Hello Sanrio Small Gift Crate!

As a kid, I loved the surprise gift bags at Sanrio. There was just something magical about opening up each surprise gift bag. The anticipation of what one will receive and the surprise and aww at what it is, is truly special.  Who doesn’t love special surprises?

Now as an adult, I am so excited to share that we can all experience once again special “surprise gifts” from Sanrio! I’m so excited to share with all my Hello Kitty Foodie readers the announcement of the “Sanrio Small Gift Crate” subscription.


Loot Crate and Sanrio have recently partnered to bring a special mystery gift box subscription called “Sanrio Small Gift Crate.”  Inspired by Sanrio’s philosophy of “small gift, big smile; ” each crate will have exclusive collections of never before seen Sanrio goods! These goodies will include super cute items such as artwork, apparel and accessories! Hmm who knows there may be some foodie theme items in there as well. ;)</div

This first crate in the subscription series is themed around Sanrio’s new brand: hello sanrio! As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the hello sanrio brand brings fans and different sanrio characters together  through unique products and digital content. This first small gift crate will have an assortment of exclusive products and content from Japan with our favorite Hello Kitty and her friends Chococat, My Melody, Keroppi, Gudetama, Badtz Maru, Little Twin Stars and Pompompurin and more.
 The first “Sanrio Small Gift Crate” design was just unveiled with Hello Kitty and Sanrio Ambassadors at  the New York Comic Con.


The first crates will be launched in November 2016 and additional crates will be available in 2017!  These super kawaii crates will be delivered four times a year!

Learn more information about the Loot Crate and Sanrio offering at www.lootcrate.com/sanrio

Hello Kitty for President!

Rock the bow….err rock the vote! A new candidate is indeed going to rock the bow and the vote this year! Hello Kitty has decided to throw her bow into the presidential race this year! Our favorite kitty along with her running mate Chococat is heading up the the “Friendship Party” for the 2016 United States Elections!


Hello Kitty always says “You can never have too many friends” and her campaign platform is all about friendship, fun and happiness.


The Hello Kitty for President campaign has officially kicked off! Embodying the true spirit of friendship, fun and happiness; there are Hello Kitty for President t-shirts, button sets, canvas tote bags, beverage koozies, and trucker hats for supporters of the Friendship party.


Hello Kitty Campaign campaign bumper sticker will also be given free with any Sanrio purchase through Election Day (while supplies last) and fans making a purchase of $40 or more from the Hello Kitty for President collection at participating Sanrio stores will receive a special presidential rosette featuring Hello Kitty and Chococat.


Hello Kitty will also be hitting the campaign trail and making appearances leading up to election week. She will visit select “Friendship Party Headquarters”

Her schedule of appearances are:

10/02/16 –        Queens, NY at Skyview Flushing
10/15/16 –        Sunrise, FL at Sawgrass Mills
10/22/16 –        Arcadia, CA at Westfield Santa Anita
10/23/16 –        Costa Mesa, CA at South Coast Plaza
Hello Kitty Foodies will have a special treat in this election campaign! The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck and the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container is offering their support of Hello Kitty’s presidential bid with a specially designed Hello Kitty for President cookie.

These cookies are super limited edition. There will only be 50 cookies per stop of the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. Guests who purchase the special cookie will receive a free bumper sticker at these select locations:

10/1/16 –          Atlanta, GA at Atlantic Station
10/8/16 –          Tampa Bay, FL at International Plaza
10/15/16 –        Boca Raton, FL at Town Center at Boca Raton
10/22/16 –        Miami, FL at Dadeland Mall
10/29/16 –        Orlando, FL at Florida Mall
11/5/16 –          Houston, TX at Woodlands Mall

Cookies will also be sold at the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container at Irvine Spectrum while supplies last.

The Friendship party is the one party where everyone is united in friendship, fun and happiness🙂. Hello Kitty has my vote!😉.


Hello Yelp Elite Event @ 21 Square Bar and Kitchen!

