Hello PUMA x Hello Kitty!

2018 is off to the most kawaii way with the newest cute collaboration between Hello kitty and PUMA!   With bold colors, cheeky graphics and fun, I am so excited about this offering between two well-known brands! It is one classic style that will last #ForAllTime  and one we will be sure to love wearing always.

Last Friday, Puma x Hello Kitty had a special launch party at Shoe Palace. With a nail shop by Sanrio’s official nail artist Masako, a Sanrio tattoo parlor and a special appearance by Hello Kitty; this was one special party for one very special collaboration!

Today, February 8, the Puma x Hello Kitty officially was available for purchase to the public!

One of my favorite offerings is the PUMA x Hello Kitty Suede Classic. It has the toebox, tongue, laces, heel and Formstripe in radiant red, popping against a Hello Kitty pattern and a chunky white sole. Cute details include red bow-toms that showcase Hello Kitty’s signature bow, beaming through translucent outsoles. The PUMA x Hello Kitty Suede Classic shoes are available in adult and junior, pre-school and infant sizes.

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From the coolest and cutest shoes, there is also trendy apparel pieces via the PUMA x Hello Kitty capsule collection. The PUMA x Hello Kitty Tee in white with the collab logo is charming and cute! There is also a red-white T7 set that is equally as adorable. To go along with the supercute clothes and shoes are accessories like the Red-White PUMA x Hello Kitty Backpack and Gym Sack and the PUMA x Hello Kitty Cap with a red translucent bill. Matchy-matchy! Cute-cute.

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The PUMA x Hello Kitty T7 Hoodie in red features the iconic 7cm stripe along the shoulder and arms with the trademark logo on the front and back. This matches perfectly with the PUMA x Hello Kitty Pants, also Red with the T7 stripe. It even features a small Hello Kitty icon on the front right leg and her classic milk bottle icon on the back of the left hip.

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The PUMA x HELLO KITTY collection is available in all PUMA Stores, puma.com, sanrio.com  and select Sanrio stores today, February 8th. Follow @PUMASportstyle for all Suede 50 updates and check #ForAllTime to keep up with the conversation.

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Hello Stonefire Grill Torrance!

Stonefire Grill is all about community and family. First started by sisters Mary and Maureen Harrigan in 2000, this fast-casual dining concept quickly grew to nine Southern California restaurants and now it’s opening up its 10th location in Torrance, California.

I recently had a chance to check out the newest location and quickly became a fan. It is the perfect restaurant to enjoy good eats and good times with family and friends.

Stonefire Grill has quite an extensive menu that has items every one in the family can enjoy. They’ve got pizza, sandwiches, pasta, signature salads, grill items and more. There is some thing for every taste bud.

I started my meal here with their chicken tortilla soup.

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The chicken tortilla soup is garnished with jack cheese, cilantro, avocado and tortilla chips. The small is a pretty fulfilling bowl that is sure to warm your heart and your tummy. They’ve also got a large that is perfect for sharing.

Speaking of sharing, perfect sharables are items from their grill section. From chicken to meat and seafood, Stonefire Grill’s grill items are slowly cooked overnight and finished over a live mesquite fire for their sauces. Each item is made to order and comes with a salad (Garden Caesar, Cartwheel or Greek), a small side item and 2 freshly baked breadsticks.

The breadsticks are Stonefire Grill’s signature item and is one that should not be missed when coming here.

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Breadsticks are freshly made and come out so soft and warm. Marinara sauce and buttermilk ranch are available as dipping sauces. I tried it with buttermilk ranch and instantly fell in love.

It was hard not to be full after the soup and breadsticks but I just had to save room for their grill items. My personal favorite from the Grill menu was their boneless chicken breast and tri-tip.

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The chicken can be garnished with mesquite bbq or lemon garlic. I chose to get my dish with lemon garlic. It was one of the tastiest chicken dishes I have ever had. The chicken  was perfectly tender and I loved the lemon zest it was flavored with. There were also small chunks of garlic on top that added a nice but subtle garlic flavor.

As for the tri-tip, one can get it with mesquite bbq or pepper garlic topped with gorgonzola butter. I chose to get it with mesquite bbq. Just like the chicken breast, the tri-tip was a winner. The beef cut was lean and every thing about the meat was on point. It was flavored perfectly and matched well with my side of garlic mashed potatoes.

The grill menu is not just about meat however because one can also enjoy some items from the sea. The Meditteraean sea bass is a Stonefire Grill favorite.

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It comes with sustainably farmed Branzino with fresh lemon, olive oil and red chili flakes and is served with a bed of farro salad. It’s a beautiful, healthy plate.

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The Farro Salad comes with farro, caramelized onions, basil, parsley, green onion, walnuts, parmesan, lemon and olive oil. I liked the mixture of ingredients. Each truly stuck out and enhanced the farro fabulously.

It doesn’t end with the savory items here however because Stonefire Grill has some awesome sweets as well!

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Their desserts are made from family recipes and are prepared every morning. They’ve got their signature carrot cake, cheesecake, fudge brownies and cookies. Each item can be served as a half or as a full.

