As the the lightning cracks outside my window and the rain comes bucketing down, my television, like most, is tuned to the ongoing coverage of Michael Jackson’s life. It only seems right to make a small commemorative tribute to the King of Pop and one of Charlie’s Angels (and Ed McMahon, to be completely fair). Unfortunately, now my dream of a MJ, Prince, and Justin Timberlake collaboration will have to remain a fantasy. (Sorry, Farrah and Ed, your youtube catalogue is not nearly as developed as MJ’s.)

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The sun came out for the first time all week in honor of the the 7th Avenue street fair. Happy happy joy joy, indeed! Go check out the last bit of it before the rainclouds roll back into town.

Behind this door supposedly lies the best Thai food in the city. (Photo (c) Vidiot)

Behind this door supposedly lies the best Thai food in the city. (Photo (c) Vidiot)

Brooklyn, I love you. You have more gustatory delights than an urbanite could ask for: Italian, Japanese, Beer (which counts as a cuisine for any real Brooklynite), Pizza (which counts as a cuisine for any real New Yorker). But you still haven’t nailed Thai food. Long Tan is okay for take-out, but for authentic noodles and curries, you’ve left me wanting.

I’ve been trekking to Pam Real Thai in Hell’s Kitchen for my beloved pad see eew, but I figured, if I’m already on the train, I might as well take an adventure. Why not track down the best Thai in the city? The name that kept coming up was Sripraphai (pronounced Sree-PRA-pie) in Queens, so together with my friends Max and Alisa, we boarded the 7 train to Woodside, hoping to find the best of the best Thai awaiting our arrival.

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…now you can buy a coordinating meat dress!

Meat Dress

Yes, that lustrous marble swirl is made 100% from salami and bacon (layered over a cotton shift dress, natch).

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Such a pretty truck, but such a hard name to pronounce

Such a pretty truck, but such a hard name to pronounce

When the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck appeared in SoHo last year, I plotted all sorts of ways to sneak out of work early to get a scoop before I had to fight off the tourists. But now, I can sit tight in my office knowing that I’ll only have to fend off swarms of little kids now that the perky yellow truck has migrated to Park Slope. Serious Eats said it is stationed on 7th Ave. and Carroll Street until 8:00 PM and then moves to Union St. and 5th Ave. thereafter, but when I stopped by at 9:00 PM last Friday night, the truck was sitting pretty at 7th Ave. and Garfield Place. It was also gloriously devoid of screaming children.

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Lo and behold…

bacon shoe

…the bacon shoe!

If anyone spots a pair in real life, pretty please take a picture and email it to me. It would be great to get a baco-gallery going. (via Jezebel)

One of the Celebrate Brooklyn concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell (photo by hilde.ileana/Flickr)

One of the Celebrate Brooklyn concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell (photo by hilde.ileana/Flickr)

People come from Brooklyn and beyond to take part in one of my favorite summer Slope activities: the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series held in the Prospect Park bandshell. And unlike the McCarren Park Pool concerts of yore (RIP), when you don’t feel like paying for a ticket, you can have just as much fun picnicking with some friends around the bandshell perimeter, listening to the show and drinking some vino.

For those who aren’t fortunate enough to live within walking distance of Prospect Park (suckers!) there is now a new option for the particularly lazy bikers among you: free valet bike parking.

The “Celebrate Brooklyn Bike Zone” will be right next to the 9th Street entrance to the park, and while there are some useful aspects to the zone, like “Bike Experts” to help with minor repairs like flat tires, and a self-lock zone, why anyone would desire to use the bike valet service is beyond me.

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Man 1: Same old shit on Saint Johns. Same old shit.

Man 2: THAT’S THE TRUTH!

Woman: Why are you yelling?

Man 2: BECAUSE THAT’S THE TRUTH!

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I had some vacation days, so I went to visit my friend Lana in Paris back in March. She graciously put me up – and put up with me – for a little more than a week. Together, we went to the flea markets, ate amazing food (“A flavor explosion in your mouth,” as Lana put it), and rode on the Velib, the cheapo public bike system.

Incredibly, I made it out alive and lived to tell the tale. Check out my guest post on the wonderful travel website Travelogged.

Kitteh toasts to Strollerkill!

Kitteh toasts to Strollerkill!

Hello, all! Welcome to Strollerkill, a Park Slope-based blog for those who can still (theoretically) jet set without dragging along a baby carriage. And since being sans enfants means greater flexibility in general, posts will range from events and goings-on around Park Slope and Brooklyn to free concerts at the South Street Seaport to a restaurant recommendation in Queens. Maybe I’ll even throw in a stray random political thought or book suggestion – the possibilities are limited only by my mood and laziness. If you ever have a suggestion or link to something that should be covered on the blog, please let me know!

Therefore, I hereby launch Strollerkill! I hope you enjoy it… and maybe one day give me a book deal or a lot of cash.