Badass B.I.T.C Beard Contest October edition

Hey Brucesters!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have to be honest. I’ve been enjoying my sabbatical from my weekly Sunday article but have also been missing keeping you up on the places I’ve been trying out and the wonderfully crazy people I meet. In the mean time the beard contest grows on!

Here is our first beard contestant for October! Say hello to

1. Competed in my very first bodybuilding show and placed 2nd in my weight class.
2. Was born in Japan and am a quarter Japanese.
3. Drove an old steam engine train in Pakistan.
4. Can grow and afro if I let my hair grow!
5. Motorcycle fantic!

I can tell you one more bit of fun fact about Abeer! He was a baby celebrity starring in commercials as a tiny tot. He certainly is one hot babe now! Am I right ladies? Fellows? Head over to my official Instagram @bruceinthecity and vote for Abeer today. Click the heart on his solo pic and the post of this article!

Until next Saturday have a wonderful Thanksgiving and keep those beard pics coming.

Bruce in the City

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September’s Badass Beard Winner….


Ben came into the beard contest with the fall wind blowing over the competition! With only one week for people to vote Ben brought in 111 hearts! I believe the highest votes to date! I’ll have to look that up! Congrats Ben! 

The Men’s Room is the official destination for the Badass BITC Beard contest! 

Bruce in the City

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The Badass B.I.T.C Beard grows on!


The beard contest this month has got to be the fiercest yet! All of the beards this month have been devastatingly beautiful. Our last contestant doesn’t disappoint! If his beard doesn’t make sweat, maybe these five fun facts will! Ladies and Gents this is Ben!

Interesting facts, 1)used to compete in strongman competitions, qualified for provincials once, best event was the bus pull. 2) recently won my first beard competition for freestyle beard in scotland 3) am training to qualify as a captain of crush (350 pounds of crushing hand strength) 4) am a proud member of the bearded villains and wingman of the villainettes 5) am an avid learner of scotches and cigars

Woof! Am I right? Girls! Fellows! Get over to my Instagram @bruceinthecity and vote now for Ben! September’s Beard winner will be announced this Friday!

Bruce in the City

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September’s B.I.T.C Beard contest Beards On!!!


Have I got a beard for you! This is The Pirate! @thepirate2014 on Instagram! Go to my official Bruce in the City instagram @bruceinthecity to vote now by hurting the heart on his photo and bio post! You got two chances to vote! Do it!

Fun facts: 1st i love my Carmel Rums they keep me in high spirit🤣
:2 that spirit traveled me trew 17 Caribbean islands  and had me tall shipdiving  in a pirate show
:3 while on land ive walked from Bolton Ontario to Lexington energy efficient  i also ride a ebike
:4 fallowing suit with 3 i love cool socks as they make my legs look sexy under my kilt
:5 Rum all round and a shout out to my brothers world-wide that are bearded an all beard clubs and all the ladys that love our beards

Go vote now!

Bruce in the City

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Journey with Germani! The Girl is Back in Town!

Hello BITC readers!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe, beautiful and magical summer!

Erik and I are happy to be back with some recipes and wine pairings; and Erik had the wonderful idea of a hearty dish, in preparation for warm reds and savory fall meals.

I thought that I’d share a simple braised meat dish.

This recipe can be used with beef shank, brisket, oxtail or lamb etc. I popped into my local grocery store tonight and the best deal seemed to be a larger portion of lamb shoulder chops. As braising meat is traditionally a method meant for cooking cheaper cuts of meat, this also won’t break the bank.

You will need:

· About 2 pounds of meat to be braised (there are about 6 small portions of lamb shoulder in my cooking tonight).
· A handful of mushrooms.
· Half an onion (I used a red onion for sweetness).
· About half a cup to a cup of dry red wine (and a glass for the chef). Enough to submerge but not enough to completely cover the meat.
· Two cloves of garlic.
· Pinch of salt or salt to taste.
· I also added a couple of spoons of canned crushed tomatoes (I was making a simple tomato sauce at the same time, a dab of tomato paste or pureed tomatoes would be nice to add instead but it is not necessary).
· Olive oil, about tbsp.

1. I like to rinse the cuts of meat with cool water first, I’m sure this is a preference and not necessary. In any case, dab the meat with a paper towel, this helps to brown the meat first.

