Hello Yelp Elite Event: Cocktails & Cars Casino Royale Style!

So fancy! Busted out the cocktail dress, dancing shoes for one special night last night at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. It was the Cocktails and Cars Casino Royale Style Yelp Elite Event to kick off spring!

With the amazing drop box of this premier museum showcasing cherished old automobiles, all of us Yelp elites were in for one amazing treat. The night was full of entertainment and good times. Todd Elliot Entertainment brought a magician for some magic and amazement. The Swing Dames brought us back to the 40s’ with their lovely voices and LA Pix DJs had us all dancin’ the night away.

It was also foodie galore with some fabulous food booths. Feelin’ fancy and feelin’ full after all the delicious treats!

From Pink’s Hot Dogs, I got to enjoy a turkey dog with chili and cheese. Hearty, meaty and simply classic just like the classic cars we were surround with. It was perfect with Essentia Water

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Wanu Water put a little more fun in the night with their black cherry and peach passion water. 10 essential nutrients and 10 calories per serving!

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Tacos Primo gave us the VIP treatment with fresh made carne asada beef and  al pastor pork.

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These tacos were the perfect match with Siete tortilla chips.

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New York Food Company booth brought out soft and savory kimchi pork buns and cucumber shots.

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The fancy night continued with some fabulous drinks.

I was introduced to Tentera Coffee Roasters and instantly became a fan because of their good cause. Tentera means ‘good causes’. 2% of all Tentera coffee sales are currently donated to their partners which include the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and 1% For The Planet. I loved their pour over coffee and how I instantly had a fresh brewed medium roast.

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More fun drinks were to be found at Happy Lemon. Salted cheese drinks are their most popular offering and I was so happy to see that along with their Sunmerry Bakery rainbow roll cake.

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The rainbow roll cake from Happy Lemon was just the start of the delightful desserts that evening because there were not one but two places to get ice cream!

Smitten Ice Cream brought out some of their best flavored nitrogen ice cream flavors such as earl grey, cookie dough with pretzels and chocolate chips, strawberry buttermilk. They even had their chocolate vegan pops! I chose to get my all time uh-mazing favorite the cookie dough with pretzels and chocolate chips. I drizzled some brown sugar caramel over the ice cream and was in sweet heaven!

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Not to be outdone was Wanderlust Creamery. I felt like as I was in an around the world trip as I had Ube Malted Crunch flavor inspired by the Philippines, Sticky Rice Mango inspired by Thailand and Japanese Neopolitan inspired by Japan. The Ube Malted Crunch had malted milk and real sweet purple jam. The Sticky Rice mango had house made real milk coconut cream and swirls of alphonso mango puree. The Japanese Neopolitan had a trio of Japanese classics; match, hojica and black sesame.

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Cookie Zombie  incorporated our favorite kid snacks into their cookies! That night they had Snack Time cookies that had King size Twix, salty pretzels and Heath Bar bits, Circus animal cookies with Circus Animal bits; and Cookies and Cream can lies with Crushed Oreo cookies & Ghirardelli white chocolate chips. Their Cookies and Cream cookies were the winner of Best Homemade Cookie at Cookie Con LA!

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Cheesecake de Granger had cheesecake cupcakes. They had lemon, Welch’s grape and peanut butter and jelly cheesecake cupcakes!

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From entertainment to food; The Automobile Driving Museum was one happening place that evening. Surrounded with 130 plus vintage, antique and muscle cars; it was one classic evening. I could not have asked for a better way to kick off spring!

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For more smiles, please see my Yelp Review  on Cocktails and Cars Casino Royale Style Yelp Elite event.

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Hello Happy Lemon Gardena!

Happy Lemon = Happy Hello Kitty Foodie!

Happy Lemon is a happy tea shop that has over 500 branches in the world. From Asia to the UK to the US; Happy Lemon has been bringing smiles all over. Now the latest branch to open in the US is in Gardena, California! Located at Pacific Square and right next to my favorite store, Sanrio Surprises is Happy Lemon.

Just recently I visited the newest Happy Lemon location in Gardena. Walking in, I instantly couldn’t help but feel happy. The interior is bright with happy shades of yellow.

 The happiness continued as I looked at their drink menu. It has several selections of different Milk Tea, Black Tea, Tea, Green Tea and Oolong Tea. It was true happiness indeed.

Being that they are well known for the Salted Cheese Tea series, I chose to get one of their Salted Cheese Tea drinks. My chosen happy drink was the Milk Tea with Oreo and Tiramisu Salted Cheese.

Once you order your drink, they give a small little lemon token for your order. It’s super cute and matches the theme of their cafe perfectly.

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All drinks here are made fresh to order. One can also customize their sugar and ice percentage too.

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When my drink came out, I was pleased to see a lovely milk tea filled with lots of oreo crumbles. There are sprinkles of oreo both inside and on top of the salted cheese.  The salted cheese is right on top and there’s a special way to try this out. For the salted cheese drinks, the best way to drink it is at a 45 degree angle so that with each sip you get some cheese and tea.

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The Milk Tea with Oreo and Tiramisu Salted Cheese is one unique and tasty drink. The uniqueness definitely is because of the salted cheese. It’s bit of salty with a bit of sweet and adds a nice touch to the oreo milk tea. The oreo flavor was indeed present in the drink along with a touch of tiramisu. Refreshing and not too sweet, it was a happy treat for a happy afternoon.

Alongside with offering delicious drinks, this new Happy Lemon also offers Sunmerry Bakery treats. Sunmerry Bakery specializes in fresh Asian pastries and desserts. For a limited time, Happy Lemon Gardena is offering a free Strawberry Hokkaido Cake (with drink purchase) when you follow or like them on Instagram or Facebook.

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Happy Lemon drinks and Sunmerry Bakery treats are sure to make you smile! For more smiles, be sure to check them out as well as see my latest Yelp review on Happy Lemon Gardena.