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BIGG CHILL on Westwood now competing with PINKBERRY!

cupcake Oct 13, 2006 10:52 PM

Giant signs in Bigg Chill's windows proclaiming that they now have tart low fat yogurt. I am obsessed with pinkberry, and wondering if anyone has tried Bigg Chill's recent addition?

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    Francesca Oct 14, 2006 01:41 AM

    I recently mentioned this on CH.

    It's very tart, consistency is different. I like Pinkberry's yogurt better, but Bigg Chill's tart is ok.

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    1. re: Francesca
      Pei Oct 14, 2006 02:09 AM

      How is the consistency different? Is Bigg Chill's smoother, like soft-serve of the Costco/county fair variety?

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        Francesca Oct 14, 2006 04:43 AM

        It's more melty, soft serve-ish. Pinkberry seems firmer.

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      notavegan Oct 14, 2006 07:06 PM

      I tried it last night. It is more like soft-serve, more creamy than icy. It's pretty good, but it's missing whatever it is that makes pinkberry so addictive (crack?)

      There's a new PB imposter at the Century City foodcourt called Bear Naked Yogurt. Theirs seemed more icy but less sweet than PB.

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      1. re: notavegan
        Pei Oct 14, 2006 11:06 PM

        Is that in any way related to Bear Naked Granola?

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        Francesca Oct 14, 2006 07:58 PM

        The owner of Bigg C. was working the counter today. I asked about the tart flavor and the reply was that it was the same exact mix as Pinkberry's plain. Hmmmm...

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        1. re: Francesca
          Pei Oct 14, 2006 11:07 PM

          Perhaps the mixing method is different? You can make the same base more icy or more creamy depending on how hard and how long you mix it. FWIW, I once tried a homemade frozen yogurt recipe with a $50 Cuisinart ice cream maker, and it did have more the icy texture of Pinkberry's than the smooth creamy flavor of "regular" soft serve. So maybe Pinkberry purposely uses a machine that doesn't create a soft creamy product? It certainly does make their yogurt unique (and tricks you into thinking it's a "healthy" tasting texture).

          1. re: Pei
            Emme Oct 15, 2006 02:15 AM

            The machines all differ. So, the same flavor "whatever brand and flavor" made at two different shops will differ in taste. For me, Humphrey's in Sherman Oaks has terrible machines. Their Wow Cow tastes nothing like that at Yogrut Zone or Studio Yogurt.

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          eatmuch Oct 14, 2006 11:57 PM

          Studio Frozen Yogurt in Studio City (which used to be a Bigg Chill) is also serving "tart" flavors. They are made by Caribbean Chill, but they are different from Pinkberry in that they come in flavors (lemon, cherry, etc.). It should be interesting when the Pinkberry opens in Studio City in a couple of weeks.

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          1. re: eatmuch
            CarlieInLA Oct 16, 2006 05:31 PM

            Where in Studio City is Pinkberry opening?

            1. re: CarlieInLA
              carter Oct 16, 2006 06:16 PM

              In the Dupars/Trader Joe's/McDonald's/Blockbuster center that seldom has an empty parking stall before they open. On the west side set of shops opposite Dupars.

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