Following up yesterday's trip to the bakery, I decided that a lighter, though still sweet, treat might go nicely with our suddingly sunny (!) weather. At the lunch hour, I called up my guy and asked if he'd like to join me on a quick trip to the recently reopened Yogokiss, located at the River Ridge Crossing strip mall at 4825 E. 96th. This pinkberry-esque yogurt shop offers a simple yogurt formula: a nonfat yogurt base in original or chocolate and an assortment of toppings. We both got the original flavor, which has a lovely yogurt taste, as well as an airy texture that borders on grainy. Ben sampled the chocolate flavor, which had a nice balance of chocolate richness and tangy yogurt.
The stars at Yogokiss are definitely the toppings. I chose mango, blackberry, and pistachio (on the right, above). The salty whole nuts, the little bits of diced mango, and the big blackberries made for a great topping combination. Ben's selection, brownie bits, raspberries, and sliced almonds, was also great. The brownie bits were nice and fudge-y. Next time, I'm thinking about trying a pineapple-coconut-mango combination. There's so many possibilities - more reason to keep coming back!
The interior of the shop is exuberant. Decorated with happy little stools, a comfy red couch, bright walls, magazines displayed in a checkerboard on the wall (mostly celebrity rags, but with Time, Highlights, and National Geographic Kids, too), and big red-flower wall decals, it's unexpectedly cute for a strip mall shop. A surrealistic display of hanging fruit and cotton-ball clowds added a fun sense of whimsy to the experience. The counter service was welcoming and enthusiastic about the product.
I can't wait to stop Yogokiss by on a truly warm day and exercise my right to mix up toppings and consume this reduced-calorie frozen treat.
- Location: River Ridge Crossing ,4825 E. 96th St. #300
- Hours: 11 to 9 on weekdays, 11 to 10 on Friday and Saturday
- Menu: basic & healthy, but delicious
- Plan for return: soon and often
- Recommended to: those who enjoy all things cute or fruit, nannies and new mothers toting little folk, waist-watchers, tired shoppers coming from the Fashion Mall or car dealerships, non-recovering yogurt addicts