Hello Newberry Coffee and Tea!

Coffee, Tea and Newberry!

There’s a new place in the South Bay to get a good cup of coffee for cold days  or an iced cold boba for chilly days.  Newberry Coffee and Tea just opened up this January 2019 in Torrance, CA! Newberry Coffee Roasters gets all their coffee beans from Brazil, Columbia, Indonesia, Panama, Guatemala and Hondura and they roast their coffee locally in Los Angeles weekly. Being a big coffee and boba fan, I had to check this place out.

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Since it was a rather warm day in Los Angeles, my eye was on their Favorite Blended menu. Two in particular caught my eye; the Caramel Frappe and the Taro Milk Molly

For those looking for a great day kickstart, the Caramel Frappe is one that I recommend! With espresso,  caramel, coffee jelly and oreo; it’s the perfect blend of coffee and sweet. I liked the hints of caramel within in the espresso. Typically espresso drinks can be a bit too strong for me but here they do it just right.

The Taro Milk Molly has milk, taro, panda boba and custard. This one is a classic boba drink for those who like simple and sweet.

The frappe and molly were just two of the drinks that I enjoyed. They have many more in their Favorite Blended menu but you can also customize and make your own!

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It’s always nice to see a nice new coffee shop. Newberry Coffee and Tea Company hits the spot for when craving some coffee or boba!

For more smiles, please my Yelp Review on Newberry Coffee and Tea Company!

Hello Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival 2019!

The biggest event is about to hit this April 6 and April 7 in Southern California! Coming to Doheny State Beach is the  Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival 2019!

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This festival is brought to us by our friends from Gringo Bandito and will be filled with unlimited tastings from over 150 craft beers and gourmet tacos. There will also be Luche Libre style wrestling as well as performances from awesome bands such as The Offspring, Flogging Molly,  Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag and many more awesome bands

Hello Kitty Foodie is excited about the amazing variety of tacos! Among the delectable delights on the taco menu are carne asada, chicken, al pastor, grilled fish, fried fish, shrimp and lobster! A perfect pair with the tacos are our favorite Gringo Bandito sauce!

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This year will also mark the 9th Annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge, where professional eaters from around the world compete for cash prizes and the highly-coveted title of Chronic Tacos Eating Champion. 2018 Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Eating Champion Takeru Kobayashi, from Nagano, Japan returns to defend his 2018  title. Last year he devoured an 154 tacos in 10 minutes. Hmm, Hello Kitty Foodies do you think you can eat that many tacos?

This event has sold out the last two years and so you definitely don’t want to miss it. Single Day tickets start at $59.50 (plus fees) and Weekend tickets start at $89.50 (plus fees). Kids 7 and under get in free with an adult ticket holder. There also special VIP lounge tickets available!

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA). Sabroso will also partner with Big Brother Big Sister, who mentor many of our youth facing adversity.

Tickets our officially on sale now at www.SabrosoTacoFest.com!  Be sure to grab the hottest ticket in town!

For more info on Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito, you can also check out www.SabrosoTacoFest.com and their social media channels Facebook: @sabrosotacofest,  and instagram: @sabrosotacofest, 

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Hello Thai Hub Torrance!

Thai food is one of my favorite types of cuisine and I’m always on the lookout for a good place to find some great Thai dishes. This 2019, there’s a new “hub” in Torrance just for that!  Thai Hub Torrance Street Food and Dessert Cafe just opened up this new year and is quickly becoming a go-to Thai place for those in the South Bay (and beyond).

Thai Hub Torrance says that their love for Thai food is “infinite” and this is evident in the menu consisting of a large variety of Thai dishes. One can find authentic dishes such as  E-Sarn Rice Sausage, Tom Zap Baby Pork Rib soup, Thai Papaya Salad and Ka prow Grounded beef.

A good way to try out their different offerings is through their lunch set. The lunch set is offered daily from 11am through 3:30pm. I’ve found that these are great deal to get a glimpse of their variety.

Their Pad See Ew lunch set is one of my favorites.

