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 Grand Re-opening of Sanrio Japanese Village and Sanrio Kawaii Mart!

Ring…ring! Hello? Hello Kitty!

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Ringing in the cutest news to hit this summer is the grand reopening of the Sanrio store at Japanese Village! Located in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, this place has been a favorite spot of mine and many Hello Kitty Foodies who are looking for the cutest and best Sanrio merchandise!

The grand-reopening kicked off Thursday with a  VIP party and the official grand opening was this Friday, August 18, 2017!

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Walking into the newly remodeled store, one is instantly hit with cuteness overload.

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I love seeing Hello Kitty and friends up above welcoming everyone! Hello; Hello Kitty, Keroppi, My Melody, Chococat, Tuxedo Sam, Badtz Maru, Kiki and Lala!

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It is true Hello Kitty heaven in here!

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The cuteness continues on as more of our favorite characters are all over the store! I have to admit, I am super egg-cited!

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Meh…can’t be lazy, must buy some Gudetama merchandise ;).

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No reason to be an angry panda today!

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Aggretsuko gets lots of love at Sanrio Japanese Village!

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As one makes their way back to the store, there is a very special surprise in store! The Sanrio store has a new gigantic spot in the back that will be used throughout the year for special pop-up shops, events and more! The first pop up there is the Sanrio Kawaii Mart.

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The Sanrio Kawaii Mart is a supercute convince store-styled market that was inspired from the Hello Kitty Yata Supermarket in Hong Kong. Sanrio Kawaii Mart has a Sanrio products for every Hello Kitty fan’s every day needs.

“Donut 🍩” worry! If you need a little sweetness in your life, you can find it here.

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Ham, eggs, cheese and Hello Kitty 🍔? Please give me all the toppings.

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You will be sure to be Hello Kitty happy when you are Hello Kitty hungry.

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There’s plenty of Sanrio goodies from baking products to candies and beverages!

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Drinking is delightful and delicious with Kawaii soda!

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It’s always cute and cold with Kawaii ice too!

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Beep, beep, everyone’s cute Hello Kitty car needs are covered here as well!IMG_2039

Lastly, you can always be Hello Kitty pretty with all the healthy and beauty products offered here.

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If you get hungry, while shopping. Why not grab some Hello Kitty candy?

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For everyone’s shopping pleasure there are lots of Sanrio Kawaii Mart baskets to put all your goodies in.

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Also, you want to be sure to grab a Sanrio Kawaii Mart re-useable bag.

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I got one for myself because you know this Hello Kitty Foodie will be back. 😉

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I’ll be sure to bring some friends along as well for next time. Hmm, I think I will write them using some Sanrio Kawaii Mart postcards!

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What can I say? Sanrio Kawaii Mart is super kawaii!

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Sanrio Kawaii Mart will be open till the fall and the grand opening festivities of Sanrio Japanese Village will continue this weekend and the following weekend, August 25-August 27, 2017. There will be  giveaways  and gifts with purchase! Hello Kitty may even be there to say hi. 😉

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Arigato for reading! I hope to see you all soon at the new Sanrio Japanese Village and Sanrio Kawaii Mart. 🙂

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For more smiles, please my Yelp review on Sanrio Kawaii Mart!

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!