Check this out: Schmap!! has published one of my photos in their online Los Angeles Guide! Click on “Little Tokyo” and the photos/blurbs of Little Tokyo appear on the right. Look for mine! I think that’s pretty cool.
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I’ve decided to commemorate the end of summer with a new post about frozen yogurt. I was introduced to frozen yogurt many years ago as a kid and I never understood what the hype was about. I like lots of flavor and Fro Yo always seemed to have very limited flavor choices so I always went with the ice cream.
In Los Angeles this summer, we witnessed some very fierce Fro Yo competition so we jumped into the fray.
Pinkberry, in Little Tokyo, was the first contender. I had heard great things about Pinkberry so we went with high hopes and watering mouths. Pinkberry was OK. The decor and ambience was funky and very clean. The employees were a bit full of themselves and I was glad I hadn’t changed into my casual clothes after dinner to eat here.
The taste was absolutely fine. Fine, I tell you! But only three flavors? And we can’t put on our own toppings? Now where’s the fun in that? I had a flash back to the days of frozen yogurt only being available in a few flavors. I was not impressed back then and, to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with Pinkberry.
Maybe we preferred Yogurtland because we were tourists. Maybe Philadelphians just want too many choices in their food (Whiz wit, wit-out, etc. etc.). We just loved everything about it. The huge cups that you can fill yourself with 5 different kinds of yogurt and 10 toppings. Or maybe you only want a small squeeze from the machine. You can do whatever you want in Yogurtland! And people behave themselves!!
I was on a fruity kick–I couldn’t get enough of the fresh fruit options, like mango and kiwi, and the natural yogurt just topped it all off. There’s this yogurt stand in Tokyo Disneyland, right when you get off of Space Mountain, that makes the most tangy, icy, semi-sweet flavors and this is the first time I’ve found anything that comes close. The natural flavor, mixed with some sweeter toppings, was so natsukashii!s
Matt experienced a little bit of that when he got sweet beans on his Fro Yo, and he was also a fan of the green tea with mochi topping. I passed.
We love you, Yogurtland! We love your overwhelming amounts of flavors and toppings! We love putting our dishes on the scale to be weighed! We love the energy in the shop! And we love your little green spoons. We are in love.
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I sometimes don’t understand when people say that Asian countries don’t “do” bread. I can only speak for Japan, and I know for a fact that bread is better there. When we were staying in Little Tokyo, the only place open early for a quick breakfast was Yamazaki Bakery in the plaza around the corner from the hotel. Fine with us.
We must have tried everything over the course of a few days: ham and cheese croissant, hot dog wrapped in pastry, ham egg and cheese danish, raspberry cheese stick, and here is Matt showing us the toast made from thick white bread that just can’t be duplicated easily. The yelp! community understands.
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Tags: Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, Yamazaki, Yamazaki Bakery
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