I"m sure, along with the retailers, the restaurateurs love the holiday season. Good business for them as shoppers stop off for a meal to complete or start a busy day of tracking down bargains. The spending mood is irresistible as is the desire to incorporate food into the shopping fun. On Saturday morning, I was headed out Route 7 on a shopping mission when I was about to pass IHOP. Not having had breakfast, I decided to "hop" in and munch on some blueberry pancakes. Even though I was a "party of one", the warm and lively atmosphere was embracing as I watched families park their packages beside them on the booth seat, lift the baby into the booster chair, and laugh and banter among themselves. It was a fun place to be and I was caught in the mood. I've thought of how lunch time is also the time to celebrate, when folks get together to visit and connect, and how dinner out is a must at least once during the season, probably at a more upscale place than they would normally choose, but what the heck, it's the HOLIDAYS!
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas to all my foodie friends.