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Pinkberry Offers Gold-Dusted Froyo For 10 Cents On Its Birthday

If you utter the secret incantation, your yogurt will be sprinkled with gold.

Pinkberry Co-Founder Gets 7 Years In Prison For Beating Homeless Man With Tire Iron

A judge sentenced Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee to seven years behind bars for beating up a homeless man with a tire iron.

Pinkberry Co-Founder Guilty Of Beating Homeless Man With Tire Iron

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry Hall had found Young Lee, 49, who is no longer affiliated with Pinkberry, as a "threat to the community" after the three-week trial.

Pinkberry Co-Founder Will Stand Trial for Assault on Transient

The co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop chain has been ordered to stand trial on charges he assaulted a transient with a tire iron near a freeway off-ramp last year.

Extra, Extra: Coolhaus Spills Beans on Ice Cream Recipe

In tonight's Extra, Extra, learn how to make fried chicken and waffles flavored ice cream. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports. You can also find us on Pinterest, Storify, Foursquare, and Instagram (laistpics).

Extra, Extra: Foreclosure Beverly Hills-Style

In tonight's Extra, Extra, Obama gets harassed, we check in with foreclosures in 90210 and Pinkberry's cofounder packs heat. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Pinkberry Founder May Have Assaulted Transient Because of a "sexually explicit tattoo"

Young Lee, one of the founders of the popular Pinkberry froyo chain was arrested Monday on an outstanding warrant stemming from allegations he assaulted a transient with a tire iron. A few details have emerged about the alleged attack, including that some racy body ink on the homeless man may have raised Lee's ire.

Pinkberry Founder Arrested on Charges of Assault

As you're enjoying that delicious Pinkberry later today, you should probably know that one of the founders of the store was booked on charges of assault yesterday at LAX.

Say Goodbye to the Original Pinkberry Location as We Know it

The once overly-crowded original Pinkberry location that stirred a West Hollywood community into political action has stopped serving yogurt. Beginning today, the Santa Monica Boulevard location will begin its transformation into a "Pinkberry Support Center," or more plainly said, an "administrative space," according to the WeHo News, which breaks down the storied history of the location....

Recession Obsession: Frozen Yogurt 3.0

TCBY, or The Country's Best Yogurt, was once huge. All of a sudden "frozen yogurt" and "phenomenon" were used in the same sentence. It was nationwide Pinkberry-like insanity which predated Pinkberry. Then, of course, Pinkberry found hip neighborhoods. Today, we're right in the middle of Frozen Yogurt 3.0, and this model's an upgrade.

Another Free Food Alert: Pinkberry's New 'Summer Flavors'

So today Pink's was giving away free hot dogs and now Pinkberry has announced four hours of free froyo, if you like it, that is. The Froyo craze has definitely ended--interestingly enough, cupcakes never lost their buzz--but add free to froyo and the lines will be there. "This Friday June 26th, everyone will invited to come in and receive a free small yogurt of one of Pinkberry's new summer flavors," says KNX1070."The giveaway will...

Èple: It's Norwegian for 'Refreshing'

OK, it's not really. It's Norwegian for "apple" but that is just too obvious. Èple's fun fruit stand at The Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax is definitely not limiting itself to pedestrian fruit like apples, though. Dragonfruit, cherimoyas, and a variety of other exotic fruits are the stars of the show. And employees assure us that in spite of being owned by Pinkberry, there are no mystery ingredients -- everyday they are peeling...

Is This the Next Pinkberry?

Frozen fads come and go in cycles. Two years ago Pinkberry was all the rage. Two decades ago TCBYs and Hogi Yogis ruled America’s urban and suburban landscape. Now will a simple frozen treat from our 50th state become the next big thing? For months in the Valencia Promenade (a strip mall down the street from the Town Center) there was a storefront sign that touted “Shave It” was coming. Many customers thought that either...

Look Before You Eat: LAist Deconstructs Oreo Cookie Frozen Treats

For better or worse, we looked at the nutrition values of two of LAist's favorite food groups: Oreos and ice cream. / Photo by mihoda via flickr. As we learned earlier, July is National Ice Cream Month, a legacy left to us by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. According to the International Ice Cream Association, "He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the...

