Lucky for Kirklanders, new gyms appear to be opening at the same rate as frozen yogurt shops. There is hope for us yet. Although from what I see on these unusally hot and sunny days, people are skipping their indoor workouts and going for the cold and tasty temptation of a treat. Menchie's much anticipated opening in Houghton (Meze's old spot) came just in the nick of time. With a circular layout and bright fun kid-friendly colors, this self-serve frozen yogurt shop has about 10-12 flavors and a mind-boggling array of toppings. You get charged by the weight of your creation: .49/ounce (which equated to about $20 for our-oink oink- family of 5) Summer Hours are Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm and Fri-Sat 11am-12am.
Steve went for the chocolate/vanilla swirl with Reece's peanut butter cups while I had the coconut froyo with strawberries and mini chocolate chips (we forgot about paleo for this hour of our day). The kids all tried red velvet and a little classic yogurt tart and put a whole bunch of "jelly bellies" on top which sounds kinda sick to me but they were smiling and humming and dancing happy jigs... so what do I know? I will say that jelly bellies turn into little fruity rock pellets when you put them in frozen yogurt, so may want to go with a more malleable option.
Just for fun I asked our Kirkland Blog Advertisers to share their favorite Menchie's flavors and toppings with us so we could copy them if we're not feeling creative. Thanks to these great local businesses for their support and being good sports when I forced them to go eat frozen yogurt....
Dana Adams with Windermere: Pineapple Dole Whip & Classic Tart with graham cracker crumbs and strawberries
David at Columbia Athletic Club (it's FREE to join right now) : Blueberry & Blackberry frozen yogurt
Stan at Gregg's Cycle (Summer Sale- Aug30-Sept 3rd!!): Vanilla with hot fudge and nut topping
Jaymie at Eye Candy ($125 full set/$55 fill til Oct 1, mention us or Menchie's!): Pina Colada Tart w/strawberries and graham crackers
Pam for Hometown Values Coupon Magazine (ask about their FREE ad upgrade!): Red Velvet with hot fudge and oreos on top
Megan at Rock Star Tan Bar ($15 lash tints now!): Cake Batter with fresh mango topping