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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. […]

A bit about our dinner at Baja Burger Shack at Britannia Beach!


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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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