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Yogurtland Opening 5/12/07 in Irvine

arisu May 11, 2007 02:06 AM

Visited Yogurtland in Irvine today to find out that they're opening this Saturday! They're going to be in between Taiko and Kitty House (where the old tanning salon used to be)

Yogurtland (Grand Opening 5/12/07)
14775 Jeffrey Road, Suite J
Irvine, CA 92618

Store Hours as posted on door:

Mon-Thurs : 11 am-11:30 pm
Fri-Sat: 10:30 am-12:30 am
Sun: 11 am-11:30 pm

http://arisuland.blogspot.com/

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    mikester May 11, 2007 09:57 AM

    So, is this place going to be Pinkberry-style ?

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      elmomonster May 11, 2007 05:03 PM

      Yes and no. While they have a tart yogurt flavor, and geen tea too, they follow the model of self serve out of spouts at $0.30/ounce.

      Here's a picture of the one in Fullerton:
      http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2007/...

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        elmomonster May 13, 2007 06:45 AM

        I went to the Irvine store last night on arisu's tip (after checking on it every week since they started construction), and it's every bit as good as the Fullerton one. And a lot prettier too.

        And here's a picture of the recently opened IRVINE YOGURTLAND:

        http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2007/...

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          Naleiya May 13, 2007 10:11 AM

          Wow it looks so different from the Fullerton one! :P I can't wait to go try out the new location :) Thanks for the pictures!

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      cqt May 13, 2007 11:00 AM

      We went yesterday - there were about a dozen flavors. I'd never had Pinkberry or Yogurtland before, but know about the tart original yogurt flavor because I've been looking for it here (closest was Humphrey's Yogart). My favorite is still Cafe Lalo in NYC where the original yogurt tasted like "frozen" yogurt.

      The original yogurt flavor at Yogurtland tasted more processed. Good without being great. I tried probably about 6-7 flavors (original, blueberry yogurt, strawberry yogurt, green tea, vanilla, banana yogurt, etc.) - I liked the original best. The toppings were really fresh. It was about $9.50 for two good-sized containers and fruit toppings on one of them.

      The spot looks like it's going to be a good hangout spot for students.

      I wonder how Pinkberry rates - when does the Irvine Spectrum one open?

      1. arisu May 14, 2007 10:45 PM

        I got a chance to go today during lunch. :) Very different from the Fullerton location visually but yogurt is the same with a few extra additions in the toppings station.

        More pictures and details here:
        http://arisuland.blogspot.com/2007/05...

        Also overheard a customer say "Man, I've been here 3 times the past 2 days." Her male friend responded "That's nothing, I've been here 5 times!!"

        I forsee multiple visits for me too this week...

        1. redglowh Jun 3, 2007 09:49 PM

          I went to the Yogurtland in Irvine after a dinner at Taiko last night and I LOVED it. I absolutely love frozen yogurt and it was just paradise for me. =)
          I love how you can pick all of these different flavors and have so many choices of fresh fruit for toppings. I will definitely be going back there.. probably soon!

           
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            mikester Jun 4, 2007 12:05 PM

            I've been here twice now, and really liked it ! I have never been to the Pinkpberries or any of the other clones, and haven't been to any of the others (like Golden Spoon) in years, so I don't have much of a reference point. My one quibble with Yogurtland was this: to me, many of the flavors I tried had a quality I'll call "icy" (I guess this would be as opposed to "creamy"). I'd prefer "creamy" to "icy". Is this trait pretty much what you get with all of these latest-generation fro-yo places ? Is this because the yogurts are low-fat (are they, in fact, low-fat or non-fat ? I couldn't see any info on this at Yogurtland but I probably just didn't seek it out hard enough).

            BTW, after trying many of the flavors, I think my favorite (if I could only pick 1) was probably the original flavor, with the mochi as a topping.

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              cqt Jun 4, 2007 09:03 PM

              I totally agree about the icy texture rather than creamy - I think it's because it's probably not really yogurt but more processed.

              I was in NYC last weekend and went to Cafe Lalo who probably had the original tart frozen yogurt. I've been going since 1990s and got hooked on their yogurt. Try Bloomingdales' yogurt in their cafe in Newport Beach - you might be pleasantly surprised. To me, it's second to Cafe Lalo but you can't get Cafe Lalo out here.

              Yogurtland had the same idea in the tart taste, but it doesn't quite hit the mark for me because of the icy quality as mikester mentioned.

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