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(Almost) All Bacon Bar Coming To Montreal

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The first thing I asked Anthoni Jodin—owner of the soon-to-be-open Bar Brutus, where almost everything on the menu features bacon—is whether we were talking about American bacon or Canadian bacon. As it turns out, that was an even sillier question than I realized.

"No one here calls it Canadian bacon," he says of the leaner cuts of "back bacon" we consider to be Canadian-style here in the States. But to be clear, at Brutus they'll be serving up the fatty, salty strips of pork we know as just bacon.

Jodin stresses that this is not an exercise in gluttony, or even kitsch. "It's not just bacon for the fun of bacon," he says. Before there was bacon, there was just the idea of a bar with a certain ambiance, one of gentlemanly class, Jodin explains. But when considering the menu, bacon seemed like the perfect bridge between this highbrow spirit and a warm welcoming array of finger foods. Not to mention how delicious and popular it is.

For some of the items on the menu, the addition of bacon seems completely natural: Their burger is a called the "Kevin Bacon" and, of course, comes topped with strips of the good stuff. While Caesar is ousted from his own salad—now called a "Brutus Salad," naturally—there's the option to have it served in a bacon bowl (for an extra fee). Others are a little bit more of a stretch: "Bacon Sushi" comes stuffed with chicken, tempura, date puree, Japanese omelet and seaweed—all wrapped in bacon. And some are just pure brilliance: The "Hotpig" claims to be "probably the world's first 100 percent bacon sausage" and—since this is Montreal—"Jagerpoutine," which adds both bacon and a Jagermeister-flavored sauce to the Canadian classic.

And if you like your salty with an equal dose of sweet, there's a house-made caramel and bacon doughnut and house-made chocolate chip and bacon bits cookie for dessert.

And since this is a bar first, restaurant second, the cocktail menu features some surprise bacon appearances as well. "Pork Soda" is just like a vodka soda, except that it makes use of a bacon-infused vodka. The "Beeznuts" keeps the sweet and salty appeal of a margarita but with a twist: tequila, homemade bacon marmalade and almond liqueur. And the "Bloody Caesar"—their take on a Bloody Mary—comes garnished with a bacon rose. "Looks good, tastes awesome," Jodin says of this fatty floral arrangement. "What person doesn't want to order a drink with a bacon rose?"

The bar is all but ready to open; they're just waiting on a liquor license.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Guide to Life, In 20 Quotes
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Though he made his living as a writer, Ernest Hemingway was just as famous for his lust for adventure. Whether he was running with the bulls in Pamplona, fishing for marlin in Bimini, throwing back rum cocktails in Havana, or hanging out with his six-toed cats in Key West, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author never did anything halfway. And he used his adventures as fodder for the unparalleled collection of novels, short stories, and nonfiction books he left behind, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea among them.

On what would be his 119th birthday—he was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899—here are 20 memorable quotes that offer a keen perspective into Hemingway’s way of life.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

ON TRUST

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

ON DECIDING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

"I never had to choose a subject—my subject rather chose me."

ON TRAVEL

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."


Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. [1], Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE AND HAPPINESS

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

ON TRUTH

"There's no one thing that is true. They're all true."

ON THE DOWNSIDE OF PEOPLE

"The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness, except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."

ON SUFFERING FOR YOUR ART

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

ON TAKING ACTION

"Never mistake motion for action."

ON GETTING WORDS OUT

"I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast—talk them or write them down."


Photograph by Mary Hemingway, in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston., Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE BENEFITS OF SLEEP

"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"

ON FINDING STRENGTH 

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."

ON THE TRUE NATURE OF WICKEDNESS

"All things truly wicked start from innocence."

ON WRITING WHAT YOU KNOW

"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water."

ON THE DEFINITION OF COURAGE

"Courage is grace under pressure."

ON THE PAINFULNESS OF BEING FUNNY

"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."


By Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. - JFK Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON KEEPING PROMISES

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

ON GOOD VS. EVIL

"About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."

ON REACHING FOR THE UNATTAINABLE

"For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."

ON HAPPY ENDINGS

"There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it."

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