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29 Jul, 2016

Road trip to Beau’s Brewery

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|Recipes and Food|travel talk

What’s your go-to beer? We have a few in rotation here at Casa Fishbowl and one of those is Beau’s Lug Tread. So when I received an invitation* to check out the Beau’s brewery in Vankleek Hill my answer had to be a resounding YES. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile and the timing […]

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Movies on the Beach (a.k.a. Friday Night Flicks) has turned into a great Ottawa summer tradition. And it’s free! We’ve had great fun in past years. Check out the lineup! There’s probably a movie playing near you at some point this summer: July 22 at Westboro Beach: Zootopia August 5 at Heritage Orleans Park: Minions August 19 […]

21 Jul, 2016

A nice surprise in my Inbox

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

The email subject line read: Moms who are killing it in Instagram. So I had to open it. Of course I want to read about Moms who are rocking Instagram! The link lead to this: As I clicked through the gallery I was all like, yes, yes, I know that person, that person is awesome, […]

13 Jul, 2016

A peek inside Jigsaw Escape Rooms

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

I was invited to try out the Jigsaw Escape Rooms here in Ottawa recently* and I was particularly excited about it, for a few reasons. (a) Mark has been a few times and has really enjoyed it (b) I thought it would be really fun to do with the girls. The idea is pretty cool. Essentially, […]

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So, let’s talk about Canada Day. Did yours get rained out, or did you persevere? Ours was a mix of the two. Our youngest daughter went downtown with a friend: stayed for dinner, got soaked (twice), got lost (once) and caught the fireworks. The three remaining family members decided to do something completely different. We took […]


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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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