Monthly Archives: November 2014

Meet bar & kitchen: Jonny Nadler

10455125_10152368558619531_2304748398080098274_nComfort, honesty, and love. These are the words that Jonny Nadler believes in. They are his managing philosophy and they are what he gives every guest of bar & kitchen when they cross the threshold into his latest hospitality venture.

Jonny has built this philosophy over a lifetime in the food & beverage industry which started under the tutelage of his father who, from the time he was a child, showed Jonny the hard work necessary to build a successful business. Since those early days, Jonny has gone on to manage establishments first in Guelph and then in Toronto. His experience at the University of Guelph led to work with the Guelph Storm and the historic landmark, The Albion Hotel, the latter being a major point of pride and touchstone of his life and career.

Arriving in Toronto, Jonny notes his time at The Mill Street Brew Pub and El Catrin as highlights, both of which allowed him to build his brand and philosophy. In August of 2013, Jonny arrived at Game Day in the Little Italy neighbourhood of Toronto. In the year that passed, Jonny’s passion for hospitality shone, building relationships with customers that he wishes to carry through as he takes his thirst for growth and evolution to bar & kitchen.

Comfort, honesty, and love. “The food is very honest, the people are very warm and the drinks give you a lot of love,” he says with a smile and wistful glance, no doubt, towards the future.

With this philosophy Jonny welcomes you to bar & kitchen where the feeling of community is prevalent. The investment in people and building honest, full relationships with guests is something he prides himself on, where gratitude comes not in the form of a pat on the back, but in having a guest return for more comfort, honesty and love.

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Weekly Writing Prompts vol. 16; November 24th – November 30th 2014

1) Someone is standing on a ledge 100 stories above a city. What are their reasons to step back? What are their reasons to step forward?

2) A character attends a wedding for someone he or she used to love. Things go awry before the ceremony even starts. Write the scenes before and after the ceremony.

3) Two characters meet on a streetcar going to work and spend a year sharing their morning commute. Write their short story.

4) Having almost drowned as a child, a character has avoided swimming for 20 years. They are now faced with a choice: jump in and try and save someone or cower. Write the scene.

5) A country road has a reputation for being haunted. A skeptic decides to test the theory. They are surprised by what they find. Why?

6) A year from now, a character will question every decision they have ever made. Why?

6232_9e294061_33b42_31b42_cd-220x3807) Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?


NaNoWriMo 2014

Sophie-keep-calmSo it’s the middle of November and that means that it’s the middle of NaNoWriMo also known as National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a novel, of at least 50,000 words, during the month of November. This works out to 1667 words a day or 50,000 in one day, but no matter how you break it down, it’s a task to be conquered. I am proud to say that I did it but that’s not what this post is about. It’s about the beauty of what can come from completing the task.

First, you feel great because no matter how shit your manuscript is, you’re writing! I remember it was about this time of the month that I got lost in how to continue my own novel. So I just went for it. I just kept writing and the second half of the novel was so utterly bad I was embarrassed to read it, but at the same time I just went with it with the ethos that editing is the most important task besides writing.

So, second, you realize how important editing is! Even writing this post, I wish I had edited the last sentence so it didn’t end in a verb! The manuscript I wrote for NaNoWriMo has been edited through 10 drafts and I finally got it to the point where I felt comfortable enough to pitch to agents. It’s been summarily rejected so far but at least I’m doing it and it all started with NaNoWriMo 2009.

So, third, it can all start with NaNoWriMo 2014! It’s not too late to start. You have until December 1st! But even then, just because thousands of people won’t be writing along side you around the world, doesn’t mean you can’t make every month NaNoWriMo, or every week. Take December and write a short story every week or a short play, or whatever the hell you want.

The most important thing is to keep writing. Why NaNoWriMo is so important is that it breaks down a schedule for you to know what can be accomplished in a month. By writing 1667 words a day you can have a novel written in 30 days. And what’s better than that? Well, a lot of things but also maybe not!

Keep writing! Good luck!


Weekly Writing Prompts vol. 15; November 10th – November 16th 2014

1) Someone is standing on a ledge looking 100 stories above a city. What are his/her reasons to step back? What are his/her reasons to step forward?

2) A character attends a wedding for someone he/she used to love. Things go awry before the ceremony even starts. Write the scenes before and after the ceremony.

3) Two characters meet on a streetcar going to work and spend a year sharing their morning commute. Write their story.

4) Having almost drowned as a child, a character has avoided swimming for 20 years. They are now faced with a choice: jump in and try to save someone or cower. Write the scene.

5) A country road has a reputation for being haunted. A skeptic decides to test the theory. They are surprised by what they find. Why?

6) A year from now, a character will question every decision they have ever made in their lives. Why?

57d33_4f78__939c92bbcd2e3321-220x380 7) Check out the pic and answer: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?


Weekly Writing Prompts vol. 14; November 3rd – November 9th 2014

1) On a morning walk two people meet and it will change the life of a third character forever. Write the scene.

2) While kicking autumn leaves, a character turns over the world of another world. Write a short story about this.

3) Unless Lorne wakes up at 9am every morning the world will come to an end. Why?

4) Is the world changing colour or is a character developing colour blindness? Write 3 paragraphs about it.

5) Through her left eye Thelma sees one world, through her right she sees another. How and why?

6) What if?

_d962cbd43_e_73d__952dc6829d-300x3807) Check out the picture. Who, what, when, where, why, how?


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