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29 Oct, 2016

Enjoying HALLOWEEK at Saunders Farm

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Fishbowl patrons

Last week I brought our youngest daughter and a few friends to experience Fright Fest at Saunders Farm.* I decided to tag along and get the lay of the land so to speak. Although we’ve been visiting Saunders for many years it was only during daylight hours, so this was to be my first glimpse […]

WE HAVE A WINNNNERRRRR! Was it you? Check the comments. :) Saunders Farm, a longtime Fishbowl patron, hit a very cool milestone this past weekend. Now in its 24th year, Saunders Farm welcomes over 50,000 guests each October for its Haunting Season and Fright Fest. But that’s not the big news. The millionth visitor came […]

20 Oct, 2014

Apple crisp with toffee sauce

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

This is the time of year I start to crave a particular combination of baked apples, butter, and sugar. And this weekend I decided to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Enter, the apple crisp: This recipe (mentioned at the bottom of this post) is pretty good, but if I’m really honest with myself I have to […]


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  • andrea tomkins: We've had great luck at some campgrounds, worse luck in others. Part of it, I think, is a roll of the dice. If you booked a site near a rowdy group, y
  • Misty Pratt: I'm curious to hear all about it! We did Bon Echo 3 years ago. We had one of the walk-in sights (dumb idea in hindsight, since we had a toddler that h
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park, part 1 - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] a soggy mess the entire time. Also, related to that: bugs. Bon Echo had been buggy to the extreme the last time we were here so I drew a nat
  • andrea tomkins: Hi Ross! Thanks for your comment. I think the answer depends a little bit on (a) one's income and (b) how much a person values these "bucket list" sty
  • Ross Brown: Having a fear of heights, especially on things that move/vibrate/sway, I could never do this and hold down my meal, so thanks for bringing us along.
  • andrea tomkins: For what it's worth, here's a link to the Citizen article in case someone is looking for a new bike route in Ottawa: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/lo
  • andrea tomkins: They are adorable critters. Like mini black bears!

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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 (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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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