Seattle-area Hello Kitty fans — start your engines. The “Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Seattle” is coming!
The “hunt,” which runs from February 19 to March 18, involves collecting the specially designed Hello Kitty pins that will be offered at seven Seattle restaurants; a “culinary scavenger hunt,” if you will. Each participating establishment has created a unique, supercute Hello Kitty-themed food or beverage item, with an accompanying Hello Kitty pin to match.
Seattle is only the second city to host a “Hungry Hunt.” The first was held in Los Angeles in October 2014, when the city celebrated Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday by hosting the first ever Kitty convention, Hello Kitty Con. Each business participating in the “Hungry Hunt” drew long lines of Hello Kitty fans, anxious to collect a pin before that day’s limited supply ran out. Groans of disappointment could be heard from those who arrived at their destination too late, stopped by a sign on the door reading “No more Hello Kitty pins today.”
But with careful planning, you should be able to pick up all seven pins over the course of the month. Participants in Seattle’s “Hungry Hunt” include:
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (917 E. Pine St.) The Capitol Hill location will serve up a special Hello Kitty Sundae: strawberry ice cream topped with tart cherry compote, white chocolate chips, pink sugar, whipped cream and a cherry. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding an ice cream cone.
Hello Robin Cookies (522 19th Ave. E.) You’ll find a Hello Kitty Cookie here, an iced bow-shaped sugar cookie (in emulation of Hello Kitty’s trademark bow) with a scoop of strawberry ice cream and sprinkles. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a cookie.
Trophy Cupcakes and Party (Pacific Place, parking/concourse level) Pick up a Hello Kitty Cupcake of valrhona chocolate cake with a Madagascar vanilla buttercream. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a cupcake.
Japonessa Sushi Cocina (1400 1st Ave.) An appropriate spot to find Hello Kitty, as she was created in Japan, Japonessa will offer a Hello Kitty Spicy Tuna Sushi, shaped like Hello Kitty’s face. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding sushi.
Gossip Espresso & Tea (651 S. King St.) Quench your thirst with a Hello Kitty Bubble Tea, made out of pink bubbly strawberry milk tea and topped with limited edition lychee popping boba. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a bubble tea.
Pie (3515 Fremont Ave. N.) There are sweet and savory pies available here, and what else would Hello Kitty’s food item be but sweet; it’s a lemon raspberry custard pie in a chocolate crust. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a pie.
POP Kitchen + Bar (Experience Music Project, Seattle Center campus) EMP is currently home to the “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” exhibit. So after checking out the exhibit, stop in at the POP Kitchen to indulge in a Hello Kitty sandwich. Collectible pin: Hello Kitty holding a sandwich.
Take note: each day’s supply of pins is limited. Once you’ve acquired your pin, you can share you good fortune via social media, using the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt hashtag (#HelloKittyHungryHunt).