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

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Cuteness at Del Amo Fashion Center!

A little over two years ago I was one of the first to ever to try the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Hello Kitty Con and it truly made me happy and giddy! That happiness overflowed in my blog post and on the first ever Yelp review of the Hello Kitty Cafe.

How can a Hello Kitty Foodie like me not love this truck? The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is the very first ever food truck for Sanrio. The pink hello kitty truck is a truck oozing with cuteness and sweetness. Hello Kitty Foodies can get donuts, macarons, petit cakes and even hello kitty bow water bottles!

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When I heard the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck was making an appearance at Torrance at the Del Amo Fashion Center, I was super excited. Torrance is my hometown and Del Amo Fashion Center is one of my favorite places to visit. (This is no secret to my blog readers who follow my Del Amo adventures at eateries like FridaGreat MapleDin Tai FungLemonade and Brio). My favorite Hello Kitty Cafe truck was finally coming to my favorite shopping center.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck + Del Amo Fashion Center = happiness!

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The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck arrived bright and early on this happy Saturday morning. They were parked  near the AMC theater.

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Beep beep! HK Cafe finally was in the South Bay!

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Happy Hello Kitty foodies from around the South Bay and beyond were there to see the cute kawaii truck.

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All of the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck’s signature and special kawaii offerings were there for every one to purchase.

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A 3 piece Hello Kitty cookie set was available in adorable special pink box!

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One of my favorite items is Hello Kitty Cafe Truck’s signature macaron set. I’ve had these several times and they are not only cute but delicious as well.

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Since it was a beautiful sunny California day, they also were offering their pink bow water bottles to help keep all Hello Kitty fans cool.

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Aside from the yummy baked goods and refreshing water, they also had Hello Kitty Cafe mugs and t-shirts available. 

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I have one of those Hello Kitty Cafe mugs and using it the morning truly gives me a happy start for the day. They’re perfect for the cup of coffee that you will pair with those yummy Hello Kitty Cafe macarons ;).

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It was truly wonderful to see the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck visit Del Amo Fashion Center. Del Amo Fashion Center was an awesome place for them to stop because after the sweetness of the truck, it was time for some shopping fun! This South Bay girl was all smiles this Saturday.

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The cuteness of the Hello Kitty cafe is simply delightful!

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I hope to see the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck visit the South Bay again soon but in the meantime, the Hello Kitty Cafe truck will be visiting Valencia (on Feb 4) and Glendale (on Feb 11). I hope to see some of my fellow Hello Kitty Foodies in some of the future Hello Kitty Cafe truck visits. 😉

Two years ago when I first tried the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Hello Kitty Con, I always hoped that they would come to Torrance and to the Del Amo Fashion Center. It is so nice that they finally came. It was truly hello kitty happiness in my hometown and a truly a special day. Come back to the South Bay soon, Hello Kitty Cafe truck! 🙂

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Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Visit!

The day all of us Hello Kitty Foodies in Southern California has finally arrived with the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty Cafe Pop!

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It seemed like only yesterday when I wrote on this blog  a post about the upcoming cafe pop up and now it’s finally here. Cuteness overload and hello kitty happiness has hit California! Just this last July 15, 2016, the cafe pop up in the form of a pink metal shipping container had its grand opening at the Irvine spectrum.

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I recently had the chance to visit the cafe and absolutely fell in love.

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The Hello Kitty Pop-Up cafe is every Hello Kitty Foodie’s dream come true. The outside alone is super kawaii. With a little gate embossed with bow ties,  a pink and white canopy and a gigantic hello kitty light on the top, it’s the cutest cafe in town!

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Right at the side of the cafe, where folks can place their orders, Hello Kitty herself is there to greet her cutie foodie fans.

