The nice weather is finally upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably eager for the pleasures of dining outside. I know that during those cold and oh-so-dreary winter months, I was crossing off the days on my

countdown calendar to the time when I could leisurely lounge at one of the many Bergen County restaurants that offer cool and breezy al fresco dining. I don’t care whether it’s on the waterfront, patio, sidewalk or rooftop, just as long as it’s outside, I’m a happy gal… It’s always an “Ah” experience for me.  (And in case you are wondering, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “ah” is a word with multiple meanings. In this particular case, I’m using it to express delight.) But enough on definitions; let’s go have some fun, dear readers, as you vicariously enjoy some of my recent al fresco dining adventures in beautiful BC.

On one recent glorious day my bestie and I headed to Romulus (21 E. Palisade Avenue, Englewood) to not only feast on some incredible Roman cuisine but to people watch too. It’s one of our favorite fun things to do—we get a table outside with a close-up view of the passersby. What can I say? It’s a diversion from girl talk. I just love the new Palm Trees Steve! Right about now you might be sking: “Who’s Steve?” He’s the owner. Please say hello from LB of LL.

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Of course I know it’s a BYOB. Since my fave dish from the restaurant is the salmon with with artichoke and fennel, oh, look, a Pinot Grigio just happens to be peeking out of my handbag. Never leave home without your vino is my motto! And even if one were to forget the wine, there’s a liquor store right across the street. How convenient is that?

After a delightful meal, I was feeling quite giddy and thought it’d be the perfect time to go around the corner and visit my friend and neighbor Nan at Eve & Nico Crafts & Home Decor (7 N. Dean Street, Englewood). I just love the baskets handmade in South Africa from recycled telephone wire and the hand-blown glass made in Portugal. What a fun store! Nan has an incredible sense of style and is always good for lots of laughs too. Nan, I absolutely l-o-v-e the necklaces. See you later, Nan; I know I’m sure to run into you in our building’s lobby or elevator, as we always do.

Speaking of home, that’s where I headed for a little afternoon repose. After all, after my fine Roman dining experience, I felt I’d continue the civilized Continental lifestyle practice of indulging in a nap after a glorious meal. You know the saying: “When in Rome do as the Romans do.”

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Wow! I wound up sleeping past the best time of the day—Happy Hour!! Well, it was a picture-perfect day and the evening was equally perfect. So I was feeling in the mood for some rooftop dining; off we went to Sear House (411 Piermont Road, Closter), which has a wonderfully quaint set-up. Service was fantastic from the many friendly wait staff. And the food! My lobster avocado salad and Dover sole were both scrumptious. We were feeling in the mood for a Moët, which proved the perfect complement to our meal.

My date had his fave dessert of key lime pie. I swear, just give him French toast or key lime pie, and he’s a happy man. He loves his sweets. Now I, on the other hand, prefer Amaro Averna as my top after-dinner choice. It’s an Italian liqueur, made in Sicily, the birthplace of my Mom. Thanks Salvatore Averna for creating it in 1868. I just love it! And anyone I’ve introduced it to, has become a fan too. Initially, it’s “what is that?” but after tasting it, the response is always, “yum, that’s good!” Saluta tutti!

By then it was around 9pm and still gorgeous sitting outdoors. Hated to leave, as it was such a lovely evening. Yet needed to get some rest as the next day I was scheduled to meet the gang at the American Cut Bar & Grill (495 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs) for lunch on its outside patio. The restaurant opened a couple of months ago and they did an amazing job on the building— it’s spacious, pretty and remodeled. The locals all remember it as Leo’s and before that, as The Assembly. I’ve dined at American Cut many times and I have always had a great meal. (It’s literally a five-minute drive or 45-minute walk from my home. I’ve done both!) This time around, we were having such a good time that our lunch somehow overflowed into “Happy Hour” there. Of course I was all in for the $5 wines and $7 sliders.

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Another fun time in Linda’s List Land. And remember, I only mentioned a very few of the fabulous restaurants we have in our marvelous county. You know you only have to check out BC THE MAG in print or online for many, many more terrific restaurants suggestions.

Thank you for reading and sharing my fun times with me.  See you next time. Ciao for now!

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