Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro!

Ikebukuro was one of the first places I visited during my Japan trip. The 2 story Sanrio store in the town was one of my favorite Sanrio stops 😍. Just recently I got a sweet note all the way from Japan to check out the newly opened Hello Kitty Cafe in Ikebukuro!

This new Hello Kitty cafe opened up on April 25th 2019 and is located in the 8th floor of Dining Park Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It opened up this year in honor of Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary and will only be open for a limited time!

The cafe has an abundance of Hello Kitty tasty treats for any Hello Kitty Foodie. In this blog post, I share some of the kawaii offerings.

One of the surprising things I learned about Tokyo is that they are a hub for good tacosx Who would’ve known? Hello Kitty however knows of this fact and there is a great taco plate offered here at the Hello Kitty Cafe in Ikebukuro. The Hello Kitty taco rice plate is offered at $14 and has taco-flavored ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa. The cup of rice has Hello Kitty peeking from it. This is almost too cute to eat ;).

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The savory goodness doesn’t end with the taco plate however. There is also a delicious Hello Kitty tomato cream pasta. Also offered at $14; this pasta dish comes with plate of ribbon pasta in cream cheese sauce along with Hello Kitty shaped bread on top of the pasta. The plate comes with mushroom consommé soup and mashed potato salad. The mashed potatoes are shaped like Hello Kitty’s favorite fruit; apple.  The mashed potatoes  are colored with beets and pressed into a ball to make it look like a apple! How kawaii is that?

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As any Hello Kitty fan knows; Hello Kitty loves apples. Kitty’s favorite food is her Mama’s apple pie and here at Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro; there are lots of apple treats that Kitty and her friends are sure to love. The apple plate comes with a grilled apple, strawberry whipped cream and layer of custard cream. This a wonderful dessert and sweet treat. It is quite a deal too for $11.50!

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There are more lovely sweet treats at the cafe. One of the neatest treat is in a little pink cup! At first glance, it looks like a really cute coffee latte, but is actually a unique take on the English trifle cake. The cake is made into a cup with a Hello Kitty design. This dessert offered at $11.50 has blue curacao panna cotta sponge cake with strawberry sauce. There is a special touch with a Hello Kitty made out of marshmallows peeking out from a cloud of whipped cream.

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To go along with the savory and sweet dishes, is an amazing tapioca drink! The tapioca drink here consists of pink strawberry yogurt, blue curacao yogurt, whipped cream and  a cherry on top. It is a lovely milk shaped special container with a label that has a Hello Kitty design. The label has Kitty surrounded by other cute and famous characters that are congratulating her on her 45th anniversary.

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All of the offerings at Hello Kitty Cafe Ikebukuro come with a  special Hello Kitty lunch mat and postcard. Drink orders come with a Hello Kitty coaster.

Hello Kitty Cafe Ikekebukro is a limited cafe and will close permanently at the end of June. It is on the 8th floor of Dining Park Ikebukuro in Tokyo. Opening hours are from 11am to 11pm on weekdays, and 10:30am to 11pm on weekends. For more info on where it is located please see this  link to Google Maps.

Special thanks to Candy Japan for reaching out to Hello Kitty Foodie

Source and images: Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, https://bg-mania.jp/2019/04/25290448.html

 

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Hello Kitty Hollywood!

Lights, Camera, Action…now starring in Hollywood is Hello Kitty! Just recently it was announced that New Line Cinema, Sanrio and FlynnPictureCo. are working together for the first ever feature film that will star our favorite girl; Hello Kitty! Hello Kitty is definitely ready for her close up but before the movie hits the big screens; Kitty White is already hitting Hollywood via the newest Sanrio Corporate Store in Hollywood and Highland!

I recently had a chance to visit the newest corporate store and it is definitely 3,600 square ft of kawaii! 😻

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Walking in; one of the first things one notices is an amazing gigantic Hello Kitty Pez on display. If it looks familiar that is because it is was a part of the film Ant-Man and the Wasp! (Yes it’s that flying pez that was saw in the middle of the movie!). Right next to the Hello Kitty Pez is the ever so cute Hello Kitty on a plane. She is definitely flying to new heights in this store.

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Also on display is a large Hello Kitty figure that was once part of the original Sanrio Corporate store in San Francisco! I was so happy to see this display now making its appearance in So Cal!

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Hello Kitty’s friends also have special spots in this store. One of my favorites is Aggretsuko’s desk! Our cute angry panda friend is raging on with paperwork and a glass of iced cold beer in the office. (She has some very special notes on her monitor that visitors should definitely take note of). 😉

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My Melody also holds a special little place in the new store. It’s a perfect selfie spot with friends as our sweet bunny friend reminds us “You Can Never have Too Many Friends!”

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Hello Kitty Hollywood has lots of unique offerings but perhaps one of the most special ones is a the small pop-up that they have featuring Japangeles. The Hello Kitty x Japangeles collection can only be found at the Sanrio Corporate store in Hollywood!

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There will definitely be more featured collaborations hitting up the store in the near future! Hello Kitty is definitely ready for her close up! Come on over and say hello to the newest big star to hit Hollywood.

