Kawaii box review

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Kawaii box goodies!

So over the last 6 months, there have been quite a few issues with deliveries of the Hello Kitty and friends Lootcrate. The thing which annoyed me the most was that they were constantly taking my money still, but informing me that there were delivery issues. At one point they had taken 3 payments (£39 a crate) from my account and I had nothing to show for it. So as you can guess, I wasn’t too happy about it.

So with that in mind, I thought I would try some alternative subscription plans, and Kawaii Box was one of them. I had seen their adverts quite often on social media about them and thought that now was a good time to try them out.

Kawaii Box is a monthly subscription plan and is sent straight from Japan, with cute and colourful little bits and bobs to enjoy. As a lover of all things Kawaii, I thought this would be perfect for me. Their subscription plan comes in different pricing points, getting cheaper the longer you sign up for and paying upfront. As I was unsure if the box would be for me, I just opted for the one-month recurring plan option at $24.90 with free delivery.

The box took a little less than a month to come. As I was use to the Lootcrate boxes, this was a lot smaller. Sadly it had been bashed up quite a bit in delivery, but everything inside was fine.

The boxes have a monthly theme, and this month was Kawaii birthday party from home. Inside the box you had a really cute mixture of items:

  • Kawaii dreams handbag – pretty small, more for a child than a grown adult woman hahaha!
  • Amuse character egg-shaped hairbrush – like a tangleteeze hairbrush.
  • Neon Candy highlighter – in the shape of a sweetie, this is very cute and useful!
  • Sweet bow hair tie set – YES there was something with a cat on it!
  • Butterfly blossom pen – very cute and useful.
  • Little fairy tale 2 in 1 sharpener and eraser – another useful item for my colouring in.
  • Sakura Washi tape set – never can have enough cute tape for gifts and cards.
  • Chocoball brisk white soda – These are a Japanese candy which tastes of chocolate and soda!

Above all, I think the box is really cute, there is stuff in there I would definitely use and love the little handbag. It is probably too small for a day to day bag, but it is a great size for snacks and cute bits.

I can’t wait to see what my next box will be like, and also what my next subscription box I am trialling will be like too, I will, of course, keep you posted on how I get on and what I think.

Much love to all my kitties, and keep safe xxx

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

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