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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Frankies Spuntino, a Decibel Too Far
March 15, 2013
Last night Marie and I, on the-spur-of-the-moment, decided to go out and eat at Frankies in Carroll Gardens. We'd been there a few times, the food was nice and the restaurant has quite a good reputation. It's a twenty-something minute walk from home and upon arriving, we were pleasantly surprised to be told there would be a five minute wait. Up until that point, it had been a good idea. I'd had a rough day though and was le-tired. I leaned against the wall in a narrow s...
Comet Pan-STARRS, a Peek
March 10, 2013
Discovered in June 2011 with the help of Hawaii's Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, after which it was named, comet Pan-STARRS [C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)] is a newcomer that will never be seen again, its elliptical orbit around our sun lasting 100 million years. Last night, March 9th 2013, the weather was near-perfect and Marie and I decided to try and catch an early glimpse of the visitor. Rushing by some 100 million miles away, the comet was there, ...
The South African Food Scene
March 7, 2013
These are glimpses of a lunch down in Cape Town. It would seem that I promised pictures of the Food Barn in a recent post and never delivered, so here we are. Chef Franck Dangereux left La Colombe a few years ago to start his own barn, and has been quite successful at it. Delicious food, quite an amazing place as you can see, despite noisy upstairs diners - it's all wood after all... So these images were taken at his place on the day we flew back home to New York ex...
Kirstenbosch Flowers
March 4, 2013
A brief visit to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, on a very short trip to Cape Town last year, yielded the following beauty.... Pincushion 1 Pincushion 2 Pincushion 3 Mimetes Aristea and bee Strelitzia (bird of paradise) Guinea fowl Clouds on Table Mountain (stratus, not the Table Cloth) Cycad garden with Table Mountain's Castle Rock above...
Outage
March 3, 2013
Some of you, if visiting Coriolistic Anachronisms this morning between 5 AM and 6 AM Eastern Standard Time, will have found the blog down. I apologize for the inconvenience, here is what happened. The failure was not at the level of my awesome hosting provider, MDD Hosting, but rather a global, network-wide outage over at the equally awesome Cloudflare. I have been using the services of Cloudflare for a few years now, and with the greatest satisfaction. With a combination...
Winter Memories
February 27, 2013
These were taken on a walk through the neighborhood, to the Brooklyn Promenade where we had also ventured a few years ago on New Year's Eve and found a police cruiser parked there, broadcasting Christmas songs on the radio over their loudspeaker, and wishing Happy New Year to those who passed by champagne in hand. It had been a beautifully strange, perplexing experience. This year, the snow stole the show. I particularly like the shot of the pier and section of the Brook...
The Cloisters
February 22, 2013
In northern Manhattan, next to the Fort Tryon Park and right below Inwood, sit the Cloisters. Make no mistake about it, despite the medieval looks and religious silence within, this is not a historical building whatsoever. Built in the 30's, The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and thus, a business. Cleverly, a donation is requested at the door, as if this was a poor man's refuge. The amount suggested for two people was a whopping $50 USD. We de...
A Trail Run in Immaculate Snow
February 20, 2013
This was last week-end. While there was surprisingly little snow cover in Québec and the vast fields between Montréal and the U.S. border were more brown than white, our little mountain above Beloeil and Saint-Hilaire had retained thicker snow and always seems to stay colder throughout the winter. I had brought along my old running shoes and enough clothes for a cold weather run and arrived there eager to hit the slopes of Mont Saint-Hilaire, upwards. At plain sea level ...
Wintertime Train Ride Through the Adirondacks
February 18, 2013
Here are more shots taken from the Amtrak train through the Adirondack Mountains, New York-Montreal in eleven hours of very pleasant railroad time. Little snow, unfortunately this year, and spotty wi-fi. I guess one can't have it all. But I found beautiful conditions on a trail run up Mont St-Hilaire and will post about it soon. For now bear with me, these were taken from a moving train through windows that were not all that clean - I forgot to clean them at the 15 min...
From the Amtrak Adirondack Train
February 15, 2013
The train left New York's Penn Station on time and is rolling north at a good speed. Marie had packed me a delicious breakfast and lunch, complete with wine and a glass. While waiting in the station hall, I knocked the picnic bag down from my suitcase and the glass shuttered loudly as the Amtrak police - and dog - watched me with impenetrable gazes. Well, the dog's was more obvious, he thought: "Hey, is it duck prosciuto I smell I your bag?" We're stopping in Albany NY ...
Nemo Flirts with NYC - There is no Business like Snow Business
February 12, 2013
Winter storm Nemo came and went, leaving the New York area dusted with up to 10 inches of snow and other parts of New England choked by up to two feet of it. But really, as far as the Big Apple is concerned, if this was Nemo, then the blizzard of two years ago must have been Bruce. All teeth yet so soft and fuzzy Bruce was. And pretty much paralyzed the city. Nearby states of Massachusetts and Connecticut were not so lucky. Record accumulation, state of emergency, death ...
And New York Powders her Face
February 10, 2013
It was late last Friday night, and windy. New York was all flustered. "Excuse me," she said in a shy voice. And then she came back Saturday morning, powdered in white. More to come in full color as soon as I get a chance to process... Having fun after the storm, Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan...