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.

Hello Atticus Creamery and Pie!

Located in West LA, is Atticus Creamery and Pies, a cute little pie shop selling pies and ice cream that are made fresh daily.

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All of the pies from here are made with natural homemade ingredients. There are no preservatives whatsoever. Every single thing in the pie is made by Atticus Creamery, from the fruit jams drizzled on top of the pie to the 100% all butter handmade pie crust.

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Walking into this pie shop, I was instantly in awe of the beautiful and delicious looking pies. Each was consisted of four layers- the bottom, filling, light cream and the toppings.

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They have so many delicious flavors to choose from but it is the classic pies that are the popular choice for many.

The salted caramel pie has chocolate ganache at the bottom and is filled with homemade caramel mousse. On the top is light cream and caramelized popcorn! The mix of the salty and sweet is very distinct at first bite.

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The earl grey pie is made with dark grey mousse and filled with chocolate ganache. The earl grey mousse is made from real earl grey tea leaves. The chocolate ganache is homemade ganache from Belgium artisan chocolate from Callebaut. On the top is light cream and little Callebaut chocolate pieces on top. I loved the mixture of dark grey mousse with the chocolate ganache. They mix well together to simply create perfection.

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My favorite of the classic pies is the coconut banana. This pie is filled with homemade custard and chunks of banana inside. It is topped with coconut custard and toasted coconut pieces. The custard is so smooth and the banana truly comes out.

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Aside from classic pies, Atticus creamery has cheesecake pies! I love cheesecake and was so excited to see they have cheesecake pies here.

My favorite of their cheesecake pies is the oreo cheesecake. It’s creamy and smooth with lots of oreo filling.

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The oreo cheesecake is for the cookie lovers but for those who prefer more fruit flavors, do not fear because Atticus Creamery has something for the fruit fans too.

They have a blueberry cheesecake pie. It is filled with blueberry cheesecake and blueberry jam. The top has light cream, a real blueberry and blueberry sauce drizzled all over.

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There is also a raspberry cheesecake at Atticus Creamery and Pies. It is filled with raspberry cheesecake and chocolate ganache. The top has light cream and real raspberry fruit! I can definitely say one can taste that raspberry flavor instantly with this pie.

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From classic pies to cheesecake pies, Atticus Creamery and Pies steps it up even more with their special pies.

Similar to the raspberry cheesecake but with raspberry filling and chocolate is the raspberry chocolate pie. There is light cream on top and real raspberry fruit on top too.

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My favorite fruit speciality pie though is the strawberry pistachio. This is filled with strawberry cream mousse. The bottom is filled with pistachio cream and then topped with light cream and a real strawberry. I love how you can taste the real strawberry flavor and the pistachio flavor in this pie.

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My other favorite speciality pie is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie. This is a must for anyone who likes Reese’s! It is made with chocolate mousse cream along with a peanut butter bottom. The top has light cream and real piece of Reese’s peanut butter cup.

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Last but definitely not the least is one of the newest pie offerings here, the Green Tea. This one has green tea filling and light cream on top with chocolate pieces. The matcha flavor is amazing.

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The deliciousness at Atticus Creamery and Pies does not stop at their pies though because their ice cream offerings are equally as delicious! Similar to the pies, the ice cream is made fresh daily. They have several delicious flavors to choose from such as honey honeycomb, caramel macchiato, chocolate and potato chips, milk and cereal, red velvet cake, salted caramel pretzel brittle, nutella ferrorocher and york peppermint.

One of the things that really struck me with their ice cream is the ingredients they put in! They put the real deal in there and you can taste it right away. The nutella ferrorocher, tastes like you’re really eating that ferrorocher candy. The chocolate potato chip has real Lay’s potato chips! The milk and creel has frosted flakes. It is so wonderful.

I really liked the Brown Sugar Apple Pie ice cream. It is brown sugar ice cream with cinnamon apple pie filling & fresh baked pie crust. This one was tasted like homemade apple pie.

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At Atticus Creamery and Pie, “Every day is Pie Day!” The thought of this simply makes me smile. Their delicious handmade from scratch ice cream and pies simply makes one smile and truly wish for every day to be Pie Day. :)

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Atticus Creamery and Pies.

