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

 

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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 Kitty Wine!

Sparkle and sip!

Hello Kitty is all grown up and she enjoys the finer things in life-like relaxing, dining and occasionally sipping some bubbly! Now Kitty is letting us wine and dine with her in a very special way!

SW Vino, an Orange County based online and wholesaler of wine has partnered with Sanrio to bring us Hello Kitty Wine.

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Hello Kitty wine is crafted out of the wonderful Torti Winery in Italy! They’ve got quite a good selection of Pinot Noir based wines that are perfect for all of Hello Kitty Foodies!

Among the lovely sweet sips are:

  • Hello Kitty Sweet Pink: a lovely rosé sparkling wine with delicate pink, floral fragrance and almond hints. It pairs wonderfully with fruits, sweets, and desserts.
  • Hello Kitty Sparkling Rose: a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This wine has Antique Rosé, a floral sweet and spicy aroma. It is perfect with appetizers, seafood, sushi, and sashimi.
  • Hello Kitty Pinot Blanco: a Chardonnay & Pinot Nero that goes well with appetizers, fish or egg based dishes, pasta, sushi, sashimi, fusion food and mixed salads.
  • Hello Kitty Pinot Noir: a Pinot Noir with the sweet scent of black cherry, strawberry flavors and raspberry. This goes great with mushrooms, grilled salmon, game dishes, lamb, cheese and poultry.

The wine can be purchased via individual bottles or by combo packs!

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As a special treat to Hello Kitty Foodies, there is a special  a coupon code! For a 10% your order, use coupon code HKVINO10 @ http://www.swvino.com. Enjoy!

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!