Yogurtland Tastes Delish but has Unfriendly Environs

Total cost: 5 bucks and some change | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist In the earlier days of the frozen yogurt craze, Yogurtland sprung up in Fullerton in February 2006. It was a success and so more stores opened in Hollywood, Long Beach, Little Tokyo, Sherman Oaks and many other Southern California locations and one in Cupertino up north. They even opened a location in Greenwich Village in New York City with plans for Vegas,...

Books On Our Radar: Fictional LA

Any Angeleno worth their salt knows this city can be both bright and happy or sinister and dark by quick turns or subtle steps or shameless spirals. There is much to celebrate about LA and much to shy away from - which makes it the ideal city-as-character in many a writer's novel. A few new books are out that feature LA and they're on our radar to check out this month. Latinos in Lotusland: An...

Pinkberry's Dirty Little Secret Revealed

Pinkberry Pinkberry, the most hated and revered fro-yo chain. Are you pinkberry or are you stinkberry? Are you good for me or bad? There's been so much Pinkberry news lately, it's tough to keep track of it all. Here's the timeline of events:Pinkberry becomes wildly popular - so popular, many begin to wonder about its oddly addictive qualities and the big question finally gets asked: just what the hell is this I'm eating?Pinkberry is slapped...

Screw Pinkberry! It's All About Menchie's Frozen Yogurt

Pinkberry, CeFiore, Red Mango, Lime Light, etc., etc., etc., have nothing on Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in Valley Village off Laurel Canyon between Magnolia and Chandler. At Menchie's, there's not just two flavors, there's ten. At Menchie's, you don't get served, you serve yourself. At Menchie's, there's not just a handful of toppings, there's more than thirty-five. Ranging from chocolate to cake batter to fruit flavors, the Valley yogurt shop let's you serve yourself, pay by...

WARNING: There is a 50% Chance You Will Be Carjacked By A Yuppie Sometime Tonight Between 5:30 and 8:30

Ah, another glorious, status conscious, conspicuously consuming day. I've spent such a long time typing away on my Macbook Air, and now I'm just about ready to drive home to Beechwood Canyon where I'll spend the evening watching Bravo. Hotcha! But hmmm, now that I think about it, maybe a stop at Pinkberry for some deliciously monotonous icy sludge would add to the perfection of the day. No, wait! I've got it! I'll cap things...

Week Around the -Ists

Photograph of memorial outside Heath Ledger's NYC apartment Gothamist learned that actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his SoHo apartment, cause of death unknown so far (but apparently the masseuse who found him called Mary-Kate Olsen before 911).Bostonist considered sending a link about the Super Bowl, but damn! The New Kids are reuniting!Although Sylvester Stallone is a native of New York City, his Rocky character lets many Philadelphians consider him a native son...

Foodie Round-Up

DineLA's Restaurant Week officially starts today! LAist was there for the kickoff event hosted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Neal Fraser at Grace. LAist's Callie Miller let us in on her dirty little secret this week: she loves Pinkberry. GIANT KILLER CUPCAKE!!!! Okay, so it's not exactly 50 feet tall, but jumbo cupcakes from French pâtisserie La Provence in Beverly Hills still look massively good to us. Fresh & Easy has finally opened in...

This Week's Most Commented & Recommend

Mayor Villaraigosa serves the city in "dineLA Restaurant Week's Big Kickoff" / Photo by Elise Thompson We always encourage you to press that little recommend button at the bottom right hand corner of every post if you enjoyed it. For one, it tells us what you want more of here at LAist. So here's this week's three most recommended and commented posts, as recommended and talked up by you: Most Recommended What is That...

Extra Extra: Violets plucked, the sweetest rain...

Photo by Here in Van Nuys via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency is testifying to a Congress panel that he was not pressured into shutting down California's attempts to create its own global-warming laws: "It was Johnson's first appearance on Capitol Hill since he acted last month, and he drew the ire of not only Boxer, his usual critic, but other Democratic senators whose states...

My Dirty Little Secret: I Love Pinkberry

I should hate Pinkberry for a million different reasons: what it does to neighborhoods, the mom & pops it shuts down in its wake, its fake-yogurty ingredients that are likely very, very bad for me and its off-putting, sour flavor that foodies abhor and I, strangely, adore. I know and I agree and I held out as long as I could.

The Pinkberry Effect: Are Our Neighborhoods Changing for the Better?

