When Sanrio announced that Hello Kitty would celebrate her 40th Anniversary in Los Angeles, fans of Japanese Kawaii cute culture cheered. As part of the festivities the Japanese American National Museum has “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” on view now with a retrospective and art show. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will open their doors for Hello Kitty Con, and The Line Hotel would be the official hotel complete with themed hotel rooms and hosting Hello Kitty’s official birthday party on November 1.
Adding to the fun Sanrio created Hungry Hunt, a food treasure hunt where participating restaurants and cafes would make edible Hello Kitty creations that would be served with an exclusive pin. Cafe Dulce joined the fun by creating a Hello Kitty donut and they will also be stenciling Hello Kitty latte art on to the top of their espresso drinks and tea lattes for a week. The results are cute, really really cute. The Hello Kitty donuts even feature a dipped cake bow!
Café Dulcé is a well known specialty cafe and bakery in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles that serves brewed coffee and espresso drinks as well at some of the city’s best tea lattes. They serve coffee from several roasters including Verve, Stumptown, FourBarrel, Andante, and Heart. Their bakery case is full of house-made baked goods that make Café Dulcé the LA destination for coffee and a sweet treat.
If today is any indication, the Hello Kitty with and donut with a pin will not last long at Cafe Dulce. When we arrived this morning, soon after they started selling the Hello Kitty donuts, they had already sold one hundred and had a long line out the door. Thankfully every donut at Cafe Dulce from their house-made green tea and red bean, to their Fruity Pebbles and fresh fruit ones are so good we are happy to order a coffee and donut there any day of the year, even if it is not topped with kitties and bows, but these Hello Kitty ones really are pretty cute. So if you want one, hurry!!
Julie Wolfson is a Sprudge.com desk writer based in Los Angeles. Read more Julie Wolfson on Sprudge.