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 Boba Milk Tea Mochi!

Hello Boba Milk Tea Mochi!

In my last blog post; I shared how much I love boba. Another favorite treat of mine is mochi. So what happens when two of my favorites comes together? I become one super happy and excited Hello Kitty Foodie. This is exactly what happened when I saw Boba Milk Tea Mochi at Costco.

For under $7; I found this giant bag of Boba Milk Tea Mochi at the warehouse giant. It has 60 (happy squeal here) servings of delicious mochi filled with tapioca balls!

I was so excited to try it out and when I did; it definitely did not disappoint. The mochi itself had a nice soft and chewy texture. The boba flavor itself was present and reminded me slightly of those other famous boba treats; boba ice cream.

Though the boba milk tea mochi is room temperature; one can also put some in the freezer for frozen mochi treats. I tried this and quite enjoyed it as well.

I also liked that the packages itself were small. They’re perfect for a little snack.

Sometimes I don’t want too much sweet and so this is perfect.

For boba and mochi lovers like me; you will sure to enjoy this combo treat! The boba milk tea mochi is available at your nearest neighborhood Costco. Happy eating!

Hello Boba @ Home!

Hello Boba @ Home!

I am a big fan of boba. I love enjoying a bubble tea with my family and friends and trying out the different flavors of tea and coffee with the chewy tapioca pearls. With LA County still having a Safer at Home order however; trips to the boba shop are a bit more sparse. Thankfully though I can still get my boba fix via C Tea Shop’s Boba Kits!

I first discovered C Tea Shop when they partnered with my one of my favorite IG boba buddies; Bitsy Boba. Bitsy Boba along with with So Cali Boba and C Tea Shop came together for one of Bitsy Boba’s 12 Day of Boba Giveaways. I was one of the lucky winners of Day 8 and the prize pack included C Tea Shop’s Original Boba Kit and 2 of Bitsy Boba’s heart straws.

Being a boba lover; I was so happy to receive this box of happiness! Inside the boba kit was Tapioca Boba package, Coconut Milk Tea Powder, Taro Milk Tea Powder, Vanilla Milk Tea Powder and Black Milk Tea Powder.⁣

I was soon off to making boba at home. The process was fun and quite easy! In a nutshell in consisted of adding tapioca to boiling water, mixing in brown sugar or honey with tapioca and then blending the flavor mixtures with milk. In less than 25 minutes I had myself a lovely and refreshing boba treat right at home.

My favorite boba creation was the Taro Boba Tea. Taro is one of my go-to boba flavors and so I was super excited to try this flavor at home. C Tea Shop definitely did not disappoint with their taro flavor and their boba balls. The taro itself had a nice sweet and nutty flavor. The boba was chewy and soft. Together; the taro tea and boba came together for the perfect drink at home. The drink was very much comparable to some of my favorite boba drinks that I’ve had at some of the local cafes.

Another boba creation I enjoyed was the Coconut Boba Tea! Ooh I was such a fan of this. It gave me the all the tropical feels and made me feel like I was at a beach in Hawaii.

It’s so exciting to be my own Bobarista. I can’t believe how quick and easy it was to make my favorite boba drinks at the comfort of my home. I am super excited to be making more boba drinks in the comfort of my own kitchen. C Tea Shop’s boba kits have so many different flavors. My first kit had four flavors but there’s actually plenty more that C Tea Shop has to offers There’s Almond, Black Tea, Black Rose, Coconut, Thai, Taro and Matcha.

I also really loved using the cute and colorful boba straws from Bitsy Boba! The reusable boba straws add a bit more fun and color to the drink! They’re perfect for drinking these tasty drinks.

If you too would like to try making your own boba at home; do check out C Tea Shop and Bitsy Boba.

Hello Cafe Pruvia!

Hello Cafe Pruvia!

It’s no secret that I love coffee cafes and I also love boba. I was thus happy to hear about Cafe Pruvia; a lovely new cafe spot that specializes in both coffee and boba. Cafe Pruvia just opened up this May 2020 in Pacific Square in Gardena, California. Behind the cafe are three brothers from Manhattan Beach; Tyler, Kyle, and Cody Nakazaki. Tyler, Kyle and Cody wanted to have a spot that would cater to both boba lovers and coffee lovers. This is definitely my kinda place.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic; I’m not quite able to sit at the cafe, relax with a warm cup of coffee or refreshing boba like the old days. Nevertheless I was still able to enjoy some takeout from Cafe Pruvia recently.

My recent takeout consisted of two of their boba drinks from their Cafe Pruvia specials; the Taro Swirl with Boba and the Honeydew Swirl with Boba.

