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May 30, 2007 11:06 PM

Harmony Organic Frozen Yogurt (San Carlos)--Awesome!

Our entire family has quickly become completely addicted to Harmony Frozen Yogurt in San Carlos (Arroyo at Laurel). Inspired, I'm sure by Pinkberry, Harmony serves just one flavor, "natural" that is tangy and slightly sweet. It tastes like what it is: Organic Straus Family Creamery Yogurt sweetened with a little sugar. Topped with fresh berries or mango, it completely blows away any frozen yogurt I have ever had.

Toppings include fresh fruit, as well as chocolate chips and the usual suspects.

Our kids love the place, but it was the adults who instisted that we go back. (I think 4 times in the past week!)

They tell us that it is 98-99% fat free and under 150 calories for a small serving.

Harmony Frozen Yogurt
1226 Arroyo Avenue
San Carlos

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  1. I finally got a chance to try it tonight after driving by it every day since it opened a few weeks ago. It is fablous! I never liked the standard frozen yogurt, so this is wonderful. I'm sure it'll be a big hit this summer as people will stroll by after the fabulous thursday night farmers market.

    1. It's a delicious product, absolutely nothing like the "frozen yogurt" you get at places like Yumi etc. You can actually tell that it's dairy, for starters. They did a good job with Harmony - it would be cool if they expanded their offerings a bit to include beverages, either yogurt-based or otherwise. Definitely worth a try.

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      1. re: orezscu

        I passed by yesterday after eating at Speederia Pizza. I'm not so much of a dessert person (I find everything too sweet) and tried the small (only 150 calories) with blueberry topping.

        The yogurt was creamy and dense and not as sweet as other "fro-yo" places I've tried. Nick, the owner, was kind enough to sit and talk with me about his product - freshly made every day organic 1% milk and toppings are 1/2 organic.

        Since I work nearby, I will definitely go back and try all the other toppings.

        1. re: orezscu

          i took hubby there tonight... i had mine with strawberries, he had choco chips.... i enjoyed mine, but he did not. It was good, but I would not go out of my way for it, especially since it did not satisfy my ice cream type hankering.. There needs to be more flavors... i will admit that I am a huge fan of yummy yogurt and therefore a little biased...

          1. re: Mel

            Thanks for posting.

            I guess I loved it because it wasn't like yummy yogurt with that plasticky mouthfeel, bulked up with stabilizers, gums, and too much sugar that makes me want to throw up. Harmony is its own thing, actually tasting like yogurt, and is not an ice cream substitute, so be forewarned.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Exactly. The experience is not unlike having your first good glass of wine, or discovering that you actually like smoked salmon. I can't think of any other place that serves this product. I wonder what sort of epiphany the owners had, betting everything on it.

        2. I'll add my voice to the chorus --- this is a great product!

          I was passing through San Carlos this afternoon with my dad and tried it. He doesn't even like yogurt, and while disappointed that chocolate wasn't available as a flavor, more than enjoyed his serving with a topping of chocolate chips.

          I had nectarines on mine --- the counter guy said they were peaches, but no fuzz and had red skin. Delicious and refreshing. Served very cold, my tongue was numb long afterwards. The finish is so clean, none of those gums that melt into a plasticky blob on the bottom of the cup.

          Small size cup with nectarines,

          Nutritional stats: 90% fatfree, 30 calories per ounce.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Lots of different fat content figures in posts. "90% fat free" is EXTREMELY high fat! Typo?

            1. re: Fine

              I heard 90%, but could be wrong. That figure would make sense if Straus whole milk yogurt is used . . . here are the stats,
              But if nonfat yogurt is the base, it could be much lower,

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Just got back from speaking with Nick, the owner.

                He says that the base is Organic Nonfat Yogurt. They add some 1 percent milk, organic non-processed sugar, and a mystery organic ingredient. So it is probably more than 99% fat free.

                They say they'll have it tested soon.

          2. We tried out Harmony's froyo yesterday -- good stuff! Mine w/ strawberries, Wolf's with raspberries. I don't know if it's just Bay Area envy about Pinkberry, but I really hope these guys do well. About time someone gave Yumi Yogurt some competition and that we have some froyo that tasted like the yo. Remember the old Alta Dena frozen yogurt?

            1. I'm afraid I cannot agree with Alfatcat.

              We were originally very excited to see that this shop was going to open in San Carlos, and so first visited with high hopes. Unfortunately, they were quickly dashed. There were two high school kids working behind the counter who were chatting about the upcoming school dance and who kept checking their cell phones for instant messages. No hellos or anything -- we waited about 2 minutes for them to pay any attention to us and we were the only ones in the shop.

              My son was very excited about the different flavors they might have, but unfortunately we were told they only have one flavor, and if you want to "customize" the taste, you can do so by adding various extras (for 95 cents each). My kids both decided they would rather go elsewhere given this limited choice, but I thought I would try it to see what this place was all about -- I mean, if they have only one flavor, and they think it is so good it will support a store, then there must be something here, right. Wrong.

              The yogurt was mediocre, and not very sweet. When I asked for a medium, the girl behind the counter began filling my cup, only to have a woman who appeared to be the owner chastize her for filling my medium with too much yogurt. I'm all for training, but you don't make comments like that in front of customers.

              Hoping to hear a bit from the manager that might redeem the place in my eyes, I asked about future flavors, and she said that she didn't really see the need for more flavors, as folks could just buy toppings if they wanted to.

              I don't get it. Rude people, poor product and high prices. This is a place that I can't see lasting that long.

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              1. re: makenasurf

                I can't disagree more strongly.

                1) Yes, they're just opening (grand opening was this weekend), so their young summer staff might not be whipped into shape. A trivial fault at a corner yogurt store.

                2) Flavors: we're used to frozen dessert shops having three dozen artificial flavors, give or take four. I thought it was an eye-opening, modern act of bravery to have the flavor of one's dessert actually be made out of its namesake fruit (e.g., real blueberries), served over a high-quality, all-natural dairy base.

                3) Yogurt is not supposed to be very sweet, it is supposed to have a lactic acid tang faintly redolent of creme fraiche. Again, I think the product is just new to most people, including me.

                It's hard for me to say that a new natural yogurt store has a "challenging concept," but in some ways it is, and it's fantastic. Teenage help aside.

                1. re: orezscu

                  I absolutely agree with orezscu's response. I've been dying for a Pinkberry clone to come to the Bay Area, and I'm thrilled that Harmony has decided to tackle it with a solid offering. Sure, I wish they added the different types of cereal and mochi that Pinkberry offers with their "yogurt" but I am very happy with the fresh fruit that is currently on the menu. I personally love their tangy and tart taste (the way yogurt should taste) and don't want them to add any other flavors to the mix. I hope Harmony does well!

                2. re: makenasurf

                  You may like the Yumi Yogurt in San Mateo or RWC better, sounds like that's more up your alley.