Monday, 22 August 2011

story in a cup, south yarra

Winter is finally leaving us. A few more days, and it will be springtime... I look forward to everything being a little bit greener, a little bit brighter. I also anticipate a spike in the quantity of the frozen treats I consume.

I recently visited Story in a Cup (Shop 4, 9 Yarra St, South Yarra), a frozen yoghurt cafe I've been meaning to visit ever since I spied it a few months ago on Urbanspoon with positive reviews.

a generous selection of potential yoghurt toppings at Story in a Cup.

It may be the liberal self-serve mix-and-match concept with a vibrant selection of ingredients, it may be the warm and friendly staff who work there, it may be the knowledge that a percentage of the profits is donated to a cause. But whatever it is, I left feeling good and, with the weather getting warmer, I can see myself coming back for more - particularly as they also do smoothies and hot waffles!

Story in a Cup rotate their yoghurt flavours on a regular basis and I tried all six they had available that day - Original, Mango, Strawberry, French Cookies and Cream, Cafe Mocha and Hazelnut. Being 98% fat-free, they do lack the rich creamy taste that I adore, but they were still pleasant to eat - light, mildly sweet and tangy. I probably liked the strawberry flavour the best, but you might have to ask me again after I've been there a few more times.

What made everything really fun, though, is that I got to create my very own story in a cup. So not only did I opt for a squeeze of all the six yoghurt flavours, churning them out myself slurpee-style, I also darted around scooping up different (and perhaps rather random) toppings to go with them - peanuts, passionfruit coulis, raspberries, boysenberries, honey almond granola and Reese's peanut butter cups.

The end result is then weighed and priced. The story I created in my cup came to $7.15, and it proved to be a satiating late-afternoon snack. I experimented with each bite and while some of my combinations were not quite perfect, most worked out well. I particularly enjoyed the passionfruit coulis paired with the original and fruity yoghurt flavours.

my story in a cup!

I visited Story in a Cup about half an hour before closing time, and chose to eat in. It was fairly quiet, with some stray customers occasionally wandering in, of which a few were clearly regulars. An appreciative shout out to staff member Sandy, who struck up a nice conversation with me and provided some great company while I ate my yoghurt dessert!

Story In A Cup on Urbanspoon

19 comments:

  1. Fun, we have a place like this in Virginia US called sweet frog, it is our summer time favorite however I have seen some people pay a hefty price for ice cream. I like story in a cup name better too.

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  2. Yeah, we have a few frozen yoghurt places around here and they can be pretty pricey. Sweet Frog is a cute name, but yeah, there is a lovely evocative feeling about the name Story in a Cup.

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  3. The yoghurt flavours sound really good! There is a place here called Snog which I like, but it isn't self serve and there are only 3 flavours of yoghurt.

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  4. thank you for stopping by my blog and typing kindly comment :)

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  5. Foodycat - yeah, I'm hoping to try the other flavours they put on rotation. Oh and Snog is a cute name too!

    Thanks for coming Ira and you're welcome! You have a beautiful blog.

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  6. hey! it seems like fro-yo shops is sort of a trend in melb now yea? what with the opening of cacao green + tutti frutti in melb cbd. both of which i havent tried yet because it's just been too cold. tho i did have tutti when i was in qld hmmm

    but this place u mentioned seems so much more charming/appealing to me! might head there one of these days, hopefully they're still open after a meal at dainty sichuan hehe... ;p

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  7. Yeah they do seem to be popping up everywhere don't they? I haven't been much tempted because of the weather, either. They'll be a hit in summer though!

    Fro-yo after a spicy Sichuan meal is an excellent idea, you'll have to pop there after a lunch though, not dinner as they close by 6pm.

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  8. Oh my goodness, I love frozen yoghurt, thank you for sharing this place, all those flavours! My mouth is watering...! :)

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  9. *glares and glares and glares and glares and glares*

    :(

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  10. Go get your froyo on, Michelle. ;)

    Ashley, I think you'll like this place then - I for one enjoyed having the freedom to run wild and try a bit of everything!

    Oh Hannah, I was thinking of you! Next time you visit Melbourne we can go together. Yes??

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  11. oh and can i just say your idea of eating reese's peanut butter cups with the froyo seems to be made of pure WIN. not sure how it'll taste but it's fun to go nuts when it comes to desserts, no?! will try soon haha =D

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  12. Looks like a great joint to hide in peace with a random splurge in mind?
    Not badly priced too. I love your story in a cup, definitely a cup I'd love to eat ;)

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  13. Haha Winston, peanut butter cups are scarce in my life so I just couldn't resist!

    PFx - oh yes, hopefully I'll be spinning more delicious stories in the future. :D

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  14. 'Froyo' is ALL the rage in Asia right now! They've got a new one in the city as well - Tutti Frutti in QV. This places looks a little less sterile than that one! :)

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  15. I like the sounds of this place and combining frozen yoghurt it with passionfruit coulis- yum!

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  16. Hey Vee, I've noticed that one too. All the fro-yo shops seem to have similarly bright, immaculate interiors. Story in a Cup is no exception though it may be a little more colourful. Let's wait for one that bucks the trend. ;)

    Adrian, yes, the sweet and tangy combination is definitely my thing!

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  17. I work just a few buildings down from Story in a Cup and I've definitely eaten my fair share of stories. The rotation of flavours bothered me in the beginning (I was *very* attached to the pomegranate flavour, and was disappointed when it got replaced) but now I look forward to trying new combinations. It's a great little place with lovely staff, so it's nice to see positive reviews.

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  18. Thanks for your feedback ladyknight! I'd heard about the pomegranate flavour and would love to try it, so I hope it's there the next time I visit.

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