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 Harajuku!

On my recent trip to Japan, Harajuku was the top of the list of one of the most fun places I visited. It is internationally the center of Japanese youth culture and fashion and not only was the visit colorful and unique but it was quite a Hello Kitty Foodie adventure as well!

My number one reason for coming to Harajuku was to visit Reissue Cafe! Reissue Cafe is world-famous for their latte art! 💕☕️.  Reissue is home to latte artist, Kohei Matsuno.  He uses foam and chocolate to make the cutest 2D and 3D latte creations ever! My choice of course was Hello Kitty!

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Reissue is located a little off Takeshita Street; the main street in Harajuku that has their famous boutiques. Soon after I visited Reissue, I instantly spotted Eiswelt Gelato! Eiswelt meaning “ice world” in German; had its first store open in Westminster, California in 2016. What makes Eiswelt so special is their character gelato. You can get gelato shaped in cute animals like a teddy, piggy, chicken and bunny! It is only in Japan however that you can get a froggy! I had to get the froggy of course because it was very similar to one of my favorite Sanrio characters, Keroppi! For the froggy gelato, you can choose to either get mint or matcha flavours. I went with matcha; in true Japanese spirit!

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One doesn’t visit Harajuku without trying their famous crepes. Marion Crepes first opened up in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku.

Marion Crepes started their crepe revolution in 1976 as one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku. They serve have Japanese-style crepes that are filled with delicious ingredients. I chose to get their Strawberry and Banana Chocolate Cheesecake Cream Crepe! The crepe itself was so soft. It is made with a secret recipe and is truly mouth-watering.

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Last bu definitely not least;  I visited Pompompurin Cafe! Pompompurin, the Sanrio yellow golden retriever actually has three cafes in Tokyo but the original one is in Takeshita-Dori in Harajuku. The cafe is supercute and filled with bright yellow and brown tones to match PomPomPurin and their menu is filled with Pompompurin inspired dishes and drinks. My choice was the Pompompurin Cafe stew which had a combo of three different stews; carrot stew, squid ink stew and purple sweet potato stew that was topped off with cutest 3D Pompompurin rice 💛!

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Harajuku was definitely a cute and colorful culinary Hello Kitty Foodie adventure! I loved visiting all the various cafes and eating the most kawaii creations ever!

 

Hello Kitty Princess Room @ Keio Plaza Hotel!

When it came to choosing a hotel to stay at during my trip to Tokyo; it just seemed the perfect choice to choose Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku! This was dream Hello Kitty trip and this place has eight inspired Hello Kitty rooms! I booked the Hello Kitty Princess room which is an elegantly dedicated room all about the princess herself; Hello Kitty!

The room is absolutely gorgeous and the attention to detail is phenomenal. The walls are all pink and simply oozing with Hello Kitty charm.

I love the bow inspired couch (with a table filled that has Hello Kitty bow water.)

There is a gigantic Hello Kitty high heel chair for good fortune!

The tea kettle and tea is even Hello Kitty inspired.

When one steps in the bathroom; there’s Hello Kitty waste baskets; Hello Kitty hair dryers; a Hello Kitty scale and a Hello Kitty toiletries. There’s even Hello Kitty slippers.

I even loved the signs for the door. They were Hello Kitty inspired too!

One of the best things about staying in the Hello Kitty hotel room is the Hello Kitty breakfast room service! This was true Hello Kitty Foodie heaven. The Hello Kitty breakfast had Hello Kitty Breakfast included a Hello Kitty stamped omelette, a Hello Kitty sandwich, sides of fries, ratatouille, corn soup, salad with hello kitty shaped croutons and hello kitty shaped radishes and yogurt with a hello kitty bow candy in a apple bowl.

Staying at the Hello Kitty room was truly a Hello Kitty dream come true and I truly felt like a Hello Kitty princess. 

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Keio Plaza Hotel. 

Hello Kitty Jet Travels!

I have always dreamed of going to Japan! Visiting the land of Hello Kitty was always on the top of my bucket list and this year it finally happened! After a lot of planning and research, I was on my way to my ultimate Hello Kitty vacation.

The best way to kick off my dream Hello Kitty trip was to find the right flight and it seemed only appropriate that I take the Hello Kitty Jet by Eva Air.

