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!

Hello and Happy Mother’s Day via Mo-Mo Paradise!

Hello and Happy Mother’s Day via Mo-Mo Paradise!

Mo-Mo Paradise for my Mommy! Moms deserve the best today and every day! For this Mother’s Day; my mom and I went to dine at one of our favorite places; Mo-Mo Paridise. Ever since their opening in 2017 in Torrance; this place has been our go-to for Japanese shabby shabby cuisine.

I am super happy that this place has opened once again. Same day reservations are not allowed and so I made sure to place a reservation a few days before. They’ve got both outdoor dining as well as limited dining inside. (They do check your temperature before dining at their restaurant).

Previously it was a buffet style setting where customers can get from Mo Mo Paradise’s “garden”. Though diners can no longer get the veggies themselves; it is still an all you can eat experience. The only difference is the Mo Mo team members will bring everything to your table.

We started off our meal with three appetizers: Curry Rice, Buta Shabu Udon Salad and Cabbage Salad. Every thing was delicious. The Curry Rice has always been one of our favorites. We love the thick curry sauce over white rice. The Buta Shabu Udon Salad became a new favorite tonight. They gave lots of beef and noodles. It was so tasty but we definitely had to leave room for hot pot later.

My mom and I definitely enjoyed our shabu shabu hot pot. We throughly enjoyed our beef chuck eye and beef short plate shabu shabu. We loved the variety of vegetables. There was kale, napa cabbage, woodear mushrooms and more! Everything came together for nice hearty and good meal.

Last but not least; Mo-Mo Paradise gave us ice cream. Tonight’s flavors included Rocky Road, Vanilla and Strawberry. It was definitely a sweet ending for a sweet dinner for my mommy!

Mo-Mo Paradise for my mom was a great way to spend Mother’s Day! Only the best for my mommy and Mo-Mo Paradise is definitely one of the best when it comes to hot pot!

For more smiles; please check out my Yelp Review on Mo-Mo Paradise Torrance.

Hello Wowa’s!

Hello Wowa’s!

I love lumpia! Lumpia or Filipino egg rolls is one of my favorite dishes ever. It simply reminds me of home and family gatherings. Just recently I discovered Wowa’s; a wonderful small business that offers a variety of different egg rolls.

Wowa’s offers Filipino Pork and Chicken Shanghai rolls. These are the classic egg rolls that is always present at Filipino parties. I love Wowa’s version because they really are just like the ones I fondly remember from my childhood. The small egg rolls are individually wrapped to achieve the maximum crunchiness when fried. I love how crispy these Shanghai rolls are. They are so addicting and you’ll definitely find yourself wanting to have more each time you bite into one. They are available in pack of 25, 50, or even 100 rolls and so there is definitely plenty of deliciousness to go around and be shared. Yum!

I love the Wowa’s Shanghai Rolls but my favorite offering is their Sontanghon rolls. I love these rolls that are stuffed with glass noodles. These Sontanghon rolls are packed with noodles and packed with flavors. Noodles and lumpia are both traditional Filipino food served at parties. Eating these Sontanghon rolls makes you feel like it’s party time at dinner time. I’ll celebrate anytime with these delightful treats. These are available in packs of 10.

Aside from Shanghai Rolls and Sontanghon rolls; Wowa’s also has Vegetable egg rolls and Lumpanisa! Their Lumpanisa is their latest offering and is a combo of lumpia and longanisa!

If you love lumpia like I do; Wowa’s is definitely one you need to check out. If you’re interested in getting some of these masarap eggrolls; you can find the Wowa’s on instagram via https://www.instagram.com/_wowas_/.

Do tell them Hello Kitty Foodie sent you ;).

Hello and Happy Grand Opening Ramen and Tsukemen Tao!

Hello and Happy Grand Opening Ramen and Tsukemen Tao!

Back in August 2019, Tokyo trained Japanese Chef Toshimasa Sano opened his first ever restauran; Ramen and Tsukemen Tao in Buena Park, California. It quickly became a very popular restaurant. In just a year of opening it made #2 in the top 10 Japanese ramen restaurants in Orange County in Orange County Register.

Now this April 12, 2021; Chef Sano will be opening up his second restaurant in the City of Orange. The new restaurant will offer some classic favorites as well as few additions that customers will sure to be enjoy. The ramen menu will include Chef Sano’s signature miso-based Tsukemen dipping noodle, White Miso Ramen, Red Miso Ramen, Vegetarian Ramen and Savory Chicken Ramen. There will also be some new ramen bowls with miso broth.

The appetizer menu has also expanded and there will be a few more non-ramen options. I’m particularly excited about the all the buns that will be offered. There will be pork, spicy pork, chicken and spicy chicken. I’m also loving the appetizers of Chicken Karaage, Takoyaki, Agedashi Tofu, Gyoza, Shumai, Seaweed Salad and Tofu Sala. For the bowls there will be Chashu, Spicy Tuna and Takana vegetables. There is definitely something for every one!