An opinion piece in today's LA Times raises the issue of what seems to be the rampant Pinkberry-fication of many of our local neighborhoods, using recent food and retail closings and openings in the popular Larchmont Village as an example of how major-chain development affects the unique vibe of a given area. Larchmont Village, which is the bustling strip of shops located on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and 1st Street, is starting to...

Foodie Roundup: Bests, Books, Bonanzas

The LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold names his "Top Ten Dishes of 2007" and curious palates all over the Southland take note. His picks include the porcetta at Brentwood's Vicenti (a rotisserie-cooked piece of pork where the "loin and belly are wrapped into a spiral, seasoned with fennel, and spit-roasted to a crackling, licorice-y succulence"), Donut Man's Strawberry Donut, and My Taco's Barbacoa (lamb), which we fell in love with too, when we checked out Garvanza....

Extra, Extra: All Praise the Baby Cheeses

A suspected drunk driver brough his Sunday to a crashing conclusion when he led officers on a chase from Santa Ana to Glendale late last night. The PIT maneuver was employed on the Colorado Street offramp of the 5 North to bring things to a halt. Kids, don't go spiking Santa's milk tonight with rum; we don't want the cops chasing any reindeer-led sleighs! The LA Times chimes in with their thoughts today on the...

Farm Boy: Mini Photo Essay

Farm Boy Palms (probably also known as Farm Boy Culver City) is finally open. With a pretty substantial workload, I haven't had time to go there a lot, but I did manage to take some pictures. They have loads of fruits and vegetables, all described on their handwritten cards as "sweet and fresh." The sushi looks about on par with Ralphs, and they have fruit flavored yogurts with all the Pinkberry trimmings....

This Week in the World of -ist

Gothamist learned about the craziest urban nightmare come true: A huge python found in the bathroom pipes. It was also a nightmare for some Yankees fans, as manger Joe Torre declined to come back and manage the Bronx Bombers. At least the city's attempt to give some direction to subway riders was interesting, pranksters went shirtless at the Fifth Avenue Abercrombie & Fitch and the I Heart Brooklyn Girls calendars came out. And just...

Pinkberry + Starbucks + $27.5 Million = Kiss of Death

Some are considering it "if you can't beat em - invest in em", but any good judge of fads know that the worst thing that Starbucks could have ever done to Pinkberry is fork over $27.5 million to the local frozen yogurt chain so they can continue to multiply at a rapid pace. Why would Starbucks want people eating a quasi-yogurt treat next summer at Pberry instead of slurping down a freshly made Frappuchino at...

Pinkberry to wipe out more of Pink's competition

For 36 years, The Wiener Factory has been serving hot dogs out of their Sherman Oaks stand to loyal and new customers alike. Good for hot dog lovers, bad for residents craving Pinkberry:Officials with Pinkberry, a nonfat frozen-yogurt chain, were expected to tell a Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council panel Monday night that they wanted to raze the small hot-dog restaurant and build another Pinkberry store. "Historically, many things come and go. But we have...

This Week in Frozen Yogurt News

Sure, all over the country the kids are back in school, the temperatures are beginning to dip down, and Starbucks has begun to shill its autumnal fare, but here in Sunny So Cal we are still sweating out our eternal summer, gorging on frozen dairy product treats of often questionable origin. Try as we might, the world of fro-yo is too mighty to ignore, which is why we feel compelled to bring you This Week...

Health Department Closes Major LA Eateries this Summer! Pinkberry, Doughboys, Cold Stone Creamery, and More!

No! This just can't be happening! I scrupulously avoid reading anything published by the LA County Department of Health, because otherwise I would never be able to eat anywhere ever again. Unfortunately, my friend Donna just alerted me to the fact that Doughboy's, provider of our red velvet cake fix, made the Health Department's Food Facility Closure List for the period 05/31/2007 through 08/31/2007. Due to vermin infestation. Quelle horreur ! In reality, I...

My Love Affair With Ms. Pac-Man And Other Thoughts About "King of Kong"

The unwritten rules for laundromats built before 1987 are as following: A. A half dozen washers or dryers must have Out of Order signs B. A crazy looking person who doesn't appear to be doing laundry at all must stare randomly at people. C. A musty classic arcade game such as Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga sit in the corner for entertainment. Now, I'm not a slack-jawed obsessive classic arcade gamer by any means but I...

