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The Weekend Guide

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CELEBRATE
Woks and Lox
What:
Feast on shiitake ginger matzo ball soup, Sichuan peppercorn latkes, and sweet red bean rugelach at Serious Eats columnist Chichi Wang’s Jewish/Asian dinner mash-up.
Why: Stick around for mah jongg, Chinese wedding games, and cups of Double Happy five-spice hot mulled Manischewitz.
When: Sat. Dinner, 5-7 p.m.; nosh party, 7-9 p.m.
Where: The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway, at 41st St., Astoria. Info at 541-937-5333. Tickets ($28-$59) online at indiegogo.com.

BROWSE
Eskayel Pop-Up Shops at Bird
What:
Bespoke wallpaper designer extraordinaire Shanan Campanaro brings her digitally manipulated, watercolor-inspired creations to the fashion-forward outposts.
Why: Dreamy pillows ($85-$115), polar bear greeting cards ($5), and silk scarves ($209), plus free wrapping paper for customers.
When: Thru Dec. 31.
Where: 220 Smith St., at Butler St., Cobble Hill (718-797-3774); 316 Fifth Ave., b/t 2nd & 3rd Sts., Park Slope (718-768-4940); 203 Grand St., b/t Bedford & Driggs Aves., Williamsburg (718-388-1655).

ORDER
Custom Petits Fours
What:
Design your own miniature glazed cakes ($2.50 each, one dozen minimum). We’re partial to the square almond pound cake with raspberry jam and lavender glaze.
Why: Seasoned chef Madeline Lanciani can whip up everything from monogrammed bites to runway designs (at slight additional cost).
When: Stale, boxed arrangements have worn out their welcome.
Where: Online at duaneparkpatisserie.com. Optional in-store pickup (48-hour notice required), 179 Duane St., b/t Greenwich & Hudson Sts. (212-274-8447).

DONATE
New and Unused Toiletries
What:
Two of DC’s go-to spas team up with NYC-based nonprofit Women in Need for a beautifying charity drive.
Why: It’s the little things (soap, razors, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, moisturizers, and more) that count.
When: Thru Jan. 10, 2012.
Where: Haven Spa, 150 Mercer St., b/t Prince & Houston Sts. (212-343-3515); Eve Salon, 55 W. 8th St., b/t Sixth Ave. & MacDougal St. (212-807-8054).

SAMPLE
Traditional Portuguese Dessert Buffet
What:
A multicultural Christmas spread of sonhos (lightly fried donuts), wine rabanadas (red wine-soaked French toast), and pasteis de nata (custard tarts).
Why: The bolo rei (king cake) packed with candied fruit, raisins, and nuts surely tastes better than Meemaw’s.
When: Sat., 5 p.m.-midnight; Sun., 2-10 p.m.
Where: Alfama, 214 E. 52nd St., b/t Second & Third Aves. (212-759-5552). Cost is $18.

Photo: devlyn / Flickr

LOCATIONS
The Queens Kickshaw
40-17 Broadway
@ 41st St
Queens, NY 11103
718-777-0913
Duane Park Patisserie
179 Duane St
bt Greenwich & Hudson Sts
New York, NY 10013
212-274-8447
214 E 52nd St
bt 2nd & 3rd Aves
New York, NY 10022
212-759-5552
203 Grand St
bt Bedford & Driggs Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-388-1655
Eve Salon
55 W 8th St
bt 6th Ave & MacDougal St
New York, NY 10011
212-807-8054
Bird
220 Smith St
@ Butler St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-797-3774
316 5th Ave
bt 2nd & 3rd Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-768-4940
150 Mercer St
bt Prince & Houston Sts
New York, NY 10012
212-343-3515
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