Archive for September, 2009

Red Mango
September 8, 2009

Last night I tried a new fro-yo place. Red Mango is Pinkberry’s (sorry, I mentioned it again) main competition. Red Mango claims that they’re more natural than Pinkberry is, and that they were the first frozen yogurt chain to receive the National Yogurt Association’s Live and Active Culture Seal.

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Location: Koreatown. 31st St. between Broadway and 5th Ave., Manhattan
Taste: Light, yet creamy. This yogurt didn’t feel too rich, and it had a consistency more similar to ice cream. It wasn’t as tart as Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt, but it had a slight bite to its aftertaste.
Flavor Choice: Original, Green Tea, Pomegranate, and Tangomonium.
Topping Choices: Mango, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, banana, raspberries, coconut, pineapple, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, almonds, Granola, Graham Crackers, Cap’n Crunch, cranberries, chocolate chips, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

+ They have unique flavors like Green Tea and Tangomonium. I didn’t try Tangomonium, but I assume that it’s an orange-y flavor.
+ I am a Graham Cracker nut. I was very excited to see that Red Mango offers them as a topping to their yogurts.
+ No tart taste!
– Kind of pricey. A small original with Graham Crackers ran me $4.30. I think you can get more bang for your buck at Caffe’ Roast Bean.

As of right now, Red Mango ranks second out of the four places I’ve tried.
1. Caffe’ Roast Bean
2. Red Mango
3. The cafe at FIT
4. Pinkberry
Sorry, groupies.

P-i-n, k-b-e, r-r-y, Pinkberry
September 8, 2009

While I was digging around for more information on Pinkberry’s yogurt or not scandal I found this interesting video. It made me chuckle. 🙂

Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZzsw3VYpWQ

I think I’ve become one of those New Yorkers that talks incessantly about Pinkberry. I’ll stop after this post.

Caffe’ Roast Bean
September 7, 2009

My friend, Allie, was doing some exploring in the city the other day and stumbled upon this gem. The Caffe’ Roast Bean is primarily a coffee shop that also sells frozen yogurt and pastries.

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The self-serve wall in Caffe’ Roast Bean.

Location: 793 6th Ave. (Corner of 27th St. and 6th Ave.), Manhattan.
Price: $0.39 per ounce.
Flavor Choices: Almost too many to choose from! Strawberry, Country Vanilla, Mango, Pineapple, New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Classic, Pistachio, Euro Tart (original), Cookies and Cream, and Cappuccino. I highly recommend Cappuccino, Country Vanilla, or Cookies and Cream.
Topping Choices: Again, a copious amount is available. Kiwi, watermelon, blueberries, grapes, raisins, strawberries, crumbled Oreo bits, pineapple squares, coconut shavings, Chex Mix, chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles (!), M&Ms, and nuts.

+ Self serve!
+ Very cheap. This sign that advertised its price of $0.39 per ounce is what originally drew Allie into the shop.
+ The yogurt is light, similar to Pinkberry’s.
+ The yogurt is not tart like Pinkberry’s. I personally don’t like tart things. This personal positive might be your negative.

*I have yet to find a negative, and I’ve been three times.

Is it yogurt?
September 7, 2009

This was slightly concerning.

Pinkberry recently got into a bit of hot water after being accused that their popular frozen yogurt isn’t a frozen yogurt at all.

The problem: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local&id=5294057

The California Department of Agriculture claimed that the yogurt didn’t have enough bacterial cultures to be considered a yogurt. Consequently, Pinkberry was forced to either change their claim that they serve all-natural yogurt, or to change their formula.
A more pressing issue in the scandal was that Pinkberry manufactured all of their products on location. California law states that all dairy products must be pasteurized at the plant where they are processed and packaged.

Pinkberry has since settled the lawsuit, and now publishes their ingredients on their webite. See http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/12/us/12pink.html.

Pinkberry
September 7, 2009


Pinkberry was the only frozen yogurt chain that I knew of before I moved to Manhattan. Any high-end chain that reaches Goshen, NY must be a giant.
Everyone in this city goes bonkers over Pinkberry. The company chose to acknowledge their popularity by adding a “groupie” link on their webpage, http://www.pinkberry.com/. I had always wanted to try Pinkberry. After learning that the company has groupies, I put it at the top of my list.

Location: 170 8th Avenue, Manhattan. There are twelve other locations in Manhattan. Most of the other branches of the chain are located in California, where the brand originated.
Taste: Tart. It is very light and won’t make you feel guilty for indulging. It stays colder than the machines in FIT’s cafe, so it is firmer and less like soup.
Price: $$. $4.84 for a small with toppings. (I got a small original with crumbled Oreo bits on top.)
Flavor Choices: Some variety. Original, Pomegranate, Coconut, and Passionfruit. Pomegranate, Coconut, and Pomegranate are seasonal flavors. The original is available year-round. Parfaits and smoothies are also available.
Topping choices: Lots of ’em! Kiwi, Captain Crunch cereal, Raspberries, crumbled Oreo bits, blackberries, strawberries, craisins, banana chunks, Hershey Kisses, chocolate shavings, Fruity Pebbles, blueberries, coconut shavings, and additional seasonal fruits.

+ Plenty of flavor and topping choices!
+ Not a heavy yogurt, so you won’t feel guilty or bloated after eating it.
+ Serving sizes are pretty big. Even though it is pricey, you’re paying for a lot.
+ There are a lot of locations. It’s easily accessible to people living in the city.
– It’s pricey. 😦

Fashion Institute Cafe
September 3, 2009

The first place that I tried frozen yogurt was in FIT’s cafe. It was an obvious first choice because I have a meal plan and because there was no walking/researching addresses involved to get to the cafe. It wasn’t a bad first foray into the world of frozen yogurt.

Location: 27th St. at 7th Ave. The Fashion Institute of Technology Cafe.
Taste: Rich, a lot like ice cream. Not bad for a girl who has only eaten ice cream for the past eighteen years.
Price: $-
Flavor Choices: Two. French Vanilla and Chocolate.
Topping Choices: Limited. Rainbow (!) and chocolate sprinkles.

+ The cafe gives students a good sized styrofoam cup and allows them to serve themselves.
+ The yogurt is very rich, much like ice cream. A smoother way to ease into frozen yogurt.
+ Is it even frozen yogurt?
+ Next to no chance that I can get lost trying to find this place.
– Limited flavor and topping choices.