Hello Kitty Jet Travels!

I have always dreamed of going to Japan! Visiting the land of Hello Kitty was always on the top of my bucket list and this year it finally happened! After a lot of planning and research, I was on my way to my ultimate Hello Kitty vacation.

The best way to kick off my dream Hello Kitty trip was to find the right flight and it seemed only appropriate that I take the Hello Kitty Jet by Eva Air.

The moment I got to the airport, my excitement already started to peak. Eva Air’s checkin counter at LAX even has Hello Kitty signs for the baggage drop as well as their other checkin lines. I already knew I was off to an amazing trip!

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When I got to the counter, the folks at the Eva Air handed me Hello Kitty and friends luggage tags as well as the cutest boarding pass ever. Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Badtz Maru and Little Twin Stars were on my ticket to my dream plane.

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After going through security, finding my gate and much eagerness and excitement, I finally spotted the cute jet.

Eva Air flies several different Sanrio Jets and the one I went on was the Sanrio Family one! I really liked this one because it features a lot of Hello Kitty’s friends including Patty and Jimmy, Keroppi, My Melody and even Dear Daniel.

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As all of us lined up to our various boarding zones, I noticed that even the zone signs the Eva Air crew was holding was decorated in Hello Kitty! I loved all the details and this wasn’t even when I was inside the plane yet!

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Once I boarded, it was even more cuteness galore! Every seat had a the head rest covered in a Sanrio Family head rest cover and there were Sanrio Family pillows for all.

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Within each seat, there were even Hello Kitty waste bags as well as safety manuals featuring our favorite Sanrio characters.

The kawaiiness even continued on in the lavatory. The hand lotion, aroma mist, facial mist and hand soaps were all in bottles with Sanrio family characters. Even the mouth wash cups were Hello Kitty themed.

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Once the flight started, the cuteness didn’t stop. When it came time to have our snacks and complimentary drinks. There was a touch of Hello Kitty everywhere. The mixed nuts had a Hello Kitty wrapping. Similarly both the hot and cold drink cups featured Hello Kitty!

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When it came to having our main meals, there was also Sanrio Family utensils, placement, toothpick and wipes.

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The Hello Kitty happiness continued throughout the flight as they offered the various complimentary drinks in the Hello Kitty cups.

This was truly the best way to kick off my Hello Kitty trip of my dreams! Coming soon on my next blog post is the next phase of my Hello Kitty ultimate dream trip.

For smiles, please see my Yelp review on the Hello Kitty Eva Air Jet.

Hello Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce at Surf City Blitz Festival!

It will be one hot weekend this Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 in Huntington State Beach! Our favorite hot sauce Gringo Bandito will be spicing things up as they serve up free samples of their 3 amazing sauces at the Surf City Blitz Festival.

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Surf City Blitz Festival will be a fun event where there will be performances by fabulous artists such as The Offspring, Pennywise, Fear, Social Distortion, TSOL, Bad Religion, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Voodoo Glow Skulls. Gringo Bandito was actually created by The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland!

Gringo Bandito will have a fully decorated booth that will be right beside  some of Southern California’s hottest food and beverage icons. Everyone will get to enjoy free samples of their 3 flavors of sauces which include red, green and super hot varieties.

I like Gringo Bandito because it is not only delicious but healthy too! It has 70% less salt than other major competitors, contains no preservatives, and is paleo friendly, gluten-free and all natural. Come on by to the Surf City Blitz Festival and make it one hot weekend with Gringo Bandito!

Hello March of Dimes’ Inaugural Signature Chefs Auction!

This November 7, 2018 will be the inaugural March of Dimes Inland Empire Signature
Chefs Auction. It will be a very special event and funds from the event will  benefit March of Dimes’ mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. This special event will help change that. March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. where there will be 90-minute tasting of enjoying and sampling the signature chefs’ creations. This will be followed by a yummy seated dessert program and a rousing live auction, offering an opportunity to bid
on insider packages and unique experiences.

Featured Chefs include Sir Chef Bruno Serato, owner and chef of Anaheim White House and Caterina’s Club, Chef Henry Gonzalez from Spaggi’s, Chef Jose Ruiz of Tutti Mangia Italian Grill, Chef George Torres of Vellano Country Club and many more.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org/inlandempire 

Hello Creme de la Crêpe Rolling Hills!

I had visited the Creme de la Crêpe location in Hermosa Beach many years ago and upon spotting this crepe cafe on a visit to the Peninsula Promenade, I knew I had to checkout  via Creme de la Crepe Rolling Hills. After all who cannot be crazy for crepes? 🙂

The French delight consisting of a thin pastry is quite hard to find in Southern California. much less place that offers both sweet crêpes and savoury galettes. Here at Creme de la Crêpe however they have variety of both the sweet and savory. All of their crêpes are even made with gluten-free crêpe batter. Aside from crêpes they have lovely dishes like risotto and pastas along with amazing wine selection.

I started off with getting a savory crêpe. It was hard to choose from the various savory delights. They use local & organic produce as well as grass-fed beef & free-range poultry. I ended up getting the Marocaine.

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The Marocaine has jack cheese, spicy lamb sausage & madeira mushroom sauce. I don’t often get lamb but tonight I wanted to try something different and indulge in something special. Special indeed was the Marocaine. The lamb sausage was nice and tender and not spicy at all. I love the madeira mushroom sauce. There were several slices of mushroom and the sauce itself was thick and tasty.

From savory to sweet, we could not pass up getting a sweet crêpe for dessert. Our choice was the Leila.

