We celebrated T’s Great-Grandmother’s 93rd birthday last weekend. Happy Birthday, Great-Grandma H!
At Grandma H’s request, we needed to go somewhere with a mariachi band; of course, wish granted! Arrangements were made for all of the family to meet up at Frida Mexican Cuisine in Glendale, CA, last Sunday afternoon. Every Sunday Frida’s features a lovely brunch, complete with mariachis. Perfecto!
And there were clowns for the kiddos, too. While we didn’t know about the clowns ahead of time and were slightly wary of their presence, they wound up being a great additional source entertainment for T, especially since one of the clowns worked his way around the dining room to make balloon art on demand.
It goes without saying that it was a fantastic party and celebration. And RMT’ers please remember, mariachis plus balloon art (mixed in with other folks to hang out with and entertain your kids, of course) gives you a winning chance of being able to sit and enjoy a meal in a restaurant for over an hour. Mix in tasty chips and salsa and a bean-rice-cheese burrito and I believe T thought it was a birthday party for HIM. Sure, T, happy birthday to you, too (whatever it takes, right?), but the real birthday wishes go out to Great-Grandma H! We are so glad we could spend time with you to ring in your new year!
This outing also introduced us to the Americana at Brand. Designed and built by the infamous developer (around Los Angeles anyway) Caruso Affiliated, this is the same development company that brought Los Angeles The Grove and now it’s CEO is rumored to be making a concerted bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers. I don’t know Mr. Caruso’s history with professional sports ventures much, but malls I do know, and this mall is a mecca I plan to trek to and worship at again and again.
South Coast Plaza, fair warning! Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore you still, but your special place in my heart as The Cathedral of Malls might be ending, especially given the proximity of the Americana at Brand to the Glendale Galleria, which is literally across the street entrance-to-entrance. Yes, this is a much longer distance away than you, SCP, but it’s definitely a place I can make a day-trip out of, and with T in tow!
No, really, I did say that, and I don’t shop much with T in tow either as you well know. But it really is the Holy Land of Shopping, RMT’ers, complete with amenities for the kiddos, including a free trolley ride, outdoor playground, and large green lawn space for the kiddos to run free all while you picnic lunch out in between American Eagle and Anthropologie. Thanks be to retail, and Amen!
PS – Attention to those anywhere near Nordstrom Rack Metro Pointe at South Coast… if you have a little girl who loves decorating her Crocs shoes, they have a countertop bin of FREE “Jibbitz” charms for that brand of shoes! The styles left were flowers, cameos, and sea life, and all had pearls or other sparkly adorning the edges. This bin was located at the shoe-pairing window toward the back-right side of the store from the entrances, and this was just yesterday morning that we saw this, so there might be a few left today. Just FYI RMT’ers!