Glendale’s outdoor mall, The Americana at Brand, is beautiful paean to consumption. High-end shops, restaurants, a theater…there’s everything a person could want.  You can even just hang out or play.  This is NOT my normal walk in the park.

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This shot ended up out-of-focus, but I thought you might like to see it anyway.

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We stopped on our way from the airport, as Daughter #1 (birth order, not how we love her) had to return something.  Unfortunately, it was unseasonably cold, which we weren’t dress for, so we didn’t linger long.  This guy must have been frozen!  He certainly wasn’t moving.

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If you need some dessert, you have lots of choices, including a kiosk featuring macarons by Ladurée, the 150-year-old French company, founded in Paris in 1862, famous for its confections. Yes, we had a couple each.  But if you don’t eat French, you can stop at Sprinkles Cupcakes, Cookies, and Ice Cream for, well, one of those treats.

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If they’re close (or busy), you can use the ATM.  I kid you not!

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If all this makes you want to get away, you can do it ecologically as well as being cool, by buying a Tesla before you head home, lighter in pocket.

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One of my favorite things was this “green” section above one of the stores.  I have simple (and inexpensive) tastes.  🙂

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For Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. So little time but so many choices. 🙂

    • Ha, very true, Judy. What amazes me quite often is that so much of what people do involves shopping/buying/eating out! If it hadn’t been so chilly, it would have been fun to just wander more slowly and maybe sit on a bench and people-watch with a tea/coffee. But I did enjoy seeing the beautiful space and of course, spending time with our girls.


  2. Dan Antion says:

    All very nice, but a cupcake ATM? Oh my, that could be my downfall.

  3. Is the park in the first photo part of the outdoor mall? It is a fabulous idea/coincidence either way.

    • Yes, Allan. The park area is in the middle of the outdoor mall, one of the things that I think makes it lots of fun, especially on a nice day. I’m all for lots of green spaces in cities.


  4. I don’t shop much, but I do enjoy visiting the malls of other places. Shopping in big malls like the one you explored is a completely different sort of world from what we have available around here, lol, so it’s for the sights and experience more than for the shopping. I always feel like the country mouse in the big city 🙂 In the Middle East the malls are fantastic, themed, and surreal! I’ll get to visit one in Doha next month that is like a little recreation of a village in Italy, complete with the river and gondolas running through it.

    • I like visiting malls, too, sometimes, but this one being outdoors made it really nice. I look at them more as an experience rather than a buying trip. 🙂 I wish I could see the one in Doha. Be sure to take lots of photos to share!!


  5. restlessjo says:

    What a temptress you are, Janet! I’m not mad about cup cakes but I suspect I could find something to my taste. No, not the Tesla… I didn’t even know what one was till I saw the photo. 🙂 🙂 Many thanks for joining me, hon.

    • You’d love the macarons, I suspect, Jo, and there were plenty other goodies, but it was just too chilly to linger. If malls there must be, this sort is at least gorgeous and has green space. Of course, where we live in the Chicago area, an outdoor mall would only be practical for a short part of the year. Thanks for taking a walk with me.


  6. Oh wow, this is wild… Malls have become more foreign to me than jungles or rain forests I can only dream of visiting. I’ve heard of cupcake “ATMs” but never saw one in public. I had just assumed they had quickly died out. I guess there’s still demand, for the novelty of the experience, if nothing else!

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