Hello Cauldron Ice Cream Torrance!

Cauldron Ice Cream is now in Torrance! The ice cream shop famous for nitrogen ice cream in puffle cones have now hit the South Bay! For those unfamiliar with puffle cones these are egg waffle cones that first became popular in Hong Kong. It gets it’s name “puffle” because the egg based batter it’s made out of puffs up when cooked.

Cauldron Ice Cream in Torrance has three flavors for their puffle. You can get it in red velvet, churro and original. When you order a puffle, the folks here fill it with some of the best ice cream in town. Some noteworthy flavors of ice cream that they offer include “Milk and Cereal” (milk ice cream with frosted corn flakes), “Sun, Moon and Stars”(creamy milk tea ice cream with notes of jasmine, oolong and green tea and star sprinkles) and “Strawberry Shortcake” (strawberries and cream ice cream cream with shortcake mixed in).

My choice for my first time here was the Strawberry Shortcake in a red puffle.

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I loved this treat when it first came out for a variety of reasons!

  1. It truly was instagram worthy! (You can get the ice cream as traditional scoop or rose). The rose is beautiful and is pretty for pictures!
  2. The puffle came out nice and warm! (Who doesn’t like fresh?)
  3. The ice cream was creamy and tasty! (The nitrogen ice cream strikes again!)
  4. It was a multi-dessert! (Ice cream, shortcake and waffle! Yes, please!!)

Overall I am so happy to see Cauldron Ice Cream now in Torrance! Pretty and puffles. This is my kinda place.

 

Hello Yelp Elite Event at Stonefire Grill!

Yelp Elite Events in the South Bay are my favorite! Being a South Bay girl; I was so excited to see a Yelp event in my hometown; Torrance! Not only was it in Torrance; it was also at a place that I have been wanting to go back to for awhile; Stonefire Grill!

I first visited Stonefire Grill during their soft opening last year and absolutely loved it. This Yelp event allowed me to revisit and discover some new items.

Our Yelp Elite Event first started off with the Stonefire Grill’s Whole Roasted Cauliflower.

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It is a gigantic warm cauliflower that is also gigantic in flavor. Topped with lemon tahini and chopped parsley; it truly is a treat.

After the cauliflower; we were all treated to a wonderful buffet filled with some of Stonefire’s classic dishes!

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The buffet consisted of Stonefire’s bbq chopped salad, breadsticks, pesto pasta, mesquite bbq chicken and tri tip, lemon garlic chicken and tri tip, garlic mashed potatoes, meatballs and pizza.

It was my first time ever to try Stonefire’s BBQ chopped salad and I absolutely loved it They served it vegetarian style and it had mixed greens, black beans, roasted corn, carrots, red cabbage, cilantro, Jack cheese, tortilla strips, tomato, scallions along with buttermilk ranch.

It was also my first time to try their meatballs and pizza! The meatballs came in signature mesquite bbq meatballs and spicy bbq. Both flavors were great! For the pizzas; they served mesquite bbq and Stonefire’s “favorite.” The “favorite” had homemade pesto, avocado, red onion, mozzarella, feta cheese and fresh basil. It quickly became my favorite too especially since it had lots of avocado!

The feast continued on with dessert as we got try an assortment of Stonefire’s classic desserts!

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We got try Stonefire’s Heavenly Cheesecake topped with blueberry, Stonefire’s famous fudge brownies, Stonefire’s Incredible Carrot Cake and Sandy’s cookies. The carrot cake will always be a favorite of mine but I was also impressed with Sandy’s cookie. It was my first time trying this and I loved the oatmeal-based cookie with heath bar, dark chocolate chips and walnuts. It’s actually named after Sandy; a Stonefire Grill family member!

It truly was a feast that evening and am so happy to have gotten the chance to try some new things; thanks to this Yelp event!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on YEE: A Feast at Stonefire Grill Torrance!

Hello Kitty Foodie Giveaway to LA Pizza Fest!

