Hello Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill Torrance!

Hello Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill Torrance!

We’re full into the “Ber” months which means it’ll be brrrr…cold weather soon! One of my go-to foods during chilly weather is Korean tofu soup. There is something really comforting about a hot pot of hearty soup filled with tofu. I’m thus so happy to see the opening of Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill in Torrance.

The menu consists of traditional Korean tofu, stews, rice and noodle dishes. I love getting the Tofu Combination which comes with a mini tofu soup along with a classic Korean dish such as Bulgogi and Bibimap.

My favorite Korean tofu soup here is the Dumpling with Beef. It comes with large dumplings filled with beef along with tender pieces of beef. I always get this as a mild to give it a perfect little kick.

Each of the orders come with plenty of banchan (Korean side dishes). These include kimchi, kongnamool (bean sprouts), gamja salad (potato salad), oi muchim (cucumber), chilled tofu and spicy tofu strips. My favorite from the banchan are the oi muchim and the gamja salad. The gamja salad has a nice sweetness to it with sliced apples and carrots.

The food is here is delightful and you’ll be sure to leave happy with a smile. It’s definitely perfect for chilly days and the holidays coming up!

For more smiles; please see Yelp Review on Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill.

Hello and Happy Grand Opening Presotea Torrance!

Hello and Happy Grand Opening Presotea Torrance!

I love boba and I’m thrilled to see a new boba spot open up in Torrance, California. Now open at Village Del Amo is the newest Presotea. Presotea Torrance is celebrating their grand opening today; November 14, 2021 and the first 100 people can get free boba!

Presotea first started in 2006 and now has several locations around Southern California. What makes their tea so good is how each drink is freshly made using high temp to extract the tea leaves. The freshness of the drink really comes out.

They have an extensive menu that includes milk teas, fresh teas, fruit teas, coffee, blended drinks and brown sugar drinks. One can get topping of black pearl, grass jelly, lychee coconut jelly, pudding, panda pearl, aloe vera, crystal boba, sea cream, creme brûlée and organic fresh cream.

From the milk teas; my two favorites include the Thai Pearl Milk Tea and the Panda Milk Tea.

The Thai Pearl Milk Tea is just like a traditional Thai Tea drink. One can really taste the fresh tea leaves in this one. It’s very refreshing and flavorful.

The Panda Pearl Milk Tea is a unique and awesome boba drink, It’s called Panda because it has black and white boba. The black and white is just like a panda. Double the boba and double the fun.

From their brown sugar drinks; my favorite is the Brown Sugar Creme Brûlée. It’s sweet dessert in drink form. I love Creme brûlée and love how this drink has that perfect rich custard flavor.

Presotea is a definite must try and today and tomorrow are the perfect days to check out Presotea! For their grand opening today; the first 100 people will get a free drink! After 100 people today; it will then be buy 1, get 1 drinks for the rest of the day and tomorrow. Smile and enjoy Hello Kitty Foodies!

For more smiles; please check out my Yelp review on Presotea Torrance!

Hello Kitty x Tea Drops!

Hello Kitty x Tea Drops!

I’ve always loved tea! Whether hot tea or iced tea; I am a fan ☺️. One of my favorite things to do is sip a warm cup of tea while reading a good books. I also love iced tea and enjoying a sweet tea drink. Thus; I was so excited to hear Tea Drops is collaborating with Sanrio! Two of my favorite: tea and Hello Kitty are coming together!

Tea Drops is an amazing company that offers quality organic, whole leaf tea and now their teas are even more special and extra kawaii with teas inspired by our favorite; Hello Kitty! This past November 2; a special launch at the Hello Kitty Cafe was held to celebrate these teas.

The hot teas from the Tea Drops x Hello Kitty collection consist of three Hello Kitty inspired flavors: Apple Pie a La Mode, English Breakfast and Strawberry Matcha. Each of the teas consist of a Hello Kitty shaped tea bomb that is super kawaii and super easy to use! Just drop in hot water and you’re off to sipping some delightful tea!

Mama’s Apple Pie is one of my favorites! Hello Kitty loves Mama’s Apple Pie and the Apple Pie a La Mode tea sure will be a favorite for other Hello Kitty fans too! It has notes of apple, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

The English Breakfast is another yummy offering that is the perfect way to start a kawaii day!

Last but definitely not least for the hot teas is the Strawberry Matcha. Who remembers the sweet scented erasers from the Sanrio store? This tea brings me back to my childhood with its sweet strawberry aroma.

The Tea Drops x Hello Kitty collaboration does not end with the hot teas though because there is more! This collaboration also has bubble tea!

There is a very special Bubble Tea Kit with English breakfast tea, tapioca pearls and a reusable rose gold straw. It’s no secret that I love bubble tea and am so happy with this Hello Kitty inspired kit!

