I could eat yogurt all day, everyday. There are currently 7 yogurts in my fridge. And I ate 2 additional, the last two days. I’m of the eat one, replace one mindset.
Yogurt parfaits often end up being my breakfast or my night time snack. Piled with fresh fruit and some granola. Love in a bowl for me. *Note the parfait in my header*
So you can imagine my enthusiasm when I found out that Chobani’s newest venture is a yogurt bar/cafe here in NYC called Chobani Soho. YES PLEASE!!
I actually seriously contemplated (still am) apply to become a “yogurt master.” bb told me not to quit my day job. Dang student loans….Who doesn’t want to be a yogurt master??
Most people have heard of Chobani and greek yogurt craze by now. But do you know the story, or the man, behind the yogurt? Chobani was named one of the 50 most innovative companies in 2012. Founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, a turkish immigrant, started Chobani to make fresh, simple, minimally processed, great tasting strained yogurt widely available to American people. And keep it a reasonable price too.
Another great thing about Chobani is the people in company. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with some of the girls that work here in the city, and they invited me out earlier this month to check out the space and taste their unique creations.
They currently have 10 menu items, with sweet and savory options. And we were lucky enough to try most of them.
Before, we could get tasting Dar, the manager here, explained to us some of that great attention to detail I was mentioning. The yogurt is brought in fresh daily from the Upstate farm, they use the best imported nuts, honey, and olive oil (they had a week long meeting just to discuss which walnut to use), and it served super chilled not frozen.
First up - Pistachio, Dark Chocolate, Orange, Mint, and Clover Honey
Talk about starting with your base hitter. This was so decadent.
Blueberry Power – Fresh Blueberries, Walnuts, Crunchy Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, and Light Agave Nectar. Good, but very much like my typical breakfast.
Same for the seasonal fruit (strawberries + ganola and honey). Never a let down, but very typical.
What’s not typical – the creation next to it. The savory offerings! I was excited for this because I am lucky enough to have a worldly mom and we enough Lebanese yogurt with savory seasonings like za’tar and olive oil at home. And I use greek yogurt in place of sour cream very often.
Creamy Plain Chobani, Fresh Cucumber, Sea Salt, and sprinkled with Fresh Mint, served with Pita Chips
Creamy Plain Chobani, Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil, Freshly Cracked Black Pepper, and Sea Salt, served with Pita Chips. Dar styled my chips for me – pretty right?? Too bad he can’t come do that for me all the time!
These were both knock out! I highly recommend it. I’m Italian – and I’m sure my commiting some sort of sin for saying this but that Greek EVOO is some of the best I’ve tasted – it is slightly spicy too. I’ve always thought Sicilian was the best – but this is up there.
Another knockout – the pb and j. Yes, Chobani did in fact go there.
Creamy Peanut Butter, Concord Grape Jelly, Sliced Red Grapes, and Peanuts. A blogger fav for sure. A bowl sweet and salty deliciousness. I couldn’t stop. I wanted to take this home and eat it in PJ’s in bed
I also kept mixing the figs from this one with the peanut butter. – Cheating I know. They encourage you try the creations and not make substitutions.
Dried Turkish Figs, Clover Honey, and Walnut. Photo from Jillian ( I was too busy eating)
I’ve since been back for another sweet favorite. It’s right near my yoga studio so it’s the perfect pre/post practice snack.
Refreshing Pineapple, Toasted Coconut Slivers, Turkish Hazelnuts, and Light Agave Nectar
I love that the imported ingredients are available for purchase in the store. Oh and you get to keep the glass jars the yogurt comes in. I’m starting a collection
I went home with Turkish Hazelnuts and some of the amazing Greek EV Olive Oil.I will be getting one of those really cute turkish market bags you see hanging on the wall too. I’m a sucker for things like that.
This is one health trend that I believe is legit. bb thinks its amusing when get overly excited about companies/products. But I do so with good reason. I really value high quality, simple products done well. You can tell when a company really pays attention to detail. Chobani is definitely one of those that deserves the hype it gets.
What do you think of Chobani’s yogurt bar idea??
Any current health food trends you back? I also support all the hype chia, hemp, and kale have been getting.
Here’s to eating well!