Apologies for the lack of updates recently, I’ve been adjusting to life back in Western Pennsylvania for about a week now and having quite the time of it. My first day back brought the first real rain I felt all summer. It came while I was 10 miles outside of town on my bike, and it brought it’s friends thunder and lightning. Weather isn’t the only thing I miss about So Cal, and maybe not even what I miss the most. One of the absolute hardest things I’ve had to deal with is Frozen Yogurt Withdrawal.
On the East Coast I’m an ice cream guy, but when I’m being West Coast Rod it’s strictly FroYo. San Diego is full of yogurt places, I could have (and did) choose any number of them to get my fix, but it didn’t take long for me to establish a favorite in Yogurt on the Rocks. They’re one of the few independent businesses among the larger franchises, and in my opinion, offering a much better product.
I prefer the self-serve operations. I like being able to choose the exact amount of froyo I want and the ability to mix and match any number of flavors. At Yogurt on the Rocksthat number is 14. They do a nice job of rotating flavors, and always offer at least 2 tart and 1 no sugar added selections. I generally went with some combination of coconut, cake batter, red velvet, and/or peanut butter.
Their topping selection is the best around with 3 separate stations for any mix-in imaginable and a variety of sauces. I would often an employee dicing fresh strawberries or bringing out a pan of just baked brownies. I lived close enough to be
a cheap-ass frugal and add my own toppings at home, but in retrospect I should have added more boba (bottom right)…a lot more boba.
Unlike the surly-bastards at the local YogurtLand, Yogurt on the Rocks understands the service component to self-serve yogurt. My sometimes twice daily visits were always pleasant thanks to the friendly team of employees. The owner and his wife were often working themselves, ready to hand out a sample cup or answer any of my froyo inquiries.
I was a bit late in learning about the Yogurt on the Rocks rewards card, which is another draw over the competition. Buy 9 cups and the 10th is free (up to 16oz). I had my first free cup in 5 days, and went through 2 more within the month. I wasn’t joking about withdrawal.
For now I’m stuck in PA with ice cream as my methadone. I don’t actually plan on kicking the habit, this FroYo hiatus is temporary and solely on account of the 3,000 miles between me and my favorite spot. So if you’re lucky enough to be in the Pacific Beach area and feeling like FroYo, give Yogurt on The Rocks a shot. Just know the signs of addiction, it’s been 13 days since my last cup..it hasn’t gotten any easier.
for another review check out what Erin Jackson has to say at San Diego Sugar