Note: This is a big picture post, because it has to be, because it was that good.
As most of us are huge Chobani fans, if you haven’t been to Chobani Soho yet, I am sure you heard they opened a store in NYC. It is in the corner of West Broadway and Prince Street.
Prior to heading to greek yogurt heaven, I went to a non-air conditioned, sweat fest Vinyasa Flow class at Yoga Vida Stacy, who is equally sarcastic and hilarious as me (yes, I do think I am rather witty). After yoga, Stacy and I met up with Kristin and Beth and we had a glass of wine and chatted before the Chobani event!
I was so excited to go to the new Chobani store. They are amazing and kind for inviting so many bloggers to the store to taste test their creations!
We were greeted by Emily, who started off the night by explaining a bit about Chobani’s history and foundations.
We learned of Hamdi, the founder of Chobani, who is a Turkish immigrant that wanted to change the way people looked at yogurt in the US.
I loved the store’s design. It went with the story of Chobani completely. From the founder to the farms in upstate New York, the wooden details evoked the feel of a modern farmhouse with Mediterranean influences.
Dar explained that Chobani focuses on the quality of the ingredients, which are wholesome and natural. The only ingredients in the yogurt are milk and cultures. They do not carry sugar in the store, the dishes are sweetened with honey or agave nectar. The yogurt is delivered fresh everyday and kept at 34 degrees. Each “Creation” has a focus on one or two main ingredient/s that drives the flavor and taste.
Over the course of the night, we were fortunately served all 9 homemade creations for tasting!
Top: Pistachio + Chocolate
Bottom: Plain Chobani + Cucumbers
Top: Blueberry + Power
Bottom: Seasonal Fruit + Granola
Top: Plain Chobani + Olive Oil
Bottom: Peanut Butter + Jelly
and my favorites……
Toasted Coconut + Pineapple - The shredded coconut was massive and paired so well with the hazelnuts! This creation literally made me feel like I was on vacation.
WINNER! Fig + Walnut – I love figs. They are so sweet and the texture is so unique! When paired with the walnuts and the yogurt, it was instantly satisfying. I snack on walnuts and yogurt often, so I will absolutely be adding figs to the mixture in the near future (like tomorrow, since I bought figs last night).
We definitely embarked on a flavor journey at Chobani Soho.
They also have a “Mediterranean Pantry” with a variety of Turkish nuts, honey and olive oil imported from Greece so you can make your own Chobani creations at home. Mine will never be as creative or as tasty but I will give it a shot.
I will start with the awesome Turkish Hazelnuts I received in the goodie bag they gave all of us.
Huge Chobani bonus:
They sell water and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, which funds clean drinking water projects. I love charity.
You should go visit the store and try each creation. Every single one was splendid.
If you would like more information, visit them:
- Online at http://chobani.com/
- via Twitter: @Chobani and @ChobaniSoho
- via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chobani
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