For tomorrow’s grand opening; April 12 there will be a very special treat. Chef Sano will offer a free appetizer to any customer who attends the grand opening and follows Ramen and Tsukemen Tao on Instagram . The first 100 customers will also receive a voucher for a free bowl of ramen on their next visit.

The celebration will continue on April 13 and the first 100 customers will receive a free drink with any order of ramen.  

To learn more about Ramen and Tsukemen Tao; check them out on Instagram. I hope to see my Hello Kitty Foodies there soon! They are open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. -11 p.m

Hello and Shop Small!

Hello and Shop Small!

Late last year; I featured on my blog some amazing small businesses making the cutest Hello Kitty masks. Aside from masks however; I’ve found some other great small businesses that make the most kawaii Hello Kitty accessories! I love supporting small businesses and hope you do too. ☺️ It’s tough times and supporting small is a great way to help out during these times. In this post I share some of my new favorite small businesses.

Mask Chains by Brandon

As an essential worker; I switch out my masks constantly and one of my favorite new accessories are masks chains! Mask Chains By Brandon is run by Nicole and her 8 year old son Brandon. They make the cutest personalized mask chains! I got one with my name as well as one with my blog name, Hello Kitty Foodie (with a special apple touch for Hello Kitty). Not only are the mask chains they make cute but they are for a good cause too! The proceeds from their sales are donated to Operation Smile for children in need of cleft palate surgery.

Nicole can customize mask chains with any color or theme that you want. They’re the perfect accessory for these mask wearing times.

BehbiBear Boutique

Speaking of personalized items; I am such a fan of BehbiBear Boutique. This shop makes personalized wooden charm/keychains (and yes they have Hello Kitty too!) I love their keychains and they make a great accessory for keys or even decorating my favorite purse.

Not only does BehbiBear Boutique make these unique wooden charm/keychains; they have even more kawaii items in their shop! My favorite are the Hello Kitty apple watch straps! What time is it? It’s Hello Kitty Foodie time!

Aside from wooden charm/keychains and watch straps; she has recently added baker cutting chopping charcuterie cheese boards (hmm the Hello Kitty Chef is my new favorite). I’ve also heard earrings are on the way and so keep your eye out for this shop. 🙂

Inner Euphoria

From cute mask chains to amazing apple watch straps; how about a kawaii Hello Kitty necklace? I recently got the most kawaii Hello Kitty necklace from Inner Euphoria. Her shop is all about channeling your inner happiness with trendy jewelry. This necklace truly brings me joy and I’m sure her other offerings will spark joy for you too.

I love how my necklace matches my Hello Kitty Con Behind the Bow figure. Ahh happiness!

DayDream By Katie

Masks are a must but how about some mask themed earrings? When I saw Hello Kitty mask earrings; I knew these were a must have.

Not only does DayDream By Katie make Hello Kitty earrings; she’s got some Kerropi ones too in her shop. Friends let friends wear masks and so Hello Kitty needed a friend via Keroppi ;). These are perfect for the times.

Artistic Flavorz

It’s no secret that I’m a big boba fan and so when I saw Hello Kitty boba themed earrings and stickers; I instantly became a fan of Artistic Flavorz. These are my favorite pair to wear during a boba take out run.

Artistic Flavorz is also run by such nice, funny, talented couple; Jojo and Ernie! They’ve got more than just Hello Kitty boba themed items though. They have lots of other Sanrio characters too (including classic characters like Pippo, Ahiru No Pekkle). I hear my other favorite Sanrio character Wish Me Mel maybe coming soon too.

Lemon Daisy Universe

Equal to my love of boba is my love of coffee! When I saw Hello Kitty coffee themed earrings; I knew I had to get my caffeine earring fix hehe.

I love the details of these earrings. It looks like there is even real coffee in the cup. These earrings are a great way to “Espresso” myself!

Alyssa’s Krafty Korner

If you haven’t noticed by now; I love accessories with a Hello Kitty food theme! (Hmm I wonder why? Hehe). Well this Hello Kitty Foodie is a fan of macarons and anything pink. Alyssa’s Krafty Korner has the perfect pretty in pink accessories via Hello Kitty macaron earrings.

These earrings are so sweet! They’re great to wear for takeout trips to my favorite local bakery.

The above are some of my favorite small businesses that I have recently supported. If you’re looking for kawaii; look no further than the shops above. Let’s all shop small and support one another! :). If you end up shopping and finding some cute things from the above shops; do tell them Hello Kitty Foodie sent you. I would also love to see what you got! :). Drop me a line at hellokittyfoodie@gmail.com or on my instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/hellokittyfoodie/

Happy shopping small!

Hello The Embotidos!

Hello The Embotidos!

One of my favorite Filipino foods is embotido. Embotido is a Filipino meatloaf often served during holidays.

