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Do I need to bring a scale to Pinkberry?

Me so hungry Jun 15, 2007 12:28 PM

I just realized that the center is totally hollow. Meaning that they just swirl the yogurt in a spiral motion without filling the center...

I wasn't a frozen yogurt consumer before Pinkberry so I'm not sure if this is normal. I kinda assumed that the whole bottom part of the bowl gets filled up first and then swirled up. I was kinda sad to see this :~(

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  1. Chowpatty RE: Me so hungry Jun 15, 2007 12:35 PM

    I don't know, how much frozen yogurt can a person really eat? I get tired of it about half way through the small size cup. It's refreshing at first, but ultimately boring.
    Also, who cares if it's really yogurt or not? Was someone actually under the impression that expensive sugar-sweetened snack foods were healthy, no matter what cultures are in them?

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      eberhard49 RE: Me so hungry Jun 15, 2007 12:43 PM

      what is the deal with this stuff??? I havent been yet, but there is already a line outside of the new location on Hyperion, and they are still moving in furniture...is it really that good?

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      1. re: eberhard49
        Chowpatty RE: eberhard49 Jun 15, 2007 12:46 PM

        Well, you'll have to try it and see for yourself. It's good for what it is, but it hardly qualifies as food -- it's just cold, airy, sour and slightly sweet. Personally I prefer ceFiore in Little Tokyo. It's got a nice sour refreshing taste which is perfect after a sushi or ramen meal or on a hot day. I find it hard to believe that all these places will remain packed all winter long, however.

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          hrhboo RE: Chowpatty Jun 15, 2007 12:51 PM

          They were packed all through last winter but I suppose the novelty value had a lot to do with it. I hope Pinkberry continues to do well, I'm hopelessly addicted to the stuff.

          1. re: hrhboo
            bigipps RE: hrhboo Jun 15, 2007 12:59 PM

            The fury reminds me of Krispy Kreme. It should last a while longer, and maybe even stick around after the fad passes.

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              bulavinaka RE: hrhboo Jun 15, 2007 12:59 PM

              Oh Boo, the life of a crackberry addict living in Venice and working in MdR is about as close to achieving Nirvana as one could get... or you could by the building on Abbot Kinney and occupy the top floor - they're only asking a paltry sum of $10mil for it - you could have your own Pinkberry!

              1. re: bulavinaka
                hrhboo RE: bulavinaka Jun 15, 2007 02:38 PM

                My very own Pinkberry would be a dream come true! I'd change the name to Booberry, in keeping with the "_____berry" fad.

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                  SauceSupreme RE: hrhboo Jun 15, 2007 11:46 PM

                  Booberry. I like it.

                  Isn't that a marshmallow cereal already?

                  I'd name mine Sauceberry and absolutely no one would go.

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                    bulavinaka RE: SauceSupreme Jun 16, 2007 07:16 AM

                    But if they knew you like we know you they'd be lining up twice as deep for twice as long and not even bat an eye...

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                      hrhboo RE: SauceSupreme Jun 16, 2007 10:22 AM

                      I could go for Sauceberry, although SaucyBerry sounds a bit more..um..saucy.

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                        bulavinaka RE: hrhboo Jun 16, 2007 10:35 PM

                        I was going to go there with the, "Saucy," but I knew I was going to get Booed...

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            bulavinaka RE: Me so hungry Jun 15, 2007 01:15 PM

            You're not the only one... this method takes great skill - I felt punked too when I tried this stuff for the first time last year... but to be honest, as deceptive as this seems, PB declares that their servings are by weight (ounces) and not volume (cavernous domes allowed).

            Check out a great review from last year by Eddie Lin, on his blogsite, Deep End Dining.


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              Me so hungry RE: bulavinaka Jun 15, 2007 03:32 PM

              Lol, great article!

              That picture showed exactly what I was talking about. Is that normal? So how do you really know if you are getting the true weight that you pay for?

              The reason I ask is because there are days when I can eat it all and even want some more and then there are days where I have to put it in the freezer for another time. Not sure if it was just my appetite that fluctuated or "the heavy/light hand that pulled the berry".

              Not to mention that my BF's 13oz is the same height (tip-wise) as my 8oz.

              I guess I really do feel punked and just want to know if this is normal when "pulling frozen yogurt". Maybe I'll have to check out Golden Spoon and Penguin's to find out...

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              JeetJet RE: Me so hungry Jun 15, 2007 02:10 PM

              Why do you say " frozen yogurt" when talking about Pinkberry?

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                hrhboo RE: JeetJet Jun 15, 2007 02:39 PM

                "Innocent until proven guilty", all reports thus far have been mere speculation.

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                  JeetJet RE: hrhboo Jun 15, 2007 03:19 PM

                  Pinkberry has changed the wording of their web page. Now not even Pinkberry claims their product to be Frozen Yogurt but rather “Chilly Bliss.” Ya, what ever that is? I do not know about the Pinkberry product sold in NYC but I am under the impression that Pinkberry sells something in California that is manufactured in the store much the same way as Dairy Queen soft serve ice cream is made. My reading of what is going on in Cal. and the law is that it is illegal to manufacture yogurt in a store in California. For it to be considered Frozen Yogurt it must be manufactured at another location and delivered frozen to the store to be true frozen yogurt in California. That is not what Pinkberry does.

                  IMO, New York has a honest frozen soft serve treat that is much better – frozen custard. It is made to order just like soft serve ice cream but the taste is a honest true bliss. I had it in Buffalo but I was told that a store was to open in NYC. Now, I understand that a large part of the public will line-up if it is their chance to be part of the “seen.” Another part of the public will line up for something honest and good. I understand this, "Innocent until proven guilty" thing so then let me ask, “Pinkberry? What is it?” No, “chilly bliss” is not good enough. I want to know what they expect me to eat. Not even Pinkberry is answering that question.

                  Custard Corner
                  211 Porter Ave
                  Buffalo, NY 14201
                  (716) 881-9936

                  1. re: JeetJet
                    hrhboo RE: JeetJet Jun 15, 2007 03:52 PM

                    Neither is any other froyo place. I find it a little odd that Pinkberry is getting so much heat for the ingredients it uses yet none of the copycats are. Curious, very curious indeed...

                    1. re: hrhboo
                      bulavinaka RE: hrhboo Jun 15, 2007 04:29 PM

                      PB might have just pissed off the wrong guy this timeclaims... besides, challanging a mom&pop froyo place brings little publicity, and if it does, it will most likely be focused against the plaintiff. I think for those who have a great disdain for PB for all the various reasons - and there are obviously many - this is synonymous to watching an ant burn under a magnifying glass, except this time it's the Godzilla of frozen yo... - oops - frozen desserts...

                      1. re: bulavinaka
                        JeetJet RE: bulavinaka Jun 15, 2007 06:10 PM

                        Godzilla -- LOL! A perfect example. Popular icons like Godzilla and Pokémon, however, were honest and up-front with being fictional -- not the real deal. Chilly Bliss (who's true identity remains unknown to the world) first came ashore in L.A. as “Froyo” but when G-man became suspicions this newbie changed its identity with the speed of a keystroke. Chilly Bliss? What is it?

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                      running pig RE: JeetJet Jun 15, 2007 09:05 PM

                      Come on JeetJet, no more bowing down to NYC. We got the goods!

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