Hello Happy Lemon Gardena and Sunmerry Bakery!

Hello Happy Lemon Gardena and Sunmerry Bakery!

Back in 2018; I wrote a blog post about the newest Happy Lemon in Gardena, California. The new boba spot was quick to become my happy place. I absolutely love their boba. (Favorite boba drinks include the Purple Taro Milk Tea with Taro Ball and Green Milk Tea with Strawberry Trifle and Crystal Boba ⁣)

Fast forward two years later; Happy Lemon Gardena is bringing even more happiness to Pacific Square as well as more happiness to my tummy and heart ;). They are now offering Sunmerry Bakery cafe goodies! Several Happy Lemon locations in California already partner with Sunmerry Bakery and so it’s definitely nice to see them also be paired up here at the Gardena location.

Sunmerry Bakery had originally started in Japan and was brought to Taiwan in 1986. Their speciality is combining Japanese baking techniques with Taiwan flavors. Two delicious cuisines are combined to bring some delightful baked goods.

This November 2020; Happy Lemon Gardena had a safe, socially distanced soft opening celebrating their new partnership with Sunmerry Bakery.

I picked up a few baked goods at the recent soft opening and needless to say I am once again a very happy girl. Among my choices were Shiitake Cheese, Bolo, Mochi Taro and Mochi Black Sesame⁣. I love Japanese baked goods but Sunmerry definitely kicks it up a notch by adding that Taiwanese twist. These baked goods were perfect with my favorite boba drinks.

Speaking of boba; I also found a very special and unique dessert here; boba egg pie! I love boba and I love egg pie and so this dessert was truly meant for me. It has egg pie topped off with several boba pearls and a wafer straw cookie. Yummy! Sunmerry makes me so happy!

Happy Lemon Gardena was always my happy place but even more so now.

For more smiles; please see my updated Yelp review on Happy Lemon Gardena

Hello Mindi’s Kitchen!

Hello Mindi’s Kitchen!

Jia Ba Bue?

Have you eaten?


If not, then why not have a meal at Mindi’s Kitchen. Mindi’s Kitchen is a newly opened Taiwanese restaurant in Torrance, California.  It is located in the same plaza that houses 85 Degrees C and Max Karaoke. (Not a bad location at all because you can get yummy Taiwanese food, then go happily belt out a few tunes next door). 😉

Taiwan was once voted by CNN readers as the best food destination in the world and the city of Taipei is said to have 20 streets dedicated to food. For us folks who aren’t traveling to Taiwan soon however, Mindi’s Kitchen has a nice selection of dishes that will show you what Taiwanese food is all about.

They serve their food here Bento style. The Bentos are served with sides, soup and rice. For the main entrees, they have pork belly (deep-fried or regular) Taiwanese sausage, pork chop, fried chicken filet, 5 spice minced pork, cha-cha BBQ beef, Chia-Yi shredded chicken and popcorn chicken.

When I saw popcorn chicken as one of their offerings, I knew I had to try this bento! Popcorn chicken is one of my favorite Taiwanese dishes.


Mindi’s Kitchen’s popcorn chicken bento came with lots of tender and crispy popcorn chicken pieces! It was accompanied with scrambled egg, tofu and veggies. Popcorn chicken is normally a snack but I love how Mindi’s Kitchen made this into a full meal!

Though newly opened and with a full menu, Mindi’s Kitchen is already looking at adding more items to their menu. Coming soon will be Mindi’s Lion-Head Meatball Bento. I’ve heard this is a favorite of owner Mindi’s father in law and now she is going to share this with all of us. Although it’s not quite yet on their menu, I was able to get a chance to try it when I visited.


Mindi’s Lion-Head Meatball consisted of two very large pork meatballs. They were over 6cm in diameter. They were not only huge in size but huge in taste as well. I loved the overall tenderness and the oozing flavor. These meatballs were great with the accompanying veggies! I can’t wait to see this rawring its way permanently onto the menu.

Jia Ba Bue? If not, then what are you waiting for! Mindi’s Kitchen is open and ready to serve you Taiwanese food that is sure to make you smile.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Mindi’s Kitchen!