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Red Mango open in Westwood


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Red Mango open in Westwood

jenn | Jul 10, 2007 05:30 PM

I know in the long run, its a chain but since there's only one store in the US right now and its in LA, I figure this is the place to post. The new one and only store is located in Westwood Village, at the top end near UCLA on Weyburn. Hours are a mystery but tonight they are open until 10 pm. Its right across from the movie theatres, a couple of doors down from Stan's doughnuts.

Today was the official grand opening with free yogurt and tee shirts and the like. We --party of six sneaking out of the office--got there shortly after the free stuff started. The line was regretably long but we stuck it out [that or go back to work.....]. On occasion some spiffy fashionista would come out and ask a question and give out a tee shirt but not very often and not very generously. Honestly, I suspect they were designating winners by who fit the red mango look---our crew answered the questions correctly but a younger more, ahem, trendy winner got it every time. Too bad for them because I would have been happy to wear my Red Mango tee shirt in Seattle after we move and give them much free advertising [like they need it, right?]

In the end, the long line turned out to be because of the generousity of the crew handing out the free sample. Colleague couldn't be persuaded to come down? no problem, they'd make up a cup for him too! And everything was personalized --I had mango, blackberries and blueberries. I brought back a raspberry, blueberry and strawberry for my absent co-worker.
Other toppings included little baby ghiardelli chocolate chips, cantelope, pineapple, honeydew, banana, granola and then all the icky stuff like coco pebbles and fruity pebbles.

I found it tasty--more like yogurt than the crackberry I have sampled plus it seemed to be a better price than pinkberry. The mango could have been riper but the blackberries and blueberries were huge and the portions of all three were generous. A perusal of the ingrediants revealed that there's yogurt in that there frozen yogurt which means with my approval. And there is NO High Fructose corn syrup which makes me happier yet. Sweetener appears to be simply sucrose.

I guess i might go back if in the mood for a splurge but with Diddy Reise's cookie ice cream sandwich just around the corner, I suspect it will be a while.

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