Hello Kitty Foodie Giveaway to LA Pizza Fest!

Hello Kitty Foodie Giveaway! This year my Hello Kitty Foodie blog turns 7! To celebrate I am partnering with A Tutta Pizza Fest: LA’s Pizza Fest for a very special giveaway on Instagram! LA’s Pizza Fest is happening this May 19, 2019 at the Hollywood Palladium and I am giving away a pair of VIP Tickets worth $160.
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The Italian phrase “A Tutta Pizza” translates to “All-Out Pizza” and that’s LA’s Pizza Fest is all about! It is Los Angeles’ biggest pizza party and here one can indulge in unlimited pizza from some of LA’s finest pizza spots such as L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Eataly LA, The Urban Oven, Delicious Pizza and Olive Wood Pizza. There will be all different styles of pizza from New York to Chicago and Roman to Neapolitan. Aside from all you can eat pizza there will be craft beers, culinary workshops, cooking demos, panels and Q&A with world-renowned chefs and food aficionados! There will also be music spinning all day, curated by Delicious Vinyl!

➡️ 🎫 To win: Check out: http://www.instagram.com/hellokittyfoodie
1️⃣ Follow @hellokittyfoodie on Instagram
2️⃣ Follow @atuttapizzafest on Instagram
3️⃣ Tag a friend! 🍕Multiple entries are welcome!🍕
➡️ Giveaway ends Wednesday May 15th @ 9pm – so ready, set, tag away on Instagram!
*NOTE: Winner will need to pick up tickets at Will Call at the day of the event on May 19! ❤️🍕
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Congratulations to @angelparadise04 for winning the two VIP tickets to A Tutta Pizza Fest!

 

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Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro!

Ikebukuro was one of the first places I visited during my Japan trip. The 2 story Sanrio store in the town was one of my favorite Sanrio stops 😍. Just recently I got a sweet note all the way from Japan to check out the newly opened Hello Kitty Cafe in Ikebukuro!

This new Hello Kitty cafe opened up on April 25th 2019 and is located in the 8th floor of Dining Park Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It opened up this year in honor of Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary and will only be open for a limited time!

The cafe has an abundance of Hello Kitty tasty treats for any Hello Kitty Foodie. In this blog post, I share some of the kawaii offerings.

One of the surprising things I learned about Tokyo is that they are a hub for good tacosx Who would’ve known? Hello Kitty however knows of this fact and there is a great taco plate offered here at the Hello Kitty Cafe in Ikebukuro. The Hello Kitty taco rice plate is offered at $14 and has taco-flavored ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa. The cup of rice has Hello Kitty peeking from it. This is almost too cute to eat ;).

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The savory goodness doesn’t end with the taco plate however. There is also a delicious Hello Kitty tomato cream pasta. Also offered at $14; this pasta dish comes with plate of ribbon pasta in cream cheese sauce along with Hello Kitty shaped bread on top of the pasta. The plate comes with mushroom consommé soup and mashed potato salad. The mashed potatoes are shaped like Hello Kitty’s favorite fruit; apple.  The mashed potatoes  are colored with beets and pressed into a ball to make it look like a apple! How kawaii is that?

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As any Hello Kitty fan knows; Hello Kitty loves apples. Kitty’s favorite food is her Mama’s apple pie and here at Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro; there are lots of apple treats that Kitty and her friends are sure to love. The apple plate comes with a grilled apple, strawberry whipped cream and layer of custard cream. This a wonderful dessert and sweet treat. It is quite a deal too for $11.50!

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There are more lovely sweet treats at the cafe. One of the neatest treat is in a little pink cup! At first glance, it looks like a really cute coffee latte, but is actually a unique take on the English trifle cake. The cake is made into a cup with a Hello Kitty design. This dessert offered at $11.50 has blue curacao panna cotta sponge cake with strawberry sauce. There is a special touch with a Hello Kitty made out of marshmallows peeking out from a cloud of whipped cream.

