Hello Sanrio at the Anime Expo!

A lazy egg? A sweet bunny who likes to bake? It’s Gudetama and My Melody! Hello Kitty Foodies you are sure to be full of smiles meeting these cute characters this July 2-5 as Sanrio is makes its first appearance at Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center!

This Hello Kitty Foodie is truly excited for the Anime Expo because the newest member of the Sanrio family, Gudetama will making his personal debut!

photo credit: Sanrio

photo credit: Sanrio


Gudetama, the lazy egg, will be part of a booth at the Anime Expo. Sanrio will have a themed “Gudetama Kitchen” booth. This is so foodie fabulous! It is so egg-citing! At the booth fans (and foodies) can meet and take pictures with Gudetama, and get some complimentary buttons! They can even get the ultimate foodie giveaway via complimentary chopsticks wrapped in Gudetama-themed sleeves. There will also be opportunities to get exclusive Gudetama merchandise, such as t-shirts and activity books straight from Japan. 

For those who cannot make it to the expo, LA Fans have no fear! There will be Gudetama street teams traveling all over LA in Gudetama-branded scooters handing out free stickers and chopsticks.

Another oh so sweet treat at Anime Expo, will be My Melody’s first-ever fashion show in the U.S. Styled by Japan LA, Sanrio’s Sweet Happy My Melody Fashion Show will have My Melody fashions from the streets of Tokyo. Japan LA will also be debuting their newest clothing collaboration with My Melody. The fashion show will be held on Friday, July 3rd at 5:30pm in the Petree Hall. Admission to the fashion show is free for all Anime Expo attendees.

photo credit: Sanrio

photo credit: Sanrio

Aside from the fashion show, JapanLA will also have a booth selling their new My Melody clothing collection. This includes an exclusive top designed by artist, Miss Kika featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody and Little Twin Stars. The newest Simpsons x Hello Kitty collaboration will also be available for purchase. All Hello Kitty Foodies can be fashionistas too with their cute fashion offerings!

I am all smiles just thinking about Sanrio’s appearance at the Anime Expo! Gudetama is the cutest foodie Sanrio character yet and My Melody is a forever sweet favorite!

Hello Kitty Foodie at Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA!

Just recently I got to go to the launch event of Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA!

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It was truly a dream come to true to be able to attend this event. I was so happy to see The Forum in Los Angeles filled with so much Hello Kitty and friends cuteness! Each and every guest definitely could say hello to their favorite Sanrio character because several characters had special little stations.

My first stop was Keroppi’s Donut Pond. Did you know Keroppi lives with his family on the edge of Donut Pond. Here at the festival, guests could visit and cross over the little bridge to Keroppi’s place, the largest and bluest pond around. I didn’t see any donuts though. Haha

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For foodies like myself, My Melody’s bakery was a must visit. It was filled with the sweet aroma of fresh baked cookies! My Melody is sweeter than sweet and so are the baked goods she makes!

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Another sweet spot was Purin’s house. Just like all of us foodies, Purin is a fan of sweet treats. I caught him in the middle of a nap and dreaming about his mama’s homemade pudding. How funny is it that the Sanrio characters are just like us!

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Badtz-Maru played it cool with his neat car garage! All of us foodies need some transportation to take us to the all restaurants and this penguin will make sure we get a sweet ride to get us there.

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I also made a wish at Little Twin Stars’ Soft Galaxy. My favorite twins Kiki and Lala’s starry starry place is so cute! I wished for more Hello Kitty events for Hello Kitty Foodie to attend!

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Last but not least was Hello Kitty’s house! Hmm I could not help but notice Kitty has a stocked up fridge full of kawaii sweet treats! I wonder when Kitty will invite me over so I can blog about her cooking! ;)

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It was so fun visiting the various places of the characters! I also got to learn more about them in the Sanrio Friendship Forest!

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It was also lots of fun to see them in their supercute Sanrio performances on stage! Hello Kitty and friends sure know how to put on a show. Those Sanrio characters can bust a move ;). Dear Daniel is quite the dancer! Keroppi is a great DJ! I think I should invite them to my next event!!

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Hello Kitty Foodie was full of smiles at Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA! I love Hello Kitty and her supercute friends!

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Hello Kitty hugs to you all for reading!!

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For more smiles, please see my recentYelp review on Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in LA.

Hello Shin-Sen Gumi Yakitori!

The Shin-Sen Gumi family has it done it again! Once again, I am so impressed with another one of their restaurants! After trying out (and becoming such a fan) of Shin-sen-gumi Shabu Shabu and Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi, I tried out a third Shin-Sen Gumi restaurant via Shin-Sen Gumi Yakitori!

