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.

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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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Hello Aggretsuko on Netflix!

For all the Netflix fans; Hello Kitty’s dear friend Aggretsuko has a very special treat for us! Our favorite red panda who is a mild-mannered office worker by day/heavy metal karaoke singer by night is the star of a new series coming out on Netflix.

The show follows along on the journey of Retsuko. The 25-year-old red panda is an office associate in the accounting department of a trading company in Tokyo. All she wants is to do her job and get through the day, but when frustrations reach a boiling point, she vents through death metal.

I recently had a chance to watch some of the first episodes and instantly became a fan. There were times when I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry as she goes through her day. Young and bright; Retsuko starts off the day full of hope but then the overwhelming tasks start coming and slowly pile up. Adding on to her work woes are her annoying pig boss who plays golf all the time and her nosy coworker who spreads rumors about anything and every thing. I couldn’t help but giggle when Restuko saves herself from a rumor spreading of her quitting by telling her coworker she was constipated. I sadly sympathized when her dreams of working somewhere else were dashed. I laughed when she tried to lose weight to become more desirable. She is easily relatable and that’s what makes her so enduring. We’ve all had those moments when we just want to “rage.” 😉

Laugh, cry, giggle or rage on; you will surely love Aggretsuko more because of this show! The Aggretsuko series will debut globally on April 20 on Netflix.

Hello Kitty and Friends at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Lights, Camera, Hello Kitty!

I am so excited to share who the brightest star is to hit the Hollywood scene is…it’s no other than our favorite Hello Kitty! With her signature red bow, she is now the star of Universal Studio Hollywood’s newest Animation Studio store!

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Hello Kitty and friends are no stranger to Universal Studios. As I shared in a previous blog post in 2016; they brought lots of cuteness to Universal Studios in Florida. Now Hello Kitty, My Melody, Keroppi, Pompompurin and My Melody are bringing kawaii to the West Coast! Yay!

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The new Animation Studio store sure is bringing plenty of Sanrio star power as seen in several lovely details throughout the vicinity. There’s even a collection of Sanrio-themed topiaries right outside the store.

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The attention to detail in the new 6,000 square foot structure is not only cute but amazing as well!

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Walking in one will be treated to true Hello Kitty and friends happiness!

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There is a wonderful selection of park exclusive merchandise that includes accessories, apparel, stationary, souvenirs and collectibles!

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Sanrio star power can be found in every corner!

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One truly will be Sanrio star struck!

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One of the many fun aspects of the store is the feature of several Sanrio characters into classic Universal movies! Hello Kitty is seen as part of Jaws, King Kong, Back to the Future and many more feature films.

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And the Oscar err…Kitty goes to……

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Another kawaii part of the store is the Hello Kitty Build-A-Bow Display. Here one can customize their bow design for a variety of colorful bow options. Mix and match to create your own star look. 🙂

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Hello Kitty Foodies are sure to  love the delectable confectionary array of goodies that are also offered here!

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Baked fresh daily are tasty treats featuring Hello Kitty and friends! From s’mores to cupcakes and caramel apples; Hello Kitty and her friends are also the star of these delightful treats.

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From shopping to eating; every guest will feel like they are on the Hollywood Sanrio A-List when visiting the Animation Studio store.

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Red carpet ready; the Animation Studio Store is now open!

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Hello kitty will be stepping onto the red carpet 😉 and making special appearances at the Animation Studio Store. Be sure to get our favorite star’s autograph and enjoy Hollywood like you never have before.

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Hello Sanrio and tokidoki Rainbow Dreams! Collection!

I’m dreaming of a rainbow Christmas….

Today is the official launch of the cutest Sanrio, tokidoki and Ju-Ju-Be collaboration yet! Today the Rainbow Dreams Collection comes out and it features a wonderful print that features Hello Kitty, Tuxedo Sam, My Melody and many more Sanrio friends. Along with Hello Kitty’s friends is tokidoki’s Donutella.

The print is available in a variety of our favorite Ju-ju-be styles such as Be-Classy and Be-bop! From backpacks to wallets, it’s a rainbow of dreams come true.

 

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I really love my Rainbow Dreams BeBop it features all of my favorite characters including Little Twin Stars, Keroppi and Hello Kitty!

The RainbowDreams Collection is the perfect gift for the holiday season for any Sanrio and tokidoki fan.  The collection ranges from $18 to $188 and  are available at https://shop.ju-ju-be.com/ as well as select Sanrio stores.