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This post has been chillin’ in the wings for awhile. My stupid sore throat has kept me frozen yogurt-less for 7 days. Let’s hope the hiatus doesn’t last much longer. In honor of my love for tart frozen yogurt, here’s the much awaited (ok, not really) story of the day I finally met Pinkberry.


I had heard so much about Pinkberry that I kind of thought I would hate it.

I was pretty much really wrong.

Paty and I stopped at the Pinkberry near her place in Silverlake when I made a visit to LA a few weekends ago. She got a small green tea and I got a medium sized original with Cap’n Crunch, mango, and mochi. I wasn’t *trying* to be a piggie but the guy said that it would be cheaper for me to get the bigger size. I thought I wouldn’t finish it. I was wrong about that too.


The mango was sweet, the mochi was soft and chewy, and the Cap’n Crunch was Cap’n Crunch (I can’t really praise high quality sugared cereal that anyone can buy in the store.) My combo was awesome and all for $4 or so. I like my frozen yogurt tart and this is plenty tart and very creamy.

Please issue my tart frozen yogurt fanclub card.

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March 2, 2008 at 12:18 am

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gelayo gusto, mountain view, ca

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I’m at home sick today, hence the midday update.

I’ve eyed this place and its ‘frozen yogurt’ sign for a while. A Yelp investigation confirmed tart frozen yogurt and I headed over for a post-work Friday night treat last week. The place is really cute inside and the owners were very nice. Lots of good variety on the menu – sandwiches, cakes, salads, and most importantly, yogurt. You can pick from blueberry or original and they have a decent selection of toppings to choose from.


I opted for a medium sized original with cherries and mochi. The prices are reasonable here and are much better than Cafe Aroma. The medium sized original with two toppings was $5 even. I’m guessing cherries aren’t really in season so they tasted a bit bland. The mochi was good, appropriately soft and a little chewy. The yogurt was tart but icier than I generally like.

I went back again yesterday afternoon after my 2nd visit to the dentist in one day (good thing I like my dentist). I’m nice so I ordered not 1 but 4 small yogurts with mango and mochi. Unlike the cherries, the mango was nicely sweet and she majorly hooked us up with the toppings. Not shiesty at all! Jlin, Julia, and Kevin, the recipients of my frozen yogurt generosity, enjoyed the surprise afternoon treat.

Gelayo Gusto: 856 W. El Camino Real (between Castro and Shoreline), Mountain View, California 94040

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February 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm

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cafe aroma = toppings shiesty

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I’m on a frozen yogurt kick. After a weekend in LA and 1 trip to PinkBerry + 1 trip to a PinkBerry knockoff I can’t get enough of the stuff. After dinner with the Shih at PVH I made my way down El Korean Real to Cafe Aroma per Yelp’s recommendations.

The name sounded familiar but it still didn’t click to me that this is in the same plaza as the Tofu House in Santa Clara. If you’re looking for it, it is in fact in that plaza on the polar opposite side from Tofu House. It’s hard to find – the lights on the marquee are out except for the ‘C.’


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February 9, 2008 at 10:47 pm

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fraiche, palo alto, ca + hk dreamin

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Pinkberry is taking their sweet time getting to the Bay Area. Bad business move if you ask me. Fraiche is one of many fro-yo places popping up to meet the Pinkberry demand. Lizzie and I stopped by after getting our nails done. I ordered the soy frozen yogurt with olallieberry and graham crackers. Verdict: I’m a fan. It has a distinct soy milk flavor (yum) with a nice creaminess and not overly sweet at all.

She was a little stingy with the olallieberry but gave me lots of graham cracker pieces. If you’re wondering, Wikipedia says that olallieberry is a mix between loganberry and youngberry. It tastes most like blueberries (if you’re looking for a more common berry to compare it to). Sweet olallieberry + crunchy graham pieces + soy milk flavored frozen yogurt = YAY. 5*****

The junior size is plenty for most people, with 2 toppings it will set you back $5.

Fraiche: 644 Emerson Street Suite 110, Palo Alto, California 94301

Now I’m off to dust off the handy passport and finish packin’. Plans for Thailand and Cambodia fell through but were quickly replaced with visions of Hong Kong instead. Expect lots of posts on dim sum, seafood, and sweets in the next few weeks. Until then stay safe and eat well!

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January 14, 2008 at 1:40 am

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