Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Favorite Food & Froyo Combinations

Fro-yo girl here. While it seems natural for Greek/Middle Eastern quick serve restaurants like Souvla, Spread, GRK and Yalla to offer Greek frozen yogurt, there are other cuisines that pair well with froyo.

I’ve seen froyo offered at pho shops, pizza places, Korean restaurants, delis, salad bars, sushi restaurants, burger shacks and more. My favorite food and froyo pairings are:

* Banh mi (one Lee’s Sandwiches shop in San Jose, CA used to offer their own froyo, including a flavor based on their Vietnamese coffee, but it’s no longer around)

* Bibimbap: Froyo really freshens one’s breath which is helpful after a Korean meal. Sunny Bowl in Mountain View, CA used to offer bibimbap and froyo. They’re still open but they stopped serving froyo.

* Omusubi/onigiri at Sunny Blue in Santa Monica and Culver City. I like meals that aren’t totally filling and heavy followed by a small cup of froyo. I’ve always liked omusubi (Japanese rice balls) and Sunny Blue has the best ones. They’re made to order with warm, furikake topped rice and generous amounts of tasty, healthy Japanese fillings like miso beef, shiso ume, tuna, spicy salmon, etc. So far my favorite omusubi is the Sunny Blue Curry (chicken with wafu curry). One omusubi ($2.85-$4.45) is a great snack.

Both of their shops are adorable and both offer froyo (2 flavors a day). The Culver City shop is a bit larger. During my visit the froyo flavors were tart and creamsicle (I wish they were still offering black sesame froyo). The toppings included red beans, Pocky, yuzu jam, Hello Panda, strawberries, etc. It’s not self-serve. The tart froyo was thick, smooth, creamy and tangy. Another tip: Their complimentary chilled barley tea is excellent and pairs well with rice balls and froyo.

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

* SUNNY BLUE: 2728 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

* SUNNY BLUE CULVER CITY: 12608A Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

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.

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