Hello Urban Plates Torrance!

Hello Urban Plates Torrance!

This August 12, 2019; Torrance will have the grand opening of Urban Plates; a restaurant that specializes in real food made from scratch. The location is perfectly situated at the newly revamped Del Amo Crossing; that is also home to newest 24 Hour Fitness in the South Bay.

There are various Urban Plates locations in California and Washington DC and with each grand opening they pair with a charitable institution that supports the local community. Urban Plates Torrance paired up with  The Volunteer Center; a local South Bay center that has core programs such as Food for Kids. Food for Kids by The Volunteer Center helps provides low income families in the South Bay with healthy meals over the weekend; helping kids be energized and ready for school on the weekday.

I was so fortunate to be a part of a pre-grand opening celebration this weekend courtesy of Urban Plates Torrance and The Volunteer Center. Not only was this event for a good cause; it truly showcased Urban Plates wonderful scratch made meals. Each dish is made out of some of the best ingredients such as grass-fed beef, sustainably sourced seafood, free-range chicken, and fresh produce.

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The first items I got to try during this sneak peak were some of their seasonal soups. First up was the Green Lentil. The Green Lentil has a nice variety of vegetables and spices. There are carrots, bay leaves, garlic, thyme and paprika. All of the ingredients come together for a nice, flavorful broth. I also tried their Tomato Basil. Here at Urban Plates; I loved that they added some coconut milk along with some pesto to make their tomato soup.

The next dish I tried was from their Greens section. The Greens section of their menu consists of hand tossed salads served with scratch made dressing. My choice of salad was their Asian Chicken Salad. This salad was quite a treat. It had lettuce, arugula, organic carrots, green onions, spicy peanuts, large orange slices, red bell peppers, cilantro, crispy wontons and grilled cage free chicken. The dressing was a spicy peanut dressing. This salad definitely had a unique spicy kick to it. It also had a nice crunchy texture thanks to the crisp lettuce, peanuts and wontons.

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For our main dish; we went with one of their hand carved sandwiches. Each of their sandwiches are served on grilled rustic bread and comes with kettle chips. We got to try the Grilled Grass Fed Steak. This was truly one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. It was so meaty and the steak was wonderfully tender. There was a delicious chimichurri aioli smothered on the bread and the meat was topped off with slow roasted tomatoes. Urban Plates definitely knows how to make a good sandwich!

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Last but not least, I had the Urban Cowgirl Cookie for dessert. This cookie is Urban Plates version of a trail mix cookie and had sunflower seeds, oats, dried cranberries, shredded coconut and a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. It was one yummy cookie that was a perfect ending to one yummy meal!

I am definitely looking forward to trying out Urban Plates again in the near future. I was impressed with their scratch made meals and I could really taste the freshness. I also was an instant fan because they chose to celebrate their opening with helping out the community via The Volunteer Center. Urban Plates Torrance is a true winner.

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For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Urban Plates Torrance.

Hello Sloopy’s Beach Cafe!

Hello Sloopy’s Beach Cafe!

Hello Kitty Foodie is a Tree Hugger…..😉

One of my favorite lunch spot’s in Manhattan Beach is Sloopy’s Beach Cafe! Close to the beach and offering hearty sandwiches, freshly lemonade and smoothies and delicious desserts, it’s a spot that I found myself to easily like right from the start.

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One of the primary reasons I really like Sloopy’s is because of the overall atmosphere. It’s adorable and heartwarming because you get to sit in a patio/garden like setting. There are trees and plants all over. The benches and seats are made out of wood and tree stumps. It’s such a relaxing spot.

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Coming to Sloopy’s definitely makes this hello kitty foodie feel one with nature 😉 and just leaves me with that warm, fuzzy feeling of wanting to hug someone ;). …so how appropriate would it be that for my recent lunch here I chose to get the “Tree hugger” sandwich.

The “Tree hugger” is vegetarian sandwich with hummus, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, provolone cheese, arugula, sprouts, cucumbers and maple cider. I got it with a side of their homemade cole slaw. I loved the tasty, hearty and healthy sandwich full of fresh ingredients! Hello Kitty a Foodie is a tree hugger (fan) for life 😉

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Sloopy’s Beach Cafe is the best spot for a lunch away from the busy, hustle and bustle of everyday life. With it’s charming outdoor ambiance and it’s healthy food, this place just makes this hello kitty foodie smile.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Sloopy’s. It’s one of my very first Yelp reviews ever way back in 2007 (that’s how long I’ve loved this place! I’ve loved it since my very first days as a Yelper 😉 )