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The Leila was indeed one crêpe not to be passed up. Named after the owner’s daughter is this delightful sweet treat. In between the soft thin pastry were chunks of banana. On top of the crêpe was caramelized pecans, drizzles of caramel sauce and sprinkles of powdered sugar. The banana along with the pecans were amazing.

 A perfect match with our crêpe were the delightful Lavazza Italian espressos.

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Bold, rich and full of flavor; our espressos were the right companion to our sweet crepes.

 Dinner at Creme de le Crepe Rolling Hills was indeed a lovely time and my visit here all proved that I am indeed crazy for crepes. Crepe crush indeed.
 

Hello Kitty Bakery by Fragrant Jewels

Last year Sanrio with Fragrant Jewels launched a very special collection of co-branded candles and bath bombs. As I mentioned in a previous Hello Kitty Foodie blog post; each item came with the cutest Hello Kitty inspired ring that you can’t find anywhere else.

This year our favorite bath bombs are back and the theme is perfect for all of us Hello Kitty Foodies! Fragrant Jewels has just launched the Hello Kitty Bakery collection!

When I heard about this collection, I instantly knew this was going to one super adorable and super special launch! Fragrant Jewels has mixed delectable sweet treats and Hello Kitty to bring us one of the kind handcrafted bath bombs made with the finest ingredients.

On the “bakery menu” is Strawberry Macaron, Vanilla Marshmallow Donut and Cotton Candy Ice Cream! Inside each sweet treat is is one of twelve bakery-inspired Hello Kitty rings that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Strawberry Macaron has sweet scents of strawberry and sweet vanilla cream. The fragrance notes are mixed berry, caramel and sweet vanilla sugar.

You definitely donut want miss out the Vanilla Marshmallow Donut that has fragrance notes of cherry, strawberry, honey, sweet vanilla and cupcake.

The Cotton Candy Ice Cream is a sweet dream come true with it’s yummy scents of mixed berries and candied sweet vanilla sugar.

Not only do these bath bombs smell so sweet and lovely; they’re super cute too! I love how they look like bakery inspired too! Macaron, ice cream, donuts….I am in Hello Kitty Foodie heaven!

The Hello Kitty Bakery trio is available for $44.95 at http://www.fragrantjewels.com/HKBakery

Hello Kitty Foodies, you can get a sweet special discount of 15% off with using offer code: hkbakery15 at checkout! Happy sweet shopping!

Hello Crème Shop x Sanrio!

Today is a very special day! October 1, 2018 marks the launch of the very first collaborative collection of skincare and beauty products by Crème Shop and Sanrio!

This collection includes a total of 51 items and each will feature one of our favorite Sanrio characters; Hello Kitty, Keroppi, Gudetama or Chococat!

One of my favorite items from this collection is the Hello Kitty Handy Dandy Cream in Apple Blossom!

I’m always on the go during my Hello Kitty Foodie adventures and this cream made with Shea butter and Vitamin E is great for helping the skin feel nourished throughout the day! I love the touch of rose and apple too.

Another amazing product is the Gudetama macaron lip balm!

There’s nothing meh about this lip balm. It’s perfect for keeping lips soft and decadent; just like a macaron.

As the day wraps up and my Hello Kitty Foodie adventures come to an end; I simply want to relax. This is right time for the Hello Kitty tea time sheet mask.

This is a black tea sheet mask that is rich with antioxidants. It’s great for moisturizing.

Prices for this collection range from $4 for the face masks to $10 for the hand creams. The collection is currently available online at Sanrio and at Crème Shop. It is also available at Sanrio Japanese Village. Mid-October it will be available as well at Hot Topic and Riley Rose and next January 2019 we will see it at CVS, Dolls Kill, FYE and Cost Plus.

Hello Yelp Elite Event: Yelp’s First Look at Randy’s Donuts

It’s so sweet to be Yelp elite and it truly was a sweet time at the recent Yelp LA Elite event at the newest Randy’s Donuts that just opened up in El Segundo at Apollo Landing.

Randy’s Donuts has been serving delicious donuts since 1962. Everything is made by hand and they even have a special, unique flour that is used just by the store! They’re all about quality and being affordable. They’re world famous for a reason.

Last night, us Yelp LA elites got to be partake in a very special celebration of their new store and we got to taste a variety of the donuts that they’re world-famous for.

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Randy’s Donuts donut menu is split between classic, deluxe, fancy and premium. Classic donuts include  glazed raised, chocolate iced cake and crumb cake.  Deluxe donuts include glazed twist, blueberry cake and maple cruller.  For those who like fancy, there is roasted coconut raised, cinnamon roll and bear claw. Lastly for the ones looking for really unique treat there are the premium donuts. The premium menu has delicious treats like red velvet with ganache and crumbs, fruity pebbles crumb and s’mores raised.

If you’re not drooling already from their extensive donut menu; then you surely will be drooling once you have the El Segundo exclusive Breakfast Donuts! During the event, we were all treated to this unique and special sandwich (and yes, we were all drooling ;).

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Breakfast Donuts are made with glazed donut rolls with maple pepper bacon, all natural sausage, cafe free eggs, hash browns and American cheese. You can even spice it up with siracha or tapatio sauce! It’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty. It was truly intense but truly delicious as well.

Randy’s Donuts El Segundo location is just the start of delicious donuts taking over the foodie world. They will soon have a Downey location, a Hollywood location and even a Manila, Philippines location and Jeju Island, Korea location.  I am so thankful to Yelp LA for this special look of the new Randy’s Donuts in El Segundo.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp Review on Yelp’s First Look at Randy’s Donuts.