Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 the Year in Fro-yo Review

Fro-yo girl here. It's time to revisit my 2010 wish list to see which of my fro-yo wishes came true in 2010.

* More Yogurtland signature fro-yo spoons. This wish didn't come true but Tuttimelon came out with signature logo spoons...only they're not available in the U.S. yet. I hope to get some in 2011, without having to go to Hong Kong to pick up the spoons.

* Mobile fro-yo trucks in the Bay Area: Fro-yo trucks popped up in NYC but there still isn't one in the Bay Area. Why?

I didn't have many wishes and they didn't come true either. The year wasn't such a great one for fro-yo in the Bay Area. I'm sad about a couple of shops that closed, especially Cafe Delatti. However, the year was an interesting one. YoCream was acquired by Danone, Jamba Juice started testing its line of fro-yo (in the Sacramento area), I tried fro-yo at Target (not self-serve), Menchie's made it up to the Bay Area, and Greek yogurt grew in popularity. Next time I'll reveal my fro-yo wish list for 2011.

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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Athenos Greek Yogurt Review

Fro-yo girl here. Hummus maker Athenos (a Kraft company) recently launched a line of Greek yogurt. I found their yogurt at Vons for 99 cents (on sale, regular price is $1.50). Vons had three flavors: strawberry, blueberry and honey. It also comes in peach. The single serving yogurt comes in a divided tub.

* Honey Greek yogurt: the fat free Greek yogurt is thick, creamy and sour (plain) and the honey was very sweet and sticky. It was a hassle to blend the sticky honey into the yogurt. I like the pre-blended honey yogurt better. The price is quite reasonable compared to the competition and I found an online coupon.

While I was in Vons, I noticed Yoplait came out with a line of yogurt called Splitz. It's meant to taste like a sundae and the package said to try it frozen.

4 out of 5 stars

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

Monday, December 27, 2010

Best New Fro-yo Flavors in 2010

Fro-yo girl here. Before the year ends, I wanted to acknowledge my favorite new fro-yo flavors. These were fro-yo flavors introduced in the Bay Area during 2010. I didn't get a chance to try every new flavor but the following are the ones that I liked the best.

* Fraiche Yogurt's Pumpkin: Creamy, fresh, natural tasting, full of pumpkin flavor, this was a brilliant new flavor (only the fifth one they've introduced). It's even better with their homemade mochi.
* Blush's Pink Lemonade Tart: Blush comes out with amazing new flavors every year and this year my new favorite was Pink Lemonade. It's one of their tarter flavors but with the right amount of sweetness.
* Tuttimelon Japanese Yogurt: I fell in love with it the moment I tried it. Similar to their original fro-yo but with that distinctive tangy Yakult like flavor. You can still find it at their Irving St. location.
* Yogurtland Yuzu Tart Yogurt: Available a few months ago, it tasted like orange + lemon, tangy and sweet, the way I like my fro-yo

I'm excited about the new fro-yo flavors that 2011 will bring.

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

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Cool Gift is Even Cooler Yogurtland Promotion

Fro-yo girl here. Hope you are enjoying your Christmas Eve. I had fro-yo today at Yogurtland and I found another gift card promotion. Yogurtland is giving away a free Yogurtland cooler bag with a $30 gift card purchase. And their gift cards are the scratch n' sniff kind! So cute. The card smells like strawberry (I was hoping it would smell like fro-yo).

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

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fro-yo Gift Ideas: Fro-yo Accessories

Fro-yo girl here. So maybe you have fro-yo fans on your list that you don't think will make their own yogurt or frozen yogurt. Here are some additional fro-yo Christmas gift ideas:

* YOGURT BOWLS: Now that supermarkets carry an expanded selection of fro-yo and places like Pinkberry offer a take home size, doesn't your fro-yo friend deserve his/her own special yogurt bowl? I like bowls that come with matching spoons. Add some fro-yo toppings in scoopable containers, like mini M&Ms, roasted almonds, gourmet syrups, organic gummi bears, and mochi balls.
* YOGURT/ICE CREAM TUB: Zak Designs adorable 1 pint container features a freezable gel lid and comes in turquoise, kiwi, orange or white ($11.99) or you can buy a cooler bag so that your friend can transport fro-yo in style.
* YOGURT BOWL FOR DOGS: Yoghund makes fro-yo for dogs and you can even buy yogurt bowls for pets!