2. I’m using a stove top method (with a lid coming into play about 30 minutes into the cooking process), as I don’t have a Dutch oven but this can be completed in a Dutch oven instead. If you are using a Dutch oven, you can brown the meat and cook the veggies on the stove, and once you add the meat, wine etc. it can be further braised in the oven.

3. Brown the meat on both sides with a splash of olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes (until you have some browning on either side, doesn’t have to be fully cooked through).

4. Once the meat is browned, remove from the pan or Dutch oven and set aside to sit.

5. Add finely chopped garlic, onions and chopped mushrooms to the pan with the olive oil that was used to brown the meat. Cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes, until softened.

6. Add the meat back into the pan and add the wine and the tomatoes.

7. Set the heat on low, as low as possible on your burner or about 200 to 300 degrees if you are using an oven from this point on. Lid your pan/Dutch oven to keep the moisture in as much as possible.

8. Continue to cook your meat and veggies for about an hour or two on your low setting, turning the meat over occasionally (about every 15 to 20 minutes).

9. Once the meat is nice and tender, serve with pasta or mashed potatoes or cooked veggies or whatever you like!

This is a great recipe to use when you have a free afternoon at home or feel like making a slow-cooked dinner. Actual preparation and work time takes about a half an hour, with a couple of quick checks as the braising takes place.

Let us know what you think and enjoy the last remnants of summer days!

Sarah for Bruce in the City

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Wine with Erik! He’s back!

Erik: Hey everyone!

It’s great to be back! I actually just got back from BC and spent a lot of time on Vancouver Island checking out the wineries there and seeing how they’re doing and let me tell you there’s some interesting stuff coming out of there. If you ever get a chance to go out there I recommend going to some of the wineries in the Cowichan Valley. Especially the ones further north of the valley near Duncan.

Anyways lets get to the wine. I wanted to pick something with warm oak/spice notes and black fruit flavours to go with lamb and the fall that’s creeping upon us. I might have done this wine in the past but it’s just so good that I’m going to talk about it again!

Beronia Tempranillo – Rioja, Spain – $21.95

A beautiful deep ruby colour with notes of of vanilla, smoke, blackberry, black cherry and oak. The wine has a wonderful full body with soft tannins and warm spice, an absolute pleasure to drink! I recommend this wine with braised lamb (Check out Sarah’s blog) or BBQ burgers! Enjoy everyone!

Erik F for Bruce in the City

Erik will be back monthly on the 20th! It’s great to have you back bud!

Bruce in the City

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Beards! Beards! Badass Beards!


Ive got so many stories flooding my mind from what was a fabulous summer! However, I’m going to stay strong and take the time off from my regular Sunday articles.

I’m happy to say my Badass B.I.T.C (Bruce in the City) Beard contest is going strong during my sabbatical.

Without anymore time wasted, here is Steve! A badass fellow! A badassbeard!

Love my beard , love my brotherhood , love my family , love beer , love napping!

I love it! To the point! No apologies! That’s badass! You can follow Steve on Instagram @just_a_beard

Vote for Steve now @bruceinthecity my official Instagram!

B.I.T.C (Bruce in the City)

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Back this September!

Coming this September!

Sarah & Erik are back but this time teaming up to pair Sarah’s amazing recipes with Erik’s scrumptious wines in review!

Stay tuned!

Bruce in the City

(For Sarah Germani’s recipes please check past blogs, Journey With Germani)

(For Erik Fleming’s wine reviews checknout past blogs, Wine with Erik)


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Badass B.I.T.C Beard of the Week

Hey Brucesters!

My fun and sexy beard contest will continue while I’m on my sabbatical. Here’s the second contestant for September! Ladies and Gents this is Chrys!


Fun facts: 1 – I find facts fun! 2. I seem to look at the clock every day at 12:34. Or 1234 o’clock as I call it. 3. One time I rejected an invitation to Hogwarts as I was too busy training under the Jedi council. 4. Sometimes I like to make up facts. 5. Im a graphic designer by day. Axe throwing coach on weekends. And side hustle with my own beard oil company.

Thanks Brother for playing along. You can follow Chrys on his badass Instagram @denim_demon_

Go to my official Bruce in the City Instagram to vote! Click the heart on Chrys pic and bio! @bruceinthecity

Good luck Chrys

Bruce in the City

official prize destination

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The Badass B.I.T.C contest

While I’m on my sabbatical my Badass B.I.T.C Beard contest will continue!!!

Bruce in the City

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