Hello Year in Review 2020!

Hello Year in Review 2020!

2020 truly was a year like no other. I remember during the start of the pandemic getting asked what I would do with my blogging as there would be no more dining in at restaurants. I knew back then that despite the change that I should still blog and take food photos. If anything this year was the year to enjoy the little things, stay positive and support more than ever my favorite small businesses and restaurants.

One of my first posts after the pandemic started was a blog post about saving restaurants/takeout places in the South Bay. This ended up being one of my most shared posts of the year.

Now as we wrap up the year; I wanted to take the time to do a quick round up of some fabulous places that I got takeout this year. Some of the places I have featured in this post are new but I also included some old favorite places as well. As you will see shortly it was still quite a tasty 2020 despite it all!

Saigon Eatery

Saigon Eatery in Torrance, California was one my food discoveries this year. It definitely is on the top of my new favorite places. Their beef pho is pho-nonmenal and a true treat on cold days. Aside from pho I love their egg roll and golden bao sides.

Tomboy’s Chili Hamburgers

Tomboy’s Chili Hamburgers in Manhattan Beach, California has always been a family favorite. When I was young I remember visiting here and splitting the huge chili cheese fries with my parents. To this day I love visiting this place with my mom. Our favorite is their chicken salad wrap and zucchini fries.

Niko’s Donuts

Niko’s Donuts in Redondo Beach was another new discovery this year. This donut shop opened up right in the middle of the pandemic but quickly became a hit with South Bayers including myself. I love their special touch of steaming donuts first. They have some of the best donuts in the Beach Cities. Their blueberry donuts are a must try.

Mom’s Kitchen

Mom’s Kitchen in Gardena, California will truly make you say “Oh my Ube!” I love ube and this small business makes some of the best and most affordable ube treats! $10 will get you a dozen fresh ube pandesal. Not to be missed also is their ube flan cupcakes.

Fu Sing

Fu Sing is a tried and true place for great Cantonese takeout. It’s no secret that it takes me back to my childhood favorite Tin Sing and I will always love their Hung Shu Wonton dish and their pork egg rolls.

Market Grill

Market Grill in Torrance, California is located at Jon’s Marketplace. Who would’ve thought one could find amazing Mediterranean cuisine at a grocery store? Amazing indeed is this place. I love their Mixed Koobideh.

Addi’s Darbar

Addi’s Darbar in Redondo Beach, California has always been a popular Indian restaurant. Despite the pandemic their popularity did not waver. It’s for good reason as they truly offer the best Indian food. Their dishes are full of flavor. Our favorites include their the Tikka Chicken Masala as well as their samosas.

Pinky’s Hot Box

Pinky’s Hotbox in Torrance, California is comfort food at it’s best. Their hot fried chicken sandwiches are so good and a great way to treat yourself! They also got a nice fusion offering via their Longanisa fries.

Ubon Thai

Ubon Thai in Torrance, California offers some delicious Thai food. Whenever it comes to Thai food; my staple dishes are curry and pad Thai. Here at Ubon Thai; they make some of the best curry and pad thai. The curry is very flavorful with just the right hint of spice. Their pad thai is a great mix of sweet and salty.

Sushimon

Sushimon in Torrance, California was another fabulous discovery this year! I love their Crunchy California rolls. It’s a perfect mix of tempura and California roll. I also love getting their udon soup on a cold winter day.

Caps and Corks

Caps and Corks in Torrance, California is a surprise taco/burrito/sandwich spot inside a liquor store. Their tacos are perfect for not just Tuesday but any day. Their breakfast burritos are also a delicious way to kick off the day! All their offerings are super filling.

Von’s Chicken

Von’s Chicken in Torrance, California is a great place for Korean chicken. I was absolutely thrilled when they opened up in the South Bay. They’ve got both roast and fried chicken offerings in a variety of flavors. Their chicken is always made fresh and so you get yummy, piping hot chicken when you order. Their chicken also comes in the cutest packaging!

El Pollo Inka

El Pollo Inka has several locations in the South Bay; thus making it perfect for takeout. It is a go-to spot for many including myself. I love their different saltados!

Sweet Rice

Sweet Rice in Gardena, California was listed in the top 100 places to eat at in the country in 2020. They were #8 and I am not surprised at their high ranking. Their Jok porridge is a quite a delight and is filled with meatballs as well has century egg. Yum! It definitely hits my list of top places to eat too!