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

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fro-yo Gift Ideas: Make Your Own Fro-yo

Fro-yo girl here. The holiday fro-yo gift guide continues. Today I have suggestions for the people on your list that like to cook.

* FROZEN YOGURT MAKER OR YOGURT MAKER: I don't know which maker is the best but Cuisinart seems to be the most popular brand. The fro-yo makers aren't that expensive. They start around $60 and they can make ice cream and sorbet as well. Easy Health Food Guide just published an article with tips on buying a frozen yogurt maker. Or you can give them a yogurt maker with yogurt culture packets.
* YOGURT RECIPE BOOKS: I like the Book of Yogurt (based on flipping through it) by Sonia Uvezian.
* SET OF FROZEN YOGURT MIXES: Barnes & Noble sells a set of four frozen yogurt mixes for $24.95. To make the yogurt, you add the mix to a blender (you don't need an ice cream/fro-yo maker). Or you can buy the mixes individually from and a few other websites.

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

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Fro-yo Gift Card Deals

Fro-yo girl here. Are you still looking for stocking stuffers? Give your fro-yo loving friend or family member fro-yo gift cards. Check out these special offers. I used to think gift cards were boring, but now I'm a fan (especially of the fro-yo ones).

* RED MANGO: Buy $25 worth of gift cards, get a $5 RM voucher for yourself
* TUTTIMELON: Buy $20 worth of gift cards, get a free small fro-yo with two toppings
* BLUSH ORGANIC FROZEN YOGURT: Buy $20 worth of gift cards, get a free small fro-yo with toppings
* GOLDEN SPOON: Buy $20 worth of gift cards, get a free small fro-yo (deal is only valid in Orange County, CA though)

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Streets of Fro-yo

Fro-yo girl here. Once a year I talk about fro-yo hot spots, cities where the most fro-yo activity is occurring. Today I wanted to recognize specific streets in San Francisco. Which SF street has the most fro-yo shops?

Right now it's Fillmore St., so let's take a look at the fro-yo shops on Fillmore.

* JUBILI - 1515 Fillmore St. Now that Yogurt Bar has closed, Jubili is the oldest tart fro-yo shop in SF. The fro-yo hasn't changed much recently (same flavors) but they added cupcakes and cookies (a line called Velveteen Sweets). I wonder why they stopped coming out with new fro-yo flavors?
* FRAICHE - 1910 Fillmore St. Fraiche's organic fro-yo is really great right now and their homemade mochi cubes are the best. I like how the mochi is bigger and fresher than the mochi at other fro-yo shops. Their newish pumpkin flavor is amazing and I like those yogurt muffins too.
* YOPPI YOGURT - 2208 Fillmore St. They opened up recently and brought self-serve fro-yo to this street. It's a cute shop (like those Yoppi characters) though on the small side for a fro-yo shop.
* ROYAL GROUND COFFEE - 2060 Fillmore St. Okay, it's not a fro-yo shop but they do have one machine. I would avoid it. Fro-yo feels like an afterthought here.

Quickly on Fillmore had a frozen yogurt sign but when I went inside, they didn't have fro-yo.

Union Street and Irving Street are also good streets for fro-yo.

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

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Five Stoelting Fro-yo Machines for Sale

Fro-yo girl here. If you're looking for fro-yo machines, I know someone in San Jose who is looking to sell 5 Stoelting f-131-381-GY air-cooled yogurt/ice cream machines. They're about a year old, currently in use, in excellent condition, and still under warranty. Stoelting, a 100 year old company, is considered to be one of the better fro-yo machine manufacturers. Back in 1939, they invented the first soft ice cream machine for Dairy Queen (known as Home Made Ice Cream Company back then). They're the brand of choice for Straus Organic Frozen Yogurt.

