Hello Creamistry Torrance!

Now Freezing in Torrance!

With the temperature rising these last couple days, one who reads the first statement in this latest blog post may think I’ve gone crazy. It is true however my dear readers that it is now  freezing Torrance, thanks to the newly opened Creamistry.

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Creamistry is the newest ice cream shop to hit the South Bay. They make customized ice cream out of liquid nitrogen. Milk particles stay in small pieces at -321 F. As the liquid nitrogen evaporates and clouds of liquid nitrogen come out. The result is a rich, smooth, creamy ice cream.

Folks have a choice of 50 different flavors along with more than 50 mix-in toppings. Sizes range from single, double, to nitroshakes. Bases range from premium, organic, sorbet and coconut.

Customers can choose to create their own or there are specialty creations already pre-set. On my first visit here, I chose to get the “Strawberry Bond.”

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Yes, Hello Kitty Foodies its freezing in Torrance! Check out the newest Creamistry to find out for yourself😉.

Hello Old Ebbitt Grill!

It was my first time ever to visit Washington D.C recently. I went all around the town visiting all the historic sites. I started off my day at the Washington Monument and then to the National WWII Memorial, followed by he Reflecting Pool, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Korean War Veterans Memorial, Tidal Basin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial,Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin. After such an exciting time see all the historic sights, it seemed rather appropriate for me to dine at historic place as well, Old Ebbitt Grill.

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Old Ebbitt Grill is definitely a historic restaurant. It is the oldest restaurant in Washington D.C. It was established in 1856. The original Old Ebbitt Grill was a saloon and boarding house named Ebbitt House Hotel.

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Ever since it opened it has been a place frequented by politicians such as Presidents McKinley, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Warren Harding and George H.W. Bush.

Walking in one can can instantly feel the history and culture of Washington D.C. There is a Victorian interior with mahogany wood all around, beveled glass separating the bar areas and  velvet booths and marble, brass bar sets. Some of the original decorations from 1856 are still there such as antique beer steins and an antique clock over the revolving door. There is even a walrus head that was supposedly caught by Teddy Roosevelt still present.

The menu itself has a historic photograph of old Washington D.C.

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As for the food, one can find a menu that caters to the classic American saloon palate. There is an emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients. One can find the freshest salads, pastas, seafood and meat items.

Their raw bar is one of the most popular in the city. Folks can enjoy platters of iced clams, crab claws, shrimp and a variety of oysters

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A popular item on the menu is their  Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes that come with corn and tomato Chesapeake and Tom’s potatoes.

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Being so close to Maryland, Old Ebbitt Grill’s crab cakes are very much like the authentic Maryland style crab cakes. It consists of almost all lump meat with almost no filler added. There is plenty of crab flavor.

My chosen entree for this occasion was their Frittata.

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With smoked ham, Yukon Gold potatoes, Vidalia onion bulbs, cheddar cheese and sour cream, this entree was perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch! I loved this egg dish. The texture was very fluffy. The smoked ham really enhanced the flavor of the frittata.

From the variety of their food that is classically American to the location of this place (across from the Treasury and steps away from the White House) to the amazing history of Old Ebbitt Grill, it is not surprising this is a favorite for locals and tourists.

For more smiles, please my recent Yelp review on Old Ebitt Grill.

Hello Sanrio at Comic Con 2016!

Just like the previous years, Sanrio will once again be appearing at Comic Con and they truly have something special offer to every one attending!

Every Hello Kitty Foodie’s favorite egg, Gudetama will be featured in a special booth inside the convention.

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At the convention booth #4737 there will be photo opps with Gudetama and giveaways throughout the day! A special limited edition Gudetama t-shirt and cap will be available for purchase as well. The t-shirt and cap are perfect for future Hello Kitty Foodie outings.😉.

Also there will be something exciting for those who arrive early! Early bird fans will have a chance to get a one of a kind character artwork hand drawn by Sanrio designers from Tokyo headquarters, including Gudetama’s creator. Folks can line up to receive a ticket to return at a designated time during the day for their personalized artwork!

Another exciting thing happening at convention booth #4737 is the launch of Sanrio’s new brand: hello sanrio! Through the hello sanrio brand, fans and different sanrio characters will be brought together  through unique products and digital content. Sanrio has partnered with Hyper Hippo Games and this app will feature our favorite Sanrio characters: Hello Kitty, Keroppi, Chococat, Badtz-Maru, My Melody, Pompompurin, Gudetama, Little Twin Stars, and Pochacco.  More of the Sanrio family will be part of the hello sanrio world later on.

