Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuttimelon Broadway Opens Today (12/31)

Great fro-yo news. Tuttimelon's fifth location opened today. The official grand opening is this Saturday, January 3th (I'm not sure what's in store for the grand opening other than the 99 cents original small fro-yo special but I'll try to find out. Okay, I think it just means that they're offering the 99 cents original small fro-yo special.). They're open till 3 AM on Fridays and Saturdays :-o. For some reason I do get late night fro-yo cravings.

* TUTTIMELON: 601 Broadway, San Francisco, CA

Monday, December 29, 2008

New Fro-Yo Flavor at Culture

Fro-yo girl here. Breaking fro-yo news, fro-yoholics. Culture just replaced their tart pumpkin fro-yo with tangerine. Ooooh, I like the sound of tangerine fro-yo. I haven't seen that flavor elsewhere. I will try it very soon.

Update: I tried the tangerine fro-yo. Amazing. It tastes so fresh and tangy like tangerine juice mixed with the milkiness of real yogurt. Go get some! Sorry, but they aren't open on New Year's Day.

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

* CULTURE ORGANIC FROZEN YOGURT: 340 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Coupon for Yogurt Circle in Valpak (Mail)

Check your Valpak envelope for a Yogurt Circle coupon: buy one yogurt, get another one for 50% off (expires 3/31/09). Yogurt Circle offers self-serve fro-yo at 39 cents an ounce. I went to the Valpak website but could not find the coupon online.

* YOGURT CIRCLE: Westlake Shopping Center, 500 Westlake Center, Daly City

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Hour at Yogurt Bar (SF)

Fro-yo girl here. Yes, the fro-yo happy hour promotion has ended at Swirl Culture, but fear not fro-yoholics. Fro-yo happy hour is back - this time at Yogurt Bar's two SF locations.

* YOGURT BAR UNION: 2760 Octavia St, San Francisco - Tuesday thru Friday, 4-9 PM
* YOGURT BAR MISSION: 680 Mission St, San Francisco - Monday thru Friday, 3-6 PM

During happy hour, you'll receive a free fro-yo size upgrade - perfect for an afternoon pick me up.

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

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Health Benefits of Fro-Yo

Fro-yo girl here. If you’ve visited a couple of tart fro-yo shops, chances are you’ve run into a cup, poster or store signage that discusses the health benefits of fro-yo. Most fro-yo shops serve non-fat fro-yo.

The National Yogurt Association developed the Live & Active Cultures seal to signify that a yogurt manufacturer’s refrigerated products contain at least 100 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture, and whose frozen products contain 10 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture. The seal program is voluntary.

Freezing does not kill the yogurt cultures while heat treatments do kill live yogurt cultures. The cultures are dormant when frozen and they become active when eaten and warmed by the body’s temperature.

The main benefit of fro-yo with live yogurt cultures is that it eases digestion and keeps the digestive system healthy. It may also boost one’s immune system. Yogurt is also a good source of protein and calcium. At this rate of fro-yo consumption, I won’t ever have to worry about osteoporosis.

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

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Fro-yoholics!

Fro-yo girl here. FYI, Tuttimelon is open today (Xmas) till 11 PM. They had pomegranate seeds today and two flavors of fro-yo: pomegranate tart and plain tart. Fro-yo tastes extra tuttilicious on Xmas Day.

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

* TUTTIMELON: 2150 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Monday, December 22, 2008

Picture of Future Red Mango at Valley Fair

On a recent shopping trip I spotted the new (not yet open) Red Mango next to Sanrio on the ground level, close to Macy's. Too bad it wasn't open. Fro-yo is the perfect snack during shopping. I was in the mood for fro-yo!

* RED MANGO: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Space 277, San Jose, CA

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tuttimelon at Belgano Chocolatier

I happened to walk by Belgano yesterday and peeked inside. The Tuttimelon menu is up with coming soon signs pasted over parts of the menu (the fro-yo parts). The rest of the shop looks the same: chocolates towards the back, gelato case and cupcakes to the right. I don't want to miss the arrival of Tuttimelon but I don't live close to Noe Valley - so if you happen to see the coming soon signs come down, let me know. Tuttimelon doesn't provide much information on its website and TuttiNews still isn't available.

* BELGANO CHOCOLATIER: 3901 24th St., San Francisco, CA

Friday, December 19, 2008

Report from South Bay Fro-Yo Spy: Happy Yogurt

Thanks, Barry, for the news from Los Gatos. TCBY has closed its doors and the new tenant is Happy Yogurt. Barry has kindly provided a picture :-).

* HAPPY YOGURT: 13 N. Santa Cruz Los Gatos, CA 95030

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Free fro-yo at Swirl Culture (North Beach) on 12/18 from 3-5 PM

Get 1 small yogurt with one topping for FREE at Swirl Culture North Beach from 3pm-5pm on Thursday, 12/18. One fro-yo per customer (sorry Fro-yo Boy). Choose from original tart or flavored tart.

* SWIRL CULTURE: 1400 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tuttimelon Reveals Newest Locations

The latest Tuttimelon postcard lists Burlingame and Berkeley as future locations. Addresses aren't listed so they might still be looking for and securing the actual locations. Go Tutti!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hidden Fro-yo Gems

Fro-yo girl here. Most froyoholics drive around (or walk around) town with their eyes open for signs of a fro-yo shop. I’d like to draw some attention to some fro-yo spots in the Bay Area that are hidden because they don’t have clearly visible (from the street) signs of fro-yo.