Bowl Thai

Not to be outdone from Sweet Rice is Bowl Thai; their sister restaurant. This eatery which is located in Gardena, California as well makes some tasty Thai food! I love their Green Curry and Pad Thai!

King’s Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant and The Local Place

King’s Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant alongside their sister restaurant The Local Place offers the most ono eats in Torrance, California. It goes without saying that their sweet treats are a true treat (think paradise cake). Their entrees are also ones that should not be passed up. I love their breakfast dishes. The char siu with the fried rice is my favorite. I also am a fan of their breakfast burrito.

Though 2020 turned out to be a much different year than we all expected; there was still much to be thankful for. I am still very blessed and grateful. I was able to still enjoy good eats with my loved ones as well as support some of my favorite places via takeout.

May 2021 be a fruitful and better year for us all! Let’s start off the year with some good vibes and good eats; shall we? 😉

Hello Kitty Foodie Year in Review 2019!

Hello Kitty Foodie Year in Review 2019!

2019 simply flew by and here we are at the end of the year with my last blog post for 2019. My Year in Review is always one of my favorites to write because it gives me a chance to reflect, remember and share some of my favorite moments of the year! I am truly blessed and thankful.

Hello Kitty Foodie Best Travel Foodie Destinations 2019!

I had so much fun visiting both Portland and Oahu this year! From coffee spots in Portland to breakfast eateries in Oahu; I sure did have a lot of fun Hello Kitty Foodie adventures.

Bistro Agnes (blog post: June 2019)

Bistro Agnes in Portland, Oregon was one of my favorite places for dinner.

I had their Truffled Vegetable Pithivier and love this dish with butternut squash, oyster mushrooms, black truffle, leeks, chèvre & comté in a crispy puff pastry. It was even complemented with truffled vegetable demi. 

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Stripsteak by Michael Mina (blog post: December 2019)

Stripsteak was one of the best steakhouses I tried this year! This place really made my trip to Oahu memorable. Their Washugyu flat iron was so tender.

Hello Kitty Foodie Best Local Eats 2019!

I love traveling but there’s something really special about new places right at home.

Thai Hub Torrance (blog post: January 2019)

Thai Hub Torrance was a great little Thai place that opened up in the South Bay this year Their Yellow Curry Chicken with tender chicken breast, potatoes, onions and carrot was one of my favorite curry dishes that I got to try. 

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Rakkan Ramen Redondo Beach (blog post: March 2019)

Rakkan Ramen reminded me a lot of my Toyko trip. With their umami dishes; I quickly became a fan. Their Rakkan Ramen buns are the best in town!

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Blazin’ Hens (blog post: April 2019)

Though not new to the South Bay; it was only this year that I tried Blazin’ Hens! Needless to say; I absolutely loved their Nashville fried chicken.

Their Jidori style chicken dipped in buttermilk makes for the most juicy, tender chicken. Hot and fresh; their chicken is the best.

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Shiok: Asian Street Food (blog post: September 2019)

Shiok; opened up at Rolling Hills Plaza this year and became a quick favorite of mine. I love their take on Asian street food. Their crispy golden baos are awesome! Outside it is a crisp golden brown bun and inside is steamed pork with egg. 

The Brews Hall (blog post: November 2019)

The first ever food hall/brewery concept arrived to the South Bay this fall! With two breweries and four food concepts (Mexican, Chicken, Seafood and Burgers); I along with the rest of the South Bay found this the place to be!

Hello Kitty Foodie Best Breakfast Eats 2019!

Kicking off the day with a smile is a must and these breakfast places truly made me smile.

Modo Hawaii (blog post: June 2019)

Mochi Donuts was all the rage this year! When Modo Hawaii opened up a pop-up shop at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance over the summer; folks lined up for hours. Their Lilikoi Mochi donut was definitely one of my favorites to eat for breakfast with coffee.

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Tasty N’ Alder (blog post: June 2019)

Tasty N’ Alder was my favorite brunch place in Portland.

Duck…Duck….Steak breakfast with double R Ranch teres major on a stick with potatoes confit in duck fat, onion sour cream and a sunny duck egg was a hearty and great dish.

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Liliha Bakery (blog post: December 2019)

Liliha Bakery in Ala Moana Center in Hawaii was a great place to have Hawaiian style breakfast. I couldn’t visit the Islands and not have Loco Moco. Here at Liliha Bakery; their loco moco had thick gravy, gooey egg yolk and tender burger patties. It was truly ono.

Hello Kitty Best Desserts 2019!

