Loving my hometown.

In my beautiful Collectif shirt from Lady B Love.

As some of you may know, I come from Norwich, and I love my hometown!

The great thing about Norwich, bar the beauty, history and amazing people, is our love for independent shops. From quirky gift and clothing stores to the brilliant and innovative coffee and food scene.

One of my all time favourite shops for clothing is Lady B Loves which sells some of the best vintage inspired brands, and is in the stunning setting of the Royal Arcade. Also they stock their own chub rub shorties! Go check them out, as they are a summer lifesaver for us curvy girls! This is also where I got my favourite Collectif rainbow skirt from 🌈.

Quirky handmade jewellery and cute plants from Littlesmiths Norfolk.

We also have some of the most amazing independent stores celebrating the handmade talents from not just our hometown, but all around our country. Littlesmiths which is situated in Norwich and Fakenham, introduces you to some beautiful and individual items, and I fell in love with these Peony Vintage earrings and also purchased a little plant for my husband.

Kofra on Onley Street is a great little stop off point, on a walk into the city.

Coffee shops, oh we have so many independents for you to try! Strangers Coffee (which has a rostery too!), Kofra, Fika, and Unknown coffee are just a few and are all experts in their craft.

If you prefer tea, then Biddy’s tea Room (which I’m pictured swinging from their pole on my opening picture) has a wide variety of different teas, oh and their cakes and saviours are amazing too!

Cupcake and Co made my husband a special birthday cake of our beloved cat Lester (this was after we lit the cake, so unikitty has a bit of a burnt horn!)

To end on a sweet note, we also have some fabulous and talented bakers in Norwich. One lady I have loved for many years is Cupcake and Co on Upper At Giles. From her cute cupcakes to her spectacular cakes, this lady makes everything delicious. Also she has so scrummy vegan options too!

Also another talent to watch out is the beautiful Maggie. From authentic delicious Danish pastries, to ridiculously good Rye bread. You can get her goodies from Rainbow whole foods just of Guildhall, and lots of good cafes around Norwich too. Check out her website for where she will be!

These are just a few little place I know and love. What is your favourite in Norwich or your hometown? Let me what where I should visit and try!

Hello Kitty pop up fun with Tombo

London, beautiful London. I always knew you wouldn’t let me down, and this month you have given me the Joy of the Tombo x Hello Kitty collaboration at their Fitzrovia location. All the Japanese treats a Hello Kitty fan could desire, and what purrrfect timing being it’s my birthday month!

So, with my faithful and kind husband beside me we ventured to the big smoke for some Hello Kitty fun.

The great thing about Tombo Fitzrovia is it isn’t hard to find. Just get off the tube at Tottenham Court Road and head up past the Dominion theatre and you will find it a few streets up on your left.

So excited to be there!

Tombo itself is quite a small Japanese café with nice clean décor. We were greeted with traditional styled pictures of Hello Kitty in many Japanese poses and locations, my excitement was a little bit more intense than the rest of the customers, I even dressed up in my favourite HK items!

The staff were friendly and directed us to a table, we got there about 11.45am which was the perfect time, as by the time we left the place it was getting full, and I didn’t want to chance missing the HK goodies!

Let’s get to to the food and drink:

So, the menu has a section dedicated to Hello Kitty inspired dishes including, Hello Kitty curry rice (a Hello Kitty katsu curry inspiration) and a Hello Kitty poké. There is also a selection of matcha inspired drinks and a nice selection of HK desserts to choose from.

Today was a day of firsts, I have never tried poké what Tombo is famous for, or the wide range of matcha products. I have only ever had matcha in a green tea. This place you get Matcha in EVERYTHING!

I chose a Hello Kitty matcha frappuccino, the green concoction came topped with whipped cream, strawberry sauce, and grated pink chocolate. I was hoping for a Hello Kitty popped on the side of the cream like I saw on pictures of the sundae so I was a little disappointed, but it still tasted and looked good. Being that I have never had any kind of tea frappe it was an interesting taste. I feel it is a drink I could get use to the more I had it. My husband had the yuza kukicha citrus green tea, which was beautiful and fresh tasting, so much so I brought the Hello Kitty special edition pouch.

As you can see I am all decked out in Hello Kitty for this!

We chose a Hello Kitty curry rice and Hello Kitty salmon Poké. (Bonus on purchasing the Poké is you get a mini soy sauce Hello Kitty bottle to take away with you!) I have never had Poké before, so I chose to opt for this, also by doing this we both got to try a bit of each other’s.

As you can see from the pictures, the food was beautifully decorated, to the point I didn’t want to destroy her beautiful face. Poké is a really refreshing light Japanese style salad, and the HK special even had tiny HK’s out of carrot and beetroot dotted about the bowl. The curry was just as pretty with her little face poking out of a bowl of delicious katsu curry and like my poké it had little HK carrots and beetroot shapes around the bowl. The katsu curry had a nice taste, one of the best I have tried in a long time.

For dessert, I had a little Hello Kitty cupcake, once again like the Frappa this was also lacking Hello Kitty items on it. All it needed was a little icing Hello Kitty to set it off and make it a bit more special.

Overall, I really enjoyed Tombo, I would have never known about this place if it wasn’t for the Hello Kitty pop up. Would I go again without the Hello Kitty pop up? Yes! It has a nice feel and the food is fresh. The Matcha Frappuccino wasn’t really my thing, but I could easily enjoy a pot of the lovely Yuza Kukichia, and I can really see why Poké is making such a craze in London. Healthy, fresh, and delicious!

If you are a crazy Hello Kitty fan, and want to try out Tombo x Hello Kitty, it is still on till 8th October!

Tombe poke & Matcha bar

4 Windmill Street

W1T 2HZ