The moment I got to the airport, my excitement already started to peak. Eva Air’s checkin counter at LAX even has Hello Kitty signs for the baggage drop as well as their other checkin lines. I already knew I was off to an amazing trip!

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When I got to the counter, the folks at the Eva Air handed me Hello Kitty and friends luggage tags as well as the cutest boarding pass ever. Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, Badtz Maru and Little Twin Stars were on my ticket to my dream plane.

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After going through security, finding my gate and much eagerness and excitement, I finally spotted the cute jet.

Eva Air flies several different Sanrio Jets and the one I went on was the Sanrio Family one! I really liked this one because it features a lot of Hello Kitty’s friends including Patty and Jimmy, Keroppi, My Melody and even Dear Daniel.

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As all of us lined up to our various boarding zones, I noticed that even the zone signs the Eva Air crew was holding was decorated in Hello Kitty! I loved all the details and this wasn’t even when I was inside the plane yet!

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Once I boarded, it was even more cuteness galore! Every seat had a the head rest covered in a Sanrio Family head rest cover and there were Sanrio Family pillows for all.

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Within each seat, there were even Hello Kitty waste bags as well as safety manuals featuring our favorite Sanrio characters.

The kawaiiness even continued on in the lavatory. The hand lotion, aroma mist, facial mist and hand soaps were all in bottles with Sanrio family characters. Even the mouth wash cups were Hello Kitty themed.

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Once the flight started, the cuteness didn’t stop. When it came time to have our snacks and complimentary drinks. There was a touch of Hello Kitty everywhere. The mixed nuts had a Hello Kitty wrapping. Similarly both the hot and cold drink cups featured Hello Kitty!

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When it came to having our main meals, there was also Sanrio Family utensils, placement, toothpick and wipes.

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The Hello Kitty happiness continued throughout the flight as they offered the various complimentary drinks in the Hello Kitty cups.

This was truly the best way to kick off my Hello Kitty trip of my dreams! Coming soon on my next blog post is the next phase of my Hello Kitty ultimate dream trip.

For smiles, please see my Yelp review on the Hello Kitty Eva Air Jet.

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 Keeping Up With Hello Kitty!

April is in full swing and Hello Kitty  is having lots of fun this fourth month of the year! She has some very special treats this month for every one! This Hello Kitty Foodie blog post is all about all the supercute collaborations that are sure to bring sweetness to your April.

For the little kitties; we have the cutest collaboration of the Summer! Today O’Neill and Hello Kitty had their launch party “Hello Kitty Glam”  Jack’s in Corona del Mar to launch a new swim, sportswear & accessory capsule for girls sizes 2T – 6. Inspired by vintage aloha, the O’Neill ♥ Hello Kitty collection will hit retail at select Sanrio stores, as well as O’Neill and Sanrio.com on April 11.

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For The Sports Fanatics and Collectors; there are two very special sports events coming up! Hello Kitty is joining the NBA and the MLB in back to back nights at the L.A. Clippers on April 7 and the L.A. Dodgers on April 20.  Purchase the Hello Kitty Package at each event to receive the limited edition Hello Kitty Clippers Cushion  and the Hello Kitty Dodgers t-shirt.

For Dodgers tickets visit www.mlb.com/dodgers/tickets/specials/hello-kitty-night

For Clippers tickets visit www.nba.com/clippers/promotions/hellokittynight

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For all of Hello Kitty friends and family; one can spend a day with the entire family at Tanaka Farms for their Strawberry Tours! Hello Kitty and Sanrio friends will be incorporated into the educational programming provided by Tanaka Farms and at the end attendees will be able to pick their own batch of delicious strawberries to take home.

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Last but definitely not least, for all the Hello Kitty Foodies; there is one special treat that includes great beaches and Hello Kitty sweets!  The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container is moving to San Diego. They are opening at Fashion Valley Shopping Center on Thursday, April 12, with grand opening festivities scheduled to run from Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15.  Look for daily  customer giveaways during opening week as well as a special strawberry season menu, featuring items such as a Strawberry Tart and a refreshing strawberry drink.

No fooling’ April is here and Hello Kitty is a big part of it!

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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