The number 21 is very significant to the city of Torrance, California. The city was founded in 1921 and the whole city is approximately 21 square miles. Now, this October there will be another reason for why the number 21 will be special for Torrance. 21 Square Bar and Kitchen will be opening up at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach.

The name of the restaurant actually comes from the history of Torrance and a lot of their menu items have names that pay tribute to areas in the city.

21 Square Bar and Kitchen will be opening up in October 13 but just recently a Yelp Elite Event was held at the restaurant. A few of us lucky Yelp elites were given a special preview of some the restaurant’s signature dishes and entrees.


The event started off with the 21 Square bar and Kitchen’s Pesto and Heirloom Tomato Salad Flatbread.


This crispy flatbread was topped with fresh mozzarella, garden basil, chives, evoo and colorful heirloom tomatoes. It was very refreshing and light.

Along side the flatbread, we were served Shaved Brussel Sprouts.


I really enjoyed this salad. It consisted of pickled onions, candied pecans and cider vinaigrette. I like the nice touch of sweetness due to the pecans and the vinaigrette.

The third plate of the night consisted of a dish called LYB Tater Tots.


LYB stands for “Loosen Your Belt.” The name of this dish fits it very well because you will need to loosen your belt for sure! These tater tots are topped with capicola, mortadella, salami, sausage and is drizzled with cheddar cheese and scallions. The crowning glory of this dish is the poached egg.

Up next were the Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos.


This taco dish consisted of a beautiful trio of mahi mahi fish tacos topped with smoked chili slaw, queso fresco, cilantro crema and salsa. These tacos spell coastal comfort food all over.

Soon after the tacos were served, a smorgasbord of carb heaven was up next.

It started off with the Dog on Board Combo.


It was indeed a dog on a board ! On top of a small wooden surf board is a 21 cm spicy andoulle sausage (dog) marinated in their 21 and over amber ale. This sausage is sandwiched in a bavarian pretzel bun.  For those who like a little fiery kick in their meal, this spicy dog is for you!

Next up in the carb galore, was the Madrona Burger.


This is one of the dishes that has name that pays tribute to the city of Torrance. Madrona is a popular street in the city. Just like their namesake, this burger is sure to be popular with the locals. The Madrona Burger has Strauss family grass-fed beef, cob smoked bacon, graft on cheddar, lettuce, tomato all in between an alchemy of backing potato bun! It’s big, bad and delicious!

Accompanying the Madrona Burger, were 21 Square Bar and Kitchen’s onion rings.


These onion rings were amazing. The batter was dipped in their absolution beer and it gave   a nice sweet taste to the onion rings.

For those looking for a seafood version of the Madrona Burger, they have the Dungeness Crab Cake Sandwich.


This is another sandwich with the alchemy of baking potato bun but instead of a burger what is in between is a thick dungeons crab cake, avocado and grain mustard tartar.

Seafood actually plays quite a role in 21 Square Bar and Kitchen’s menu. That night we also got to try some of their signature seafood dishes.

The Absolution Fish and Chips was a favorite of many that night.


Housed in a tall Absolution beer can, were long crispy absolution beer battered cod. Alongside the fish, were crispy french fries and their awesome sauce. What exactly is their awesome sauce? Well it’s a secret but we heard there is a bit of sriracha in there.😉

Another fabulous seafood dish of the night was their Pan-Roasted Sea Scallops.


The sea scallops are laid on top of ricotta gnocchi, mushrooms, asparagus, peas, shaved parmesan and truffle butter. The gnocchi is perfectly soft and delectable.

All of 21 Square Bar and Kitchen’s entrees are amazing but not to be outdone is their fabulous cocktail menu. We were so fortunate to get a taste of some of their various delightful drinks.

First up was their 21 and Over Absolution Ale.


This ale was created and craved right here in Torrance!  The whole 21 Square Bar and Crew headed over to popular Torrance Brewery, Absolution. Side by side with the Absolution, crew, the 21 Square Bar and Crew came up with this beer!

