Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Thrilla in Vanilla: Las Paletas Throws Down With Bobby Flay Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 7:32 AM

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To recap: Last November, Irma Paz Bernstein and her sister Norma from Las Paletas showed up one afternoon at Fido, thinking they had been invited by the Food Network to participate in something called "Brain Freeze Stunt Week." To their shock, they were ambushed by superstar chef Bobby Flay. On the spot, the red-headed rouxmeister challenged them to a paleta-making showdown in a taping of his popular series Throwdown with Bobby Flay—whereupon Irma burst into tears.

“I wasn’t even pregnant and I was all hormonal!” the very pregnant Irma recalls. “Hey, he’s an Iron Chef, hello?” Fear not: she insists her tears were of joy—and when the dust settled, we suspect Flay was the one with reason to cry.

But the outcome has been kept secret until now. The long-awaited episode airs locally 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, on Comcast Channel 65, and Las Paletas is setting up a giant screen in its parking lot so its many friends can watch the fateful face-off. Since the 12South popsicle palace famously has no sign, just look for the crowd at 12th and Kirkwood catty-corner from Sevier Park.

Said to be swearing off television for the night: Carrington Fox, our bashful Bitesmistress, who judged the contest with Slow Food Nashville’s Robin Riddell. With babes that hot on TV, you'll need something cold to suck on.

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