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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 […]

I have a thing for old mason jars, and acorns, so when I’m able to find an opportunity to put them together… WATCH OUT. These jars are are sitting on our front stairs at the moment, waiting for Halloween night to arrive. It doesn’t look very exciting at the moment, but picture them illuminating our scarrrry […]

15 Oct, 2013

Will they eat it: Turkey Curry

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

This is one of my favourite recipes for turkey curry. It makes great use of leftover Thanksgiving turkey too. Let me know if you try it!

We have a winner! Thanks for your entries everyone! Regular readers already know how much my family enjoys Saunders Farm. Saunders has been a Fishbowl patron for a few years but our relationship actually goes farther back. We’ve been visiting Saunders since my youngest was a babe-in-arms. In recent years we started going in the […]

06 Nov, 2012

Leafing around

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|travel talk

Ah, fall. You are hot chocolate and warm hats. You are cozy covers and heavy sweaters. You are road trips and leaves – lots of leaves – enough to send someone home with arms that barely function and muscles that scream for mercy. This was my view of you last year. Share the post “Leafing […]

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  • Heather: Thank you for the reminder. Having the REDBLACKS in the Grey Cup this year took over in the brain.
  • andrea tomkins: Claudette, I do love those mom and pop shops! We have lots in this area too. Binki, to answer your question, yes, I'm representing Ottawa, even th
  • binki: I don't get this. You are representing Ottawa? Just you...for the whole city?
  • Claudette: We live in a neighbourhood south of Lakeshore (along Lake Ontario) and all along Lakeshore there are many bustling little businesses, not chains, most
  • andrea tomkins: Brenda ... I haven't! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!
  • Tricia: Oooh, I love this stuff!
  • Caroline: Zaatar pita chips crumbled instead of croutons. I just had the chips with homemade hummus and tabbouleh for lunch. Yum!

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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 (16) and Sarah (14). 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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