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Jan 16, 2013 12:28 PM

Seeking European Yogurts in the Bay Area

I am trying to find a place to buy actual European yogurts (from Europe) in the Bay Area. One brand I know is Skyr (from Iceland) and another is Olympus (from Greece). I am open to other brands, too, but so far, I've been unable to find any yogurts made outside the U.S.

Has anyone else had more success?


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  1. I have seen La Fermière at the Milk Pail down in Mountain View.

    1. Gourmet Corner in San Mateo has had Mamie Nova from France.

      Gourmet & More in SF reportedly has some brand of French yogurt.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        The woman running the front register at Gourmet and More told about 2 weeks ago that they would no longer be carrying La Fermiere.

      2. International but not European, but Mandarin Garden carries some Chinese yogurts at the request of their Hong Kong/Taiwan clientele.

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        1. re: chocolatetartguy

          I noticed that the last time I was in there. Importing yogurt from China seems very odd.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Agreed. A co-worker is a friend of owner Paul Wing? and he told me that their best customers are students from HK and Taiwan that come in and order huge ala carte meals and never take the left overs. They, evidently, requested the yogurt. Not sure if it is even cow's milk yogurt. I should try it as a digestif to my curry chicken, more spicy.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Are we certain that the yogurt is from China? There are Beijing Yogurt franchises locally but the product is made here.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I've seen Emmi (from Switzerland) around (IIRC at Piazza's in San Mateo and Berkeley Bowl). Not European, but Liberte is a European-style yogurt from Canada that's available locally.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Mandarin Garden sells Beijing Yogurt. The signs gave me the impression it was imported but maybe I misread.


                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Not sure on the sourcing, but I had the same impression. I believe that the carton had Chinese characters on it. I have seen people eating it there.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      I've not tasted Beijing Yogurt yet. I had asked at one of the stands whether it was imported and the staffer explained that it is made in the US using cultures from China.

                      I have purchased the yogurt made by Sogo Tofu (Hakka Chinese) in San Jose and that made by the Vietnamese Buddhist temple in East Palo Alto. The two were more similar to each other than to any commercial yogurt with a lemon-y tang and soft, light texture.

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Yogurt is, I think, in the regular diet of western China (Muslim region). And there is a huge Chinese Muslim population in Beijing. So Beijing yogurt is not that strange.

                    1. re: PeterL

                      Not only not strange but, according to this, "ubiquitous".

                2. I found La Fermiere yogurt at Gourmet Market on San Mateo Drive in Burlingame last week. They only had lemon and it was one week past date so they sold me a two pack at a discount, assuring me it was still good. It was! Usually a two pack in the terra cotta containers is $8. The friend who told me about this place said they often have a selection of several flavors and sometimes have it in the glass containers which cost a bit less. When I was there they only had the lemon and very little of it. Might be good to call before you make a trip. In the past I have found La Fermiere at Milk Pail in Mountain View but they didn't have it last week and Draeger's doesn't seem to carry it anymore either.

                  1. The newsletter for the Spring sale at Gourmet Corner says a fresh shipment of La Fermiere yogurts is in.

                    MONDAY - SATURDAY:
                    10:30 am to 7 pm
                    SUNDAY: Noon to 6 pm

                    The Gourmet Corner
                    873 N. San Mateo Drive
                    San Mateo, CA 94401
                    Tel: (650) 340-6370