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17 Aug, 2017

Andrea’s Tuesdays: food, flowers, and films about flowers

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

To review: every other Tuesday is my day off and I’m trying to use this time to recharge my batteries. No work, no meetings, minimal errands. Last time, I biked to Tavern on the Hill for beer and hotdogs!  When I started being a bit more mindful of how I spent my days off I […]

To review: every other Tuesday is my day off and I’m trying to use this time to recharge my batteries. No work, no meetings, minimal errands. Last time, I visited the Arctic via the Canadian Museum of Nature. It’s been awhile since I posted a report of a Tuesday adventure, but since my last missive it’s […]

18 Jan, 2014

Lunch no.570 at the Flying Banzini

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

Some of you already know about my #dailylunches project and some of you don’t. If you’d like to find out why I’ve photographed 570 lunches (and counting), you can read this blog post. Yesterday was a surprise PD day (at least it was for me), so my youngest and I decided to shake things up […]

09 Nov, 2013

My 500th lunch (at Petit Bill’s!)

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

Those of you who are following my #dailylunches project may be interested to know that I photographed my 500th lunch yesterday. Here it is: I chose to go to Petit Bill’s Bistro… for a few different reasons. 1) I wanted to keep it local for this milestone lunch. 2) I happened to have a gift card. […]

20 Jul, 2013

Beet tartare

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Meals under 400 calories|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

The first time I saw the phrase BEET TARTARE I mistakenly read it as BEEF TARTARE, which made me wonder why it was on the menu of a vegan restaurant. You see, awhile back I was treated to an amazing meal at Café My House and beet tartare was one of the dishes we were […]


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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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