Original price: over $70,000
Asking for: $45,000

"Counter-top Model, Twin Twist, Gravity, Soft Serve/Yogurt Freezer. Triple-duty freezer allows you to serve two individual flavors or combine them for a twist, produces quality product consistency from first cone to last. IntelliTec control for worry-free operation. ECM (Energy Conservatiom Mode) protects from over-agitation. Optional floor stand creates a 'floor model" package freeing up counter space and providing additional storage."

If interested, e-mail your contact info to

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

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Five Facts about Frozen Yogurt

This guest post was contributed by Sauce Communications

What exactly is Frozen Yogurt?

Frozen yogurt is a frozen desert made from yogurt and other dairy products. The taste of the original version was a little different that regular ice cream, just a little more tart. Manufacturers changed that by increasing the sweetness of the recipe and the chilly dessert's popularity soared. The consistency comparison to ice cream could surprise you; they have a very similar appearance. Frozen yogurt is generally lower in fat thereby being considered better for you nutritionally.

Frozen Yogurt - The Beginning

Frozen yogurt was originally introduced in the 1970's in New England and was served under the name Frogurt. Once manufacturers started offering the sweeter tasting frozen treat in the 1990's, sales took off. Today this treat is the favoured selection of many weight conscious consumers.

Which Flavour do you Favour?

Offered in many different styles and flavours, frozen yogurt is a very versatile dessert choice. It comes in soft serve varieties as well as in the more tradition ice cream like consistency. Ice cream shops offer the choice of cups of the delicious, creamy treat that allow the customer to create their own concoction using a variety of topping choices. Served soft on a cone in a variety of exotic flavours still seems to be the choice of many.

Cost of a cone

The cost of frozen yogurt is very comparable to ice cream. Depending on the size of cone you select or the size of your bowl, this treat can be family friendly when it comes to summertime treat at the park. Your local ice cream shop will offer values on this healthier treat that may it easy to make it the choice over ice cream.

Why Frozen Yogurt?

With the attention being paid today to making better healthy food choices, frozen yogurt reigns above ice cream. You can feel like you are eating ice cream with actually doing it. No more fat grams to count. Just sit back and enjoy that luscious cone without having that guilty conscience.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Celebrating the Holiday Season with Fro-yo

Fro-yo girl here. It seems like I can't go anywhere these days without seeing a Christmas tree and fro-yo shops are showing their Xmas spirit as well. While Halloween and Thanksgiving were about pumpkin fro-yo, Christmas brings flavors like egg nog, peppermint/candy cane, and gingerbread and toppings like peppermint bark and candy canes.

Fro-yo gift cards are a no-brainer stocking stuffer for any fro-yo fan on your list, but did you know about fro-yo ornaments? The ice cream ornaments are cuter though.

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

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bluecherry Asian Style Pure Yogurt Review

Fro-yo girl here. A friend of mine told me about Bluecherry Asian yogurt. It's sold at several Chinese restaurants in the Bay Area. I wasn't sure what it was - only that it wasn't frozen. It comes in a white plastic cup and looks like regular, non-frozen soft yogurt (e.g., Dannon, Yoplait). However, they gave me a straw, so I thought it might be a drink like Yakult only in a yogurt cup. I peeled off the lid and saw regular looking yogurt. The straw works though, so it's like a thick drink (not watery).

Bluecherry is inspired by Beijing style "sour milk" - a product that is famous throughout China (and has been around a long time). It has a blue and white paper wrapper, like the product you'd find in China.

Bluecherry Yogurt seems to only come in two flavors: Classic and Honey. San Dong House sells one serving for $3 a 8 oz. cup. The product comes from Alhambra, CA (SoCal) and it looks like the Bluecherry store has fro-yo too. The nutrition facts are provided on the paper wrapper but the ingredients are not listed. The wrapper says it's lowfat and all natural.

I tried the Classic flavor. It's sour but not too sour, has a sweet aftertaste and is tangy. There was a mellow smoothness that I really liked. It didn't taste that different from sweetened plain yogurt, so the price tag seems too high.

