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To review: every other Tuesday is my day off and I’m trying to use this time to recharge my batteries. No work, no meetings, minimal errands. Last time, I visited the Arctic via the Canadian Museum of Nature. It’s been awhile since I posted a report of a Tuesday adventure, but since my last missive it’s […]

18 Mar, 2016

The story of a Canadian company that grew, part 2

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Click here to view the first part of this post. I had just ordered up a lovely cider and was settling in for a tasting-slash-Q&A session on Saturday with the whole group. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet all of the attendees at this media event. I was there as a lifestyle blogger with an […]

11 Mar, 2016

The story of a Canadian company that grew, part 1

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

This past weekend I had the opportunity to learn more about the story behind the Mill Street Brewery. How much do you know about Mill Street? All I knew before this could probably be summarized in four points: I know and like the Mill Street Ottawa Brew Pub. In fact, it’s high on our list […]

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09 Nov, 2013

My 500th lunch (at Petit Bill’s!)

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

Those of you who are following my #dailylunches project may be interested to know that I photographed my 500th lunch yesterday. Here it is: I chose to go to Petit Bill’s Bistro… for a few different reasons. 1) I wanted to keep it local for this milestone lunch. 2) I happened to have a gift card. […]

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