The carrot cake was my personal favorite.  It was so moist and complete with walnuts and creamy cream cheese frosting. The heavenly cheesecake was indeed heavenly and nicely topped with fresh blueberry sauce. The fudge brownies were also great. Soft and chewy, it was chocolate bliss.

The food is something everyone can enjoy and it’s a great place to share some good meals. I also noticed that everyone at Stonefire Grill was pleasant and willing to give a hand; just like family. In fact when I came, tip proceeds went to the Pediatric Therapy Network. This place truly is about the community.

Stonefire Grill has it’s grand opening in Torrance tomorrow, February 6.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Stonefire Grill Torrance.

Hello Sugarpill x Little Twin Stars!

Twinkle twinkle….the most adorable beauty collaboration is here! Our favorite cute twins Kiki and Lala are back and they’re colloborating with popular beauty brand Sugarpill!

Th Sugarpill x Little Twin Stars collection officially launched this week and I am absolutely loving the cute capsule collection! The first product of the collection is a wonderful eyeshadow palette. It’s a six color eye shadow palette that features colors inspired by Kiki and Lala. Shades include Cloud Maker, Star Ribbon and Twinkle Twinkle. It can be worn as a blush or highlighter. Super kawaii! This six color eye shadow palette is $38.


The other product of this collection is equally as cute! The Kiki and Lala lip duo has aqua and Bubble gum pink shades that feature gold sparkles. Bright and stunning; you will be sure to sparkle the night away. The lip duo is $36.


Both items are sold separately but can also be bought as a part of a limited edition set that comes with a exclusive makeup bag featuring Kiki and Lala. This limited edition set is $79 and comes in a collectible keepsake box. 

The Sugarpill x Little Twin Star collection is available now at Sugarpill.com and Sanrio.com.

Hello Churroholic!

First cupcakes and then pie….now the latest food trend to be making its mark is churros!

The fried-dough pastry snack originating from  Spain and Portugal is definitely taking the foodie world by storm. These delicious fritters can be found from Costco to Disneyland. It’s not just at your local store or amusement park however because now there are specialty shops specifically specializing in the sweet treat! One of these places is Churroholic.

Churroholic is a cafe offering handcrafted churros, coffee and ice cream. They are the sister shop of popular boba shop, Hiccups and can be found next to several Hiccups locations. They have locations currently in Anaheim, Paramount and Carson, California and future branches will be opening in Whittier, South Gate and Santa Ana, California.

I recently had the (sweet) pleasure of visiting their Carson branch; the newest of all their locations. This place is definitely churro heaven. Their churro menu consists of flavors of original or glazed with chocolate almonds, chocolate sprinkle, coconut chocolate, matcha pebbles, and cookies and cream. Churros can be purchased solo or with ice cream. They also offer churro sandwiches and sundaes. As they mention on their website, dessert is definitely their passion! At Churroholic they really work to offer the freshest churro you will find in town and I noticed first hand them making fresh batches.

My handcrafted choice was the Cookie Monster ice cream and a matcha pebbles churro.

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The cutest churro with ice cream ever was served. Not only was it pleasing to the eye, it was pleasing to the palete as well.  The freshly made churro was perfectly warm and crisp. The fruity pebbles were a nice sweet touch. The ice cream was sweet and milky smooth. Hmm not only did I become a Churroholic that day but a Cookie (ice cream) Monster too.

Like many of the food trends in the past years; churros are sure to become a favorite for many. It certainly is a new dessert favorite of mine and I for one have a churro crush.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Churroholic.  

Hello Happy Lemon Gardena!

Happy Lemon = Happy Hello Kitty Foodie!

Happy Lemon is a happy tea shop that has over 500 branches in the world. From Asia to the UK to the US; Happy Lemon has been bringing smiles all over. Now the latest branch to open in the US is in Gardena, California! Located at Pacific Square and right next to my favorite store, Sanrio Surprises is Happy Lemon.

Just recently I visited the newest Happy Lemon location in Gardena. Walking in, I instantly couldn’t help but feel happy. The interior is bright with happy shades of yellow.

 The happiness continued as I looked at their drink menu. It has several selections of different Milk Tea, Black Tea, Tea, Green Tea and Oolong Tea. It was true happiness indeed.

Being that they are well known for the Salted Cheese Tea series, I chose to get one of their Salted Cheese Tea drinks. My chosen happy drink was the Milk Tea with Oreo and Tiramisu Salted Cheese.

Once you order your drink, they give a small little lemon token for your order. It’s super cute and matches the theme of their cafe perfectly.

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All drinks here are made fresh to order. One can also customize their sugar and ice percentage too.

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When my drink came out, I was pleased to see a lovely milk tea filled with lots of oreo crumbles. There are sprinkles of oreo both inside and on top of the salted cheese.  The salted cheese is right on top and there’s a special way to try this out. For the salted cheese drinks, the best way to drink it is at a 45 degree angle so that with each sip you get some cheese and tea.

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The Milk Tea with Oreo and Tiramisu Salted Cheese is one unique and tasty drink. The uniqueness definitely is because of the salted cheese. It’s bit of salty with a bit of sweet and adds a nice touch to the oreo milk tea. The oreo flavor was indeed present in the drink along with a touch of tiramisu. Refreshing and not too sweet, it was a happy treat for a happy afternoon.