*Items in this post were provided for a complimentary basis to facilitate this review. This blog post was accurate when published and reflects the uninfluenced opinion of the blog writer.

Hello Habana Vieja!

Cuban food with a mix of Spanish and Carribean influences has always intrigued me. I am a fan of the fusion of flavors. Cuban restaurants are hard to come by however and so when I heard of Habana Vieja in Torrance, California, I knew I had to check it out.

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The meal here starts with some compimentary pan cubano and their version of a frijoles dip. The bean dip is amazing. It’s smooth in texture and added plenty of flavor to the Cuban bread.

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For the main entrees, I got to try two of their specialities here.

First up was the Pollo Asado. The Pollo Asado is a roasted half chicken with orange, garlic, herb and mojo sauce. The mojo sauce truly defines this dish. The sauce is sprinkled on top of the roasted chicken and also around it! It compliments the chicken very well, bringing a bit of creaminess to the chicken. On the outside the chicken itself is wonderfully crispy and the main meat on the inside is tender. The chicken practically falls of the bone.

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The next entree, I tried was the Rabo Encendido. It is USDA tender ox-tail braised in red wine sauce. Similar to the pollo asado, the mean was so soft and easily separated from the bone. The red wine sauce was on point. It was rich and savory and just right when mixed with the white rice.

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Both entrees came with rice and the famous Cuban plantains. The sweet fried plaintains are a favorite of mine. They are perfectly sweet and a good offset to the savory dishes.

I also tried their tamales here. The tamales are a little different because most of the meat is on the outside. It is also topped with lots and lots of garlic and cilantro.

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Last but not least, I got to try the mango agua fresca! I am a fan of mango and of any kind of fruity drinks. This drink was so refreshing! It was sweet, cool and such a treat. This is a must for any one who is a fan of mango!

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Habana Vieja offers amazing Cuban food! Everything I tried here was full of flavor and cooked just perfectly. I was plenty of smiles at the end!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Habana Vieja.

Hello Kansha Creamery!

Hello Kitty Foodie met Mr. Universal!

Who exactly is Mr. Universal?

Mr. Universal is not hard to love. He is cute, smooth, sweet, a little nutty but with lots of substance and full of love.  He’s quite popular and a favorite by many. He has so many fans and Hello Kitty Foodie was quite eager to meet him.  Today the day finally came. Hello Kitty Foodie finally met Mr. Universal!

Now everyone takes selfies with Mr. Universal afterall he’s so popular and well loved. That was the first thing Hello Kitty Foodie did was take a photo with the one and only Mr. Universal.  Now before Dear Daniel gets jealous haha, I should show you exactly who Mr. Universe is….Ok dear hello kitty foodies brace yourself because here is the pic and see for yourself the perfection of Mr. Universal!!
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Mr. Universal is the most popular flavor at Kansha Creamery, a homemade ice cream shop in Gardena, California. It is vanilla ice cream with caramel and oatmeal cookies. It is the ice cream flavor that Kansha Creamery is most well known for.  

Like I mentioned earlier, Mr. Universial is cute! The round, perfectly scooped ice cream is presented in a little cup with swirls of caramel popping out and  little chunks of oatmeal cookies sticking out.  

My Universal is smooth. This ice cream is one of the smoothest ice creams I’ve ever had. It simply melted in my mouth. At Kansha Creamery they use organic ingredients wherever possible and the homemade freshness is distinct.

Mr Universal is sweet too but not overly sweet. This ice cream flavor is just right. It’s full of flavor with the hints of caramel and very tasty. This ice cream is a little nutty due to the crispy oatmeal cookies but the oatmeal cookies and caramal come  together to make a perfect pair that brings much substance to this ice cream. 

Last but not least, one of the best things about Mr. Universal is it’s full of love!  50 cents of the proceeds from purchases of this ice cream goes to the The Children’s Hunger Fund! I love this! The concept of giving is so wonderful!

It’s no wonder Mr. Universal is so popular.  “He” makes Hello Kitty Foodie smile  ;)

For more smiles. please see my recent Yelp review on Kansha Creamery.