Two of these are on college campuses:
* NATURAL SENSATIONS (SF State, 1650 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132): Super cheap! Best fro-yo bargain in the Bay Area ($1.75 for 12 ounces of fro-yo goodness). They have four fro-yo flavors a day. I don’t think they ever carry tart flavors but that could change.
* THE AXE & THE PALM (Stanford University, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305): Decent tart fro-yo, stick with the dry toppings though (skip the fruit ones).

Two are tucked inside Korean food courts:
* CAFE MILAN (3561 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051): Near Galleria Market and Paris Baguette, tasty tart fro-yo, skimpy toppings
* TIKI SURF (inside Super Kyo-Po Market, 3521 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051): Excellent tart fro-yo but gritty texture, look for the $1.50 fro-yo cone special

The last two are dessert shops where fro-yo is just a line item vs. the main offering:
* HELLO DESSERTS (1698 Hostetter Rd, San Jose, CA 95131): aka, Dessert Heaven, they recently added a very good tart fro-yo (a little gritty though) to an awe-inspiring lineup of desserts including pearl tea, build your own cream puffs, imported Parisian macarons, sorbet, gelato, etc.
* SKETCH (1809 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710): It’s a gourmet soft serve ice cream shop that also happens to have some of the best tart fro-yo (one flavor, plain) in the Bay Area.

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

Friday, December 12, 2008

That's Yogurt Opens Tomorrow (Dec. 13)

Fro-yo shop opening alert! That's Yogurt opens tomorrow. Rumor has it that they have a buy one, get one free deal during the first week. The offer is good till 12/19/08. Expect to find a self-serve fro-yo shop with five flavors (all tart on the first day) of fro-yo at 45 cents an ounce.

* THAT'S YOGURT: 242 Serra Way, Milpitas, CA

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuttimelon, 4 Stores and Still Growing

Congratulations, Tuttimelon on your new location in downtown San Rafael. The shop opened for business on Nov. 29. I haven't been there yet but my stand-in (Bonnie L.) has provided a wonderful fro-yo girlesque review:

I'm still keeping my eyes on the new, not yet open, locations in San Mateo, Hayward, and SF (4). More tuttiliciousness coming your way!

* TUTTIMELON: 1128 4th St, San Rafael
Store Hours: Sun - Thur: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Name a Fro-Yo Shop Contest

Fro-yo girl here. I recently entered the name a fro-yo shop contest for a shop in NYC:( I couldn't resist showing off some fro-yo skills, of course. My favorite name, spoonbliss, made it the finalist round but due to trademark issues, none of the top 5 or even top 11 names were selected. It's either scary or exhilirating to think of how many fro-yo shop names have already been taken.

I sent another batch of names to fit with the shop's intent to introduce something new in the form of mochi toppings: Mochiko Yogurt or Hana Yogurt. I also like the name, Snowtwist Yogurt.

The winner was announced this week, Daydream. Congratulations, Jeff Bergman and Daydream Frozen Yogurt. I can't wait to hear more about their mochi.

I still adore the name spoonbliss.

You know you love me. X0X0, fro-yo girl.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Report from East Bay Fro-Yo Spy

New on the fro-yo radar: Zuckersuss Yogurt Bar ( It's one to watch (currently under construction). Zuckersuss is part of the new Cinema Place project on B Street by Foothill in downtown Hayward.

Thank you East Bay Fro-Yo Spy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hello Desserts Now Serving Tart Fro-Yo

Fro-yo girl here. Hello Desserts in San Jose recently launched its own line of tart fro-yo, adding to its already extensive menu of smoothies, sandwiches, garlic fries, gyoza, fried Mozzarella cheese sticks, gelato, sundaes, milk pudding, tofu pudding, crème brulee, cakes, cream puffs, cheesecake bites, etc. They’re open till 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays for your late night fro-yo cravings.

I’m told their fro-yo was developed in response to customer requests and that they spent several months in the researching and taste testing phase.

Anyone in the Bay Area needing a fro-yo taste tester should contact fro-yo girl.

Here’s a coupon for a small original tart fro-yo for 99 cents that you can print out and redeem (expires on 12/15/08):

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

Hello Desserts: 1698 Hostetter Rd, San Jose, CA 95131

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Fro-Yo Shop Graveyard List

Fro-yo girl here. Though the economy doesn't seem to have slowed the pace of fro-yo shops openings in the Bay Area, it was only a matter of time before fro-yo shops started closing and changing hands.

Rumor has it that Gelayo Gusto changed ownership. Yogurt Fantasy morphed into Sweet Corner in Mountain View (the fro-yo still seems to be the same) and Cafe Aroma became Honey Berry (now it's self-serve).

I'm starting a new list, the fro-yo shop graveyard list, to keep track of fro-yo shop closings. The first business on the list is Rockets Yogurt in Belmont. It wasn't a bad place but it only lasted about four months. Maybe it was too close to Yumi Yogurt?

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Greek Strained Yogurt Taste Test

Fro-yo girl here. Though I’m well known for my fro-yo appetite, I also enjoy non-frozen yogurt. I’ve sampled various types including sheep’s milk yogurt, goat’s milk yogurt, soy yogurt, French style yogurt (Saint Benoit Yogurt), and Greek style strained yogurt. I prefer Greek style yogurt for superior smoothness and sour taste. I like to add fresh fruit and honey.

I recently sampled three brands of plain, non-fat Greek Style yogurt purchased from Whole Foods: Chobani, Fage and Oikos. The taste isn’t the big differentiating factor. Each is made with milk and live cultures (and nothing else). Chobani was the smoothest and creamiest of the three, followed by Fage. Fage was a little more whipped/airier than Chobani. Oikos by Stonyfield Farm was noticeably clumpier than the other two brands.

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