Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vietnamese Yogurt (aka Ya-ua or Da-ua) at Thanh Loi Tofu




Fro-yo girl here. I’ve been a fan of Vietnamese yogurt for years. The best place to look for Vietnamese yogurt (aka, da-ua or ya-ua) is a Vietnamese deli, tofu, or sandwich shop. I know that I’ve seen it at multiple Lee’s Sandwiches locations. Vietnamese yogurt is typically flavored with condensed milk. Have you ever had condensed milk with original tart froyo? It’s so good. Yes, condensed milk is sweet but it brings out the tanginess of the yogurt.

Vietnamese yogurt is usually been thick and creamy, on the sweet side but very tangy. the texture is like a pudding. One place I’d like to recommend is Thanh Loi Tofu in South El Monte, CA. They make their own soy milk, tofu pudding, tofu, fish cakes, sausages, waffle cookies, and more. Look in the refrigerated case for their yogurt ($1.85). It comes in a clear cup. I like to add fresh fruit to the cup and sometimes granola or nuts. Their soy milk is wonderful too. The unsweetened soy milk is naturally sweet.




However, I don't recommend the Vietnamese yogurt at Tam's Bakery (9783 Westminster Ave. #104, Garden Grove, CA). It doesn't have that lovely tang that most Vietnamese yogurt has. It's made with dry whole milk rather than condensed milk. 

Tip: Look for condensed milk as an ingredient.

I’ve been contemplating what would happen if I were to stick the cup in the freezer. I think it could be something magical.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* THANH LOI TOFU: 9646 E Garvey Ave., Ste. 104, El Monte, CA 91733

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lip Smacker Unicorn Froyo Review


Fro-yo girl here. Lip Smacker challenged fans to come up with creative new Lip Smackers flavors in the 2017 Lip Smacker Taste Maker contest. Five finalists faced off, and the winning flavor was determined by popular vote. My Nguyen’s flavor idea, Unicorn Froyo, won!

Lip Smacker created the Unicorn Froyo flavor, which is described as “sweet and tart with hints of blueberry, strawberry and dragon fruit.” The balm is an online exclusive, available for a limited time only. It’s priced at $2.50.

The packaging is pretty simple with no pictures of unicorns or froyo. The balm is a shimmery purple-pink color. The shimmer and color are subtle. The scent smells like sweet berries but I didn’t smell the yogurt. But the balm was moisturizing and I’m glad it wasn’t glittery.

The yogurt scent is very hard to capture. I’ve tried many yogurt cosmetic products and they usually don’t smell like yogurt, even when they contain yogurt.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Yo! Boba Closes in Little Bangladesh Los Angeles



Fro-yo girl here. Yo! Boba has closed. The shop sold shaved ice, coffee, yogurt and boba drinks. The most recent Instagram post was in July 2017. I didn’t get to try their frozen yogurt and no one uploaded any pictures of their frozen yogurt. Sad.

The sign on the door said the shop was closed for remodeling. There’s a chance it will return? I’m guessing that it won’t or if it does, it won’t have frozen yogurt. If they had frozen yogurt, they must have had one machine behind the counter because I can’t see the frozen yogurt machine(s) in the pictures.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* YO! BOBA: 3525 W 3rd St., Suite 2, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Taste of South Lake Pasadena 2017



Fro-yo girl here. San Gabriel Valley’s largest culinary community event, the Taste of South Lake, is going on today, from 11 AM – 5 PM. The free event includes live music, cooking demos from celebrity chefs, a vendor village, and a long list of participating South Lake Business Association businesses. This outdoor, family friendly event features free admission and free parking. For a list of participating businesses, musical acts, and cooking demos, visit http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/taste-of-south-lake-avenue-pasadena-2017/

I didn’t have much time this year to spend at the event, but I did swing by the one booth that I had to see, Yogurtland. They brought 6 popular flavors today: Plain Tart, Strawberry, Rocket Pop Sorbet, Cookies & Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream. Cups are $2. They also brought the prize wheel. Prizes include coupons, Yogurtland keychains, and giant spoons (the pink and green ones). They ran out of those Platinum giant spoons.

There are lots of food vendors at the vendor village and some free samples too.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Last Week of the First National Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey


Fro-yo girl here. The International Frozen Yogurt Association is seeking the input of all owners of foodservice businesses that serve frozen yogurt in the United States. The National Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Survey asks about shop performance, satisfaction with suppliers, operational practices, management, etc.

The survey is open to anyone who owns a business that serves frozen yogurt in the US. Owners can sign up to receive the survey results while taking the survey. The results will help owners better understand how their shop compares to other shops. On the other hand, owners who do not take the survey will not have free access to the full results.

The anonymous survey takes about 7 minutes to complete, http://tinyurl.com/nationalfroyoshopsurvey

"We created the National Frozen Yogurt Survey to help our members and shop operators by providing them rich data that has never been available before. This the first time a comprehensive survey of both frozen yogurt consumers and shop operators has been conducted. We are very excited to share our findings," said Susan Linton, President of the International Frozen Yogurt Association.
You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pure Smile Essence Mask Yogurt Series Review



Fro-yo girl here. Yogurt is good for the body and it’s good for your skin. The lactic acid in yogurt helps dissolve dead skin and tighten pores.

Ichiban Kan carries face masks, including Pure Smile masks. The Pure Essence Mask Yogurt Series Plain is made in Korea and manufactured by High & High, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan. One mask is 0.8 net fl oz. and sells for about #1-$1.50. The yogurt masks are available in Apple mango, White grape, Mix fruit, Strawberry, and Plain. The milk bottle packaging is really cute.

The mask smells nice like sweet yogurt. It feels sticky and stays cold and wet on the face. You apply the mask to your clean face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. It’s definitely very cooling and moisturizing. The mask is for all skin types. It has Vitamin E, collagen, hyaluronic acid (for moisturizing) and yogurt powder.

I’ve used face masks before, but not consistently, so I can’t tell which ones are better.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

* ICHIBAN KAN, 22 Peace Plaza, Ste. 540, East Mall, San Francisco, CA 94115

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Yogurtland Fall Happenings with Featured Flavors: Alphonso Mango Tart and Apple Strudel with Caramel


Fro-yo girl here. Fall has arrived and that means its time for Yogurtland’s fall flavors. There are two returning flavors: Apple Strudel with Caramel and Alphonso Mango Tart. Alphonso Mango Tart returns today with a Halloween inspired flavor card. Apple Strudel will be back on October 23.

I can see how apple strudel is a fall flavor but where is Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Whip? I used the Flavor Finder feature and didn’t find either near me. WHY????

October is National Pumpkin Month and I need my pumpkin froyo.

P.S. I noticed there were still plenty of Hope cups and spoons. Yogurtland’s Ice Cream Beyond Imagination photo contest ends today.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.