Brucesters Today’s blog will be short and delicious!! I have been really into Mexican food lately. It’s a lot more difficult in a smaller city like Peterborough to find authentic Mexican food. Let’s forget the massive food chain we all know so well. Their bastardized version of Mexican food has caused the general public to think that’s what Mexican food is. But it’s not. I found a fabulous Mexican restaurant on Hunter Street in Peterborough called La Hacienda.
The food is just incredible and worth checking out. I have been to this hotspot several times, and each time I am just so satisfied with everything I’ve tried. Recently I have enjoyed the chicken nachos and I’m telling you, incredible. I had a Lime Margaretta that also blew my mind. The décor is authentic and so is their music selections. Which I always appreciate. You can find it at 190 Hunter Street in Peterborough. Stop by today, it’s amazing! 5 kisses out of 5!!!
It was a hot summer afternoon when I decided to visit a local bookshop to see if anything would jump out at me. I have been watching so much T.V. since this pandemic ravaged the country that I needed something to wake my sleepy mind up.
I’ve always been drawn to the scent of a bookshop. Yes, the scent. Especially an old bookshop – one that’s seen the years and is rustic and maybe even a bit foreboding. I was thinking of maybe getting another book by Jodi Picoult, one of my favourite authors.
My cousin Mary Ellen introduced me to her work and I have read several over the years. While looking around the aisles and shelves of great works of literature I couldn’t help but notice a sexy young man glancing over at me as I took books from the shelves to investigate. He must have been in his thirty’s. It was a guess. He looked like a news boy from days of old. I would have to guess Italian and maybe even a mix of something else like Spanish. My attention was on a book called Thirteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. A book I had read before when this stranger whispered “Have you ever tried H.P. Lovecraft?”
I hadn’t, and was a bit startled by his presence. He handed me a book called “The Thing on the Doorstep” by Lovecraft. “Try this,” he said. He handed me the book and caressed my hand unknowingly. For some reason I couldn’t refuse and I thanked him for the suggestion. I walked away excited to have had that encounter and had a premonition that I would be seeing this gentle fellow again. When I got to the check out the old lady behind the desk smiled and gave me a wink as she asked was this my first Lovecraft read. I said yes and wondered how she could possibly know this. Did I look curious? As I handed her the book, I noticed a note sticking out from the pages of this strangely illustrated book. She pulled the note out and handed it back to me. Her black shall flowing in the breeze from a large fan in the corner. I looked at the note. It was the gentle fellows number. With a sentence. “Call me and tell me what you think.” I wasn’t completely sure calling a stranger was a best practice but time would tell.
Now off to my apartment to begin reading this eerie thick book. I would start with The Tomb. The first short story in the compilation of writings. I lit some incense, put on some appropriate music and began what I felt was going to be the beginning of a great literary adventure. I’ll have to get back to you on that.
Congratulations on your first book of erotic stories! How does it feel?
Thanks so much, Bruce! It feels nice to finally get my stories out there after working on them for so long. I think I wrote the first story eight years ago, so this project has been following me around for a few years. I’m thrilled people get a copy of this collection of hot and sometimes hardcore (in the gay porn sense) stories and hopefully discover or rediscover the joy of reading erotic short stories (and wanking with one hand as your other holds the book).
What were you like growing up and where are you from originally?
I was born in Drummondville, which is about an hour outside of Montreal in Canada. We moved a lot but then we settled on the south shore of Montreal, in a small town called Greenfield Park. I was quite a shy boy, but was always interested in “girly stuff”, as they used to say, which was code for art and culture. I was an amateur child actor, I did over thirty plays and musicals, but then ended up studying communications and Fine Arts. I now have a master’s degree in film history, and Daddy Obsession is my first compilation of erotic short stories.
What inspired you to begin writing?
