EAT & LOVE: Getting Merry (the fa-la-la edition)

I can’t help how much I love the Christmas season.

I love all the colorful lights, the traditions, watching holiday movies,  eggnog latte’s, gingerbread men and how it’s the one time of the year where you can put on a sweater with a reindeer wearing glasses and it’s totally OK — I didn’t say it was cool, it’s just … OK.

Today, we had a little fun with baking Christmas inspired muffins and then headed out to do some shopping at the Americana on Brand.  I tend to avoid shopping centers because I have no patience for crowds or looking for parking, but last year I ended up spending a lot of time here because my dad lived close by and now I’m totally smitten with coming here! Especially during the holidays, it’s a perfect way to spend a little time outside, get some shopping done and indulge in shopping mall fun. I”m a product of the 80s, I can’t help myself.


The Americana has a list of activities for the week that can range from, “Learning how to Host a Holiday Party” to my personal favorite: Magic Snowfall every day at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. We typically come for the holiday trolley and take pictures in front of the 100 foot tall Christmas tree, before we eat something covered in frosting and sprinkles.

Today, we got to discover Sugarfina, a Los Angeles-based gourmet candy shop that truly had me feeling like I was living my own version of Cindy and the Gourmet Candy Factory with the rows and rows of sweet little boxes of caramel and toffees, Danish Mocha Beans, gummies and even a decadent marshmallow infused with champagne and topped with 24k Gold #firstworldproblems



We had  a great time exploring here, got to sample peppermint malt balls (awesome) and some lucky person in my life was bought the best tasting Christmas gift, ever.

Enjoy the season!