We thought it was just us-- the satisfaction felt after explaining exactly how our entree should be prepared. It's the Sally Albright syndrome. Although we quickly learned that if you don't like the selection, order something else. Changing a chef's interpretation of a dish means you've messed with ... More >>
What the heck happened? One night I was handing out candies to adorable ghouls and ghosts, the next thing I know, we're a week past Thanksgiving with tomorrow the first day of December! This means of course, another installment of our monthly restaurant roll call, a summary of restaurants and eat ... More >>
Peppermint Pinkberry.Pinkberry, the company that launched the tart frozen yogurt craze in the U.S., opens its newest location today at Brea Plaza Shopping Center. Fans can get in on the "swirly goodness" tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. when the shop will dish out a free small Pinkberry ... More >>
It's beginning to look a lot like . . . Peppermint Pinkberry season! Your weekend food itinerary. TODAY Pinkberry Introduces its Holiday Flavor: Peppermint What: Sure, it's cold and rainy today, but somehow in SoCal, it's never a bad time for fro-yo. The new flavor is minty a ... More >>
Pinkberry's got a special coupon (maybe a great way to combat that upcoming Yogurtland X Sanrio collaboration) for you: Buy a yogurt for yourself, and get one (small) free yogurt for a pal. The coupon's valid until July 24, 2011, limit one per customer, and sorry, offer isn't valid in New York, ... More >>
Too practical for roses (still wrapped in cellophane from Albertson's)? This year, Pinkberry is offering the chance to send out Swirly Grams--frozen yogurt (or a gift card) all wrapped up in a bow, delivered with some heart-shaped balloons. It's all actually pretty cute, and could work for anybod ... More >>
Photo by Das UbergeekLike we've been fundamentally late to many food trends (cupcakes, Pinkberry, churrascarias), OC has pioneered food trends that the lot of us laugh at when reporters declare them suddenly "in"--bánh mìs (and Vietnamese food, in general), luxe-loncheras, and now...fish tacos? ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhat was once a mighty tsunami of frozen yogurt stands has receded, and a lot of those entrants who hoped to the enjoy the surge of success the likes of what Yogurtland and Pinkberry enjoyed, have been pulled back to the depths from whence it came. The latest is Red Mango in Irvin ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIf you think the year that's passed was bad, try owning a restaurant. It was a tough 2009. The luxury brands predictably suffered. The likes of Savannah, White Horses, Manhattan Supper Club and even Tracht's folded as people got tighter and choosier with their budgets. And some ot ... More >>
Jonathan HoIt seems like it's a frozen yogurt chain's rite of passage. It happened with Pinkberry, as you may remember. And now, it's happening with Yogurtland.
An L.A. law firm has announced via this press release that they have filed a class action lawsuit against the chain and "on behalf ... More >>
Santa Ana's Streetlight Affair are the subject of this week's Locals Only, where we espouse the greatness of their life-affirming tunes. So what better way to complete the cycle than to share one such life-affirming tune with the masses? Stream "Ok" below by hitting the big giant play button (you ... More >>
To celebrate the launch of two new flavors, coconut and passion fruit, Pinkberry stores are giving away a free small-sized portion--one per customer--tomorrow, Friday June 26, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.Fresh news toppings are also on the menu for summer: lychees, bing cherries
(from the Pacific nort ... More >>
If you think that I write a lot about what goes on at Diamond Jamboree: you're right, but also, you're wrong. In case you haven't noticed, I also write a lot about what goes on at The District, which is a block away. So there! HA!
As you might have guessed, I pass by both on my ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhat's this? A new frozen dessert shop at Diamond Jamboree? And it's not another Pinkberry or Yogurtland clone? Finally, we discover that there is an entrepreneur out there who realized that the market is oversaturated with froyo and undersupplied with gelato.And if there's any frozen d ... More >>
Edwin GoeiSo now that we've compiled a formidable list of yogurt shop sightings (thanks to y'all) what have we learned and observed?First, when naming your yogurt shop, it doesn't hurt to follow the leader. Pinkberry is arguably the one that started the craze, so if you want to play it safe, try cr ... More >>
(May 1, 2009) MOVED UP (POSSIBLY FOR THE LAST TIME...unless there are still more out there). This week, I got a few more submissions via comments and direct e-mail (THANK YOU ALL!). We've built up an impressive list of sightings of yogurt shops in O.C. This has been a fun project. See t ... More >>
We may have been thwarted in our attempt to get tickets to see Obama speak at the OC Fair & Event Center later today, but that doesn't stop us from trying to guess where he might fill up on his OC jaunt, should hunger strike. Both Barack and Michelle are known for their love of food. They don't ... More >>
Leave it up to my alma mater's paper, The New University, to do front line reporting on the frozen yogurt battle raging across the street from the school.
When the gauntlet was dropped on September 26th -- that's when the University Town Center outlet of Yogurtland opened yards away from Golden S ... More >>
I've always thought that Orange County's been Yogurtland's turf. Case in point: The Pinkberry over at The District seems so eerily quiet while the lines at Yogurtland's original Irvine location are consistently and perennially long.
When they opened a new Tustin store, near Haveli on Newport Ave ... More >>
Of all the trendy foods to hit L.A. recently, nothing has intrigued me more than Kyochon Chicken, fried chicken as done by Koreans. Jonathan Gold's Pulitzer-prize winning taste-buds swears by it ("Current fried chicken mecca", he writes), while food bloggers, Chowhounds, and Yelpers alike have gon ... More >>
A robot vacuums our carpet when we aren't home. With a button push, a metal box in our kitchen turns a frozen, inedible block into a hot meal. We don't go bowling anymore. Instead, we mimic the motion with a handheld remote that sends a virtual ball hurtling towards virtual pins. And last night, ... More >>
From LA Observed: Gustavo's Ask A Mexican column is in this year, while Miss Manners is out - according to Hank Stuever at the Washington Post.
Also on The List:
OUT: Pinkberry; IN: Vita Coco
OUT: Sex; IN: Naps
OUT: Meerkats; IN: Squirrels
OUT: "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!"; IN: “Yo Gabba Gabba!”
One cold war: Pinkberry, a frozen-yogurt joint that recently set up shop in Long Beach, has been accused of lacking the healthy bacteria cultures found in yogurt. The Times sent some samples to a lab and found that it did contain such—but some attorneys are still not impressed.
Pill-popper (or p ... More >>