Hello Dim Sum 101!

Hello Dim Sum 101!

Dim Sum 101 may sound like an ultimate foodie lover’s course in college but it’s actually the name of the newest dim sum place in the South Bay! Just this past February 2022; Dim Sum 101 opened up in Lomita, California and it has already won the hearts of many dim sum lovers such as myself.

The restaurant is cute and quaint and similarly their menu is small and basic. Dim Sum 101 however has all the essential dishes for all of us dim sum foodies. They’ve got dumplings, porridge, buns, sticky rice, rice noodles and yes for the ultimate dim fan; they have chicken feet! They definitely had several of my favorites and I was quite one happy foodie eating here.

My food orders here consisted of Sticky Rice, Bean Curd Veggie Roll, Preserved Egg and Pork Porridge, Beef Rice Noodle, Fried Dumpling and Chicken Feet. I definitely wanted to try a variety and that can be seen in my choices that ranged from vegetarian to not so vegetarian (hehe chicken feet!). I have to say that Dim Sum 101 knows their dim sum. Hey; if you’re restaurant sounds like a college course; you better have food that passes the culinary grade. I’m happy to say this course…err restaurant is passing with flying colors. Their dim sum was full of flavor and well worth the value. (Majority of their dishes are $5.68). Among the things I ordered; my top picks were the Bean Curd Veggie Roll along the Preserved Egg and Pork Porridge.

Dim Sum 101 gets a A in my book!

For more smiles; please see my Yelp Review on Dim Sum 101

Hello Birthday Celebration at Eddie V’s!

Hello Birthday Celebration at Eddie V’s!

My boyfriend recently celebrated his birthday and we had a wonderful dinner at Eddie V’s in El Segundo, California. Eddie V’s had opened up their South Bay location in middle of 2021 and it truly was so nice to finally dine at this special place for a very special occasion.

The evening started off in a festive and happy way. When we got to our reserved table; the table was beautifully decorated with sparkly and colorful Happy Birthday confetti. There was also a Happy Birthday card given by the restaurant in the center.

Soon after; we were off to indulge in some delicious birthday food! First up; was a starter salad. My boyfriend loves salads and we truly were in for a treat with Eddie V’s Warm Goat Cheese Salad.

The Warm Goat Cheese Salad is definitely on the top of my lists of best salads we’ve had. This salad consisted of arugula, roasted wild mushrooms and drizzled with cider vinaigrette dressing. I love mushrooms and the wild mushrooms in this salad gave an additional nice flavor and texture to the arugula. I also loved the goat cheese and the creamy flavors.

Eddie V’s is primarily known for seafood and my boyfriend who loves salmon; chose to get the Norwegian Salmon for his entree. Aside from seafood however; they also have some premium hand cut steaks. For my entree I got the Center Cut Filet Mignon topped with parmesan and horseradish crust. We decide to get the sides of Truffled Macaroni and Cheese and Crispy Brussels Sprouts to accompany our entrees.

My entree was quite the treat. Getting the additional parmesan and horseradish crust on top of my filet mignon was the perfect touch. I absolutely loved the enhanced flavors it gave me the filet mignon. The sides we got also paired very well with the entree. There was plenty of truffles on top of the creamy and rich Macaroni and Cheese. The Crispy Brussels Sprouts had a Korean glaze along with some peanuts. It was sweet and spicy. I loved how the Asian flavors gave such a unique touch to this side.

The salad and the entrees were wonderful but no birthday wouldn’t be complete without dessert. Eddie V’s gave a wonderful birthday surprise with a complimentary Bananas Foster Butter Cake.

This dessert was flambéed tableside and was a treat to see. Who doesn’t like a little bit of a fiery touch? This gave a whole new meaning to birthday candles.

I can’t even say what my favorite part of this dessert was because every part of it was amazing! I loved the way it was presented snf I absolutely loved every tasty component of the dessert! I Along side the butter cake was some dark chocolate cookies along with a fruit ice cream. I may just be drooling thinking about how good this dessert was. The butter cake was so soft and the bananas foster had just the right sugar and cinnamon taste to it. Birthday cakes will never be the same after this dessert.

A night at Eddie V’s was truly a night to remember and I highly recommend this place to anyone celebrating a special occasion.

For more smiles; please see my Yelp Review on Eddie V’s El Segundo.

Hello Croissant Crush!

Hello Croissant Crush!

It’s National Croissant Day today and in honor of today; I’d like to share about my quest to find the best in the croissants in the South Bay! I confess I have a croissant crush! I love the buttery, flaky crust of croissants and luckily the South Bay has some of the most delicious croissants. In this blog; you’ll find some of my favorite places to indulge in croissants.