4 out of 5 stars

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

* SAN DONG HOUSE: 3741 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA
* BLUECHERRY YOGURT BAR: 137 W. Main St., Alhambra, CA

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Stanford Alumni Website Features Fro-yo Image

Fro-yo girl here. People at Stanford University love their fro-yo. You get it on campus and throughout Palo Alto. The Stanford Alumni website ( was just remodeled and it now has social networking features. Alumni can join groups and even create their own groups. The panel that describes the group feature on the website features an image of fro-yo. I didn't find a fro-yo group, but I wouldn't be surprised if one formed soon.

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

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Menchie's Silly Bands

Fro-yo girl here. I now own my first silly bands (rubber band bracelets) and they're fro-yo ones of course. They're from Menchie's. Each pack contains 12 random silly bands. There are 40 designs in all and they come in Menchie's colors: white (glow in the dark), green, magenta, and dark pink. A pack is $3.50. My pack had spoons, a strawberry, Menchie Man head, yogurt cup with fro-yo, and the Menchie's logo. These would make such a cute stocking stuffer for fro-yo fans. The bands were introduced on October 10 (10/10/10) and they're available for a limited time.

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

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Yogurtland Spoons

Fro-yo girl here. Happy Thanksgiving to all fro-yo fans and fro-yo people! As we prepare to spend the day with friends and family (and hopefully fro-yo will be part of your day), I'm contemplating Yogurtland fro-yo spoons. On a recent trip to Yogurtland, I immediately noticed that the spoon felt different. I took the spoon home to compare it to my other Yogurtland spoons.

The new spoon is darker pink and it feels thinner. The logo is more shallow and the edges aren't as smooth. It has the same biodegradable logo as before. The old spoon had a better feel.

When I attended the 50th anniversary of Sanrio event in Santa Monica, they gave me one of the older spoons.

I have a spoon that's even older with the old Yogurtland logo. I wish I had more of the first generation Yogurtland spoons but I have a couple in pink and in green. Of course I still have my Yogurtland Tokidoki spoons - those are the cutest fro-yo spoons in my collection.

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

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Whole Foods Fro-yo Report

Fro-yo girl here. When I read that the new Whole Foods in San Jose would feature Straus organic soft serve fro-yo, I knew I had to see it for myself. The fro-yo is a bit hard to spot (look for it at the Coffee Bar). They had one flavor and one size (plain tart) with 7 types of toppings (no mochi). Seasonal fruit was listed as a topping and when I asked about it, they only had blueberries. The market is filled with fresh fruit and they can only offer blueberries? Shocking.

Fro-yo prices: $2.99 without toppings, $3.99 with toppings

They didn't have a proper fro-yo cup. The fro-yo was served in a gelato cup with a gelato spoon. Very disappointing. It wasn't that good either - the texture wasn't smooth enough and it was overly icy. Also the person doing the swirling did not have good swirling skills.

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

* WHOLE FOODS: 1146 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Fro-yo Maker Toy: Girl Gourmet Chill Treats Dessert Maker

Fro-yo girl here. This week's Target Weekly Ad features Girl Gourmet Chill Treats Dessert Maker, on sale for $18.99. I went to Target to investigate. The Dessert Maker comes with the green plastic dessert maker, vanilla & chocolate mousse packets, toppings, a scooper, mixing bowl cups with lids, spoons, etc.

The "fro-yo" comes in three flavors: chocolate mousse, vanilla mousse and strawberry mousse. The fro-yo pictured on the package does not look appetizing. The main ingredient is non-dairy creamer but yogurt powder is also an ingredient. They say it works for ice cream and sorbet as well.

Each refill is $4.99 ($3.99 on sale) and the toppings bar kit is $9.99. While I'm curious, I'm not willing to actually eat what comes out of that dessert maker. I'm afraid to give it to my niece even.

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

Saturday, November 13, 2010

More Pictures from Sanrio 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fro-yo girl here. So this post isn't about fro-yo but the pictures were taken at an event with fro-yo. Also, one of the pictures is of Tokidoki and that's a fro-yo connection too (who can forget Tokidoki Loves Yogurtland cups, spoons, t-shirts and signs?). The Tokidoki characters are friends with Sanrio characters and Yogurtland. My Sanrio pictures were too cute not to share with others.

