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TGIF! Without question this is a common refrain and overwhelming feeling on any given Friday, and it usually starts the moment the alarm sounds in the morning. First we get that sense of relief that it’s Friday, the week is over and then a “yay, it’s almost the weekend” springs up to the surface of our still-groggy brain. I’m always eager to begin my weekend. The thought of where to go, what to do just consumes my thoughts.

Hey, it’s finally Friday night and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend than at Aldo’s Pane & Vino (640 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff). It’s every wine lover’s paradise with its extensive wine selection. And if you’re undecided about a wine, do what I did. Ask about their wine dispensing system—The Wine Emotion Experience—that allowed me to order 1-oz. pours so I could try a few before selecting. I just love this bar! It is so spacious and, of course, I always strategically position my seat so that I can see everyone who enters. I’m not nosey, but what else do you do when you’re alone at a bar; you people watch.

So, I was quite content going solo with my glass of wine and plate of prosciutto. Then my phone rang and my friends told me they were waiting for me to have dinner with them at The Brick House (179 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff). Ciao, Aldo, I’m heading to meet the gang at your other restaurant. I’m so glad they have a table in the bar area near the fireplace and it’s blazing. An added bonus is we get to have Jerry M. as our waiter and he is the absolute best.  Steaks for everyone! Yummy! My friends make their way to the room downstairs where they enjoy a cigar with their after dinner drink. As for me, I stay put and enjoy my Amaro Averna. All I can say is fabulous food, atmosphere and service; a perfect recipe for a great night. We had a blast!

As I make my way home, I remember that my home is being painted this weekend and it was suggested that I find a home for two nights. So Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe (100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard) here I come. The check-in process was friendly and easy, my room was newly renovated and I have access to the M Club. Hooray for me! It’s like a mini vacation without the hassle of traveling. As I settle into my big spacious room I’m thinking it’s a good thing that I have two double beds because a bestie decided that I needed company and shouldn’t be alone. Really? Have you met me?

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Good nite; gotta be up early for a routine ultrasound at Holy Name Medical Center (718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck).  The hospital is five minutes from the hotel so I had time to have breakfast in the M Club, which is a new addition. It was so good and the service is so great in this hotel that I may never go home. But off I went to Holy Name Medical Center. Thanks, everyone, for the quick and efficient care. I can’t believe how quickly I was in and out. Glad that’s over!

I headed back to the Marriott to go to the gym and have my massage, before moving on to lunch at the Marriott’s restaurant, Pancetta. I had a kale salad with grilled chicken, which was the absolute best. Phew, it’s exhausting pampering yourself. But if my house can be pampered, then so can I. I was a tad tired, so I made it back to my room for a little naptime.  However, I think I got in 20 minute before my phone started ringing. Turns out my friends were planning drinks in the hotel’s Glen Lounge.

OK, OK, I’ll meet you all in an hour!  As we sipped and chatted we were scheming our Saturday night plans. In unison we all said, “Call Uber to take us to Stony Hill Inn (231 Polifly Road, Hackensack) so we can eat, dance and be merry!” Yep, you guessed it! That night all my besties ended up bunking in my room. Didn’t matter. I hit the pillow and was out like a light.

I woke up to sneak out of the room and make my way to Overpeck County Park (40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia), which is a stone’s throw from the hotel. I walked a couple of miles on the trail and was back to the hotel for breakfast just in time for the Princesses to slowly start showing up for “cawfee”.  We sat, sipped and laughed about our previous night out happenings. We all agreed: We are so lucky to live in a county with the best restaurants, hotels and businesses available to us.

Ding. I had a text from the painters letting me know they were all done. I can go back home. I hated to leave; this was a great home away from home, made all the better thanks to company from my besties. But I consoled myself with the comforting fact that I’d be back there the next week to attend an event.  I’ve not only attended a lot of events there, but I have organized many as well, and I’ve never been disappointed.

Thanks for hanging with me this weekend. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. See you next time. Ciao for now.

Linda Barba is out and about every day of the week! Have something cool for her to check out? Just let us know! Email info@bcthemag.com with “Linda’s List” as the subject.

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