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One of my favourite email newsletters (and it’s a short list, trust me) comes from Smitten Kitchen. Some of you will already be familiar with this website, I am sure. It’s kind of famous. I am a fan of its author, Deb Perelman. She’s so charming. I look forward to her recipes and stories, and when I […]

20 Aug, 2020

my pandemic birthday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

I’m officially 48. My mantra this year is “48 is great.” Because it is. I feel… taller somehow. I realized that for me, having a birthday during a global pandemic is almost the same as having a non-pandemic birthday. My perfect birthday essentially involves sharing good food with the ones I love, and I’m pleased […]

29 Apr, 2020

All the breads I’ve eaten

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead|Recipes and Food

Pandemic baking! It’s all the rage. So is pandemic eating… at least around here. Sigh. Yesterday we picked up an order from the Ottawa Bagelshop. (Curbside pick up!) Cue the angels: I have officially entered the world of the no-knead breads. Frankly, it’s miraculous how such a lovely loaf can come together with so little […]

29 Apr, 2020

All the breads I’ve eaten

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead|Recipes and Food

Pandemic baking! It’s all the rage. So is pandemic eating… at least around here. Sigh. Yesterday we picked up an order from the Ottawa Bagelshop. (Curbside pick up!) Cue the angels: I have officially entered the world of the no-knead breads. Frankly, it’s miraculous how such a lovely loaf can come together with so little […]

11 Aug, 2019

Hike to Eagle’s Nest Lookout, Calabogie

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

I’m posting this today in case you are looking for something to do that includes a good drive, good food, good views, and a good hike. Spoiler alert: This outing covers all of those things! Last weekend Mark and I drove to the Calabogie area to check out the trail to Eagle’s Nest Lookout. It’s […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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