I’ve always written a lot when I was younger, whether it was poems (I was bad at it), or short stories. But a few years ago, I met someone on Facebook who introduced me to the world of erotic short stories writing; he told me about a lot of some of the authors and it’s then I decided to explore that new means of expression.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
That’s a difficult question. I love Bret Easton Ellis, but not all of his work. I adore Amélie Nothomb, she’s amazing. Of course, I’m a fan of Armistead Maupin and Truman Capote. Oh, and Kim Thuy, she’s the best. I think she was translated into English too, go check her out.
Tell me about your new book.
Daddy Obsession is a collection of nine erotic short stories (or 14 stories in the Deluxe version—with a NSFW cover) that all have one thing in common (besides hot steamy sex): daddies. After discovering early on that I had a daddy obsession, I decided to channel that (not only in sex) but in different stories that have all been inspired in some way by actual encounters. It’s a good book to have on hand for rainy days or when none of your sex partners are available and you need to cum.
Which story in your collection is your favorite?
My favorite story is the first one of the book but only because it’s the story that started it all. And I think the one that’s closest to a real evening I had way back when. I wrote the characters based on real people (names have been changed) and so I have a soft spot for it. That being said, and I don’t want to be corny, but I love all of them in some way. A lot of them are postcards or love letters to great people and hot moments.
Do any of these stories mirror your own personal life?
Is this an autobiographical book? Not really. But are all these hot stories based on real people that I have met? Yes. In writing this book, as with every art project that I create, I based myself on faces, shapes, situations and orgasms that I have experienced. So, every story has at least 15% of truth, but some are closer to things that I have lived and felt.
Where can we get a copy of your book?
The best way is to go to my website www.jonathanlemieux.com, and on the first page, there are two buttons you can push: the first is for the book and the second is for the deluxe version. I’d get the deluxe if I were you; first, it has a hot man showing off his penis on the cover, second, there are more stories (14!!!) and third, all the proceeds go to 3 amazing LGBTQ associations in Montréal, so the more you spend, the more they get.
When do you plan to have physical copies?
I only have physical copies. I want people to read a real book and cum on real book pages.
Where can your fans check you out?
They can check me out of Instagram @johnnimagni. Thanks Bruce!
This week I have a very special guest with a very special company. One that I’m sure my bearded followers will love. He’s known as Captain Ken and after he reached out to me to share his beautiful beard jewellery with me. I knew I had to write about him and his company. I usually do all the talking as you know, but this time Captain Ken should really do the honours. His incredible personality and wit are as precious as his bearded jewels. Please take a moment and enjoy Captain Ken and his bio!
Thanks for your interest in the Beard Jewelry Co. This is Captain Ken, the designer of the BeardGem, writing to you. I’ve been involved in the jewelry industry for most of my adult life in a whole range of capacities. Since the beginning, forty years ago, designing has always had the unique ability to bring about personal and fairly instant gratification/satisfaction. That is not to say that building a successful full-service jewelry store here on the Outer Banks of NC (Diamonds ‘n Dunes) didn’t have its rewards, but I closed that store a few years ago.
Currently I am concentrating on servicing clients with special orders one-on-one. Generally, engagement rings. During this transition I have finally found the time to bring into the public eye one of my earliest design concepts. I’ve been wearing some version of this creation, “the beard stud”, since I came up with the concept many decades ago. Through the course of time I have had occasions to make many different models. Some were sports related like football, basketball, and baseball. Others were more thematic, like a ships wheel, a wave design, a steering wheel for a race car, etc. etc. For an entry level, broad-appeal based concept, I created what I characterize the “Captains Collection” BeardGem. This product-line consist of a few variations of the one we gifted to you. These are all precious metal (sterling silver)
lost wax method of casting, and hand assembled pieces of jewelry made in our California factory. So…as can be seen on our website, ww.beardjewelry.com, in addition to the basic silver model we make both a 14Kt. yellow gold-plated version, (a process referred to as vermeil) and a black rhodium version. All these colors are offered it a high polish version, as well as a textured version. Any style is available with your choice of a simulated diamond, ruby, or sapphire.