Redondough

When in Redondo Beach, California; one must check out Redondough. Walking into this place; one will be instantly greeted with the fresh smell of croissants and donuts! They’re famous for their churro donuts but their croissants are also quite fabulous. My favorite croissants from here are the pineapple croissants and the regular croissants.

Torrance Bakery

I love getting breakfast at Torrance Bakery. Their croissants partnered with a coffee from their coffee bar make for the best and most relaxing mornings! Their plain croissants are huge and so delightful!

85C Bakery Cafe

Fresh bread!! Fresh croissants and more can be found at the local 85C Bakery Cafe. My favorite from here is their chocolate croissant. I love the touch of dark chocolate.

Calf and Chick

Calf and Chick is a cute eatery in Torrance, California. They have fresh baked goods, omelets, crepes, sandwiches and coffee. Their croissants are huge and well worth the value. At only $2.99; their croissants are the best deal! I love the chocolate croissants here.

Hiccups Barista

Hiccups Gardena introduced a new barista concept to their cafe last year. As a part of this concept; they added banh mi style pressed croissants. I absolutely love these croissants. My favorite is with cha or Vietnamese sausage. You can also get it with egg or American sausage.

Sweet Wheat

There’s a sweet spot in Redondo Beach, California and they offer some sweet and tasty French pastries. This place is no other than Sweet Wheat. They’ve got a variety of croissants and it’s definitely hard to pick which to get as they are all delicious! I like the chocolate croissant with almonds.

Eclair Cafe

French croissant bliss can also be found at Eclair Cafe in Torrance, California. They have eclairs, macrons and croissants! I love the chocolate croissants here too.

Offset Coffee

Offset Coffee is my favorite coffee spot in all of the South Bay! They’ve got two locations; Torrance and El Segundo. Aside from having the best hazelnut latte; they’ve also got the best strawberry croissant! Their pastries are sourced locally from FarmShop and Bakers Kneaded.

Croissant crush in full swing! The places above are my favorite spots to enjoy the buttery, flaky bread. I’d love to hear about other places that offer delicious croissants and so if you have any recommendations so let this Hello Kitty Foodie know 😀.

Hello Yelp Elite Badge 2022!

Hello Yelp Elite Badge 2022!

Happy New Year Hello Kitty Foodies! We’re off to a fresh new start this year and I’m excited to share more of my Hello Kitty Foodie adventures with you this year. Now more than ever restaurants need our support as we are entering another year of the pandemic.

I love being able to share about local restaurants and small businesses here and as well as on my Yelp page. I am very happy to say that I am entering my 14th year as a Yelp Elite! This Hello Kitty Foodie is 14 (Yelp Elite) strong and proud of it! Yelp has not only been a way for me to share amazing places but it has also been avenue where I have formed many friendships. I am grateful for the experiences and friends that I have gained thru this forum.

As we enter 2022; I am definitely all for sharing more, writing more and discovering more. SYOY (See you on yelp!)

Hello Kitty Foodie Year in Review 2021!

Hello Kitty Foodie Year in Review 2021!

2021 is about to wrap up and it was truly another quite unique year. With another year of the pandemic; restaurants needed our support more than ever. Looking back through this year; I’m happy to see several new spots open up and thrive this 2021! In this blog post; I share some of my new favorites in the South Bay.

The Standing Room Torrance

The Standing Room is a classic favorite in the South Bay. The original location located in a Redondo Beach liquor store continues to be a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. It was nice to see in the second year of the pandemic; The Standing Room opened up another location in Torrance, California. After closing down the one in Hermosa Beach; the Torrance location is a good sign that one can surpass difficulties that this pandemic has brought and succeed. The Torrance location is now 11 months strong and serving up many delicious eats such as their huge and tasty Napoleon burger.

You must come here hungry 😁.

Raising Canes Torrance

Raising Canes was another spot that showed they can rise up through the challenge of Covid! They opened up two locations in the South Bay this year; the first being the one in Torrance, California. The second is in Gardena, California. Now South Bayers can have fill and more of their crispy chicken tenders and Cane sauce. Yum!

Two Hands Torrance

Torrance definitely had an abundance good new eats this year! Two Hands Torrance opened up at the Torrance Crossroads this 2021 and I for one will never look at corn dogs the same way again! This place has the best Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs! Made fresh to order; one can enjoy corn dogs topped with unique toppings like rice puffs and Hot Cheetos powder. It’s different and delicious. 😋

Maru Kitchen

Another amazing Korean spot that opened up this year was Maru Kitchen. This place has some great bulgogi dishes. Their chicken bulgogi is a must try. Tender, moist and oh so tasty; it truly is a treat.

Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill Torrance

If one speaks of Korean food; one can’t forget soon tofu! I was thrilled to see Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill open up this year. They are my new favorite when it comes to Soon Tofu in the South Bay. The dumplings and beef is a heartwarming soup that is perfect for any soon tofu fan.

Prima Cafe

Speaking of favorites; many know I love boba! Prima Cafe that opened up in Lomita has some of the best boba in town. Their drinks also has a special nod to the South Bay via their names.

Presotea Torrance

Torrance was definitely popping with the boba places this year! (Popping 🤪 and boba…get it?) All jokes aside; this boba fan simply loved all the new spots opening up. Presotea is another new go/to place for me.

With teas made out of fresh tea leaves; their drinks are natural and flavorful!

Sprinkles Del Amo

I love supporting small businesses yes, I do. Yes, I do! If that tune sounds familiar; then it’s because it’s quite similar to the I love Sprinkles song that you’ll hear when you get a Sprinkles cupcake from their atm. I used to only dream about trying out their cupcake atm machine but with the new Sprinkles atm at Del Amo Fashion center; it became a reality! Sweet dreams do come true!

It’s not easy for new businesses to open up during a pandemic but the above places did and succeeded! I’m happy to see that and even happier to show my support. Please do check out the places above and show them some love too! Thank you for reading and as always thanks for the support of my blog. Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2022!

Hello Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill Torrance!

Hello Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill Torrance!

We’re full into the “Ber” months which means it’ll be brrrr…cold weather soon! One of my go-to foods during chilly weather is Korean tofu soup. There is something really comforting about a hot pot of hearty soup filled with tofu. I’m thus so happy to see the opening of Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill in Torrance.

The menu consists of traditional Korean tofu, stews, rice and noodle dishes. I love getting the Tofu Combination which comes with a mini tofu soup along with a classic Korean dish such as Bulgogi and Bibimap.

My favorite Korean tofu soup here is the Dumpling with Beef. It comes with large dumplings filled with beef along with tender pieces of beef. I always get this as a mild to give it a perfect little kick.

Each of the orders come with plenty of banchan (Korean side dishes). These include kimchi, kongnamool (bean sprouts), gamja salad (potato salad), oi muchim (cucumber), chilled tofu and spicy tofu strips. My favorite from the banchan are the oi muchim and the gamja salad. The gamja salad has a nice sweetness to it with sliced apples and carrots.

The food is here is delightful and you’ll be sure to leave happy with a smile. It’s definitely perfect for chilly days and the holidays coming up!

For more smiles; please see Yelp Review on Gaya Korean Tofu and Grill.

Hello and Happy Grand Opening Presotea Torrance!

Hello and Happy Grand Opening Presotea Torrance!

I love boba and I’m thrilled to see a new boba spot open up in Torrance, California. Now open at Village Del Amo is the newest Presotea. Presotea Torrance is celebrating their grand opening today; November 14, 2021 and the first 100 people can get free boba!

Presotea first started in 2006 and now has several locations around Southern California. What makes their tea so good is how each drink is freshly made using high temp to extract the tea leaves. The freshness of the drink really comes out.

They have an extensive menu that includes milk teas, fresh teas, fruit teas, coffee, blended drinks and brown sugar drinks. One can get topping of black pearl, grass jelly, lychee coconut jelly, pudding, panda pearl, aloe vera, crystal boba, sea cream, creme brûlée and organic fresh cream.

From the milk teas; my two favorites include the Thai Pearl Milk Tea and the Panda Milk Tea.

The Thai Pearl Milk Tea is just like a traditional Thai Tea drink. One can really taste the fresh tea leaves in this one. It’s very refreshing and flavorful.

The Panda Pearl Milk Tea is a unique and awesome boba drink, It’s called Panda because it has black and white boba. The black and white is just like a panda. Double the boba and double the fun.

From their brown sugar drinks; my favorite is the Brown Sugar Creme Brûlée. It’s sweet dessert in drink form. I love Creme brûlée and love how this drink has that perfect rich custard flavor.

Presotea is a definite must try and today and tomorrow are the perfect days to check out Presotea! For their grand opening today; the first 100 people will get a free drink! After 100 people today; it will then be buy 1, get 1 drinks for the rest of the day and tomorrow. Smile and enjoy Hello Kitty Foodies!

For more smiles; please check out my Yelp review on Presotea Torrance!

Hello Kitty x Tea Drops!

Hello Kitty x Tea Drops!

