By VICTOR E. SASSON
Of all the highways in North Jersey, Route 80 is the pits.
I hate the tractor-trailers; lead-footed drivers whizzing by on both sides, even if you are driving 10 miles an hour over the limit; and the high-speed S-curves in Bergen and Passaic counties.
Last week, when I had to drive from my home to Parsippany, I made sure the appointment wasn't too early so I could avoid the rush hour and the maniacs who are late for work, and drive 20 mph or more over the speed limit.
And then I remembered my return trip would take me through Wayne, where Costco Wholesale has an in-store liquor department offering private-label wine, champagne and prosecco at bargain prices.
The Teterboro Costco closest to my home has a separate liquor store operated by an independent merchant who doesn't sell those private-label wines.
I'd also be able to detour to Main Street in Paterson, and take a well-deserved break for a falafel sandwich, and pick up fresh pocket bread, sardines, yogurt drink and canned hummus from Lebanon.
Ah, I thought, those stops will make the trip far more palatable. And they certainly did.
Kirkland Signature's Asolo Prosecco Superiore, a sparkling white wine from Italy, was only $6.99 a bottle.
Za'atar bread, meat pies, kebabs and light meals are served in the cafe at the rear of Fattal's, a Syrian bakery, grocery, butcher, and gold and jewelry store with its own parking lot.