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June 7th, 2013

Dancing with My Beer by Michael Pietsch and Mighty Squirrel

This video was produced by Brooklyn Social Media; shot and edited by Antonio Rosario and features Tom Martinez. The band featured in the video is Mighty Squirrel. The location is Red Hook Bait and Tackle.

Michael Pietsch is the CEO of Hachette Media Group. As the editor of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, he is a renowned executive in the publishing world. He also edited Pale Fire. which was published after Wallace’s death. Less well known is that Pietsch is a music lover. He is also a friend of author Gregory Spatz, who plays in a band called Mighty Squirrel which combines folk, klezmer celtic swing and world music. They really do.

Michael LOVES Mighty Squirrel and wrote the lyrics and music to this song and gave it to Greg to arrange and record out in Spokane, WA. There’s a shot of Greg’s new book Half as Happy in the video. See if you can find it.

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August 17th, 2012

Pork Slope Officially Opens on Saturday

When Pork Slope officially opens on Saturday, you just might get a chance to taste what all the hype is about. Dale  Talde’s new Park Slope outpost with the truly great name is more fun and folick than Talde, his elegant, delicious and somewhat pricey “Asian-American” eatery on Seventh Avenue.

With 25 beers on tap and more than 100 whiskeys, Pork Slope is ready for the Fifth Avenue crowds. And the crowds, I’m guessing, are ready for it. There’s brisket to be had, as well as ribs, po’ boys, pulled pork sandwiches, country ham ‘n biscuits, and fried chicken.

The price point? I’m hearing that most dishes are below $15. Pork Slope is located on Fifth Avenue between Carroll Street and Garfield Place. Heck, it’s in the space that used to be Aunt Suzie’s, Park Slope’s red sauce Italian powerhouse, co-owned by Irene LoRe, president of Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID.


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July 25th, 2012

August 23: Pig Roast at Rosewater

August 23 is the official date for Rosewater’s annual Salute to Swine Fest!

They’re firing up the Party-Que Spit and roasting a fine piggy from an upstate address over hardwood coals.

The pork will be served with cole slaw, corn on the cob, heirloom tomatoes, cold draft beer and fresh pink wine and you’ve got one swell porcine summer soirée. “We’ll have more fun than a possum in the corn crib with the dog tied up!” is what they’re saying.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 26th at 1pm. $78, all inclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity. Get yours quick – it’s always a sellout. 718-783-3800, phone only.

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July 20th, 2012

The Ploughman, a Foodie Emporium in South Park Slope

This morning walking into Forty Weight Coffee, the cafe that doubles as Sweet Wolf’s restaurant, the owner said, “Someone mentioned your blog yesterday.” Then he remembered that it was Alice at The Ploughman, the new cheese and gourmet food shop at 438 Seventh Avenue near 14th Street in Park Slope.

The Ploughman’s Lunch is the name of a 1983 film with Jonathan Pryce and Tim Curry, but it’s also a term for a cold sandwich served in British pubs with cheese, ham, pickle, apples, pickled onions, lettuce,  bread and butter.

The Ploughman offers artisan cheeses, meats, sandwiches, chocolates and beers. It is in the space that used to be Grab. Alice has revitalzied the decor of the old shop by painting it a gorgeous shade of purple. Not hippie purple but an elegant purple (see picture of Alice in front of her purple wall).

Clearly,  Alice has revitalized the shop with a foodie’s selection of breads, sandwiches, condiments and items perfect for a Celebrate Brooklyn picnic.

The Ploughman features Forty Weight Coffee and also has olive oils and probably dozens of other things that are delicious and wonderful. I will most certainly be back to explore.

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