Hello Kitty Foodie Giveaway! This year my Hello Kitty Foodie blog turns 7! To celebrate I am partnering with A Tutta Pizza Fest: LA’s Pizza Fest for a very special giveaway on Instagram! LA’s Pizza Fest is happening this May 19, 2019 at the Hollywood Palladium and I am giving away a pair of VIP Tickets worth $160.
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The Italian phrase “A Tutta Pizza” translates to “All-Out Pizza” and that’s LA’s Pizza Fest is all about! It is Los Angeles’ biggest pizza party and here one can indulge in unlimited pizza from some of LA’s finest pizza spots such as L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Eataly LA, The Urban Oven, Delicious Pizza and Olive Wood Pizza. There will be all different styles of pizza from New York to Chicago and Roman to Neapolitan. Aside from all you can eat pizza there will be craft beers, culinary workshops, cooking demos, panels and Q&A with world-renowned chefs and food aficionados! There will also be music spinning all day, curated by Delicious Vinyl!

➡️ 🎫 To win: Check out: http://www.instagram.com/hellokittyfoodie
1️⃣ Follow @hellokittyfoodie on Instagram
2️⃣ Follow @atuttapizzafest on Instagram
3️⃣ Tag a friend! 🍕Multiple entries are welcome!🍕
➡️ Giveaway ends Wednesday May 15th @ 9pm – so ready, set, tag away on Instagram!
*NOTE: Winner will need to pick up tickets at Will Call at the day of the event on May 19! ❤️🍕
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Congratulations to @angelparadise04 for winning the two VIP tickets to A Tutta Pizza Fest!

 

Hello Gringo Bandito Spicy Yellow!

Hello Kitty Foodie is seeing yellow this Cinco de Mayo! 💛

Our favorite Gringo Bandito hot sauce is having a very special release this Cinco de Mayo!  On May 5 they are debuting their brand new ‘Spicy Yellow’ sauce. It is the newest flavor release since their popular ‘Super Hot’ variety went on sale in 2016.

You will definitely be saying “Hola” to hot with this brand new sauce! Made with Scotch Bonnet and Habanero peppers; the sauce is the hottest Gringo Bandito flavor to-date and It is definitely not the faint of heart and it’s perfect for those who like it fiery. As with the other Gringo Bandito hot sauces; this has 70% less salt than many competitors, is gluten free, contains no preservatives and is all natural.

Spicy Yellow will be released on Cinco De Mayo (Sunday 5/5) and will be available exclusively on Amazon.com and Gringo Bandito’s official online store.

Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro!

Ikebukuro was one of the first places I visited during my Japan trip. The 2 story Sanrio store in the town was one of my favorite Sanrio stops 😍. Just recently I got a sweet note all the way from Japan to check out the newly opened Hello Kitty Cafe in Ikebukuro!

This new Hello Kitty cafe opened up on April 25th 2019 and is located in the 8th floor of Dining Park Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It opened up this year in honor of Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary and will only be open for a limited time!

The cafe has an abundance of Hello Kitty tasty treats for any Hello Kitty Foodie. In this blog post, I share some of the kawaii offerings.

One of the surprising things I learned about Tokyo is that they are a hub for good tacosx Who would’ve known? Hello Kitty however knows of this fact and there is a great taco plate offered here at the Hello Kitty Cafe in Ikebukuro. The Hello Kitty taco rice plate is offered at $14 and has taco-flavored ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa. The cup of rice has Hello Kitty peeking from it. This is almost too cute to eat ;).

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The savory goodness doesn’t end with the taco plate however. There is also a delicious Hello Kitty tomato cream pasta. Also offered at $14; this pasta dish comes with plate of ribbon pasta in cream cheese sauce along with Hello Kitty shaped bread on top of the pasta. The plate comes with mushroom consommé soup and mashed potato salad. The mashed potatoes are shaped like Hello Kitty’s favorite fruit; apple.  The mashed potatoes  are colored with beets and pressed into a ball to make it look like a apple! How kawaii is that?

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As any Hello Kitty fan knows; Hello Kitty loves apples. Kitty’s favorite food is her Mama’s apple pie and here at Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro; there are lots of apple treats that Kitty and her friends are sure to love. The apple plate comes with a grilled apple, strawberry whipped cream and layer of custard cream. This a wonderful dessert and sweet treat. It is quite a deal too for $11.50!

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There are more lovely sweet treats at the cafe. One of the neatest treat is in a little pink cup! At first glance, it looks like a really cute coffee latte, but is actually a unique take on the English trifle cake. The cake is made into a cup with a Hello Kitty design. This dessert offered at $11.50 has blue curacao panna cotta sponge cake with strawberry sauce. There is a special touch with a Hello Kitty made out of marshmallows peeking out from a cloud of whipped cream.

