Hello Kitty Foodie Year In Review 2014!

Hello Kitty Foodie Year In Review 2014!

Another year has gone by and here we are at the end of 2014. The time has come for me to write my year in review blog post. I always look forward to writing this because it gives me a chance to look back at wonderful occasions spent with family and friends. One of the most rewarding aspects about being a blogger is getting to experience several different events. These opportunities to try out various eateries around town is made even more special when they’re shared with the people closest to me. It is also through these events, that I have made several friends who have become my brunch buddies, lunch friends, dinner companions and forever foodie friends. In this blog post, I share the memorable occasions of 2014. Some that I write about are media events while others are good times spent with friends and family but all of them are special.

January kicked off with the newly opened Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizzaria. It was awesome to be one of the first to try this place and since then I’ve been back several times with my friends!

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Lastly, also in January I had a nice get together with my friend Angela who I hadn’t seen since grad school. During this lunch, I got to try the ever so popular, elusive ramen burger!

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One of the most memorable occasions during this first quarter was the Yelp LA West Elite Event Pajama Party. It’s not every Monday, one is lucky enough to party in Hello Kitty pajamas. 😉
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The middle of the year marked another fabulous Yelp event via the Yelp Patriotic Party on the Battleship Iowa. It was a red, white and blue Sunday Funday with yelp swag all over, a live band, photo booths, magic shows and lots of food and drink for my Yelp friends and I to eat, drink and be merry!

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Soon after that I embarked on a fun cruise and vacation to Canada! There was plenty of fun foodie adventures during this time of the year! From dining adventures on the Holland America ms Zuiderdam to visiting CNN’s 2012 must visit restaurant New Town in Vancouver Chinatown to trying the popular Tim Horton’s, this kitty had terrific (foodie) trip full of smiles!

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Come summer time, I was one busy, happy blogger bee err kitty. 😉

June started off with an invitation to try out the newly opened Hermosa Beach Fish Shop. Offering fresh seafood goodies, this place is a must try for seafood fans. I enjoyed everything we tried from their fish shop chowder to their crab cake sandwich.

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Also June, I was thrilled to be one of the first to try The Standing Room Hermosa! I am fan of the awesome little shop inside a liquor store in Redondo Beach and was so happy for them that they have their own restaurant now right in hip and happening Hermosa Beach!

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In July, I got to join the .grand opening celebration of the 2nd Lee’s Sandwiches in the South Bay! It was a day full of bahn mi bliss! 😉

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Also in July, I got to cover for South Bay Foodies one of my favorite charity events, The 8th Annual White Light, White Night Event. White Night, White Light is always such a very special evening. Proceeds from the event benefit Walk with Sally’s mission to help out many families impacted by cancer. It was one memorable night filled with lots of love and light and plenty of smiles.

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I then got to celebrate the end of the summer in one of my favorite ways, via the OC Fair. It was a fun day filled with food, games, friends, shows and some Hello Kitty!
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Fall time is always memorable for me and this year was no exception as I celebrated my birthday at my favorite Addi’s Tandoor. Thanks to one of my dearest friends, I discovered this fabulous Indian restaurant and I got to celebrate my birthday here.

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November was truly unforgettable because I got to go Hello Kitty Con! It was truly a dream come true as I got to attend the Hello Kitty Con VIP night and opening party. It was Hello Kitty heaven for me and just pure bliss. It was and will always be one of my top events!

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As I was typing this blog post, my heart could not help but be filled with gratitude. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how blessed we are and just to be thankful for what we have. I was blessed this year to partake in all these various events, parties and get togethers and I am so very thankful for that. I am also thankful to all of you who have been reading my blog and have followed my 2014 foodie and blogger journey. Hello kitty hugs to all of you! I can’t wait to see what sugar, spice and hello kitty nice adventures await for me next year. I’m sure there will be more smiles to come. 🙂

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PS

The WordPress.com stats helper kitties prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog and I got the below stats as part of the report (wow, I am touched!):

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Thank you all so much for the blog love!! 🙂

Hello Kitty Foodie Year In Review 2013!

Hello Kitty Foodie Year In Review 2013!

Today I attended my last PYE (Private Yelp Event) for 2013.