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

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sanrio 50th Anniversary/Small Gift L.A. (and yes, fro-yo)

Fro-yo girl here. Today was the first day of Small Gift L.A., the Sanrio extravaganza of super cuteness.

Yogurtland was there (!!!) so I had to check it out. First, it's inside an airplane hangar and when you walk inside (free admission, parking is $10), the place just seems unbearably cute. There are enormous inflatable Sanrio character heads hanging from the ceiling, a Sanrio ferris wheel (yes, it works), Hello Kitty Smart cars (yes, you can sit inside), games (you have to buy tickets to play) with Sanrio prizes, arts & craft booths (e.g., character sand art), food trucks (today these were Phamash and The Flying Pig), Beard Papa cream puffs (with a special Beard Papa/Hello Kitty bag), Sanrio art gallery, pop-up store and a Sanrio miniature golf course. It's cuteness overload!

So back to fro-yo, Yogurtland had 2 machines (so four flavors) and 6 toppings, you could get as much as you could fit into a cup for $5. The signs had Sanrio characters and there was a giant fro-yo cup with fro-yo that you could stand inside.

Fro-yo flavors:
* Hello Kitty's Fresh Strawberry
* Keroppi's Plain Tart
* Chococat's Dutch Chocolate
* My Melody's Red Velvet Cupcake Batter

Toppings: Strawberries, rainbow sprinkles, sour worms, brownie bites, peanuts, M&Ms
It was so cute to see the characters holding a cup of fro-yo. Awww, if only they had Sanrio character spoons.

We had to wait an hour to get into the store but they came by and gave us candy, bookmarks, and invites to the Sanrio parties (I Love Nerds, 80's Prom). The store has 50th anniversary special merchandise, Tokidoki Sanrio t-shirts, other clothing, stickers, plush toys, pillows, bags, etc. The big red bows were very popular and many attendees wore Hello Kitty clothing. Some even had whiskers and red bows!

The celebration continues in Santa Monica till 11/21.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.
* Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy National Vanilla Cupcake Day/Cupcakes in Fro-yo Cups

Fro-yo girl here. My cupcake friends have told me that tomorrow, November 10, is a major holiday, National Vanilla Cupcake Day. I'm sure that vanilla cupcakes will be on the minds of many tomorrow (and rightly so). I don't have a good picture of a vanilla cupcake at the moment, but I do have a picture of a cupcake in a fro-yo cup (taken in a fro-yo shop that happens to sell cupcakes).

Remember that fro-yo and cupcakes go well together (e.g., I have seen cupcake pieces as a fro-yo topping, fro-yo placed in the middle of a sliced up cupcake or on top, and cupcake flavored fro-yo) and enjoy the day.

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

Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Fro-yo Concept from Straw Hat Pizza

Fro-yo girl here. Did you know that Straw Hat Pizza now has fro-yo? They launched their new self-serve fro-yo concept, Tower 27 Yogurt, inside the new Straw Hat Pizza location in Walnut Creek, CA. It has a California theme, like their pizza (which they call Genuine California Pizza) and they emphasize "6 flavors, 27 toppings, endless combinations." It's part of the rebranding and redesign of the 51 year old company. They are said to be evolving into a family dining restaurant. I missed out on the free pizza and free fro-yo during last month's grand opening celebration.

What is Straw Hat Pizza thinking? According to the president & CEO of Straw Hat, "the option of the frozen yogurt co-brand is designed to make the concept that much more attractive as a franchise investment. The Tower 27 brand is estimated to take only about 500 square feet of space." - Restaurant News. Adding fro-yo increased revenue by $20,000 a month at the test store. Tower 27 Yogurt stand-alone stores are a possibility.

During my visit to Tower 27 Yogurt, it struck me as a typical self-serve place, only with fewer options than some of the other fro-yo self-serve chain stores. It fit in well with the other self-serve areas of the shop (soda, salad, pizza buffet). There was nothing unusual about the flavors or toppings.

Now I'll have to find a way to check out Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's fro-yo concept, Aspen Leaf Yogurt.

