Il Fiasco Cafe and Wine Bar 182 Locke Street South

The word “fiasco” is really just something fun to read, hear and say. It seems like one of those words that, just by saying it, a day can go from glum to cheery in an instant. Unfortunately, however, our idea of the word was clearly amiss. Once Kristin educated the rest of the group on its true definition – “absolute, abject, or utterly humiliating failure,” if I’m not mistaken – we were prepared to do whatever it took to make the evening anything but!

To be honest, it had been a while since we were all able to do an outing as a whole group. As our inaugural Locke Street stop, we decided to try Il Fiasco. We started with some baked brie, and everyone except for me prescribed to the “meal as dessert” notion. Avi went with a Passionfruit cheesecake, Jenny ate a Death by Chocolate brownie, and Kristin did the Apple Strudel. Although everything they had looked so incredibly delicious, I was much too concerned with my own supper to be distracted by sweets! I had the Cashew-Crusted Chicken – it was stuffed with some sort of sun-dried tomato and goat cheese filling, and served with potatoes and veggies. Best meal of the tour, hands down, and I doubt that anything will top it before the summer is out.

After supper, we walked up and down the street to take in everything that Locke Street has to offer, making notes of where we’ll come back to on our next free afternoon. Just four giggling girls with massive grins on their faces peeking through shop windows, having impromptu photoshoots, and sitting on stoops in front of businesses that had closed up shop for the night.

It should be mentioned, however, that we were particularly content on this very evening for a specific reason. Before we even sat down for our meal, we were joined by a couple of visitors from The Hamilton Spectator. They sent photographer Kaz Novak to take our picture down Locke Street (we were channelling Tyra at every step), and then we got a chance to sit down with reporter Danielle Wong to discuss everything I Heart Hamilton Tour-related. It was kind of surreal, but completely comfortable. Just the four of us chatting about our goals and plans with the Tour, and talking about our ideas and hopes for the City this summer and beyond.

xoxo Carly.

The article was published on July 19, 2011. Read it here – “They heart Hamilton”

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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