Hello Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce at Surf City Blitz Festival!

It will be one hot weekend this Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 in Huntington State Beach! Our favorite hot sauce Gringo Bandito will be spicing things up as they serve up free samples of their 3 amazing sauces at the Surf City Blitz Festival.

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Surf City Blitz Festival will be a fun event where there will be performances by fabulous artists such as The Offspring, Pennywise, Fear, Social Distortion, TSOL, Bad Religion, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Voodoo Glow Skulls. Gringo Bandito was actually created by The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland!

Gringo Bandito will have a fully decorated booth that will be right beside  some of Southern California’s hottest food and beverage icons. Everyone will get to enjoy free samples of their 3 flavors of sauces which include red, green and super hot varieties.

I like Gringo Bandito because it is not only delicious but healthy too! It has 70% less salt than other major competitors, contains no preservatives, and is paleo friendly, gluten-free and all natural. Come on by to the Surf City Blitz Festival and make it one hot weekend with Gringo Bandito!

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Hello March of Dimes’ Inaugural Signature Chefs Auction!

This November 7, 2018 will be the inaugural March of Dimes Inland Empire Signature
Chefs Auction. It will be a very special event and funds from the event will  benefit March of Dimes’ mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. This special event will help change that. March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. where there will be 90-minute tasting of enjoying and sampling the signature chefs’ creations. This will be followed by a yummy seated dessert program and a rousing live auction, offering an opportunity to bid
on insider packages and unique experiences.

Featured Chefs include Sir Chef Bruno Serato, owner and chef of Anaheim White House and Caterina’s Club, Chef Henry Gonzalez from Spaggi’s, Chef Jose Ruiz of Tutti Mangia Italian Grill, Chef George Torres of Vellano Country Club and many more.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org/inlandempire 

Hello Creme de la Crêpe Rolling Hills!

I had visited the Creme de la Crêpe location in Hermosa Beach many years ago and upon spotting this crepe cafe on a visit to the Peninsula Promenade, I knew I had to checkout  via Creme de la Crepe Rolling Hills. After all who cannot be crazy for crepes? 🙂

The French delight consisting of a thin pastry is quite hard to find in Southern California. much less place that offers both sweet crêpes and savoury galettes. Here at Creme de la Crêpe however they have variety of both the sweet and savory. All of their crêpes are even made with gluten-free crêpe batter. Aside from crêpes they have lovely dishes like risotto and pastas along with amazing wine selection.

I started off with getting a savory crêpe. It was hard to choose from the various savory delights. They use local & organic produce as well as grass-fed beef & free-range poultry. I ended up getting the Marocaine.

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The Marocaine has jack cheese, spicy lamb sausage & madeira mushroom sauce. I don’t often get lamb but tonight I wanted to try something different and indulge in something special. Special indeed was the Marocaine. The lamb sausage was nice and tender and not spicy at all. I love the madeira mushroom sauce. There were several slices of mushroom and the sauce itself was thick and tasty.

From savory to sweet, we could not pass up getting a sweet crêpe for dessert. Our choice was the Leila.

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The Leila was indeed one crêpe not to be passed up. Named after the owner’s daughter is this delightful sweet treat. In between the soft thin pastry were chunks of banana. On top of the crêpe was caramelized pecans, drizzles of caramel sauce and sprinkles of powdered sugar. The banana along with the pecans were amazing.

 A perfect match with our crêpe were the delightful Lavazza Italian espressos.

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Bold, rich and full of flavor; our espressos were the right companion to our sweet crepes.

 Dinner at Creme de le Crepe Rolling Hills was indeed a lovely time and my visit here all proved that I am indeed crazy for crepes. Crepe crush indeed.
 

Hello Kitty Bakery by Fragrant Jewels

Last year Sanrio with Fragrant Jewels launched a very special collection of co-branded candles and bath bombs. As I mentioned in a previous Hello Kitty Foodie blog post; each item came with the cutest Hello Kitty inspired ring that you can’t find anywhere else.

This year our favorite bath bombs are back and the theme is perfect for all of us Hello Kitty Foodies! Fragrant Jewels has just launched the Hello Kitty Bakery collection!

When I heard about this collection, I instantly knew this was going to one super adorable and super special launch! Fragrant Jewels has mixed delectable sweet treats and Hello Kitty to bring us one of the kind handcrafted bath bombs made with the finest ingredients.

On the “bakery menu” is Strawberry Macaron, Vanilla Marshmallow Donut and Cotton Candy Ice Cream! Inside each sweet treat is is one of twelve bakery-inspired Hello Kitty rings that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Strawberry Macaron has sweet scents of strawberry and sweet vanilla cream. The fragrance notes are mixed berry, caramel and sweet vanilla sugar.

You definitely donut want miss out the Vanilla Marshmallow Donut that has fragrance notes of cherry, strawberry, honey, sweet vanilla and cupcake.