So far, the gold plated and simulated diamond version is the most popular. It should be noted that we in fact do have a solid 14Kt gold and diamond version for $295. Also, we entertain all special-order request, and provide feedback that will allow for manufacturing to move forward. The website is designed as an e-commerce platform, and fans can reach out to us via Instagram messenger, or one of my personal email:
This is a new venture, though it has taken us well over a year to get to this stage. Like I mentioned, I’ve had a few decades to think about this. We have put a significant amount of time, effort, and resources into branding this company to reflect our passion for/sophistication of the BeardGem. We consider the BeardGem to be ‘real jewelry’. That is to say; it is made of precious metals, with computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing, by professionals who are recognized within the jewelry world as artist and artisans.
Its beard time again. This is what Nate had to say about himself. Nate is our beard of August!!
I’m a nerdy gaymer bear. Huge fan of Batman especially Adam west Batman even met him before he passed away. I would rather have a romantic night like walking on the beach at night instead of going to clubs. I’m really chill sweet caring and romantic And a smartass. Im kinda boring lol. Nates instagram @nate8106
We dont think you are!!! Go vote for Nate on on my official Instagram @bruceinthecity
1. When did you first have an interest in designing jewelry?
I had an interest in owing my own company when I was 12. I told my Grandmother at her dining room table that I wanted to own my own company and travel the world one day. I didn’t know at the time it was going to be designing & importing jewellery from around the globe, just that I wanted to be a business owner. When she died many years ago she reminded me of our conversation and she said “You did it Kenny”. The jewellery business just happened. I was working for a very high end clothing company back in the late 80’s early 90’s . There was a sales position for a jewellery sales rep selling to retail stores across Ontario. I decided to apply and I got the job. So with 2 full time jobs I had to let one go. I decided to take on the new job full time and eventually from that Kenneth Bell Sales began. That was in 1993 and I have never looked back since, 27 years later. 2. When did you open your first store?
I opened my first retail store in Port Hope October 31, 2003 to instant success. Then store #2 came and so on until I had 6 retail stores PLUS my international Wholesale business. I was a pretty busy guy with 3 kids as well. 3. What are your favorite pieces to create?
I love working with metals. I love mixing metals as well. This means doing a 2 tone gold/silver combo or a tri colour effect adding in the very popular rose gold or hematite. I find working with metals has a longer shelf life for the consumer as they can wear these necklaces & earrings all year long. 4. What major companies do you supply for?
I sell to mostly independent fashion boutiques. A few chains but mostly independent stores . 5. What is your most expensive item you’ve ever made and what was it?
I produced a Swarovski crystal necklace for a client of mine . I don’t usually do this as my price point is on average around 30.00 retail but this was a very special request. 6. How can people contact you to purchase your fabulous jewelry?
www.kennethbell.com is my website. All my info is there 7. How many stores did you originally open?
I opened 5 stores on my own and someone bought a Kenneth Bell Store and opened it in Peterborough in the early 2000’s 8. How are you changing the nature of your business ventures in the near future?
I have sold or just waited until my lease expired on most of my stores. I have one left in my home town of Port Hope. This lease is up in September and I will not be renewing. I am happy to be online and on the road selling my jewellery to my retail stores. I also do 20 trade shows per year so that keeps me very busy. I find that having a bricks & mortar store is no longer needed in my business. I still believe in retail boutiques for people to go to but for where I am going in my business I no longer need an actual store front. I just want to concentrate on my wholesale division however anyone can still buy online as my entire collection is on my website @ www.kennethbell.com 9. Where do you see your career in 5 years?
I see my career in 5 years continuing with my wholesale presence and online presence. Plus hopefully doing my trade shows. Unfortunately they have come to a halt due to the pandemic, however I am certain eventually trade shows will start up again in the near future. 10. What is it like to be such a well known person in your community?
I’m just me and I think if you are just yourself and your’re a kind, honest soul people really like that. 11. Who are your fashion inspirations?
