Tis the season to shop in Syracuse. Last year around the same time, before the Black-ness overtakes this town (aka Black Friday), we arrived in Syracuse during a snowstorm. Snow aside, we had a great time and more importantly we were able to take a big chuck out of our Christmas shopping without the big dent in the wallet. So once again this year we decided to book a couple of nights via hotwire.com and head down south to spend our mighty dollar.
Our main destinations were the Carousel Mall and the Waterloo Outlets and of course there was no driving past the big outdoor shops, Gander Mountain and Dick's Sporting Goods. These mega-outdoor stores are not safe places for a guy like me - "holy ground" maybe, but not "safe". And hell, I don't even hunt!
Friday evening we decided to check out a semi-famous restaurant in downtown Syracuse. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. We arrived early to find a tiny jam-packed joint with a half hour wait time. Yikes. But wait we did and in the end it was only about 15 minutes which is never too long when you have a beverage in hand.
The food was tasty, prices were fair, and the brew selection was impressive. As per usual we didn't opt for the full-sized platters which we spotted in front of all the other oinks and only the wee one screamed for ice cream after the meal (which we all sampled). All in all it was worth the visit, but you better arrive early.
Saturday we shopped at the Waterloo outlets. It was a long day but there were some definite deals to be had and as luck would have it, we also managed to meet up with our friends the Neills (minus one who was off hunting possum or squirrel, I can't remember which).
Sunday, after rejuvenating in the hotel pool and hot-tub, more shopping. This time we strolled stores in Watertown at the Salmon Run Mall.
By the end we were all tired and ready to drop. Sara managed to best describe our state of mind in the following photo. Thanks Sara. ;)
PS: The reason for the choice of blog title, Def Leppard of course.