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.

Hello Two Hands Torrance!

Hello Two Hands Torrance!

A new restaurant has opened up at the Torrance Crossroads plaza in Torrance, California. Joining the string of eateries there is Two Hands. Two Hands is a restaurant offering Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs!

Corn Dogs are a staple of American good eats but did you they are also a popular street food in Korea? Korean corn dogs are usually made from sausage or mozzarella cheese. Here at Two Hands; you have your choice of either sausage, mozzarella or even half and half. There is also half mozzarella and half cheddar or spicy sausage.

They currently have six corn dogs to choose from on the menu. The offerings are:

Two Hands Dog has their signature ranch sauce. I really love ranch and so if you’re a fan of ranch like me; this one is the corn dog for you.

Spicy Dog which has a combo of their spicy sauce and hot Cheetos powder. Fiery lovers will be a fan of the kick that this has.

Potato Dog which has potato cubes wrapped around a corn dog and then topped with their signature dirty sauce. This one is my personal favorite! I love the crispy potato. The dirty sauce that is smothered all over is also the best! It is such a creamy and delightful sauce. I even found myself asking for extra sauce.

Crispy Rice Dog has crispy rice puffs all around. This is another one that I really like! I love the extra crunch! One can get it plain or with ketchup, mustard or sugar. I personally like to get it plain as I like the simple rice puffs and batter flavor of the corn dog.

Injeolmi Dog has bean powder and their sweet sauce. This one is a bit more unique and one for those who want something a bit different.

Classic Dog has a sweet and savory taste. This is the classic Korean style corn dog. It’s great for those who want to try something simple for the first time.

If you can’t decide between all of the above; Two Hands has a great Mega Box that allows you to try the variety!

Each of Two Hands corn dogs are made fresh upon order and so everyone is guaranteed to get something hot and delicious!

Two Hands is one of my new favorite places in Torrance. I love the fresh and tasty corn dogs! The crispy outer and the tender dogs inside make for a perfect treat!

For more smiles please check out my Yelp Review on Two Hands Torrance.

Hello Glamnetic x Hello Kitty!

Hello Glamnetic x Hello Kitty!

DO YOU LOVE HELLO KITTY AS MUCH AS WE DO?!

TOUCHDOWN ✈️ Check out the @Glamnetic x @HelloKitty and Friends FULL COLLECTION REVEAL ✨

This EXCLUSIVE Collection includes:

💖 Limited Edition PR Box

❤️ 7 magnetic lash kit that includes a mini black magnetic felt tip eyeliner

💙 7 magnetic colored felt tip liners in deep black, cocoa brown, bright red, bright orange, deep purple, hot pink, and dark blue

💛 5 compact mirrors of each character

💜 Lash Anchors

💚 Lash Applicator

🤎 Hand Held Mirror

🧡 Hello Kitty Makeup Bag

• ✈️ Glamnetic x Hello Kitty and Friends Collection launches Thursday 5.20.21 at 10 AM PST

Hello Kitty Foodie Tip: my favorite is the magnetic lash kit! It comes in a supercute suitcase featuring Hello Kitty, Gudetama, My Melody, Kuromi or Chococat! With these lashes; you will always feel like you’re on vacation ☺️.

Hello Teppan Tarou!

Hello Teppan Tarou!

Through the years; Pacific Square in Gardena, California has become a plaza that I have come to love. Not only did they once house my childhood favorite Sanrio store; Sanrio Gardena; they also have been home to several good restaurants and boba places through the years. Now another tasty place has opened up in that plaza. Teppan Tarou is now at the Tokyo Central and Main store at Pacific Square.

Teppan Tarou specializes in a variety of classic Japanese dishes. One can find yakisoba, kushiage okonomiyaki and curry dishes. Their food is cooked by experienced Japanese chefs on a  teppan or flat iron grill. 

I recently visited Teppan Tarou and was excited to try out their Japanese food. It was difficult for me to decide what to have but as a big fan of curry; I chose to get their Pork Katsu Curry Rice dish.

This Japanese dish was excellent. The Pork Katsu was perfectly crunchy and well accompanied with fresh, crisp asparagus. The main star was the curry. The curry sauce was nice and thick. Tastewise it had a nice spicy kick. I definitely felt the heat from the curry instantly but found that the spice was nicely offset with the sweetness of ginger that was also part of the dish. The curry is comparable to some of the best curry that I have had in Japan.

Teppan Tarou definitely knows their curry and I am so excited to try more of their authentic Japanese cuisine in the future.

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Teppan Tarou.

Hello Top Chef Tacos @ Rubio’s Coastal Grill!

Hello Top Chef Tacos @ Rubio’s Coastal Grill!

My boyfriend and I love watching Top Chef. Every Thursday night my tv is set to record the latest episode of the awesome cooking show and come the weekend we’re off watching and discussing the latest Top Chef episode. Thus it is no surprise that when I heard Top Chef finalist and alum, Richard Blais partnered with Rubio’s Coastal Grill I was super excited.

The James Beard-Nominated Cookbook Author and Restaurateur has created a new line of adventure-inspired street tacos just for Rubio’s!

His offerings include a Hawaiian-inspired Hula Hula Carnitas Taco, a Blaised & Glazed Crispy Chicken Taco and Ancho Po-Boy Shrimp Taco. From Aloha eats to classic New Orleans cuisine; these tacos are sure to be loved by many. One can even customize the tacos with their choice of tortilla; flour, corn or “Keto-style” cheese tortilla.

The tacos will be served with choice of 2 of Rubio’s delicious sides . They will be available starting May 20 at Rubio’s locations in California, Arizona and Nevada.