Hello Smart Coffee App!

Being a iPhone girl who’s always looking for fun apps to try and someone who has a coffee crush, I could not help be but excited when I heard about the Smart Coffee App.

SmartCoffee is the mobile app created by Paul Katzeff, the grandfather of specialty coffee roasting in America. Paul has 45 years of experience in the coffee business and he made this app in order to help coffee drinkers around the world find the perfect coffee cup for their own particular taste. It’s an app for every coffee fan whether they be long time coffee lovers or new coffee drinkers. This app helps everyone think and drink coffee like a professional.

The way the app works is very simple. You choose first your “mouthfeel” that fits you best. You can choose from “Bright and Lively” (edgy) or “Heavy and Mellow” (buttery). Once you choose your “mouth feel,” you get to choose three flavors that fit your tastes.”

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The Smart Coffee App will then take your preferences and tell you the blend that is perfect for you and recommend which coffee fit your tastebuds.

For my blend, I chose heavy, sweet sour, nutty, fruity and chocolate. The Smart Coffee App said my choice of coffee are coffees that are natural or dry processed with sweet/sour flavors. They recommended Byron’s Maracaturra, a light roast and organic coffee.

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This coffee is from Byron Corrales, a organic farmer and pioneer in applying biodynamic farming practices to coffee production. This coffee is sweet and floral with hints of cashew and mango. Just seeing this recommendation, I knew the Smart Coffee app hit it right on. I love both cashew and mango and thought it was so awesome that the app picked this up based off my coffee preferences.

Trying the coffee for the first time, I was instantly impressed. The coffee is light roast and perfect for my tastebuds because I prefer coffee that is not too strong. The main coffee itself is smooth tasting and very satisfying. There’s a little hint of sweet and some fruity in there which definitely matches my chosen flavor. The light roast coffee nutty’s sweet edge makes for just the right acidity to kick start the day! I love the overall buttery smoothness of this blend. I am a fan.

The Smart Coffee App made it so easy for me to find the perfect coffee blend for me. If you are a smart phone app fan and a coffee fan, like me, the Smart Coffee App is the app for you. You will be sure to find the right roast, perfect flavor and best coffee that fits you. Happy coffee drinking my hello kitty foodies!

*Item in this post was provided via a complimentary voucher to facilitate this review. This blog post was accurate when published and reflects the uninfluenced opinion of the blog writer.

Hello UCLA FEAST @ Rieber!

My oh my how has dorm food changed! I have a lot of fond memories of Rieber Residential Hall at UCLA. I stayed in that dorm during one summer and their dining hall was my breakfast and dinner spot for a majority of my dorm life while I was at UCLA. I remember custom made omelets, fresh grapefruit and many other tasty treats. I thought it was pretty good back then but my oh my was I in for a surprise when I came to UCLA recently and dined at one their newest dining halls, FEAST at Rieber!

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Formerly known as the Rieber Residential Restaurant, FEAST at Rieber opened up in Fall 2011. It has a complete pan-Asian menu with rotating menus from seven popular Asian cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Filipino and Hawaiian. The different cuisine is spread between six stations: Bruin Wok, Iron Grill, Spice Kitchen, Greens and More, Stone Oven and Sweets.

On the night I went, it was Korean and Thai night. I could not help but be a giddy Hello Kitty Foodie as I visited each of the stations.

From the Greens and More station. I tried two things.

First off was a bittermelon and pork soup. I will be the first to admit I am not a fan of bittermelon but FEAST may have just changed my mind! This soup was not bitter at all. It was a tiny bit spicy to the palette but definitely tasty and unique!
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Also from the Greens and More, I had a vegetable slaw that consisted of lettuce, carrots and cabbage. Healthy and fresh, it was cool, crisp treat.

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Next station for trying was the Iron Grill. Here they have grilled items and creative sides. From here I tried the Korean Spicy Chicken and Steamed Bun! I’m a big fan of steamed buns and was thrilled to see this creative side there! Creative indeed because it was my first to ever see spicy chicken served up in a steamed bun.