The Cotton Candy Ice Cream is a sweet dream come true with it’s yummy scents of mixed berries and candied sweet vanilla sugar.

Not only do these bath bombs smell so sweet and lovely; they’re super cute too! I love how they look like bakery inspired too! Macaron, ice cream, donuts….I am in Hello Kitty Foodie heaven!

The Hello Kitty Bakery trio is available for $44.95 at http://www.fragrantjewels.com/HKBakery

Hello Kitty Foodies, you can get a sweet special discount of 15% off with using offer code: hkbakery15 at checkout! Happy sweet shopping!

Hello Yelp Elite Event: Yelp’s First Look at Randy’s Donuts

It’s so sweet to be Yelp elite and it truly was a sweet time at the recent Yelp LA Elite event at the newest Randy’s Donuts that just opened up in El Segundo at Apollo Landing.

Randy’s Donuts has been serving delicious donuts since 1962. Everything is made by hand and they even have a special, unique flour that is used just by the store! They’re all about quality and being affordable. They’re world famous for a reason.

Last night, us Yelp LA elites got to be partake in a very special celebration of their new store and we got to taste a variety of the donuts that they’re world-famous for.

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Randy’s Donuts donut menu is split between classic, deluxe, fancy and premium. Classic donuts include  glazed raised, chocolate iced cake and crumb cake.  Deluxe donuts include glazed twist, blueberry cake and maple cruller.  For those who like fancy, there is roasted coconut raised, cinnamon roll and bear claw. Lastly for the ones looking for really unique treat there are the premium donuts. The premium menu has delicious treats like red velvet with ganache and crumbs, fruity pebbles crumb and s’mores raised.

If you’re not drooling already from their extensive donut menu; then you surely will be drooling once you have the El Segundo exclusive Breakfast Donuts! During the event, we were all treated to this unique and special sandwich (and yes, we were all drooling ;).

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Breakfast Donuts are made with glazed donut rolls with maple pepper bacon, all natural sausage, cafe free eggs, hash browns and American cheese. You can even spice it up with siracha or tapatio sauce! It’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty. It was truly intense but truly delicious as well.

Randy’s Donuts El Segundo location is just the start of delicious donuts taking over the foodie world. They will soon have a Downey location, a Hollywood location and even a Manila, Philippines location and Jeju Island, Korea location.  I am so thankful to Yelp LA for this special look of the new Randy’s Donuts in El Segundo.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp Review on Yelp’s First Look at Randy’s Donuts.

Hello Avenue Italy!

I recently a wonderful birthday dinner at Avenue Italy.

Located in Rancho Palos Verdes is Avenue Italy; a restaurant offering authentic and delicious Italian cuisine by  Chef Mario Zanetti. Chef Mario was previously Lead Chef for La Stada Restaurant in Los Angeles and now he heads up this wonderful restaurant. Avenue Italy is also the sister restaurant of another favorite South Bay place of mine, Yellow Vase.

Having my birthday dinner here was truly a wonderful experience. The place transports you right into the heart of Italy with its beautiful setup and decor as well as their amazing Italian cuisine.

We started off our meal here with  Caprese e melanzane.

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This starter came with three lovely tomatoes stacked with grilled eggplant and fresh mozzarella. It was then topped off with pesto. This simple Italian dish was a perfect first course. The grilled eggplant was nicely grilled and not charred. The spread of pesto was just right and not overwhelming. It gave the right amount of flavor to the dish.

Our second course consisted of the Beet salad

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This salad was one of my favorites of the night. It had mix greens topped with oven roasted beets, candied walnuts, dried cranberries and feta cheese. The dressing was a house balsamic vinaigrette. I am a big fan of beets but in many other restaurants, I have noticed beets tend to be large pieces that end up becoming the star of the plate. Here at Avenue Italy, they made their salad so that the beets would mix perfectly with the other ingredients. Small square beets were mixed in with the candied walnuts and dried cranberries and the feta cheese was sprinkled on top. Together these ingredients made of a sweet lovely salad.

For my main course, I chose to get the waiter’s recommendation, Pollo e prosciutto

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It was chicken rollatini with prosciutto and rosemary and vodka sauce. It was served with seasonal vegetables and roasted yukon potatoes. I originally was afraid that the prosciutto may overpower this dish but it did not at all! In fact there was just slight hint of prosciutto and the chicken was main star of the dish. It was tender and perfectly flavored with the rosemary and vodka sauce. I also loved their flavorful roasted yukon potatoes. This was great dish paired with their white chardonnay.

What’s a birthday without a birthday cake or dessert? Our last dish of the night was Avenue Italy’s tiramisu.

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Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert and here they really did this Italian delight justice. The coffee-flavoured Italian dessert was delightfully light. Wonderful flavor of cocoa with just the right hint of liqueur-spiked espresso and sweet mascarpone and whipped cream. This was truly a perfect ending to a wonderful birthday dinner.

Avenue Italy was simply lovely and I loved celebrating here.

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