I've been so busy paying attention to the food OUTSIDE of Rock Center, that I completely forgot about what's going on INSIDE. There's a Red Mango in there! WTF?! I'm embarassed to say I never knew this, but it's true. I only do the concourse level of Rock Center..the rest gets too hectic and annoying for me. But today, my brave friend/co-worker Adele joined me on a journey through the throngs of children, parents and tourists…all for the joy in a single cup of frozen yogurt. The things we do for dairy.
So, not only have I never been to Red Mango in Rock Center, I've never been to Red Mango PERIOD. I know, I'm a freak. But before you judge me, realize that there are literally NO Red Mangos around where I live and I thought there were none where I worked. So the opportunity for consumption was usually missed. Or, maybe the reason is that I happen to really enjoy Pinkberry. Deal with it. I LIKE THE TARTNESS OF THEIR YOGURT. Moving on.
I had to try their Pumpkin Spice flavor – anything pumpkin is ok by me. And this one apparently supports a healthy immune system..? Win win! I opted to try a bit first, and I also tried the original considering I've never had it (shut up). Their yogurt is very different from Pinkberry, which I was surprised about; it's creamier and definitely sweeter. It almost reminded me of soft serve. It was nice though, I could see myself eating this stuff once or twice a week. The Pumpkin Spice was really good too. I got an original/Pumpkin Spice swirl with graham cracker crumbs (a topping Pinkberry seriously needs to consider), bananas, and Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips. I took a bite with a little bit of everything, and I swear it tasted like pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate chips on top. Mmmmm. So good. This was definitely more like a dessert than a healthy little snack though. Adele had a pretty sweet idea too..or should I say salty idea..she got a good old-fashioned New York pretzel to go along with her Red Mango. Good call, Adele.
Pumpkin Spice and Original swirl deliciousness with bananas, graham cracker and Ghirardelli dark choc chips
I have been waiting for a Pinkberry to open in my work area, but no such luck yet. So until that happens, I will probably frequent the Rock Center Red Mango on a weekly basis. I'm torn now between the two rivals because I like Pinkberry's yogurt better, but Red Mango has a few better toppings. Decisions decisions…
The mango is native to India where there are beautiful stories in which the handle is the protagonist. A wounded Chinese to India and took the mango to China. Another scout took him to Europe where it became very popular. After the Portuguese took the mango from India and took him to Africa and Brazil. And not going to believe, but Latin America and Florida to handle did not come until the 19th century.
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