I’ve been promising my baby sis that I would visit her in college this year. She happens to be attending my alma mater, University of IL at Urbana-Champaign (I-L-L-I-N-I!), which is a good 2.5 hour drive south of the Chicago burbs. I haven’t been back since I graduated years ago! I was excited to see what has changed-slash-stayed the same since I was there last.
The main street, Green St., had become a lot more commercialized – Starbucks, Urban Outfitters, Chipotle, Noodles & Co., Dunkin’ Donuts. Panera also moved over from John St. to right next to Follet’s bookstore…and I know none of you understand what I’m talking about unless you went to U of I…
Anyway…I was really happy to see that Za’s was still sitting in it’s original place though! Za’s was one of my favorite quick stops for Italian, where you can customize your own thin-crust personal size pizzas, pastas, and paninis. It’s also where I decided I like pineapples on my pizza…
Right on the corner of Green and Wright there, there was another obvious change – the dimly-lit cafe, Moonstruck was no longer there. It was replaced by a frozen yogurt joint, Cocomero, decorated in all types of fluorescents.
It opened just earlier this year in April.
We walked in and my first thought was – this kinda looks like the inside of a bathroom. A far departure from the warm colors of Moonstruck, the walls were now decorated with little skittle-colored tilings and the dim lights were replaced by much brighter ones.
But what it lacks in ambiance, it totally makes up in their frozen yogurt. And since I love putting my family and friends on the spot for BATF, I asked my sister to introduce it to you here:
[BTW, She loves Pinkberry but I somehow confused her and got her to say Red Mango — which I prefer — is better…score!]
So, yeah. Basically, the three main things that are different about this place from the gazillion other fro-yo places I’ve been to at least, is (a) it’s self-serve, (b) they have a ton of flavors, and (c) you pay by weight.
You can help yourself to as much of the 16 flavors your heart desires (sorry, my sister said 25 in the video but it’s really 16…sorry Haj). Flavors include blueberry, green tea, original tart, mango, and peach. Then top it with your choice from a buffet of sweet and crunchy toppings (my favorites: mochi and cheesecake bits!). You end up getting a lot more for your money – most will pay between 3-$5.
I guess it could stay.
Though in a one-day visit, I obviously couldn’t take the food tour I wanted to of all the food I’ve been craving since graduation.
So, honorable mentions of what else I miss at U of I:
Man, I’m fat.
Do YOU miss any restaurants from your college campus?