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 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.

 

Hello Kitty Holidays at The Bow Room!

What better way to kick off the holidays than a visit to The Bow Room at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe! It truly was a Hello Kitty happy holiday for this Hello Kitty Foodie as I got to experience The Bow Room not once but twice in one day for tea service and cocktail service in the all newly holiday decorated Hello Kitty Grand Cafe.

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First off was afternoon tea service. Ever since opening up in September of this year; tea time has been a big hit and it’s easy to see why as they have a full up menu of some delicious savory and sweet items.

The tea service is first kicked off with a serving of  fresh fruit consisting of local strawberries and fresh whipped cream with an imprint of Hello Kitty. How sweet it is to kick off the holidays and tea service with this.

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Soon after the strawberries and fresh whipped cream is served; a Hello Kitty shaped three-tier tower filled with Hello Kitty delights comes out.

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The bottom layer of the Hello Kitty three-tier tray is dedicated to savory items. First up, I tried a savory cone with creamy egg salad and paprika.

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Next we tried the pretzel croissant that is filled with smoked salmon and dill cream. This was definitely a favorite during tea time. I enjoyed the nice, smokey flavor of the salmon and the pretzel flavor of the croissant.

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The Hello Kitty shaped milk bread topped with cucumber and dill cream cheese was not only cute but quite tasty too!

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On the second layer of the Hello Kitty three-tier tower was the sweet treats. First off we tried the mini cupcakes. I liked how they look like mini apples. It’s a nice Hello Kitty touch.

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The raspberry macaron were also quite lovely. I also liked the adorable bow on top!

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One can’t have enough sweets or enough chocolate for that matter; and thus chocolate chocolate cake is perfectly sweet treat!

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The top layer of the Hello Kitty three-tier tower was a mix of savory and sweet items!

The buttermilk scones paired well with tea.

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I liked how they served the buttermilk scones with butter and fresh strawberry jam. How cute is it that the butter even has a Hello Kitty imprint?

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The tart shell with cheese mozzarella, vine tomatoes and pesto was another savory treat I quite enjoyed.

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Last but not least were the Hello Kitty and Keroppi mini cakes! I’ve enjoyed these mini cakes before via the Hello Kitty cafe truck. It was really nice to try out these soft little treats again.

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All of the savory and sweet items during tea time are of course accompanied by your choice of tea. Our personal choices were lychee peach; a organic black tea with safflower and notes of apricot and ripe pear and the Japanese cherry; an organic green tea blended with rose petals and essence of cherry. One should add in the Hello Kitty sugar for a special extra touch and sweetness to the drink!

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To wrap up the afternoon tea service; we were given two Hello Kitty gummies.

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Tea Service at The Bow Room was absolutely wonderful but we weren’t done quite yet with celebrating the holidays because we had another reservation in the evening for cocktail service!

It was honestly hard to choose between the different cocktails on the menu that each had an adorable name. We started off with the “Happy Together” and “Picture Perfect.” Both seemed to quite have names symbolic of this Hello Kitty happy time! The “Happy Together” consists of vodka, apricot, lemon, bubbles and also has something “magical” about it!

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“Picture Perfect” was my favorite drink of the night. It consists of bison grass vodka, strawberry shrub, lemon and strawberry popping boba. I liked the unique touch of strawberry popping boba and I also liked how it comes with a souvenir photo!

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Another unique drink was 1974. Named after the year Hello Kitty was born; this drink had classic negroni- gin, cocchi rosa, bitter bianco and an amazing hello kitty ice-cube.

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Lastly the other drink I tried that night was the Small Gift consisting of birthday tea, house-made raspberry shrub, citrus and vanilla soda! I loved the Hello Kitty cup!

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I could not think of a better or cuter way to kick of the holidays than a double trip to the Hello Kitty Cafe Bow Room in one day. Happy Hello Kitty holidays!

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For more smiles, please my Yelp review on the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe.

Hello Harajuku!

On my recent trip to Japan, Harajuku was the top of the list of one of the most fun places I visited. It is internationally the center of Japanese youth culture and fashion and not only was the visit colorful and unique but it was quite a Hello Kitty Foodie adventure as well!

