Thursday, April 29, 2010

Montreal Food Journey - Day 1: yeh!

After my delicious lunch at Schwartz's, my boyfriend and I walked up and down Saint-Laurent Boulevard because we needed to do some serious digesting. But then I came across yeh! and I decided that our digesting can wait. I absolutely had to go in this place and try some of their frozen yogurt. So what's so special about yeh!? Well what makes yeh! different than your normal Yogen Fruz or other yogurt / ice cream place is that it is all "self-serve" - meaning that you get to fill your own cup with whatever flavor of yogurt you desire, and then you get to add in as many different kinds of toppings you want for your yogurt (more than 40 to choose from). The price of your creation would be based on the weight of your cup when you're all done.

I've had frozen yogurt at Yogurtland before in Las Vegas which has the exact same concept as yeh!, but I haven't come across anything like this in Toronto yet.  I remembered I really enjoyed the whole process because it was just plain fun! Also, I really liked the decor of this place; from the brown and pink (same colors as this blog!!!) to its simple lines, the neatness and the cleanliness, the white chairs and tables at the back and bean bag chairs at the front...I loved everything about this place =)

yeh! I'm ready for you!

Your final yogurt "creation" is weighed and priced at 48 cents / ounce.

As you can see from their menu, yeh! also serves smoothies, waffles, crepes, organic coffee, and tea (for the waffles and crepes, it is the same idea as yogurt where you get to choose your own toppings/ fillings). According to their website, in the winter they also have S'mores and toasted marshmellows! 

A girl came over to explain to us how all this works and offered us samples on whatever flavor we wished to try. Here are is a list of flavors available that day:
  • Original
  • Green Tea
  • Raspberry
  • Cheesecake
  • Mango
  • Blueberry
  • Coffee
  • Peanut Butter

And if you take a look here, it shows an extensive list of all the flavors they have (including cool flavors like Kahlua, Tiramisu, and fruity flavors like Pomegranate, Coconut, and Organic Acai...yummyyyy). It seems like they change the flavors up monthly or seasonally, or whenever they feel like it. Original, green tea, and cheesecake are staple flavors which are always available.

We picked blueberry and mango, which are ironically, the two flavors that we didn't try!

Three nozzles: blueberry, swirl mix of blueberry and mango, mango

Next, I head over to the fruit topping section. Here they have strawberries, blackberries, pineapples, cantaloupes, watermelon, oranges, kiwi, and raspberries.

After that, it is the non-fruit toppings section. I don't remember what they had...but here is the list they show on their website:

Wheat germs, almonds, cranberries, cut dates, flax seeds, granola, tropical mix, coconut, oreo, fudgeo, maple syrup cookies, graham crackers, animal crackers, cinnamon cookies, captain crunch, fruity pebbles, coco puffs, kashi, fruit loops, gummy bears, sour gummy bears, swedish berries, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, marshmellow, mochi balls, cookie dough, cheesecake, twix, rolo, chocolate chips, yogurt chips, reese's pieces, M&Ms, coffee crisp, truffles, kit kat.

I'm sure they didn't have all those toppings listed on their website at the store (pretty apparent from the picture). But honestly, I was already overwhelmed by what's available in front of me! Because I started questioning myself with questions like: What combination works best? OK let's not aim for bout what toppings definitely does not work together? Maybe they don't need to work with each other, but how about then which toppings compliment each other? Or what toppings are just plain nasty together? GAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! This task was a bit difficult, but at the end I just randomly chose a few toppings. This task of choosing toppings was bestowed upon me, making it extra hard, as my boyfriend couldn't be bothered and went to the washroom...he said he was fine with anything hahaha.

Just when I thought it was all over, there's more! SAUCES! There were Honey, Caramel, Chocolate, Irish Cream, Raspberry, and Maple Syrup.

I liked how some of the sauces were heated.

Finally, my creation...

I think I had some strawberries, blackberries, chocolate sprinkles, white chocolate sprinkles, granola, some type of cereal, chocolate sauce, and strawberry sauce. I know, I know, it sounds totally boring, right??? Given the wide selection I had! But believe me, when you're actually standing in front of all those toppings, you get so confused that you just want to play it safe to avoid the chance of messing your yogurt up.... orrrrr maybe that's just me, not a risk taker?

My yogurt came out to be less than $6 - may seem expensive for some people, but I thought it was TOTALLY worth it given how much fun I had (although I made it sound like it was a chore, it was so much fun!), and I thought it was just right for two people to share. I wish we had yeh! in Toronto! And if there's something like this already in Toronto, please tell me! =)

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