boutique coffee

I’ve had my first cold of the season, so haven’t felt much like writing lately, which is going to be awkward if it continues, as I’ve decided to sign up for NaNoWriMo. I promise not to neglect my other writing, although the poems may dwindle a bit.

The NaNoWriMo kickoff party was last night at Nina’s Cafe at Selby and Western. Years ago, I knew a friend who lived at Selby and Dale, and I remember the neighbourhood being one where you wouldn’t really walk around after dark. It’s come a long way, though, and now it’s all these boutique style shops, including Nina’s. Very trendy in one of those urban neighbourhood sort of ways. How do I describe that? It’s a bunch of old brownstones and places that are so nice to be around, but seem to be lacking something in a way, too. I mean, they’re all locally owned places, so I approve of that. No Starbucks, etc, but there’s something about it, too. Maybe it’s like a Disneyland version of reality? But perhaps I doth protest too much. Nina’s is a nice place, the neighbourhood is a nice place. And it’s just a few blocks away from the Mississippi Market, one of the better organic co-ops in the TC. I’ll have to go back and check out more of it when I’m not feeling under the weather and see if my opinions change.

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