Move over Pinkberry

Over on the Eastside, and in many other Latino enclaves, summer has been synonymous with the ringing bells of those mobile vendors hawking paletas, fruity iced wonders in many vibrant colors and flavors. While the Westsiders rage with their yogurt wars, it seems that the LA Times has finally discovered these icy treats that us in the barrios have been enjoying for decades. Paletas come in many different flavors, from coconut and strawberry for...

Misadventures in Journalism - The Car Bomb Mystery

A few weeks ago, a YouTube video popped up called "Car Bomb In West Los Angeles" in which it appears that some sort of crane-like robot (an extra Transformer that didn't quite make Michael Bay's cut?) pulls an unidentified object out of the trunk of a car. At about the four minute mark in the video, the robot sets the thing off to the side of a building, and a loud noise is heard,...

Extra, Extra: Clash of the Frozen Yogurts and Mayor Tony's Deteriorating Press Relations

Gee, I wonder what tipped them off: California transportation officials will immediately inspect 69 of the state's most vulnerable steel-deck bridges. And the frozen yogurt wars rage on... A man, believed to be a property caretaker, was fatally mauled by a dog on Ving Rhames' property. How desperate can you get? Fox News is offering Republicans $15 to attend an upcoming taping of the "Half Hour News Hour" - a right-wing (and shoddy) version...

Two LAist Editors Hired by the LA Times

July was a bittersweet month for LAist. We had a record-breaking month with nearly a million visitors coming to our humble site. Little did we know that some of the guests were big wigs from the venerable Los Angeles Times who left with two of our editors. Indeed, several weeks ago our Film Editor Elina Shatkin was snapped up from our midsts to become Content Producer for CalendarLive at LATimes.com, and yesterday our Sports...

Ice Cream Summer v2.0: Bellying Up to the Gelato Bar

The summer before last, I ran a series called Ice Cream Summer, whereupon I undertook the dreadful, nasty, difficult, and troublesome task of tasting the wares of many of our fair city's many ice creameries. I crowned the victor as Gelato Paradiso, a then-new gelato bar located smack dab in the heart of all the dressed-up character melee of Hollywood Boulevard. But so much has happened in the world of frozen dairy (or non-dairy,...

Foodie Round-Up: Baked Beans and Baron Herzog

- Jonathan Gold pays tribute to the late, great Al Langer in this week's LA Weekly. - Losanjealous interviews Palms Thai's Thai Elvis: um, does he put fish sauce on his peanut-butter and banana sandwiches? -EaterLA is totally representing our Tom Colicchio obsession; here they're peepin' on the continued progress of Craft over in Century City. - Go see Rescue Dawn: and sneak in a bottle of Baron Herzog wine in honor of the...

Over-rated in Beverly Hills

Aaaah, Beverly Hills - Los Angeles' beacon of wealth and privilege. I don't think I've been there in over ten years. But on Tuesday I had an entire day to just wander the streets. Normally, I don't trust popular opinion. Maybe it's because I grew up in the 80s, when popular opinion gave us big shoulder pads, bigger hair, the Star-Wars defense system, Hall and Oats and Chubacca-like eyebrows. But that mistrust caused me...

This Week in the World of -Ist

From the tallest skyscraper in the City of Brotherly Love to Canadian tourism copywriting brilliance, here's what you should know from our -ist cities: This week, Phillyist took a gleeful listen to the White Stripes' exciting new release, watched in awe as their new tallest skyscraper was finally completed, found a cheaper way to get to Gothamist, invented a tasty new dessert, and brought back their Craigslist Round-Up feature with a bang. Bostonist watches...

Extra Extra - Help The LA City Nerd

- Pinkberry is yogurt-ish enough. Rejoice! - eating LA - The boats at Echo Park Lake might be dunzo. Sigh. - blogging.la - The weather is perfect to start watching movies outside under the stars - Franklin Ave. - LA City Nerd stumped by a simple question? Impeach! - LA City Nerd - Saturday is Bootie LA's 2nd anniversary. Word! - Bootie LA - Paris Hilton has the penmanship of a 7th grader -...

Pinkberry, Schminkberry

Now that I've got your attention, I've got a problem with yogurt. My problem isn't limited to Pinkberry. In fact, it's more of a yogurt in the market problem. The problem is that when you buy yogurt, you mix in that stuff at the bottom and it's just too sweet. I don't want to pretend that my yogurt is some kind of fruit mousse. Somewhere about the time they decided that yogurt was good...