My number one reason for coming to Harajuku was to visit Reissue Cafe! Reissue Cafe is world-famous for their latte art! 💕☕️.  Reissue is home to latte artist, Kohei Matsuno.  He uses foam and chocolate to make the cutest 2D and 3D latte creations ever! My choice of course was Hello Kitty!

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Reissue is located a little off Takeshita Street; the main street in Harajuku that has their famous boutiques. Soon after I visited Reissue, I instantly spotted Eiswelt Gelato! Eiswelt meaning “ice world” in German; had its first store open in Westminster, California in 2016. What makes Eiswelt so special is their character gelato. You can get gelato shaped in cute animals like a teddy, piggy, chicken and bunny! It is only in Japan however that you can get a froggy! I had to get the froggy of course because it was very similar to one of my favorite Sanrio characters, Keroppi! For the froggy gelato, you can choose to either get mint or matcha flavours. I went with matcha; in true Japanese spirit!

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One doesn’t visit Harajuku without trying their famous crepes. Marion Crepes first opened up in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku.

Marion Crepes started their crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku. They serve have Japanese-style crepes that are filled with delicious ingredients. I chose to get their Strawberry and Banana Chocolate Cheesecake Cream Crepe! The crepe itself was so soft. It is made with a secret recipe and is truly mouth-watering.

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Last bu definitely not least;  I visited Pompompurin Cafe! Pompompurin, the Sanrio yellow golden retriever actually has three cafes in Tokyo but the original one is in Takeshita-Dori in Harajuku. The cafe is supercute and filled with bright yellow and brown tones to match PomPomPurin and their menu is filled with Pompompurin inspired dishes and drinks. My choice was the Pompompurin Cafe stew which had a combo of three different stews; carrot stew, squid ink stew and purple sweet potato stew that was topped off with cutest 3D Pompompurin rice 💛!

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Harajuku was definitely a cute and colorful culinary Hello Kitty Foodie adventure! I loved visiting all the various cafes and eating the most kawaii creations ever!

 

Hello Sanrio Store Visits in Tokyo!

Aside from flying on the Hello Kitty plane, visiting Sanrio Puroland and staying at the Hello Kitty hotel room one of the most memorable things I did in Tokyo was visiting the five recommended Sanrio stores in Tokyo. Sanrio Japan has a list of all the Sanrio stores in Japan and there were five they featured and recommended. It became my goal while visiting Tokyo to visit each and every one.

My first visit was the Sanrio Gift Gate Ikebukuro Store. Located near the JR Ikebukuro Station and near Sunshine City in Ikebukuro is this two story Sanrio Gift Gate. It’s a really cute store with a staircase that features Hello Kitty inspired paintings on the wall and a large Hello Kitty plush at the top.

My next Sanrio visit was the Hello Kitty Japan in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza! This is located in Odaiba and I really enjoyed this store because they Odaiba specific items. One of my favorite souvenirs was a Hello Kitty Japan Odaiba tote.

I also liked the Hello Kitty Japan in DiverCity because they had  Hello Kitty cafe selling Hello Kitty pancakes, donuts and drinks right next to it!

I next stopped at Hello Kitty Japan at Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi. Tokyo Skytree in itself is an amazing place to visit because it is the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters! There are various stores and restaurants but the Hello Kitty Japan of course was my favorite to visit.

My fourth Sanrio visit was the Sanrio Gift Gate in Shinjuku! This one had a cool looking store front because there is a gigantic Hello Kitty mosaic statue!

Last but not least was my Sanrio visit to Sanrio World Ginza. Ginza is considered to be one of the most expensive, elegant and luxurious streets in the world and Sanrio World Ginza is equally elegant with a special sparkly entrance with Hello Kitty and My Melody made out of Swarovski. This is the largest Sanrio flagship store in the world and this store is two stories. The lower floor is dedicated all to Hello Kitty and includes a Swarovski Bling Me Shop as well as nail shop! The Swarovski shop inside Sanrio World Ginza is truly special and filled with many beautiful items.

Mission accomplished in visiting all the Sanrio Japan recommended stores! Each store is was uniquely kawaii in their own special way. I loved visiting them all and it made my Japan trip even more special.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Sanrio Gift Gate IkebukuroHello Kitty Japan OdaibaHello Kitty Japan Tokyo Skytree Town SolamachiSanrio Gift Gate Shinjuku and Sanrio World Ginza.