The other cocktail offered that night was their 21 Mule.


I really enjoyed their version of the Moscow mule. It had Tito’s vodka, ginger beer and fresh squeezed lime.

21 Square Bar and Kitchen also has a version of the ever so popular Old Fashion.


Consisting of Templetion Rye whiskey, maple syrup, chocolate bitters and scorched orange oil; this was a drink many Yelp elites enjoyed that night.

Last but not least was their house made El Dude.


This is their house made concoction made out of Fugu horchata vodka and kahlua. It’s sweet and creamy!

For those looking for a nonalcoholic drink, 21 Square Bar and Kitchen’s has sodas and iced teas.


Their iced tea is very refreshing and goes well with many of the dishes.

From savory entrees to tasty drinks; it seemed only appropriate to end the night with a fantastic dessert.

Made table side is their signature 21 Square Torando Sundae.


Chef Rogelio of 21 Square Bar and Kitchen makes this sundae out of liquid nitrogen and the result is a creamy, delightful treat!

It was really a wonderful preview of the upcoming Torrance restaurant. As a South Bay native, I love that the name and dishes of this restaurant pay tributes to a great city. 21 Square Bar and Kitchen will be opening up on October 13 and I cannot wait to come visit again!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review of the 21 Square Yelp Elite Event.

Hello Gudetama Promo at Egg n’ Things!

Aloha Hello Kitty Foodies! I have the most egg-cellent news to share!

Hello Kitty, and Eggs ‘n Things, a popular Waikiki eatery, have teamed up to offer a special promotion featuring our favorite lazy egg Gudetama



Eggs ‘n Things has been popular with locals in Waikiki since 1974. They specialize in pancakes, omelets and crepes.

Now as our lazy egg friend becomes a part of the Egg ‘n Things ohana,  the Egg ‘n Things menu takes on a new twist. They have specially developed Gudetema plates that locals are sure to love.

One of the offerings is the Gudetama “Sleepy” Menu


The entrée will have a Loco Moco with a fresh island Gudetama egg and bacon blanket. This will be accompanied with a  Gudetama hot chocolate drink with whipped cream. Hot coffee with whipped cream will also be offered.

For dessert, a yummy Gudetama pancake with lemon frosting, whipped Cream and fresh strawberries and a chocolate sauce will be offered up

The Gudetama “Sleepy” Menu will be available from 12:00 PM to closing and will be at a set menu price of $15.00

Later on in the day the Gudetama “Lazy” Menu will be offered.


The entrée for the “Lazy” Menu is a burger with Gudetama egg and french fries. The drink will be a Gudetama iced coffee or iced cappuccino with whipped cream.

Dessert for this menu will also be the Gudetama pancake with lemon frosting, whipped Cream and fresh strawberries and a chocolate sauce will be offered up

The Gudetama “Lazy” Menu will be available from 4:00 PM to Closing and it will be at a set menu price of $15.00

Not only will these meals be yummy, eating these meals will help out a great cause!

A portion of the meal proceeds from the promotion will be donated to Japan Society’s Kumamoto Relief Fund for the victims of the latest Earthquake in Japan. For more information, visit: japansociety.org/earthquake.

Both the “Sleepy” and “Lazy” menu are sure to be egg-cellent! Don’t be sleepy and lazy but head over to Eggs ‘n Things! The Gudetema promo will run from September 30th to October 28th and it will be offered at all three locations of Eggs ‘n Things.

Eggs ‘n Things Locations:

  • Ala Moana 451 Piikoi Street
  • Waikiki Flagship  343 Saratoga Road
  • Waikiki Beach Eggspress  2464 Kalakaua Avenue




Hello Pressed Juicery @ The Point!

Another new hot spot has opened up at El Segundo’s  The Point and it is no other than Pressed Juicery.


Pressed Juicery is a popular juicer offering cold pressed juices made out of farm fresh produce. They are known for juices that do not have any sugar, sweeteners, fillers, or preservatives. It’s all about bringing a healthy lifestyle to people through juice.