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The Pad See Ew comes with egg, wonton soup and two chicken wings. The chicken wings happen to be one of their appetizer offerings too! The Thai style breaded chicken wings are scrumptious! Served piping hot, each bite gives a delightful crunch. Not to be outdone is the wonton soup that consists of  fully stuffed chicken and shrimp wontons, tender BBQ pork and bok choy. The star of this lunch set of course however is their  Pad See Ew. The fact rice noodles have a good mix of eggs, Chinese broccoli and chicken.

Another popular lunch set and one that I also really like is their Yellow Curry Chicken.

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Yellow Curry Chicken is a staple in Thai cuisine and here at Thai Hub they really know their curry! The Yellow Curry is full of flavor! There is tender chicken breast, potatoes, onions and carrot. It’s great over the white rice and mixed with hard-boiled eggs that comes with the set. On the side is their Spicy beef Salad. This salad has a bit of kick to it because of the spicy lime dressing. There is grilled beef, cucumber, lemongrass, tomatoes and mint.

I am happy to see this new “hub” for Thai food in Torrance! It’s one amazing new addition to the South Bay this 2019!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Thai Hub Torrance.

 

Hello Kitty x Herschel!

Hello Kitty is saying “Happy New Year” in the cutest way via a cool new collaboration with Herschel Supply! Herschel bags are well known for their streamline silhouettes and playful finishes. Now they will be offering us three brand new backpack options and fanny pack with a special Hello Kitty touch!

The bags will be offered in pink, black and gray. Some details include a embroidered Hello Kitty, a tonal, all over Hello Kitty print as well poppy red/white Hello Kitty interior.

Super stylish and super cute! Let’s all ring in the new year the Sanrio way with the Hello Kitty x Herschel collaboration launching this January 22!

Hello Offset Coffee!

“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.”

Hello 2019! The new year is upon us! I am happy to write about a small new coffee shop that is sure to bring extraordinary eats and drinks to many this new year.

Offset Coffee opened up in Torrance, California just this December 27, 2018. The owners are two locals who simply love coffee. They wanted to share their love of coffee via opening up the only multi-roaster coffee shop in the South Bay.

Walking in, I instantly became a fan of the small and simple cafe. It definitely sets an “offset” type of mood from the hustle and bustle of a busy life. Very simple. Very basic. It’s all about taking a breather and simply enjoying the coffee here.

Their menu consists of various coffee delights ranging from drip coffee to cortado and flavored lattes.  Flavored lattes are vanilla, hazelnut and lavender. They also offer cold brews, Mexican cokes and hot chocolate.

Upon my visit here, my mom and I tried the hazelnut latte and cappuccino, respectively.

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The hazelnut latte was simply delightful. It had the right hint of hazelnut flavor in the cup. It was nutty, sweet and creamy and a perfect match to the pastries we would also try on this visit.

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The cappuccino was also great. A perfect starter for the day with it’s rich and bold flavor.

To go along with are cups of coffee, we tried two of their fresh baked pastries. Offset’s pastries are from Bakers Kneaded. Bakers Kneaded bakes daily in Los Angeles organic whole grain breads and pastries from California sourced and grown ingredients.

First up we tried the bombolini.

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Talk about heaven in a bite. These Italian doughnuts are filled with custard that simply melts in the mouth. It is no wonder these sell out almost daily at the shop.

The next pastry we tried was their almond croissants.

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The almond croissants have a buttery, flaky crust topped with powdered sugar and almonds. Inside is a lovely almond paste that is simply perfection.

Trying out Offset Coffee was great way or shall I say an extraordinary way to start the new year.  I cannot wait to have more “offset” days.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Offset Coffee,

Hello Yelp Elite Black Badge 2019!

Hello YelpLA Elite 2019! I’m happy to kick off this year with some elite news!

From LA to Tokyo in 2018 and 125 reviews later, I am part of the Yelp Elite squad for 2019!

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Yelp has played a very special role in my blogging life ever since I started writing for Yelp in 2008. Now 11 years elite, I can say it continues to be the BEST foodie adventure. I love discovering new places and being able to share my experiences with everyone.

