Angélica Jódar del Álamo is undoubtedly a restless soul. A telecommunications engineer, she took a 180-degree turn in her career by pursuing a Master’s degree in Tourism and Gastronomy at the Basque Culinary Center.
Angélica Jódar del Álamo, Content Creator
Currently, she is dedicated to communication in different media discovering secrets, interesting people, places, restaurants and jewels of our land with her blog Comer de Lujo. In addition to having participated as a professional judge in several contests such as Gurmé Cádiz, Chef Sierra de Cádiz or different gastronomic routes, she is a creator of content for her followers on social networks.
First of all Angelica, thank you very much for wanting to be part of the pages of our blog, it is a pleasure for us. We know that the holidays are synonymous with good eating and you’re sure to be especially busy. We would like to know what this holiday season means to you.
How are these holidays traditionally celebrated in your home?
Christmas is an excuse to remember that your friends and family are with you, and how nice it is to feel the warmth of affection. And for my mother it is the moment to bring out her collection of more than 100 nativity scenes (whenever I go on a trip I always bring her one as a souvenir). As in most Spanish homes, Christmas is celebrated around a table.
Part of the liturgy is to cook with my mother that evening and as a tradition, she always organized the tray of nougat and sweets. Although on some occasions I have exchanged all this for the bikini, when I have been traveling in Australia.
Of course, another tradition are the gifts: those whims that only the Three Wise Men know how to get right. Carefully selected gifts to make you vibrate in a special way.
And speaking of gifts, what role do they play for you?
Gifts have a special double importance: for the giver and for the receiver. The illusion of giving a gift and the surprise faces when you see that you got it right are priceless. In addition, investigating beforehand what can bring a smile on the face of whoever we give it to, questioning in a disguised way, is a lot of fun.
I like to give things and experiences that will last over time and I also really appreciate when I get gifts and how they have tried to find out what I would be looking forward to.
I remember a family tradition with affection and it is that in my grandparents’ house, when we were little, we had a special permission from the Three Wise Men, so that they would leave us a present on December 24, on the way to see the baby Jesus, and when they returned from adoring him, they would leave us the rest of the gifts.
We know that you love jewelry, have you had the opportunity to write a letter to the Three Wise Men for you and your loved ones?
Of course! For my mother I have chosen a timeless classic, a short Riviere choker in white gold with diamonds.
For my partner, a sailing lover, a Diver style sports watch that can be submerged as he is a sailing lover. I have chosen the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M watch for its versatility.
For a friend I would choose earrings from the Lempicka collection. It is a super wearable collection in any of its versions but I would choose the Moritz earrings for their brilliants accompanying the rose gold, malachite and onyx.
For my nephew a youthful watch with an original style that does not go unnoticed. Bell and Ross is certainly a brand that more than lives up to that description. For him I have chosen the BR 03 Blue Steel, an automatic watch with a very modern dial.
And for me, that I have been very well behaved this year, these earrings from the Italian firm Nanis, elegant, perfect for every day. With the added bonus that if I feel like longer, they are convertible by adding the gold links!
Thank you very much Angelica, we are very happy that you have shared your family experiences of this endearing time that is Christmas. We hope to see you soon and, in the meantime, we will continue to follow your gastronomic recommendations.