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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 […]

11 Oct, 2016

Using up leftovers

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

As I stirred a spoonful of cranberry sauce into my plain yogurt this morning it occurred to me that I am a bit of a nutbar as it pertains to using up leftovers. I really hate food waste. I mean – I REALLY hate food waste –  and so I will do everything I can […]

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10 Oct, 2016

Thanksgiving dinner

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I’ve been locked out of my own blog for some reason. Long story, but I can’t update it in the usual way so I am using a workaround to post this. Hopefully it doesn’t disappear into the ether. Sigh. I’ve been dealing with some technical issues and it’s really starting to wear on me. We had […]


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  • Misty Pratt: I've written about this before too, but have focused more on the wine-drinking mom culture. And hey, I'm no innocent, because I partake and crack joke
  • Katie: My mum's book group recently read "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol"...when she recommended that I read it too, I rolled my
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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 (17) and Sarah (15). 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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The #dailylunches project – 1550 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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