If you are a Rubio’s Rewards members however you are in for a special treat because you will be first to try the new Rubio’s x Blais Street Taco Plate via VIP early access. For one day, on May 19, Rubio’s Reward members can place an order online at Rubios.com, or through the app, and get one free Blais taco or $5 off the Rubio’s x Blais Street Taco Plate.

I don’t know about you but I am so ready to munch on these tacos while watching my favorite episode of Top Chef. If you get to try these tacos; I’d definitely love to hear which taco you liked best!

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook and Instagram.

Hello Prima Cafe!

Hello Prima Cafe!

Hello Kitty Foodie always sippin’ bubble tea! It’s no secret that I love boba and I also love discovering new bubble places! I am thus so happy that I was able to visit the new Prima Cafe that just opened up in Lomita, California.

Prima Cafe has an amazing line up of coffees, brewed teas, flavored iced teas and milk teas. They also have macarons and cookies to pair with your favorite drink! Yum!

I love how this South Bay cafe has drink names that represent the South Bay! You can find “The Peninsula”, “The Golden Cove” and even “PCH” on their menu! Being a South Bay native; I love the nod to the local places.

The other thing that I love about this place is how they have such tasty and unique combos and flavors. My current favorite is their White Rabbit! Yes! White Rabbit named just like the original milky sweet candy from China. The White Rabbit consists of White Peach, Lychee, and Kumquat infused with Jasmine Green Tea and paired with Lychee Jelly.

⁣I love the pairing of the different flavors! Peach is one of my all time favorite flavors and this just had the right peachy hint! I also really enjoyed the lychee and lychee jelly! Last but not least; I liked the citrus flavor that the kumquat gave. It is so refreshing for Spring days!

I’m always happy to be “Sippin’ bubble tea” and so even happier to see a new place in the South Bay!

For more smiles; please check out my Yelp review on Prima Cafe!

Hello Dirty Dough Cookies!

Hello Dirty Dough Cookies!

I’m not sure if I should write about my dirty little secret…

Shh…..I just found some of the best cookies ever via Dirty Dough Cookies!

Now it’s time to reveal those dirty (dough) little secrets one by one….hmm cookie confession time!

One of my ultimate favorite cookies from Dirty Dough is The Knockout Cookie. It’s a true sweet knockout with this cookie. It’s a chocolate based cookie filled with white chocolate. It is topped off with more chocolate via a white chocolate Hershey bar and white chocolate chips. Yummy chocolate everywhere! So dirty! So good! The Knockout Cookie is one of their rotational cookies and so you want to make sure to get this while they have it.

Another fabulous cookie is the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Today happens to be National Chocolate Chip Day and so today is the perfect day for this cookie. This one is not your average Chocolate Chip cookie. It’s gigantic and has chocolate chips galore. It’s chewy, soft and perfect sweet. Hmm here is my secret…you can get this cookie whenever you want because this cookie is part of Dirty Dough’s main menu. You can always get it for those treat yo’ self days regardless of whether it’s National Chocolate Chip Day or not!

Sometimes in life you can’t decide and if you can’t pick between The Knockout Cookie or Chocolate Chip; than perhaps the Cookies and Cream Cookie is perfect for you! This one is amazing and has gooey white and dark chocolate. It’s a perfect combo of all types of chocolate. Here’s my secret; I’m already craving it (along with a tall glass of milk) while I’m typing this!

Dirty Dough Cookies definitely has a great chocolate flavored cookies but it’s no secret that I love my fruity flavors. This is where my love for their Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie comes into play. This is strawberry flavored dough with white chocolate chips. It has just the right hint of strawberry and it has that perfectly sweet taste that does taste like cheesecake. I love this and it’s definitely one that tops my list of all time great cookies! It’s another rotational item and a must try. 

I’ve only featured four cookies in this blog post but Dirty Dough has so much more. Their menu rotates and so you’re sure to find some sweet delights and surprises weekly. One thing is guaranteed for sure though and that is that you will get HUGE, soft, chewy and flavorful cookies when you order from Dirty Dough! Their flavors are fun and delicious. Hmm and now you know my dirty little secrets…..

Dirty Dough is available for pick up, delivery and shipping nationwide.

For more smiles; please check out my Yelp Review on Dirty Dough Cookies

Hello and Happy National Shrimp Day!

Hello and Happy National Shrimp Day!

Hello and Happy National Shrimp Day! Today May 10 is National Shrimp Day and Rubio’s has the perfect way to celebrate! This May 10 all Rubio’s shrimp entrées are just $6 with the purchase of any drink.

Rubio’s shrimp is responsibly sourced and marinated in a blend of ancho chiles, garlic, cilantro, olive oil and lime. It is also pan-seared on an authentic Mexican comal.

One can get the shrimp in a variety of amazing delicious dishes. You can choose from tacos, burritos and even a salad. All delicious! All $6!

My choice of entree is Rubio’s seasonal offering; the Smoky Oaxacan Shrimp Bowl. This delicious bowl has smoky Oaxacan marinated grilled shrimp, romaine, citrus rice, black beans, guacamole, cotija cheese, salsa fresca and tortilla strips topped with a signature smoky Oaxacan sauce. Wow! This bowl definitely spells celebration for a day like today!

To get the $6deal one just needs to enter the coupon code MKTG1124 with your order through the Rubio’s app, or online at Rubios.com. The offer is also available via the coupon that can be found here https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-shrimp-day when you order at any Rubio’s. Happy National Shrimp Day eats!