When I heard that a Chobani yogurt bar had opened up in SoHo the week before I was heading to New York, I knew I had to check it out. We’re still living in a Chobani-less world here in Nova Scotia so anytime I head to the US I always make sure to get my fill while I’m there.
Jen had never had Chobani greek yogurt but was game to try it out so we mapped out our quest and hit the streets (and subway).
The front of the yogurt bar is quite small, but they make great use of the space they have displaying fresh fruit, and shelves full of oils, nuts, and other goodies that you can purchase.
One thing that I thought was really cool, is the employees that take your order take your order and send it to the kitchen via iPhone, and you pay them with cash or debit/credit card right there too. No cash registers or big equipment. I told you there were making the most of their space!
Once you place your order the magicians in the back go to work making your creation and you can sort of see them through the glass display that separates the front from the back.
There isn’t really any place inside to sit and eat your creation (though a few people were perched on the window sill) so we got our orders and headed out.
We walked up the street a ways and sat on a bench to eat.
We both ordered the chocolate pistachio creation which also had mandarin oranges, mint and honey in it. I’m not usually a honey fan, and I am really not a orange and chocolate fan but this was crazy delicious.
Each time I got a spoonful with a piece of mint in it, it was just so refreshing! I shouldn’t have been surprised about the mint as chocolate mint is one of my favourite flavours, but I don’t think I would have ever thought to combine them in yogurt.
Since then I’ve been planning to recreate this parfait at home and Saturday was the day. I had to use spearmint instead of peppermint, and a regular orange instead of mandarin orange but it was pretty darn tasty
Though next time I’ll try adding a bit more chocolate and a bit less orange. Oh and since we don’t have Chobani I had to use another brand of greek yogurt, le sigh.
Have you ever recreated a recipe at home? What was it? How did it turn out?
Really, this isn’t much of a recipe since I knew everything that made up the parfait, but I have attempted to recreate restaurant meals too. I think my favourite is the BBQ Taquitos from Jungle Jims. I have yet to get the filling “just” right, but mine are still pretty darn tasty.