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The cafe has so many delicious offerings. They’ve got sweets, drinks and espressos! How about a birthday cake consisting of vanilla bean cake, sprinkles and butter cream or a strawberry streusel tart with fresh strawberries, toasted streusel and butter tart crust or Mama’s apple pie that has assorted apples, cinnamon and buttery pie crust?  Picking what sweet treat to get was perhaps one of the hardest decisions I had to make that day! Hmm could I just have one of every thing please? 😉

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Not only are the sweets and treats cute but their packaging is super kawaii as well. The sweets box is very similar to the look of the pop-up cafe itself. The box is a “little cafe” with Hello Kitty and friends My Melody, Badtz Maru, Keroppi and Purin.

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Hmm speaking of friends, Hello Kitty’s friends were not missing at the Pop-Up Cafe because of course they were there to support their favorite Kitty friend.

I spotted everyone’s favorite roly-poly penguin, Tuxedo Sam there. He was of course dressed in his best bow tie!

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Right by the pick up window was the whole gang! Badtz Maru, Pompompurin, Chococat, Tuxedo Sam, My Melody, Keroppi and Mimi! Every one loves the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up!

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Speaking of the pick up window. Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up’s pick up window has to be the best and cutest pick up window ever.

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It was at this super kawaii spot that I picked up all my hello kitty treats.

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One of my favorite treats from the cafe is the strawberry cake.

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The strawberry cake is a vanilla bean custard cake with butter cream and fresh strawberries. It has little hello kitty red bow ties and hello kitty faces all around. It is almost too cute to eat!

I said almost too cute 😉 hehe because one definitely needs to try this cake. The vanilla bean custard cake base is very moist. The butter cream gives just the right amount of sweetness too.

A perfect pairing to the strawberry cake is the strawberry mint lemonade.

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Filled with fresh strawberries and mint, this lemonade is the perfect for those hot summer days!

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The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up will be at the Irvine Spectrum for a full year and I am sure to be back for more treats and sweet times in the future. This cafe simply spells out happiness. There are so many delicious treats featuring our favorite girl Hello Kitty. The whole place is just so, so special.  Cute. Happy. A dream come true. I could not help but smile from ear to ear during my visit here.

Do come visit the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Cafe and be hit with hello kitty happiness the moment you come :). Have a sweet day!

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For more smiles, please my Yelp review on the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Cafe! It’s my 900th yelp review and truly something special and dear to me :).

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container Opening!

 

Back in November of last year, I happily posted about the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up  that would be opening up soon. I am so happy to announce that the day all of us Hello Kitty Foodies has waited for has finally arrived because, Sanrio is now ready to open up the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container!

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The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container is slated to open to the public on Friday, July 15 at the Giant Wheel Court at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA. There will be grand opening festivities from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 and as part of the grand opening there will be daily customer giveaways (while supplies last).

The pop-up cafe will be housed within a metal shipping container and there will be bistro tables on the container’s pop out patio. The whole cafe will have a fast casual setting filled with Sanrio cuteness all over.

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They will have lots of kawaii exclusive merchandise along with the foodie goodies! I’ve heard Hello Kitty and her friends, My Melody, Keroppi, Little Twin Stars and Chococat will even make appearances at the cafe! I for one am super excited and I know my fellow Hello Kitty foodies are too!

A whole new menu will be debuting at the opening and it will feature the most kawaii and tasty pies, cakes and other sweet treats.

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Every treat will of course have Hello Kitty.

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Aside from Hello Kitty yummy food, there will be artisanal sodas and specialty coffee drinks brewed using Portola Coffee Lab coffee. An expanded menu featuring with more Sanrio characters and specialty daily tea service will debut later this year.

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I simply cannot wait for the Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up shop to open up! Make sure to visit my blog for more updates and also follow Hello Kitty Cafe on FacebookInstagram & Twitter for more info on the grand opening festivities.

Hello Kitty Foodie at Hello Kitty Con!

