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Red Mango opening in San Carlos?

butter924 Oct 6, 2008 10:43 AM

Does anyone know when the Red Mango is opening in San Carlos? I heard sometime this month?

We're sooo excited about them opening

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    slacker RE: butter924 Oct 6, 2008 02:36 PM

    I'm in L.A., and having had Pinkberry, kiwiberry, snoberry, and all the copycats, I finally went to Red Mango because it happened to be close to where we were eating. Red Mango is the one I like the LEAST. It tastes too heavy, it has a big heavy milk flavor. Maybe it appeals to the mass American palate, but I did not like it at all.

    My current favorite is Yogurtland, where they have lots of flavors, it's self serve, you mix and match, and buy by the ounce. I love the tastes of all the flavors, and the fact that I don't have to buy a set amount.

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      peppatty RE: butter924 Oct 6, 2008 07:29 PM

      It seems maybe within the a month? I'm only guessing based on the amount of work that's been happening the past few weeks.

      1. hhc RE: butter924 Oct 9, 2008 10:24 PM

        They are giving away 1 FREE small yogurt & 1 Topping on Sat 10/11/08 from 12-2pm at the new San Carlos store.

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          peppatty RE: hhc Oct 10, 2008 10:37 PM

          Just a warning that it's going to be really crowded/no parking since it's the San Carlos Art and Wine Festival this weekend. Luckily, I'm walking distance!

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          Mick Ruthven RE: butter924 Oct 12, 2008 04:16 AM

          What is this Red Mango that seems to generate excitement but that I know nothing about?

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          1. re: Mick Ruthven
            Chipotle RE: Mick Ruthven Oct 13, 2008 11:52 AM

            Just a frozen yogurt shop. It does have a "milk flavor," I suppose, but apparently I like that -- I think it's a richer flavor than most of the others I've tried, although I think I'd really have to try both it and Fraiche in the same afternoon to decide which one I liked more. (Harmony, the one Shane mentions below, just isn't a favorite for me; I know they use Straus Creamery yogurt and it almost certainly is higher quality, but it didn't seem to be quite as good as Culture yogurt in Palo Alto, another Straus-using chain, and Harmony skimps on the toppings compared to either Culture or Red Mango.)

            1. re: Chipotle
              Shane Greenwood RE: Chipotle Oct 13, 2008 07:27 PM

              I would also recommend Fraiche over the others. It is quite good and worth waiting in the line that always seems to be there.

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                peppatty RE: Shane Greenwood Oct 13, 2008 08:31 PM

                I also agree that Fraiche is the best, although I have to make a trek to try Culture. I've been disappointed with Harmony being really skimpy with the yogurt and the toppings lately, plus their yogurt is "lighter" almost icy, definitely not as rich "mouth feel" and complex flavor like Fraiche.

                1. re: peppatty
                  lolia RE: peppatty Oct 30, 2008 10:19 AM

                  Fraiche is very bland and doesn't have tartness at all. I admire what they're attempting to do but the execution needs a great deal of work. The only thing I like about Fraiche is the homemade mochi. Culture Frozen Yogurt not only as better tasting fro-yo (compared to Fraiche) but the best homemade toppings. They just added spiced apples. You may also see homemade apple cake, brownies, mini chocolate meringues, etc. Fraiche is completely disappointing.

                  1. re: lolia
                    Claudette RE: lolia Nov 2, 2008 02:08 PM

                    Red Mango and Tartini both have mochi (as soft little cubes).

            2. re: Mick Ruthven
              moltenlava RE: Mick Ruthven Oct 30, 2008 11:57 AM

              It's frozen yogurt with tartness instead of rich milky flavor. You can add fresh fruit toppings on them. The combination of tartness and fresh fruit makes it appealing to asian and european palates who are after well-being foods.

            3. Shane Greenwood RE: butter924 Oct 12, 2008 06:08 AM

              Butter924, Harmony Yogurt is much much much better quality than Red Mango. And Harmony is right around the corner. I'm sure RM will do well because it's a trendy chain. But if there was ever a time to support the small business, this is it. Harmony may have the lousier location, but they serve the best, natural frozen yogurt in the area.


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              1. re: Shane Greenwood
                Wendy_san RE: Shane Greenwood Oct 31, 2008 03:17 PM

                I tried Red Mango for the first time in So Cal last week and really enjoyed it. I prefer it to Fraiche and Pinkberry, but haven't tried Harmony yet.

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                  artemis RE: Wendy_san Oct 31, 2008 11:59 PM

                  i tried red mango in palo alto a few days ago and was very unimpressed. it's very sweet for allegedly tart yogurt, and has a strange aftertaste that i only can describe as "from some kind or mix or base." of the five coworkers i went with, only one would go back again, "probably."

                  so far, nothing has come close to clear optometry in san mateo. i'm willing to try fraiche once, but if that fails, i'm not cheating on clear optometry again.

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                    rednails RE: artemis Nov 1, 2008 09:50 PM

                    Where is Clear Optometry? I live nearby and have never heard of it.

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                      Melanie Wong RE: rednails Nov 1, 2008 11:52 PM

                      Here's my post on Clear Optometry's frozen yogurt,
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5415... . It's on 3rd Ave, right in downtown San Mateo next to Quickly. Both of them use YoCream mix.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        artemis RE: Melanie Wong Nov 2, 2008 08:09 AM

                        wow, they do? that surprises me. quickly was selling big cups of their yogurt for 99 cents or something to launch it, so i tried it. the SO and i agreed that it wasn't even worth eating for free!

                        1. re: artemis
                          Melanie Wong RE: artemis Nov 2, 2008 08:28 PM

                          I always ask for a taste before buying any froyo, and often I end up walking out without wasting my money.

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                          rednails RE: Melanie Wong Nov 2, 2008 07:56 PM

                          That's amazing.....I was literally on 3rd today and Friday night. I only saw Quickly, never saw CO. I'll have to try it next time I'm there.

                          Thanks for the post and info.

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                            Melanie Wong RE: rednails Nov 2, 2008 08:29 PM

                            My original post includes a link to a photo of CO's entrance, if that helps you spot it.

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                              rednails RE: Melanie Wong Nov 3, 2008 11:07 AM

                              Thanks, that is really helpful. I wasn't looking for it yesterday so of course didn't see anything but Quickly. And the sign in the window is a better clue than the store sign!

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