2019 was sweet! From local desserts to tropical desserts in Hawaii; I had one sweet year!

Somi Somi Torrance (blog post: March 2019)

Somi Somi Torrance is an amazing dessert place that opened up in the South Bay this year. I loved their take on Ah-boong. My Ah-boong with ube and oreo ice cream in gold-fish waffle filled with taro and topped off with fruity pebbles, Captain Crunch cereal and graham crackers was amazing. My kinda “fish!”

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Cauldron Ice Cream (blog post: May 2019)

Cauldron Ice Cream has some of the prettiest desserts. They offer ice cream in rose shapes. They are also inside puffle cones or egg waffle cones. It was instagram and drool worthy!

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Pix Patisserie (blog post: June 2019)

Pix Patisserie was one of my favorite places in Portland. Their macronuts (French macarons + Donuts) were so soft, sweet and perfect. I should also list this place in the Best Coffee Places list because their lattes were so delightful! Their Oregon Hazy latte is a must try when in Portland.

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Urban Plates (blog post: October 2019)

Urban Plates Torrance is one amazing place for healthy dishes full of flavor. From savory to sweet; they have scratch made food that is so enjoyable. I particularly am fond of their freshly made desserts. They are not only beautiful but tasty too!

Roy’s Waikiki (blog post: December 2019)

Roy’s Melting Pot Soufflé with Lappert’s Ice Cream was definitely one of my favorite desserts during my trip to Oahu! It takes 30 minutes to prepare and comes out so soft and with oozing hot chocolate. It was paired with sweet vanilla Lappert’s ice cream. It was two Hawaiian desserts in one!

Best Coffee and Tea Places 2019

Offset Coffee (blog post: January 2019)

Offset Coffee is on the top of my list of best coffee shops in the South Bay. Their hazelnut latte is perfectly creamy, nutty and sweet.

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Steelhead Coffee (blog post: March 2019)

Steelhead Coffee is another new amazing spot in the South Bay. Their caramel latte made for a great morning drink that wasn’t too rich or too sweet!

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Stumptown Coffee (blog post: June 2019)

No visit to Portland would’ve been complete without trying Stumptown Coffee! I throughly enjoyed sipping their smooth lattes.

Their Hazelnut Latte and Woodblock Mocha were perfectly rich and bold.

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7 Leaves Cafe (blog post: July 2019)

The new 7 Leave Caffe in the South Bay quickly became one of my favorite places for boba and tea. With real flavors and raw ingredients; their drinks gave a whole new look to the boba scene.

Urth Caffe (blog post: December 2019)

I was thrilled to find out Urth Caffe came back to the South Bay. Their fresh made coffee is some of the best out there! They also have baristas who make amazing latte art!

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Best Foodie Experiences 2019

All my foodie experiences are fun but there are some that were simply very memorable!

189 by Dominique Ansel (blog post: March 2019)

Located at The Grove Los Angeles; is Chef Dominque Ansel’s first restaurant venture. Though we did not try his famous cronuts; we were treated to a wonderful unforgettable meal. Their grilled lamb chops dipped in mustard seeds was a savory, delightful entree and is one of the best lamb dishes I have ever tried.

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Mix Mix Kitchen and Bar (blog post: July 2019)

Mix Mix Kitchen and Bar by Chef Ross Pangilinan was one of our favorite places to visit this year. My boyfriend and I tried the “Oui Chef” tasting menu and each dish that came out kept getting more and more delicious. I loved Filipino Chef Ross’s take on adobo. His Pork Cheek Adobo came with with tasty garlic fried rice and chimichurri. It reminded me of home cooked Filipino food.

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Napa Rose (blog post: September 2019)

I got to celebrate Napa Rose for my birthday year and loved every single moment of my dinner there! Our entrees of Pomegranate-glazed Veal Osso Bucco and the Quail Stuffed with Prosciutto Wrapped Summer Peach were executed perfectly and made for a phenomenal dinner. I loved the pleasant surprise of getting a birthday treat with the Pineapple Streusel Crumble Crunch Bar. It was such a sweet birthday!

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2019 was one amazing year and I definitely had some wonderful meals with wonderful people this year! Thank you to all those who were a part of my Hello Kitty Foodie adventures this year. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for this Hello Kitty Foodie!

Hello Kitty Foodie Year in Review 2015!

Hello Kitty Foodie Year in Review 2015!

