Sunday, July 31, 2011

Yogurtland Sanrio Secret Tote Bag

Fro-yo girl here. I'm sitting here admiring my new secret, limited edition Yogurtland Sanrio tote bag. The tote bag was given away at the Yogurtland Sanrio launch party at the Beverly Center. I didn't make it to the launch so I'm extra grateful to have this tote bag. It's too cute to use.

The tote bag is a heavy canvas. The back side is plain.

These tote bags aren't for sale but Yogurtland gave some away recently and maybe they'll do so again? (check their Facebook page)

Remember to enter the Yogurtland Sanrio Friends Forever sweepstakes.

Yogurtland, thank you!!!!!

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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Julie's Organic Strawberry Lowfat Frozen Yogurt Bar Review

Fro-yo girl here. I scan the frozen food section for fro-yo on every grocery shopping trip. Canyon Market recently started carrying Julie's Organic Strawberry Lowfat Frozen Yogurt Bars ($3.99 for a box of 4 popsicles). One popsicle is 100 calories, 2.5 fl. oz., "provides a good source of prebiotic fiber and also boasts six active probiotic yogurt cultures which can enhance digestion and improve the immune system."

The strawberry popsicle is soft, smooth and creamy, with visible strawberry seeds. It's like ice cream on a stick. It was extremely sweet with a somewhat bitter aftertaste and not much strawberry or yogurt flavor.

Julie's Organic Lowfat Frozen Yogurt Bars are available in 1 flavor, strawberry.

3 stars out of 5

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

* CANYON MARKET: 2815 Diamond St., San Francisco, CA

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nubi San Mateo Grand Opening Celebration, Friday, 7/29

Fro-yo girl here. Froyoholics, it's time for a special fro-yo event. Join Nubi for the grand opening celebration of their San Mateo store. Enjoy 50% off your fro-yo all day long (no coupon needed). I wonder if they'll have the new flavor, Fizzy Cola? Free t-shirts and Nubi gift cards while supplies last. Doors open at 11 AM.

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

* NUBI SAN MATEO: 2015 Chess Dr., San Mateo, CA

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Future Fro-yo Shop Picture: Yoppi Yogurt Belmont

Fro-yo girl here. Yoppi Yogurt, which just opened in Palo Alto, this week, has a few more new locations in the works, including Belmont's Carlmont Village Shopping Center. It's a large space (formerly occupied by Jamba Juice). The windows were papered over so I couldn't see anything inside but the sign says fro-yo and gelato.

They're looking for fro-yo associates...send resume and cover letter to if interested.

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

* YOPPI YOGURT: 1005 1/2 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont, CA

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Favorite Yogurt Brand Poll Results

Fro-yo girl here. I asked readers to vote for their favorite brand of Greek yogurt and the results are in. Fage won easily, with 46% of the vote. Chobani was a distant second, with 20% of the vote. Fage is the brand I think of first when I think of Greek yogurt and it's actually a Greek company. In 2008, they started manufacturing their yogurt in New York.

Earlier this year they expanded their product lineup Fage Total 0% flavors. Flavors: blueberry-acai, cherry-pomegranate, mango-guanabana, strawberry-goji and honey. I've seen Fage Total 0% flavors at Target and Whole Foods.

* Cherry-pomegranate Fage yogurt ($1.99 at Whole Foods): The cherry pomegranate is in a separate compartment and looks like a thick syrup with pieces of cherry. The yogurt is unsweetened, creamy, and sour. The cherry pomegranate mixture is very sweet and when I mixed it with the yogurt, it was more sour than it was tangy. I didn't like having to keep stirring it in and having uneven flavor. Find a coupon for Total 0% on the Fage website.

4 out of 5 stars.

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

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Yogurtland Sanrio Items For Sale

Fro-yo girl here. Here's a look at the Yogurtland Sanrio items that you can buy. I found mine at Yogurtland San Ramon.

* Grey t-shirt with Hello Kitty, Chococat, My Melody & Keroppi in Yogurtland cups, $19.99
* Rubber keychains with Hello Kitty, Chococat, My Melody & Keroppi in Yogurtland cups, $3.50 each
* Hello Kitty in Yogurtland uniform plush doll, $13.50
* Mini character plush dolls with hooks (for backpacks?) of the same four characters, $7.99 each

I think I'm missing the Chococat mini character plush doll but I'll keep looking for it.

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

Yogurtland Sanrio Promotion Begins!