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It was another special fun filled event of good food with good friends. Another happy memory to be added to the list of sugar, spice and hello kitty nice moments of 2013.

2013 was an amazing year filled with many memorable moments. Looking back I feel so blessed and thankful that I got to be a part of several wonderful foodie events this year. In this blog post, I share with you a few of some of the memorable ones.

My first event for 2013 was for a Yelp event held at the Cheesecake Factory. The Tropical Sunsets Yelp Elite Event made us feel like we were in paradise as we feasted on unlimited sangria and tropical iced tea, various Cheesecake Factory treats and ‘Lette macarons.

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At the end of first quarter of the year, I got to try Euro-French cuisine at Joie De Vivre Yelp Elite event held at Dominique’s Kitchen. Some highlights of the French feast of the night were the savory mushroom risotto and the creamy Creme brûlée. This event was very meaningful to me because my blog post about that event garnered me some recognition as I landed on Dominique’s Kitchen’s press page. (Thank you so much Dominique’s Kitchen!)

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When summer started, I got to attend various South Bay Foodie events. My favorite was the red carpet 7th Annual White Night White Light Event by Walk with Sally. It was wonderful to see so many folks and businesses come out for this chairty event supporting mentoring programs for children who have parents or siblings with cancer.

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Mid-summer I was one proud UCLA Bruin as I attended the 6th Annual Nachos and Networking UCLA Alumni Event. Blue and gold spirit was felt all over. The victory bell was present!

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I ended the summer with the Flavors of Belize PYE where my friends and I tried Belizean food for the first time. Ten courses and three desserts made for one interesting night of discovering new cusine.

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With the start of fall, came another blessed birthday celebration for me. I got to try chicken and waffles for the first time at the popular LA hot spot Roscoe’s. I definitely felt the birthday love because my photo from that birthday outing became my most liked instagram photo for 2013!

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A couple days before Thanksgiving, I joined my friends for Filipino Asian Fusion PYE @ La Fang. I’m always so thankful for events like these where I get to spend time with some of my closest Yelp friends.

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Towards the end of the year was the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Jackson’s Food and Drink Tasting Event. It truly was an honor to be chosen to be one of the first to try out some of Jackson’s new offerings.

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As this year comes to a close, I look back with a heart full of gratefulness for all the blessings, the opportunities given to me and the friendships that have been formed. I thank each and every one of you who have taken the time to read my posts. Thank you so much for being a part of my happy little adventures and I look forward to sharing with you all more sugar, spice and hello kitty nice moments this 2014!

Hello The Versatile Blogger Award!

Hello The Versatile Blogger Award!

This truly made my me smile today! I was nominated by Ada of More Food, Please for the Versatile Blogger Award! Ada’s blog is full of culinary delights! She posts awesome recipes and her baking and cooking creations are sure to make you ask for “more food, please.”

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Versatile Blogger Award

The rules are:
1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers.

I’d like to present this award to 15 bloggers who bring lots of smiles to others with their creative and versatile posts!

1. Over the Hype
2. Nerdlyweds
3. the reformed junk food junkie
4. this not a baking blog
5. Champagne and the Stars
6. Nippon Student Association
7. Japanese cooking school tokyo – Taste of Japan
8. Sandy Nesh Photography
9. Nicole Daily
10. At 350 Degrees
11. More Sprinkes
12. NYC Food Nerds
13. Live2EatEat2Live Blog
14. Sweet Little Thang
15. Pretty Baking by Ger

The 15 blogs above are fun, creative and truly versatile!
I am honored to be listed as a versatile blogger.
Thank you so much Ada for nominating me! 🙂

Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome!

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Hello! Welcome to my new blog: “hello kitty foodie” :). You may wonder why I would do a food blog with a hello kitty theme and you can find out more in my about page but I will explain a little here too ;). Hello Kitty is a character full of happiness. Like hello kitty, food brings people together & makes people happy. Whether it be sweet food or spicy food, at the dinner table people are united in happiness, friendship and love! Just like how Hello Kitty aims to bring smiles and happiness to people, I hope to bring a bit of happiness to you via my blog posts and photos! It is a blog full of sugar, spice & hello kitty nice! Happy reading :).