when the tickets went on sale and they […]

I have to start this post by confessing that I can’t stop calling the Canadian Museum of History by its old name: the Museum of Civilization. The old name is permanently etched into my brain (what can I say, I’m old) but I someday hope to be able to call it by its proper name […]

02 Mar, 2017

Andrea’s Tuesdays: Lime Kiln Trail

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Ottawa

I’m taking charge of my Tuesdays, well, at least, every other Tuesday. Every other Tuesday is my day off and I have decided to fight the urge to stay at home in my yoga pants and watch Netflix all day (and let’s be real, doing chores) and use this time to do something that will […]

06 Feb, 2017

The Ultimate Ottawa date night?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

Step one Order a pint of Beau’s and a plate of perogies at House of Targ: You can get six, or 12. I waffled a bit but ordered six ‘traditional’ perogies (bacon and onion extra) at the last minute. It was a good call. It was HEAVENLY, and the perfect amount of food for me. That’s […]

Mark texted the girls and I the other day and told us that we were going to do something FUN as a family after dinner. But, there was a catch. He wasn’t going to tell us what it was. Of course, the three of us were mad with curiosity but Mark would not budge. The only […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. 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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