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For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Hello Kitty Hollywood.

Hello Kitty Themed Dental Office!

Smile! Just the other day it was National Dentist Day and during that day, Sanrio gave us one big reason to smile as they announced their new partnership with Los Angeles-based, Parklane Dental.

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Sanrio and Parklane Dental is bringing us the most kawaii kitty dental office ever as it brings to the U.S. the first ever Hello Kitty dental office! Not only will Hello Kitty designs be all over; there will be decor too featuring Hello Kitty’s friends such as Little Twin Stars, Chocolate, Keroppi, Pompompurin, My Melody, Badtz Maru and Gudetama.

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Patients get to choose from a super kawaii Gudetama or Hello Kitty themed treatment room.

There’s definitely nothing meh about cleaning your teeth says Fairy Eggmother Gudetama!

Hello Kitty says brush your teeth and be supercute!

The Hello Kitty and Friends experience is only available at the Temple City location of Parklane Dental and it truly is a place for small gift, big smile! For more information and to book appointments, please visit: https://www.parklanedental.net/.

Hello Kitty Holidays at The Bow Room!

What better way to kick off the holidays than a visit to The Bow Room at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe! It truly was a Hello Kitty happy holiday for this Hello Kitty Foodie as I got to experience The Bow Room not once but twice in one day for tea service and cocktail service in the all newly holiday decorated Hello Kitty Grand Cafe.

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First off was afternoon tea service. Ever since opening up in September of this year; tea time has been a big hit and it’s easy to see why as they have a full up menu of some delicious savory and sweet items.

The tea service is first kicked off with a serving of  fresh fruit consisting of local strawberries and fresh whipped cream with an imprint of Hello Kitty. How sweet it is to kick off the holidays and tea service with this.

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Soon after the strawberries and fresh whipped cream is served; a Hello Kitty shaped three-tier tower filled with Hello Kitty delights comes out.

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The bottom layer of the Hello Kitty three-tier tray is dedicated to savory items. First up, I tried a savory cone with creamy egg salad and paprika.

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Next we tried the pretzel croissant that is filled with smoked salmon and dill cream. This was definitely a favorite during tea time. I enjoyed the nice, smokey flavor of the salmon and the pretzel flavor of the croissant.

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The Hello Kitty shaped milk bread topped with cucumber and dill cream cheese was not only cute but quite tasty too!

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On the second layer of the Hello Kitty three-tier tower was the sweet treats. First off we tried the mini cupcakes. I liked how they look like mini apples. It’s a nice Hello Kitty touch.

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The raspberry macaron were also quite lovely. I also liked the adorable bow on top!

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One can’t have enough sweets or enough chocolate for that matter; and thus chocolate chocolate cake is perfectly sweet treat!

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The top layer of the Hello Kitty three-tier tower was a mix of savory and sweet items!

The buttermilk scones paired well with tea.

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I liked how they served the buttermilk scones with butter and fresh strawberry jam. How cute is it that the butter even has a Hello Kitty imprint?

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The tart shell with cheese mozzarella, vine tomatoes and pesto was another savory treat I quite enjoyed.

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Last but not least were the Hello Kitty and Keroppi mini cakes! I’ve enjoyed these mini cakes before via the Hello Kitty cafe truck. It was really nice to try out these soft little treats again.

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All of the savory and sweet items during tea time are of course accompanied by your choice of tea. Our personal choices were lychee peach; a organic black tea with safflower and notes of apricot and ripe pear and the Japanese cherry; an organic green tea blended with rose petals and essence of cherry. One should add in the Hello Kitty sugar for a special extra touch and sweetness to the drink!

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To wrap up the afternoon tea service; we were given two Hello Kitty gummies.

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Tea Service at The Bow Room was absolutely wonderful but we weren’t done quite yet with celebrating the holidays because we had another reservation in the evening for cocktail service!

It was honestly hard to choose between the different cocktails on the menu that each had an adorable name. We started off with the “Happy Together” and “Picture Perfect.” Both seemed to quite have names symbolic of this Hello Kitty happy time! The “Happy Together” consists of vodka, apricot, lemon, bubbles and also has something “magical” about it!

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“Picture Perfect” was my favorite drink of the night. It consists of bison grass vodka, strawberry shrub, lemon and strawberry popping boba. I liked the unique touch of strawberry popping boba and I also liked how it comes with a souvenir photo!

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Another unique drink was 1974. Named after the year Hello Kitty was born; this drink had classic negroni- gin, cocchi rosa, bitter bianco and an amazing hello kitty ice-cube.

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Lastly the other drink I tried that night was the Small Gift consisting of birthday tea, house-made raspberry shrub, citrus and vanilla soda! I loved the Hello Kitty cup!

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I could not think of a better or cuter way to kick of the holidays than a double trip to the Hello Kitty Cafe Bow Room in one day. Happy Hello Kitty holidays!

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For more smiles, please my Yelp review on the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe.

Hello Kitty Terminal in Taipei! 

