Our friends at the Diamond are getting serious this Saturday (10/26). Serious about roasting a whole pig and letting you eat it.
Are you dreaming of getting back to your carnivorous Homo sapien roots? Find yourself fantasizing about trekking through a lone mountain landscape and wrestling a wild boar to the ground with your bare hands before devouring the meaty fruits of your labor?
If you answered YES, this is probably a good thing to do on Saturday. The best part is that the physical activity portion of the pig cooking is already taken care of (by the professional caterers). Instead of hiking to Bear Mountain and camping out in the cold before realizing you are ill-equipped, both physically and mentally, to kill a live animal and cook it, all you have to do is show up, buy yourself a craft brew, and eat that sweet, roasted pig. There will also be sides, something early man hadn’t even thought of yet.
Our Sunday dining series is popping up at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) this Sunday October 6, 2013 at noon with an elaborate three course brunch byClean Plate Co.!
If the weather is perfect, we will brunch in the yard!
Clean Plate really makes the most delicious shrimp n’ grits that I have ever had, so I can only imagine how fantastic brunch appetizer and brunch dessert will be! Complimentary beer or wine also included.
This Sunday September 15, 2013 from 3-5pm – five brewing/foodie teams battle for the title of Brew n’ Chew Champions at The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St). This is an exciting day to try delicious home brews along with specifically concocted food pairings – all for charity – all for only $20. Buy tickets.
There are two food competitions happening this Sunday 9/16/12 right here in Greenpoint and Greenpointers will be at both!
Brew n’ Chew @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 3-5pm, $25
Greenpointers covered last year’s Brew n’ Chew, a home brewing and food pairing competition. It was delicious and a good time. This year’s competitive food items will include home made pretzels with home made mustard, sausage and pickled pepper pizza, onion tart, duck pistols and a brown ale/sesame seed cracker with hazelnut smoked blue cheese and dark cherry compote. And lots of home made beer to boot! All proceeds will be donated to The New York Charter School.
Kings County Corn Bowl @ TBD (224 Franklin St) 2-5pm, $15
Nature’s most versatile vegetable is the guest of honor at this local celebration of food, music and moonshine. The Brooklynauts, our friends who judged the espresso tour with us, will be there, along with twelve of the city’s most innovative chef cooking off freshly prepared dishes of NY State Corn, along with games, live music from the Sundelles and a raffle. Proceeds from the event will go toward launching a new competitive cooking league and the Food Bank of New York City.The Brooklyn Star will also be preparing chicken n’ waffle cones!
It doesn’t look like we are getting any real NYC winter weather anytime soon, so if you’re craving (fake) snow and want to dust off your skis, head up to Plattekill with the folks from The Diamond Brooklyn. If you can’t make it out of town, join the Pré Ski party on 2/11, that includes Ugly Sweaters discounts and a Chili-Cook Off! Now that is a good time!
The Diamond was packed and rowdy last night (there was even a television crew) for the much anticipated Ladies vs. Wimpy Guys Arm Wrestling Competition.
“Do you need another dude?” I asked Dave, noticing the long line of not-so-wimpy looking guys waiting to be weighed in. I had begged my friend Miguel to compete, enticing him with cash prices and long gazes into the eyes of ferocious, possibly large, women. Miguel was ready.
“I think I’m good,” Dave said. The event was a success, enough men were willing to sacrifice their egos and possibly lose to (God no!) a woman. At the last minute, there was a drop-out and Miguel payed his $3 entry fee and would be the dark horse of the competition. I had been training for over 10 weeks, lifting weights, doing chin-ups and practicing my moves at Human@Ease with Dishan, fitness guru, who would also be competing.
Needless to say, I entered the competition knowing I would lose but hoping I wouldn’t lose as pathetically as last time. Watch this video and see what I mean.
At first, I thought the matching wouldn’t be fair, that pound for pound men were too much stronger than women, and it would be quick and sad defeats for the females.
I was gladly mistaken. While there were a few easy knock-outs from both sides, the ladies held their own and kicked major wimpy guy ass! Match after match, as the brackets got smaller, the bar got more energized.
Dishan and I did pretty good, and by pretty good I mean we didn’t get slayed and held on for a few minutes. My first match was with a dude in an orange prison shirt and a tear drop tattoo under his eye, which I somehow felt was fitting for me, but he wasn’t as tough as he looked.
As each competitor took to the ring, the crowd went wild, screaming and banging on the tables. A few glasses shattered and I looked over to Dave, the laid back bar owner of a normally mellow bar, and he said, “I can’t even deal with that right now!” He was pumped, too!
“Ready… 1, 2, 3… Go!” Lisa, one of the most promising female competitors, was our pride and joy. We put all of our hopes and dreams into Lisa.
“Lisa, you have to do this” we pepped whipped wimp butt after wimp but, “You have to beat him.”
Lisa was focused.
“Put him in your pocket!” we screamed, “Over the top!”
Dishan got into trainer mode: “Breathe and remember, it’s all in your head. Stay focused and you will win.”
Ultimately, our champ Lisa lost to the the Bonecrusher who was the cockiest and most arrogant contestant of all. He also happened to have the best t-shirt he specially made for the occasion that read: ” Everyone wanted him to get beat so badly, we booed when he would sit at the table, flexing his muscles and kissing his biceps, but he had moves. He was fast from the start and really powerful and undefeated made it to the final match.
