ItSanta‘s Christmas eve baby, and I’m gonna stay up late and wait for Santa…got some homemade cookies for him. I’m gonna take some time off and relax…hope you get to do that too.

If you’ve got some last minute shopping to do, The Farmers Market at the Grove on Fairfax will be offering live music to for those of you who waited. Today from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm, catch the Yuletide Carolers strolling.

The FarFarmersMktmers Market is located at 6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 933-9211;

Now if you are doing some cooking tomorrow, you may as well treat yourself today. Here are some fun places to pop in for a quick meal, to keep you nourished for the big cook-off on Christmas.

Before you start the work, head to Figtree’s Cafe and enjoy the beautiful sunshine that only Southern California has to offer. Sit in their wrap around cafe and enjoy a tasty meal. Figtree’s will be open until 4:00 pm.

So make sure to nourish yourself before you start cooking, so you can keep your energy up for all the work ahead of you.

Fords Filling Station is a casual bar/restaurant that will be open on Christmas Eve.  Tonight, they feature a special three-course dinner for $40 per person with optional $15 beer pairings and $20 wine pairings. Highlights include butternut squash soup, braised lamb shank, smoked prime rib of pork and sticky toffee pudding. Fords Filling Station is located at 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; 310 202-1470; 

HJewishStarow about some Italian?  The typical Italian Christmas eve dinner is fish…Matteo’s Restaurant in West LA will be featuring items from their regular menu as well as from a holiday menu from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. These include a warm lobster salad, grilled Colorado lamb chops, and Ravioli al’ Arragosta. Pricing is a-la-carte with entrees specials running from $30 to $38.


Matteo’s Restaurant is located at 2321 Westwood Blvd. between Olympic and Pico, 90064; 310-475-4521;