 

The hello sanrio app is actually  the first time that Sanrio will launch a multi-character brand via digital content.  At Comic-Con, the first app to be available form hello sanrio series will be launched. This app is say hello!
The launch of the app is not the only exciting thing happening! The first hello sanrio product will be available for purchase. It is a limited edition collection of five mini plush tucked inside a clear vinyl tote bag. The set features Hello Kitty, Chococat, My Melody, Keroppi, and Pompompurin.
(You can find more info about hello sanrio, visit sanrio.com/hellosanrio and follow hello sanrio on Facebook (Facebook/hellosanrioapp) and Twitter (@hellosanrioapp)
Aside from Gudetama and the hello sanrio launch, there’s more fun to be had inside the convention at various booths

 Fans can get more limited edition collectibles via a special Sanrio and SEGA partnership!  Thos collaboration will feature Sonic the Hedgehog and  his friends Tails, Knuckles and Amy, along with Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru, Chococat and My Melody .

At the Toynami booth #3229; a gold Super Sonic x Hello Kitty mash-up plush will be available.  At the Toynami booth, fans can also see Hello Kitty and Sonic the Hedgehog because they will be there on Thursday, July 21stat 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

All BAIT booths (limit 50 – booth #4523, #4845, #5140) will offer a Sonic the Hedgehog x Sanrio skate deck. Then at BAIT booth #4856, a Sonic the Hedgehog x Sanrio pin will be available for purchase!

Upper Deck who was Hello Kitty Con will also be at Comic Con at booth #307. They will have a limited edition hello sanrio upper deck card bundle that has  one oversized trading card, a 3” button, and one mini figure pack featuring Sanrio fan favorites My Melody, Chococat, Keroppi, Badtz-Maru, Pompompurin, and Hello Kitty! If you get all six “bundles”you can create the entire hello sanrio city scene.

Lastly tokidoki at Booth #5145 will bring our favorite characters together! Our favorite Tokidoki characters along with Hello Kitty will be part of capsule-collection that includes a tee, hoodie, and a snapback hat and the official Comic-Con debut of a t-shirt featuring Sandy and Gudetama! Also a super limited edition vinyl Platinum Kittypatra will be available for purchase. This will be like Kittypatra sculpture that was shown at the “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” art exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

I know all the excitement inside will sure to make folks hungry but have no fear Hello Kitty Foodies because outside the convention, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be at Comic-Con Interactive Zone at Petco Park. Our favorite Hello Kitty cookies, macarons, petit fours, bow-shaped water bottles, and other sweet treats will be there! The cafe truck also will be debuting a hello sanrio macaron set.

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Also outside the convention, in the streets of downtown San Diego, the  Sanrio “street team,” will be riding Gudetama branded Vespa scooters giving out promotional items.
There is so much excitement this year at Comic Con 2016! Comic Con is in San Diego this  July 21–24! Hello Kitty and friends smiles all around! See you there!

Hello American Tandoor!

Whenever I’m traveling, I’m always on the look out for some of the best cuisine that each city I visit has to offer. Just recently, I had the pleasure at dining at one of the best Indian restaurants in Tysons Corner, Virginia when I found American Tandoor.

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Located at the Tyson Corner Center mall is American Tandoor.  American Tandoor specializes in Indian cuisine with a twist. Their menu has traditional Indian cuisine as well as dishes that have the influences of contemporary American and Asian cuisine.

During my trip here, I started off with a lettuce wrap, an appetizer that is normally found in an Asian restaurant. Here at American Tandoor they give lettuce wraps a whole new look via their offering of Seekh Kebab Lettuce Wraps.

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The Seekh kebab lettuce wraps consist of two romain leaves topped with ground chicken kebabs and mango mayo. On the side is fresh mint yogurt for dipping. I have always loved lettuce wraps at Asian restaurants but American Tandoor’s version, simply blew me away! The large serving of tender ground chicken kebabs that was drizzled with mango mayo was pure perfection. The fresh mint yogurt gave it even more creamy pizazz.

Soon after the Seekh kebab lettuce wraps, I tried another fusion dish here via the Singapore noodles.

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The Singapore noodles have chicken, cabbage, scallions on top of rice vermicelli. It is a mild noodle dish with plenty of ingredients. My favorite was the large pieces of chicken. This Indo-Chinese dish is good for those looking to try American Tandoor’s take on a Asian classic with Indian influences.

My favorite dish of all on my visit here was their butter chicken.

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The word amazing does not even give this dish justice but it truly was amazing. The butter chicken consisted of tender pieces of chicken in mildy spiced creamy curry sauce. Known traditionally as Murgh Makani in Indian cuisine, this dish has now become my favorite Indian dish. Ever single ingredient of this dish from the yogurt and spice marinated chicken to the creamy red sauce made of butter, onions, ginger and tomatoes just came together to make the most pleasing main entree ever.