The Tea Drop x Hello Kitty collection is a must for any tea lover and any Hello Kitty lover! Inspired by Hello Kitty’s favorite things; these teas are sure to be a favorite drink for all of us Hello Kitty foodies too!

Hello Kitty Foodies please enjoy 20% off the Tea Drop x Hello Kitty collection via this Link. Have a tea-riffic sweet day!

Hello Sprinkles ATM Del Amo!

Hello Sprinkles ATM Del Amo!

“I love Sprinkles…Yes I do! Yes I do!!”

I am so excited for latest addition to the Del Amo Fashion Center. Sprinkles Cupcakes! The popular Beverly Hills cupcakes that started the cupcake haute craze is now in the South Bay via a cupcake ATM.

The very first Sprinkles ATM was introduced in 2012 and located next to a Sprinkles Bakery. It was in 2016 at the University of Southern California campus that the first standalone ATM was introduced. Since then there have been several ATM locations around So-Cal. The latest is now at Del Amo Fashion Center.

Each cupcake is baked fresh daily and placed in an individual box which is placed inside the ATM. The ATM can hold up to 600 cupcakes.

Cupcakes are $5.50 each and the current flavors available at Del Amo Fashion Center include Black and White, Dark Chocolate, Red Velvet, Sprinkles, Strawberry and Vanilla. You can also get a 4 pack variety for $22. Cupcakes are baked fresh and replenished daily.

Once one purchases a cupcake; the happy Sprinkles song plays! It’sn catchy and you soon will find yourself singing along! Soon enough your cupcake of choice will be dispensed! Happy songs and sweet cupcakes! Win win!

The newest Sprinkles ATM machine is located at Del Amo Fashion Center’s food court right by Blaze Pizza. I love Sprinkles! Yes; I do! Yes; I do!!

For more smiles; please see my Yelp Review on Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM Machine Del Amo.

Hello Kitty x Pusheen!

Hello Kitty x Pusheen!

The much awaited collaboration between Hello Kitty and Pusheen has been announced! It will be launching on Friday; September 3, 2021.

It’s the first time the Hello Kitty and Pusheen will be coming together and there will be plenty of cuteness to go around. Among the supercute items are housewares clothing, accessories, stationary and plushes!

Kawaii offerings will be available at http://Sanrio.com and Pusheen Shop online and in stores! Though September 3 is just around the corner; we’re already starting to see some initial items from the collab!

How cute is this bag from Stich and Story and plushes from Gund?

Hot Topic already has a cute shirt and suspender dress showing the two characters as well as tie die shirt featuring Hello Kitty dressed as Pusheen! Box Lunch has lovely mint shirt featuring Hello Kitty and Pusheen holding donuts! (It’s so perfect for Hello Kitty Foodie adventures!)

This is just the start because there will be more offerings come September 3 and onwards!

We will be seeing more of the collection at popular retailers like Loungefly, Gund, Stitch and Story Claire’s and Barnes and Noble!

The #HelloKittyxPusheen collab is definitely the ultimate kawaii party!

Hello Straps Co!

Hello Straps Co!

I’m always on the go …whether it be for business travel, media events or foodie adventures! Time is of the essence and so you’ll always see my sporting my Apple Watch or Fitbit. A good, quality made watch strap is important to me and that’s why I’m such a fan of Straps Co.

Straps Co. has an awesome selection of watch bands! One can find leather, rubber, nylon, Milanese, stainless steel bands and more. The color selection is on point too. From classic black to pretty in pink; they’ve got it all.

It’s free shipping and they even have a 30 day hassle free returns! You definitely can’t beat that.

I have a variety of bands from them and I can definitely say they are great in quality. My current favorite is the pink gold Milanese loop band. It’s so pretty and perfect.

The straps from Straps Co. are sure to make you smile too!

Hello Hypland x Hello Kitty!

Hello Hypland x Hello Kitty!

Let’s get hyped Hello Kitty Foodies! I am so excited with the latest collaboration coming out from popular streetwear brand Hypland and Sanrio! The anime inspired brand by Jordan Bentley will be dropping a Hello Kitty inspired line online on August 13, 2021.

The Hypland x Hello Kitty line will feature 50 items of super kawaii clothing. We’re talking jackets, shirts and more. I’m so hyped already!!

To celebrate the launch new collab with Sanrio via a very special Hello Kitty LA Carnival pop up happening this weekend in Santa Monica, California!

The carnival kicked off with a Friends and Family night last night and will be open to the public this this weekend starting at Saturday, August 7 at 11am.

There’s lots of fun to be had at the carnival. Plenty of photo ops and some cotton candy too. Guests will also get to see the new clothing from the Hypland x Hello Kitty line. Hello Kitty herself will also be making a special appearance from 11am to 2pm this Saturday.

