This is my monthly contribution to Orange County Food Blogs.)
I'm a culinary skeptic. Whenever I hear about a new food fad, Sprinkles, Pinkberry, South Beach, or Atkins to name a few, my gut reaction is doubt. As the frozen yogurt craze that swept Los Angeles trickled into Orange County, I was determined not to be taken in, resisting cajoling, bribery, and other forms of peer pressure. However, I was eventually lured to the Dark Side through the clever application of a 50%-off coupon by family-run Beach Cities Yogurt & Gelato in Huntington Beach. Curse my Taiwanese penny-pinching genes!
When friend, OC Weekly columnist, and fellow Orange County Food Blogs contributor Elmomonster broke the news that the Red Mango yogurt chain had arrived in Irvine, I knew I had to pay them a visit. A Korean franchise business, Red Mango was purportedly the inspiration for the first Pinkberry operation in LA. Pinkberry went on to spark a frozen yogurt fad that, as the LA Times quipped, launched 1,000 parking tickets.
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Red Mango - You can really taste the quality. However, with comparable quality tart frozen yogurt being offered for a fraction of the price at Beach Cities, and with Yogurtland's vast selection, I find it hard to justify paying almost $1 per ounce.
4oz Green Tea Frozen Yogurt w/ toppings - 4.75
17595 Harvard Ave
Irvine, CA 92614
Red Mango USA website