Another year has gone by and here we are at the end of 2015. This is my third year as a blogger writing a year in review for my blog. It is honestly one of my favorite posts of the year because it is time of reflection on all the wonderful blessings that have come my way. Although this is a food and events blog, this blog has really served for me as a picture album of memories. Each event, each lunch and dinner out with friends and family all are special moments captured. The Year in Review post gives me an opportunity to look back with fond memories all of the good things that have occurred. Often times in the hustle and bustle of this busy life, we can overlook the good moments and I for one am can be guilty of that. This Year in Review gives me the opportunity to just be thankful of what has occurred in the year.

The beginning of the year started off with a lovely dinner at the newly opened Pho Consomme. Aside from Pho Consomme, I was blessed to be invited to the grand opening of the very first Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen in Westchester in January. One of the best things about this blog is being able to try out new places and share them with all of you!

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February was marked off with more discoveries of new exciting places!

I discovered what became one of my favorite eateries in Manhattan Beach at Nick’s Manhattan Beach when I dined there with my good college friend. That place has the best buttermilk chicken ever!

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It was also in February where I got invited to the grand opening of Pizza Five85. That was one fun event to celebrate National Pizza Day!

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For March, I had the most relaxing and enjoyable time ever when visiting Terranea Resort with friends! The view alone was food for my eyes and soul. The food at Catalina Kitchen was equally as amazing. The company of good friends was priceless!

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April marked a very rewarding time for me as I got to attend the SWE LA 2015 Professional Development Conference. This year’s Professional Development Conference was inspiring and motivating and filled with good talks with some of my fellow engineers in the industry. I was truly blessed to be an attendee.

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Speaking of fellow engineers; it was also in April that I got to hang out with some of favorite female engineers and women in the industry. A few of us all got together for a dinner out at The Gardens of Taxco. It was such a fun night filled with a five course meal and a waiter who serenaded us!

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May brought be back to my alma mater UCLA. It was like I was a student all over again when I got to dine at the new UCLA Feast. UCLA equals great school and great dorm food! Go Bruins!

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Speaking of the west side, I found what has to be one of the best ice cream shops in West LA, when I got invited to check out Atticus Creamery and Pies. The ice cream and pies from there are too die for! It was one sweet treat to be invited to try their shop.

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Halfway through the year,  I was an attendee at one of my favorites of the year via the Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival. I got to go not only once but twice! Back to back Hello Kitty heaven in June!

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Oh hi, July! July was the month of new eats and new treats! From trying out Mrs. A Hanoi Pho to Frostbites to first checking out my favorite El Segundo hot spot, The Point, it was one fun month!

My favorite time in July has to be first eating at North Italia with my best friend! It was my first time going to The Point and I got to spend it with my dearest and closest friend.

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August marked more trips to The Point via dining at Hopdoddy and True Food Kitchen. 2015 was definitely the year of The Point making a mark in this Hello Kitty Foodie’s life!

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September, my birthday month was marked with plenty of birthday bliss and making wishes! Once again a lot of the birthday bliss occurred at The Point with birthday events at North Italia and True Food Kitchen! Normal birthday cake has nothing on North Italia’s Bombolini.

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October was a lot of fun with the Del Amo Fashion Center Expansion Opening Celebration! This marked the many of new memories to be made at Del Amo! I got to try out Nordstrom’s Bazille and their E-bar.  Nordy girl right here!

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November was lots of fun!

I got to meet (and eat hehe) Gudetama at Plan Check Kitchen and Bar! The lazy egg is definitely my new foodie crush!

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It was also in November when I learned to make ramen with a special invite to the Ramen demo and workshop by Chef Andy Matsuda at the Sushi Chef Institute!

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Last but not least December! Though it is the last month of the year, new discoveries were not lacking. I got to try HoneymeeSmitten Ice Cream and Frida Del Amo!

I also had the best time decorating cookies with my cousins during Christmas!

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As I was typing all of the above, my heart truly was filled with happiness! As I mentioned above, sometimes, we all get so busy with life that it’s easy to forget how truly blessed we are. I truly was blessed to be able to partake in so many happy events this year and spend a lot of time with my family and friends! I am so thankful!

I also want to say thank you to all of my dear readers who take the time to read my blog! It makes my heart so happy and I am truly humbled to have folks who take the time to read about my happy adventures! May you all have a blessed new year and I look forward to sharing more with you all in 2016! Thank you for the love!

PS The WordPress.com stats helper kitties prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog and I got the below! Thanks for making my blogging year so happy.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.