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Pinkberry in Westwood- the real thing, not just hype

Hi everyone....I can't stand driving to West Hollywood, so I was thrilled to find the newer Pinkberry location in Westwood. And boy, was everyone right about the addictive nature of this stuff!!! I ordered the plain yogurt with mango, raspberry and graham cracker crumbles. I ate the whole thing (medium) and though full, was not satisfied----gimme more!!!

Interestingly, next time I will probably order yogurt without the toppings...I liked the consistancy and flavor of the yogurt so much that I want to enjoy it as-is.

Funny---it was 11 AM and I was 8th in line :-) Soooooo worth it!!!

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  1. Everything old is new again. Didn't every 1980s frozen yogurt place become a Starbucks in the 90s and 00s?

    Is Pinkberry yogurt any different than the stuff served at the formerly-ubiquitous yogurt shops that dotted the Southern California when I was in high school?

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      Hey Jack Flash-

      Yeah, its totally different. Its apples and oranges, Hershey and Scharffen-Berger (sorry, that was lame). But seriously, the taste is absolutely different and DIVINE.

      1. re: Jack Flash

        Exactly. I loved the tart frozen yogurt in the 80's and beyond. I don't think it's much different, we just have a new crop of people in LA.

      2. I am so there with you, running pig. I had Pinkberry for the first last Wed. and I went 2 additional times before the week was out.

        I can truly say that I am addicted, that yogurt is so GOOD! I am going to stop on my way home from work tonight. I can't wait until they open one in the Glendale/Pasadena area. I can literally see myself going everyday - I wish they had a frequent customer card.

        1. Big Chill jumped on the bandwagon and their's seems just as good to me, aside from their fruit not being as fresh.

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          1. re: duckduckgoose

            Does Big Chill have more of the natural yogurt? I used to eat there during college because I liked their portion sizes :-)

          2. To each his/her own, I guess. I stopped by Pinkberry in Westwood last week and cannot understand what all the hullabaloo is about. Yes, the yogurt has a mildly pleasing tartness to it, but it's not unique enough to justify the long lines or the gouging price of $3.50 for a small serving with one topping. Not to draw a direct comparison, but I believe that a single scoop at the Westwood Rite-Aid around the corner is still about a buck. From that perspective, the comparisons between Pinkberry and Starbucks may be totally apt.

            1. I do like Pink Berry...but if you want something creamier and also have choice of one of the best gelaterias in LA, go to MONDO GELATO, on Pico Blvd just west of Westwood Blvd...not as expensive either.

              Their Italian Frozen Yogurt is delicious, as are their amazing gelato...Mondo is fantastic!

              1. Gave the regular flavor a go tonight in Westwood. First thoughts after the often mentioned tart were Italian ice (almost lemony) meets frozen yogurt...a pleasant icy quality that made it very refreshing...no heavy, lingering creaminess in the mouth. I liked it a lot.

                Is it Korean-owned? I noticed rice cakes in the shaved ice and fruity pebbles. Just a guess.

                1. They need to add watermelon!

                  1. Like the yogurt, but does Pinkberry have some sort of ethical position against reasonable parking?

                    I'm perfectly willing to shell out for good yogurt (and I was impressed), but the parking situation is just ridiculous. Is it too much to ask for validation at one of the lots?

                    1. Visited Pinkberry this evening for the very first time, mainly because I was looking into investing in some sort of franchise.

                      Went to the Westwood location around 9 PM, and the line was 20 people deep. The cashier was kind enough to answer a few of my questions. I asked what the ingredients were and he said they use non-fat milk, sugar, and yogurt. I also asked if there are any gels or pre-made additives, and he said that there are, but he wasn't allowed to tell me what they are or how it is made (hmmm).

                      I then asked if they used sugar or an artificial sweetener (i.e. high fructose corn syrup). He said he couldn't tell me.

                      He recommended I speak with the owner, who is Korean, about ingredients and about franchise opporunities. He also said a location in MDR, Venice, and in Santa Monica are opening in the future.

                      Oh, and I actually tried the yogurt. I ordered a regular with almonds. Well, it tastes like yogurt. I mean, for me, there's nothing really earth shattering about it. In fact, I know I'm going to get a lot of lip about this, but I personally don't like it.

                      I guess I just prefer all natural ice cream (which is a whole lot better for you anyway).

                      1. It tastes like when you take a quart container of fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt and throw it into your home ice-cream maker (cuisinart or rival or whatever).

                        In the 70's it was called Frogurt. It died when Penguins-et-al popped up serving what basically amounts to whipped Dreyers. People screamed "oh boy it's nonfat and it doesn't even taste like yogurt!" and frogurt died a slow death. Now pinkberry will have it's two years run with everyone screaming "oh boy it actually tastes like yogurt!"

                        Hype is everything around here.

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                        1. re: jackattack

                          Yup, I think you nailed it, jackattack. Sorry to say but Pinkberry looks to be just the latest in a long line of oh-so-trendy-but-doomed frozen yogurt chains like Humphrey Yogart. Enjoy it while you can.

                          1. re: jackattack

                            Frogurt is sold at Bloomindales's Forty Carrot

                          2. i see both pinkbery and red mango as knock offs.... the original froyo that actually taste like yogurt is in Canada, 20 years making froyo tasting like yogurt.... the real thing and no powders mix involved... www.yogenfruz.com they even have tons of real cultures in it..... i hear they are coming to LA to really spark the yogurt war...red mango is bs..copy cat of Yogen Fruz.

                            1. Where is Pinkberry located in Westwood?

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                              1. re: Mother Hubbard

                                It is where CIty Bean used to be, accross the street from Noahs Bagels

                                1. re: running pig

                                  Have you been rewarding yourself with froyo post-marathon? Hope you did well... It was a warm day for 26.2...

                                  1. re: bulavinaka

                                    THANKS! I have been pretty disciplined post-marathon but had some great blue corn/pinenut pancakes in Albuquerque! :-)

                                    1. re: running pig

                                      Oh man that sounds like the perfect thing to eat in a place like New Mexico... Now we need you to come back and keep giving some great recs... you've been missed...

                              2. i am a dissenter as i do not see what is so darn good about pinkberry's. its frozen yogurt that is slightly tart. whoopity-doo.

                                all in all, pinkberry's is just ok in my book.