2018 was a fun-filled year with Yelp filled with so many amazing moments.

I was blessed too to be part of one of the first LA West Yelp Elite events of 2018 at the Brio Yelp Elite Event.

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Come spring it was an unforgettable night of dress to impress and dancing shoes  at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo for Yelp LA’s Cocktails and Cars Casino Royale Style .

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Lastly this past fall was one sweet treat to be part of Yelp’s First Look at Randy’s Donuts.

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I cannot wait to see what is in store for 2019!

SYOY at http://hellokittyfoodie.yelp.com

Hello Kitty Foodie Year in Review 2018!

The year is coming quickly to a close and as I look back, I am simply thankful for this year that brought so many wonderful surprises and blessings. New friends, new opportunities and new blessings all around and along those were some very special Hello Kitty Foodie adventures. For my last blog post of the year, I share with you some of my favorite places that I visited this year.

Hello Kitty Foodie Best Healthy Eats 2018!

Who says healthy can’t be delicious? I tried some great organic places this year that proved healthy can be tasty too!

Sage Bistro Culver City (blog post: January 2018)

Sage is a plant-based bistro specializing in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. I was such a fan of their farm to table concept and enjoyed having dinner here. Sage’s Bollywood Bowl was a great Indian dish packed with lentil daal, eggplant, tomato, potato, onion, corn, edamame, steamed kale, spicy pickled cabbage, tamarind sauce and mint chutney. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

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Orveganic (blog post: April 2018)

The cute cafe opened up earlier this year in Lawndale, California and I absolutely became a fan the instant I walked in. The Almond Chardonnay Cheddar Alfredo is amazing and is on the top of the best vegan dishes ever. Their TexMex Tofu scramble is also a healthy and hearty dish that I quite enjoyed.

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Tocaya Organica at The Point (blog post: June 2018)

The Point did it again this year! It brought us all once again a very special restaurant. This time it was Tocaya Organica. Tocaya Organica is a modern organic Mexican restaurant that is all about always sustainable, always fresh, always sustainable cuisine. Their taco combo plates are the best!

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Hello Kitty Foodie Best Drinks 2018!

Coffee, tea or Hello Kitty? I am also up for a good cup of coffee, soothing cup of tea or refreshing boba. This 2018, I was blessed to try so many delightful drinks!

Happy Lemon Gardena  (blog post: January 2018)
When Happy Lemon opened up next to my favorite Sanrio Store in Gardena, I was ecstatic! Happy Lemon is well-known as the “Home of the Salted Cheese Tea.” I love their made fresh to order Salted Cheese Tea Drinks.

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Philz Coffee El Segundo (blog post: April 2018)

Having a Philz in the South Bay is a true dream come true! I was thrilled when this famous coffee shop opened up in El Segundo. It’s no surprise here that I frequent this coffee cafe often. 🙂

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Hello Kitty Foodie Best Desserts 2018!

This year was sweet in many different ways :). How sweet it was 2018! Thank you for so many delectable desserts

Churroholic (blog post: January 2018)

Churroholic is the sister to Hiccups boba cafe. It is a sweet place offering handcrafted churros, coffee and ice cream.  I love their creative looking Cookie Monster ice cream topped with a matcha pebbles churro.

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The Grail Churros and Ice Cream (Blog post: March 2018)

Visiting The Grail Churros in Redondo Beach was a true treat as I indulged in their sandstorm ice cream sandwich with cosmo dust, langka ice cream and Captain Crunch cereal. They’ve got several Filipino ice cream flavors as well different styles of churros.

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Hello Kitty Foodie Best Travel Foodie Destinations 2018!

This year was full of travel surprises! I didn’t expect to go to New York but I did and had an amazing time on the East Coast. I also didn’t expect that this year would be the year I would get to do my dream trip to Japan! There was even a bonus stop in Taiwan! Thank you 2018 for my world-wide Hello Kitty Foodie adventures

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Syracuse (blog post: August 2018)

Rawr! Rawr-ing with deliciousness is this famous bar-b-que joint in Syracuse. It was once featured on Food Network and a must visit when in town.

