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Yagoot: Real Frozen Yogurt

It’s funny– I’ve been a huge fan of Yagoot for a few years. The only reason I haven’t written about this cold, creamy addiction before now is that I thought Yagoot was a massive chain with stores across the country. Nope. I just found out Yagoot is a local Cincinnati treat with storefront locations in Rookwood Commons and Deerfield Towne Center.

So what makes Yagoot so good? Well, in my opinion, it’s not only really refreshing, but it’s good for you! It’s full of probiotics and active cultures– just like regular yogurt. Don’t think of the typical super sweet frozen yogurt that is almost the same as soft-serve ice cream. Think tart, tingly, and tasty. It’s bright, cold, and kind of packs a punch (in a really good way)

We have our got-to orders: I get a cup of strawberry or black raspberry yogurt topped with kiwi or Yomance (Strawberry Chocolate Swirls with Dark Chocolate Croquants) and my husband gets the original yogurt topped with granola or Fruity Pebbles. As far as toppings, you can keep it super healthy and add fresh fruit or have some fun and add toppings like Rainbow Mochi, Sprinkles, or Cheesecake Bites. You can also get smoothies, sailors (essentially a float with either orange pop or red pop), pints to go, Acai bowls, and more.

Certain flavors like the original (super tart) and strawberry are always on tap. Other flavors rotate in and out monthly so there are lots of fun options such as white peach, pistachio, mango, blood orange, and pumpkin. My fave= caramelized pineapple . . . it’s so refreshing!

If you haven’t tried Yagoot yet, give it a go. If you aren’t sure what flavor you want, just ask for samples! They do let you try before you order. If you are a Yagoot fan, I’d love to hear your favorite combination!

GO THERE (Yagoot)! TRY THAT (Sample the flavors first)!

La Torta Loca: Tacos and Empanadas

Between COVID, a scary diagnosis, surgery, healing, and, well, more COVID, my blog has been on hiatus. I finally decided that even though I’m not eating inside restaurants right now, I’m definitely getting take out! Why not write about that? Maybe I need to temporarily change my blog title from Go There! Try That!  to Go There! Take That!  It doesn’t have quite the same ring though, does it? Anyway, I’m glad to be back talking about food.

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One of my coworkers (oh hey Sherry) always has impressive recommendations for TV shows, books, movies, and restaurants. She gets me. So, if she recommends it, I try it.  That’s how I got to La Torta Loca in Florence, KY.  I’ve actually been sitting on this post since last February (the last time I dined in). After our first visit, I immediately went back a week later with all my friends. 

So, how do I know the restaurant is still as good? Because I got takeout last night and it was even better than I remember.

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In a nutshell, Torta Loca is small but mighty. The food is filling, delicious, full of flavor, savory, and messy! A perfect combo. This is one of those restaurants I kind of don’t want to talk about because I kind of don’t want everyone else to know about it.  BUT,  I also DO want everyone to know about it. Know what I mean?

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La Torte Loca focuses on Empanadas, Tortas, and Arepas. It’s a combination of Mexican and Venezuelan food. You can eat a lot here for your money.  It’s hands-on, authentic, can’t-eat-more-but-will-eat-more, so-going-to-end-up-wearing-it-on-my-shirt delicious.  If you find yourself unsure of what to order, order a bunch! And share. Taste test challenge at its best.

Be prepared though, depending on when you go, you may have to wait a bit for a table or for takeout. There isn’t a ton of seating, but as I said earlier, the wait is worth it. 

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People always ask me what my favorite dishes are and that’s hard. We love all the food here, but if I had to highlight a few items, it would be:

  • Empanadas: the chorizo and cheese, the shredded beef
  • Arepas: La Pelua (Mechada and cheese), La Mejicana (carnitas and cheese)
  • Tortas:  El Guarro (carnitas, jalapeno, onion, lime, cilantro, salsa verde), La Tropicana (chicken, chipotle sauce, pineapple, cheese)

Just don’t skip the chorizo and cheese empanada! I think it’s my fave. Oh, and the chips are served hot and fresh.

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Any keto eaters out there?  I have a friend who does Keto and she LOVED the tacos served on crispy cheese tortillas. Yep, you read that right.  Taco goodness wrapped in a bed of crispy cheese.

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The hostess here is for sure the hostess with the mostess. She seats and greets and serves and . . . well, she does everything but the cooking. She will make you feel at home. Torta Loca is a family-owned business and you can totally taste it in the food. If you are being super covid careful, place an order and take it to-go. As I said earlier, it’s small but mighty. 

La Torta Loca, I love you!

GO THERE (Torta Loca)! TRY THAT (chorizo and cheese empanada, beef empanada)!