These drinks are absolutely gorgeous. They’re frappes swirled with house-made whip cream and then topped off with more whipped cream.

Not only do the drinks look good; they taste quite good too. It’s no surprise as the owners really studied what would be best for the menu. The whipped cream gives the perfect creamy texture. It’s very smooth. The flavors of the honeydew and taro are just right. It’s not too sweet and you really get the taste of honeydew and taro respectively. The freshly made boba is chewy and soft. The drinks are very well made.

Cafe Pruvia is a nice spot to get some quality drinks. Though one cannot sit and enjoy drinks at their neat cafe; their takeout is not a bad option at all. I’m happy to support this coffee/boba spot and looking forward to another delightful drink from here in the future. Coffee; next!

For more smile; please see my Yelp Review on Cafe Pruvia.

Hello Happy Lemon Gardena and Sunmerry Bakery!

Hello Happy Lemon Gardena and Sunmerry Bakery!

Back in 2018; I wrote a blog post about the newest Happy Lemon in Gardena, California. The new boba spot was quick to become my happy place. I absolutely love their boba. (Favorite boba drinks include the Purple Taro Milk Tea with Taro Ball and Green Milk Tea with Strawberry Trifle and Crystal Boba ⁣)

Fast forward two years later; Happy Lemon Gardena is bringing even more happiness to Pacific Square as well as more happiness to my tummy and heart ;). They are now offering Sunmerry Bakery cafe goodies! Several Happy Lemon locations in California already partner with Sunmerry Bakery and so it’s definitely nice to see them also be paired up here at the Gardena location.

Sunmerry Bakery had originally started in Japan and was brought to Taiwan in 1986. Their speciality is combining Japanese baking techniques with Taiwan flavors. Two delicious cuisines are combined to bring some delightful baked goods.

This November 2020; Happy Lemon Gardena had a safe, socially distanced soft opening celebrating their new partnership with Sunmerry Bakery.

I picked up a few baked goods at the recent soft opening and needless to say I am once again a very happy girl. Among my choices were Shiitake Cheese, Bolo, Mochi Taro and Mochi Black Sesame⁣. I love Japanese baked goods but Sunmerry definitely kicks it up a notch by adding that Taiwanese twist. These baked goods were perfect with my favorite boba drinks.

Speaking of boba; I also found a very special and unique dessert here; boba egg pie! I love boba and I love egg pie and so this dessert was truly meant for me. It has egg pie topped off with several boba pearls and a wafer straw cookie. Yummy! Sunmerry makes me so happy!

Happy Lemon Gardena was always my happy place but even more so now.

For more smiles; please see my updated Yelp review on Happy Lemon Gardena

Hello Shiok: Asian Street Food!

Hello Shiok: Asian Street Food!

Shiok: Asian Slang to express awesome, delicious, very tasty, cool, wow! It conveys a feeling of pleasure, happiness and pure satisfaction.

Shiok also happens to be the name of the new restaurant at Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance, California. The new eatery is appropriately named as they bring to the South Bay some delightful and tasty eats!

Their menu is inspired by Asia’s legendary markets and among their offerings one can find bao, bahn mi and bowls.

I recently got a special sneak peak and was amazed with their bold and bright flavors.

Their baos are my new favorite!

I love the Cripsy Golden Bao.

The outside is a crisp golden brown bun and inside is steamed pork with egg. This is one tasty triple treat.

The Hot Fried Chicken Bao is another fabulous bao that I really enjoyed.

The Hot Fried Chicken Bao is a steamed bun filled with a gigantic piece of fried chicken smothered in sriracha. The fried chicken is topped with Asian slaw, cilantro and jalapeño. I loved the crisp chicken with a fiery kick. This was very fulfilling.

The Nightmarket Bao is another winner.

This savory bao has a large Kakuni-style braised pork belly topped with Taiwanese relish and roasted peanuts! I love how it has crisp roasted peanuts. It gives a nice, crunchy touch to the bao.

Aside from the baos; Shiok has other delights that are part of their “Cravables” menu.

The Veggie Crunch is a great starter that is perfect for vegetarians!

I have always been a fan of taro and this cravable has taro, yam, tofu, mushrooms in fried rice paper. It’s crunch and love at first bite.

Another good starter is their Shrimp Crisps.

Growing up in an Asian household; shrimp crisps were a favorite snack of mine to bring to school. Shiok’s Shrimp Crisps remind me of me of the delightful chips that were once part of my lunch bag. Shiok makes their own house fried shrimp chips and they are amazing!

All of Shiok’s cravables are great but make sure to save room for some of the entrees.

Shiok’s Signature Bahn Mi is a must try!

