Hello Philz Coffee El Segundo!

I love you to the moon and back….cup of love.

Philz Coffee has officially “landed” in El Segundo! The sixth Los Angeles location just opened it’s doors at Apollo Landing; El Segundo’s premier new hot spot for casual dining.

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It is no secret that I crush on coffee houses and this new Philz Coffee is very much crush worthy. Right by their outdoor patio one will instantly spot the space themed 9×55’ mural that LA based Artist & Muralist Cloe Hakakian customized for this location. The mural has in bold letters “I love you to the moon and back” and this very much true of how this foodie feels about this new Philz Coffee.

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Philz Coffee is all about brewing every cup “One Cup at a Time.” Each of their “cups of love”  are crafted to every individual customer’s taste with the goal of making people’s better days. It surely made my day today. 🙂

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They recommend that the first cup to try is “Philz Way.” Philz Way consists of a cup of love with medium sweet with cream. My new favorite is the Mint Mojito. This drink has fresh mint with just right hint of sweet.

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The blend that was refreshing, flavorful, creamy and so smooth. I instantly fell in love with my cup of love. It was unique, tasty and wonderful.

In addition to my Mint Mojito; I got to try several of Philz Coffee’s different food offerings.

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I loved their savory offerings. The Mediterranean Avocado Toast has egg, chives, zatar, olive oil, sea salt and pepper while their Hummus and Tomato Toast has feta, chives and sumac. Both were excellent!

Their sweet treats were equal in deliciousness. From cookies to croissants; every thing paired well with their coffees. Some of my favorites include the white chocolate cashew cookies, the almond croissant and the blueberry muffins.

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To the new Philz Coffee; welcome to the neighborhood. I am so happy you have landed at Apollo Landing. I love you to the moon and back already ;).

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For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Philz Coffee El Segundo.

 

 

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Hello Yelp Elite Event: Cocktails & Cars Casino Royale Style!

So fancy! Busted out the cocktail dress, dancing shoes for one special night last night at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. It was the Cocktails and Cars Casino Royale Style Yelp Elite Event to kick off spring!

With the amazing drop box of this premier museum showcasing cherished old automobiles, all of us Yelp elites were in for one amazing treat. The night was full of entertainment and good times. Todd Elliot Entertainment brought a magician for some magic and amazement. The Swing Dames brought us back to the 40s’ with their lovely voices and LA Pix DJs had us all dancin’ the night away.

It was also foodie galore with some fabulous food booths. Feelin’ fancy and feelin’ full after all the delicious treats!

From Pink’s Hot Dogs, I got to enjoy a turkey dog with chili and cheese. Hearty, meaty and simply classic just like the classic cars we were surround with. It was perfect with Essentia Water

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Wanu Water put a little more fun in the night with their black cherry and peach passion water. 10 essential nutrients and 10 calories per serving!

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Tacos Primo gave us the VIP treatment with fresh made carne asada beef and  al pastor pork.

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These tacos were the perfect match with Siete tortilla chips.

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New York Food Company booth brought out soft and savory kimchi pork buns and cucumber shots.

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The fancy night continued with some fabulous drinks.

I was introduced to Tentera Coffee Roasters and instantly became a fan because of their good cause. Tentera means ‘good causes’. 2% of all Tentera coffee sales are currently donated to their partners which include the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and 1% For The Planet. I loved their pour over coffee and how I instantly had a fresh brewed medium roast.

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More fun drinks were to be found at Happy Lemon. Salted cheese drinks are their most popular offering and I was so happy to see that along with their Sunmerry Bakery rainbow roll cake.

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The rainbow roll cake from Happy Lemon was just the start of the delightful desserts that evening because there were not one but two places to get ice cream!

Smitten Ice Cream brought out some of their best flavored nitrogen ice cream flavors such as earl grey, cookie dough with pretzels and chocolate chips, strawberry buttermilk. They even had their chocolate vegan pops! I chose to get my all time uh-mazing favorite the cookie dough with pretzels and chocolate chips. I drizzled some brown sugar caramel over the ice cream and was in sweet heaven!

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Not to be outdone was Wanderlust Creamery. I felt like as I was in an around the world trip as I had Ube Malted Crunch flavor inspired by the Philippines, Sticky Rice Mango inspired by Thailand and Japanese Neopolitan inspired by Japan. The Ube Malted Crunch had malted milk and real sweet purple jam. The Sticky Rice mango had housemate real milk coconut cream and swirls of alphonso mango puree. The Japanese Neopolitan had a trio of Japanese classics; match, hojica and black sesame.

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Cookie Zombie  incorporated our favorite kid snacks into their cookies! That night they had Snack Time cookies that had King size Twix, salty pretzels and Heath Bar bits, Circus animal cookies with Circus Animal bits; and Cookies and Cream can lies with Crushed Oreo cookies & Ghirardelli white chocolate chips. Their Cookies and Cream cookies were the winner of Best Homemade Cookie at Cookie Con LA!

