Could it be true?! I just read in the Sac Bee that Pinkberry (worth visiting for the catchy Pinkberry remix) may be coming to Sacramento. I first enjoyed the trendy Hollywood treat in San Diego (no, not Hollywood – they’re everywhere but Sac!) with one of my favorite Austin colleagues. We were staffing a conference at the Convention Center and I spotted the location across the street. For days we walked by and I said we HAD to try it before we left. Finally, on the way out of town, I jumped out curbside while Allison did laps in the rental car. We were not disappointed. My perfect combination is the original (described on the Pinkberry web site as “soft swirls of chilly bliss with a distinct pouty peak”) with raspberries and chocolate chips (raspberry and chocolate is pretty much my favorite combination for any dessert). I’ve since enjoyed the treat in New York City and at Santana Row in San Jose.
For the record, I fell in love with “tart” yogurt growing up in San Jose. Sweet Retreat is the one food stop I must make every time I visit home. What do I dream of when I’m not in town? You guessed it – original with raspberries and M&M’s. It’s so different than any other yogurt shop I’ve ever visited. The yogurt and toppings of choice are thrown in to a giant (and very loud) mixing machine that combines all the ingredients until it spews out a perfectly blended treat guaranteeing your favorite flavors in every bite. Yogurt heaven.
As for local tart yogurt, I was lucky enough to stumble on Top This! in the R Street Corridor following a yummy dinner at Burgers and Brew a couple weeks ago. I was thrilled to see sour vanilla on the menu and topped it with raspberries and DARK chocolate chips. It was delish and will definitely satisfy my tart yogurt craving locally…until Pinkberry comes! (Above photo courtsey of Flickr user donnjmck).
Have a favorite place to get tart yogurt? Tell me!