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To go along with the savory and sweet dishes, is an amazing tapioca drink! The tapioca drink here consists of pink strawberry yogurt, blue curacao yogurt, whipped cream and  a cherry on top. It is a lovely milk shaped special container with a label that has a Hello Kitty design. The label has Kitty surrounded by other cute and famous characters that are congratulating her on her 45th anniversary.

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All of the offerings at Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro come with a  special Hello Kitty lunch mat and postcard. Drink orders come with a Hello Kitty coaster.

Hello Kitty Cafe Ikekebukro is a limited cafe and will close permanently at the end of June. It is on the 8th floor of Dining Park Ikebukuro in Tokyo. Opening hours are from 11am to 11pm on weekdays, and 10:30am to 11pm on weekends. For more info on where it is located please see this  link to Google Maps.

Special thanks to Candy Japan for reaching out to Hello Kitty Foodie

Source and images: Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, https://bg-mania.jp/2019/04/25290448.html

 

Hello King’s Hawaiian Grill @ Dodger Stadium!

Take me out to the ballgame….for some Hawaiian food!

Dodger Stadium says aloha via King’s Hawaiian Grill! Located at the left field pavilion at Dodger Stadium is King’s Hawaiian Grill. This is the second season that the Hawaiian favorite is back and they’re offering several ono (that’s delicious in Hawaiian ;)) dishes that’ll make you feel like you’re in Dodgertown, Hawaii!

No Dodger game is complete without a Dodger Dog and at King’s Hawaiian Grill they have a very special version. The Hawaiian BBQ Dodger Dog is served on King’s Hawaiian hot dog bun and is topped off with smoked pull pork and King’s Hawaiian original sweet pineapple bbq sauce!

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I loved the smoked pulled pork and the nice sweet pineapple bbq sauce that was smothered all over! It’s definitely a taste of the islands in a very unique way; Dodger style.

One of my favorite Hawaiian treats is dole whip and they have not one but three different versions at King’s Hawaiian Grill. Choice of dole whip flavors are pineapple, raspberry and strawberry. I can’t pass up on a classic pineapple dole whip and it turned out to be the perfect treat for a hot, spring baseball game!

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Best of all the dole whip comes in a souvenir Dodger hat helmet. You can choose from Dodger blue or pink! I bleed Hello Kitty pink 😉 and so I had to choose a pink one :).

In addition to offering all these delicious dishes; King’s Hawaiian has partnered with Dodger Legend Steve Garvey for special events at the King’s Hawaiian Grill throughout the Dodger season. 

Saying aloha at Dodger’s Stadium via King’s Hawaiian Grill will truly make you feel like you’re in paradise in Dodgertown.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on King’s Hawaiian Grill!

Hello Blazin’ Hens!

With the arrival of spring; it really is blazin’ in the South Bay! The heat is on especially at Blazin’ Hens in Redondo Beach!

Located at Slider Stop; is Blazin’ Hens a fried chicken joint offering Nashville hot chicken, sliders and poutine like tots and fries! I recently had a chance to visit this hotspot and I have to say it was one blazin’ hot time!

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Blazin’ Hens chickens are  Jidori style chicken that they prepare by brining for 24 hours. The chicken is then dipped in buttermilk or whole milk, depending on the cut and it is breaded. They fry the chicken right after you order to ensure the best quality. I really love how the chicken comes out so fresh, juicy and tender!

At Blazin’ Hens you have the choice of a half hen, whole hen, breast and wing, leg and thigh, tenders, wings or sliders.  Their sliders are made with another South Bay favorite; King’s Hawaiian buns.  Chicken spice level include plain (no seasoning), mild (guajillo), medium (cayenne), hot (habanero), x-hot (ghost pepper) and blazin’ (carolina reaper). I got the mild and it already had quite a kick to it! Hot!

To go along with the hot chicken; one can choose from their various sides. It is tots and fries galore here! Choices include regular tots or fries, sweet potato tots, garlic tots or fries, truffle tots or fries, gravy tots or fries, loaded tots or fries, mash and gravy, coleslaw or Nashville tots or fries and San Diego tots or fries (that includes carne asada, avocado, cheddar and jack cheese, cilantro, onions, chipotle mayo, avocado cilantro ranch and cotija cheese).  I really liked the gravy tots! It’s their version of poutine and comes with bacon maple gravy, cotija cheese, parsley and a topping of sunny side egg!

Blazin’ Hens is definitely the place to be this spring! Get your heat on and kick off spring with in the hottest way!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Blazin’ Hens!