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Cheesecake de Granger had cheesecake cupcakes. They had lemon, Welch’s grape and peanut butter and jelly cheesecake cupcakes!

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From entertainment to food; The Automobile Driving Museum was one happening place that evening. Surrounded with 130 plus vintage, antique and muscle cars; it was one classic evening. I could not have asked for a better way to kick off spring!

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For more smiles, please see my Yelp Review  on Cocktails and Cars Casino Royale Style Yelp Elite event.

Hello Orveganic!

Located in Lawndale, California is what is a hidden gem in every sense of the word. Orveganic Coffee House and Protein Bar is at the corner of a small dead end street and can easily be missed but missing this place would truly be a sad thing for it is well worth a visit.

Orveganic just opened up this past March 2018 but they are no stranger to offering healthy and tasty treats to the South Bay and beyond. They are the brains behind Healthy Butter; nut butter that can be found in several different Farmers Markets around Southern California. Taking the same kitchen where they produce Healthy Butter; the owners decided to expand and open up Orveganic; a cafe offering organic, plant Based and gluten-free dishes and drinks.

I had the pleasure of coming to this cute cafe and loved it the moment I came in. Chic and comfy are perfect words to describe the interior where they have light oak wood benches and tables. There are colorful pillows along the seating and a good display of their various offerings.

Coffee houses are always my crush and I knew I had to try out one of their coffees. Their coffees have even been chemist tested and there are 0 out of 418 chemicals and pesticides. Each of their drinks are even packed with lots of protein! For my drink choice, I chose to get the Cinnamon Vanilla Maple Latte.

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The Cinnamon Vanilla Maple Latte was truly a wonderful way to start off my meal here. Warm and nutty; it was packed with healthy goodness.

For the entrees; my friend and I chose two of their more popular dishes; the TexMex Tofu Scramble and the Almond Chardonnay Cheddar Alfredo.

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The TexMex Tofu has peppercinis grilled tofu with tomatoes, red peppers, onions and garlic. It is topped with avocado seed guacamole and is served alongside warm corn tortillas. I loved the mix of ingredients in this dish. The soft tofu along with the tomatoes, red peppers, onions and garlic were simply wonderful. The avocado seed guacamole was creamy and definitely a nice touch. One can really tell it is healthy and homemade. It really reminded me of home cooking.

The Almond Chardonnay Cheddar Alfredo was my favorite entree of the day! Who knew pasta could be healthy and tasty at the same time. This is not your typical pasta dish and instead something very special. This cheesy and yummy dish consisted of sautéed scallions, mushrooms and garlic mixed with almond mealk, cashew butter, chardonnay cheddar cream cheese sauce all over sorghum and quinoa fusilli. I loved the overall creaminess and taste of “cheese.”

I was quite full after the latte and the entrees; but I’m so glad that I tried one of their desserts! For dessert; they offer mealk shakes, chia pudding, raw jam yogurt and raw ice mealk (their version of ice cream!) I chose to get their raw jam yogurt and it sure was a treat.

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From the outside; the raw jam yogurt looks simple but inside a pleasant surprise awaits! It is made with cashew cheese yogurt and raw seasonal fruit jam with a hint of maple. I loved the fruitiness that instantly hit the palate. It has a passionfruit taste and was definitely one of the most unique and best desserts I’ve ever had.

This place is truly a gem. Every thing I tried was wonderful and surpassed by expectations. I loved how they’re able to turn in various healthy ingredients into such tasty treats. I was smiling the whole time here 🙂

Small and cute; it can be easy to not spot Organic. This place however is definitely one that Hello Kitty Foodies and friends should check out. From their fresh, hearty and healthy treats; one is sure to smile just like me.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Orveganic.

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 Brunch at Restoration Kitchen and Wine!

Blessings and Brunch!

Happy Easter Hello Kitty Foodies! Easter is more than just eggs and candy. It is also about peace, love, family and friends. For this easter not only my tummy full but my heart as well as I got to enjoy a wonderful brunch with my mom at  Restoration Kitchen and Wine in Old Torrance, California.

The brunch menu at Restoration Kitchen and Wine just arrived this February. When I heard they were offering brunch, I knew I had to check it out. I had previously dined for dinner at Restoration Kitchen and Wine and was utterly delighted with their savory dishes. I knew brunch would nonetheless be equal in excellence.

