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Tuesday
Nov222011

A FiPS Guide To Thanksgiving Recipes!

Do you not suck at cooking? Are you still searching the Internets for something tasty to cook for Thanksgiving this year? Something that's not ketchup-drizzled hot dogs, diced and dropped into a bowl of Kraft mac and cheese? Look no further. We here at FiPS have pooled together our favorite turkey day recipes . There are dishes for everyone -- from vegetarians to sugar fiends, boozers and  those who can appreciate a pretty ass pie. Ennnnnjoy! Gobble.

BACON BRUSSEL SPROUTS (From Bitchy Mom)

INGREDIENTS:
  • A bushell of Brussel sprouts
  • A thing of bacon
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
DIRECTIONS:
1. Fry up an entire thing of bacon –– crispy!
2. Put aside, crumble.
3. Halve Brussel sprouts, cook in bacon fat (medium-high heat), cut side down until caramelized and brown and delicious looking. Don't stir! Let caramelize.
4. Add back in bacon, stir it all together.
5. Turn heat way down, add splash or two of balsamic vinegar, allow to reduce and mingle.
6. Serve warm and bask in the bacony glory.
I learned to make this dish because it seemed obvious that bacon would make Brussel sprouts way better. If you think you don't love this yummy sprout, you are wrong. Try this dish and find out why! 

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Pizzapocalypse Hits Brooklyn, Millions Die.

Pizza the hut!

Oh, man.

Oh, man.

I don't even know what to say about this.

Okay, best to just pull the proverbial band-aid off quickly.

Di Fara's has been shuttered by the Board of Health in the same week that Grimaldi's is closing down for a day to move in to the space next door.

It's like the Perfect Storm of pizza destruction, with George Clooney playing the part of  Di Fara's and Marky-Mark playing Grimaldi's.  The eye of the storm is, apparently, Park Slope.  Just stay in the Slope, everybody, and I promise, you will live to see both establishments re-open! In the meantime, because we at FIPS care about your well-being, here are a few survival tips for what we're calling  The Great Pizzapocalypse of 2011.

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Monday
Nov212011

[FiPS Was There...] Chili Takedown At The Bell House Gets Hot

 

We here at FIPS spend a hell of a lot of time out and about in Brooklyn, attending outdoor concerts, comedy shows and various other events. So [FIPS Was There...] is where we're gonna' talk about all this shit.

The grand-pappy of Matt Timm's cook-off contests, the original Chili Takedown, set Brooklyn mouths happily a-burnin' yesterday in its 9th incarnation. Contestants, some of whom have been around since the beginning, brewed their beany cauldrons on a line of tables in front of the Bell House stage, filling the room with the unmistakable warm, tangy, deep aroma of America's most chuck-waggonest of meals.

This Takedown did not attract quite the crazy-sized crowd as last month's baconfest. Perhaps that is because the chili versions are more known and more frequent. Perhaps that is also because bacon activates certain drool centers in the brain that are nearly irresistible. The chilis caused their own Pavlovian munch preparations in the mouths of Timms' guests, though, as bacon joined oxtail and duck fat as some of the chilified meats.

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Monday
Nov212011

Got a Hawt Tip? 

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Monday
Nov212011

COME ON OUT: FIPS And Google New York Happy Hour (And A Free Dinner)!

Let’s not pretend that the holidays aren’t stressful as hell. Gifts to buy, family to see – it’s like a month and a half full of obligations. But if there’s one thing that we here at FIPS have learned, it’s that booze is the best way to cope through all the ho ho hos. So we’ve teamed up with Google New York to throw a pretty kick-ass holiday happy hour. And you’re invited!

Join us on Tuesday, December 6th at Union Hall from 7-9pm for an absolutely free happy hour. That’s right – FREE...until we blaze through Google's budget and get pushed out of the back area by bocce players. Think of it as a great way to celebrate the holidays without the pressures of pretending to like your family. Happy Chrisanukahwanza and all that shit!

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