I grew up on Long Island and as an 80′s era pre-teen, a cool thing to do was go to the roller rink on the weekend. It was called “Laces,” and I spent many a Saturday with my buddies there. In those halcyon days, skates had four wheels, chicks wore Jordache unironically and the cool kids always huddled in the middle of the rink. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys low hanging fruit, go ahead and make your wisecracks, but dammit, it was ridiculously fun. If you’ve ever known the joys of speeding through the glittering sequined lights around dark rounded corners to the amplified sounds of Rick James, only pausing to rest for a spirited round of Galaga… then I have some great news for your weekend.This Saturday at the Brooklyn Lyceum you can relive all your childhood roller-disco memories, because they are hosting a Roller Skate and Disco Dance party. If you’ve never been to the Brooklyn Lyceum, the backstory is that it originally opened in 1910 as an indoor bathing facility, but today is an arts and cultural center on the edge of Gowanus playing host to a range of theatre, music, dance, markets and community activities. And apparently, roller disco parties. Bring your own skates and the kids to roll from noon til six, and then from six to midnight it’s just for the adults to get their rollerfreak on. I can only assume/hope there will be this song, and this song, and maybe this song, and that there will be bland square pizza and Dr. Peppers to go around.
Yep, that’s not a typo. This weekend instead of music, we’re going to talk about food. Specifically, about an easy and delicious roast recipe that even a work-week harried and slightly hungover dad can slap together on late Saturday afternoon for dinner. The keys are ingredients – get the freshest you can find for the marinade, and be sure to get a really terrific hunk of meat. At my favorite butcher the best rib roasts are not exactly cheap at like $19/lb, but they look like something Fred Flintstone would eat and feed an army.
Standing Rib Roast with Fig-Port Glaze
Trust me – it practically makes itself. Just marinade for a few hours, and you’ll need about two and a half hours to cook the sucker. Recipe info is on the link above. Make sure to pick up a bottle of something to drink as you cook because cooking is thirsty work. Mangia.
To get your weekend started right, check out this free album download from record label Gummy Soul by clicking here. It’s pretty much pure genius: DJ Amerigo Gazaway blends up the original jazz, soul and funk recordings from A Tribe Called Quest’s catalogue with vocals from The Pharcyde. It’s an awesome reinterpretation of two Golden Era hip hop masters and if you were ever a fan, it will blow your mind. Brought back floods of memories for me. Enjoy!