The moment I first heard that Sanrio was doing a Hello Kitty Con, I knew I had to go! This was the first ever Hello Kitty convention in the world and a for sure must go to event for any Hello Kitty fan! I got the biggest surprise ever when I received an invitation to Hello Kitty Con’s media preview/VIP opening night and party! I sent my RSVP to go and could not wait till that night would come! Soon enough it did and I dressed up in my finest Hello Kitty gear 😉 .  My Hello Kitty attire consisted of Hello Kitty dress with embroidered hello kitties and a large gold embossed Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty pink shoes, Hello Kitty purse, Hello Kitty jewelry and of course Hello Kitty ears with red bow. (My outfit made it on the Hello Kitty Hell facebook. Haha)

From the moment I stepped on the red carpet and into Hello Kitty Con, I was in Hello Kitty heaven. Everything was Hello Kitty!
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Hello Kitty of course was present in all the food and drink offerings of the night! For the VIP opening night party, Sanrio prepared an open bar for all the guests that included Hello Kitty California red and chardonnay, sparkling rose, white and pink.

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They had special Hello Kitty drink for the night that was called “Hello Kitty Sweet ‘n’ Pretty consisting of lemonade and vodka. It was very much Hello Kitty inspired with it’s pretty pink color and even had a sweet red cherry on the top, The red cherry on the top was like Hello Kitty’s red bow! 🙂

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Aside from the open bar, guests were treated to various appetizers such as this tasty mini reuben sandwich!
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Right by the open bar was the very pretty in pink Hello Kitty Cafe Truck! This was the debut of the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck! They were offering sweet treats that are a preview of the Hello Kitty Cafe that will be debuting in summer of 2015 in Southern California! (Watch out for my upcoming South Bay Foodies article coming soon about the Hello Kitty Cafe! )
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All of their treats had a little touch of Hello Kitty!
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I got to try the hello kitty macarons from the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck! A set of five macarons came inside the cutest Hello Kitty box with a bow.
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I loved how the macarons were kittyfied ;). I loved the little Hello Kitty faces and red bows on top of the macarons! The macarons were light and lovely! It was the perfect cute little almond meringue!

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Aside from the macarons, I got to try some of their mini cakes! They were equally adorable with little red Hello Kitty bows! Tastewise, they were sweet and delightful. They had a white chocolate coating on the outside and a moist cake in the inside.

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There were also free cupcakes for the VIP guests! These treats also had a Hello Kitty touch with the Hello Kitty red bow on top! The cupcakes had rich chocolate base!
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More foodie treats were to be found inside in the Hello Kitty Con Super SuperMarket! Similar to a Japanese market place, there were several booths offering all kinds of treats!
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The SPAM booth in particular was especially foodie-licious with it’s super adorable Hello Kitty spam musubi! market spam

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All VIP guests were given a Hello Kitty goodie bag that included cute Hello Kitty souvenirs and some foodie treats too! There was a Hello Kitty apple from Melissa’s Produce! This was the perfect giveaway since Hello Kitty and apples go together! (Did you know Hello Kitty is the height of 5 apples and the weight of 3 apples?)

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Melissa’s Produce were also the folks who gave out free Hello Kitty pumpkins for Halloween!

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Also in our goodie bag was some treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar! IMG_2615.JPG

I love the milk chocolate squares decorated in Hello Kitty galore that Dylan’s gave.

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The foodie treats continued on beyond the VIP night because on the official Hello Kitty opening day, Yoplait gave out Hello Kitty yogurt to guests!

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Yoplait handed out two Hello Kitty flavors that are from their Hello Kitty line!

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The first flavor is the Friendship Berry!
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The second flavor is the Super Duper Strawberry!
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Who would’ve thought yogurt could be kittyfied too? The packaging is adorable and the yogurt is delicious!

I simply loved how everything was Hello Kitty here at Hello Kitty Con including all the food offerings! I was truly in Hello Kitty heaven! Hello Kitty Con for me was one of the best and happiest events for me! It’s was a dream come true for any Hello Kitty fan! It was a celebration of all things Hello Kitty and I was all smiles every moment!
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For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Hello Kitty Con!