One of my favorite blogs posts that I write every year happens to be one of the ones I write at the end. That post is my Hello Kitty Foodie Year in Review. I always look forward to this post because it’s the perfect reflection of the year that has passed and I can look back fondly at many happy moments. This year I’m changing it up a bit by starting something new with Hello Kitty Foodie Bests :).
I’ve been very fortunate this year to have had some wonderful Hello Kitty Foodie adventures from the West Coast to the East Coast. Below is my 2016 Hello Kitty Foodie Best of 2016.
Hello Kitty Foodie Best Breakfast/Brunch Places 2016
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! This year I tried some amazing places that truly defined the good in “Good morning”
Great Maple Del Amo (blog post: January 2016)
Great Maple Del Amo’s fabulous fresh made maple bacon donuts are the truly the perfect mix of savory and sweet!
Blue Star Donuts (blog post March 2016)
Originating in Portland, Oregon, these gourmet brioche donuts made their way to Los Angeles via a new shop in Venice on Abbot Kinney. The Pineapple Pistachio Pina Colada, an exclusive flavor to the LA location was on the top of my favorites here!
Salt Creek Grille (blog post: August 2016)
Though popular for happy hour, one shouldn’t miss out on Salt Creek Grille during brunch! From beignets to my favorite Monte Cristo sandwich, folks are sure to be full of breakfast smiles.
Hello Kitty Foodie Best Asian Appetizers in 2016
From egg rolls to dumplings, how can one not love Asian appetizers! I found some some amazing Asian eateries serving up some unforgettable starters.
Blue Basil Asian Cuisine (blog post: January 2016)
Blue Basil’s crunchy Vietnamese egg rolls are to crunchy-licious and packed with flavor!
Sisters Thai, The Ordinary Cafe (blog post: May 2016)
I discovered one of the best Thai spots in Fairfax, Virginia via Sisters Thai. Their Angel wings are enough to make me want to fly back to Virginia..
Din Tai Fung @ Del Amo (blog post: December 2016)
The XiaoLongBao is the most popular dumpling dish on the menu and it’s for good reason! It’s a dumpling and a soup rolled in one!
Hello Kitty Foodie Best Unique Eats 2016!
American Tandoor (blog post: July 2016).
I found the best Indian fusion restaurant during my travels. Located in Tysons Corner, Virginia is American Tandoor. Their menu has traditional Indian cuisine as well as dishes that have the influences of contemporary American and Asian cuisine.
Old Ebbitt Grill (blog post: July 2016)
Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest restaurant in Washington D.C. It was established in 1856. It is a place full of history and classic American eats. Dining here was truly a historic moment for this blogger.
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (blog post: August 2016)
The popular Seoul based Korean BBQ franchise opened up in Torrance this year. This place is not your ordinary Korean BBQ place. They have the most amazing corn and cheese side to go along with their premium pork and beef K-bbq.
O Young’s Rock Pot Gardena (blog post: December 2016)
Hot pot, rock pot! Perfect for the chilly weather are the rock pots from the newly opened O Young’s Rock Pot in Gardena. Now I have another reason to visit Pacific Square aside from the Sanrio Surprise store there! 😉
Hello Kitty Foodie Best After Eats Treats!
How about some dessert or a little cocktail after some delicious eats? There were some newly opened eateries this year that gave that much needed sweetness after the savory.
Pressed Juicery @ The Point (blog post: September 2016)
Pressed Juicery opened up at El Segundo’s The Point this year! I love Pressed Juicery’s version of ice cream. The Freeze is a soft serve cool treat that is made purely out vegetables, fruits, nuts and almond milk.
21 Square Bar and Kitchen (blog post: October 2016)
Thanks to a Yelp Elite event, I got to try first hand this new Torrance restaurant located at the Torrance Marriot. This Torrance based restaurant pays tribute to the South Bay town via some of signature dishes and drinks. They have unique cocktails as well as nitrogen ice cream to please your palate after dinner.
Hello Kitty Foodie Best Fast Eats in 2016!
Life can be crazy and we can always be in a run. Thankfully there are some places that offer quick yet yummy meals!
Pink’s Hot Dogs Del Amo (blog post: December 2016)
The famous hot dog chain finally opened up at Del Amo Fashion Center. There is a crazy gourmet hot dog for everyone. I was a fan of the Golden Rings Dog. It was a pure messy delight!
Lemonade Del Amo (blog post: December 2016)
I got to try out some healthy, happy eats at the newly opened Lemonade at Del Amo Fashion Center. Fresh eats, savory and sweet; this place had it all!
Hello Kitty Foodie Best Places to Indulge 2016
Treat yourself! You deserve it! This year I got to fine dine at some extraordinary establishments.
Flemings (blog post: February 2016)
Fleming’s Steakhouse is a wonderful place to celebrate and indulge! From their prime rib to their Fleming’s potatoes to their lava cake and creme brûlée, one is sure to be happy and fulfilled! I sure was ;).
American Eats Tavern (blog post: March 2016)
Jose Andres’ restaurant at the Ritz Carlton at Tyson’s Corner in Virginia pays a wonderful tribute to American cuisine using the best ingredients from the U.S. I love their Eisenhower Stew.
Founding Farmer (blog post: July 2016)
This East Coast restaurants specializes in American inspired real food and drink. Their spicy fried chicken and Jefferson donut is one amazing American dish and one I will not forget.
Suburbia (blog post: August 2016)
Suburbia is Chef Tin Vuong’s newest South Bay Venture. Alongside with Chef Tin Vuong’s partner Jed Sanford, they bring modern neighborhood eats with an emphasis in new American dishes to this place in Redondo Beach. Just like his other eateries this place is simply superb!
Hello Kitty Foodie Best Places for Sanrio Treats 2016!
It truly was sugar, spice and Hello Kitty nice this year! From special events to speciality shops, there were plenty of Hello Kitty (and friends) treats to enjoy throughout the year.
Chococat and Pompompurin’s 20th anniversary @ Plan Check Kitchen and Bar (blog post: June 2016
Sanrio and Plan check planned a kawaii and delicious array of special Pompompurin and Chococat themed eats and drinks! The Pompompurin grilled sausage sandwich was almost too cute to eat!
AFC Hello Kitty Sushi (blog post: June 2016)
AFC Sushi offered a special Hello Kitty sushi for their 30th anniversary! It was and still is the cutest sushi ever!
Hello Kitty Cafe Pop Up (blog post: July 2016)
The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop Up at the Irvine Spectrum is pure happiness. This was true Hello Kitty (Foodie) Heaven with their Hello Kitty inspired eats and drinks. It’s every Hello Kitty Foodie’s dream come true.
The above my readers is my Hello Kitty Foodie Best of 2016! From West Coast to East Coast, it’s been quite a foodie-licious year! I’ve been so blessed to have been able to travel and check out so many amazing eateries this year.
I’m definitely looking forward to the adventures 2017 has to bring! Thank you dear readers for coming along in my Hello Kitty Foodie 2016 journey.