The butter chicken chicken on top of their basmati rice was awesome.

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I enjoyed the butter chicken with the basmati rice so much, the waiter even gave me basmati rice to go! It was that good.

I am very pleased to have dined at American Tandoor during my trip to Tysons Corner, Virginia. Their take on Indian cuisine with an American influence is simply superb and their butter chicken is the best. This restaurant goes in my book of one of the most memorable dining places I have visited on the East Coast.

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For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on American Tandoor.

Hello Craft Shack @ The Point!

Ever since The Point opened up in El Segundo, this Hello Kitty Foodie has loved every single spot there. I’ve tried North ItaliaHopdoddyTrue Food KitchenSuperba Food and DrinkPeet’s Coffee and Smitten Ice Cream. Now another new delicious spot has opened up and it no other than The Craft Shack!

The Craft Shack is a sister restaurant of The Tin Roof Bistro, Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite and Simmzy’s.

Being a Beach Cities girl, I love the concept of The Craft Shack. There is a simple and chic beach vibe. There are colorful beach chairs and umbrellas around the outdoor seating and a walk up counter where you can order food and drinks.

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It’s all about beach bites with their menu . Items on the menu include a craft shack burger, grilled chicken sandwich, poke tacos, grilled fish tacos and a chicken apple walnut salad. Drinks wise you can find Hank’s soda, lemonade, iced tea and various wine, cocktails and a beer.

My food choice the day I wen was their cheesy nacho fries.

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I can totally picture enjoying this at the beach. It’s shoestring fries, nacho cheese sauce, jalapeños , chile de Arbol sauce, sour cream, pico de gallo and ground beef. Full of flavor and unique, this dish is perfect as a side or main entree.

The Craft Shack is a great addition to The Point. With its feel good vibe and classically beach bites, it’s a great place to enjoy a beautiful day at The Point.

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For more smiles, please check out my latest Yelp review about The Craft Shack @ The Point!

 

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container Opening!

 

Back in November of last year, I happily posted about the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up  that would be opening up soon. I am so happy to announce that the day all of us Hello Kitty Foodies has waited for has finally arrived because, Sanrio is now ready to open up the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container!

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The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container is slated to open to the public on Friday, July 15 at the Giant Wheel Court at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA. There will be grand opening festivities from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 and as part of the grand opening there will be daily customer giveaways (while supplies last).

The pop-up cafe will be housed within a metal shipping container and there will be bistro tables on the container’s pop out patio. The whole cafe will have a fast casual setting filled with Sanrio cuteness all over.

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They will have lots of kawaii exclusive merchandise along with the foodie goodies! I’ve heard Hello Kitty and her friends, My Melody, Keroppi, Little Twin Stars and Chococat will even make appearances at the cafe! I for one am super excited and I know my fellow Hello Kitty foodies are too!

A whole new menu will be debuting at the opening and it will feature the most kawaii and tasty pies, cakes and other sweet treats.

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Every treat will of course have Hello Kitty.

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Aside from Hello Kitty yummy food, there will be artisanal sodas and specialty coffee drinks brewed using Portola Coffee Lab coffee. An expanded menu featuring with more Sanrio characters and specialty daily tea service will debut later this year.

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I simply cannot wait for the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up shop to open up! Make sure to visit my blog for more updates and also follow Hello Kitty Cafe on FacebookInstagram & Twitter for more info on the grand opening festivities.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Cuteness!

When I first spotted the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Hello Kitty Con last year, it truly made me happy and giddy! That happiness overflowed in my blog post and on the first ever Yelp review of the Hello Kitty Cafe.

How can a Hello Kitty Foodie like me not love this truck? The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is the very first ever food truck for Sanrio. The pink hello kitty truck is a truck oozing with cuteness and sweetness. Hello Kitty Foodies can get donuts, macarons, petit cakes and even hello kitty bow water bottles!

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I am so excited because Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is making an appearance once again in Glendale. On Saturday, July 16 from 10am-8pm, the cafe truck will be at the Glendale Galleria. 

All of the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck’s signature and special kawaii offerings will be there for every one to purchase.

A 3 piece Hello Kitty cookie set will be available in adorable special pink box!

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Customers will also be able to get Hello Kitty Cafe Truck’s macaron set. I’ve had these before and they are not only cute but delicious as well. (P.S I’ve heard there will be a surprise Sanrio character macaron inside!)

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Since it will be sunny day, they will be offering their pink bow water bottles to help keep all Hello Kitty fans cool.

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The cuteness of the Hello Kitty cafe is simply delightful! I hope many of you can make it and see the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck cuteness for yourself! It will surely make you smile!:)