Bergen Barbequein’


The Doomsday proclamation stopped your Memorial Day Weekend planning in its tracks, you know, with all that last minute-bucket list stuff you had to do.  And now with just 4 days to go, you’ve got to pull together a BBQ, PDQ. 

Here are a few last minute tips to help make your soiree more than yummy

Dial up: the Ice Cream Man.  Lickety Split’s Musa has been delivering ice cream for over 20 years with a 100 percent smile rate.  Call him to schedule a home delivery during your get together and watch the kids run when they the truck’s distinctive chime.  (Starting at $75, 973-725-1779)

Chill with: the “Poolside Party”. Elissa Malloy and her masseuse buddies will keep your guests stress-free and limber by doling out massages while you work the grill. ($100 per hour, 201-674-1915)

Pipe in: tunes from Adele’s latest release “21” and Country Strong’s soundtrack feat. Leighton Meester singing “Summer Girl” and “Give in to Me” with Garrett Hedlund.

Devour: Pies from Dough Heads Bakery in Englewood.  Where master-baker Megan Olund is taking orders for Apple, Blueberry, Peach, Lemon Meringue and Banana Cream Pies and everything is made on-site from scratch.  Order by Thursday for weekend pickup ($14 per pie, 201-871-2321, 15 West Hudson Ave, Englewood).  BERGEN MAMA SPECIAL: $2 off any pie order for Memorial Day weekend (mention Bergen Mama)

Not throwing it?  You lucky duck.  Be the perfect guest by calling “Present Time” for last minute gifts.  Funky platters, buckets, and beach accessories all wrapped and delivered to your doorstep on a day’s notice.  (Prices start at $50, contact Eileen or Jamie at 917-697-5268 or       

Roast: S’mores using a “S’more to Love” kit, where you don’t need a bonfire to make the perfect S’more (and the chocolate is always melted).  ($14.99 at Chef Central, Route 17, Paramus)

Mix and Serve: Watermelon Mojitos

30 large fresh mint leaves mashed with a mortar and pestle
4 thick slices of fresh watermelon, rind removed
12 oz. of light rum
½ cup of simple syrup
6 tbsp of fresh lime juice

Puree the watermelon in a large food processor fitted with a steel blade.  Then combine with mashed mint leaves and remaining ingredients in a pitcher.  Stir.  Pour over ice cubes in 6 glasses.  Garnish with fresh mint.

Now you can party like it’s the end of the world. 

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