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To go along with the savory and sweet dishes, is an amazing tapioca drink! The tapioca drink here consists of pink strawberry yogurt, blue curacao yogurt, whipped cream and  a cherry on top. It is a lovely milk shaped special container with a label that has a Hello Kitty design. The label has Kitty surrounded by other cute and famous characters that are congratulating her on her 45th anniversary.

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All of the offerings at Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro come with a  special Hello Kitty lunch mat and postcard. Drink orders come with a Hello Kitty coaster.

Hello Kitty Cafe Ikekebukro is a limited cafe and will close permanently at the end of June. It is on the 8th floor of Dining Park Ikebukuro in Tokyo. Opening hours are from 11am to 11pm on weekdays, and 10:30am to 11pm on weekends. For more info on where it is located please see this  link to Google Maps.

Special thanks to Candy Japan for reaching out to Hello Kitty Foodie

Source and images: Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, https://bg-mania.jp/2019/04/25290448.html

 

Hello Kitty Hollywood!

Lights, Camera, Action…now starring in Hollywood is Hello Kitty! Just recently it was announced that New Line Cinema, Sanrio and FlynnPictureCo. are working together for the first ever feature film that will star our favorite girl; Hello Kitty! Hello Kitty is definitely ready for her close up but before the movie hits the big screens; Kitty White is already hitting Hollywood via the newest Sanrio Corporate Store in Hollywood and Highland!

I recently had a chance to visit the newest corporate store and it is definitely 3,600 square ft of kawaii! 😻

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Walking in; one of the first things one notices is an amazing gigantic Hello Kitty Pez on display. If it looks familiar that is because it is was a part of the film Ant-Man and the Wasp! (Yes it’s that flying pez that was saw in the middle of the movie!). Right next to the Hello Kitty Pez is the ever so cute Hello Kitty on a plane. She is definitely flying to new heights in this store.

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Also on display is a large Hello Kitty figure that was once part of the original Sanrio Corporate store in San Francisco! I was so happy to see this display now making its appearance in So Cal!

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Hello Kitty’s friends also have special spots in this store. One of my favorites is Aggretsuko’s desk! Our cute angry panda friend is raging on with paperwork and a glass of iced cold beer in the office. (She has some very special notes on her monitor that visitors should definitely take note of). 😉

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My Melody also holds a special little place in the new store. It’s a perfect selfie spot with friends as our sweet bunny friend reminds us “You Can Never have Too Many Friends!”

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Hello Kitty Hollywood has lots of unique offerings but perhaps one of the most special ones is a the small pop-up that they have featuring Japangeles. The Hello Kitty x Japangeles collection can only be found at the Sanrio Corporate store in Hollywood!

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There will definitely be more featured collaborations hitting up the store in the near future! Hello Kitty is definitely ready for her close up! Come on over and say hello to the newest big star to hit Hollywood.

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For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Hello Kitty Hollywood.

Hello Kitty Themed Dental Office!

Smile! Just the other day it was National Dentist Day and during that day, Sanrio gave us one big reason to smile as they announced their new partnership with Los Angeles-based, Parklane Dental.

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Sanrio and Parklane Dental is bringing us the most kawaii kitty dental office ever as it brings to the U.S. the first ever Hello Kitty dental office! Not only will Hello Kitty designs be all over; there will be decor too featuring Hello Kitty’s friends such as Little Twin Stars, Chocolate, Keroppi, Pompompurin, My Melody, Badtz Maru and Gudetama.

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Patients get to choose from a super kawaii Gudetama or Hello Kitty themed treatment room.

There’s definitely nothing meh about cleaning your teeth says Fairy Eggmother Gudetama!

Hello Kitty says brush your teeth and be supercute!

The Hello Kitty and Friends experience is only available at the Temple City location of Parklane Dental and it truly is a place for small gift, big smile! For more information and to book appointments, please visit: https://www.parklanedental.net/.

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 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.