Their juice menu offerings are from the following categories: seasonal, green, roots, citrus, fruits, signature, coffee, H2O and refreshers and classics. They also have three different cleanses to choose from.

Aside from juice drinks however, Pressed Juicery has a very unique offering in their Freeze frozen dessert!

The Freeze is Pressed Juicery’s version of ice cream. This soft serve cool treat is made purely out  vegetables, fruits, nuts and almond milk.  It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and has no added sugars. There are six different flavors to choose from  Greens (Apple, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine, spinach, dates, coconut), Roots  (Beets, carrots, apple, lemon, ginger, dates, coconut), Citrus  (Orange, apple, pineapple, dates, coconut), Fruits (Strawberry, apple, coconut, dates),  Vanilla (Almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt) or Chocolate (Cacao, almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt)

I tried a  Freeze with a mix of Vanilla and Greens flavors and topped it with shaved almonds, strawberries and granola.


This has to be the healthiest soft serve I’ve ever had as well as one of the tastiest. Who knew I could get vegetables in a dessert and have it taste good? The combo I got gave me some veggies (via the Greens flavor), healthy fats (via the Vanilla flavor and shaved almonds), fruits (via the strawberries) and the extra tasty crunch of granola! I could not ask for more in a dessert. It was healthy and made me happy.

I have always been fond of all the spots that have opened up at The Point and I am happy to see Pressed Juicery as part of the amazing line up of places there.


Hello Kang Ho Dong Baekjong!

The popular Seoul based Korean BBQ chain has opened up another branch in Southern California! Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong now has a  location in Torrance, California.

The restaurant is named after the owner of the restaurant who is no other than comedian and former wrestler Kang Ho Dong. Walking in, one is greeted with a large cutout of the owner.


Aside from the cutout, the ode to the comedian/wrestler can be seen in various funny and unique cartoons of Kang Ho Dong.


The second part of the restaurant name “Baekjeong” comes from the Korean word for “butcher.” This is perhaps to allude to the meat that they serve.

Here at the newly opened Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, one has the choice of a meat combo or pork combo. Regardless of which one you choose, you must come hungry!

Just like other Korean BBQ spots, this place comes with banchan. Among the Kang Ho Dong banchan that is offered is Baekjeong lettuce and veggie salad, kimchijeon (Korean pancake),  kimchi, gamma jorim (Korean braised potatoes), seaweed and radishes.

Free with the combo offerings is steamed egg, corn and cheese and onion. The steamed egg and corn cheese are already placed at the table.  It is off to the side of the gas and charcoal fired grill setup that they have here. These items cook along side with the meat.


When the steamed egg is fully cooked, it is awesome. It’s very fluffy. The corn and cheese were also great and one of my favorite sides of the night. I love the melted cheese along the sweet corn.

The combo offerings also come with choice of beef brisket soybean paste stew or kimchi stew.


I tried the beef brisket soybean paste stew and found that it was nice mix of tofu, beef strips, clams as well as jalapeño.

The cooking of the meat here is done by the staff of Kang Ho Dong Baekjong.


I chose to get the pork combo which came with premium seared pork belly, premium pork jowl and marinated pork collar.

Once the meat is fully cooked, the staff will let you know.


The servers will cut the meat into bite sized pieces and place them on the outer part of the grill to keep them warm but slow the cooking.

The meat can be enjoyed with a special dipping sauce that consists of wasabi, onion, jalapeño soy sauce and rice wine.

All the meat along with the banchan will be sure to make you full and content! You will be leaving Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong with a happy tummy and happy smile.

For more smiles, please my Yelp review on the newly opened Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in Torrance.


Hello Brunch @ Salt Creek Grille!

Salt Creek Grille  first opened up Plaza El Segundo in 2007.  With its mesquite grilled menu and hand crafted cocktails, it’s been a favorite for many South Bay locals for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Did you know however that they also offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays? Every Saturday and Sunday they offer brunch from 10:30am-2:30pm.

