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02 Sep, 2015

Beet lovin’ me

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I like beets, but I don’t eat them very often. We got a bunch in our recent CSA delivery from Mike’s Garden Harvest (and I suspect there might be more coming), so I did what any gal would do… I wrapped them up in foil and cooked them on the BBQ. After they cooled I […]

We have a winner! Congratulations Tanya!  I don’t pack my kids’ lunches anymore. I stopped doing it as soon as they were old enough to open the mayonnaise jar and cut their sandwiches in half. It may have been second or third grade, I’m not sure, but I will say this: this decision was a win/win situation […]

I spoke on a panel at the BConnected Conference on Sunday and stayed for the rest of the day. If you were there you already know how what a fantastic experience it was (and you know I don’t say that lightly). I was part of a media panel with some local media rock stars I admire: Katherine […]

31 Mar, 2015

About that 1000th lunch

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

It has been a crazy week here at Casa Fishbowl (and it’s only TUESDAY). At least I had a moment to do this: I decided to eat my 1000th dailylunches at the new Pure Kitchen in Westboro. Yesterday I edited a piece about it by Paula Roy for the Kitchissippi Times. By the end of […]

The answer is yes, in case you were wondering. I made this salad for lunch yesterday and it turned out really well. BEHOLD: If you grew up in the era of soggy, mushy, overcooked Brussels sprouts this might be the recipe that changes your life forever. Here’s the original recipe. Clearly, the trick to avoiding […]

07 Nov, 2014

Tacos. Why do they have to be so meaty all the time?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Awhile back I had an hamburger-related epiphany. I asked myself, self, do you like hamburgers or not? I decided I liked sharing a great dinner with friends and family. And I liked the act of eating a burger: something hot and delicious that doesn’t need a knife and fork. I liked the toppings too. But when […]


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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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

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

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Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

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