Toronto Restaurant Review: Yogen Fruz Eaton Centre (Rating: 2 out of 5)

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So this past Thursday I had lunch with my friend in downtown Toronto and had a craving for desserts while I was waiting for him to get off work.  I did not want anything heavy, yet it could fill me up for a few hours until dinner.  I was at the Eaton Centre and was going to go to the Nespresso booth to get a free coffee, but the line was slow and long.  And then I walked by Yogen Fruz (DING! A LIGHT BULB JUST LIT UP IN MY HEAD!).   Yogen Fruz reminds me of my favourite peach yogurt and I thought it was wise to have yogurt in between meals because yogurt contains probiotics and is low in calories.  Therefore, I bought a small peach yogurt (right below), a small Green Tea with Mochi yogurt (middle, below) and a small Peach Berry Sunset smoothies (left, below). In total, I paid close to $14 including tax.

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As of the peach yogurt, it has always been my favourite and is low in calories (120 calories). I could taste the fruit and the yogurt is very smooth.  In addition, the yogurt tasted very fresh.

As of the Green Tea with Mochi yogurt,  I could not taste any of the green tea in there, BUT THE PEACH FROM MY PEACH YOGURT. I could only tell it is a green tea yogurt by the colour.  As I was doing some digging, I found peach yogurt at the bottom of my green tea yogurt bowl (picture below with arrows pointing to the peach yogurt).  The lady probably did not clean the machine well and I HATED THAT. As of the mochi in the yogurt, there were tiny, chewy mochi ball coated with icing sugar.  If you do not have a sweet tooth, I suggest you have the mochi with yogurt together.  Despite the negatives, I like it how it only contains 130 calories.

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As of the Peach Berry Sunrise Smoothies, I highly recommend this drink to people who likes watery smoothies.  This smoothies contained peach, strawberry, apple juice and yogurt, but I felt I was drinking mixed fruits with apple juice because I thought the yogurt would make the smoothies thicker.  Also, I found the lady did not blend the smoothies properly because I found fruit chunks at the bottom (picture below with arrows pointing to the peach). THIS IS NOT GOOD!   Like the Green Tea with Mochi yogurt, the only thing like about this smoothies was it has 80 calories.

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Ultimately, I suggest you stick with your favourite flavours if you are a Yogen Fruz fan because chances are the other flavours may not be as good as you think.  If you have not had Yogen Fruz before and you want to try now, I suggest you get their fruit yogurts.

Have you been to any Yogen Fruz location? What is your favourite? Post your comments below. Till next time. 

P.S. Here is how my rating system works:

0 out of 5 – Disgusting. The restaurant should shut down right now. 

1 out of 5 – Mediocre. How come the restaurant is still around? 

2 out of 5 – Disappointed. They can do better =[

3 out of 5 – Satisfied. One of best place to eat.

4 out of 5 – Excellent. I am the restaurant’s regular customer. 

5 out of 5 – Exceptional. I would recommend the restaurant to my friends and family. 

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Wheatless Chocolate Chip Cookies (Makes 17 Small Cookies)

This recipe is inspired from a television show in Asia and it is great for people who are in wheatless diet, people who love SOFT cookies and for people like me who are trying to control my weight (I will explain this in the next blog).  This recipe uses almond flour and ground soy because almond flour has high protein and low carbohydrate and ground soy contains at least 10% fibre.   Here is the recipe:

2.5 cups almonds                                                                                                                           2 cups ground soy                                                                                                                         0.25 cups granulated sugar                                                                                                           0.25 cups brown sugar                                                                                                                   0.25 teaspoons vanilla extract                                                                                                       0.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips                                                                                             1 stick unsalted butter

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Directions:

1) Melt butter.  Keep an eye on the pot so the butter does not get burnt. Turn off stove when butter is all melted.

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2) Put almonds in a grinder to make almond flour.  The flour is going to be moist.

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3) Cream melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fully incorporated.

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4) Mix ground soy and almond flour with the melted butter mixture until fully incorporated.

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5) Mix in vanilla extract and chocolate chips to flour-soy mixture.

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6) Pre-heat oven in 250oF.  Oil a baking pan or put parchment paper on baking pan.  Hand-roll the mixture into individual balls (see picture below).

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7) When oven is ready, put pan in oven for 15 minutes or until cookies are cooked (just use a toothpick to see if the toothpick goes through the cookie without any cookies sticking on the toothpick). Leave cookies to rest for at least one hour before serving them.

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And VOILA!!!  If you want this to be a vegan cookie, replace butter with coconut oil and sugars with cane sugar.  Also, I find if you chill the mixture in the fridge before you roll the cookies, the texture and look is totally different than without chilling the mixture.  You can give both ways a try.

Please feel free to comment below about what you think about this recipe.  Chao!

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie (2 Servings)

So our first blog is a smoothie recipe.  I figure we should start something easy.  This smoothie is super easy to make (takes like 5 minutes).  You can get everything from the grocery store and I usually drink smoothies after I shower from workout to replenish nutrients.  But this is also good for a quick-to-go drink for busy families because adding the oats make you stomach more filling. Here are the ingredients:

1 cup whole milk                                                                                                                             0.5 cups 100@ whole grain rolled oats                                                                                           1 banana, broken into chunks                                                                                                         14 strawberries                                                                                                                               0.5 teaspoons vanilla extract                                                                                                           1.5 teaspoons white sugar (optional)                                                                                               0.25 cups crushed ice (optional)

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Directions:

1) Put everything in the blender. You can omit the sugar if you like your smoothies less sweet and you can omit the crushed ice if you like your smoothies less cold. I just love my smoothies slightly cold.

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2) Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

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See!!! This is very simple to make and it is FREAKIN DELICIO.  If you are vegan, you can replace the milk with soy milk and sugar with coconut sugar.  You may also think putting rolled oats may be too much, but actually oat fibre helps reduce cholesterol.

Try this at home and please feel free to comment below about what you think about this recipe.  See you next time!