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It was also at this station that I got the traditional favorite, fried wontons!
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Third station was the Stone Oven! Here they have signature fusion flatbreads!
From this station, I tried a small, unique flatbread. It was a Korean Braised Brisket and Potato Flat Bread. I loved the braised brisket and matching potato!

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Fourth station and favorite station was the Bruin Wok! This is where Bruins get to enjoy authentic Asian dishes traditionally served in bowls. Here I got the Korean Royal Tteokbokki Rice Cakes! Soft long rice cakes with tender Korean meat and veggies, this bowl was number one for me this night.

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My fifth and last savory stop of the night was at the Spice Kitchen! Here is where the authentic entrees and combination plates from the featured cuisines can be found! This night they had savory pork chop and soft tofu entrees.

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Last but definitely not the least was the Sweets section. Here I found a variety of authentic Asian inspired desserts. I had heard the pastry chef at UCLA recreates the desserts from many of his Asian travel. 

This night there was Thai Pandan Chiffon that was so moist and so tasty. The taste of the Pandan was distinct at first bite.

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Also being served that night was Korean Yakwa Honey Cake. This crispy cookie was simply delightful.
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Lastly I tried a Blueberry Princess Bar that had an asian twist with the addition of coconut.

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Along with all of my savory and sweet dishes, I had some refreshing Thai iced tea. Oh my that is Kitty’s favorite! Where was this drink when I was a UCLA student? ;)

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All in all, eating at UCLA FEAST @ Rieber was an incredible experience! It’s nice that all of their dishes are small which allows folks to try a good variety. I love UCLA and always look forward to visiting! It’s like coming home for me because this place was home for four years. Eating at the dining halls brought back so many good memories of times living in the dorms, studying there and good times with friends. I was simply all smiles after my feast at UCLA FEAST.

For more smiles, please check out my  Yelp review on UCLA FEAST @ Rieber!!

Hello Oumi Sasaya!

Bonding with my Mama Kitty are the most special moments for this Hello Kitty Foodie. I love my mom and love spending time with here. With her, I’ve tried some of the best restaurants around town. 

In the recent years, we’ve grown fond of Japanese food and thus for this Mother’s Day, it was fitting to try out one of the South Bay’s most popular Japanese restaurants, Oumi Sasaya. Located in Lomita, California, Oumi Sasaya, offers authentic Japanese noodles and broth with no additivites. This restaurant is a re-creation of the original “Sasaya” restaurant in the “Oumi” region of Japan.  The child of the original Oumi Sasaya immigrated to the US and decided to open this restaurant here in California in order to continue the legacy of their father.  I love that this restaurant was built as child’s tribute to their father.

 My mom and I’s dining experience here started off with a complimentary tofu dish. It’s a soft a small soft tofu with a little bit of green onions sprinkled on top.

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My mom and I both chose to get combos for our main dishes. My mom got the shrimp tempura and egg bowl with mini hot udon. 

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I chose to get the simmered chicken tempura and egg bowl with mini hot udon .

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Our dishes were very similar. Both of our rice bowls were filled with lots of soft, scrambled egg on top of white rice. My mom’s bowl had three pieces of shrimp tempura while mine had three pieces of large chicken tempura. I loved my chicken tempura. It was lightly battered and fried to golden perfection making it uber crispy at first bite. On the side was some yellow radish that great when mixed in with the egg and chicken in the rice bowl.  The accompanying mini hot udon was very nice. 

This place is known for their udon and it’s not hard to see why. The broth is simple but has comforting to the palate. Their udon noodles are fresh, soft and delicate. They are perfectly chewy. Topping the udon was lovely tempura crisps.  Together the heartwarming broth and the savory egg bowls made a perfect pair. 

Everything that my mom and I tried here was very delcious. I couldn’t help but notice how many other families were here as well enjoying the traditional Japanese udon dishes. It really is a lovely place to enjoy homemade fresh udon noodles and hearty bowls. My mom and I were full of smiles after our Mother’s Day meal here. 

It truly was a lovely beautiful Mother’s Day with my mom. Every moment with her is the sweetest and I treasure all those times! I hope that all of you dear readers got to have an equally sweet Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day!

  

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Oumi Sasaya.