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Jul 26, 2007 04:37 PM

New: Papamingo in Berkeley (identical to Pinkberry)

There have been quite a few threads about Pinkberry clones in the Bay Area, and it seems like all of them are "not quite the same", but this place in Berkeley which opened a couple weeks ago has a product that, at least to me, seemed identical to Pinkberry.

They offer three flavors: plain, green tea, and pomegranate, the same sizes, and as far as I can tell, the same array of toppings. The store decor is chain-store sterile rather than Berkeley grungy, so they even copied that too.

For the record, I agree that Pinkberry isn't the world-changing thing people claim it is, but some people like it...if you're craving a fix, this is your place.

Papamingo: on Channing between Telegraph and Bowditch in Berkeley.

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  1. How's the green tea? Is this ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, or something else? (I don't know what a Pinkberry is!)

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    1. re: Cindy

      It's frozen yogurt, but with a slightly tangy/sour flavor that more closely resembles actual yogurt than ice cream. Pinkberry is a NY/LA chain that has developed an instant cult following. I only tried the plain...

      1. re: Agent 510

        Pinkberry is in turn a knockoff of a Korean chain called Red Mango.

        Some info about Papamingo:

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Red Mango, however, claims to use real yoghurt, which Pinkberry does not.

    2. Thanks to Agent 510, my frozen-yogurt-loving friend and I stopped by tonight. I had a half-pomegranate, half-green tea with blackberries and it was excellent. The pomegranate is rather subdued, but the green tea has a nice strong flavor.

      1. Tried it and wasn't impressed. The yogurt was watery. I ordered it with blueberries and they gave me about 6 of them. Personally, I like Michelle's a whole lot better. Frozen yogurt was tangier and the gave me a lot of fruit.

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        1. re: anak

          I think mango is the topping to get. I tried it last time and it was perfectly ripe, not skimpy, and mixed well with the tangy yogurt. I really didn't like Pinkberry or Papamingo that much when mixed with their "sweet" toppings (yogurt chips, Fruity Pebbles, etc.) but with fruit it's a different story.