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

* TOWER 27 YOGURT: 3116 Oak Road, Walnut Creek, CA

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fro-yo Consumption Increasing?

Fro-yo girl here. I recently asked readers the following question, "How does your current fro-yo consumption compare to this time last year?" And the results are in. It appears that fro-yo consumption is not declining. Only 10% of respondents said they're eating less fro-yo now compared to a year ago. The majority, 57% say they're eating more fro-yo now than a year ago and 23% are eating about the same amount as a year ago.

This seems to bode well for fro-yo shops. They may be attracting new clientele and/or maintaining current customers. Yet most of the shops that I visit seem to be emptier this year vs. the same time last year. That could be because the Bay Area market is oversaturated, whereas there's still room for growth in other areas of the country. Some chains are shrinking and the number of fro-yo store closings has risen. YoCream fro-yo sales continue to rises and experts predict rising fro-yo sales...but of course competition is increasing as well.

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

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Spirit Fro-yo Shop Report

Fro-yo girl here. I love it when Halloween is on a Sunday because Halloween festivities start up on Friday and it feels like a Halloween long weekend. It also gives me time to drive around the Bay Area and check out the fro-yo shops. This year I saw fewer and less elaborate Halloween decorations in fro-yo shops (compared to last year). Cupcake shops are showing more Halloween spirit.

My fro-yo shop 2010 Halloween Spirit Award goes to...Blush Burlingame. They transformed the store into an aquarium and gave out full size candy bars and snacks for kids and Blush frequent buyer cards with stamps for adults. And their pumpkin fro-yo is amazing.

I also checked out the following:
* JUBILI: some Halloween window decals, pumpkin inside
* FRAICHE: paper bats in the window, pumpkins inside
* TUTTIMELON UNION CITY: green spiderwebs above, fair amount of decorations
* TUTTIMELON BURLINGAME: some decorations
* TUTTIMELON WEST PORTAL: no Halloween decorations (sadly), but I still recommend their pumpkin gelato with a swirl of original tart on top
* YA-UA: cute decorations
* YOGURT GOGO: no decorations
* NUBI SF: no decorations, but they feature pumpkin pie fro-yo

I'm hoping to see more Halloween spirit next year.

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

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'm Craving Pumpkin Tart Fro-yo

Fro-yo girl here. Pumpkin pie fro-yo, pumpkin spice fro-yo, and pumpkin fro-yo are showing up in fro-yo shops across the country. While I enjoy sweet pumpkin fro-yo, my heart belongs to tart pumpkin fro-yo.

My top three tart pumpkin fro-yo spots are: Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt, Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt and Fraiche (also organic pumpkin fro-yo, I believe). Pumpkin fro-yo is new to Fraiche and it's amazing with their homemade mochi cubes. Culture's pumpkin fro-yo tastes fabulous with their crunchy housemade caramel corn. Yum. And Blush's pumpkin can be topped with whipped cream, just like pumpkin pie.

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

* CULTURE ORGANIC FROZEN YOGURT: 340 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
* FRAICHE: locations in Palo Alto and San Francisco
* BLUSH ORGANIC FROZEN YOGURT: locations in Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Burlingame and Dublin

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pinkberry Santa Clara Grand Opening Coverage

Fro-yo girl here. I stood on the pink carpet yesterday during Pinkberry's grand opening event (10/22). A flurry of activity and photo taking occurred when celebrity guest Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux on True Blood) arrived and took his place inside the VIP tent. He played tunes for a couple of hours and stopped to take pictures with fans and eat some fro-yo. Joe ended the night by saying Pinkberry Rocks and that there are too many vampires in Santa Clara.

People in line received fro-yo samples and free white Pinkberry t-shirts (the same ones they gave out at the Sunnyvale grand opening) from uniformed employees. The in-store employees yelled out welcome to Pinkberry. Guests were treated to a small size fro-yo with any toppings they desired.

They had signs for their new pumpkin fro-yo flavor and the pumpkin fro-yo samples featured Swirly Whip, graham crackers and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Thank you Pinkberry for the invitation and congratulations!

