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May 25, 2007 12:21 AM

Pinkberry in the Bay Area?

I just moved back to the bay area from LA, and I am having terrible withdrawals from pinkberry, does anyone know of anything even remotely similar here up north? I'd REALLY appreciate it.

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  1. I wouldn't hold my breath. When Bay Area foodies find out it's just plain Yoghurt mixed with powdered flavorings (PB has been forced to admit as much), I doubt there will be a rush to support outlets.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        That's not clear from any the citations; it can't be called "FROZEN" yogurt, but the company still maintains they start with plain yogurt and add unspecified stuff to it -- Kool-Aid, perhaps ;-)

        1. re: Gary Soup

          Fresh yogurt contains live cultures. At Pinkberry they reportedly start with fresh nonfat milk and add yogurt powder. There are only two flavors, plain and green tea.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Yes, pinkberry is NOT yogurt. My friends opened up a VERY similar (basic identical) shop and they said that its just powder, not real yogurt. On the other hand, it's still overpriced yumminess!

    1. I live in LA. I find Pinkberry just bleah.

      1. This article seems to suggest that Cafe Aroma in Santa Clara might be Pinberry-esque.

        Here are some photos on Yelp:

        1. You might try Yogurt Park in Berkeley.

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          1. re: ML8000

            Another thread on this board actually pointed to a store just across the street from Yogurt Park...can't remember the name, but they have a product called "Mangoberry" that comes pretty close to the Pinkberry experience.

              1. re: Agent 510

                I tried it last week and thought it was pretty good. I've never had Pinkberry, so I can't make a comparison, however, I can say that it had the yogurt flavor in the background (more so than most common fro yo places). It was a bit sweeter than I would've liked, though.

                While not fro yo, I did like the flavor of Naia's natural yogurt flavor (it had a definitive Greek yogurt taste to it), but they don't have all the fresh fruit to go on top

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