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Joey’s Italian Restaurant (blog post: August 2018)

No one does Italian quite like the New Yorkers! Joey’s in Syracuse was a true gem. I loved their Chicken Tentrazini which was made with Joey’s housemade noodles and topped with a breast of chicken sautéed with mushrooms, roasted red peppers and peas.

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Hello Kitty Princess Room @ Keio Plaza Hotel (blog post: December 2018)

I had the best breakfast while staying at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku! Hello Kitty Breakfast included a Hello Kitty stamped omelette, a Hello Kitty sandwich, sides of fries, ratatouille, corn soup, salad with hello kitty shaped croutons and hello kitty shaped radishes and yogurt with a hello kitty bow candy in an apple bowl.

Sanrio Puroland (blog post: November 2018)

Everything in Puroland was super kawaii even the food! Their Hello Kitty curry was the cutest curry I’ve ever had!

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Hello Kitty Japan Diversity  (blog post: November 2018)

It was true treat to visit Hello Kitty Japan in DiverCity because I got to try matcha and vanilla ice cream topped with a Hello Kitty pancake!

Reissue Cafe Harajuku (blog post: December 2018)

This place could also be listed in the  Hello Kitty Foodie Best Drinks 2018 section! It was my number one reason for coming to Harajuku. I loved, loved, loved my 3D Hello Kitty latte! Kohei Matsuno is one awesome artist with his latte creations. I am a fan!

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Hello Kitty Foodie Best Local Eats 2018!

Home is truly where the heart is. I’m always happy to find some good eats back home!

Stonefire Grill (blog post: February 2018)

It was really awesome to be one of the first guests at the opening of Stonefire Grill in Torrance this year! Their boneless chicken breast and tri-tip are perfect for family sharing.

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Little Sister Redondo Beach (blog post: May 2018)

I love that Little Sister opened up another branch and that is in the South Bay! I am such a fan of their dishes full of Southeast Asian flavor. Chef Tin Vuong’s creations such as the pan-fried e-fu noodle are mouthwatering.

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Jimmy’s Kouzina (blog post: May 2018)

Specializing in Italian and Greek food; Jimmy’s Kouzina offers homemade plates that are sure to fill your tummies and hearts. I loved their spanakopitas.

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Howlin Ray’s (blog post: July 2018)

LA has got this Hello Kitty Foodie howlin’ over their hot chicken! The hype and heat are real with the Nashville fried chicken covered at this hot spot in Far East Plaza in LA’s Chinatown.

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Island Flavor Cafe (blog post: July 2018)

It’s true ono kine grindz at this new Hawaiian cafe in Torrance. Their furikake chicken makes me want to go to this place again and again.

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Avenue Italy (blog post: September 2018)

I celebrated my birthday this year at the lovely Italian restaurant, Avenue Italy, in Palos Verdes, California. Everything about my birthday meal was wonderful. The waiter’s recommendation Pollo e prosciutto was perfectly flavored with rosemary and vodka.

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Hello Kitty Foodie Best Breakfast Eats 2018!

Randy’s Donuts at The Point (blog post: September 2018)

The iconic donut shop opened up in the South Bay this year and I couldn’t be happier! The Breakfast Donut sandwiches are exclusive to this location and are made with glazed donut rolls with maple pepper bacon, all natural sausage, cafe free eggs, hash browns and American cheese. It’s the most intense and savory/sweet way to start off a day!

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Calo Kitchen at The Point (blog post: December 2018)

Calo Kitchen is my new South Bay favorite restaurant. Everything from the service to the food is simply phenomenal. Their Short Rib Enchiladas simply melt in your mouth.

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Hello Kitty Foodie Best Places for Sanrio Treats 2018!

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe (blog post: December 2018)

I love The Bow Room at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe in Irvine Spectrum. Both the afternoon tea and cocktail service were a lot of fun! It was one amazing time for this Hello Kitty Foodie.

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2018 was truly a special year! As I mentioned it was filled with so many surprises and so many blessings. I am truly thankful and am grateful for each and every moment. I am looking forward to what 2019 has in store.