Shopping and Eating at Village of Merrick Park
This Black Friday, skip the mega-mall and head over to Village of Merrick Park. Sure, this tony outdoor mall isn't known for bargain-basement prices, but there are plenty of deals to be had (and the fact that you're not being shoved around by a woman in a Grinch sweatshirt is priceless). In between stores, take a Key lime pie break at C'est Bon and relax. The little cafe on the second floor of the indoor/outdoor shopping palace also serves coffee drinks, salads, and paninis. Just the motivation you need for round two of "maxing out our credit cards."
The much-hyped Thanksgivukkah came and went, never to be seen again for 70,000 years, but Hanukkah is still here and it's time to eat latkes! Celebrate the festival of lights with a serving of potato pancakes this weekend. You can make them at home with Danny Serfer's recipe or...better yet... go down to Blue Collar and get them fresh with a serving of applesauce for $9. Josh's Deli also serves latkes with caramelized apples for $6.95. Just like Bubbe used to make.