The 10 Cutest Foods In The San Gabriel Valley

By Kristie Hang

It's no secret that the San Gabriel Valley is home to some of the most diverse and authentic Asian food in the world, but it also has some of the cutest. Pop culture, furry creatures (and Hello Kitty, of course) inspire some of the most adorable designs this side of the Pacific. Here's our Pinterest-worthy list of foods that you can find if you head east that are sure you make you say "awwww!"

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3-D LATTE ART: Love to Go is a tiny Asian dessert shop. Although their signature dish is waffles, the true star is their 3-D latte art. The stellar designs mean that it takes longer to prepare than the average latte, so be prepared to wait. (Bonus: Their mini marshmallow-covered chocolate figures also come in cute designs.)

Love to Go is located at 307 South Mission Drive in San Gabriel, (626) 264-8195

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KAWAII KITTY CAKES: On any given day, you can probably catch me at Flour + Tea doublefisting boba drinks. But it's their Kawaii Kitty cakes that rock the cute-o-meter scale. Kitty cakes are a frequent staple at this Pasadena bakery. The design is always the same, but the filling and cake flavors change. I've tasted their light and fluffy chocolate rum raisin, mango, & raspberry kitty cakes and their Rosewater Cake with Raspberry filling. Can you say Kawaii?

Flour + Tea is located at 238 South Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, (626) 698-1058

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TEDDY BEAR BRICK TOAST: Make sure to bring friends with you to Milk & Honey Café because you will not be able to finish this baby by yourself. The $12 house special Teddy Bear Brick Toast is humongous and very cute. The bear is decorated with cookies, chocolate, custard, fruit and several scoops of ice cream for good measure. Get through the bear and you'll find that the thick Japanese toast house has been hollowed out and cut into smaller pieces and placed back in to resemble a brick wall.

Milk & Honey Café is located at 534 East Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel, (626) 927-9133

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CANDY CRUSH CAKE: This cafe and dessert shop is always up-to-date on the latest trends. Whether it's a white chocolate Mahjong cake, an Angrybirds cake, a Candy Crush Cake or a Chanel bag cake, Ganache will customize any cake to your liking. Avoid the macaroons: they've got trendy designs, too, but they're not all that tasty. A cake from Ganache, on the other hand, will easily make you the talk of the party.

Ganache Patisserie & Cafe By Nicol is located at 141 North Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park, (626) 943-8688

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CUTE ANIMAL CUPCAKES: Fusion bakery Oh My Pan has a handful of really adorable pastries. Their dark chocolate kitty cupcakes and Green Tea with Black Sesame cartoon ghost cupcakes scream cute! Visit on the weekends or on holidays to grab their special animal character breads, which come in crab, seal, turtle and other animal shapes that will make you squee.

Oh My Pan Bakery & Tea is located at 801 East Valley Boulvard in San Gabriel, (626) 307-7719

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LATTE ART: You've never experienced a true "hidden gem" until you've gone to Café Maji. Everything including the food, drinks, décor and the utensils is cute—once you get past the fact that it's located on the second floor of a gym. There's no sign for the cafe anywhere in sight and you must sign in on a blackboard before entering. Once you do step inside, be prepared to transport yourself into a place that looks like a scene out of a Korean drama. Their adorable latte art and desserts are constantly changing!

Café Maji is located at 56 East Duarte Road in Arcadia, (562) 677-5595

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CUSTOMIZED SWEETS: Bakery Twenty-Seven is a little bakery hidden inside Golden Deli restaurant that makes unique cupcakes and handcrafted fondant decorations that will bring your Pinterest board to life! Whether you want cute animals, a way to show your Laker's pride or an edible Tiffany's box, the cakes or cupcakes will customized to your request.

Bakery Twenty-Seven is located at 815 West Las Tunas Drive in San Gabriel, (626) 308-0803

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ADORABLE PASTRIES: Eat Cake Bakery in Rowland Heights makes adorable pastries and cakes. Their strawberries are made into mini Pacman-like creatures and their macaroons are sure to bring out your inner child!

Eat Cake Bakery is located at 19705 East Colima Road in Rowland Heights, (909) 468-2253

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CUSTOMIZED COFFEE ART: If you want to an array of coffee art to choose from, Macchiato may be your place. Your group of friends can each order different artwork on your drinks, and they’re also pretty good about customizing your art. Macchiato also frequently has cute artwork on their cakes. I've had a Tiramisu cake with a teddy bear before.

Macchiato is located at 141 North Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park, (626) 872-1351

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RED VELVET CUPCAKES: For all those Hello Kitty Lovers out there, Diamond Bakery has Hello Kitty Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Cupcakes at only $2.45 each.

Diamond Bakery is located at 744 West Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, (626) 289-5172

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PANCAKES: MJ Café Express is a tea house/bakery that has Pikachu, Doreman, Hello Kitty, and other adorable character pancakes.

MJ Café Express is located at 18455 Colima Road in Rowland Heights, (626) 581-2034

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TBD: Puffect Bakery Café is a new bakery coming soon to Walnut. They are extremely open on social media and constantly updating their Instagram and Facebook page with their adorable cakes, cupcakes and macaroons. Although their storefront won’t be open for business until late November, they do encourage customers to message them through their Instagram and Facebook pages to place their orders.

Puffect Bakery will be located at 385 South Lemon Avenue in Walnut

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kristie Hang is an avid world traveler that spends 3 months a year in Asia. She has an affinity for bizarre foods and is also the co-founder of the 626 Foodettes Blog, a hyperlocal food blog highlighting culinary options in the San Gabriel Valley. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.