I have fond memories of eating embotido at family parties. Now however there is no need to wait for holidays or family parties to have embotido; because The Embotidos ; a Filipino small business is making embotidos for everyone to enjoy at home any time! The Embotidos makes getting embotidos so easy! They travel to different Southern California cities. When it’s in a city near you; you simply place and order online and then you will go to the designated pick up spot!

They’ve got several different types of embotidos to choose from: Classic Porky, Four Cheese Porky, Spicy Nori Porky, Classic Chicken, Four Cheese Chicken, Spicy Nori Chicken and Spicy Nori Chicken. This Lent; they also have a limited special via their Crimp Nori Roll.

The Classic versions are just like the ones I remember at family parties. No extras, simply classic Filipino style meatloaf. This really does remind me of the homemade embotidos my auntie makes. I am a fan.

If you want a little bit of unique; then the Four Cheese or the Spicy Nori is for you. The Four Cheese has a cheesy surprise inside the Classic roll! In the middle is four gourmet cheeses. It’s oh so cheesy and so tasty. It’s my personal favorite.

The Nori Roll is another special embotido that many folks like. It’s the classic wrapped in Nori (seaweed). For those who want a little bit of spice; this one gives you that fiery flavor.

Last but definitely not least for this Lenten Season is the limited edition Crimp Nori Roll. It is the first ever seafood roll in the history of embotido-rolling. It is completely meatless and thus perfect for this upcoming Holy week.

I am such a fan of Embotidos and can’t wait till they roll on over again to my city so I can get more of their rolls. 🙂

If you’re interested in getting some of these masarap embotidos; you can find the Embotidos on instagram via https://www.instagram.com/theembotidos/ Do tell them Hello Kitty Foodie sent you ;).

Hello Aloha Pizza and Shave Ice Company!

Hello Aloha Pizza and Shave Ice Company!

Back in 2013; I attended the soft opening of Aloha Pizza and Shave Ice Company in Gardena, California. Ever since then I’ve been loving their onolicious Hawaiian offerings. I’m not alone in my love of their pizza because this place has 808 Yelp reviews and counting for Yelp LA! Wow 808! That is definitely some aloha love there.

Their Aloha’s Signature Pies are made fresh upon ordering and they each have a bit of Hawaiian flare. One can find Portuguese sausage, garlic chicken or even Loco Moco gravy on their pizza. Their pizza can come on a thin crust or original crust.

My favorite is Uncle’s Kalua Pie. This onolicious pizza has bbq sauce, Kalua pork, red onion, fresh cilantro and fresh mango! It’s love at first bite for me with anything that has mango! This pizza is the perfect combo of sweet and savory.

If I’m looking for something with a bit of spice; then it’s the Da’ Pele! The Goddess of Fire would sure be a fan of this fiery pie. It has pepperoni, Aloha’s Portuguese sausage, bacon, pineapple and jalapeños. Their Portuguese sausage is their own signature version and it’s amazing.

Since one can order half and half with any pie; a half and half order is perfect for when you want to mix it up a bit.

Aside from pizza; Aloha’s Pizza and Shave Ice Company has a variety of different ono pupus (appetizers) as well. They have Cheesy Bread, Hot Wings, Pineapple Ribs and North Shore inspired Garlic Shrimp.

For the Wings they’ve got 3 different types. They’ve got Volcano Wings for those who want a slight fiery flare. This has a mild spicy sauce. They’ve got Kilauea Wings for those who want even more spice. These wings are made with a very spicy sauce imported straight from Hawaii. Last but not least is my favorite 808 Wings; which is made in a Korean-inpsired sauce of fresh garlic, scallions, chili sauce, Shoyu, sesame seeds and some of their own signature secret spices. Ono, with a capital “O!”

Aloha’s Pizza and Shave Ice Company’s North Shore inspired Garlic Shrimp takes inspiration from no other than Oahu’s famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck! Yes! They bring their version of garlic shrimp right into the South Bay hale and so no need to go all the way to Kahuku! We’ve got our own South Bay version of Giovanni’s now! Yay for some 808 in the 310. The garlic shrimp is perfect with a side of steamed rice.

One should also save room for dessert when coming here. I always look forward to a bit of sweet treats after a meal. They’ve got Hawaiian Shave Ice and Bubbies Gourmet Mochi Ice Cream. Their Hawaiian Shave Ice is made with syrups from Hawaii, has ice cream in the middle and can be topped with mochi, fresh fruit, condensed milk and my all time favorite; boba! I was so excited to see them offer boba as a topping for their shave ice. I’ve tried the milk tea and the thai tea shave ice and they’re so ono. I love how it has that ice cream in the middle that is the perfect surprise. I also love the soft and chewy boba toppings. Shave ice with ice cream and boba is the best deconstructed boba drink!

Hele on over to Aloha Pizza and Shave Ice Company for some ono food! They treat everyone like their own ohana here too! The aloha spirit is reflected in both their food and service and that’s why I am such a fan. Mahalo Aloha Pizza and Shave Ice Company! A hui hou Aloha Pizza and Shave Ice Company.

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Aloha Pizza and Shave Ice Company.