Big Fun! I love big fun. And recently it entailed a pedicab and a fantastic dinner.
First the dinner. Our friends’ friend (like a cousin twice removed), Tiffani, of Top Chef fame, had just taken over the kitchen at Rocca. A large group of us went and had a wonderful meal. Among some of the delectable delicacies we ate: White Tuna in Beet Cure, Swordfish Belly Escabesche, Crispy Artichokes, Stozzapretti Neri (hubby’s favorite dish), Gnocchetti, and some grilled breads with House Ricotta and Lobster Butter.
But to get there we got into three pedicabs. It was my friend Steve’s idea. I was hesitant at first. I’d often seen folks riding behind men (and some women) in these chariots powered by mighty calves. I think because it looked so rickshaw-like, I’davoided them; as if riding in one would make me a vicious tyrant taking advantage of someone’s manpower. Of course I soon figured out this was not just a means of transportation but also a source of income for, often, recent college graduates. And needless to say, I ended up loving the ride. There was the scenery – rows of gorgeous brownstones streaming past us like a transition in a movie. The chatty pedicab drivers added to the charm with their tales of interesting fares. And of course there was the humor of watching the crazy drivers, in cars, who appeared rather annoyed that their rate of speed had been seriously impeded by our presence. It was all big fun!