Hello Kitty Foodie Year In Review 2014!

Another year has gone by and here we are at the end of 2014. The time has come for me to write my year in review blog post. I always look forward to writing this because it gives me a chance to look back at wonderful occasions spent with family and friends. One of the most rewarding aspects about being a blogger is getting to experience several different events. These opportunities to try out various eateries around town is made even more special when they’re shared with the people closest to me. It is also through these events, that I have made several friends who have become my brunch buddies, lunch friends, dinner companions and forever foodie friends. In this blog post, I share the memorable occasions of 2014. Some that I write about are media events while others are good times spent with friends and family but all of them are special.

2014 started off with a lovely Ladies Sunday Brunch hosted by my friend Jamie. Peach bellinis, quiches and girl talk, it was a beautiful kick start to the year.

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January was also dineLA time. I love dineLA because it’s an awesome way to try LA’s finest restaurants. Through this year’s dineLA’s adventures I found Circa. Circa quickly became one of my favorites and one of my go-to places in 2014. Their butternut squash gnocchi and churros are amazing with a capital A. I have my dineLA adventure to thank for this restaurant discovery. Sadly, Circa closed towards the end of November 2014 but the fond memories of this place will be with me forever.

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The discovery of new restaurants continued on in January when I got to try the newly opened Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizzaria. It was awesome to be one of the first to try this place and since then I’ve been back several times with my friends!
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Lastly, also in January I had a nice get together with my friend Angela who I hadn’t seen since grad school. During this lunch, I got to try the ever so popular, elusive ramen burger!

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Toward the later end of the first quarter of 2014, I had more happy get togethers! From Japanese tapas and karaoke with new friends and birthday celebrations with old friends, I was one happy kitty!
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One of the most memorable occasions during this first quarter was the Yelp LA West Elite Event Pajama Party. It’s not every Monday, one is lucky enough to party in Hello Kitty pajamas. πŸ˜‰
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The middle of the year marked another fabulous Yelp event via the Yelp Patriotic Party on the Battleship Iowa. It was a red, white and blue Sunday Funday with yelp swag all over, a live band, photo booths, magic shows and lots of food and drink for my Yelp friends and I to eat, drink and be merry!

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Soon after that I embarked on a fun cruise and vacation to Canada! There was plenty of fun foodie adventures during this time of the year! From dining adventures on the Holland America ms Zuiderdam to visiting CNN’s 2012 must visit restaurant New Town in Vancouver Chinatown to trying the popular Tim Horton’s, this kitty had terrific (foodie) trip full of smiles!

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Come summer time, I was one busy, happy blogger bee err kitty. πŸ˜‰

June started off with an invitation to try out the newly opened Hermosa Beach Fish Shop. Offering fresh seafood goodies, this place is a must try for seafood fans. I enjoyed everything we tried from their fish shop chowder to their crab cake sandwich.

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Also June, I was thrilled to be one of the first to try The Standing Room Hermosa! I am fan of the awesome little shop inside a liquor store in Redondo Beach and was so happy for them that they have their own restaurant now right in hip and happening Hermosa Beach!

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In July, I got to join the .grand opening celebration of the 2nd Lee’s Sandwiches in the South Bay! It was a day full of bahn mi bliss! πŸ˜‰

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Also in July, I got to cover for South Bay Foodies one of my favorite charity events, The 8th Annual White Light, White Night Event. White Night, White Light is always such a very special evening. Proceeds from the event benefit Walk with Sally’s mission to help out many families impacted by cancer. It was one memorable night filled with lots of love and light and plenty of smiles.

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I then got to celebrate the end of the summer in one of my favorite ways, via the OC Fair. It was a fun day filled with food, games, friends, shows and some Hello Kitty!
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Fall time is always memorable for me and this year was no exception as I celebrated my birthday at my favorite Addi’s Tandoor. Thanks to one of my dearest friends, I discovered this fabulous Indian restaurant and I got to celebrate my birthday here.

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November was truly unforgettable because I got to go Hello Kitty Con! It was truly a dream come true as I got to attend the Hello Kitty Con VIP night and opening party. It was Hello Kitty heaven for me and just pure bliss. It was and will always be one of my top events!

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Last but definitely not the least, December and Christmas time! I had a wonderful Christmas at my humble little Hello Kitty home. We had a fun filled holiday onesie/pajama party!

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As I was typing this blog post, my heart could not help but be filled with gratitude. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how blessed we are and just to be thankful for what we have. I was blessed this year to partake in all these various events, parties and get togethers and I am so very thankful for that. I am also thankful to all of you who have been reading my blog and have followed my 2014 foodie and blogger journey. Hello kitty hugs to all of you! I can’t wait to see what sugar, spice and hello kitty nice adventures await for me next year. I’m sure there will be more smiles to come. πŸ™‚

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PS

The WordPress.com stats helper kitties prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog and I got the below stats as part of the report (wow, I am touched!):

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Thank you all so much for the blog love!! πŸ™‚

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