We’ve been exploring the fun of the hospitality business of late. Like most “studies”, it Is not without purpose–one that will present in the not so distant future. And for those readers of my column in Merrimack Valley Magazine, it will be the subject of the next issue, in 2020.
“Fun”, as it relates to things beyond, or perhaps in addition to, drinks with friends, celebrations, great food and hospitality. Please read the column.
Along the way we’ve decided to begin experimenting with various components of our research.
Take the olive-oil and salted crispy hot-peppers that now reside on the bars at moonstones.
Inspired by a night of “9 holes” in New York City’s East Village with my nutty brother, which eventually culminated in a tiny Bodega on Avenue B–blocks from his apartment.
Locally known for their only hot food selection–burritos–served from atop the front desk, surrounded by shelves of bodega-appropriate sundries (Think Pampers, cereals, a glowing glass wall of assorted cold beverages), we near-stumbled in, ordered one each, the chicken and a goat, and took a our seats at one of the three tiny tables in the back–conveniently located within an arm’s length of two Modelos! Game on.
As we set to chow down as a final footnote to the night’s morning, we noticed the jar of crispy peppers-in-salt on the table, teasing us. We took the dare, and promptly chomped a pepper each. Mistake, or, lifelong memory?
For the next hour, we simultaneously sipped our beer, sweated, cried, ate burritos, hiccuped, complained and laughed, and at times wiped and each other’s runny noses before finally and ultimately swaying the two blocks home, arm in arm, singing a Madonna medley. Loudly, as I recall. The streets were busy–per usual on a weekend night in the East Village–but if anybody noticed, we didn’t notice them.
A blissful, memorable, surprise and “delight” moment, thanks to love, whisky, and the roasted De Arbol peppers we now share with you!
Be warned. And enjoy, if you dare…
**And, if you have any restaurant-related fun memories, and-or ideas to share, we’d love to hear! Please comment at will!