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

* PINKBERRY SANTA CLARA: 2362 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Friday, October 22, 2010

Nubi San Jose Grand Opening Celebration is Tomorrow

Fro-yo girl here. Nubi San Jose is having its grand opening tomorrow! Free fro-yo from 12 - 1 PM tomorrow. If you're lucky, you may also get other goodies, like t-shirts and lanyards. They're holding the grand opening with Fox Pizza so you can get free fro-yo and free pizza. If you miss the 12 - 1 PM time, fro-yo is 50% off all day. The ribbon cutting ceremony is at 12:30 PM with EStereo Sol Radio 98.9/99.1 Hit Van and Silly Ricky the Balloon Entertainer!

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

* NUBI SAN JOSE: 1698 Story Rd. #20, San Jose, CA 95122

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20 Blogiversary: Meet the Fro-yo Army

Fro-yo girl here. Fro-Yo Girl Speaks turns 2 today (10/20/2010). Thank you readers and the fro-yo community for your much appreciated support. It feels like an appropriate time to introduce you to the members of my fro-yo army. These are people who adopted fro-yo nicknames and they were inspired by yours truly.

Fro-yo Boy: Meet Matt G., the first member of my fro-yo army. Because he was the first, I think he's the best known. We've met each other several times and have attended a few fro-yo store openings together. He's Joe Cool's father and Joe Cool is a good friend of Tuttimelon Bear. He once went to the same Tuttimelon store like 8 times on the same day.

Fro-yo Dude: Meet Nobu K., the second member of my fro-yo army. He doesn't eat as much fro-yo as Fro-yo Boy but he does write the funniest reviews. We've talked about finding a Fro-yo Mama but that position has yet to be filled. He first tried fro-yo at Tuttimelon!

FroyoBeast: A new member of the army, Jonathan W. has proven his loyalty and love for fro-yo. He can be recognized by his roar, Faaaaaaaawwwwrrr Yo!!! But he swears he's cuddly and friendly!

I could say something about Fro-yo Wanugee, Fro-yo Gizmo Geek and Froyoda but they haven't been eating enough fro-yo.

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

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pinkberry Santa Clara Grand Opening Event

Fro-yo girl here. Pinkberry is getting the pink carpet ready again. Their Santa Clara location is having a grand opening event on Friday, 10/22 and here are the details.

WHAT: Pinkberry is rolling out the pink carpet for our Santa Clara Grand Opening Event! Mix, mingle, listen to today’s hottest tunes and receive FREE Pinkberry all night!
WHERE: 2362 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
WHEN: Friday, October 22, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
WHO: Don’t miss our celebrity DJ set by Joe Manganiello from HBO’s hit show True Blood (“Alcide Herveaux”)

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

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October, the Month for Pumpkin

Fro-yo girl here. It's October and that means pumpkin is everywhere. I've seen pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin milk tea, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cake, pumpkin pancakes and best of all - Pumpkin Fro-yo. Pumpkin fro-yo is showing up everywhere. It's usually the sweet kind. My favorite pumpkin fro-yo is from Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt. It's sweet but has that tangy real yogurt taste. It tastes like real pumpkin too. And you can get it with whipped cream as well as an unusual new crunchy topping, pita chips.

The Nubi flyer that I received this week has a picture of pumpkin pie on it. It's their new fro-yo flavor. Yogurtland has a yummy pumpkin fro-yo flavor.

And I just learned that Pinkberry will be introducing pumpkin fro-yo on October 22nd. To celebrate the launch of pumpkin fro-yo, Pinkberry will give away free small pumpkin fro-yo minis on 10/22 from 4 - 7 PM.

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Future Fro-yo Shop Picture: GaGa Yogurt

Fro-yo girl here. After leaving Nubi San Jose, I drove over to GaGa Yogurt which is in some part of San Jose that I'm not familiar with (a Mexican neighborhood). GaGa Yogurt is located in a new strip mall. I peeked inside and saw large piles of rubble. They were working on building the counter area. I didn't see the wall for the fro-yo machines. The name makes me think of a fro-yo shop for babies. I found their website. Looks like they will have crepes and fro-yo.

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

* GAGA YOGURT: 1075 S. White Road, San Jose, CA