I’ve always loved tea! Whether hot tea or iced tea; I am a fan ☺️. One of my favorite things to do is sip a warm cup of tea while reading a good books. I also love iced tea and enjoying a sweet tea drink. Thus; I was so excited to hear Tea Drops is collaborating with Sanrio! Two of my favorite: tea and Hello Kitty are coming together!

Tea Drops is an amazing company that offers quality organic, whole leaf tea and now their teas are even more special and extra kawaii with teas inspired by our favorite; Hello Kitty! This past November 2; a special launch at the Hello Kitty Cafe was held to celebrate these teas.

The hot teas from the Tea Drops x Hello Kitty collection consist of three Hello Kitty inspired flavors: Apple Pie a La Mode, English Breakfast and Strawberry Matcha. Each of the teas consist of a Hello Kitty shaped tea bomb that is super kawaii and super easy to use! Just drop in hot water and you’re off to sipping some delightful tea!

Mama’s Apple Pie is one of my favorites! Hello Kitty loves Mama’s Apple Pie and the Apple Pie a La Mode tea sure will be a favorite for other Hello Kitty fans too! It has notes of apple, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

The English Breakfast is another yummy offering that is the perfect way to start a kawaii day!

Last but definitely not least for the hot teas is the Strawberry Matcha. Who remembers the sweet scented erasers from the Sanrio store? This tea brings me back to my childhood with its sweet strawberry aroma.

The Tea Drops x Hello Kitty collaboration does not end with the hot teas though because there is more! This collaboration also has bubble tea!

There is a very special Bubble Tea Kit with English breakfast tea, tapioca pearls and a reusable rose gold straw. It’s no secret that I love bubble tea and am so happy with this Hello Kitty inspired kit!

The Tea Drop x Hello Kitty collection is a must for any tea lover and any Hello Kitty lover! Inspired by Hello Kitty’s favorite things; these teas are sure to be a favorite drink for all of us Hello Kitty foodies too!

Hello Kitty Foodies please enjoy 20% off the Tea Drop x Hello Kitty collection via this Link. Have a tea-riffic sweet day!

Hello Sprinkles ATM Del Amo!

Hello Sprinkles ATM Del Amo!

“I love Sprinkles…Yes I do! Yes I do!!”

I am so excited for latest addition to the Del Amo Fashion Center. Sprinkles Cupcakes! The popular Beverly Hills cupcakes that started the cupcake haute craze is now in the South Bay via a cupcake ATM.

The very first Sprinkles ATM was introduced in 2012 and located next to a Sprinkles Bakery. It was in 2016 at the University of Southern California campus that the first standalone ATM was introduced. Since then there have been several ATM locations around So-Cal. The latest is now at Del Amo Fashion Center.

Each cupcake is baked fresh daily and placed in an individual box which is placed inside the ATM. The ATM can hold up to 600 cupcakes.

Cupcakes are $5.50 each and the current flavors available at Del Amo Fashion Center include Black and White, Dark Chocolate, Red Velvet, Sprinkles, Strawberry and Vanilla. You can also get a 4 pack variety for $22. Cupcakes are baked fresh and replenished daily.

Once one purchases a cupcake; the happy Sprinkles song plays! It’sn catchy and you soon will find yourself singing along! Soon enough your cupcake of choice will be dispensed! Happy songs and sweet cupcakes! Win win!

The newest Sprinkles ATM machine is located at Del Amo Fashion Center’s food court right by Blaze Pizza. I love Sprinkles! Yes; I do! Yes; I do!!

For more smiles; please see my Yelp Review on Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM Machine Del Amo.

Hello Kitty x Pusheen!

Hello Kitty x Pusheen!

The much awaited collaboration between Hello Kitty and Pusheen has been announced! It will be launching on Friday; September 3, 2021.

It’s the first time the Hello Kitty and Pusheen will be coming together and there will be plenty of cuteness to go around. Among the supercute items are housewares clothing, accessories, stationary and plushes!

Kawaii offerings will be available at http://Sanrio.com and Pusheen Shop online and in stores! Though September 3 is just around the corner; we’re already starting to see some initial items from the collab!

How cute is this bag from Stich and Story and plushes from Gund?

Hot Topic already has a cute shirt and suspender dress showing the two characters as well as tie die shirt featuring Hello Kitty dressed as Pusheen! Box Lunch has lovely mint shirt featuring Hello Kitty and Pusheen holding donuts! (It’s so perfect for Hello Kitty Foodie adventures!)

This is just the start because there will be more offerings come September 3 and onwards!

We will be seeing more of the collection at popular retailers like Loungefly, Gund, Stitch and Story Claire’s and Barnes and Noble!

The #HelloKittyxPusheen collab is definitely the ultimate kawaii party!