I tried the bahn mi with grilled lemongrass steak. The lemongrass steak combined with Bourbon pate, sriracha aioli, Asian slaw, cucumbers, pickled daikon, carrot, papaya and cilantro made for a tasty sandwich. This was paired with some Shrimp Crisps.

I also got to try some of their bowls. First up was the Asian Street Bowl.

For the Asian Street Bowl one can choose their protein. Among the choices are lemongrass steak, spicy satay chicken or soy ginger chicken. The protein then comes with peanut sauce, shallot ginger rice, baby lettuce, street side corn, Asian slaw, cucumbers, pickled daikon, carrot, papaya, cilantro and fried shallots. It’s an explosion of flavors in one healthy bowl.

The second bowl I tried here was the Zen Bowl.

The Zen bowl is a vegetarian delight consisting of bbq pulled jackfruit, coconut ginger chickpeas, shallot ginger rice, streetside corn, Asian slaw, pickled daikon-carrot-papaya, cucumbers, fresh shallots and cilantro. I love how the jackfruit is tender just like shredded chicken. The bowl is wonderfully healthy and truly does bring some zen ;).

Equal in deliciousness to the bowls is their drinks. They’ve got freshly made teas with fruits and boba. For the special private event; they had the Blue Lagoon and Boba Milk Tea.

I loved how colorful the Blue Lagoon was. It made me feel like I was in an Asian tropical island. The colorful blue and green floral tea was pure paradise. It has a refreshing and exquisite flavor.

The boba milk tea was a classic drink with soft honey boba pearls.

Shiok! I truly was saying Shiok by the end of my meal here.

Shiok: Asian Street Food will have it’s soft opening starting September 7, 2018 and they will have their grand opening on September 28, 2018.

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Shiok: Asian Street Food!

Hello 7 Leaves Cafe Torrance!

Hello 7 Leaves Cafe Torrance!

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” Gandi’s famous words are around the cups and it appears as well on a “eye chart” decoration at the newly opened 7 Leaves Cafe in Torrance.

7 Leaves Cafe indeed is making a change in the world; the boba world to be exact and I like it! The shop that first originated in Orange County has now hit the South Bay. What makes their drinks so unique is they chop, peel, cook, stir, and press by hand from raw ingredients in order to extract real flavors to use in their drinks.

I love my tea as well as my boba and 7 Leaves Cafe has the quality that I am looking for! My favorites so far include their House Coffee as well as their Mung Bean Tea.

The House Coffee is an authentic Vietnamese style coffee with hazelnut cream while the Mung Bean Tea is jasmine tea with mung bean and pandan leaves. Both drinks are true to their name and the flavor really comes out.

Aside from drinks; 7 Leaves also offers macarons and strawberry croissants! I enjoyed some strawberry croissants with my drink and enjoyed the buttery flaky crust of the croissant and the sweet cream that oozed out from the inside.

7 Leaves is definitely making a change; a good change in bringing quality ingredients to bring out quality food and drinks! I’m happy to see this place now in the South Bay!

For more smiles; please check out my Yelp review on 7 Leaves Cafe Torrance.

Hello Newberry Coffee and Tea!

Hello Newberry Coffee and Tea!

Coffee, Tea and Newberry!

There’s a new place in the South Bay to get a good cup of coffee for cold days  or an iced cold boba for chilly days.  Newberry Coffee and Tea just opened up this January 2019 in Torrance, CA! Newberry Coffee Roasters gets all their coffee beans from Brazil, Columbia, Indonesia, Panama, Guatemala and Hondura and they roast their coffee locally in Los Angeles weekly. Being a big coffee and boba fan, I had to check this place out.

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Since it was a rather warm day in Los Angeles, my eye was on their Favorite Blended menu. Two in particular caught my eye; the Caramel Frappe and the Taro Milk Molly

For those looking for a great day kickstart, the Caramel Frappe is one that I recommend! With espresso,  caramel, coffee jelly and oreo; it’s the perfect blend of coffee and sweet. I liked the hints of caramel within in the espresso. Typically espresso drinks can be a bit too strong for me but here they do it just right.

The Taro Milk Molly has milk, taro, panda boba and custard. This one is a classic boba drink for those who like simple and sweet.

The frappe and molly were just two of the drinks that I enjoyed. They have many more in their Favorite Blended menu but you can also customize and make your own!

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It’s always nice to see a nice new coffee shop. Newberry Coffee and Tea Company hits the spot for when craving some coffee or boba!

For more smiles, please my Yelp Review on Newberry Coffee and Tea Company!

Hello Hiccups! 

Hello Hiccups! 

Hello Kitty has the Hiccups and it’s a good thing  😉).