I recently got to try the brunch on a beautiful Saturday and I had a very blissful brunch experience. The brunch menu consists of so many delicious entrees that include quiches and special egg and sandwich creations by the chef. Customers can also choose to get the Salt Creek Grille lunch items during brunch.

My brunch experience here started off with their beignets.


This brunch beignets offering consist of five powder sugar-coated crisp pastry cream-filled apple fritters. The beignets are on top of raspberry drizzle and there is bourbon caramel sauce on the side for dipping.


These beignets are simply amazing. They come out from the Salt Creek Grille kitchen perfectly fresh. I love how light and fluffy these delightful donuts are.

The next item I got to try is Salt Creek Grille’s newest brunch offering. This is no other than their honey fried chicken and waffles.


Salt Creek Grille does very well in their creation of this classic salty and sweet dish. Three pieces of juicy honey fried chicken are on top of a thick Belgian Waffle. The fried chicken consists of juicy pieces of chicken breast, thigh and leg. Off to the side is maple syrup for dipping as well as sweet butter for the waffle topping.

My favorite brunch offering during my brunch visit at Salt Creek Grille was the Monte Cristo.


The Monte Cristo simply blew me away at first bite. This breakfast sandwich consisted of brioche bread dipped in egg batter, tavern ham, roasted turkey breast, swiss and Dijonnaise. At the bottom of the sandwich was raspberry melba sauce and at the top of the sandwich was sprinkles of powdered sugar. There was fresh fruit on the side to compliment the sandwich.

I just found this sandwich to be indulgence at it’s finest. The brioche just had the perfect crispy texture. I love how the flavor of the Dijoinaise enhanced the tavern ham, roasted turkey breast and swiss. The raspberry melba sauce and powdered sugar gave a nice sweet touch.

This sandwich was excellent and I was even more impressed when I heard the story behind the Monte Cristo at Salt Creek Grille El Segundo. General Manager  Christina Grenart shared her story behind the Monte Cristo with me. When she was a little girl, she would visit her grandma. Together her and her grandma would share Monte Cristo sandwiches made out of French  toast. When she got older and got married, her husband worked at Disneyland and she would often eat Monte Cristo sandwiches at Disneyland’s French Quarter. The memories of eating Monte Cristo sandwiches with her grandma and enjoying Monte Cristo sandwiches at Disneyland inspired her to bring the Monte Cristo to Salt Creek Grille. She worked with the chef at Salt Creek Grille to make their own version. From the touch of the raspberry melba sauce to the tavern ham, Cristy and the Salt Creek Grille chef perfected this brunch sandwich.

The brunch offerings at Salt Creek Grille are amazing but as mentioned earlier in this post, customers can also partake in many of favorite lunch items during brunch. One favorite healthy options is their fish tacos.


 The fish tacos consist of mesquite grilled seafood, cabbage slaw and pico de gallo on top of the customer’s choice of corn or flour tortillas. It is accompanied with black beans and  citrus brown rice. The fish inside the tacos are the Chef’s selection.


This particular brunch day, the tacos had a mix of halibut, sea bass, salmon and mahi mahi. The tacos were packed with plenty of fish. It is definitely a seafood lovers ideal meal.

For beverages at brunch, folks can enjoy many of Salt Creek Grille’s handcrafted cocktails, craft beers or their Stumptown coffee! I tried their Stumptown chocolate cold brew.


Wow, this chocolate cold brew with milk is chocolate milk and coffee caffeine crazy deliciousness. I loved how the coffee had that nice hint of chocolate. It’s definitely one that will bring a bit of perk to your morning 😉.

The brunch at Salt Creek Grille is great start for any weekend! The entrees are very fulfilling and delicious. Each item is well prepared by the talented chefs of the restaurant and is sure to bring a happy smile to your face. Salt Creek Grille is not only great for lunch, dinner and happy hour but is also excellent for brunch!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review about Salt Creek Grille’s brunch.