Signature dishes on their brunch menu include classics such as french toast, corned beef hash and steak and eggs. There also some special Restoration dishes named after their wonderful staff such as Becca’s Scramble with 3 eggs, sausage, tomatoes, kale, cheddar cheese and multi grain toast  (named after their Kitchen manager, Rebecca Foley) and Wes’ Turkey Sandwich with yuzu mayo, sprouts and multi grain bread (named after co-owner Wesley Takiguchi). Though primarily breakfast egg dishes do appear on their brunch menu; they do have several items also seen on their dinner menu such as their Furikake Fries, Wild Mushroom Flatbread and Slow Roasted Beet Salad.  For my Easter Brunch, I chose to do a mix of their brunch items and some of their dinner dishes.

Easter brunch started off with an order of their Furikake Fries.

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The Furikake Fries are sprinkled with nori komi furikake. The seasoning of mixed sesame seeds and crunchy seaweed bits was definitely a nice touch. The fries were crisp and had great flavor. It also came with a wonderful side of wasabi aioli. The wasabi aioli was unique, tasty and great for dipping. It had subtle wasabi flavor but enough to give a different kick to the aioli.

The fries were a great starter to what followed next. The brunch menu’s savory dish selection is excellent and one is in for a treat with any of their items.

Their signature selection includes different hash dishes.

There is the Corned Beef Hash.

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This hearty dish consists of corned beef, carrots, cabbage, onions and potatoes topped with a sunny side egg. It also comes with multi-grain toast. Who says corned beef is just for St. Patty’s day?

The other hash dish on the menu is the Short Rib Hash.

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The Short Rib Hash is definitely my new brunch favorite. The short rib was perfectly tender and meaty and went well with the butternut squash, green onions, tomatoes and potatoes that it came with. Similar to the corned beef hash, it was also topped with a sunny side egg and accompanied with a multi-grain toast.

For meat lovers, the classic Steak and Eggs on the menu would be the perfect choice.

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Restoration Kitchen and Wine’s Steak and Eggs comes with an 8 oz choice NY steak, two eggs, breakfast potatoes and multi-grain toast. Dinner for breakfast or breakfast for dinner? This is one very fulfilling dish!

From Furkiake Fries to Short Rib Hash and NY Steak and Egg, our tummies sure were full but so were our hearts!

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Each savory dish almost made us too full for dessert but who can pass up a new sweet dish on the menu.

Their Strawberry Shortcake just recently hit the menu and it is a must try for every one who has a sweet tooth.

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This delightful dessert has house made honey biscuits topped with lemon cream, fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream. Each bite was pure heaven.

It was a wonderful morning to spend Easter brunch at Restoration Kitchen and Wine. Blessings and brunch; I could not ask for more on this beautiful day.

Hello The Grail Churros & Ice Cream.

“Not all who wander are lost.”

Wanderlust is defined by the strong desire to wander and for this Hello Kitty Foodie, I often find myself wandering to the hottest and sweetest spots in town. Such was the case when I found myself “wandering” to The Grail Churros and Ice Cream shop in Redondo Beach.

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The Grail Churros and Ice Cream is a new sweet shop that recently opened up in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach. Specializing in churros and ice cream, it is truly a gem of a place. The fact that their name is “The Grail” is perfect; as it symbolizes the prize at the end of wandering.

Each of their offerings here is indeed a prize. One has the option to choose between a sixteen inch churro stick with dust, glaze and toppings, a cup/cone of ice cream or even a combination of churro and ice cream via their Sahara tent; ice cream plus churro or their sandstorm; churro ice cream sandwich. They also have signature churros via their matcha churro, campfire churro, magic wand churro or the churro con cafe. The campfire churro is similar to a s’more; with the churro dusted with honey graham crackers, glazed with melted marshmallow and drizzled with hot fudge and mini marshmallows. The magic wand is indeed magical as it glazed with purple cosmic dust and is sprinkled with colorful stars.

The ice cream choices here are equally as fascinating as their churro. They’ve got yummy classics like cookie dough and butter pecan as well as exotic flavor like Ube (purple yam) and Langka (jackfruit). Perhaps one may be surprised with the Filipino flair in their ice cream. The Pinoy touch is no coincidence as The Grail is partly owned by the half Filipino Sakr brothers. The Sakr brothers are also the brains behind another South Bay favorite;  Torrance Civil Clothing.

If choosing between churro and ice cream is hard; the Sahara tent or sandstorm are perfect choices. The Sahara tent is one sixteen inch churro with one scoop of ice cream while the sandstorm is a churro ice cream sandwich with one scoop of ice cream, choice of dust and one topping. Dust options are matcha, signature cinnamon, spanish espresso or cosmic; a lovely purple dust topping. Toppings include honey graham crackers, sprinkles, m&ms, captain crunch cereal and more delights.

Upon my trip here, I chose to get a sandstorm dusted with cosmo dust, paired with langka ice cream and topped with Captain Crunch cereal. Sugarlust indeed.

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Not all who wander are lost…for sometimes it leads you to a sweet prize.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on The Grail Churros and Ice Cream.

 

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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