Alongside with offering delicious drinks, this new Happy Lemon also offers Sunmerry Bakery treats. Sunmerry Bakery specializes in fresh Asian pastries and desserts. For a limited time, Happy Lemon Gardena is offering a free Strawberry Hokkaido Cake (with drink purchase) when you follow or like them on Instagram or Facebook.

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Happy Lemon drinks and Sunmerry Bakery treats are sure to make you smile! For more smiles, be sure to check them out as well as see my latest Yelp review on Happy Lemon Gardena.

Hello Sage Bistro: Culver City!

Often times I get asked where my favorite spots are around the city. Just recently, I got to try a place that will surely hit the list as a new favorite.

Sage Bistro is a plant-based bistro specializing in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. They have a farm to table concept. Working with local farmers, Sage offers seasonal, organic and local food. There’s three locations for Sage; Echo Park, Pasadena and Culver City.

I recently got to check out the Culver City location; the biggest of all the three Sage branches. This location has a wood fire pizza oven and a full organic bar that offers 25 beers and wines on tap.

Sage’s menu is full of healthy and delicious eats. They have small plates, salads, tacos, tostadas, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pizza, pretzels, bowls and more.  I got to try two of their items and was instantly impressed with the quality and how they were able to bring out the best of locally sustained and produced food.

The first item I got to try that night was Sage’s Bollywood Bowl.

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The Bollywood Bowl has yellow lentil daal, eggplant, tomato, potato, onion, corn, edamame, steamed kale that was topped with spicy pickled cabbage, tamarind sauce and mint chutney. It was served with flat bread. Being a big fan of Indian food, I instantly loved this bowl. It had the right spicy kick to it and the flavors mixed together perfectly. Healthy and fulfilling; it was a great start to dinner!

The next item I got to try was the Eggplant Artichoke Parmesan Pizza.

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I love all dishes with eggplant along with artichoke and thus I was thrilled to see this on the menu! The pizza crust is made out of organic heirloom white flour crust. The crispy crust was topped with marinara, pesto sauce, mozzarella breaded organic eggplant and artichoke hearts and was then drizzled with cashew alfredo. The cashew alfredo was a wonderful touch bringing a unique creaminess to the pizza. It’s a pizza unlike any I’ve ever tried and definitely a winner.

Sage Bistro definitely hits the list of places I am a fan of. Each dish I tried during my visit was phenomenal and I love their concept. It is truly amazing to have food with ingredients from local farmers who are committed to organic pesticide free farming and regenerative agriculture. This farm to table at it’s best and is my new favorite.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Sage Bistro: Culver City!

Hello Beach Vibes at Brio LA West Yelp Elite Event!

Four courses. Eight plates. Epic. That is the Yelp elite way.

In my last blog post, I happily announced that I once again am blessed to be part of the Yelp Elite Squad. Just recently I was blessed too to be part of one of the first LA West Yelp Elite events of 2018; Beach Vibes at Brio.

This event was epic  for a variety of reasons!

  • 1). It was my first elite event ever as a Yelp Black Elite (woohoo here’s to 10 years and counting!)
  • 2). It was in the South Bay (woohoo hometown!)
  • 3). It was a four course dinner with eight plates (woohoo full of deliciousness!)

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Upon arrival at the venue, we were all given complimentary pink cosmos. It truly was the start of a special night!

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For the savory treats, we first were all treated to some small plates.

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Chopped salad had tomatoes, grilled corn, cucumber, smoked gouda, marcona almonds, avocado, lemon vinaigrette and chile lime ranch. This was healthy, crunchy and tasty. The chile lime ranch stood out and brought so much flavor.

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Roasted beets and whipped feta was the other small plate for our starters. This had red and gold beets, macron almonds and lemon vinaigrette. The red and gold beets were the perfect color for us Yelp elites (hmm doesn’t it remind you of the Yelp badges? 😉

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Third small plate of the night was a favorite for many. The Shrimp n Grits had black pepper shrimp along with creamy smoked gouda polenta. It had a curry like flavor that was out of this world!

From small plates to entrees, we sure were in for a treat that night!

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First up was the Bucatini Pomodoro. This lovely vegetarian dish had san mariano tomatoes, basil and burrata. The huge burrata topping was wonderful!

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The Skirt Steak was the other main entree of the night. Two 8 oz steaks prepared medium and topped with chimichurri were served to us Yelpers. Tender and tasty, it was a true treat!

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Alongside the two savory dishes, we were also treated to some frites accompanied with sriracha ketchup, creamy horseradish and sweet chile aioli!

But wait there’s more…..

How could we end the night without a bang? We got not one but two desserts!

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For closers that evening, we had a Warm Berry Cake that was toped with vanilla gelato and berry compote and Brio’s Gooey Chocolate Cake that was topped with hazelnut gelato, nutella crispies and whipped caramel! It truly is sweet to be elite!

Four courses. Eight plates. Happy Yelper!

2018 Epic Yelp Year, here we come!