Hot Links: A Hearty Serving of Food on the Web

Since you know LAist is crazy about bacon, how about this burger made of ground bacon? [Serious Eats] In the meat-eating corner: Ted Nugent! In the meat-free corner: Paul McCartney! Read what Nugent really thinks about the folks in the music biz he knows who have been "Fired for eating meat by an animal-rights maniac, hard-core vegan bass player." [Waco Tribune-Hearld] David Haskell of Bin 8945: Chowhounds can be so tasteless, bloggers mean business...

Is Pinkberry Fakeberry?

Call it overpriced. Call it overrated. Call it crappy, sour-priced crud. But call it deceptive? Bryan Williams thinks so, and that's why the West Hollywood "legal recruiter" is suing Pinkberry, the newest craze in frozen dessert treats. Williams' lawsuit does not ask for punitive damages. He simply wants the wildly successful yogurt chain to tone down its claims that the product is frozen yogurt. A statement from a California Department of Food and Agriculture...

Pinkberry's Coming to Silver Lake

Pinkberry, the chain that is to frozen desserts what Starbucks is to coffee, is bringing its brand of overpriced, pseudo-healthy, weirdly sour frozen yogurt to Silver Lake with a new outlet that's set to open at the corner of Hyperion and Rowena. I know a lot of people love this place, but I just don't care for Pinkberry. And as long as Pazzo Gelato is a mere 1.4 miles away, I doubt I could...

Valley Geography According to LA.com

The Valley is like, only, 48.4% of Los Angeles (225 square miles of the City's 465 square miles make up the San Fernando Valley). Without trying to cause another East-West war, which gets people fired up (see comments), we're going to set one easy Valley rule here: the 405 divides East from West Valley. Funny enough, LA.com's home base and parent company is the same as the Valley's unofficial newspaper -- LA Daily News....

Pinkberry: What's the Big Deal?

With news of more locations poised to serve, it's about damn time we did a little investigative journalism. Pinkberry: Come on, now, really? Isn't it just frozen yogurt? What's the big deal? Pinkberry is the little yogurt shop that could--and has--bloomed into a behemoth of local franchises, and with all the hype, they seem set to convert you to be one of their kind. Every trend loves its skeptics, and we count ourselves among the...

LAist Chris' Top Reasons the Valley is Better

Even though I call LA home, I didn't always live here. Over the years, I've spent time in various other parts of Southern California. Encinitas, Del Mar, San Diego and Fullerton are all places I once lived. Actually, I still think of Encinitas as my other home but as this is LAist and not Encinitasist, that's not really relevant at the moment. When I first started coming to LA in the early 90s it...

Eating LA's Best of 2006

One of our favorite local food blogs is Eating LA, which is helmed by Pat Saperstein, a senior editor at Variety. LAist asked her to put together her own Best of 2006, which she has so kindly shared with us; we can't help but notice that she likes pork and--if we may interpret--dislikes the deluge of Pinkberry frozen yogurt shops. Is it coincidence, we wonder, that she, too links the year to the pig, like...

Did Pinkberry kill the Boba(berry) Star?

The fro-yo frenzy may have left Boba in the dark. At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 8th, while Pinkberrys across LA were enjoying their lines, I Love Boba in Koreatown was robbed. A Hispanic man of about 5-feet-7 walked into the shop and handed the clerk a demand note. The clerk opened the cash register as ordered and stepped back. The video captures the suspect reaching over the counter. A tattoo on his left...

Will Pinkberry Pummel Studio Yogurt?

"It [Pinkberry] was perfectly fine, I don't get the hype, and if you're looking for me on a 'normal' fro-yo night you can still find me at Studio Yogurt." ~ Das Ubergeek Studio City's staple yogurt shop, Studio Yogurt, has found its competition in the form of a 2-minute walk around the corner dashed with mangoes and Cap'n Crunch. LA's latest obsession has found itself in the Valley at the same spot where we...

Eat Our Words

This LAist admits to not talking food much around these parts for some time now. Obviously we haven't been starving ourselves; there's been plenty of eating out and cooking in at home to sustain us in our shameful absence. We might even so boldly suggest that while we were keeping quiet we were also busying ourselves with learning more and more about food so we could pass on this wisdom to our readers. We've...

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