Fro-yo girl here. I've been thinking about Yogurtland Sanrio ever since I learned about their co-branded promotion and today the promotion finally began! I visited Yogurtland San Ramon today to admire their Sanrio merchandise.

Four Sanrio characters are shown enjoying YL fro-yo: Hello Kitty, Chococat, Keroppi and My Melody. I think Keroppi's favorite fro-yo is plain tart (I would have thought it would be pistachio or green tea) and Hello Kitty's favorite is fresh strawberry. Chococat's favorite is Dutch chocolate. My Melody's favorite is red velvet cupcake batter.

Yogurtland had YL/Sanrio cups, character spoons (red Hello Kitty, blue Chococat), signs and merchandise. One spoon per purchase.

I just entered their Friends Forever summer sweepstakes (enter online on the Yogurtland website).

* Grand prize: $1000 shopping spree on
* 2nd prize: 1 year of free yogurt & gift cards
* 3rd prize: Hello Kitty beach cruiser & gift cards
* 4th prize: HK/YL themed gift cards for you and your 10 friends

The Sanrio/YL promotion only lasts for 6 weeks so get your spoons NOW. I feel bad for the characters that weren't used, like Bad Badtz, Kuromi, Little Twin Stars, etc. If they ever have Baby Milo Yogurtland items, I think I wouldn't be able to handle the excitement. His favorite fro-yo would be banana.

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

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Live from NYC: Flavaboom Frozen Yogurt Lounge

Fro-yo girl here. It’s here – another report from my guest blogger and friend, Helene K. She just visited a new fro-yo place in NYC called Flavaboom and she’s here with the scoop, or should I say swirl? Thanks Helene! Visit her blog and follow her on Twitter, @hkwong

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

Helene’s post:

Fro-yo Girl’s Travel Scout here! While I was in New York City last month, I was able to stop into the new fro-yo shop, Flavaboom. Flavaboom is located in the Union Square/Chelsea area of the city and it opened in late May.

According to Flavaboom’s Facebook Page, it is a “frozen yogurt lounge”. Therefore, the design of the shop is rather futuristic, with two big purple booths in front of the toppings/baked goods display and sleek, modernistic tables & chairs in the front window. I’ve read through other reviews that Flavaboom’s atmosphere is like the interior of a spaceship. That wasn’t necessarily the feeling I got when I entered, but I can see that being possible, especially at night.

Flavaboom is a pricey self-serve shop, where customers have to pay 59 cents per ounce. Choose from ten different flavors, or “flavas”; they are all listed above the fro-yo machines on LCD screens. Flavors include original tart, Java, Banana, Raspberry, and Strawberry. They also have a wall recommending what kind of fro-yo and topping combinations go great together (the “Flava Favs”).

The fro-yo was firm & full of “flava” (can’t help the pun); the toppings were also impressive. Different fresh fruits were available (even green apple slices) and, in terms of mochi selection, they had two different types: green tea and strawberry. I was surprised they didn’t have plain mochi, but they probably rotate the mochi flavors as well. Despite these positive aspects of Flavaboom, I didn’t understand the pricing feature so much (the fro-yo did not seem ultra-superior compared to other self-serve shops).

Flavaboom also offers coffee, tea, and baked goods. The drink menu is also on an LCD screen on the wall. Yes, walking into Flavaboom is like traveling forward in time.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Future Fro-yo Shop Pictures: Yogorino Marina SF

Fro-yo girl here. The door was open at the future Yogorino in the Marina this week. The fro-yo machines were there...and there were two of them (2 single flavor machines). Could this mean two flavors of Italian fro-yo? The big silver round thing might be where they'll put the gelato wheel? The walls are painted...they look very close to opening.

They're looking for yogurt associates, email if interested.

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

* YOGORINO: 2144 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy Bastille Day, Fro-yo Style

Fro-yo girl here. I'm thinking of having fro-yo and macarons for lunch today in honor of Bastille Day.

I also have a picture of my Myberry button to share. Myberry is the first tart fro-yo shop in Paris. They opened in September 2007. They have a great looking website but I don't understand why they play a song about ice cream for site visitors. Fro-yo is better than ice cream.

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

* MYBERRY: 25 Rue Vieille Du Temple, Paris, France, 75004

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Yogurt Candy Review: Chelsea Yogurt Scotch

Fro-yo girl here. Chelsea Yogurt Scotch is a Japanese candy from Meiji. Ten individually wrapped hard rectangular candies come in each package ($1.49 at Nijiya Market). The candy takes quite some time to dissolve in one's mouth (reminds me of those hard sour fruit balls I used to like) and Life Savers. The candy has a tangy yogurt flavor reminiscent of Yakult. It's quite sweet and a little bit milky.

