I love the Grilled Pork Chops with Broken Rice at Pho Quyen. I’ve only tried 2 places to order this dish in the Tampa Bay area. But to be honest, I don’t have to try any more as they have the best grilled pork chops served with rice in the area. If I may also add that their side dish, pickled radish, is also delicious! (File photo was taken back in March 29, 2018)
When we lived in Tampa, I used to order this for take out a lot. But when we moved to Clearwater, it was a bit of a drive for me. So I had to try out another place for this dish. But I haven’t ordered from that place again. I still find the Grilled Pork Chops from Pho Quyen much better.
Hey guys! I’ve only tried out this place twice. I had a relaxing time at this spa on both occasions. If you’re like me that you don’t like trying out places without reading something about it, then here’s your queue. Go ahead and try out this place. But before you do, make sure you try to use the referral link because it will give you a $10 off on your appointment. In addition to you getting some discount, I’ll also be able to get a little bit of credit towards my future appointment. So if you do use the link, then I want to thank you in advance in helping me get some thrive time.
For years, I have been missing opportunities one after another. I even contemplated on driving to Miami to be able to at least get a glimpse of this uber cute food truck. Now that they’re back in Tampa, I was finally able to get to see the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in person.
Saturday morning, I saw a text message from a friend. It was a picture of a news segment and showed the internationally famous logo of a cat that has no mouth. I was excited but didn’t say anything to Chris. While sipping coffee and talking about the things we could do today, Chris said, “We can do all that as long as we go somewhere before 8pm.” “Why?” I asked. “It’s a surprise.” Looking at him and I smiled, “Oh I know what it is.” He looked back and tried to check and see if I really knew. Then I said, “Hello Kitty.”
The pink truck was just going to be in the area for a day. Even though I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for some time now, we didn’t go there right away. We ended up doing something in the backyard — a few things that we’ve been putting off. We really didn’t leave until late afternoon to head to the mall, where the Hello Kitty Cafe Truckwas parked for the day. We still had plenty of time thought. Usually around this time, the crowd would have thinned out and we wouldn’t have to wait so long to get a cookie or pastry. I wasn’t really sure what I would find when we get there. I also don’t know why, for some reason, I thought that I might be able to order a sandwich shaped like a Hello Kittylogo. Sorry to say, I didn’t see any sandwiches on the menu.
We got to the mall and was able to miraculously find parking right away. I didn’t know where it would exactly be, as I assumed it would be parked somewhere outside the mall. Chris, having been preparing to surprise me, he already had this info and knew where it would be. Wow! He really prepared for this. I followed his lead. We went inside the mall. I thought we would just go through the mall to get to the other side. We didn’t go to the next door, but instead turned left. Ahh maybe we’re going through another door, I thought. Nope! My eyes lit up as I saw a cute pink truck towards the end of the hall. I was surprise to see it inside the mall. As in previous years, I had seen the photos and videos of the pink truck being parked outside. Inside is good, I thought. It won’t be hot.
There were only a few people in line, which was good because it meant we won’t have to wait that long.
I looked at the menu and noticed that many are already sold out. Luckily, there were still some macarons and cookies. I kept going back and forth between the 2. But in the end, I was able to leave with Hello Kitty Macaronsand Hello Kitty Cookies and a FREE Hello Kitty Tote.
The cookies and macarons are just so cute! I’m going to have to fight the urge of eating them right away. When I can’t fight any longer and we eventually eat them, I will let you guys know how it tasted. Don’t worry, I don’t think I can resist that long!
Hello Kitty Macarons from Hello Kitty Cafe Truck.
These cute macarons, not macaroons, didn’t stand a chance!
We thought we could wait before eating them because they were just so cute. Nope! I took one look and then hurriedly took a couple of photos. Then that was it! We ate all the macarons. All 5 of them! I love Hello Kitty but I guess I love food more.
They were delicious! I admit that at the beginning I didn’t expect much on flavor because I considered this food more of a novelty (edible) item, rather than actual dessert. I was surprised when I took my first bite.
Chris and I were splitting each macaron so that both of us could try each flavor. So after my delightful first bite, I had to stop myself from eating the whole macaron before Chris could try it. Now, I’m not saying that they have the best macarons because that would be an exaggeration. To be honest, I haven’t eaten that many macarons in my life. However, I have had several macarons that were better than these cute pastries. The bottomline is they were good and I would surely have them again.
Chris and I were not sure of the macarons’ flavors. But here is a list of what we both believe to be the possible flavors:
Red – Strawberry
It tasted like strawberry. If we’re wrong, it could be cherry. But our final answer is strawberry.
White – Vanilla
I would really say that at first bite it tasted like vanilla. But this was the one that has the subtlest of flavors among the 5.
Blue – Chocolate
The filling tasted like chocolate. It was really delicious. I would want to eat another one of these.
Orange – Pineapple
It’s a little bit tarty. It tasted familiar. But the sourness made us lean towards pineapple. The second choice was mango, then orange was the very last of our guess. But we both agreed with pineapple.
Green – Green Tea (Matcha) or Pistachio
At first bite I thought it was green tea (matcha) but a few more small bites and it tasted a bit nutty. That’s why we thought that maybe this is pistachio and not green tea.
My favorites are:
Based on flavor: Blue and Green Macarons — Strawberry would be the 2nd runner up.
Based on design: Blue and White Macarons. I love the shade of blue that they used on the blue macaron and I love the simple design of just having a cute bow on it. The white one can’t be missed on design as to having the Hello Kitty face on it.
Both design and flavor: The blue macaron came out as the winner for having both delicious flavor and cute simple design.
At the time of this writing, we have not eaten the Hello Kitty Cookies yet. As soon as we get to eat them, I’ll try to post how they tasted. I’m hoping it’s as good as this one.