There’s a new coffee/boba shop in town and it’s called Hiccups.

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This delightful drink spot recently opened up in Carson, California. It’s the second location for Hiccups, with the first location being in Lakewood, California.

It is always a treat for me to visit coffee/boba shops. From enjoying a quiet evening sipping a warm cup of tea to beating the heat on warm days with a slushie, drink shops are enjoyable.

Hiccups has an extensive menu of both hot and cold beverages for every Hello Kitty Foodie’s drinking pleasure. They have iced teas, iced milk teas, mojitos, coffee, slushies, smoothies, hot teas, hot lattes and soft drinks. Some of their  drinks even have some the cutest and kawaii names (Hello Kitty stamp of approval for that 😉). Some drink names that put a smile on my face included Pinch O’ Peach (peach raspberry green tea with real peach bits), Pink-A-Boo (strawberry peach blended with ice served with strawberry bits) and Fruity Booty (mango peach strawberry blended with ice served with peach bits).

Being the big mango fan that I am, I chose to get the Mango Mango!

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This is mango flavored green tea, hand shaken with ice. I really enjoyed this drink. It was very refreshing and the taste of mango was abundant. There were even bits of mango inside the drink.

One cannot live on drinks alone and thus alongside their delicious drinks, Hiccups offers up various appetizers, noodles, soups and rice dishes.

Being a big fan of egg rolls, Hiccup’s eggroll trio is one of my top choices for appetizers.

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They give a triple treat here of crispy egg rolls filled with ground pork,  veggies and vermicelli. Crispy and crunchy, they are great!

Another favorite appetizer of mine is their popcorn chicken!

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The popcorn chicken is delicious! They give so much tender, crispy chicken! It is perfect with any of their drinks.

Next up I tried the Garlic Noodle with Beef.

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When they served up this dish, the delicious aroma of garlic instantly hit the table. The aroma hypes up this dish right from the start and I am pleased to say the hype is real. Not only does this dish smelled good, it tasted good as well. The  garlic noodles was topped with lots of tender beef, flavorful onions and crispy bell peppers.

Not to be outdone by the noodles, is the rice dishes. The chicken fried rice was another winning entree in this foodie’s book.

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Similar to the noodles, the meat was abundant here. There were plenty of chicken slices along with carrots, peas and shrimp.

By the end of my meal, I was one happy camper with a smile on my face and with some…you guessed it some hiccups 😉. Yes, Hello Kitty has the hiccups and it is indeed a good thing ☺️.

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For more hiccups err smiles 😉 please see my Yelp review on Hiccups.

Hello Blue Basil Asian Cuisine!

Hello Blue Basil Asian Cuisine!

It’s a new year and time for new discoveries and new eats! Just right after the holidays, was the grand opening of a new Asian eatery in the South Bay! Located in Torrance, California is the brand new Blue Basil Asian Cuisine!

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I am a big fan of Asian eats and was intrigued to find this place offers a gigantic smorgasbord of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai dishes. They also have American and Italian food! Looking at the menu there just seemed to be something for everyone!

I came during lunch time with my mom and we started off our meal with an appetizer via their Vietnamese egg roll.

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Six crunchy pieces of Vietnamese egg rolls packed with meat and veggies was presented to us! I loved the wrapping that they used for the crispiness did not go away during the whole meal. It was fresh tasting all throughout. They were also very generous with the filling.

For our main courses, we chose to do their lunch special which is served with seamed rice and a daily soup. The soup of the day was a nice egg flower soup. It was good for a chilly day like today.

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The first of our lunch entrees was the Fried Chicken with Basil.

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An abundance of flavorful basil leaves was mixed in with tender pieces of chicken and red chiles for a delicious and slightly spicy stir-fry that was perfect on top of white rice.

Our other entree was the Beef with Vermicelli in Satay Sauce.

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Tender pieces of beef along with crunchy bell peppers and sweet pineapples were tossed on top of long, soft, silky vermicelli noodles. This noodle dish made for a light and tasty entree.

The deliciousness of this place does not end with their appetizers and entrees because equally impressive is their drink menu that consists of various milk teas, fresh fruit drinks and ice milk drinks. I chose to get a strawberry, pudding and boba ice milk drink.

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When my drink came out, I was happily surprised with the large concoction in front of me. The large drink consisted of sweet milk and lots of strawberry, pudding and boba inside. It was a perfect pairing to all the savory dishes we had above.

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Blue Basil Asian Cuisine is one nice addition to the South Bay! Offering a variety of Asian dishes, it is one place that every one can enjoy. I know that I will be back here for sure this year.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Blue Basil Asian Cuisine.