Thursday night I was one of the lucky hundreds to get a sneak preview of Small Gift, a carnival extravaganza celebrating 50 years of Sanrio. 50 years of celebration can't be contained in any old building, so you'll be heading to Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. The party is in LA through the 21st and has a ton of activities planned throughout the week. Faves, besides the cotton candy and Kirin, were the displays of vintage Sanrio items that once lived in my elementary school back pack and was coveted by all the kids who made fun of my Asian kid lunches. Those kids all eat kimchee now when they go on foodie adventures. I'm not bitter….
Bring your wallet. They've got carnival games, Hello Kitty themed treats, and an art show that may still have available works by some GR friends, Buff Monster, Gary Taxali, Martin Hsu, Luke Chueh and many more.