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Monday
Oct172011

[Fips was there...] Bacon Takedown Takes Down My Arteries

via thetakedowns.com

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.

Hey guys, let's try an experiment. I'm going to say a word, and you try not to become aroused: "bacon." See! It's impossible. Even you vegans out there got a little drooly, didn't you? Last night, I partook of this most delicious of pig-derived staples at the Third Annual Brooklyn Bacon Takedown, a competition amongst the creations of 20 local chefs that bathed the Bell House in the tears of all Park Slope's vegetarians and most of greater Brooklyn's observant Jews. 

And, oh my, the bacon. I'm currently more stuffed with it than a Congressional appropriations bill (OK, I'll stop with the bacon jokes. No, I won't. There's more pig inside my belly than the precinct headquarters on donut day. Too far? I agree). Upon entry, guests were greeted with some complimentary slabs of the salty stuff provided by representatives of Hormel, the corporate sponsors (I'll Occupy Wall Street AFTER I acknowledge that the money for big, fun events has to come from somewhere, thankyouverymuch). 

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Monday
Oct172011

Hey, New Restaurant Owner: The Food Network Wants You!

Have you recently purchased a restaurant set to open before the year ends? Do you have no fucking clue as to what you're doing? If so, a new Food Network series might be right up your alley:

A new Food Network series is looking for FOOD ENTREPRENEURS preferably in, but not limited to, the greater NYC area (NY, NJ, CT).  Specifically, people who have left their previous career and have little-to-no prior professional food experience, but are taking a risk to pursue their passion of launching their own food business.  They must be planning to open a brick-and-mortar space (restaurant or singular food ideas welcome) before the end of 2011.  Those chosen will receive culinary & business coaching from a major celebrity chef and restaurateur, as well as invaluable national publicity.

Any interested party can feel free to contact me. We are currently casting in the greater NYC area for this pilot, but will be casting nationally after that, so feel free to send to everyone who is looking to launch their own food business with the specifics above.

 Heather Briggs
Embassy Row Factual
Rock Shrimp Productions
646.747.4735 / www.embassyrow.com

Monday
Oct172011

Cheese, Glorious Cheese: Valley Shepherd Creamery Coming to the Slope! 

Photo from allthingscheese.com

Hey you, the people of Park Slope who eat cheese: it’s time to throw out your Velveeta shells and Kraft singles. We've got the real shit coming to town.

Valley Shepherd Creamery will be filling up the empty space where Compucell used to be at 211 7th avenue. In addition to over a hundred artisanal products, pastas and lamb meat, they'll offer around 35 cheeses hand-milked from a combination of 700 sheep, goats and cows. You know, I really gotta hand it to these guys: that’s a lot of fucking nipples.

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Monday
Oct172011

SHOW ME YOURS: PARK SLOPE REAL ESTATE 

Photo by Park Slope Lens

SHOW ME YOURS is a recurring column in which we do two things: show you Park Slope real estate and tell you how much it is. That's pretty much it!

Here's our latest victim Show Me Yours-er:

  • Location: Prospect Park West between 13th and 14th Sts
  • Type: 1 Bedroom
  • Cost: $1,650/month
  • Rent or Own: Rent
  • Sq. Footage: Approx. 800
  • How did you find this place?: A broker.  Wasn't too crazy about forking over that kind of cash for someone to open a door, but I've been here over 2 years, so it was worth the investment.
  • Amenities: One block from the F/G train, literally right across the street from Prospect Park, amazing hardwood floors.
  • Who calls this place home?: A jerk in advertising.
  • What's really good about this joint?: Large kitchen and living room, tall ceilings, amazing hardwood floors, private and back-facing.
  • What's really bad about this joint?: Small bedroom and bathroom, building's hallway is a bit of a disaster; it's almost never cleaned and almost always in the middle of a construction project.

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Friday
Oct142011

FIPS JUICY: BEST STORIES OF THE WEEK

In case you've spent this week recovering from Breaking Bad's epic season 4 finale, or prepping your pun-heavy signs for tomorrow's Occupy Brooklyn, here's a quick wrap-up of juicy FiPS news that graced the pages of our blog this week:

* Bushwick Woman to give birth as part of art exhibit: We can all agree that this woman is going to poop in front of strangers, which is a gross thing. Right? OK, good.

* Occupy Corcoran on Carroll Street: Not to be outdone by Wall Street, a single Brooklyn man occupies Carroll Street over a certificate of occupancy. 

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