Now I love bbq/skewered food and so when I heard Shin-Sen Gumi had a Yakitori restaurant I had to check it out.

I was happy to see they not only had yakitori here but other special dishes like curry as well.

They start off the meals here with choice of two starters, a miso soup or salad.

The miso soup is served fresh and has a nice warm broth filled with lots of green onions.

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The salad consists of refreshing greens with a yuzu citrus dressing.

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For those who want to try a nice mix of their yakitori. I would definitely recommend the Shin-Sen Gumi combo plate from the Yakitori lunch menu. This comes with 2 skewers of bbq chicken, fried chicken and fish. The yakitori choices are 1 meatball and 1 thigh or all meatballs. I really enjoyed the yakitori! The main meat itself was moist, juicy, tender and full of flavor! The fried chicken was equal in deliciousness! It had nice crisp batter and was not salty.

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As I mentioned earlier, this place is not all about yakitori because they offer special dishes as well. The day I went they had a baked curry rice dish that I just had to try. What sold me on this dish was the baked curry rice had eggplant, baked soboro and cheese with poached egg. Being a fan of curry, eggplant and egg, this dish was a must try! I was not disappointed at all. The entree came out piping hot with a flavorful curry rice that had egg and cheese oozing out. The eggplant was spread throughout and brought even more texture to the already amazing dish. It’s like a Japanese casserole!

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Overall I really enjoyed my meal at Shin-Sen Gumi Yakitori. I want to say this restaurant is my favorite out of all the Shin-Sen Gumi places but the other Shin-Sen Gumis are great as well, that it is hard for me to choose a favorite. They all make me smile. ;)

Hello Suki Time Thai Kitchen!

When I first spotted the newly opened Suki Time Thai Kitchen, my curiosity was quite peeked. I am a big fan of Thai food and am always on the look out for good Thai places.

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I was further intrigued upon hearing that not only did their menu have traditional Thai dishes like Satay and Panang but it also had Thai hot pots!

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With Thai food and hot pot offerings, it did not take long for me to check this place out!

It was a cloudy day the day I went so hot pot seemed perfect. The hot pot here comes in two ways. The first was is as a food set for solo eaters. The second way is family style for groups. Although I came with a friend, we chose to get a food set so that we could try another Thai dish with our meal. The food set comes with a bowl of vegetable, choice of rice (white or brown), regular soup and choice of meat platter (USDA Prime beef, USDA choice beef, pork, white chicken breast and vegetable).

For the food set, I chose to get the regular soup which is a mixed vegetable soup and white chicken breast. The waiters brought out the broth and meat along with a bowl filled with mixed seasonal vegetables for us to cook at our table. This is one of my favorite things about hot pot! I love being able to see the cooking of the pot right in front of me.

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To accompany the hot pot, Suki Time Thai Kitchen has different sauces for the dipping of the meat. The sauces were all at the Sauce bar. They had different sauces like Thai peanut sauce, chili sauce and even a crying tiger sauce.

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They also had offerings of cilantro, red onion, green onion and garlic to add to the soup and to enhance the flavor even more.

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My favorite of all the sauces and garnishes was the peanut sauce. It’s a little sweet and adds a different kind of flavor to the soup.

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The mixed vegetable soup, white chicken breast, various veggies, garnishes and sauces all came together to make a hearty hot pot.

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Alongside with the hot pot, I got to try their Pad Thai. It’s stir fried noodles with chicken, their special Suki Time sauce, peanuts and sprouts. The noodles were very long and soft and the chicken very lean.

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Last but not least I got a complimentary Thai Milk Tea. It was refreshingly sweet drink and perfect accompanying drink for the meal.

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I loved how this place gives a taste of Thailand through both traditional dishes like Pad Thai and drinks like Thai Milk tea and through not so traditional dishes like Thai Hot Pot. The hot pot is something different. It has the same good Thai flavor but not through a dish that is typically seen at Thai restaurants. I like how you even have the choice of making the hot pot with Thai broths of Tom Yum and Pok Tok too.

Suki Time Thai Kitchen’s offerings of Thai Hot Pot and traditional Thai dishes made me smile.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Suki Time Thai Kitchen

Hello Pastor Chef Asian & American Grill!

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Located in a small strip mall across from El Camino College in Torrance, California is a hidden gem named Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill. The menu for Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill is a smorgasbord of amazing eats of Italian, French, Continental, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Southern, Peruvian and Filipino food. That’s right, you read it right, Filipino food. It’s so hard to come by a place serving great Filipino food and I was quite excited to see this place serving up Filipino fare at it’s finest. The owner of this place is Chef Ron Melchor, a Filipino and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

Since it’s been awhile since I’ve found a new place serving Filipino cuisine, I chose to get Filipino food during my visit here.

