Hello Kitty Pumpkin Patch @ Tanaka Farms!

It is the start of October and Fall is here! As many of my Hello Kitty Foodies know this is the start of my favorite pumpkin season! This year I got to kick off the start of Fall and pumpkin season with two of my favorites; pumpkins and Hello Kitty at Tanaka Farms!

Two years ago on this blog I shared the start of the collaboration between Sanrio and Tanaka Farms in Irvine. Since then the collaboration has brought Hello Kitty enthusiasts to Orange County. At the farm; guests can enjoy a wagon ride around the 30 acre farm that features several wonderful photo ops with Hello Kitty and her friends!

My Melody welcomes visitors to the sweet strawberry fields.

Hello Kitty welcomes guests to enjoy a sunshine filled day where the sunflowers grow!

There’s a U-Pick veggie garden where one can pick seasonal veggies such as radishes! Hello Kitty loves being healthy and picking fresh vegetables!

There’s a giant corn maze where one can see stalks of corn. Hello Kitty is excited to see if you can figure out the maze!

During pumpkin season can see pumpkins of all sizes! Among the pumpkins one can see Cinderella pumpkins, Fairytale pumpkins, Porcelain Doll pumpkins, Jarrandale pumpkins and Polar Bear pumpkins!

The Fall Harvest Festival at Tanaka Farms is every weekend from September 21-October 31. Say “Hello” to Tanaka Farms and you are sure to “Fall” in love with the annual pumpkin patch featuring Hello Kitty and Sanrio friends!

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Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour!

Beep beep, I was off to somewhere super special today!

Destination: Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Honolulu, Tokyo 🌎! Thanks to the Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour VIP preview; I had my boarding pass ready to go.

Today I took flight on the Hello Kitty Air and you can too can go aboard the cutest flight to the cutest trip around the world with our favorite kitty!

Hello Kitty is taking over LA Plaza Village starting tomorrow in a full up pop-up experience. It’s a 10,000 square foot space filled with some of Hello Kitty’s favorite vacation spots! Hello Kitty is celebrating her birthday and she’s doing it in style with visiting some fabulous cities.

First on the tour is London!

What is in London? None other than Hello Kitty’s home!

One can even step into Hello Kitty and Mimmy’s bedroom and see their cute closet 😊.

May I borrow a shirt; Kitty? I am headed across the globe.

Next on the tour is New York!

Here you can see the World’s Largest Hello Kitty Pizza!

You can even possibly catch Hello Kitty on Broadway!

After such a savory pizza; how about getting some sweets in Paris?

Hello Kitty Cafe is ready to serve Parisian treats!

J’Amie Hello Kitty!

From glamorous Paris it was then off to tropical Honolulu!

Hello Kitty and friends say “Aloha.”

Gudetama was there on the island too and it wasn’t just eggs being served but another favorite island treat..poke

Last but not least; no Hello Kitty trip would be complete without a trip to Tokyo!

Konichiwa! Hello Kitty is so kawaii!

After such a lovely trip; wouldn’t it be nice to relax and get a manicure? Hello Kitty thought of that too and at the Sky Lounge; one can get a very special treat from OPI.

OPI and Hello Kitty have come together once again to bring the “Let’s Be Friends” collection and select visitors to the Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour can get a manicure with the latest shades.

I was instantly a fan of my nails featuring Hello Kitty and Mimmy.

Aside from Sky Lounge; Hello Kitty Cafe was also present to offer some more treats!

Enjoy some caramel or kettle corn popcorn after such a sweet day aboard Hello Kitty Air.

The Hello Kitty Friends Around the World  Tour was truly a dream trip come true! The pop up will be open from September 20 to October 20, 2019! Get your tickets now at http://www.hellokitty45.com

For more smiles and photos of the Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour; please check out my latest Instagram stories and posts at www.instagram.com/hellokittyfoodie

Hello Kitty x World Market Collection!

The world just got a little cuter and that’s thanks to the latest Hello Kitty x World Market collaboration! The two brands have come together to feature a Omatsuri collection. Omatsuri is special Japanese festival rooted in community and culture. The supercute collection has items featuring Hello Kitty and her friends dressed up in traditional Japanese festival outfits.

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It’s definitely hard to choose my favorites from the Omatsuri collection because everything is so amazing! I love the Keroppi, Badtz Maru, Pompompurin and Hello Kitty plushes all dressed up for Omatsuri.

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Hello Kitty and her friends are the stars of Omatsuri in sticky notes, pencil cases and pencils. One is sure to be the star in the office or school with these supplies.

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For lunchtime there are bright bento boxes from the Omatsuri collection. These are delightfully cute for a delicious lunch.

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Speaking of lunch; preparing food in the kitchen will also be super kawaii; thanks to this latest collaboration.

There’s cute coffee cups via mugs featuring Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends Badtz-Maru, Keroppi, My Melody and Chococat in front of colorful fireworks and lanterns at the festival.

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Little Hello Kitty dishes in the shape of lanterns can be used for various sauces. It’s such a festive dish for food.

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There is also a gigantically cute Hello Kitty cookie jar from this collection. Hello Kitty is dressed up in a special blue and red kimono. She’s in the traditional dress for special Japanese festivities. I will celebrate with Kitty and cookies any day. 🙂

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Speaking of celebrations;  Sanrio and World Market have planned five in store meet and greet events throughout August and September in select cities around the U.S. These meet and greets are for celebrating the brand new collection with no other than Hello Kitty herself.

I went to the first Hello Kitty Meet and Greet and had so much fun meeting Hello Kitty and checking out the cute collection in person. There was also samples of Hello Kitty’s favorite snacks such as Hello Kitty matcha marshmallows and Hello Kitty choco pie.

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Aside from hanging out with supercute Hello Kitty and sampling super yummy snacks, I had a chance to meet celebrated Japanese calligraphy artist Kuniharu Yoshida.

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I love the beautiful calligraphy he made with my name. This was definitely a wonderful treat to meet such a talented artist at the event. We even had a conversation about Hello Kitty’s real name. 😉

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Arigato Hello Kitty and World Market for such a fun time at the Meet and Greet!

The Meet and Greet is a great way to check out the latest collection and meet Hello Kitty and Kuniharu Yoshida. Below is a list of the events happening at a nearby World Market near you. 😉

Saturday, August 17
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost Plus World Market
22929 Hawthorne Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, August 24
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost Plus World Market
1623 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL

Friday, August 30
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cost Plus World Market
2040 Redwood Highway
Greenbrae, CA

Saturday, August 31
1:00 – 3:00 pm
2552 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA

Sunday, September 8
1:00 – 3:00 pm
1313 West Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA

Each event is open to the public, first come, first served and and is subject to change or cancellation.

Make sure to say konichiwa to the newest Hello Kitty x World Market Omatsuri Collection at your local World Market. Every this is super kawaii!

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

 

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.