Monday, June 18, 2007

Fro-Yo Throwdown!

On most days here in sunny Southern California life is good. Beautiful people (Jennifer), beautiful beaches, beautiful weather...but then... there is the ugly, brutal underbelly of it all. The immortal struggle between what is trendy and what is truly good in this sunny hamlet. I present for your review the Non-Fat Frozen Yogurt Throwdown between super trendy Pinkberry and the not as hip(ed) Plato Parfait. Several of us put our taste buds on the line to answer the question ... which is better...
First we tried Pinkberry, it had a slick store front, note the trendy gift items on the cleverly lit up wall...oohh...ahhh...tasty. They have only two flavors 'Plain' and 'Green tea'. We sampled the plain with fresh fruit. Good, sweet, sour with a salty twang, lots of ice crystals though that took away from the creamy-ness we wanted. Then it was on to Plato Parfait. Nice clean sparse space, much more substantial seating, actual metal chairs with padded cushions (at the other place it was plastic fantastic all the way). The plain with fresh fruit tasted more like creme fraiche than the other guys, much better mouth feel and many more flavors (the dark chocolate was decadent). You get free waffle cookies too! So try them both and let me know what you think, but my money (and taste buds) are on Plato Parfait! ..... it up!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Donuts and Gasoline

It's Saturday morning at 5:00 am. Do you know where your concept car is?
Probably in Huntington Beach at the 'Donut Derelict's' car show. I know, because I was there, yes, at 5:00 am on any Saturday you will find them, Gear Heads, Grease Monkeys, Rat Finks and Autophiles wandering around over a hundred cars. Thank the Goddess that they have coffee at that donut shop. This is an 'insider' car show that happens every Saturday morning....and because Toyota has it's offices so close there are often concept cars and cars like these that you will never see on the street. My two sons thought the tops of their heads were going to blow off. Needless to say I was one of the 3 females there. Oh, and the silver car you see a photo of....has a jet, oh baby you heard me right...a JET engine.....vrroooommm-vrrrrooomm and fried dough....delicious.