Friday, July 10, 2009

Morning Memo for July 4th Weekend, 2009

Daily Temecula's intrepid crew of scienticians has been hard at work analyzing raw data to bring you....The Yogurt Index, our arguably statistically-relevant measure of a city's quality of life.

Manhattan has a population approaching two million yet their YI pales in comparison to Temecula's. How? Our 100,000(ish) population enjoys 15 (at last count) frozen yogurt shops. Factor in Murrieta's 100,000(ish) population as well and the two-city region is a veritable yogurt powerhouse, weighing in stronger than such traditional yogurt strongholds as Orange County's Irvine (population over 200,000 with a measly nine shops.)

And, we have Pinkberry.

Yup, Pinkberry, which created a sensation by backing up traffic as celebrities double parked to run in for their fix of original tart with fresh fruit topping, has a Temecula outpost on Winchester Avenue near Trader Joe's.

Irvine has a Pinkberry now, too (at the Spectrum.) See? Yogurt everywhere!

We are also the home of local franchise sensation White Lime, whose adorable shops and tasty yogurt are causing a frosty stir.

Yogurt Point. Another Yogurt Point. Mangoz. Wild Mango. Yogurt Island. And the list goes on...

So do you miss ice cream? Or are you happier with self-serve by the ounce with fresh toppings and clean rocks, pebbles, tile, and hip mod furniture?

Send me your yogurt stories. Love it? Hate it? Eat it daily? Eat it for breakfast? Eat it on a date? Did your kids get a White Lime gift certificate as their prize from the summer reading program at the Temecula Library?


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Locals were burning up Twitter with reports of TEMECULA ON FIRE!!! but luckily our amazing, awesome firefighters did a fantastic job and as of now (Friday morning, July 2, 2009) the fire is reported over 75% contained. See "BREAKING NEWS" above for the latest.

We are road-tripping this weekend up to the Santa Cruz area to spend the Fourth of July weekend with friends and family. Please stay safe & especially play safe this weekend (fire danger is clearly HIGH now) and remember to designate a driver if you're somewhere alcohol is being served.

(Cautionary note: Growing Pains' Tracy Gold got her infamous bad-mug-shot DUI after a Labor Day family BBQ. Let her be a warning to us all. No bad mascara-streaked mug shots, please. In all seriousness she flipped her car with young children in it. Please be safe! I don't want to come back to town to read about YOUR DUI.


I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself. I stopped in at Anela Apothecary's brand new, beautiful location near Tangerine Boutique in the Bel Villagio Center on Margarita Avenue on the outer ring of the Promenade Mall. What a makeover they have had! The previous shop was lovely but a little cramped and their new digs are fabulous.

Michael of Anela tells me their grand opening party was a blast, with a packed store full of locals and even some out-of-town fans drinking champagne and enjoying luxe treatment from a celebrity nail expert from NYC!

AND....local favorite jeweler Tina Steinberg, who is spotted EVERYWHERE these days (recently seen at Delaney's in Old Town where her jewelry is proudly sold, plus the Old Town Farmer's Market on Saturdays), has a location inside Anela. I ran in and found a perfect little locket necklace for my mom's birthday and will return for Tina to custom make charms to fit inside. Score!

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