I tried the Pancit Bihon Guisado. It’s rice noodles with sautéed vegetables, pork and chicken. This dish was delicious and I was quite a fan of the big chicken and pork pieces. The meats were marinated to perfection and seasoned so well that the flavor was simply oozing out. The noodles were silky, soft and long and melted in the mouth.

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The second dish that I got to try here is a favorite of mine. I tried their sisig which they call the “D’Original Sisig.” It is grilled pork belly, jowls and ears with onions, vinegar and citrus juice. It might not be a dish for everyone based off the description but this dish served sizzling is a must try for anyone up for Filipino food. The vinegar and citrus juice along with the crispy pork come together to make a tasty pork dish that is great with white rice. Here at Pastor Chef Asian & American Grill they know how to make a good traditional sisig. They also know how to do a fusion version via another sisig dish with “Sisig” tacos.

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Although, I was super excited about the Filipino food here. I cannot wait to come back and try their other cuisine as well. They have some delicious non-Filipino food that I come quite curious to try, The chicken marsala, the lomo saltaldo, the honey fried chicken are all dishes that I wish to try out in future visits. They also have some tasty desserts (red velvet cake, maize con hielo, halo halo) and delicious drinks (mango smoothie, cookies and cream ice blended) that have me knowing I will be back.

Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill’s tagline is “Creating Heavenly Eats” and I must say their dishes are heavenly and made me smile.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Pastor Chef Asian and American Grill.

Hello Pieology!

What’s your major? I major in Pieology….

Pieology: “The study of kustom pizza”

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The school like theme here is neat and perhaps what sets this place apart from the other pizza places. It gives this place some cute character. Every thing here has some sort of school like concept. The kitchen is called “Research and Development.” The hours of their store is listed as “study hours.” Every thing here is about the major of “Pieology.” :)

So how exactly does a student study the art of of the “custom pizza?” I will give you a quick cliff notes version of what’s behind this Pieology major.

It starts here with choosing the crust. Your pizza thesis must start with the subject whole wheat or regular.

After that comes the multiple choice of sauce: marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, herb butter or olive oil.

Next to take note of is the your choice of cheese: mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan or gorgonzola.

Then comes your pic of veggies: black olives, mushrooms, red onions, green peppers, kalamata olives, artichokes, tomato, garlic, pineapple, jalapeños, fresh basil or cilantro.

The finishing quiz is the choice meats between pepperoni, sausage, meatball, chicken, ham, bacon and buffalo chicken.

Once you’ve made your choices and created your project pizza, it is time to turn in your assignment and let the pizza bake.

The final grade is determined by your tastebuds :).

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I left class…err Pieology with a smile on my face today. You can therefore say I think I aced this class.

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

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival!

Hello Kitty Foodie Blog is my little blog of happiness and I love sharing smiles here! I’m super happy to share some news here that will sure bring plenty of Hello Kitty smiles! This week Hello Kitty will be kicking off her first ever live tour in North America via Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival!

photo credit:  Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

photo credit: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival is one that I have been looking forward to. It is a festival like no other! It will have multi-stage live performances and interactive entertainment that include music, singing and dancing! Hello Kitty will be joined with her friends Badtz Maru, Keroppi, Chococat, My Melody, Purin and Dear Daniel ❤️.

photo credit:  Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

photo credit: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

There’s going to be lots of exhibits that will have animation, art, fashion and food will be sold too ;). It’s one giant happy festival that is sure to bring every one smiles!

photo credit:  Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

photo credit: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

Per the official Sanrio press release:

 “Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival offers a new Sanrio experience to fans across the country,” said Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio, Inc. “Our first-ever live tour goes beyond a traditional sit-down show format and brings the world of Sanrio to life with a unique combination of stage performances, interactive exhibits and more surprises for fans of all ages, unlike anything seen before.”

photo credit:  Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

photo credit: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival will make its debut at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN on May 29, 2015 (running through May 31); before moving onto Denver, CO (June 5 – 7); Los Angeles, CA (June 12 – 14); San Diego, CA (June 19 – 21) and over 35 cities across the country. Tickets for Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival are on sale now! For the full show schedule and ticket information, please visit http://www.hellokittyfestival.com.

Hello Kitty Foodie will be in attendance at Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival in Los Angeles. I’m so excited to share my experience there and I hope to see some of you there my dear readers! Hello Kitty smiles for everyone at Hello Kitty’s Supercute Frienship Festival

photo credit:  Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.

photo credit: Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.