The real surprise was my amigo Don Miguel, who started off with a few easy matches, and advanced quickly along. When he sat down to take on Lisa, to get into the final match, he looked scared. “She is strong!” But Miguel beat Lisa (she gave him a good fight), and he moved on to the final match with the Bonecrusher after having arm wrestled 3 matches in a row. His little Miguelito arms must have been tired but he gave it his all. He didn’t let the Bonecrusher smack him down, like the Bonecrusher did to all the others, he held on for a long time, wincing in pain, but in the end our Miguel succumbed to the might of the undefeated Bonecrusher much to the disappointment of the crowd. After the match it was all high fives (after a good bout of hysterical crying). We got to talk to the Champion Bonecrusher after the final match and he explained that his obsession. The Bonecrusher explained that he usually weighs in at 150lb, and a few days before the competition, while eating chicken wings, he realized he needed to quickly drop 5lbs to compete at the 145lb. The day of the competition he starved himself and didn’t drink any water and weighed in just at 145.
He competes any chance he gets, which usually means late night drunken bouts with friends. Over New Year’s he said he broke a guys arm!
“I felt really bad, because he was a nice guy, but I broke someone’s arm! That’s cool.” It’s definitely cool. After all that he was a super nice guy and explained that “someone needs to be the villain, right?”
On November 2, 2011 The Diamond held a ladies arm wrestling competition. Even though I’m pathetically little and had no chance, I gave it a shot. I did a few things to prepare. First, I did my nails. If I was going to lose at least I’d look good. Next, I studied strategy. Diamond Dave sent all the ladies a tip sheet. Arm wrestling is about leverage, so if you can’t win on brute strength there are other ways to tackle a stronger opponent. The three moves are the hook, the top roll and the press. My only shot was the top roll, but as you can see in this video, brute strength was the winner. Enjoy!
And if you think you can kick-butt, The Diamond is hosting another competition in January, and it will be ladies vs. wimpy guys (men under 145lbs)! Email: dave (at) thediamondbrooklyn.com
• Oct. North Brooklyn Compost Project Meeting @ Urban Rustic (236 N. 12th) 6:30pm More info
• Launch Party for Sophie Blackall – MISSED CONNECTIONS @ WORD (126 Franklin) 7pm
• Comedy Night @ TBD (224 Franklin) 9pm
• Closing (PIE) PARTY for Round Robin’s LIVE / WORK SPACE @ Camel Art Space (722 Metropolitan) Bring a pie & discuss living & working conditions of NYC artists. RSVP.
• Oktoberfest @ Berry Park (4 Berry St), 9pm Ja Ja Ja’s, Live Oompah Band, FREE
• Banditas, Bunny’s a Swine, Mail the Horse & Shepard’s Pie @ Pentagon (251 N. Henry) 8:30pm, DIY music venue, RSVP SATURDAY 10/8
• Pumpkin Day @ McCarren Park Lawn, 11am-1pm, arts & crafts, live music. • Community Stewardship Day @ American Playground (81 Franklin) Human Impacts Institute host with Greenpoint Y students. Open-to-the-public, volunteers do street tree care techniques. • Yard Sale @ Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton) 10-4pm, Church lawn, benefits Soup Kitchen • 2 Nights of TRANS AM @ Union Pool (484 Union) 9pm, $15, playing Futureworld with psychic paramount
• Mario the Magician @ Word (126 Franklin) 1:30-2:30pm FREE, An uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. RSVP
• Get To The Point 5K Run @ St. Stan’s (189 Driggs) 10:30-2pm, More info
• BYOB Community Bookswap @ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th) 12-6pm, $2, Benefits Housing Works
• ROTH-TOBERFEST @ The Diamond (43 Franklin) 3-9pm, backyard bash in honor of David Lee Roth. Free draft beer for anyone wearing a blond wig or lederhosen, Bratwurst & German Potato Salad, DJ Frau Baby Mama (Mary from Kill Devil Hill) spinning German drinking tunes, alternating with DJ Whatdoyouthinktheteachersgonnalooklikethisyear & Bring Your Own Pumpkin Van Halen themed pumpkin carving contest!
• A Potpourri of Song Not Bach @ St. Cecelia’s (80 Henry) 4pm $15, Performances: Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate & Fantasy; organ works by Buxtehude and Mendelssohn; Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock. Reception to follow.
• Brooklyn Night Bazaar @ Dekalb Market (138 Willoughby Street) 5pm-12am, Co-produced by Greenpointers’ Joann Kim. Inspired by night markets of Asia, showcasing local artists, vendors and musicians. Music from YACHT, Monogold, Trouble Andrew and DJ Sets, over 50 merchants & food vendors, beer & wine garden. More info.
• Open City Dialogues Queen Bee @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) 7:30 FREE, Learn about bees, humankind’s smallest domesticated species, with Big Apple Apiculture and Meg Paska
• Star Fucking Hipsters (Record Release) / (A) Truth / Skelptarsis (formerly Death Mold) @ Europa (98 Meserole) 7pm, $8