I like Yogurfrul better but then I prefer chewy candy. If Life Savers came out with yogurt flavors, I would definitely try it.

You can buy Yogurt Scotch online on koamart.

4 out of 5 stars.

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

* NIJIYA MARKET:1737 Post St #333, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rock It Swirl Takes Over Eggettes in Glen Park

Fro-yo girl here. Eggettes Glen Park recently remodeled and rebranded. Rock It Swirl, the self-serve fro-yo area within Eggettes has now taken over. The store is still in transition but the eggettes (Hong Kong style egg puffs) are gone and so are all traces of the cute Eggettes mascot. At one point the Eggettes mascot was on the Rock It Swirl cups (they have plain cups now) and you could get a side order for eggettes for $1 with a fro-yo purchase. The sign above the door (a temporary one) says Rock It Swirl. The fro-yo section hasn't grown and the decor hasn't changed that much. They still have the same furniture and vending machines with cutesy toys (e.g., Hello Kitty, Disney, Winnie the Pooh). The walls are red now. The receipt says Rock It Swirl.

The menu has changed. They added a new gelato case with Gelato Classico. You can still get boba drinks (but not as many varieties as before) and savory snacks - but no eggettes. The eggettes were my favorite thing they carried.

Does this move signal an increased commitment to their fro-yo concept? Not sure - we'll see.

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

* ROCK IT SWIRL: 2810 Diamond St. San Francisco, CA

Friday, July 8, 2011

Future Fro-yo Shop Picture: Surf'N Yogurt

Fro-yo girl here. Ventura is getting another fro-yo shop...Surf'N Yogurt. Their logo looks identical to Yogurt Hut, so I'm guessing these two businesses have the same owners, the Repults (not sure why the shop names are different). Yogurt Hut's decor is surfing inspired and the fro-yo is self-serve.

Surf'N Yogurt takes the place of Dairy Queen. It looks like DQ just closed since most of the DQ signs were still inside the shop.

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

* SURF'N YOGURT: 7770 Telegraph Rd. Ste A, Ventura, CA
* YOGURT HUT: 1038 S. Seaward Ave, Ventura, CA

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Introducing Menchie's Sweet Friends: Menchie's Collector's Card

Fro-yo girl here. I'm excited about Menchie's new collector's card program which is launching this week and highlights Menchie's sweet friends, 7 other fro-yo related characters. Each month, they'll release a new puffy character sticker. Collect them all and when your card is full, you'll get a secret bonus card.

The collector's puffy sticker is free with every yogurt purchase. The first sticker is Sprinkle. Sprinkle "always looks at the bright side of things which shows in her rainbow." The other friends (and future stickers) are Barry, Mellow, Kiwi, Chip, P.B., Mookie and of course, Menchie.

The program should launch this Friday.

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

Sunday, July 3, 2011

WildBerry Opens in Ventura Today

Fro-yo girl here. WildBerry Yogurt opened today, inside Pacific View Mall. They had employees handing out buy one, get one free coupons near the entrance and by the escalator. Because they were up late getting the shop ready, they didn't have grand opening signs up. Friendly employees were there to greet everyone, explain how self-serve fro-yo works and hand out samples. They had the typical toppings and 12 flavors of self-serve fro-yo a day for 36 cents an ounce.

WildBerry Yogurt is a self-serve chain that I believe is originally from SoCal. The shops are brightly colored with pictures of fruit and fro-yo. The richer, creamier texture should appeal to kids and those seeking an ice cream substitute.

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

WILDBERRY YOGURT: 3301 E. Main St. #1530 Ventura, CA 93003

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fro-yo Seattle report: University District bubble tea vs. fro-yo

Fro-yo girl here. The fro-yo scene in the University District of Seattle is different than in other neighborhoods. In the U-District, pearl/bubble tea shops (Wow, Yunnie's...Pochi Tea Station had fro-yo but no longer offers it) are everywhere and most of them have also added one fro-yo machine. They carry one flavor, original/plain tart. There are fewer fro-yo shops (Citra, Cafe Koi, Red Mango) and those shops don't have that many more flavors of fro-yo. Citra offers pearl/bubble tea. One teriyaki restaurant, University Teriyaki, offers fro-yo. The majority also offer free wi-fi, which people in Seattle certainly love.

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

* CITRA FROZEN YOGURT: 4730 University Way NE, Ste 105, Seattle, WA