I get my ideas from travelling the world and looking at magazines and especially now online 12. What is yoir advice to those wanting to break into the fashion jewelry industry?
When I started in this fun crazy business there was not a lot of competition. Now it seems everyone is selling jewellery. The reason I am still here is my customer service. If you don’t build relationships and if you do not have exceptional customer service then you might as well pack it up. I have had 100’s and 100’s of people ask me throughout the years is it hard to get into this business. I always say absolutely not. It is not difficult at all to get into the business, it’s staying in the business that is the challenge. People think they can just set up shop and the people will come. Well trust me it doesn’t work that way. It takes time to build relationships and for people to trust you. You have to have passion for any business especially if it’s a business dealing with the public. They can see right through you if you’re putting on a show. Be passionate about what you do. Be honest. Have integrity Be kind. Engage your customers. Things like this go a long way.
I pounded the pavement going from store to store selling my jewellery in every climate. I never gave up even if people didn’t want to see me or buy from me. You need to put in the time for success. It rarely just comes to you. I look back at all the hard work and I have to say I am pretty proud of myself and my TEAM for how far we’ve come. I BELIEVE in my product and that is key, Believing in what you do as that translates into being prosperous and consumer confidence. If your customers believe in you and trust you, then you’re already more than half way to having a very successful business!
Brucesters Sometimes a Caesar and wings are in order! I recently met up with a buddy of mine to shoot the breeze.
Not easy to make new friends during this COVID time, but I managed to do just that and were looking for something to do. He suggested a fabulous pub called 180 in Peterborough. The patio is now open and I was desperate to get out if my house and socialize.
A necessity to help with my current ongoing stress and anxiety thanks to this terrible virus lock-down. We decided to have their classic award winning caesers as he had them before and raved about them.
The man wasn’t wrong. They were the best ceasers I’ve literately ever had. Not to mention there kick-ass wings. I know I normally write a lot more about a place but this week I thought I’d let the photos speak for themselves. You gotta try these. If you are a fan if the iconic Canadian cocktail, 180 is your dynamic ceaser destination.
I’m excited to announce that one of my favorite whiskey and coffee bars is open for business. Cork and Bean is located on George St. in Peterborough’s cute downtown.
The folks at the coffee hot-spot are always so welcoming and it was truly a pleasure see them all again when Peterborough moved into faze two of the re-opening process.
Their treats and sandwiches and panini are totally delicious. I took a friend with me and we had such a delicious lunch. It’s safe to say I may have a man crush on one of the baristas, but alas he is straight and taken. I admire then from afar. The other wonderful attribute about Cork and Bean is that it’s super gay positive and inclusive. That tastes just as good as their freshly brewed coffee.Welcome back guyz!
Hey everyone! It’s summer time and you know what that means! Rosé all day! Now I know rosé for a lot of you is a sickly sweet wine that you drink when you’re first drinking wine. But what if I told you there are soooo many varieties of rosé from around the world to try, ranging from extra-dry to sweet? Well there are, and they are so wonderful and fun to drink. I hope you will give them another try! Now let’s talk a bit about how rosé is made. Rosé wine is made from red wine grapes, but they only leave the skins in contact with the juice for a short amount of time so it only gives a small amount of colour. In this case this is true where they have chosen Pinot Noir grapes but they have also blended it with Sauvignon Blanc grapes (95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Pinot Noir). This adds a very interesting aroma and flavour not normally found in rosé but is an absolute pleasure to enjoy, especially since both varietal characteristics are preserved and showcased beautifully. Now to talk about the wine! (The tasting portion) The wine has a beautiful salmon, orange blush and on the nose with showcases herbal, grassy notes as well as raspberry and passion-fruit. The wine has a medium body with crisp acidity and intense fruit notes such as peach, lemon as well as some of the aromas mentioned before. Enjoy this wine on its own or with white fish. And don’t save it, drink now! This wine is also an amazing value at only $15.95!! Snapper Rock Sauvignon Rosé 2018, I highly recommend giving it a try during these hot summer days.