Taking the Hello Kitty Eva Air Jet to Tokyo  meant a layover in Taipei, Taiwan! Located at Terminal 2 of the Taoyaun International Airport is the Hello Kitty Terminal. For a Hello Kitty fan like me, it was instant Hello Kitty heaven the moment I saw it.

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The first thing one sees is the bright pink Sanrio store.

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There is a lovely display of the cutest Hello Kitty goods including some exclusive Taiwan Sanrio items.

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There is also one giant Hello Kitty Aviator statue right up front.

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The Hello Kitty Aviator seems to be the mascot of the terminal as she appears everywhere from the decor on the walls to plushes sold.

Next to the Sanrio store is the waiting area for the terminal. It includes bright pink seats as well as two play areas for children. It also has a “rainbow” step carpet with a tv that is playing a Hello Kitty cartoon.

I love all the details of the terminal. The walls are super kawaii.

I also like the circular windows that feature Hello Kitty Aviator in different poses.

The Hello a Kitty Terminal was the perfect terminal to make a stop during my Hello Kitty dream trip.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on the Hello Kitty Gift Gate at the Hello Kitty Terminal in Taipei.

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe!

Hello Kitty has always been grand and now she’s about to bring supercute to a whole  grand new level via the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe at the Irvine Spectrum!

This September 14, 2018, Hello Kitty Grand Cafe will be opening up at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, California.

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The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is the first and only permanent cafe in the U.S. It is sure to bring lots of joy to Hello Kitty fans both here in the US and around the world.

The cafe will feature several amazing Hello Kitty icons, pink decor, cute walls and special one-of-a-kind artworks.

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We’ve all experienced the joy of the Hello Kitty Cafe via the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container and Hello Kitty Mini Cafe. Here at the new Hello Kitty Grand Cafe they will offer many of the popular Hello Kitty Cafe menu offerings that we have come to know and love.

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Aside from the popular well-known menu offerings there will be even more! The cafe will have exclusive new menu additions that include made-to-order mini hot donuts (cinnamon sugar; matcha; cookies n’ cream, $6 per cup) and a pick-your-own 4pc set of Sanrio character mini cakes ($15).

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My Melody, Chococat, Tuxedo Sam, Keroppi, Hello Kitty cakes galore await us all!

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There is also a very special surprise at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe via The Bow Room! The Bow Room is a hidden reservations-only area where guests can enjoy afternoon tea by day, and cocktail service by night.

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The Afternoon Tea Service is $55 per person and is available via reservation only on Wednesdays through Sunday. The yummy and cute menu will have a variety of fresh seasonal fruit, savory tea sandwiches and sweets! There will even be Hello Kitty shaped sugars.

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The tea selection includes a wide array of black, green, oolong, and caffeine-free tea. There will also be a special birthday blend.

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Tea time with Hello Kitty is sure to be a relaxing and lovely.

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Sweet delights include buttermilk scones, mini cupcake, raspberry macarons and chocolate chocolate cake and my favorite Hello Kitty mini cake.

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When night-time hits, The Bow Room at Hello Kitty Grand Cafe will become a cocktail bar for guests aged 21 and over. Reservations are for 5:00 p.m. nightly; Wednesdays through Sunday.

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The assortment of adult libations with a Hello Kitty twist have super cute names such as “You Had Me at Hello,” “Dear Daniel,” “Happy Together,” and “Hello Kit-Tea.”

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A curated wine list ($10 – $63) will also be offered and it will have sparkling wine, champagne, pinot grigio, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and rosè by the glass or bottle. There will also be select by-the-bottle offerings ($35 – $87) that include Hello Kitty Sparking Rosè, Hello Kitty Pinot Grigio, Hello Kitty Prosecco, and Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Brut.

One is sure to have a sweet day and night at Hello Kitty Grand Cafe.

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Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, you had me at Hello…..

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The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe officially opens on Friday, September 14. Reservations are available for The Bow Room can be made at http://reservations.hellokittycafe.com

Hello Aggretsuko Season 2!

Back in April of this year, I shared the happy news about our favorite Sanrio Panda, Aggretsuko getting her very own Netflix show. Throughout season 1 of Aggretsuko; we all laughed, cried and raged on with Aggretsuko.

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I know when the first season ended, I was about to go through my own rage session…how could this cool show end? Well, thankfully there’s no need to go to into the Den of Rage and have a raging karaoke session because Aggetsuko will be back for Season 2 on Netflix in 2019!

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During this year’s Anime Expo, Sanrio and Netflix,  made the exciting announcement that there will be a season 2 coming this 2019. There’s already a teaser for season 2 which can be seen: here.

When Aggretsuko made her global debut on Netflix on April 20, 2018; we all fell in love with her day-to-day story as an office associate in the accounting department of a trading company in Tokyo. We were a part of her journey as she faced daily stresses and conflicts in a comical way.

Season 1 streamed on Netflix worldwide, was dubbed in 8 languages including English, Chinese, Spanish and subtitled in 23 languages including Chinese, Korean, English and Spanish.

This season 2 expect to laugh a little more, relate even more and rage on and on because Aggetsuko is back to grind!

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