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I posted about a lovely soup we had last week and promised a full review of Zestible, a new service which provides ready-to-cook meals for Ottawa folks. First, I have to confess that I would enjoy dinner time a little more if (a) there were fewer steps involved (read: no shopping or pouring over recipes from […]

This post is sponsored by Loblaws but my opinions about cheese remain my own. Thanks Loblaws! For the past couple of years, I’ve been a bit crazy about setting out cheese boards when company is coming over. Our kitchen island becomes Ground Zero for snacks, along with little plates, napkins, glasses, and wine for the […]

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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I haven’t written up a “will they eat it” post for awhile now. I was poking around my recipe archive and remembered how fun it was so I thought I’d revisit when I could. I found a new recipe to add to my repertoire. It’s fast and flavourful and made a pretty good lunch the next […]

13 Jan, 2016

Back to lunch

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I was going to throw in the towel on my Daily Lunches project on January 1. My meals were a little bit sad and I really didn’t have the energy to pull it together. I really wasn’t feeling it anymore. I was boring myself. I was in Total Lunchtime Limbo for a while but I […]


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  • Liz Dick: Just came across this forum now. Funny after all these years I've never seen it. Rummoli has been a family favourite of ours for four generations.
  • Molly: A great read, Andrea! I have been to a few estate sales - they can be fascinating. I am far from a minimalist but I am always trimming the amount
  • Lynn: Perhaps this could inspire a series of posts about Special Things - the history and what makes them precious. Going to give this some thought! Thanks
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive The stories of our stuff - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] we commissioned Dave Allston, a local historian, to compile for us awhile back. (I wrote about it here, if you’re curious.) I was fair
  • andrea tomkins: I try not to look! ;) New nightstands would help the problem, for sure. They're just not in the cards right now. Unfortunately, everything I really li
  • Marianne: The bed not being centred would definitely bother me. I'd solve it by opting for nightstands on legs, or installing floating shelves. But Id probabl
  • andrea tomkins: We actually won it in a blog giveaway a few years ago. It's made by Phillips. I really like it! It has a few different alarm sounds too, all are gentl

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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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