Hello Sanrio x CUCU Covers!

Hello Sanrio x CUCU Covers!

BRB; I’m calling my bank in a supercute way!

I am super excited with the newest collaboration between Sanrio and CUCU covers! Just recently CUCU covers launched credit and debit card skins featuring our favorite Sanrio characters. Not only do they have Hello Kitty; they also have skins featuring Cinnamoroll, My Melody, Tuxedo Sam, Badtz Maru, Little Twin stars and more! They even have one featuring my favorite couple; Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel! Ahh….I am in love!

My card cover choices were all Hello Kitty and I chose to get different ones in different colors. So cherry and so bright; who knew credit cards could be so cute?

For those worried about usage of your cards with these covers; do not fear! CUCU covers uses a special material that allows you to still swipe, insert and tap your cards. You can also choose between half covers and full covers. I really like how it can fit any type of card that you have. If you have a chip on your card; there is no problem as they’ve got covers that even have large or small openings for the chips. It is so convenient and now so cute.

Paying bills has never been more kawaii (hehe) with these cards and during the upcoming Black Friday it will be even more fun to shop with my Hello Kitty skinned out cards.

To find out more about the different Sanrio designs; check out https://cucucovers.com/

Hello Kitty x World Market Collection: Sports Edition!

Hello Kitty x World Market Collection: Sports Edition!

Back in August 2019, I wrote about a cute collaboration between Hello Kitty and World Market. It was an exclusive collection with a theme of Omatsuri; a special Japanese festival. This summer Hello Kitty and friends are back at the World Market with a new whole new look and another special theme! Just in time for summer; Hello Kitty, Keroppi, My Melody and Badtz Maru are getting sporty with the Hello Kitty x World Market Collection: Sports Edition!

My favorites from this line include the Hello Kitty Friends melamine plates. I really love the designs on these plates because it really showcases the Sports Edition theme. The plates feature tennis player Hello Kitty. water polo player Keroppi, rhythmic-gymnast My Melody and a soccer player Badtz-Maru.

Not only are these plates super cute; they are super light weight; thus making them the best plates to use for Hello Kitty Foodie dining at home.

Just like the last collection; there is once again a gigantic and awesome Hello Kitty Cookie jar. For this cookie jar; Hello Kitty is all dressed up in her best tennis player’s outfit with a skirt featuring her classic red bow. She even has a matching tennis racket!

Alongside the cookie jar; World Market is offering a matching Hello Kitty coffee cup. We all know cookies and coffee are the perfect match 😉.

The cookie jar, coffee cup and the melamine plates definitely are perfect for summer treats!

But wait there’s more….. World Market is also offering A-Sha Taiwanese noodles in different Sanrio packaging. Can the kitchen get anymore cuter this summer? Even Badtz Maru can’t complain!

Hello Kitty and friends are definitely the champions in the kitchen this summer! This (super cute) Hello Kitty x World Market Collection: Sports Edition is now available at a World Market near you. 😉.

Hello, Thank You and Farewell Sanrio Gardena!

Hello, Thank You and Farewell Sanrio Gardena!

Hello, thank you and farewell Sanrio Gardena. Today I visited Sanrio Gardena for the last time ever.

The store will permanently closing on June 30, 2020. This store is the oldest Sanrio store in the US (they’ve been there for 42 years) and it breaks my heart to see them close. This store played a big part in my love for Sanrio and Hello Kitty as I’ve been visiting this store since I was three years old (back when they were Gift Gate).

My favorite character back in the day was Tweedle Dee Dee! Who remembers the cute Sanrio teddy bear?

The store even has a role in the name of this blog. “Hello Kitty Foodie” came about as a tribute to my dad who would take me to Sanrio Gardena in between cooking sessions at home. 😊

There are so many memories at this store that are near and dear to my heart.

It was here that my parents bought me my very first Hello Kitty, My Melody, Ahiru No Pekkle pencil cases and tin boxes that I would use in grade school.

It was also here that my dad bought me my first Pippo plush because I loved pigs. I would take it with me to the UCLA dorms as it was my first time ever to be away from home.

It was at Sanrio Gardena that participated in Sanrio’s Pompompurin shoe hunt for Pompompurin’s 20th anniversary.

I’ve also said “Hello” to Hello Kitty for numerous meet and greets (Holidays, Girl’s Day) throughout the years.

My mom and I have had so many happy conversations during our visits with Mie; the owner and Evelin; who is part of the Sanrio Gardena team. I was so touched today as I walked out of the store for the final time and Evelin told me to “please say hello to your mom.” ❤️

Shopping there today was so bitter sweet and my last haul consisted of lots of pink and lots of My Melody and Hello Kitty. 💕

Thank you Sanrio Gardena, Mie and Evelin for the memories and smiles through the years 💕. You’ll always have a special place in this Hello Kitty girl’s heart. I will miss visiting your store 😔 and the Sanrio world won’t quite be the same without you.

Hello Sanrio x Leather Treaty!

Hello Sanrio x Leather Treaty!

Leather Treaty; a brand that makes personalized leather accessories is now offering more Sanrio leather accessories!

I first discovered Leather Treaty when I went to Sanrio Puroland. I got his (Dear Daniel) and her (Hello Kitty) keychains for my Dear Daniel 😉 and I.

Last year I was excited to see their items once again at the Hello Kitty and Friends Around the World Tour. I got a special bracelet and keychain there as souvenirs. I’ll always treasure them and remember the happy times from the pop-up.

Now I am very happy to see them expand their Sanrio offerings. There’s more cuteness and more characters!

They have a variety of bracelets and keychains featuring some of our favorite Sanrio characters; Aggretsuko, My Melody, Keroppi, Gudetama, Badtz Maru, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin and Hello Kitty!

The bracelets are definitely a favorite of mine. They’ve got a variety of different designs and colors. I really like mixing and matching the bracelets with my outfits.

I also can’t help but love the keychains! You don’t necessarily have to use them for keys. I have a few that hanging on some of my Hello Kitty purses. They’re a lovely touch to bags.

I really love how one can personalize each item! It truly makes the accessories unique! I’ve personalized my bracelets and keychains in different ways! Some have my name while others have my Instagram tag (@hellokittyfoodie). How will you personalize yours?

To order and get your own very special bracelet or keychain; check out Leather Treaty’s website. 🙂

Hello Kitty Pumpkin Patch @ Tanaka Farms!

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!

Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour!

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 media preview; I had my boarding pass (and Hello Kitty press pin) 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 in Los Angeles from September 20 to October 20, 2019! It will be hitting up other locations in the US soon after! 😉 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!

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!

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!

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!

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/.