The Hypland x Hello Kitty carnival is free entrance. Are you ready to be hyped?! Hello Kitty hyped!

If you’re unable to make it to the pop-up make sure to stay tuned for the online drop of the Hypland x Hello Kitty collab this Friday, August 13 at 9am PST.

Hello and Help Save Nanas!

Hello and Help Save Nanas!

NANAS was started as a dream by owners Jonathan Anzaldi and his husband George. It was in January this year that they opened NANAS out of a commercial kitchen in Redondo Beach. The name is a tribute to their grandmothers and the concept of the restaurant brings their two cultures together; Mexican and Italian. The eatery is a celebration of their love and Jonathan and George’s goal is to share their love and their traditional family recipes.

I got to visit NANAS as part of a Yelp Elite perk back in June and definitely felt the love in the cooking. I got their Turkey Meatballs along with their Lemon Parsley Pasta. Their meatballs were amazing. The sauce was rich and flavorful and the meatballs were so tender. I have no doubt that these are the best meatballs in the South Bay! The Lemon Parsley Pasta also was nice light treat.

I was making plans to visit NANAS soon again when George recently wrote me a note about some of the recent struggles of the restaurant. The return to normal has directly impacted many small and local, takeout and delivery concepts, including NANAS and they are struggling to make ends meet currently.

It makes me sad to think this small restaurant is on the verge of closing and want to help save this small and lovely eatery. They currently have a Go Fund Me page and would like to share with all of my readers: Go Fund Me Page to Help Save Nanas

Please consider donating to their Go Fund and help save NANAs. This is an amazing small business run by an amazing couple. Please help this save this small business. Every dollar whether big or small will help :).

Hello Cauliflower Rice at Rubio’s!

Hello Cauliflower Rice at Rubio’s!

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Rubio’s Coastal Grill. This week they are adding something to their menu that I am really excited about. I am thrilled that this July 14; Rubio’s Coastal Grill will start to offer Cauliflower Rice as a new menu option.

I love Cauliflower Rice because it a nice alternative to rice. It has numerous health benefits, has fewer calories and less carbs that a regular cup of rice. I’ve recently been back to the gym and having healthier food options is a nice pairing to my workout routines.

Despite lower calories; Rubio’s version of Cauliflower Rice will not skimp on flavors. It is made from riced cauliflower cooked with fresh cilantro, lime juice, lemongrass and sea salt. Yum! It will definitely compliment Rubio’s signature Mexican flavors. Low calories, good health benefits and delicious? I am a fan!

The Cauliflower Rice will be available as a substitute to regular rice in any of Rubio’s bowls and burritos for just $2. One can also get it as a side with any entree or kids meal. It will be available in California, Arizona and Nevada starting this July 14.

Happy Healthy Eats; Hello Kitty Foodies!

Hello Maru Kitchen!

Hello Maru Kitchen!

I love discovering new places and just recently found an amazing Korean restaurant in Lomital, California called Maru Kitchen. Maru Kitchen specializes in a Korean food and it is true bulgogi bliss here as they’ve got an amazing variety of bulgogi dishes. They have traditional bulgogi grilled dishes, bulgogi panini and even bulgogi hot pot! Aside from bulgogi however; they’ve got a various noodles, soups and chicken wings. Yummy indeed.

Since bulgogi is one of my favorite dishes; I just had to try one of their traditional grilled dishes. I chose to get the Chicken Bulgogi. I absolutely loved the Chicken Bulgogi. It had the perfect sweet and savory bulgogi flavor. The chicken itself was moist and tender. This entree also came with a variety of delicious banchan that paired well with the tender chicken. There was kimchi, radishes with apples, bean sprouts, potato salad, seasoned spinach. My favorites from the side dishes were the potato salad and the seasoned spinach.

Aside from the traditional grilled Bulgogi; I decided to also try different type of Bulgogi offering here via their Bulgogi hot pot. The Bulgogi Hot pot came out fresh, hot and boiling from their kitchen. It had a generous amount of tender beef bulgogi, glass noodles, vegetables and sweet and savory broth. I can honestly say that this is one of the best Korean soups I’ve ever had. It’s was so comforting to eat.

Last but not least; I got to try their fresh lemonade. They’ve got traditional Lemonade, Strawberry and Peach here. We tried their Strawberry and Peach. These consisted of fresh lemonade with house-made real strawberry syrup and peach respectively. The weather has been quite warm in Los Angeles lately and thus these lemonades were a perfect refreshing treat for the sunny So-cal day!

Overall I was absolutely thrilled to get to try this new Korean spot. Their food and drinks are just right. Good in flavor and quite satisfying; I was all smiles after eating here. 맛있다!

For more smiles; please check out my Yelp review on Maru Kitchen.