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You Can Leave Your Hat On

October 23, 2012 at 08:40 PM | categories: Five Hole Photo | View Comments

I love the randomness that comes with street photography. Sometimes it's ducks hanging in the window in Chinatown, other times it's an interesting person who is doing something cool. I found this hat on a stroll in Montreal. It was hanging outside some establishment that I forget the name of, but the bold redness of it jumped out at me. I played with some contrast metres in my photo editor to make the red stand out a bit more against the background.

You can leave your hat off

f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

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Falconetti's

October 09, 2012 at 08:51 PM | categories: Om Nomenclature | View Comments

Despite all attempts at douchery by Guy Fieri, his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives remains completely watchable (and re-watchable on a lazy weekend afternoon). It was during one of these episodes that he visited Falconetti's, a sausage and beer place on Commercial Drive. It intrigued me enough take a gander at the place to check out their food.

I wasn't around long enough for the live music, so I can't comment on the quality of the acts that they book. At the very least the music pumped through the speakers was neither offensive (i.e. Top 40) nor was so loud that I couldn't hear myself think. Many places with a pub-like atmosphere seem to think cranking loud music is a good idea. Perhaps they need to distract the patrons from how crappy their food is. No such need with this place. Falconetti's makes their sausage on site at the butcher's next door, and they do it well.

I shared a couple of sampler plates with some friends so that we could try pretty much their entire sausage menu. You know how sometimes the littlest things make the restaurant experience awesome? The staff did those things here. When our sampler plates came out, there were little signs on toothpicks marking what kind each sausage was. Extremely helpful the next time I go back so I don't have to say "uh, I ordered some sausage last time, and it was good, but I don't know what it was called. Can I get that?" Also awesome: we didn't know if we should order a Phillips Blue Buck beer since we hadn't had it before and the waitress gave us a shot glass of it to try it first. The little things, they count.

Sausage Plate 1 at Falconetti's

Sausage Plate 2 at Falconetti's

Types of sausages ordered:

  • Yucatan Chicken: Spicy, with an interesting texture
  • Sweet Italian: Could really pick up the fennel, nicely balanced
  • Polish: Beef makes a weird textured sausage, but the flavour was good
  • Hot Italian: It was a warm heat, not too spicy, but it didn't stand out
  • Honey Bratwurst: Really sweet, almost overpowering the savoury aspect
  • Chaurice: A type of chorizo with a nice lingering heat that wasn't overwhelming

Of all of the ones ordered, I think the Chaurice was probably the top one of the bunch. The Polish was almost like eating a meatball with its texture, so my brain couldn't really get over that. Ordering each sausage individually provides you with different garnishes than the sampler, which gives you 3 dipping sauces instead (ranch, barbeque, hot). I don't know if the other types of garnishes help balance out the particularly strong flavours of some of the sausages since I didn't do an individual order, but I imagine they should.

I'd definitely go back to this place. Good atmosphere, good food, good service. What's not to like?

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